The Friends' School

Morris Information 17.11.2017

Next Morris Assembly – 28 November
Due to the TCE/IB Art Exhibition being held in The Farrall Centre the next Morris Assembly will be on Tuesday 28 November.

Music Ensemble Rehearsals
All Morris music ensembles will continue rehearsing until the end of Week 8 of term, with the last rehearsals for the year taking place on Friday 8 December. There will be no rehearsals in the final week of term. Students should continue attending rehearsals as usual until then.

Clemes Exams – 13 to 23 November
Please note Clemes exams run from Monday 13 November to Thursday 23 November starting at 8.30am each day.  The area behind Wells will be closed during this time. Please drop off and collect children from the Argyle Street side of Wells.

Kindergarten / Prep Swimming and Water Safety Program – 20 November to 24 November
The Kindergarten / Prep Learn to Swim program will be held at Friends Health & Fitness from Monday 20 November to Friday 24 November. Any enquiries please contact Lisa Di Venuto on 6210 2228.

Fire Education – Monday 20 November to Friday 1 December
A firefighter from the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is visiting our school in Weeks 6 and 7 to present a Home Fire Safety Program to our Prep to Year 6 students.
The age appropriate program is designed to raise fire awareness in children and includes fun in class activities, videos, activity books, website and giveaways.
Parents and other family members are also encouraged to participate by reading the information and assisting your child with the after school activities.
The TFS aims to deliver appropriate fire safety education to every primary school child in Tasmania and is  part of the TFS’s ongoing commitment to create a fire safe Tasmania.

Year 6 excursion to Orford – Tuesday 21 November
Year 6 are going on an outdoor education day to Orford on Tuesday 21 November where students will be cataloguing the plant species at Orford and completing a site familiarisation for their camp that will occur on 30 November and 1 December. Students should wear school sports uniform, including hat, and will require their lunch and drink for the day.

Morris Majors performance at the Volunteers’ Lunch – Wednesday 22 November
The Morris Majors have been invited to perform at the annual Volunteers Lunch to thank volunteers within the school community. The students will walk to Hodgkin Hall within the school day for this performance. Please remind the choir members to wear their sports uniform to school, with black shoes. Long or short sleeves are fine for this performance, depending on weather and comfort.

Year 4 Camp – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November
Year 4 Camp will take place from Thursday 23 November until Friday 24 November, at Orana, Roches Beach. Our Outdoor Education teacher, Nicola Hughes, will be accompanying the year group along with Year 4 teachers, GAP students and other Morris staff. Students are to meet in classrooms, with their gear, at 8.45am on the Thursday morning for departure by 9.15am. We will return for the end of the school day on Friday. Students will need a snack for morning tea and a packed lunch in a paper bag on the day they depart for camp and a drink in a refillable bottle. Other meals are provided. Students should not bring any additional food, including lollies. We ask that students do not bring any electronic games, iPods, iPads or mobile phones. In the event of an emergency, one of the staff members will contact parents personally or relay a message via the school office. No money will be required as the children will not be in a position to use it at any time during the trip. A suggested list of equipment for camp was recently emailed to parents. Please contact your child’s teacher should you have any queries.

Year 5 Excursion to the Salvation Army – Friday 24 November
On Friday 24 November all Year 5 students will walk to and from the Salvation Army Citadel on Elizabeth Street in Hobart. They will meet with staff and find out about the various programs that the Salvation Army has to support people in the Hobart community. Students will depart school by 9.00am and return to school by approximately 1.30pm. Students will eat lunch at the Salvation Army venue before returning to school. Please ensure your child has a packed lunch and water bottle on this day. Students may wear sports uniform and should pack a raincoat and their hat for the walk.

Year 5 Outdoor Education Day – Monday 27 November
On Monday 27 November all three Year 5 classes will be heading off to Seven Mile Beach for an Outdoor Education activity day. Students will depart by bus from school at 9.15am for the northern end of Seven Mile Beach. In small groups, students will undertake a series of rotations including introduction to trangia skills, tarpology, water course challenge, and plank walking to begin preparations for future Outdoor Education camps. Please ensure your child has adequate food, drink and clothing including a raincoat, sun hat, sunscreen and personal medication in a waterproofed daypack. The group will return to school by 3.00pm.

Year 6 Camp – Thursday 30 November to Friday 1 December
On 30 November Year 6 will be attending their annual camp at Orford. This camp concludes their Outdoor Education program at Morris, as well as focussing on their Sharing the Planet inquiry. They will depart school on Thursday morning at 9.00am and return by 2.30pm on Friday 1 December. Students may be collected from the drive-through on Friday from 2.30pm. Additional information about camp has been provided for parents through CareMonkey and additional notices. If you have any questions please contact one of the Year 6 teachers.

Important Dates
Term 4 Monday 16 October to Thursday 14 December
Monday 20 November – Kindergarten to Prep Learn to Swim
Thursday 23 – Friday 24 November – Year 4 Camp
Thursday 30 November – Friday 1 December – Year 6 Camp
Friday 1 December – Kindergarten to Year 2 Sports Day
Monday 4 December – Moving On Day
Monday 4 December – Orientation Year 6 into Year 7
Wednesday 6 December – End of Year Gathering
Wednesday 13 December – Year 6 Assembly – 9.40am-11.00am
Wednesday 13 December – Year 6 Social
Thursday 14 December – Last day of Term 4

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