The Friends' School

Morris Information 01.12.2017

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.

Morris Library: end of year book returns
It has been another wonderful year of borrowing in the Morris Library. Can you believe we had over 44,000 loans this year?! As the end of the term approaches, we ask for your help to ensure our library books are returned in a timely manner. The final day for student borrowing is Friday 1 December. All books are to be returned from Monday 4 December with the final day for returns being Friday 8 December.

Moving On Day – 4 December
Moving On Day is on Monday 4 December. The purpose of this day is to establish positive relationships between next year’s teachers and classmates before the long holiday. It is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce our new students into the School.
Students will spend time with their teacher for next year and get to know their new classmates. Parents of new students are invited to stay on, to meet specialist teachers and to be informed about the IB PYP Morris Curriculum. The morning will finish with a short assembly at 10.30am, followed by morning tea for new students and families.
Families will receive a note at the end of this day communicating their classroom teacher for 2018. We have taken great care to ensure that the 2018 class groups support all the children’s best interests and learning needs. We value your support in making this a positive transition.

Uniform Change
The polar fleece jumpers and spray jackets have been removed from the High School and Clemes uniforms for four years now and with the introduction of the warmer rugby top, we are going to cease the wearing of the polar fleeces and spray jackets at Morris from next year. The polar fleece vests are a different garment and are still current uniform throughout K-12.

Primary Schools Triathlon Challenge – 8 December
A reminder to those Year 5/6 students entered in the Primary Schools Triathlon Challenge that it is to be held on Friday 8 December at Bellerive Beach. Students involved will travel by bus to and from the venue. More information will come home in due course. Any enquires please contact Lisa DiVenuto.

Colony 47 Christmas Appeal
The Morris Stewardship Group are collecting goods for the Colony 47 Christmas Appeal. We would appreciate your support by donating the following non-perishable goods; fruit cake/Christmas pudding, chocolate, biscuits/crackers, canned food, drinking chocolate coffee/tea, long life milk, pasta/noodles, cereal/breakfast bars, tinned corn beef, readymade meals in cans, new take away food containers and wrapping paper. Goods can be brought to the classrooms during the week beginning Monday 4 December 2017 or left at the End of Year Gathering on the evening of Wednesday 6 December 2017. Staff from Colony 47 will collect the goods from school on Thursday 7 December 2017.

Morris Assembly – 12 December
Our final Morris Assembly will be on Tuesday 12 December at 9.00am. Families are invited to stay for tea and coffee afterwards.

Year 6 Assembly – 13 December
We are looking forward to seeing all our Year 6 families at the Year 6 Assembly on Wednesday 13 December at 9.40am in The Farrall Centre.

Candy Canes and Chocolates
As the end of term approaches can we please ask parents not to distribute candy canes and chocolates at school. We appreciate your help and understanding in this matter.

Morris – last day of term excursions – 14 December
Kindergarten, Prep,Year 1 and Year 2 will celebrate the end of the year by watching a performance of Aladdin at the Royal Botanical Gardens on Thursday 14 December. Families are very welcome to join the performance and tickets can be purchased at the gardens on the day of the performance.

  • Kindergarten will leave school at 11.45am to attend the 12.30pm performance, returning to school at 2.00pm.
  • Prep will leave school at 9.15am for Cornelian Bay Park and then go to the Botanical Gardens for the 12.30pm performance, returning to school at 2.30pm.
  • Year 1 will be going to the 10.00am performance then to Simmons Park, Lindisfarne Park at 11.30am returning to school at 2.45pm.
  • Year 2 will be going to the 10.00am performance then to the School’s Bell Street playing fields at 11.45am for lunch. Parents are most welcome to meet us at Bell Street. Children will need to wear their school uniform and school hat. Please ensure you have applied sunscreen to your child and that they bring a drink, lunch and afternoon tea.

Year 3 – Wentworth Park and Howrah Beach
On the last day of term, Thursday 14 December, Year 3 are going out for the day to Wentworth Park and Howrah Beach to celebrate the end of the school year. We will be playing at Wentworth Park (park equipment and ball games) and going for a walk and play on Howrah Beach. Family members are welcome to join us for a picnic lunch at around 11.00am. Children will need a packed lunch, a sunhat and sunscreen and a refillable drink bottle. Normal sports uniform will be worn.

Year 4 – Dru Point Margate
Year 4 children will celebrate the end of the school year with a trip to Dru Point in Margate. This will be a full day excursion, leaving school at 9.00am and returning at about 3.00pm. Students need to bring food and drink for the day. Barbecue facilities are available. Sauce and barbecue tools will be provided. If students are going to bring meat for the barbecue it will need to be marked with the student’s name and placed in the eski-cooler provided before we leave school.
Students are to wear suitable plain clothes and a hat. They need to bring sun-block. If there have been any recent changes to the medical information provided to the School, can we please be informed about the changes before the excursion. Please bring along any relevant medications e.g. asthma puffers.

Year 5 – Tynwald Park and New Norfolk Pool
As an end of year celebration, Year 5 will be travelling to New Norfolk on Thursday 14 December. We will leave school at 9.00am and return at about 2.45pm. Students need to bring food and drink for the day. School uniform is not required, however, sun safe clothing is to be worn. They need to bring a hat, sun-block, bathers, a towel and a plastic bag as they will be able to go for a swim at the New Norfolk Pool. Parents are most welcome to join us for any part of the day. We will be on The Esplanade from 10.15am.

Year 6 – Seven Mile Beach
On Thursday 14 December Year 6 students will be travelling by bus to Seven Mile Beach, leaving school at 9.30am and leaving Seven Mile Beach at 2.30pm. Students will need a hat, sunscreen, towel, food and a drink. They are welcome to bring some money to buy a treat or their lunch at the local shop (maximum $10.00). School uniform is not required, however, sun safe clothing is to be worn. Please note students will not be swimming at the beach.

Important Dates
Term 4 Monday 16 October to Thursday 14 December
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