The Friends' School

Whole of School Information 10.03.2017

Master Plan and Building Plans Outlined
All members of The Friends’ School community are invited to attend a presentation from Principal Nelson File, which will share the priority works for building at The Friends’ School resulting from the preparation of a Master Plan for the School. The Plan outlines a long-term strategy for creating a friendly, safe and accessible environment across the entire School, incorporating both campuses, which will nurture the School’s culture and Quaker values.
The presentation will be held:

  • at 7pm
  • on Wednesday 15 March (next week)
  • at the Bill & Marjorie Oats Theatre, on the Commercial Road campus.
  • Easiest access is via Carr Street.

Parent Information Session – Cyber Safety Expert
Susan McLean is widely considered Australia’s leading expert in cyber safety and will be speaking specifically for Friends’ parents on keeping children safe in the digital space. This session is recommended for parents of students from years 3 through to 12.
Details are:

  • Tuesday 21 March
  • The Farrall Centre, Argyle Street campus
  • from 7.15pm to 8.45pm.

Friends’ School Fair – Saturday 25 March

Two Weeks to Go! Your hard-working committee has raised the bar again this year, with a number of new attractions including opportunities to get close to Australian native animals, fun games and new rides!
We invite all ages to participate in the Easter Colouring Competition. You could win a $10 gift voucher!
We also invite you to pre-purchase tickets for the Fair – this is a new initiative and also a bit of a bargain! Read all about it here.

To make it the best Fair yet, this week we are seeking:

  • volunteers to help throughout the day of the Fair. If you are fit and willing, please let us know here.
  • return of Deli jars for re-use (contact Wendy McHugh)
  • donations of sturdy packaging boxes for the Box Maze (we know you have them, but please bring them in!)
  • old sheets and tablecloths for a cool craft activity (contact Sally McGushin)
  • books and sheet music for the Book Stall
  • quality items for the Trash & Treasure Stall, which do not include electrical goods or clothing. Please bring all donated goods into Main Reception or the Morris Office.

Seeking Crafty Makers!
The craft stall at the Fair is seeking willing participants to attend a small group of ‘makers’ next Friday 17 March from 2pm to 3pm. If you would like to join in, or have ideas of items to donate to the stall, please contact Sarah Hood. All participants are welcome!

Care for the Environment
The School’s Environment Committee has produced an Environmental Management Plan. The Plan targets five areas throughout the School, and includes goals and actions to meet those goals.

Home Stay Placement needed for Kaho Tsuchida – Supporting our Sister School Relationship
Every two years The Friends’ School welcomes one senior student from our sister school Tokyo Friends, Japan. The student joins the Year 11 cohort at Clemes and remains with us for the duration of the school year. The long term exchange program between The Friends’ School and Tokyo Friends School, Japan, is a reciprocal agreement creating opportunities for students to take part in short and long term exchanges.
This year we welcome Kaho Tsuchida from Tokyo Friends School. Kaho arrives 9 March and will be staying with an interim host family until 8 April after which time we are seeking a more long term hosting arrangement for her. Kaho has been selected by her school based on her strong commitment to learning about the world in which we live. We are reliably informed that Kaho has a good capacity for the English language and is really excited about her impending stay in Tasmania. Key requirements of the program involve providing Kaho with a supportive family environment in which her understanding of English and our way of life could be nurtured. All home stay placements organised under the banner of our sister school agreements are voluntary and no remuneration is available. The School is responsible for the legal welfare of Kaho and will work in partnership with the host family to ensure the success of the exchange. Kaho would need to be provided with a room of her own and the School will issue her with all necessary textbooks and uniform items.
The minimum preferred home stay period is one school term (including the holiday period at the start and end to arrange family transfers), however, families may choose to host for longer if desired – in special circumstances we can consider a shorter period.
Kaho is a 16-year-old female senior high school student who will complete her first year of senior high school this month. Her five favourite subjects are Biology, Chemistry, English, P.E., and Music. She also plays the flute and is a member of her school’s volleyball club. Kaho enjoys sport and in addition to volleyball she has a keen interest in Basketball and Badminton.
If you could assist in hosting Kaho or would like further details, please contact the Japan Exchange Coordinator: Kim Rowlands on 6210 2279.

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