This week we have be responding to the ever-changing challenges that the covid-19 pandemic is throwing at our community. We continue to be in regular contact with Catholic Education to keep abreast of the steps we will be taking moving forward.
Catholic Education has also been assisting with the fact sheets and information sheets that I have been forwarding on to you.
At times there have been rapidly changing sets of information, and to this end, I have provided to you the most recent sets of information available to me.
In amongst the challenges of the week, we have found that our regular routines have continued. One question that has come up is why are the chooks laying eggs of different sizes in recent days?
I hope that the regular emails have kept you as up to date as possible in terms of the plans that we have been putting in place for the children to continue on their learning journeys.
All children should now have seen/heard about how learning will look over the last few weeks of this term.
Please be aware that we are also keeping records that will enable us to be aware of how well the children are engaging with their work packs and we will be providing feedback to children as they submit items either online or via hard copy.
For those families who are using the hard copy option, the next work pack will be available from the office from Tuesday after lunch.
At this point in time, I cannot clearly say what Term Two will look like. Once there is information available this will be forwarded on to you as quickly as possible.
If you are aware of any families that are not receiving emails or information updates, please let us know at school so that we have accurate contact details.
In the coming days, further work will be done in preparation for making use of Zoom meetings to assist with keeping some regular contact for all members of our community. We will let you know once we have more processes in place around this.
There is a huge amount of information circulating containing useful tips about learning from home. Sometimes it is difficult to know which information is most accurate and relevant. The link below comes from Education NSW and contains some excellent tips on how working with your children at home might look.
Please be aware that working at home may look quite different to an “average” school day. We encourage you to make use of various activities that don’t need a screen/device such as writing, reading and physical activity. We encourage the children to continue with their regular daily PE sessions as a break from bookwork. Already we are hearing of alternative PE sessions such as family yoga! We also encourage that recess and lunch breaks be a regular part of the day.
Parent Teacher interviews – our parent teacher interviews have gone ahead this week via telephone. Although this leant a slightly different feel to the conversation, it is always a great opportunity to speak with you about your child’s progress.
If you were not available to take your scheduled call, please make contact with your child’s teacher to enable the conversation to take place.
NAPLAN update – as you will be aware, ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) have made the decision to cancel this year’s NAPLAN program.
Should further information be sent out about this, we will forward it on to you.
Cross Country – Given that there has been significant change this week, our school cross-country is postponed. Again, if circumstances allow later in the year, we will look to hold this event as originally planned.
Please also be aware that all sporting events planned for term two, including the AthleticsCarnival are postponed until further advice is received from Catholic Education.
As with many other things, our Easter egg raffle is postponed, I hope that it will return later in Term Two in a slightly different shape.
Library – as mentioned in yesterday’s email to parents, children have been borrowing extra library books this week to supplement your home libraries.
For those families wishing to borrow further books, please let us know at school and we will make a selection and leave these at the front office for collection by you.
Data - I am not advocating for any communications carrier, the information below has been brought to my attention:
Both Telstra and Optus have put out information about the availability of additional data allowances for the month of April.
Further information can be found on their respective websites as follows:
Recently, the Year Five and Six students have been exploring many topics and concepts across the learning areas. The students also enjoyed perusing a wide selection of books at our Book Fair event. The school also bought a number of these books, which will be available to borrow from our library.
In Japanese, the students recently enjoyed creating and using Vokis using the ‘about me’ language learnt this term. This consolidated their Japanese language skills, which they then shared with peers.
This term, in Mathematics, the students have focused on selecting appropriate strategies for multiplication and division. They are learning to apply inverse operations, and multiplication facts, to solve division problems and vice versa. The terms factor, product, quotient, dividend, divisor and remainder were also taught in context. In addition, the students have been focusing on angles and three-dimensional objects. They looked at types of angles, vertically opposite angles and adjacent angles, as well as the straight angle, the reflex angle and the revolution. They used measurements where appropriate, in both estimating and drawing. In addition, from drawings of different views of 3D objects, students have been developing their abilities to build models and draw other views of it.
In Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) this term, the students have been developing their understanding of the negative effects humans can have on our environments. This links to our English unit this term. The students have identified the different types of Australian environments and the life forms that they support. They have also researched a specific environment to examine the effects that humans are having. They will identify and research environmental issues, such as the Greenhouse Effect, which are having a negative effect on the environment. They will also identify a number of organisations committed to saving the environment and will find out how they operate.
This term, in Creative Arts, the students have been exploring colour and its use in many artworks. They are learning to appreciate that colour can change the mood of an artwork. The students have explored the artworks of Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee and Edvard Munch so far, and explored how each of these artists used colour in their artwork. They will also reflect on each artists’ work and consider how they can use colour in their artworks by exploring how it is used to create moods and designs.
In Personal Development and Health (PDH) this term, the students have been developing their awareness of the accidents that can occur around the home, and ways they are able to prevent these from happening. It is designed to help them develop the skills they may need in dealing with such an accident or emergency situation. More specifically, the students will analyse the causes and treatments for accidents including those such as poisoning, burns, bites and stings, choking and fires.
In Physical Education (PE), the students have been extending their understanding of the game of cricket and working on the skills used in the game. Each lesson has focused on a skill used in cricket, such as throwing and catching, fielding, batting and bowling. The students have also been participating in a number of different types of cricket games, such as French Cricket, Continuous Cricket and other modified versions of cricket. They also participated in SwimSafe to develop their swimming abilities. This week, the students will also participate in the Cross Country event at school.
The term has flown by for Years Five and Six. As it is nearing the end of the term, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your families, and loved ones, a happy, healthy, and Holy Easter.