Dear parents and carers,
This week has continued to see the children engaged in various classroom and playground activities.
It was amazing to see 2/3/4 working outside to try to develop a timeline for their History unit – in total their timeline was about 50m long.
On Tuesday, Yr. 6 participated in a Mind Blanks theatre production at Grenfell Public School. This production encouraged the students to consider the scenarios faced by a boy in Yr. 7 who has moved to a new town, and how he might be able to respond to the challenges of changing school and making new friends.
Miss Schneider, Mrs Best and Mrs King have all been attending workshops this week covering inquiry learning and numeracy. Already, there has been feedback for colleagues about how this learning can be incorporated into planning for the rest of this term and beyond.
Last week, I will be attended the Principal’s Conference and Retreat. It was a busy time, with workshops led by various staff from Catholic Education and Br David Hall.
Br David spent time with principals discussing the importance of developing humanity as being a key focus for schools moving into the future. This point was highlighted during the discussion of recent studies that focus on the effect of consumerism, materialism and individualism on society. This being that the idea that our children have to have everything moves away from nurturing children who have a mindset where there is success to be achieved through working hard to learn new skills and building knowledge over time.
This week, staff have continued working with Carol Lamont around the consolidation of various aspects of our positive behaviours. All children have been working towards achieving entry to our next rewards event, this will involve Lego challenges. I am looking forward to seeing who will be a part of that event!
Safe Internet Use – we are looking forward to seeing you at our Safer Internet session tomorrow. I am quite sure that Karen will provide a variety of tips that will be useful when using the internet at home
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
SCHOOL NEWS …
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.
St Joseph’s Day – we will celebrate St Joseph’s Day on March 19; 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 12:45pm for some publication sharing and to stay on and enjoy lunch with the children.
Library – thank you to everyone who is making suggestions for new books that can be added to our library, you will see these titles appearing on the shelves in the coming weeks.
Please remember to bring your library bag (and books) on your Library day.
Book Fair – thank you to everyone who has visited our book fair this week – we trust that you enjoy your new books.
Easter Raffle – now is the time to start thinking about our Easter raffle.
Each family is asked to donate an Easter egg to the prize pool. Please feel free to start sending your donations to school.
Thank you to those community members who have already added something to the prize pool….it is beginning to look terrific
Father James has graciously offered to celebrate a mass with us on St Joseph’s Day, Thursday the 19th of March. This is a special way that we can honour and celebrate the patron saint of our school. As the priests have a meeting in Canberra that day, the mass will be at 9:15. We hope you will join us for this mass.
In Maths, the Kinder and Year One students have been working on recognising, creating and extending different patterns. They have made patterns using objects, shapes, numbers and even people!
Our list of known sounds for reading and writing continues to grow. The students are using known sounds to create words. The Year One students are being encouraged to try and write longer words.
K/1 students like to be involved in whole school projects like Clean Up Australia Day. They were amazed at how much rubbish we collected in our half block.
According to the K/1 students, the best thing we did this week was visit the Preschool. I’m not sure whether that was because they had the opportunity to share their published books or the playtime that came after their hard work!
Please be sure to join us at the school on St Joseph’s Day, the 19th of March, for our whole school Publication Celebration. This event starts at 12:45.