The Friends' School

Morris Information 08.12.2017

We wish all Morris families a safe and relaxing holiday and thank you kindly for your support and goodwill during 2017. Learning Records will be emailed home next week. We love the children celebrating the end of the year but can you please save sweet Christmas treats for home and avoid sending them to school.

First Assembly and Family BBQ – 2018
School begins on Monday 5 February next year and we would like to welcome you all to our first Morris Assembly for 2018 on Tuesday 6 February. We also extend a warm invitation to join us for the Family Barbecue on Wednesday 7 February from 5.15pm till 7.00pm. The Parents and Friends Association are kindly running the barbecue for us and supplying the sausages, veggie burgers, bread and fruit drinks for this occasion. We look forward to another successful and productive year in 2018.

Free Dress Day
The Morris Stewardship Group have organised a free dress day for Tuesday 12 December. Students are encouraged to wear “Christmas themed” clothing and bring along a gold coin to support Quaker Service Australia.

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.

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 as the final day for student borrowing was Friday 1 December. All books are to be returned from Monday 4 December with the final day for returns being Friday 8 December.

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, also. The polar fleece vests are a different garment and are still current uniform throughout K-12.

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 St. 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 11 December to Thursday 14 December – Portfolios and learning records sent home
Wednesday 13 December – Year 6 Assembly – 9.40 – 11.15am
Wednesday 13 December – Year 6 Social – 6.30 – 8.00pm
Thursday 14 December – Last day of Term 4
Term 1 Monday 5 February to Friday 13 April
Tuesday 6 February – First Assembly, Parent Tea & Coffee
Wednesday 7 February – Family BBQ, 5.15pm
Wednesday 7 February – Individual and Class Photos
Monday 12 February – Regatta Day Holiday
Monday 26 February – Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival
Monday 12 March – Eight Hour Day holiday
Saturday 24 March – School Twilight Fair
Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 March – Year 5 Camp
Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April – Easter