Week Seven has seen us continuing with our regular class based activities, after the long weekend. I trust that you enjoyed the weekend with you families. Thank you to everyone who participated in events on behalf of our school during the Henry Lawson Festival. The choir did an excellent job at the festival concert on Friday evening. While those who participated in the parade on Saturday, looked the part in their winter sports gear.
Congratulations to Jacky Xia, Blake Reeves and Annie Nealon on receiving awards in the Writing completion that was as part of the festival.
Congratulations also go to the following children who received awards for their artwork in the Henry Lawson Art competition: Jed Metcalfe, Jack Ryan, Baxter Donnelly, Ruby Norrie, Genevieve McLelland, Henry Clifton, Braydon Jewell, Amelia Donnelly and Fergus Moore. All of the entries have been on display in Main St.
Sport – congratulations to William Wilson on your selection in the Archdiocesan rugby representative team. This team will compete at the next level early in term 3.
Last Friday, our K/1 class planted more vegies into our gardens, and these are coming along well now that they have some room to grow and have been watered well. Currently we have strawberries, pak choy, carrots, snow peas, cabbage, beetroot and lettuce growing.
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.
A separate note was sent home recently 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.
Video clips – we are currently looking for video clips that you might have of the children representing the school at any of the various events that we participate in, including sporting, dramatic or other events. Please forward the clips that you are able to share to Therese Clancy as soon as possible. These clips will be used in different activities here at school. Therese.firstname.lastname@example.org
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. We have received a new batch of books for our library – these include many books that have been short listed for this year’s CBCA books of the year competition, which will be announced in August.
Henry Lawson Festival School Play - To all of the students, staff, parents, and other family members, who were involved in making our play ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ a fantastic phenomenon, thank you! Whether it be rehearsing lines, watching practises, choreographing dance moves, organising or making costumes and props, or attending our final performance, it would not have been possible without you. So, again, thank you! Miss Schneider
Pyjama Day - On Thursday, July 4, the SRC are holding a Pyjama Day. This was one of the events most voted for by students in the SRC fundraiser survey. As such, all students are invited to come to school dressed in their favourite pyjama outfit. Please bear in mind that as the weather is chilly, all students must wear sensible, warm pyjamas. Students are also asked to make a gold coin donation.
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.
Sacramental News - There will be an important meeting after the 9:30 am 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 (email@example.com) if you require any further information regarding the sacraments.
Loving Our Neighbours –
This week the K/1 students have been looking at the parable of the Good Samaritan and wondering about whom Jesus was talking about when he told us to love our neighbours. The prayer chart below is a visual reminder for the students (and us) about all of our ‘neighbours’ in our homes, in our communities and around the world who need our thoughts and prayer support.
On Tuesday, I asked the K/1 students to brainstorm a list of things we have been doing and learning for the last few weeks. They came up with the following list: money, counting, shopping, writing, making words, publishing, reading, saying prayers, going to Mass, sharing news, making puppets, acting with puppets, watching puppets, bouncing, throwing, catching, skipping, running, practising the play, dancing, singing, painting, learning about the past, healthy food, planting vegetables and listening to Charlotte’s Web. After creating such a big list, one of the students commented, “We have been doing a lot of stuff!” The students then chose something from the list to write about. Here is what they wrote. We use magnetic letters to make words. We can make bigger words now. I like making words - By Charlie
We have been learning about money. We have been using coins and notes. We have been counting money and shopping using plastic money - By Harry
We like to publish lots of books. Some of our books are about real things - By Jed and Emily
We like to share our news. One day I brought a pink turtle and a crazy lizard - By Ethan
I brought my motorbike helmet, my gloves, my shirt and my pants - By Jack
I have been writing about fairies. There are five fairies in my story. The fairies make a potion that turns shells into money. I like writing - By Saskia
We are learning about puppets. We decorated our own puppets. We used wooden puppets and put paper on them. Then we had a puppet show. Puppets can be animals or people. Some puppets are called Muppets. We like watching the Swedish Chef. He is a puppet too. The Swedish Chef made popcorn and cooked too much of it in the microwave - By Grace and Georgia
Kindergarten and year 1 students have begun to investigate length using informal measurement tools. Firstly, we used 2cm cubes to measure the length of a variety of items in the classroom. After that, students measured the length of their desks using paddle pop sticks, unifix cubes, counters, lids and paper clips.
Year 2/3/4 students are investigating mass. We felt the weight of a kilogram and thought of items at home that might weigh a kilogram. We were also ‘hefting’ items in the classroom. We then found items in the classroom that weight 100 grams, the students checked this by using balance scales.
Students in year 5/6 are investigating volume and capacity. The first activity was to record understandings on a mind map and be clear on the difference between volume and capacity. Then we shared our understandings and created a whole class mind map with definitions. Our Maths 300 investigation for groups of students to make a set of boxes using 1 cm grid paper measuring 10 x 20 cm. Each section of grid paper have corners cut out, zero corners, 1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4. Students then fold up the sides to create a set of boxes made from the same size paper.
We will next look at entering the data for each box by checking how many 1 cm cubes fit in each.