About Cygnet Primary School
The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and the Australian Curriculum underpins the teaching, learning, assessment and reporting processes at Cygnet Primary School. Alongside curriculum requirements, students also develop the general capabilities and 21st Century skills (such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, resilience and others) that will enable them to be positive life-long learners and happy, productive members of society. All students participate in Music and Physical Education (PE). Depending on the year level, students also receive a specialist lesson each week in the Visual Arts and/or Japanese. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen and Garden Program and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is also offered at the school.
A variety of programs are offered at various times of the year to support the regular classroom teaching and learning programs. These include:
- Curriculum and culture-based excursions/incursions
- School camps/Canberra Tour (currently under review)
- NAIDOC Week activities
- Huon Valley Arts Festival
- Music Ensembles – Choir, Marimba, Guitar and Strings
- Music instrument tuition (piano, guitar, woodwind and brass)
- Australian Mathematics Competition
- Maths Relay
- Bigger Things Science (UTAS)
- Huon Valley Science Expo
- School Sport Carnivals
- Huon & Channel Sport Carnivals
- Sporting Schools clinics
- Learn to Swim and Water Safety Program (Years 3 – 5)
- Chess Club
Communication between school and home is vital in supporting the education of our students. Please be aware of the current communication methods, and please contact the school if you would like to receive the school newsletter via email.
- School newsletter (fortnightly) via hard copy, email, website or School Stream
- SZapp (made by Schoolzine)
- Class Dojo classroom communication
- Class newsletters (one per term)
There are currently eight bus routes that service the school. The buses arrive between 8:30 – 8:45 in the mornings and depart the school at approximately 3:00 in the afternoons. Please contact the office for further information.
An enrolment package containing important information, policies and the forms to be completed can be obtained by contacting the office.
Fees and Levies
School Fees are an essential part of the school’s income. All parents/guardians are required to pay, or to organise payment, towards the cost of their child’s education. These fees cover the costs of student stationary, art supplies, minor excursions and performance groups that come to the school.
Families eligible for the Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) can organise to have their fees paid by this Scheme instead. STAS application forms are available from the school.
The 2017 School Fees are as follows:
Prep – Year 2 $165.00
Year 3 – 6 $181.50
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
The school has Microsoft Surface tablets, iPads, laptops and desktop computers available for student use and a wireless network available in most areas of the school. Some of these devices are available in the classrooms and there is a full class set of tablets in the Computer Lab. Students are encouraged to develop their ICT skills through a variety of grade-based learning activities. The school has a subscription to Mathletics and Literacy Planet for all Prep – Year 6 students.
Launching into Learning (LiL)
PALS, our Launching into Learning Program runs every Thursday 10:00 – 12:00. Parents with children, birth to age 5 and not enrolled in Kinder, are welcome to attend. It is a great opportunity for children to learn how to socialise and to develop important skills, and for parents to connect with the school and one another. Please contact the office for more information or just turn up!
In Term 4, pre-Kinder classes will be offered to students enrolled in Kinder the following year. Please contact the office for more details.
Parent help is a rewarding experience and is greatly appreciated. There are a number of ways that parents can become involved with the school, either as a once-off or on a regular basis. Parents must have a current Working With Vulnerable People Registration to assist with students. Before volunteering, the school must sight the Working With Vulnerable People card and record the registration number of the holder.
Click on the button below for more information and to start the application process. Information is also available at the school and we can assist parents with the process if that helps. The cost is approximately $18 for 3 years.
Please contact the school for more information about any of the opportunities below.
School Association – The School Association meets regularly throughout the year to discuss school priorities, policies and future directions. An Executive Committee is elected/selected however all parents are welcome to attend meetings.
Parents & Friends – The P&F is a sub-committee of the School Association. Their main efforts are to fundraise for educational equipment and resources and to organise social events. They run a School Fair every second year, the next one scheduled for 2018. They also operate a food stall at the annual Cygnet Folk Festival each January.
Breakfast Club – This free service operates Monday – Friday from 8:30am, serving nutritional and healthy food options to the 25 – 50% of the students who drop in each day. This extremely important service requires 2 – 3 volunteers each day to function properly.
Classroom Help – Parents are encouraged to volunteer for one or more of the following activities:
• Help with teaching and learning programs (including cooking)
• Sport and cultural events
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The Student Representative Council (SRC) is comprised of two School Captains, two Vice Captains and student reps from Years 3 – 6. They provide a voice for the student body on such matters as student recognition (awards and certificates), playtime activities and ways the school can improve. They also organise fundraising events and activities that develop school spirit. House Captains help run the various school carnivals for swimming, cross country and athletics. All students participate in a Daily Fitness Program, led by the Year 6 students, and at times older ‘buddy classes’ have leadership opportunities as well.
Student Learning Support
We endeavour to create learning environments that motivate and enable all students to achieve at their potential. Our support teacher works with teachers, teacher assistants and our Aboriginal Education Worker to develop learning plans, support and extension programs that provide rich learning opportunities for students who require adjustments to the regular program. A number of specialists visit the school each week to offer learning and social/emotional support for students, including a psychologist, social worker, speech therapist and school chaplain.
Student wellbeing is an important element of our overall planning and organisation. The Virtues Project is a key component of this program. Through the virtues students are guided to access the goodness already within and develop additional strengths to help with learning and social challenges when they arise. Positive psychology and the development of a growth mindset are other key elements of the program. Together these programs help to develop resilient and socially-confident students. These programs also develop the qualities of character, including empathy, to stamp out bullying. Cygnet Primary School has zero tolerance for bullying.
2017 Term Dates
Term 3 Start: Monday 24 July (teachers); Tuesday 25 July (students)
Term 3 Finish: Friday 29 September
Term 4 Start: Monday 16 October
Term 4 Finish: Thursday 21 December (students); Friday 22 December (teachers)
2018 Term Dates
Term 1 Start: Monday 5 February (teachers); Wednesday 7 February (students)
Term 1 Finish: Thursday 12 April (students). Friday 13 April (teachers)
Easter break: Friday 30 March – 3 April
Term 2 Start: Monday 30 April
Term 2 Finish: Friday 6 July
Term 3 Start: Monday 23 July
Term 3 Finish: Friday 28 September
Term 4 Start: Monday 15 October
Term 4 Finish: Thursday 20 December (students); Friday 21 December (teachers)
At present our school uniform is in a period of transition. Please contact the office if you require uniform items (polo shirt, pants/shorts and fleece jumper).
Hats with a 360 degree brim must be worn at playtimes and on outdoor excursions from September to April. These can be purchased from the office for $5. As we are a SunSmart School, baseball caps are not acceptable.