We are now reaching the mid-point of Term 3. The children have been busy with a variety of different activities this week.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us last Friday for our Open Day. It was terrific to see you all and spend some time with family and friends in the classrooms.
We are planning another day before the end of term where you can come along and read some of the publications that the children have been working on in class.
On Tuesday, we hosted students from St Mary’s Young for our annual interschool public speaking competition. It was a terrific competition this year with all of the children bringing a unique perspective to their own speeches. In particular, I would like to acknowledge and thank our adjudicators for the morning, Margaret Lynch, Kath Parker and Fiona Johnson with Deidre Carroll as our timekeeper. It was a big task and these ladies carried it off with grace and thoughtfulness and we thank you for your efforts.
These students will now go on to participate in the Western Region public speaking event to be held in a few weeks’ time.
Our chickens have settled in so well that they began leaving their enclosure earlier in the week, thanks to Mrs Hinde and the Yr. 6 boys for returning them to a safe space. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Nealon for your extra efforts to make the yard a secure space for the chooks.
Archdiocesan Athletics – Good luck to Banjo and Hugh who will compete in individual events at the Archdiocesan Athletics carnival in Canberra today Good luck also goes to our small schools relay team - William, Cooper, Hamish and Hugh who will also compete at the Archdiocesan athletics events in Canberra today.
We have also been watching our ovals’ transformation this week. The oval was prepared with removal of the compacted top layer and introduction of new topsoil followed by the laying of the new turf. We are now in something of a waiting phase as the turf establishes itself. We are very much looking forward to being able to use this renovated play space before the end of term. A side aspect of this work has been that the children have enjoyed watching the bobcats, excavators and trucks in action this week.
Book Week – Book week is here… The theme for 2019 is Reading is my secret power…
We will be holding our book character parade tomorrow morning during our regular assembly beginning at 9:05am You are most welcome to join us for the parade. The children may wear their costumes throughout the day. We ask that children wear their school hat during recess and lunch breaks and wear closed in shoes. Children are asked to bring a jacket/tracksuit to keep warm after the parade is their costume consists of shorts/t shirt or similar.
Father’s Day Breakfast – at the P & F meeting on Tuesday evening, the P & F have have decided to offer a different way to celebrate Father’s Day in 2019. On Friday morning between 8:00 and 9:00am, the P & F will be holding a Family breakfast to celebrate Father’s Day. Bacon and Egg rolls will be served for a gold coin donation. Come along with the family and celebrate Father’s Day with Dad
Enrolments for 2020 – if you have a child beginning school in 2020, please take the time to collect an enrolment form, complete, and return to school. Completing this process early will help us with planning for 2020 and mean that there is one less job for you to worry about as the busy end of year period comes about. In closing this week, I ask that you keep Alexander and his family in your prayers over the coming days as he recovers from his accident.
Uniform orders – if you would like to order additional clothing for the coming spring term, please fill the attached uniform order and return to school by Friday, 23 August 2019.
Please be aware that we have a number of children with runny noses etc. at present. Given that life is busy both at school and at home, we would like to thank those families who are mindful of people becoming run down during very busy times and taking action as needed.
Thank you, also to those families who are monitoring to ensure that illness is real as opposed to “maths is a bit hard… and I don’t feel like it today.”
Life Education – the life education van will be here for our annual visit on Monday.
All classes will be visiting the van. The cost of the van’s visit is paid through school funds. This year’s lessons include:
K/1 – Harold’s Friend Ship
2/3/4 – bCyberwise
5/6 – Relate Respect Connect
There will be an opportunity for the children to view/purchase merchandise if you decide that you would like your child to do so.
The van is only here on Monday, so if your child would like to make a purchase, then they will need to bring money to school on Monday – not more than $10 per child.
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.
I have watched a number of shows recently that have made me aware of the increasing number of daily dangers associated with the work that police and ambulance officers do. These are people that we rely on to keep us safe and well and yet they are putting their own health and safety at risk. I appreciate their dedication.
I also appreciate those people who are willing to accept the jobs that others prefer not to… factory night shift workers, night shift cleaners, nurses, doctors, volunteer emergency and bushfire crews, council workers who clear roads after storms, and a myriad of other workers.
My prayer this week is for all of these people and the many others who are hard at work long after I have retired for the evening.
As we make our way, sometimes wearily, to work, or hop into the car and do the weekly shop, we think of those
who through the night while we were asleep have stacked the shelves, made the roads safe, transported goods, kept factories running,
kept us safe, cared for the sick and dying. Bless them with the rest that they deserve and need, and may we be thankful for the work they do that makes our lives each day a little easier.
Many blessings to these workers and their families,
Kindergarten and year 1 students are focussing on ordering and reading numbers to 100. One of our activities was to become number detectives. We looked through magazines and newspapers to find ten numbers, and then we had to glue them on in order from smallest to largest.
Students in K/1 are looking at making numbers using MAB and a place value chart. Kindergarten made 2 digit numbers and year 1 made 3 digit numbers.
Year 2/3/4 continued with developing decimal understanding. A favourite activity is to use the decimat cards and match them to their decimal numbers.
We are also revising some whole number aspects such as rounding, place value, combining and partitioning.
Year 5/6 have been revising multiplication and division as inverse operations. The focus has been on division with remainders and using multiplication to check answers.