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Education conversation on ABC Radio Tasmania
Leon Compton from ABC Tasmania Morning Radio will host an on-air panel of local school Principals – including Principal of The Friends’ School, Nelson File – from 10:05am this Tuesday 19 September.
Tune in to their proposed conversations on the future of school education in Tasmania, engaging students on their role in globalisation and other important topics.
Other panelists include Gill Berriman, Principal at Bayview Secondary College and Matthew Bennell, Principal at Taroona High School.
Click Here for ABC Radio Hobart online
Welcome to our German Visitors
We would like to welcome a group of ten students and their two teachers from our Sister School, the Lessing Gymnasium in Uelzen, Northern Germany who are here for their exchange from 21 September to 29 September.
Students will be hosted by Friends’ families and will accompany their host partners to classes at Clemes and will also visit German classes in the High School.
We wish our friends a wonderful stay in Tasmania and a great educational experience in our school.
The School Shop will be closed on the final day of Term, Friday 29 September and for the school holiday period. The Shop will open for Term 4 at 8.00am on Monday 16 October on its usual schedule which can be found on the website 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.
Goethe Prize Giving Ceremony – German Speech and Poetry Competition
On Tuesday, 5 September, 40 students of German from the High School and Clemes competed in the annual Goethe Competition at the University of Tasmania. The Friends’ School attained an impressive list of prizewinners and honorable mentions. A prize giving ceremony for students and their families will be held on Friday 22 September at Hobart College, in Olinda Grove, Mt Nelson commencing at 7.30pm.
First, Second and Third place winners will receive their prizes and Honourable Mentions will receive a certificate. First prize winners in the poetry section will be invited to recite their poem. There will also be performances by students from all participating schools and refreshments will be served. All parents and friends are welcome.
The Textile club meets every Monday at the High School to make Boomerang Bags which will be gifted to the local community. Please contact Sandra Brooks for more information.
TASC early release results
Students have the option of having their Senior Secondary results emailed to them on Tuesday 19 December prior to receiving a hard copy of results in the post. If students wish to receive their results by email they must register every year. Registrations do not carry over from previous years. Details of the process have been emailed to students.
Leaving students have been reminded, that whilst they do not have to attend afternoon classes on the day of the Dinner (29 September), classes up until 1.00 pm are compulsory. Appointments should not be made during this time. Expectations of appropriate behaviour will be clearly communicated to students and a reminder that the event concludes at 10.30 pm.
UTAS Advice Afternoon
UTAS will be hosting an Advice Afternoon at Hobart campus on Thursday 28 September, 3:30 – 6:30 pm. This will be an opportunity for students to learn more about study options, how to apply, pathways and more. This will take place at the Morris Miller Library, Sandy Bay campus. Students have been emailed the details regarding the session and are reminded they will need to register using the link in the email.
Casual Dress Day Friday 22 September
Clemes students are invited to wear casual clothes on Friday 22 September, for a gold coin donation. All money raised is for The Smith Family organisation. Several students from Clemes and High School have volunteered this year to be part of The Smith Family Student2student program. The program helps disadvantaged children and young adults improve their literacy skills by providing them with reading materials, a volunteer to help them read and funding so they can continue their education.
Annual Hanyuqiao Chinese Speech Competition
On Wednesday 20 September the Annual Hanyuqiao Chinese Speech Competition will be held at the Hutchins School. Ten Friends’ students representing each year level from Year 7 to Year 11 have been selected to compete in various sections of this extension conversation competition. Students will be transported to the venue on the School bus under the supervision of Monique Gall and Helen Han. We hope the students will have a great experience and wish them all well.
International Translation Day
This year, the United Nations celebrates International Translation Day for the first time on 30 September. The celebration is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of translators, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security.
Why 30 September?
30 September celebrates the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. St. Jerome was a priest from North-eastern Italy, who is known mostly for his endeavour of translating most of the Bible into Latin from the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. He also translated parts of the Hebrew Gospel into Greek.
He was of Illyrian ancestry and his native tongue was the Illyrian dialect. He learnt Latin in school and was fluent in Greek and Hebrew, which he learnt from his studies and travels. Jerome died near Bethlehem on 30 September, 420.
Come and see the International Translation Day display in the High School Library.
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.
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
TSO Composers’ Project
We wish the following senior students well as pieces they composed as part of this year’s TSO Composers’ Project are recorded by members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra on Saturday: Gabby Cayoun, Benjamin van der Niet and Toney Evans.
Clemes Music Awards
We are now seeking applications for Music Awards for Clemes for 2017. Students submitting an application should use this form. Applications are due Monday 25 September.
Spring Showcase Concert – Tuesday 19 September
On Tuesday 19 September at 7pm we will be presenting the Spring Showcase Concert in The Farrall Centre. This will be an evening of solo and chamber-group items featuring students from Morris, the High School and Clemes.
Student performers are asked to arrive at The Farrall Centre by 6.30pm for setup and tuning. Formal uniform is to be worn, which includes ties for boys and tights for girls wearing skirts. Blazers are not required.
Participating students have also been asked to bring a plate of supper to share at the conclusion of the event.
Please join us for an evening of fine music. For more information, please contact Christine Akerman.
Man Choir Performance
The Friends’ School Man Choir has been invited to perform as a guest choir at a concert at Scots Church, Bathurst Street on Sunday 17 September. Our choir will join with local choir Men in Black and a number of soloists and duets to form an all male line-up.
The concert commences at 2.00pm, and students should be present from 1.30pm. They will need to wear full formal uniform including trousers, ties and blazers.
Audience members are most welcome to attend the concert. Tickets are $15 and $12, and children are $5, and can be purchased here. Afternoon tea is included in the ticket price.
Spring Equinox Picnic at Glen Derwent
A number of our marimba groups will be performing at the Spring Equinox Picnic on Saturday 23 September:
Information about the event has been sent home to families and may also be found here.
UTAS Twilight Concert (Contemporary Music)
On Monday 25 September at 7pm, our UTAS Contemporary Music students will present a concert in Hodgkin Hall. This will be an enjoyable evening of music. All are invited to attend and entry is free.
Visit from Brisbane’s Birralee Singers
Friends’ will host a visit from a group of young singers from internationally acclaimed choir Birralee Voices on Monday 25 September. The choristers will participate in a workshop with the Year 5 members of the Morris Maestros and the Year 7/8 Choir during the school day, and this will be followed by a short concert in The Farrall Centre from 2.15pm. Family and Friends’ community members are welcome to attend this free concert to enjoy some excellent singing.
For further details, please contact Kerry Bennett.
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