Monday, 25 February 2013

Easter Break Leave Dates


   Department of Education Media Release

25 February 2013

LIZ BANKS
                               Deputy Secretary Department of Education


 
Deputy Secretary Department of Education, Liz Banks said that the Easter Break for students would be from Thursday 28 March 2013 through to Tuesday 2 April 2013.

“The additional day for students on Thursday 28 March caters for a statewide Professional Learning Day.”

“The first term holidays commence on Monday 22nd April, which reflects the move to a four term school year,” she said.

Ms Banks said that research indicated that shorter terms and more frequent term breaks would benefit Tasmanian learners by reducing learning loss that occurs during extended term breaks.

“There will be no change to the number of days that students will be on holidays throughout the year.”

For more information visit the Department of Education’s website.  https://www.education.tas.gov.au/About_us/Pages/Term-Dates.aspx





Monday, 11 February 2013

Collinsvale and Molesworth Primary Schools Re-open



Department of Education Media Release

11 February 2013





Andrew Finch
Deputy Secretary Department of Education



Education Department Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch today said both Collinsvale and Molesworth primary schools would re-open as normal tomorrow, Tuesday 12 February.

Mr Finch said both schools had been forced to close on Thursday and Friday of last week due to bushfires.

“The Department has assessed the situation in close consultation with the Tasmania Fire Service, and are now able to re-open the schools.”

Mr Finch said school bus services would also be operating as usual.

“On behalf of the Department, I would like to thank parents, students and all staff for their cooperation and patience during the closures,” Mr Finch said.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Arrangements for temporary Dunalley Primary School



Department of Education Media Release

8 February 2013





Andrew Finch
Deputy Secretary Department of Education




One hundred and thirty (130) students from prep to grade 6 will start classes at the temporary Dunalley Primary School site on Wednesday 13 February with kindergarten students commencing on Thursday 14 February.
Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch, said that understandably, there has been significant interest in the new temporary school.  

"However, now that the temporary school is nearing completion our focus needs to be on ensuring that students and teachers start their learning program for the year without disruption.

"It's important that students are able to settle into their new surroundings and establish a normal routine for the school day.

"Therefore, the media will be welcome to visit the school on the third day of school (Friday 15 February), when they will have an opportunity to tour the school and speak to students and the principal," Mr Finch said.

WHEN:
Friday 15 February
10.45am (recess time) - opportunity to film/photograph students in the playground.
11am - internal tour of the school, followed by interviews with students and Principal, Matthew Kenny.

WHERE:
Dunalley Primary temporary school site. Media access is via 20 Bay St, Dunalley (Please report to the front office on arrival).
     
Further Information: Communication Services Unit on 62 33 4665

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Schools still closed due to bushfire risk



Department of Education Media Release

7 February 2013





Andrew Finch
Deputy Secretary Department of Education


Collinsvale Primary School and Molesworth Primary School will remain closed tomorrow (Friday 8 February) due to the current fire danger, Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch said today.

 The alternate schooling arrangements currently in place for parents who are unable to organise supervised care for their children tomorrow  (8 February) will continue.

Children attending Collinsvale Primary can attend Glenorchy Primary and Molesworth students can be dropped off at New Norfolk Primary, he said.
Staff from both schools are also requested to follow the same arrangements tomorrow.

Parents are reminded not to leave their children unsupervised a in their home, he said.

Mr Finch said that at this stage both schools are expected to re-open on Tuesday. (12 February).

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Schools closed due to bushfire



Department of Education Media Release

6 February 2013





Andrew Finch
Deputy Secretary Department of Education
 

Schools closed due to bushfire

The Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch said today that Collinsvale Primary School and Molesworth Primary School will be closed tomorrow (7 February) due to an uncontrolled bushfire at Glen Dhu Road, Molesworth.

"The fire danger in this area is forecast to be very high tomorrow and following discussions with the Tasmanian Fire Service, it was agreed that as a precautionary measure the schools would be closed.

"The Department of Education has organised alternate schooling arrangements for parents who are unable to organise supervised care for their children for the day.

"Children attending Collinsvale Primary can be dropped off at Glenorchy Primary and Molesworth students will be accommodated at New Norfolk Primary," he said.

Mr Finch said that staff from both schools are requested to follow the same arrangements.
"It is important that parents not leave their children at home unsupervised.

"Further information will be provided tomorrow (7 February) in relation to the operation of these schools on Friday," Mr Finch said.
 
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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

West Tamar Education Provision


  Department of Education Media Release

5 February 2013

 
 
 
ANDREW FINCH
Deputy Secretary Department of Education



The Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch said today that the Department of Education monitors enrolment trends in Tasmanian government schools including the West Tamar region.

"In 2010, the enrolment trends in the West Tamar indicated that the combined primary enrolment levels have fallen slightly across Riverside and Exeter Primary schools and it is considered that the East Tamar area has sufficient primary school provision.

"Monitoring demographic changes including future demand and existing service provision is part of the department's long-term planning process," Mr Finch said.