In this issue
22nd - Modbury High School visit to year 6’s
25th – Harmony day, casual clothes day
28th – Charles Campbell talk to year 6’s
31st – District athletics day
1st Pupil Free Day
Wed 16th Mar – Tue 22nd Mar
Caleb B, Ben G, Jacob L
Wed 23rd Mar – Tue 29th Mar
Brody S, Kyton B, Zac H
Wed 30th Mar – Tue 5th Apr
Oscar P, Eli J, Tobie M
Please arrive by 8.25am
Student Leadership in 2022
Students at Ardtornish are offered a range of opportunities to take on leadership roles across the school. As leaders they support the student community and learn valuable skills related to goal setting, planning, team work and the use of interpersonal skills to achieve shared outcomes. Two major leadership activities are SRC Executive and the PALs Program.
The 2022, eight member SRC Executive has a gender balance for the first time in many years. Applications were open to all year 6 students. Many students applied and those chosen presented the clearest ideas about how they could contribute to the school community. The successful candidates were: Karthik S, Tamara J, Jude H, Tammy V, Hugo H, Lillybelle C, Samuel H, and Maddison H.
As a part of their SRC induction they completed two part leadership training. On Thursday of last week, Mr Hansen and Mrs Hall introduced them to the idea of leadership being related to promoting change through the use of teams as they participated in a group challenge. The second leadership session was held, Tuesday of this week, when students started planning the changes they would like to see in the school. We look forward to seeing this group grow over the next twelve months as leaders.
PALs - Play at Lunchtimes
PALs is a student leadership program for primary-aged students. Year 4-6 students apply to become a PAL leader and are trained by Mrs Hall in how to run lunchtime activities and provide good leadership skills to support children in the yard. Next term these students will run lunchtime activities for junior primary students, encouraging them to play games, get along and make new friends. 21 students have been selected to be a part of the PALs program and for the first time, we also have some year 6 students as mentors to the younger PAL leaders.
Congratulations to: Shubh P, Mason W, Cameron D, Morgan T, Abbie G, Sienna M, Ava H, Tatum D, Sienna N, Sienna H, Freyja S, Alice E, Agam C, Sienna G, Edward H, Tamara J, Jacob L, Taya G, Emily N, Abby F, and Maddison H. We are looking forward to working with this group and further developing their leadership skills to create a welcoming and connected school community.
Nat Hall : Wellbeing Leader.
On behalf of the canteen committee, I would like to welcome you all back to what is promising to be an interesting 2022. The canteen is up and running as usual, now that the restrictions are slowly being lifted. Thank you to all who continue to support us, volunteers and parents as well as the students who come up to the counter to purchase their treats at lunch time.
The canteen has been carrying the growing price increases for a while now and unfortunately we now find ourselves in the position where we have to pass on these increases. We hope these do not impact too adversely and you are all still able to support us as usual.
We are one of the few primary schools who still have a school based canteen and that is a testament to the wonderful community who continue to support us.
Please consider volunteering in your canteen as it is only with all of you that we are able to keep this service viable. Feel free to contact me Tuesday through to Friday at the canteen.
Regards Michele Smale 8264 8099
FAREWELL TO DRACO
Sadly over the long weekend Draco, the lizard in the Science Room, passed away. Draco had been at Ardtornish for 20 years and had been a resident of many different classrooms. She had spent the last few years in the Science Room where she was very popular with the students. She will be sadly missed.
REMINDER RAN Update Training for Volunteers
REDEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW BUILDINGS
Fusco Construction are the company behind the redevelopment of the new school buildings. Throughout the last week they provided students with a tour and a first look at the interior of our new buildings. They also provided a talk to the students regarding vocational skills and the many different trades involved in the building process. It was followed up with a sausage sizzle provided by the building company and enjoyed by all the year 6 students.