Dear parents and carers,
This week we have been watching the works project that is taking place here at school. This project involves upgrades to the disabled access, repairs and replacement of damaged fibro and some additional work on the downpipes and drainage.
The children have been very interested in watching the progress of the works.
Kinder Transition – Yesterday was our final orientation morning. The children completed a variety of activities in their classroom. They also made a presentation to all about some of their favourite things and it is terrific to these things about our new students.
School Chaplaincy Program – late last week, I also received word that we have been successful in winning a grant to operate a school chaplain program next year. This position provides an additional avenue of support for students. This position will be advertised in the coming days.
As we are all aware, this is an increasingly busy time of the year, with both school and home based events. I encourage all of our children to continue to drink plenty of water and ensure that you are getting a good amount of rest each night. This is also a time of the year, when busyness can lead to carelessness with how the children speak with each other. I encourage the children to pause for just 3 seconds before speaking – this just might enable the needed words or phrases to be used in the right way.
The children have begun working towards recognition for their efforts – it is planned that there will be a Reward Day by the end of Wk. 9.
Please remember to make use of our Archdiocesan parent website. It can be found at https://www.parents.cg.catholic.edu.au/. This website is contains a range of information that may be of use to you as a parent, or it might be useful for your family.
Swim Safe – information for our forthcoming swim safe program was sent home earlier this term. The permission note needs to be returned to school by tomorrow (Friday November 29). Please be aware that the school will cover the cost of this year’s program for all students.
Chooks – the chooks have been very busy eating up our lunch scraps and giving us eggs that have been used in a number of different cooking adventures.We are asking if anyone is able to care for the chooks over the summer holidays. If you can help, please let us know.
P & F News – Please note the Annual General Meeting is to be held on Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 7:00pm in our school library. All executive positions will be vacant.
Carols in the Park – the Carols in the Park will be on Sunday December 8. The children should wear their summer uniform to this event.
Further information will be passed on to you as it comes to hand.
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 Friday, 29 November 2019.
Year 6 Graduation Mass Presentation Photos – We would like to remind parents that school related photos of your Year 6 child, depicting a range of activities throughout their schooling, for the end of year school Graduation Mass presentation, are to be submitted to the school as soon as possible. Submitting these now will allow ample time to compile the presentation.
Library – as we are now moving towards the end of the year, please start looking for those extra library books to return to school. They might be under the bed, on the coffee table, in the pile of things on the kitchen bench.
All returns will be appreciated – our record for the most overdue library book in this week is 187 days, I wonder if we can beat that.
We are nearly at the end of our Christmas hamper collection journey. This Friday, the students who volunteered to be a part of this year’s Mini Vinnies group will be heading to the Grenfell Food Hall to learn a bit more about what they do for our community. We will take some of our vast collection to them for the Christmas hampers that they will be creating.
On the 9th of December, a small group of our Mini Vinnie’s volunteers will head to Young to donate the rest of our food collection to St Vincent de Paul and find out a bit more about what they offer to the community.
We are happy to accept any last donations of any non-perishable food items up until Friday the 6th of December.
Current tally of food collected
Tinned food - 66
Pasta and rice – 32
Boxes of cereal -15
Condiments and Sauces- 13
Drinks – 6
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others!
The K/1 students have continued to work hard to gain skills and knowledge in all areas of the curriculum. Their improvement in reading has been quite an amazing journey over this past year. Being a Kindergarten/Year One teacher definitely has its rewards! All of the children have been challenging themselves to read books that are longer and more difficult. They also love shared reading of their own texts, especially with the Kinder transition children.
Many topics have been covered in Maths this term, including: volume and capacity, three-dimensional shapes and their properties, division, chance and probability and data gathering and graphing.
The new Kinders also enjoyed the hands-on activities associated with this learning.
Gymnastics has proved to be very popular with the K/1 students. The students have been able to use the appropriate equipment to learn how to jump, roll and do cartwheels safely. They are also learning about the importance of stretching before exercising.
In Religious Education, the students have been continuing to explore Jesus’ life. They understand that he grew up in a Jewish family and they are learning about some Jewish customs and symbols, both past and present. We will conclude our unit with our last cooking session for this year when we will be making challah, a traditional Jewish braided bread.
We did share our love of cooking with the Kinder transition students as well. As requested by the K/1 students we finally made something sweet with all those chook eggs- meringues! By all reports, they were delicious.
The K/1 students have really enjoyed having the new Kinders in their classroom. They have shared their space and their learning very enthusiastically.
This week for Numeracy news, I have decided to focus on how mindset can contribute to successful participation not only in Mathematics but also in all we do. The following quiz was presented at a recent Professional Development day. I encourage you all to participate and I will provide the answers next week.