Thank you to the parents and staff that assisted with the Bunnings BBQ organised by the Community Council last Saturday. Thank you also to the families who turned up to support the fundraiser by purchasing the sausage sandwiches.
The BBQ raised just under $2000 and this money has been allocated by the Community Council to purchase some new and different instruments for the music room.
This year we have made changes to our school awards system. At MTS we have four main awards given to students.
The first is the Mother Teresa Award which recognises students who display in their interactions with others our school motto ‘Do Small Things with Great Love.’ One award is presented to a boy while the other is for a girl. These awards are presented at a whole school assembly at the end of each term. Parents are advised prior to the assembly if their child is getting this award so they can be in attendance.
Next we have our ‘Academic Excellence Award’ and the ‘Academic Effort Award.’ Each class presents one of these each term. Last year we presented the awards in weeks five and ten but from this year it will be at the end of each term. Again, parents are advised beforehand if their child will be receiving one of these awards.
Following weekly assemblies each year level gathers together and hold a year level assembly. At these gatherings teachers give out ‘Class Awards’ to acknowledge special efforts being made in their classroom or on the playground. Normally class teachers give out two each week but can give out more should there be a number of worthy recipients.
Parents are advised that the swimming carnival has now be scheduled for Thursday 19th March. This date still allows for students in the competitive races to be selected to participate at the PSSA competitions.
Year Six parents are advised that the ‘Come Try JPC’ days are on the 18th and the 19th March. If you want your child to participate in the swimming carnival as well as the JPC day you will need to ensure you go to their website and book a spot for your child on the 18th March.
Parents are advised that where possible permission notes sent home to parents on Szapp will also be found on the school’s website under the MTS Community tab and then Permission Forms and other Notes.
These notes normally deal with sporting events or excursions.
Students Disco and Wine and Cheese Night
Next Friday we will be holding our first disco of the year. The theme for the disco is ‘Circus’. It is run by Kids Biz who arrange for a professional DJ to run the discos.
Year 1 & 2 have their disco during school time on Friday afternoon. They may wear their disco clothes to school. Kindergarten does not participate in the first disco as it can be a little overwhelming.
The senior disco commences at 6pm and concludes at 7.30pm. This coincides with the wine and cheese night so drop the children off and come and have a quiet drink and mingle with other families. Parents can bring younger children to the wine and cheese night as there will be activities for them. The wine and cheese night will be held under the shade structure.
The cost for the disco is $5 per child. Students in years 1 & 2 give the money to their teachers while the senior students pay at the door.
The wine and cheese night is a free event.
Congratulations to Eliza Helliwell who was the winner of last week’s problem. This week’s problem is below.
The Tethered Goat
Imagine a goat tied to the corner of a shed by a rope. The shed is 4 metres by 6 metres. The rope is 6 metres long.
What do you wonder about this situation?
Draw a picture of the situation.
What questions do you have?
The sun rises to the east of the shed and sets in the west. The goat would appreciate some shade. Where would you plant a tree? What type of tree would you plant?
From ‘Mathematical Mindsets’ by Jo Boaler.
Last Tuesday was the first Community Council meeting for the year. Several points of discussion may interest parents.
It was decided to try and re-engage with Transport Canberra to see if there are ways to improve traffic flow for cars accessing and leaving MTS. This was last examined in 2016 when a report was produced by SMEC for Transport Canberra and City Services. At that time no changes were made however a statement contained in the report in relation to traffic accessing MTS has the following statement.
School-bound vehicles coming from the north, northeast and northwest, which cover a substantial area, appear to use this intersection (Mapleton/Wimmera) during school peak periods. This coverage area is expected to increase with the development of Throsby to the east. With its current configuration (i.e. give way with short turning lane lengths), the intersection’s performance may fall below acceptable levels, particularly during peak periods when heavy school-generated demand is anticipated. It will probably struggle even further with the completion of future development.
The second issue deals with the supply of winter uniforms. Our understanding after talking with uniform retailers is that their stock is produced by factories in Wuhan, China which are shut at the moment. This may lead to no new winter stock arriving.
If this eventuates the school will advise parents of what they can do, should they not be able to purchase MTS uniforms, towards the end of term one.