The Friends' School

Morris Information 15.09.2017

Student Led Conversations – 11 September to 22 September
Student Led Conversations in Prep to Year 5 continue until Friday 22 September. An invitation has been sent to families. If you have not already done so, please book your appointment. If you have any queries please contact the Morris Office on 6210 2228.

Interschool Chess State Finals – 18 September
Five members of the Morris Chess Team will travel to St Patrick’s College in Launceston on Monday 18 September to compete in the State Finals of the Interschool Chess Competition.

International Day of Peace, Morris Assembly – 19 September
On Tuesday 19 September Morris – Friends’ Primary Years will be highlighting the concept of peace at the Morris Assembly at 9.00am in The Farrall Centre. In the days following the assembly, children will be thinking about and identifying their own actions of peace within our school community. We intend to collaboratively create an art installation during Tuesday and Wednesday that celebrates and acknowledges peaceful actions and interactions that occur around Morris. Our activities will conclude with a 15 to 20 minute ceremony to recognise International Peace Day under the Plane tree outside the Morris library at 10.35am on Thursday 21 September.

Year 2 Outdoor Education Excursion – 20 September
On Wednesday 20 September Year 2 will participate in an Outdoor Education excursion to the Mt Nelson Signal Station. Students will be investigating different systems of communication and going on a bushwalk around Mt Nelson. We will leave school at 9.15am and return to school by 3.00pm. Students are encouraged to think about self-management in the outdoors by wearing and packing appropriate gear. They are expected to wear their sports uniform, including a warm top (the navy soft shell jacket would be appropriate) and bring a raincoat, warm beanie, a drink bottle, lunch and snacks.

Kindergarten Excursion – Red Chapel Beach, Sandy Bay – 21 September
On Thursday 21 September Kindergarten children will visit the Little Penguin Project at Red Chapel Beach to learn how colonies of Little Penguins on the Derwent River are being protected by volunteers. They will meet Peter Vertigan who is a steward of this particular beach in Hobart and beaches on Bruny Island. He will show the children some of the ways people have helped protect their habitats and support the survival and breeding of Little Penguins. We will travel by bus from school at 12.30pm and return by 2.30pm. Families are invited to join in our learning. Afternoon tea will be provided and children will just take their water bottles.

Visit from Jon Madin – 22 September
Morris will host a visit from music educator Jon Madin on Friday 22 September.  Jon is well known for his fun marimba music and his inventions of ‘wacky instruments’.  Jon will work with Year 2, 3 and 4 classes in short workshops throughout the day, which will culminate in a sharing session in The Farrall Centre from 2.15pm.  Families and friends are welcome to attend to listen to the music that the students share.

Year 5 Excursion: “A Day on the Gold Fields” – Rescheduled to 22 September
On Friday 22 September Year 5 students will experience the Gold Rush era first hand during a role-play excursion to the Taroona Beach “goldfields”. We will travel to Taroona Beach by bus leaving school at 9.15am and returning by 2.45pm. A detailed note, including what to bring, has been sent to families.

Year 6 Exhibition – Open Classrooms and Exhibition evening – 28 September
PYP Exhibition is a significant event in an IB school. As a culminating experience for Year 6 students, it is an opportunity to independently exhibit the attributes of the learner profile and identify, investigate and offer solutions to real life issues. It is also an opportunity for them to demonstrate the five essential elements of the PYP program: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. Our Exhibition this year is under the transdisciplinary theme of How the World Works.
Year 6 parents are welcome to attend the Year 6 Exhibition Open Classrooms each Tuesday from 12.00pm – 1.00pm and each Thursday from 9.50am – 1.40pm (except for one hour PE for different classes) running through until the end of Week 9, 22 September.
All Friends’ families are also invited to share in the Year 6 Exhibition evening on Thursday 28 September, from 5.30pm – 7.00pm, in The Farrall Centre.

Year 6 Exhibition Action – donations of eye-glasses required
A group of students are inquiring into eye care for their Year 6 Exhibition and for their action they are collecting glasses to be recycled and sent to third world countries. If you have any old glasses, could you please bring them in to the Year 6 area where there will be a collection box. Thank you in advance, Charlotte & Thomas, Year 6.

Holiday Rowing and Sailing Programs
The Year 6s have been provided with information about two wonderful opportunities provided by the School in the coming holidays. There will be a Sculling Skills program in the first week conducted at the Friends’ Rowing Clubrooms for those students interested in learning to row. In the second week a Sailing Skills program will be conducted at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club for those interested in participating in the Team Sailing program in Term 4.
Any queries can be directed to Peter Gibson – Rowing Co-ordinator or Amanda Sargent – Sailing Manager.

Important Dates
Term 3 Tuesday 25 July to Friday 29 September
Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 September – Year 6 Exhibition

Term 4 Monday 16 October to Thursday 14 December
Monday 23 October – Athletics Carnival Years 3-6
Wednesday 25 October – Grandparents & Older Friends Day
Thursday 26 – Friday 27 October – Show Day holidays
Monday 30 October – Parents & Friends’ Association meeting
Thursday 23 – Friday 24 November – Year 4 Camp
Thursday 30 November – Friday 1 December – Year 6 Camp
Friday 1 December – K-2 Sports Day
Monday 4 December – Moving On Day
Wednesday 13 December – Year 6 Assembly


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