30 August 2023
Congratulations An and Louie.
They made their way to the state finals of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee.
As we are a sun-safe accredited school, hats will need to be worn from next week – Monday 4th September. Students are expected to wear their hats or play in the shade during break times. Please check that you have a hat ready for your children for next week.
As a way for students to understand more about their learning classes have begun to learn about six assets that support learning. these are being a Thinker, Communicator, Researcher, Contributor, Self-Manager and Collaborator. These skills are integral to how we learn and live. If students understand and have opportunities to practice these skills, they become more involved in their learning and will improve their outcomes. Year 1/2 Puggles have shared their thinking with others with their window display, P/1 Wombats have begun exploring what it is to be a collaborator which can also be seen on their window, and 3/4B have been collaborating and communicating their ideas on the Learner Assets as well.
Class Requests for 2024
Every year we go through a thorough and time-consuming process organising students into the following year’s classes. We ask students about their friendships and give parents the opportunity to make requests. We cannot guarantee that all requests are fulfilled, as we are limited by class numbers and other parent, staff and student needs.
Please email me with any requests by Friday 20th October, the end of week 1, term 4.
If you plan to send your child to another school for 2024, please let us know as soon as possible as this affects our planning for classes.
During Science Week we challenged ourselves to make solar ovens. Students used the Learner Assets to research solar ovens, think about what works and what changes they might need to make, collaborate with their groups, contribute ideas, materials and enthusiasm and communicate their findings with classes and the whole school at our Solar Oven Challenge assembly. The winning class – 1/2 Puggles – won the golden pizza box that the Kinder Pears made.
What a wonderful day we had last Thursday. So many of our students dressed up as a book character and we had very creative costumes. Well done to the children and families for making it a wonderful event. We have some very avid readers in our school.
You may have been hearing some negative talk about schools’ NAPLAN results. I would like to congratulate our students, families and teaching staff as we have done exceedingly well when compared to both Tasmania and Australia.
Parent Tip –
Did you know that kids can ask up to 200 questions a day?
It's incredible how their curiosity knows no bounds!
However, here's a surprising secret: we don't have to answer all of their questions. In fact, sometimes it's better if we don't.
Instead, ask counter-questions to help your children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
It sounds like this:
“Why do you take vitamins?”
“Why do YOU think we need vitamins? What happens when our bodies don't have enough nutrients?”
“Why do we have daylight savings time?”
“What do you think daylight savings time is? Can you describe it?”
By occasionally responding to your child’s questions with another question, you’ll help them learn to think critically, form their own ideas and opinions, and build confidence.
To all the fathers connected to our school – we wish you a happy Father’s Day for Sunday
Nut Allergy – Reminder
We have a number of students in our school who are allergic to nuts and nut products. Exposure to nuts can trigger an allergic reaction and be life-threatening for these students, so please avoid sending nuts or nut based products to school. We aim to keep our school as nut-free as possible to keep our students safe.
New online information hub for families
Some exciting news! The Department for Education, Children and Young People has recently launched a new online information hub for families with school-aged children in Tasmania. Our new website has information to help you navigate your child's education, from birth all the way up to 18 years of age.
Visit our new webpage at Welcome to your child's Tasmanian education - The Department for Education, Children and Young People Tasmania (decyp.tas.gov.au) (https://www.decyp.tas.gov.au/information-for-families-and-students)
Some of the things you’ll find include
- tips on how to support your child’s learning at home
- information to help you keep your child safe and well
- a guide to explore courses for the career they want
- school holiday and term dates.
We hope this website will be a valuable tool for you as you help your child navigate their education journey. We would love to know what you think of our new information hub for families. You can tell us by completing a quick survey on the webpage.
Launching into Learning
LiL will be on Thursday afternoon this year at 1.45 pm to 2.45.
Out-of-area expressions of interest for Kindergarten 2024 are now being accepted. Forms are available on the - Forms and Documents – on side panel with this newsletter.
Kindergarten Enrolment Form
COVID-safe behaviours reminder
COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses (like the flu) are still circulating in Tasmania. The official COVID-19 risk level has been raised to ‘Moderate’.
Together, we need to keep practising our COVID-safe behaviours to manage the risk.
Simple things we can do:
- do not come to school if unwell – stay home and test
- stay at home while you have symptoms, regardless of the result of a rapid antigen test (RAT)
- cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based sanitiser
- try to stay a reasonable distance away from others when you can
- consider wearing a face mask if you wish to – they are readily available for use at the school.
All students should ensure they have access to a quantity of RATs. If you need RATs, please ask for them at the school office so they are in your home ready for use if symptoms develop.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
For any COVID-19 enquiries, please contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, or Department of Education COVID-19 Support Hotline at COVID19support@education.tas.gov.au or on 1800 816 057.
If you need support translating or interpreting this information, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.
Premier’s reading challenge – final week, ends on Friday 1st September. Please may the reading logs be returned to the library next week.
01 September 2023
Recess: Sweet Special: Apple Crumble with custard
Fruit Muffin: Blueberry
Savoury Special: Cheese Muffin
Lunch: Apricot Chicken with rice
08 September 2023
Recess: Sweet Special: Banana Cake
Fruit Muffin: Strawberry
Savoury Special: Mini Pizza (Vegetarian)
Lunch:Vegetarian Curry with rice
Thank you to all those wonderful people who have volunteered to help in the canteen. There are still a few spots available if you are available.
15th September 3 helpers
29th September 2 helpers.
Also, it is not to early to think about term 4. If you are available for any Friday in this term, please contact the office or the canteen. Remember October 27th 2023 is a student free day.
Caron Summers Canteen Manager 0417 559 920
Please remember to choose the correct order date on the Qkr! App.
3/4W – Term 3
A selection of photos of some activities from our class this term. Array Diagram, Solar Cooker, Lego Array Rubbings, Square Metre Newspaper, Holes, Book Week and Area Measurement.
Public Health has advised that from Monday 27 June 2022, face masks are no longer mandatory in schools and Child and Family Learning Centres. This is because of reduced COVID-19 cases in our community.
It’s important to continue to:
- stay at home if unwell, and get tested
- practise COVID-safe behaviours such as frequent handwashing and sanitising
- be up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations
Students, staff and visitors are supported to continue to wear face masks if they choose to. Face masks are still available at our school if you need them.
When face masks are required
If you’re a close contact, you are still required to wear a face mask indoors as per current Public Health advice.
From time-to-time our school might identify activities or situations where masks are required to be worn. We ask for your support when this happens and know that it is in the best interests of our students, staff and our school.
Our staff will continue to wear masks when working closely with students who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly to discuss.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website or contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, or Department of Education COVID-19 Support Hotline at COVID19support@education.tas.gov.au or on 1800 816 057.
If you need support translating or interpreting this information, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.
This year as we are setting times available for the purchase of uniforms.
Tuesdays: 2.30pm to 3.00pm
Thursdays: 8.30 am to 9.15am
Orders can be made and paid for over the phone and be ready to pick up at an arranged time if the above times do not suit you.
Thank you to parents who have paid levies and to those who are making regular payments. Levies are now overdue, if you are experiencing difficulties with making payments, please contact Annette and discuss a payment plan. Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
- BPay, Service Tasmania, Eftpos
- Credit Card over the phone (6223 2268)
- Cheque payable to Albuera Street Primary School
- Levy Instalment Plan (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 6223 2268)
It is a Department of Education requirement that all medications to be taken by students during the school day are to be passed into the office or teacher in charge of an excursion or camp. The medications require a signed doctor/pharmacist as well as parent permission form (these forms are available in the Forms and Documents panel in the newsletter or at the office). The medication is also to be in the original packaging so that staff know what they are administering. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Medical Action Plans
Every child at Albuera Street Primary with a medical condition needs to supply an updated medical plan to the school each year, especially those with Anaphylaxis and Asthma. Staff from Albuera have been trained in Anaphylaxis using EpiPens and also in Ventolin administration for Asthma. If you are new to the school and your child has a medical condition please come into the office and collect an appropriate action plan form, or if you just have questions please don’t hesitate to phone the school.
Vulnerable People Card Reminder
Sign In Requirements and Checks
New requirements for record keeping have been in effect from August 2018 which specifies that all sites are required to keep visitor sign in registers. All volunteers, external providers, contractors and visitors (where appropriate) must sign in using the visitor register.
A DoE site must request the RWVP card and perform a status check via the DoJ website each time someone presents at or attends a site in their respective capacity. The status check will return current information and indicate any conditions applying to a registration.
If a search fails to return information, this indicates a change in registration has occurred. DoE staff at the worksite must sign off on the visitor register to confirm that RWVP verification has occurred.
The Department requirement is that you must present your RWVP card EVERY time you sign in.
Information for those who need to apply for WWVP card
To volunteer at this school, you will be required to hold a “Registration to Work with Vulnerable People”. It is extremely important that parent helpers and volunteers are registered and Albuera Street Primary School is recorded in your application.
How to apply for a WWVP Card
Complete the online application form. This is available from the website at the link below:
Chose Department of Education from the organisation drop-down box and also select Albuera Street Primary School from the location drop-down box. Please remember each time to volunteer at the school you need to bring your card each time.
Parents/carers are reminded to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.
- By phone (62232268) leave a message anytime on the answering machine.
- Email email@example.com
- Schoolzine – click on the absentee tab
A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more
After School Care
ASC is provided on site by Lady Gowrie Child Care Services (Ph: 6230 6806).
ASC is available from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm each school day and 1.00pm – 3.00pm Thursday for Kinder.
Term Dates for 2023
Tue 25th July to Fri 29th Sep
Mon 16th October to Thurs 21st Dec
Tasmanian All Schools Track and Field Championships 2023
The 2023 Tasmanian All Schools Track and Field Championships will be held at St Leonard’s Athletics Centre Launceston on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of October 2023.
This competition is open to all school students in the U14, U16 and U18 Age Groups (as at 31 December 2023) and in 10yrs (born in 2013), 11yrs (born in 2012) and 12yrs (born in 2011) Age Groups.
For preliminary information about the event, click on the below link to the Athletics Tasmania website:
Entries for this event will open in late September 2023.
Friday Night competition, starting 15 September
Nominations close Friday 1 September (late nominations may not be accepted)
Venues: Aurora, Moonah and Clarence Stadiums
11-week competition + Finals on 15 December
Cost: $585 per team
Individual FFA registration: Players are required to be individually registered through Play Football prior to competition for Futsal (not outdoor).
Competitions: u7, u8, u9, u10, u11, u12, u13, u14, u15, u16 & u18 Boys and Girls.
Please be sure to select the correct age group and double check with your confirmation email.
– Pre comp team sheet, (emailed after nominations close)
– Team payment by bank transfer (details provided after nominations close)
Jayden Hey - Football Tasmania