During the first few weeks of school, staff have been speaking with children about goal setting. This is a way that we can set targets to strive for, that are attainable. An example of a goal that is S.M.A.R.T. could be:
I will improve my reading by 3 levels; from level 5 to level 8 by the end of term one.
Specific – has a defined endpoint – in this case improve reading level by 3
Measurable – attaches numbers/time lines – in this case 3 levels and by the end of term.
Achievable – based on existing scores/information, is it achievable? I believe I can improve by 3 levels.
Relevant – is this useful for my learning/work? Reading is important for what I do each day, so yes this is relevant to me.
Time limited – can I measure change in a set period of time? Yes – move up 3 reading levels in one term
Please have a conversation with your children about their goals for this term.
As we begin the season of Lent, it is always encouraging to reflect on those things that we do, do well, and to take note of an area where changes can be made to develop related skills.
I trust that the children will be able to refresh and renew themselves and their relationships at school over the next six-week period.
As we move towards the middle of the term, it is terrific to see the children working hard to learn new skills and to share their learning with others.
St Joseph’s Day – we will celebrate St Joseph’s Day in a few weeks’ time; Joseph is the patron saint of our school. As part of the celebrations, we will be having our first publication celebration for this year. You are most welcome to join us at 12:45 for some publication sharing and to stay on and enjoy lunch with the children.
P & F News – Our P & F does fabulous work to support our school and assist with organising various events and fundraisers.
Please consider how you can help the association this year. If you would like more information about leadership roles within the association, or how you can help, please make contact with us at school.
A terrific opportunity for fund raising exists with the forth-coming Western Region Cross Country carnival that will be held in Grenfell in Week 1 of next term.
Safe Internet Use – we are very aware of the ever-changing challenges that children face today. In order for parents to have a greater understanding of the challenges relating to this, we have arranged for Police youth liaison officer Karen Clark to run an information session for all members of our community.
I encourage you to put this date on your calendar.
PCYC Safer Internet Information Session
St Joseph’s Primary School, in conjunction with the PCYC in Young, will be hosting a free event for parents, carers, and children, on Thursday March 12, to discuss safe internet use.
Crime Prevention Command Police Officer Senior Constable Karen Clark will be running the free Safer Internet session starting at 5:30pm in the St Joseph’s Primary School library.
All parents and young children in the community are invited to encourage discussion between parents and young people about what they are experiencing and seeing online.
The information session will explore how to be safe online, given that the use of the internet and social media is such an integral part of everyday life. It aims to educate parents and their children about trending online issues that young people are facing on a daily basis.
When: March 12 at 5:30pm
Where: St Joseph’s Primary School Library
Who: Parents, carers and young children
Good luck goes to Genevieve and Hamish who will both compete in their respective age groups in the butterfly event at the upcoming Archdiocesan carnival at Narooma on Monday.
Swim Safe – As you are aware, our Swim Safe lessons for Thursday and Friday last week did not go ahead.
Please be aware that these lessons have been rescheduled for today and tomorrow.
Clean Up Australia – Australia’s annual Clean Up day is set down for Sunday. Tomorrow we will be doing our bit to help with the clean up by tidying up the block around our school.
The rain that we have had has brought out the weeds, especially catheads. We have been working to remove them without taking away from the grass that is now growing. Any practical suggestions/help with this will be appreciated.
Riding bikes at school – the children have asked if we could make use of the pushbikes during recess and lunch. This provides another physical activity choice for our children during the breaks.
We use the space in the church carpark as our riding area.
Please speak with your children about the fact that there are some inherent dangers in bike riding, and choosing to ride, shows that it is understand that these dangers exist.
If you consent for your child to ride the bikes during the day at school, please return the attached note.
Library – thank you to everyone who is making suggestions for new books that can be added to our library, hopefully you will see these title appearing on the shelves in the coming weeks.
Please remember to bring your library bag (and books) on your Library day.
Book Fair – this year, our book fair will be held from March 9-13. More information will be sent out closer to the event.
Winter Uniform Order – please find attached a uniform order sheet. If you require winter uniforms, please fill in the form and return it to school by Friday March 6.
On Ash Wednesday, the whole school marked this special day with a prayer celebration in the school library. Here is a recount of the celebration, written by a Year One student.
For the beginning of Lent, we have a prayer celebration. We get ashes on our foreheads. We leave them on all day as a sign that we are thinking about things we can do during Lent. Some people give up things that they like, some people give to the poor and we can pray more.
Aize was a character for a mini play and he was God. I liked it when Aize said, “Now, now.” He wanted all of us to listen. At the end, he took pity on the people and forgave them. He touched my head and said, “Bless you my child. You are forgiven.” It felt special.
By Emily Protheroe
May God’s peace be with you as we continue our Lenten journey,
Greetings to everyone! It is very exciting to be back amongst the St Joseph’s Community.
Long Service Leave was very enjoyable. I spent time growing my own vegetables, caring for chickens, doing lots of home baking and I got the chance to do some much needed decluttering. All a distant memory now!
School is always very busy and over the last 4 weeks, I have been able to visit all classrooms and facilitate a variety of learning experiences.
In the Kindergarten/Year One room, I am teaching Science, History and the Measurement strand of Mathematics.
We are working on Length and Area this term. The students are exploring the vocabulary of Length and they are participating in a variety of measurement experiences.
In the Year Two/Three/Four room, I am teaching Religion and Science.
We are investigating Forces, both contact and non-contact forces. The students have been exploring how things are moved within the context of common games.
In the Year Five/Six Room, I am teaching Science.
The students are engaged in scientific investigations related to electricity.