Forest Primary School
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RA 422 Mengha Road
Forest TAS 7330

Phone: 03 6458 3141
Fax: 03 6458 3395

18 December 2019

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Principal’s Report

As our last newsletter for the year, I’d like to congratulate our award winners for 2019. The final

assembly was a lovely celebration for the students, performing well rehearsed items for their family and friends. Thanks to all staff and students, who worked tirelessly to prepare for the night.

The Forest Primary Grade 6 students were amazing in presenting their interpretation of their primary school years and certainly showed great confidence and pride in performing. I wish each and every Grade 6 the very best for the future and we look forward to hearing of their future successes.

Award Recipients

  • Ruth Forrest Award for Leadership, study and sport- Hannah Fisher
  • Minister’s Award for Pride of our School, community spirit, attitude and initiative- Sidney Bailey
  • Smithton Club Junior Citizen Award-Bridie Payne
  • Forest Sports Centre Award- Nash Walker and Blake House
  • Smithton High School Bursary- Blaine Donnelly
  • The Rocky Cape Lions Club Awards - Rylan Grey, Nevaeh Tuxworth and Elizabeth Ettlin
  • Senator Anne Urquhart Award for Excellence- Shaelea Billett
  • Ricoh Business Centre Citizenship Award- William Dixon
  • Braddon Labor Team Agricultural Award- Alex Laing

A final thank you and best wishes to Tayla Smith, Amy Phillips and Samantha Hayes for their dedication, professionalism and support for Forest Primary students and families. It has been the community’s privilege to have you be such an important part of the Forest Primary team.

As the year winds up, we wish all our families an enjoyable Christmas break; spend quality time together doing the things you love, laugh a lot and stay safe.

Book Sales Day 2020

Library Books

We still have a long list of library and home reader books missing. Books are a valuable resource for our children’s learning and it’s a shame that we have to spend unnecessary money on replacing ones that have been misplaced. Please have a good look at home over the holiday period for any books that might belong to the school.

School Association AGM

Due to a lack of numbers at the recent AGM, the school association AGM will be rescheduled for a date to be advised early in the New Year. Please consider whether you may like to be a part of this.

Parents and Friends

The Forest Primary School Parents and Friends Association would like to thank the school community for their support over the past 12 months. With this support we have been able to make valuable contributions to the schools resources, grade 6 trip, subsidise school bags and support students learning. We look forward to another successful year in 2020.

P&F Christmas Party

Christmas Parade

Despite the weather, we had a wonderful time at the Christmas parade. Santa’s workshop taking home first place! Thank you to Miss Hayes for her hours of organisation and to Alan Lord for providing a truck.

Parade Fun

School Picnic – History Walk

On the history walk we went on an excursion around Stanley to learn about historic sites. The first site we visited was the commercial hotel. It was among the first hotels in Stanley. The commercial hotel was where the towns’ people came to play billiards, where fishermen would swap stories of the west coast and was where families gathered to meet friends. Another site we visited was Joe Lyons Cottage, the home of former premier of Tasmania. My favourite historic site was the captain’s cottage because it was the first built in the 1830s. We also visited the Stanley museum where we found out how the Staley Nut was named, and how in 6 years, Stanley will have its 200th birthday.

Jorja Fisher

On Tuesday we went on a history walk. First we went to the commercial hotel on 28 church street. It was originally built as the offices mess for the Van Diemens Land Company. On the second site we went to Joe Lyons cottage, 14 alexander terrace. Joe Lyons Cottage was the birth place and childhood home of Joseph Lyons, a former premier of Tasmania, 1923-1928 and Tasmania’s first prime minster of Australia, 1932-1939. My favourite was the museum. Sue showed us a slide show of Stanley in the olden days and then we had a look around. My favourite part of the museum was the old clothes.

Matilda Lockett

Kinder Enrolments

2020 Canberra Trip

Contact Us

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2020 Levies

Student Assistance Scheme 2020

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) is one form of financial assistance available to assist with the cost of school levies. The scheme provides assistance for low-income families towards the cost of levies for students enrolled from kindergarten through to year 12. STAS is provided through school and college resourcing rather than payment direct to families. If you are already receiving assistance, you will receive a letter in the mail in regards to 2020 payments. If you have not received support in the past and believe you might be eligible, please contact the office for an application form.

Show Society Message

On behalf of the Circular Head Show Society, I would like to thank the Forest Primary School community for their continued support of the C.H. Show. The different collections particularly in relation to commemorating the First Flight across Bass Strait were great and received many comments. School entries from across the district make up a very important part of the display in the Exhibition Hall and are always commented on by sponsors and patrons of the show. Thank you everyone.

Sue Smedley (Secretary)

Kites Program January 2020

Circular Head Children’s Services Inc offers a school holiday child care program for children aged 5 -12 years old and operates between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm. Please click on the attachment to download the schedule and booking form for the holidays or alternatively see the office for a copy.

Dates to Remember


Term 4

Thursday 19th December

Final Day for 2019


Term 1

Thursday 30th January

Book Sales 9 am – 3 pm

Friday 31st Jasnuary

Book Sales 9 am – 3 pm

Wednesday 5th February

Students First Day

2019 Term Dates

Term 1

Wednesday 6th February – Friday 12th April

Term 2

Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July

Term 3

Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September

Term 4

Monday 14th October – Thursday 19th December

2020 Term Dates

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