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End of Year Gathering – Save the Date
The annual End of Year Gathering is being held on Wednesday 6 December with two gatherings, one at 6pm and one at 7.30pm.
The End of Year Gathering is a time for reflection with some thoughtful performances from each campus of the School and some musical items. All families are welcome to join us for this wonderful end-of-year event.
Year 7 Film Festival
All Year 7 students will be involved in a four-day Film Festival from Tuesday 5 December to Friday 8 December inclusive. Students will work outside their current key teaching groups in newly formed groups for this project. In order to facilitate the final groups, parents are asked to contact Nicola Collins at your earliest convenience to let her know if students will be departing early for holidays or if they will be absent for some or all of this time due to sporting or other commitments. This information should also be shared with your child’s Tutor and Head of House.
Colony 47 Christmas Appeal and End of Year Gathering Giving Tree
High School Tutor Groups are asked to donate items for the End of Year Gathering Giving Tree which will be donated to Colony 47. Colony 47 organises the only Christmas lunch for people who are homeless or on their own at Christmas time in greater Hobart. The lunch is for about 400 people and a gift is given to all those who attend. Students from The Friends’ School community are annually involved with donating gifts, serving lunch and giving out the presents. A list of the type of items needed has been issued to High School Tutors. Gifts can be passed to Tutors and put in their Tutor Group Giving Tree donations box, or brought to Main Reception on Commercial Road. The Christmas Appeal runs through to End of Year Gathering on 6 December.
Homestay Placements Needed
Supporting our Sister School Relationship
Each year the Friends’ School welcomes one senior student from our Sister School, Kochi Nishi Senior High School, Japan. The student joins the Year 11 cohort at Clemes and remains with us for the duration of the school year. They are usually scheduled to arrive for the start of the 2017 school year but flight arrangements may vary.
The Friends’ School has a very long-standing relationship Kochi Nishi Senior High School and we are delighted to be able to foster this further by supporting long term exchanges to and from Clemes. This program is part of a reciprocal agreement between The Friends’ School and Kochi Nishi Senior High School, creating opportunities for our students to also take part in short and long-term exchanges.
Next year we welcome Kenta Kubo from Kochi. Kenta is a 16-year-old boy who will complete his first year of senior high school in Japan in February next year. Kenta has been selected on the basis of having excellent academic skills, a strong desire to build international relations and a commitment to fostering the sister school exchange programs. He has a keen interest in singing, especially English and K-Pop.
We are seeking a homestay placement for Kenta for the start of February 2017. Key requirements of the program involve providing him with a supportive family environment in which his understanding of English could be nurtured. All homestay placements organised under the banner of our sister school agreements are voluntary and no remuneration is available. The School, however, would provide all necessary textbooks and uniform items. The minimum preferred home stay period is 3 – 4 months, however, families may choose to host for longer if desired. Or may wish to negotiate a shorter timeframe.
If you are interested in becoming a host family for Kenta or would like further details, please contact the Japan Exchange Co-ordinator, Kim Rowlands, on 6210 2279
The annual Dance Showcase is on next Friday 24 November. We invite all family and friends of our Years 8 – 11 Dance students to The Farrall Centre to come along and support the students and see the work that they have produced this semester. Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. It is set to be a great night, with performances from the award-winning ‘Dance the Basic Moves’ class and an appearance from the inaugural all boys class. There is no entry fee so please come along and enjoy the entertainment.
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.
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
Carolling Performance – Hobart Christmas Pageant
The Morris Maestros and Year 7/8 Choir will perform at the Hobart Christmas Pageant on Saturday 18 November, entertaining the crowds as they wait for the commencement of the annual parade through the CBD streets. Students should meet staff at the Information Booth in the middle of the Elizabeth Street Mall between 9.00am and 9.15am, and will perform (with breaks) from 9.30am – 10.30am. Students will then be dismissed back at the Information Booth after performing. As is usual practice, students will need to be signed out with a staff member as they leave.
The Hobart City Council has advised that there will be a number of road closures in the CBD from 9.00am on that day, and that you take this into account as you plan your arrival. A number of CBD car parks will also close at 9.15am and reopen after the parade, although the Hobart Central Car Park will be open all day. Free parking is also available at the Regatta grounds. Further details of road closures and parking arrangements can be found here.
School uniform is not required for this performance; students may wear green or red, or something ‘Christmassy’ to enhance the atmosphere of their performance. Given the nature of the carolling performances, the students should bring a named water bottle with them.
For further information, please contact Kerry Bennett.
End of Year Gatherings
The following ensembles will be performing in this year’s End of Year Gathering on Wednesday 6 December:
Please note the date.
More details about performance times and additional rehearsals will be sent directly to parents.
High School / Clemes Soiree – Cancelled
The Term 4 High School Soiree scheduled for Thursday 23 November has been cancelled. Students wishing to perform may be able to participate in the Year 9 Twilight Concert on Monday 27 November instead. Interested performers are asked to contact Paul Kershna.
The final FriendsMusic meeting for 2018 will take place on Tuesday 28 November, commencing at 6pm in the Green Room of The Farrall Centre. All members of FriendsMusic are welcome to join us as we celebrate another year of music making at Friends’ and say farewell to long-term members.
Year 9 Twilight Concert
Students from Year 9 will present a twilight concert in Hodgkin Hall on Monday 27 November, commencing at 6pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Paul Kershna.
Instrumental Tuition Applications
We are no longer receiving applications for individual instrumental and vocal music tuition for 2017. However, we are now accepting applications for 2018. The application may be found as a link in the Instrumental and Vocal Tuition Guidelines.
Please note that all students wishing to receive tuition in 2018 need to complete an application form, irrespective of whether lessons were undertaken during 2017.
Work out for Water – Move the World
18 November, Saturday from 11.00am
Friends Health & Fitness will be dressing up in blue and working out to raise funds to provide an East African village with a water pump. Donations can be made all week at the front reception.
LEARN TO SWIM RE-ENROLMENT
Learn to Swim – SwimSAFER week
NOVEMBER 20 – 26
During Swim SAFER week we will be encouraging children to swim without their goggles at all levels.
Instructors will be asking some swimmers to bring clothes to swim in. Clean PJs are ideal clothing to bring or an old pair of shorts and a t-shirt. If your child’s Learn to Swim class is participating, their instructors will advise on what clothes to bring to class.
SwimSAFER week raises awareness for water safety within our community
Be Aware – Supervise
Be Secure – Lock the gate/barriers around water hazards
Be Confident –Water familiarisation and Learn to Swim to develop a swimmer’s strokes. Can your child swim 400m?
Be prepared – Emergency Action Plan
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