South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT SCHOOL NEWS -

AS THE 2017 school year draws to a close it’s ex­cit­ing to re­flect on an­other amaz­ing and mem­o­rable se­mes­ter of learn­ing, achieve­ment and friend­ship for all stu­dents at Tanduringie State School.

We are a small school in our re­gion, but our stu­dents con­tinue to achieve big things!

A high­light that can­not go un­men­tioned is the su­per per­for­mance of our Read­ers’ Cup team of Dy­lan Mathews ( team cap­tain), Maye Dou­glass, El­iza Law­less, Eli­jah Alder­ton- Pink and Char­lotte Bourke.

This high- per­form­ing read­ing team gra­ciously cel­e­brated win­ning first place for the South Bur­nett com­pe­ti­tion, and pro­gressed to the State Fi­nals where they achieved 11th place com­pet­ing against schools from across Queens­land.

Our en­tire school com­mu­nity is thrilled and proud of their com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm to ex­cel in this very com­pet­i­tive read­ing tour­na­ment.

Con­tin­u­ing on with our read­ing theme, we thor­oughly en­joyed Chil­dren’s Book Week and we took great de­light in dress­ing up as our favourite book char­ac­ters to cel­e­brate this year’s theme, Es­cape to Ev­ery­where!

Un­der 8s Day is al­ways a cher­ished event on our school cal­en­dar when chil­dren, staff and fam­i­lies from Tanduringie, Be­narkin, Coo­yar and Linville schools cel­e­brate the joy and ex­cite­ment of learn­ing in the early years.

This year’s theme – Chil­dren are play­ing from coun­try to coast: in­spir­ing learn­ing in the early years through play – cap­tured our imag­i­na­tions and in­spired us to share our learn­ing jour­ney to­gether as a small schools clus­ter.

This se­mes­ter we also recog­nised the mag­nif­i­cent sup­port of our QCWA ( Maiden­well) Branch by per­form­ing dances and shar­ing mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Day ac­tiv­i­ties that fo­cused on the di­verse cul­ture and his­tory of Nepal.

Our stu­dents en­joyed learn­ing about Nepal and they cre­ated a range of very in­ter­est­ing posters and in­for­ma­tion book­lets.

We’ve asked some of our 2/ 3/ 4 stu­dents to share their first- hand ex­pe­ri­ences at Tanduringie State School. Here’s what they wrote!

Lunchtime Cricket

ALL the Prep to Year 6 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in our school’s cricket com­pe­ti­tion in the fourth term of each year.

We have six peo­ple on each team and one team bats whilst the other team bowls.

Af­ter ev­ery­one bats and bowls the teams swap over.

The P- 2 stu­dents play un­der the multi- pur­pose court and the 3- 6 stu­dents play out on the oval, if the weather is fine. At the end of the cricket sea­son the win­ners of the grand fi­nal each re­ceive a medal­lion. — By Lach­lan Cullen and George Dou­glass, Year 4

Read­ing is Our Su­per Power

AF­TER be­fore- school Smart Moves we go into class for read­ing.

We also read later in the mid­dle ses­sion.

Ev­ery­one is di­vided into groups and the stu­dents read dif­fer­ent books with one of the teach­ers or teacher aides.

Ev­ery week, each class­room in our school fo­cuses on a read­ing flu­ency or com­pre­hen­sion strat­egy.

At the mo­ment, in our class, stu­dents are read­ing about dogs, bats, choco­late, di­nosaurs and trolls.

Ev­ery night we read at home. We read to help us in our every­day life.

If we don’t learn to read or keep prac­tis­ing, it would be hard to get a job in the fu­ture.

Read­ing is the “su­per power” that lets us do lots of dif­fer­ent things. — By Julie Lovell, Year 4

Grand­par­ents’ Day

ON FRI­DAY, Oc­to­ber 13 we cel­e­brated Grand­par­ents’ Day.

The morn­ing was filled with read­ing, sci­ence ex­per­i­ments, a writ­ing ac­tiv­ity and com­put­ers/ iPads.

Af­ter a busy time in our class­rooms, we had a shar­ing ses­sion.

Lots of grand­par­ents got up to speak or share some­thing spe­cial from their lives with us.

Dy­lan’s grand­fa­ther brought along his hat col­lec­tion to show us. There were lots of funny hats.

Some of the stu­dents also shared spo­ken retells, a dance, sto­ries, a song and a whip- crack­ing dis­play.

It was a won­der­ful day to say thank you to our grand­par­ents for all the great sup­port they give us. — By Lilly White, Year 4

Coo­yar Ath­let­ics

EV­ERY year at Coo­yar State School all the lit­tle schools in the district get to­gether and par­tic­i­pate in the Coo­yar Ath­let­ics Car­ni­val.

We com­pete in sprints, 200 me­tres, 800 me­tres, high jump, long jump, dis­cus, shot put and ball games.

Stu­dents get rib­bons and tro­phies for their ef­forts.

If you get a good time, height or dis­tance, you may get to go to South Bur­nett tri­als for ath­let­ics. — By Elsie McKen­zie, Year 4


IN DE­SIGN Tech­nol­ogy lessons on a Thurs­day, the Years 3- 6 stu­dents have been mak­ing card­board pin­ball ma­chines.

We be­gan this unit last term by learn­ing about the dif­fer­ent forces used in a pin­ball ma­chine.

We had to de­sign our own ma­chine and we started build­ing them with boxes and other types of card­board.

We use glue, tape, scis­sors and box cut­ters to help us build them.

It is great fun, and we can’t wait un­til we can try them out! — By Ryan Lovell and Bryce Spencer, Year 4


AS PART of The Arts cur­ricu­lum, the Prep to Year 6 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in drama on Thurs­days with Mrs Bourke.

We are mak­ing a show about tak­ing care of Aus­tralia.

It is lots of fun and helps us be­come more con­fi­dent and bet­ter at pub­lic speak­ing. — By An­drew Coutts, Year 4


Stu­dents take part in ju­nior cap­tain ball. LEFT: Dy­lan Mathews, El­iza Law­less, Maye Dou­glass and Mick Al­mond wear­ing hats from Mr Ward’s col­lec­tion. BELOW: Left to right ( from back): Dy­lan Mathews, Nas­tassja Soanes, Jack Da­gan, Lach­lan Cullen, Emma...

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