- Principal's Report
- COVID-19 Update from the Minister and the Secretary of DOE
- Limited Parent Access to the School
- National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence - Free Dress Day
- Parent - Teacher Discussion
- Art from Class 4JH
- Pizza Day - Funds Raised $$$
- Math Club
- Maths Challenge
- Notice from CommBank School Banking
- Launch into Learning
- EMUsicians in recess until further notice
We are certainly entering unprecedented times not just here at Burnie Primary School, or Tasmania, or Australia but we are now part of a worldwide response to a new virus that has obvious health concerns, with the most vulnerable being our elderly.
In today’s newsletter are letters to you as parents and carers from the Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff, The Secretary of Education, Tim Bullard and the Director of Public Health, Mark Veitch giving you the latest update for schools.
I thank you in advance for complying with our latest directive from Burnie Primary School to stay outside classrooms when dropping off and picking up students from school from tomorrow. Our exceptional cleaning staff are working above and beyond to provide a safe and hygienic learning environment for students and our staff, and these measures will help to continue this high standard.
The JMC has been closed to outside users as a further measure and consistent handwashing routines and social distancing measures are in place here at school to ensure the highest possible care has been taken in these unprecedented times. A number of parents have decided to keep their children home from school and we respect their choice, but we can also reassure you that every measure has been put in place to ensure all students attending Burnie Primary School are learning together with our high expectations for all learners!
I would like to acknowledge all our teaching staff who continue to provide the highest quality educational experiences for your child, our administration team who continue to provide you with timely updates and our fabulous cleaning and grounds staff who have been unrelenting in their efforts to provide us with a high level of hygiene during these challenging times.
As a school, we are conscious of children receiving unrelenting messages through social and general media and constant talk from significant adults in their lives around this virus. We here at Burnie Primary School have made a conscious decision to provide a positive, happy and safe learning environment so students can enjoy the time they have here and are having fun with their friends.
Although the National Day against Bullying event has been cancelled nationally, we will continue with our plans to have a dress up day to celebrate the diversity we have in our school community, and to celebrate the individuals we all are. This will include random acts of kindness providing opportunities for students to think of the positive interactions we have that make our school community great! Students will then look back on these troubled times and be able to reflect on the way we look out for each other and care for each other in trying times.
This information pack will be sent home with each student today.
- Letter to Parents and Guardians - COVID-19
- The letter also provides a link to a letter from the Director of Public Health
- Frequently Asked Question for Parents document around COVID-19
Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached a copy of the letter sent home yesterday regarding the limited access to the School from Friday 20 March. Also attached is the School map showing the external entrance points.
Please do not hesitate in calling the school should you have any questions.
PH 6433 3655
Tomorrow will be Free Dress Day.
The theme of the day is about celebrating who we are as individuals. Therefore, we are asking students, staff and families to dress in a way that represents who they are as an individual. Some examples are dressing as:
Favourite sports team.
- Your hobbies and interests.
- Your favourite clothes.
- Your cultural clothing.
- A hero
- Your favourite animal, colour, book character
It is up to your imagination!No_Bullying_Day.pdf
This week is Harmony Week across Australia. In 4JH we have been exploring the word diversity. It means to have a variety of different things. We like having a variety of different people and cultures in Australia. The message for Harmony Week is Everyone Belongs. We looked at some patterns used in cultural arts and found an eight pointed star known as the Rub el Hizb. We used this shape to create different backgrounds for our words. We hope you enjoy them.
Burnie Primary School Math Club will be commencing week 9, Monday 30 March.
Any students from Prep - 6 who are interested in Math and want to develop their skills are invited to Mr Johnston’s classroom each Monday during lunch to work cooperatively with others.
This is not an extension or homework program, instead the focus of Math club will be on playing with math, using challenging games, puzzles and art while looking for and describing patterns and ideas. It’s about exploring, engaging and making the math fun.
Notice from CommBank School Banking
The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.
Head of School Banking
Retail Banking Services
Thank you to all our lovely families who were able to attend our Tunes for Tots Launch into Learning sessions this term – it was great to get to know you, explore music with you and make many playdough creations!
While we have unfortunately had to cancel our Launch into Learning Programs for the remainder of the term there are, however, lots of lovely things you are able to do at home with minimal equipment and some imagination!
Singing and Movement:
Below are links to Mrs Matthews’ Tunes for Tots playlists – you don’t need any special tools to sing or dance along and have your own Tunes for Tots sessions at home! A container filled with rice or pots and pans make wonderful improvised instruments! Neck scarves can be substituted as dancing scarves and you can sing along to the recordings. J
Mrs Matthews’ Tunes for Tots Playlist 2020: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1ctOyDzZqjot1PqQ27Vgnv
Mrs Matthews’ Tunes for Tots Playlist 2019: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2M7Gbq5CmGP9bNlR6J0oT8
Plus Mrs Matthews’ playlist of some of her favourite early childhood movement songs: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5sG3wCLYhBC5QAvlmUSqS7
A tip that Mrs Matthews was given by a Launch into Learning colleague was to use coconut oil when making playdough (rather than vegetable) and to add a little more than recipe suggests. Makes for soft and nice smelling playdough.
Take Home Packs
Mrs Matthews will be working on getting together some take home packs and resources that our Launch into Learning families will be welcome to borrow. Please keep an eye on school communication for news of when these will be available to borrow.
Remember we also have puzzles and books available to be borrowed – contact Mrs Matthews at Burnie Primary School on Mon/Tues/Fri if you would like to access these.