4 August 2023
Hi Parents and Families
Attendance Letters and Protocols
You may have all seen another push by the Department of Children and Young People (DECYP) on TV and other media forms about the importance of attendance at school.
At Snug Primary, we need to meet certain departmental requirements around attendance and how we record it, and follow up with families if students are away. When students have been away for 5, 10, 15 and 20 days in the year, our office will send you a letter, stipulating the number of days they have been absent from school.
If the school is unclear of the reasons behind absences, you may be asked to contact the school, or the school may contact you. (This will not always be necessary, in the case of a family holiday, for example. This is considered by the department as an unauthorised absence, however, even if you have made the school aware).
After five absences in a year, if a child is away ill, you may be asked to provide a medical certificate. If you do not provide the certificate, any absences from then on will be marked as “unauthorised”.
There is a process to connect with families when there is chronic non-attendance. If you are having trouble getting your child to school, please contact the school asap, so we can put supports in place to help you and your child.
A reminder our Book Day Parade is Wednesday 23 August. Think about your costume now!
Our annual Brixhibition Lego competition is coming up on Thursday 24 August. There have been details sent on Seesaw and Facebook about your child’s participation.
Lock in the date for the school’s Winter Feast, which will be Friday 8 September, 4.30pm – 7.30pm. There will be a range of different food options, live music and drinks available. Come along with CASH to pay for food at the stalls, and be together as a Snug Community. More info to come!
I believe we are all creative in different ways, and our habit of the mind this week is to show this in our learning.
All my boys are very different, and for those that don’t know them, Ben is now off at University and shows his creative flair in designing computer games and web designs.
For Jay, he is in Year 10 and he is creative in a different sense, he builds tables and chairs and even shows creativity in his Physical Education through his flair in soccer and futsal, recently just returning from Barcelona from playing there.
While Eli is in Year 8, and he is creative in the way he thinks about his Maths. Sometimes I wonder how he came up with that solution? Sometimes you need different ways to think outside the box to think of your maths and other subjects.
Here at Snug, we want each of our students to find what they love doing, and to find their creativity in whatever they do! Sometimes we all have to think of creative ways of thinking of a solution, whether it be of a way to help all your children get to their events on time, and dinner made as well, sometimes it takes some creative thinking along the way… and we are here for it! Let’s encourage that in our students, and praise the pondering and the trials that come with that along the way. It’s all a journey, and we are here as a listening ear along the way!
Class in Focus – 1-2B Farrar/Jaggard
In the last week of Term 2 we celebrated NAIDOC week. The theme for the week this year was ‘For our Elders’.
1/2B confidently led the NAIDOC week assembly on Friday. During the week we completed some writing about what an Elder is and how they impact our lives. We shared some of these at assembly.
We also did some lovely artwork with our Grade 5/6 Buddies using some Indigenous petroglyphs found in Tasmania.
It was a great way to finish the term – reflecting on the importance of not only our Indigenous community but the importance of our Elders in our lives.
Please see the photos below to see us in action.
Assembly, Buddies, Buddy Art Work and Elders Writing and Drawing
'Little Voices. Loud Future'
This week we celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day as a whole school community by gathering for a lunchtime party in our garden. We toasted marshmallows around the fire, played games, did some craft activities, had our faces painted and played in the bark hut while listening to music to celebrate the strengths and cultures of First Nations children. This year’s theme is ‘Little Voices. Loud Future’, which encourages us to support our young people to speak up for who they are and what they believe in, paving our way forward to a bright and empowered future!
Hayley McClure - Aboriginal Education Worker
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
School Photo Day
Our photo day is coming up next week, Wednesday 9 August. Please order online from the link below, click ‘Order Online’, then enter your child’s unique shootkey number.
A reminder that sibling shoot keys are no longer distributed from the office; these will be given to families directly from the photographers when the kids arrive for their photo first thing Wednesday morning.
Levy Payment Information
Please note that contact will be made with families in the coming week rearding outstanding levy payments.
These payments are overdue and need to be paid ASAP. If this is not possible please talk with our School Business Manager, Jo Malone, to make a plan – email@example.com or 6267 9230.
Some families may be able to apply for Student Assistance (STAS) so please enquire at the Office for eligibility criteria.
Families experiencing financial difficulties with payment are invited to discuss their situation with the Principal, as payment options can be arranged.
Accounts are sent out by the Department of Education on a monthly basis until the account is paid in full.
Lunch Provision options for next Wednesday:
TERM 3 ROSTER
Volunteers always welcome, classes start at 2.00pm.
REGISTRATION TO WORK WITH VULNERABLE PEOPLE (RWVP)
A reminder that volunteers will need a Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP). Details are here if you need to apply:
Little Sprouts and Little Movers
Book Club orders are submitted and paid for online via the Book Clubs Loop. Please go to the link below. It’s a very straightforward process to sign up and then super quick and easy to place orders. The Loop for the current book issue will be closed off on Tuesday 8 August so ensure you have your orders in by then. Books will arrive to school and be distributed to students a few weeks later.
Outside School Hours Care
2023 Information and Enrolment (Including Re-Enrolment)
2023 Enrolment and Re-Enrolment information is always available from the office and OSHC. There is important information that families need in these packs, so please be sure to collect one if you need. Thanks!
For more information please see our school calendar by clicking the link below:
Year 6 Band Tour
School Association Meeting
16 August – 17 August
Year 5 Band Workshop (C3 Convention Centre)
“Think You Know” Cyber Sessions (Years 1 to 6 students)
14 August – 21 August
The Ned Show at 2.00pm
Terrapin Puppet Show (Prep to Year 6)
Winter Feast - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
MAST Boat Safety Program (Years 3-5 only)
School Association Meeting
18 September – 29 September
Years 3-6 Swimming and Water Safety Program
Term 3 Ends
Term 4 Starts
School Association Meeting
Year 6 Band Workshop (C3 Convention Centre)
26 October – 27 October
Show Day Public Holiday and Student Free Day
Snug Athletics Day
Remembrance Day Assembly
Huon and Channel Athletics Carnival
20 November – 24 November
Growing Up Program
School Association Meetin
Kingston High Orientation Day
Year 5 and 6 Band - DEC Annual Concert (MyState Bank Arena)
27 November – 8 December
Fire Education (with Firefighter Alison)
Schools Triathlon Challenge – Bellerive
Reports to Senior Staff and due into SARIS
Snug Jingles and Car Boot Sale (tbc)
Volunteers Morning Tea
School Association Meeting (Final)
Reports and class placements for 2024 to go home/Meet-the-Teacher
Year 6 Big Day Out
Term 4 Ends