Dear parents and carers,
As we move toward the end of our last week of school for this term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported our children through your various different types of volunteer work during this year. Many have taken the time to carry out different tasks that when combined have had the effect of assisting the education of our children. So thank you, to all of you.
I would also like to thank members of the wider Grenfell community for your support during this term, there are many things that go on in the background that help to support the success of our school, so thank you to all those who have supported us in the myriad of different ways across this year.
Thank you to the staff who have also worked hard to encourage the development and growth of our children during the first half of this year.
All of your efforts are greatly appreciated!
As you are aware, Mrs Best will be taking some very well earned long service leave during terms three and four. We are very pleased to be able to announce that Mrs Tina Eastlake will be working with us during terms three and four as Mrs Best’s replacement. Mrs Eastlake comes to us with a wealth of experience having worked for many years in Canberra.
We wish Mrs Best a fabulous time as she spends more time with her family, and we welcome Mrs Eastlake, and trust that she enjoys working with our St Joseph’s school community.
Play Performance – On Tuesday, we performed our play “The Day the Crayons Quit” at the Grenfell MPS for the residents. The residents sang along with us and paid us many compliments. Congratulations to all who remembered their lines, and performed with gusto!
Congratulations to those who stepped in to roles too, you did a marvellous job!
Congratulations to Banjo, Hugh and the relay team who placed 1st 2nd and 2nd respectively in their events at last week’s WR athletics carnival. The boys will now participate in the Archdiocesan athletics carnival in August in Canberra.
Well done and congratulations also goes to Henry, Emma and Camilla who all did well in their events at last week’s Tamworth inter schools horse sports event.
Congratulations also goes to William who performed really well in the football event held in Forbes on Monday – his team won two games on the day.
This term has been very busy with Registration, the Henry Lawson Festival, the Athletics Carnival and so much more…
What a fitting end to the term that we presented our play to the residents at the MPS on Tuesday afternoon. There were residents singing, moving and smiles galore to recognise the effort that the students were putting into their acting, singing and dancing. One resident at the back of the room even shook each child’s hand to say thank-you as they filed past him.
As we prepare for the holidays, some parents will be glad to have a break from the school routine. Other parents will just feel as if more work has been piled onto their plates. For those parents, and the ones whose patience may run a little thin over the break, I offer this alternative serenity prayer.
Enjoy your break!
During next term both Miss Schneider and Yr. 5/6 will have a focus on developing their writing skills. This opportunity has been offered to a small group of school within the Archdiocese and we have been invited to be a part of the program. This is an exciting opportunity for Miss Schneider and the class – I am quite certain that they will produce some fantastic written pieces.
The project involves Miss Schneider and myself participating in activities and then bringing that learning to the class group.
This is a terrific learning opportunity for our school.
Term 3 will commence for the children on Tuesday July 23. On Monday July 22, all staff will be participating in professional learning related to Privacy Laws, Record Keeping and Well-being with colleagues from across our region. This staff development day will be held in Temora.
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.
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 more books coming – with Morris Gleitzman being a very popular author at present for our older children.
Children in Yr. 2/3/4 have been enjoying Paul Jennings, although some of his stories have been generating some strange gardening ideas….
K/1’s recent publication – Where is my tie? Is on display in the foyer of the office. This rather interesting take on where we find our school ties each morning may well be a useful read for parents.
Pyjama Day - the SRC Pyjama Day is on today. See below for a couple of snaps from around our classrooms.
From the Archdiocesan Parents Association Facebook page…
This page contains lots of interesting and useful items for parents. Search for Catholic School Parents Association Canberra Goulburn
I have been very lucky in 2019 to be able to work with all the students and staff at St Joseph’s School. I will now be taking a break from my roles here at the school to spend some time with my family. Here are some of the wonderful things we have been doing over the last couple of weeks.
Measuring the strength of Static Electricity
A visit to the museum to see some objects from the past
Watching the 3D movie at The Dish
I wish everyone a happy healthy holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2020 (if not before).
Kindergarten and year 1 students making ’10 sticks’ as a measuring tool to measure our gingerbread man paper chain.
Wow, it is going to take a lot of ’10 sticks’ to get to the end.
We discovered it took 223 unifix cubes to go from one end to the other. We also discovered it was easier to count the ’10 sticks’ because we made each group of ten the same colour.
Year2/3/4 have been continuing their work on developing efficient strategies for the four operations. This week we have been subtracting with trading. We used MAB blocks to help us to trade.
Year 5 and 6 have completed their unit on volume and capacity with another investigation. We investigated the size of bags of popcorn available at the movies. Students had to construct nets to make the popcorn bags to discover which size was the best value for money.
What is a trip to the movies without popcorn and of course a coffee? Fergus brought in the different size cups available at his Dad’s coffee shop. We filled each cup to measure their capacity and compared the cost of each to gauge value for money.