Do I give thanks for the different seasons, and take the opportunities to notice the beauty of the world we live in?
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Keeping Us Safe Around School
As a continuation of our Road Safety Taskforce Campaign we will be sharing the road safety messages that have been composed by each class in Morris. This week’s messages come from our Kindergarten students.
House Athletics 800m and 3000m events
The House Athletics events (Years 7-10) for the 800m and 3,000m will be on Monday 14 August at the Domain Athletics Centre.
A bus will pick up students at the following times and return to school after the events by 3.30pm.
The 800m and 3,000 events for Clemes students will be on Monday 21 August from 1.00pm.
The 7-12 Athletics carnival will be on Tuesday 22 August. More details to follow next week.
The weekly sports roster can be viewed here.
We would like to remind all families that the procedure to withdraw a student from Friends’ is to provide one term’s notice in writing, addressed to the Principal. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Enrolments Office on 6210 2286 to discuss.
New Director of Community Engagement
The School has recently appointed a new Director of Community Engagement, Bill Avery, who commenced work with us on Monday 7 August. Bill is a proud Tasmanian with over 18 years international and local experience in marketing and communications, organising events, building relationships and working within teams. Over the past 10 years he has been a leader and manager in marketing and business development at Cricket Tasmania and Wrest Point. Prior to this, he held varied roles at the Menzies Research Institute, Hotel Grand Chancellor and Shell International. Bill enjoys engaging the community with an organisation’s values and goals and looks forward to working and connecting with people on the story of The Friends’ School. Bill is married with two young sons and they love being active and exploring our beautiful state.
P&F Meeting Cancelled
Regretfully, the P&F have decided to cancel the next meeting, planned for Monday 14 August. Due to staff being on leave we have no information available yet on the funding priorities and we are all very busy with the upcoming Quiz Night and Silent Auction that will be held on Saturday 26 August at 6.30pm (tickets available from Morris and the Main School Office!). We will hear about the funding priorities and the Quiz night outcomes in the Term 4 meeting that will be held on Monday, 30 October at 7.00pm in the Green Room, at the Farrall Centre.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Entertainment Books – Last Chance!
The Friends’ School P&F is selling Entertainment Books this year – but not for much longer!
Sales will be closing in a couple of weeks, so here is your chance to enjoy hundreds of offers in dining, entertainment and even groceries, while helping the P&F fundraise for the School.
Click here to buy a book or digital membership today.
On Wednesday 23 August from 1.30pm – 4.00pm Clemes students are invited to participate in the Save-A-Mate program run by the Red Cross. This program aims to up-skill students to prevent, recognise and respond to first aid emergencies that may result from alcohol and drug use. A maximum of 25 students can attend and students need to sign up in the Clemes Office by Friday 18 August. Please email Amy Harris if you have any questions.
Reports and Exams
Term 3 exams for TCE and Year 12 IB students started on Thursday 10 August.
All exams are held at Clemes. Morning exams start at 8.45am and afternoon exams at 1.15pm for TCE students. IB students have been given details of their exams. Students need to assemble in the Mark Curtis Foyer at least 10 minutes prior to the exam starting time. Students are not required to wear uniform during the exam period. A copy of the timetable and an instruction sheet outlining examination rules has been emailed to students.
If your child is unwell on the day of an exam, it is important that notification of this is given to the Clemes Office. Exams can be rescheduled for later in the week.
Clemes subject reports will be prepared after the exams and emailed to parents the week commencing Monday 4 September.
On Friday 1 September there will be a moderation day for teachers of TCE subjects. As a result Clemes classes for both TCE and IB students will not be held on this day.
Working on Water
A Year 9/10 Career Exploration Opportunity
23 – 25 October 2017
Working on Water, or WoW, is a career awareness program that introduces Year 9 and Year 10 students to the diversity of occupations and professions that are to be found in, on or near water. They range from the many roles involved in the aquaculture industry, through marine engineering and construction; tourism; underwater exploration; to marine policing; research; and policy and planning.
WoW has been running since 2008, delivered by TSIC with support from the education sector and with the active participation of industry and business.
Over three days, students will visit industry sites, listen to professionals in different marine occupations, learn about pathways into different positions, and go out on the water for first-hand experience of working on water.
The program is funded through grants from local industry and there is no charge for students. It is for students with a genuine interest in water related careers and those who understand the benefits that they could gain from participating in the program. There are a limited number of positions available. Any students interested in attending will need to go online to apply. Please contact Lyn Johnston should you have any queries.
Year 8 Camp, Term 4
From the 23 to 25 October Year 8 students will be embarking on their Outdoor Education camp. Students will be given the opportunity to select an activity from a number of different options such as rafting, photography, mountain biking, surfing, coastal exploration, bushwalking, Maria Island, sea kayaking and rock climbing.
Next week a letter will be sent home via CareMonkey with detailed information about the camp and the activities on offer. We ask parents and guardians to discuss these options together with the students to help your child select the most preferred activity.
Late next week students will also receive an email with a link to a Google Form where they are to submit their preferences. We will endeavour to have all students receive a top four choice. Groups will be released mid this Term.Towards the end of term students will spend some time in Health classes preparing for camp. Topics to be covered will focus on food, equipment and the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’.
Further information will come once groups have been finalised.
SBS National Language Competition
The Language Faculty would like to bring the SBS National Language Competition
to the focus of all High School and Clemes students:
This competition celebrates diversity and contributes to the social inclusion and cross-cultural understanding of all Australians – linguistically, sociologically and culturally. It is open for all students aged to 18 years who are learning a language/s other than English.
To enter students will need to upload a video (maximum 30 seconds) describing ‘What learning a language means to you?’ The video is to be in any language other than English and the more creative the better.
Students are to consider: What do you like about the language you are learning? Why did you decide to learning this language? Be creative: Perhaps you want to sing a song, act out something, dress up in the national costume, or simply describe your love for languages.
There will be four grand prize winners who will each receive:
Winter Sports Program – Soccer training now at School
A reminder that the hockey and netball seasons have now concluded. The soccer season continues this term until the last match on Saturday 9 September. Training for soccer is now held at the School. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the coaches who have supported our Winter Sports Program this year.
No Wells Assembly / National Science Week – 15 August
Please note that Wells Assembly will not be held on Tuesday 15 August. The students will instead be involved in science based activities in their vertical groups, in support of National Science Week. Your child’s vertical group is made up of one student from each year level at Morris (Prep – Year 6). We welcome parents to join us in the fun of carrying out science experiments between 9.00am and 10.00am.
Premier’s Reading Challenge – through to 18 August
To promote the pleasure and importance of reading, we are once again participating in The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) and are encouraging all Prep – Year 6 students to read 10 books in 10 weeks – from now until Friday 18 August. Information about the PRC can be found on their website.
Book Week Assembly – 22 August
Year 4 Outdoor Education – Risdon Brook Dam – Thursday 24 August
On Thursday 24 August Year 4 students will be visiting Risdon Brook Dam for Outdoor Education as a part of our Unit of Inquiry: Where we are in place and time. There will be a range of experiences across the day facilitating team building and the development of skills that would have been useful for the First Fleet settlers. Students are required to wear full sports uniform, pack a warm jacket/raincoat and bring their lunch for the day. We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning by 3.00pm.
Term 3 Tuesday 25 July to Friday 29 September
Tuesday 22 August – Book Week Assembly
Friday 1 September – Fathers’ Day Breakfast
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
Monday 30 October – Parents & Friends’ Association meeting
Thursday 26 – Friday 27 October – Show Day holidays
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
Adult Marimba Ensemble
The Adult Marimba Ensemble will start up once again this Wednesday 16 August at 5.30pm in the Sheila Given Music Centre. The ensemble will rehearse fortnightly and new members are always welcome. For more information please contact Gerard Van de Geer or Paul Radford.
Marimba Concert – Tuesday 22 August
The School Marimba Concert will take place on Tuesday 22 August at 6.00pm in The Farrall Centre. Featuring all of the School’s marimba ensembles, this will be a concert not to miss!
Additional information about the concert will be emailed home to Year 7-12 families early next week; Morris families will have already received an email.
Please note that to prepare for the concert, the Year 7 to 12 ensembles will be holding workshops in The Farrall Centre next Sunday 20 August. The workshop schedule may be found here.
High School / Clemes Soiree
The second High School / Clemes Soiree for the year will take place on Tuesday 15 August commencing at 6.15pm in The Farrall Centre. All are welcome to attend to hear our talented students perform.
Students wishing to perform who have not yet registered their interest should contact Cheryl Bain as soon as possible.
The Term 3 Morris Soiree will take place on Tuesday 29 August at 6.15pm in The Farrall Centre. Students interested in performing in this event should contact Kerry Bennett.
All are welcome to attend what will be a varied and delightful concert.
City of Clarence Eisteddfod
The following ensembles will be performing at the upcoming City of Clarence Eisteddfod:
More detailed information about arrangements for the Eisteddfod may be found here.
Audience members are most welcome for a small entry fee.
Additional Year 7/8 Choir Rehearsal
In preparation for their eisteddfod performance, the Year 7/8 Choir will have a workshop in the Morris Music Room from 10.45am – 12.15pm on Sunday 20 August. A light morning tea will be provided from 10.30am. All Year 7/8 Choir members are asked to attend so that this session can be used to maximum benefit of the group.
On Friday 25 August we will be holding a viola masterclass hosted by Stefanie Farrands, Principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Several of the School’s viola players will perform and the class will conclude with a chamber piece performed by a number of student viola players.
The class will take place in Hodgkin Hall – please note the venue. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. It will commence at 4.00pm and conclude at 5.30pm.
Members of The Friends’ School community are welcome to attend a short Meeting for Worship held each Thursday morning during term time, starting at 7.45am. Just come quietly in when you can and join us until 8.20am in the Hobart Quaker Meeting House, which is located just below the Clemes office on Boa Vista Road.
Children are invited to the Quaker Children’s Meeting which is held during the Meeting for Worship from 10.00am to 11.00am on Sundays at the Friends’ Meeting House at 5 Boa Vista Road. They learn about Quaker values through a range of interesting and fun activities. At 10.50am they come into the Meeting for Worship for the last 10 minutes. Parents are welcome to attend the Meeting for the whole hour.
Pre-kinder children through to Year 6 are welcome every Sunday, while older children in Years 6 to 12 meet at 10.00am on each 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month.
If you have any enquiries please ring:
Jen Newton 6228 2318
Felicity Rose 6225 0773
or Ros Haynes 6225 5306