The first week of school has been an exciting time for our Kinder students, year 7’s who are new to senior school and our senior secondary students in years 11 and 12. We have 37 students enrolled in years 11 and 12. Extended Maths and Extended Science will again run in 2020 with enough number to have two separate classes.
Attached to the newsletter are some of the pictures taken on the first two days back.
A reminder to families that teachers are not on duty until 8.30am of a morning and students should not be at school earlier than this.
The school car parks are extremely busy of a morning and afternoon. Please drive slowly in the car parks and be aware that many young children are getting in and out of cars.
The breakfast program will operate out of the junior school kitchen near the Stephanie Alexander Garden and all students Prep-12 are welcome to breakfast.
The school newsletter is published at the end of every second week. Please take the time to read the school newsletter as it contains important dates and messages and it’s where we celebrate the achievements of our students.
The school calendar with important dates is on the school internet page – https://portdalrymple.education.tas.edu.au please click on School Calendar.
Please subscribe to the school newsletter on the follwoing website https://portdalrymple.education.tas.edu.au please click on Newsletter Archive than Subscibe to Newsletter.
We have had some changes to the Leadership Team at Port Dalrymple School. Please feel free to contact a member of the Leadership Team if ever you have questions or queries in relation to the teaching and learning programs.
New Staff 2020
Mrs Rebecca Fox, Year 3/4 Teacher
Mr Christopher Brown, Maths/Science Teacher
Miss Rowena Allan, Prep/1 Teacher
Mr David Lawson, Music Teacher
Leadership Team 2020
|Assistant Principal||Mike Flanagan Years 9-12|
|Assistant Principal||Davin Broomhall Year 5-8|
|Assistant Principal||Lisa Bailey Years Kinder-4|
|Assistant Principal||Luke Padgett Collective Ed|
|Literacy Coach||Cheryla Broomhall & Amy Warren|
|Business Manager||Lorna Clifford|
|AST||Stuart Austin Years 9-12|
|AST||Brenton Gale Years 5-8|
|AST||Laura Kuruvita Years Kinder-4|
|TTC Coordinator||Barb Parker|
The Meet, Greet, and Peek Barbecue, Kinder to Year 12, will be held from 4.30-6.30pm on Tuesday, 25th February at the school. This barbecue is a great way to meet your child’s teachers and staff at Port Dalrymple School.
We encourage all parents/guardians to come along.
Swimming and Water Safety Program Year 2-6 begins Monday, 10th of Feb and will be held at the George Town Swimming Pool
Year 7 Camp Monday 17th Feb – Friday, 21st Feb, Mount Cameron Field Studies Centre
Meet, Greet, Peek Barbecue, Kinder to Year 12, 4.30-6.30pm Tuesday, 25th Feb
Launceston Cup, Wednesday 26th Feb, No School
Student Leadership Induction Assembly, 9.30am School Gymnasium, Friday, 28th Feb
Long Weekend Monday, 9th March
School Swimming Carnival Years 3-10 Thursday, 12th March
NHSSA Swimming Carnival Years 7-10 Tuesday, 31st March
TPSSA Athletics Years 3-10 Friday, 3rd April
From the commencement of Term 2, 2020 all Tasmanian Government Schools from Kindergarten to Year 12 will need to implement restrictions on the use of mobile phones by students at school. The Minister for Education and Training announced this policy in November, 2019.
Kindergarten to Year 12 – “Off and away all day”
The decision to restrict the use of mobile phones by students during the school day will support schools to minimise distraction from learning and encourage healthy and positive personal interactions.
The policy has been developed in consultation with schools, School Associations and students.
From the start of the school day to the end of the school day, students must have their mobile phones switched off and stored. All communication with students during the school day must go through the school office.
This policy applies to all students, unless they meet the requirements of an approved exemption.
Exemptions may be considered where students require the use of their mobile phone for educational adjustments, monitoring health conditions or other extenuating circumstances.
If you would like to discuss an exemption for your child or have any questions about the policy please contact the Principal or Assistant Principal on 63 820500.
Frequently Asked Questions for Families –
Use of mobile phones by students at school
Who does the new mobile phone policy apply to?
The Policy on the Use of Mobile Phones by Students at School applies to all Tasmanian Government School students
Why has this policy been devloped?
it is widely acknowledged that when used effectively as a tool to enhance learning, personal mobile devices (including mobile phones) can play an important role in education. We also know that mobile phones and technology, are a central part of life. However, we have heard through consultation that mobile phones cause distraction from learing and impact the development of strong relationships at school.
The Department is committed to ensuring the wellbeing and engagement in learning of all Tasmanian learners. The decision to restrict the use of mobile phones by students during the school day will support schools to minimise distraction from learning and encourage healthy and positive personal interactions.
Can students still bring a mobile phone to school?
Students can bring a mobile phone to school, but it must be switched off and stored appropriately (as per school policy, with storage options determined in consultation with the School Association) during the school day - Off and away all day.Parents/carers can contact their children through the school office.
Who is responsible for my child's phone when at school?
Mobile phones brough to school are not covered by the school's insurance if they are lost, stolen or damaged.
Why is the new policy important and what is the evidence-base for it?
While electronic devices have a place in learning, we also need to acknowledge the issues that can occur when their use is not restricted. This policy will help reduce distraction in the classroom and encourage greater student interaction in the schoolyard.
Will there be exemptions for use?
The new mobile phone policy allows for some approved exemptions. For example, where a mobile phone is used to manage a health condition or to support classroom learning under direct teacher instruction.
Teachers can allow a classroom-based learning exemption particularly if your child's school is a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) school
All other exemptions are approver by the school principal or another appointed staff member, further information about exemptions can be provided by your child's school.
What about students in Years 11 and 12 or at college?
Under the new mobile phone policy schools/colleges, in consultation with their School Association, may opt out of the restriction for Years 11 and 12 students. This is in recognition of the increasing independence and responsibilities of students in Years 11 and 12. For example, students may have carer or work responsibilities outside of school.
How do i contact my child in an emergency during the school day?
Parents/carers can contact their child through their school office
What will be the consequences for non-compliance with this policy?
Student who use their mobile phone at school without an approved exemption will be treated in a manner consistent with the school's existing Respectful Students Behaviour Policy. For example, for repeated non-compliance the Principal may ask that the student bot bring their mobile phone to school.
Does the new policy include other mobile devices, e.g. smart watches?
The definition applied to this policy is; a mobile device with access to a celluar (telecommunications) system, with or without a physical connection to a network. This includes smart watches, tablets and assiciated listening accessories, such as but not limited to, headphones and earbuds.
What if i have additional questions about the policy?
THe Policy on the Use of Mobile Phones by Students at School is available on the Department's website. For more specific information about yours school's mobile phone policy please contact your school directly.
What if i have additional questions about how to keep my child safe online?
The Department of Education believes students should learn in a safe, supportivie and respectful school community. This includes participating safely in technology-based learning and using technology responsibly. For more information about Cyber Safety Resources please visit the Department of Education website.
Woolworths cricket blast programs are super fun, social and a safe cricket program for boys and girls of all abilities.
It provides kids with a taste of both our Junior & Master Blaster programs all in one! This program is aimed at children aged from 5-11 years old and ran by trained and qualified Cricket Tasmania staff. They will learn basic cricket skills and be able to apply them in game like situations.
All equipment is supplied, so you only need to bring yourself.
Register now at playcricket.com.au and search ‘George Town Cricket Club,’ and come and have a Blast! If you are unsure if this is something your child will enjoy, please come along to the first session as a free Come n Try!
Tuesday afternoons 3.20-4.20, commencing 25th February – 17th March, at Port Dalrymple School Oval.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dana Lester at Cricket Tasmania – email@example.com