Dear Parents and Carers,
Week 6 has seen us adjusting to cold mornings, and this has been a challenge. Many of the children are putting different layers on and off during the day. Thank you to those families who have clothing labelled clearly, this is very helpful.
During the week, we have continued with our preparations for the Henry Lawson Festival. Yesterday, we completed a full dress rehearsal for our play – The Day the Crayons Quit. Our preschool audience thought that we performed beautifully, and this was the best possible feedback in helping us to be ready for today’s event. It is terrific to see people choosing the growth mindset of I’ll give that a go or I can try this out, or I can learn new dance steps for a performance shows a positive approach to learning new ideas or concepts. The satisfaction of achieving or learning a new skill is enormous.
Thank you to those families who have returned the note about the festival events tomorrow evening and on Saturday, this helps with planning for these occasions.
Henry Lawson Festival –For those children singing in our choir at the Festival Concert tomorrow (Friday) evening - please wear your full winter school uniform and meet our teachers in the Canteen area at THLHS at 6:45pm. The choir is scheduled to perform third in the order of events for the concert. We anticipate being on stage at approximately 7:20pm.
The procession is set for on Saturday June 8 beginning at 1:30pm. The children should meet our teachers in Short St near the scout hall at 1:15pm. The theme for this year is an ode to winter. Children who are joining us for the parade should dress in clothes relating to a winter sport e.g. wear your football/soccer jumper, beanie, scarf, ski clothes etc.
I encourage you to continue having a conversation with your children about using language appropriate for school.
During busy times, it is difficult to make right choices, and congratulations go to those children who are working very hard to be doing the right thing.
Making right choices can be difficult and it takes a brave person to do so.
Semester Reports - Our staff have also been undertaking the process of preparing semester reports for the first half of this year. These will be sent home at the end of week nine. Parent teacher conferences will take place during week ten.
Facebook page - We have been working on developing a Facebook page to share more with the community about the teaching and learning that is happening at school. The page is under construction, but will not be launched until we have completed working through various steps with IT and media staff from head office.
A separate note was sent home last week relating to permissions for including pictures of your child on the page.
Please be aware that this page is only for promoting teaching and learning at school, it will not be used as a general communications page.
Scholastic Book Club – the book club order forms have been distributed. All purchased now need to be made online using Scholastic’s LOOP ordering system. Instructions are on the order forms. If you need assistance setting up an online account, please ask. Book Club orders need to be completed by Monday, 21 June 2019.
Library – now is a great time to have a look around at home and return any extra Library books – these could be under the bed, on the bookshelf, on the kitchen table or even in the “to read” pile. Recently, we found a book that was overdue for 1423 days…
Changes to routine - Thank you to those families who are keeping us informed when children are absent from school, or there are changes to the regular routine. Please be aware that we are required to keep the rolls up to date and that thorough explanation for absences enable us to do so.
There will be an important meeting after mass on the 30th of June for all parents of this year’s sacramental candidates. Parents must attend this meeting in order for their children to celebrate the sacraments.
All three sacraments will be celebrated in St Joseph’s parish this year. Candidates for Confirmation will be in Year 5 or above and will already have celebrated the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Eligible candidates for First Reconciliation and First Communion will be in Year 4 or above.
Please contact Leslie King on 6343 1514 or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you require any further information regarding the sacraments.
This week we learned that Father Trenton is moving on to become the Administrator of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra. Although our time with him has been short, we have thoroughly enjoyed his positive, outgoing nature and his thought provoking homilies. We wish him all the best in the challenges that lie ahead.
As we say farewell to Father Trenton we entrust him into your care. We pray for happiness and joy to be ahead of him, for wisdom and guidance to be beside him, and for grace and truth to be behind him, pushing him onwards into your goodness. We know that you will always love and protect him, wherever he goes.
Prayer retrieved and adapted from www.living-prayers.com/events/farewell_prayer.html
Kindergarten and year 1 students are learning about money. We received great answers about what money is and where it comes from. Students were asked to take careful note of price tags and shopping choices during the next shopping trip.
I brought in some ‘olden days’ money for the students to look at. We compared an old $2 dollar note to the new $2 dollar coin.
I also brought in some Cartwheel Proclamation coins dated 1797; the students were surprised at how heavy they are.
The students loved buying and selling items from their ‘shop’. We looked at a number of ways to make the correct amount to purchase items.
Year 2/3/4 students have been looking at the patterns found on the one hundred chart when we count by different numbers. Students found that when you count by five, starting at three you can see a pattern on the one hundred chart and when we recorded the pairs of numbers, they discovered another pattern. We have also looked at making the larger and smaller numbers from a selection, e.g. what is the largest number you can make using 3,6,8,5. We are also continuing our unit on time. We have played clock patience and we recorded four events from our day and represented the time taken with a strip of ribbon, the students then recorded a start and finish time.
Year 5/6 have been investigating how using poly plugs can help develop a deeper understanding of fractions. In the photos, the poly plugs show an array that is 3 x 5. From this we can discover what fractions are represented, thirds and fifths and fifteenths. This leads nicely into understanding why we multiply the denominators when comparing and adding fractions. Some students are using four poly plugs to investigate larger arrays and other fractions.