Understanding the learning needs for students as 21st century learners is essential for us as educators to plan for the attributes our learners will need to be lifelong learners. This certainly reinforced our vision for Burnie Primary School.
Collaborative, creative and innovative learning community.
Most innovations come as a result of people collaborating together, in some cases with people from the other side of the world. We will continue to see a real focus on problem-solving and the skills and attributes that we can learn to help in the problem solving process. This requires learners to be able to work collaboratively, but also with resilience to understand the importance of making and learning from mistakes. We want students to think deeply about concepts and design solutions to problems. This year we have been excited at the depth of student understanding in student learning and this sets us up for an empowering year in 2023 where we will be targeting student engagement to become connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers. Some see creativity in the arts, but we will also be acknowledging creative problem solvers in Maths, English and other curriculum areasas well as socially in the classroom and playground. Teaching students the social skills to be able to solve problems peacefully will continue to be a focus. Wellbeing will also form a goal for Burnie Primary School.
A fantastic afternoon was had by all who attended our School Socials yesterday. Thanks to the Parent Group who continue to provide opportunities for us to get together as a school community. This event is one of many planned for students before the end of the school year, including the Grade 3/4 Sports Expo on today, various upcoming excursions and our Athletics Carnival on the 8th December.
As part of our planning for next year, it is important for us to make an accurate prediction as to the number of students who will be attending Burnie Primary School next year. If you know that you will not be here or you know of families that will be moving into our area, can you please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure that we cater for every single student's success in 2023.
On Thursday December 8th, 2022, Burnie Primary School will be holding an Athletics Carnival for students. As the NWPSSA carnival was run earlier in the year, this year we have a real emphasis on participation and fun. This event will consist of running, throwing, and jumping activities as well as some over novelties including Tug of War, Blind fold races, Water relay, Tunnel Ball and Over Under, a Bean Bag Target game, egg and spoon race, sack race and the 3-legged race. Students are encouraged to wear house colours Wyona (Blue), Oakleigh (Yellow) and Curraghmore (Green).
There will be sun screen at all stations, reminders to slip, slop, slap and everyone is required to wear a hat. The Parent Group will be giving each student an icy pole on the day. Grades will participate in activities together and each activity will run for approximately 15 minutes. The carnival will begin at 11:15pm and will conclude at the end of the school day at 2:45pm. Unfortunatley as there are so many events happening in Decemeber, if it rains, there is no back up day!
If you have any further questions about the day please feel free to contact Miss Geard via the school.
On the 27th and 28th of October, Grade 5 went on an overnight camp to Fulton Park Scout Camp in Forth. On the first day of camp, we went to the Burnie Museum. After we arrived, the teachers split us up into our classes and then we all had a tour of Federation Street and the display room. After each class had their tours, we stopped for our recess. 20 minutes later, all of Grade 5 were back on the bus. Our next stop was the Don River Railway.
Once we got off the bus we stopped and ate our lunch. After some quick toilet runs and putting our bags back on the bus, our classes were split up into boys and girls for a tour of the railway. After we completed our tours, we examined the train that we were going to be riding on, which was a first-class train! Once we were all aboard, everyone found a partner to sit with. At the end of the track, all of us got to watch the train turn around, which was super cool! After we headed back to the bus, we were all excited because we were going to our campsite!
We arrived at Fulton Park at around about 3:45pm. The teachers told us who was in our cabin and then they directed us to where we needed to go. They told us to go set up our beds, (bunk beds). When that was finished, all of us had 2 hours of free time to do whatever we wished. Time flew as it was time to get ready for dinner. Most of us had showers and the rest of us helped set up for dinner. The menu was spaghetti bolognaise and the vegetarians got pumpkin soup. After dinner we all washed our utensils. After washing up, we ate dessert which was delicious chocolate pudding.
After washing up again, the teachers told us all to go put our pyjamas on. Then it was time for the movie. The whole of Grade 5 watched a film by Roald Dahl about crocodiles and part way through that, we swapped movies because it was very boring. The movie that we started after that was called the Never-ending story which was very interesting. But halfway through the movie, Mrs Meldrum and Miss Smith told us that it was time for bed, but no one approved. Once we hopped into bed, the teachers allowed us to either talk quietly or read a book. Majority of us chose to chat quietly to the people in our cabin, whilst very little of us chose to read a book. We all got to sleep very fast.
When all of us woke up, Miss Smith instructed us to pack our bags, get dressed for the day and clean our cabin (including sweeping). After that, we all headed to the common room where we ate our breakfast. The choices were: Rice Bubbles, Sultana Bran, Cornflakes or Toast which had multiple spreadings. After that we washed up our dishes and started packing our lunches for our big day ahead. After packing up the common room and collecting our luggage, we all hopped on the bus. We were heading to the Hive in Ulverstone.
Once we got there, we started to eat our recess for roughly fifteen minutes. When we finished eating, we were separated back into our groups. Our rotations went for 30 minutes each. First 5M went to the museum while 5P were at the science centre, testing their model cars. After that, both classes switched rotations. This went on for the rest of the day until we ate lunch.
When lunch ended, 5P went to the planetarium, whilst 5M went to the Mineral workshop. Then we swapped. After no time at all, it was time to head back to Burnie Primary. We thanked the Staff that worked there for showing us around. Then we hopped back on the bus. We arrived at school at 2:30pm and greeted our parents who were there to collect us. Grade 5 had a great time on camp!
On Saturday 29th and Sunday the 30th of October a selection of students from Burnie Primary across grades 3-6 participated in the Basketball Tasmania Championships, held at stadiums in Devonport and Latrobe. All four of our teams put in their best efforts on both days, with students demonstrating respect towards one another and sportsmanship towards their competitors in all games. Their positive attitudes made the weekend enjoyable for parents and carers, players, coaches, and referees.
Our teams went from strength to strength showing growth as a team as the weekend progressed, with all teams proving to be strong competitors within their divisions. Some highlights included: The 3/4 girls’ game on Sunday against Stella Maris, it was a close game and ended in a 12 all draw. The 3/4 boys having everyone on the edge of their seats all weekend with most games being close. The senior girls having a close game against Penguin District School and the senior boys holding on to win by 10 points against Our Lady of Lourdes. All the students who participated should be very proud, with all students giving their best effort across the entire weekend.
I would like to thank all the students who participated in the Basketball Championships and their parents for travelling to Devonport and Latrobe to support their children and our teams. I would also like to thank the parents, staff and siblings who coached, referee-ed, and helped on the scoring bench across the weekend, and prior with organised training sessions for the teams. From this weekend a number of our teams have been selected to participate in the Launceston Championships in early December, Congratulations and best of luck at this competition.