Please note that Monday the 9th October is a PUPIL FREE DAY for staff professional learning.
Our guest speaker is Mr Brendan Spillane and we are looking forward to this valuable learning experience.
Acknowledging our Building Partners
Last Friday night the Board, P&F and staff gathered together to formally thank Nigel Yoxall (Yokkers Property Maintenance) and Jon Dunne (Celtic Builders) for the superb job they did in remodelling our old undercover area into a modern, new Learning Hub! The money spent on this initiative has been such an incredible investment already, with new opportunities for student learning and multi-purpose functionality. The time, attention to detail, professionalism and integrity that these men and in my absence, Mr Munro, brought to this project, was second to none.
On this evening we also formally thanked Mrs Anne Aquino for the wonderful contribution she has made to our school community over a number of years. Below is a copy of my speech to Anne on behalf of us all:
Whole School Mass and Morning Tea
Our whole school Thanksgiving Mass this week was an opportunity for parents, grandparents and children to pray for Mrs Aquino and to wish her all the best for the years ahead. Every time we meet as a community around the Lord’s table of love, it is a special opportunity to call to mind our own needs and the needs of our friends, families and community. We prayed for Anne and for two of our teachers, Miss Kristy Foong and Miss Ruby Carroll, who are soon to be married in the school holidays.
Our Performing Arts students presented a liturgical movement after Communion that was very beautiful and very prayerful – special thanks to Miss Goodall for organising this for us, we are very grateful.
Whole School Open Night – Social Justice Focus
Thank you once again to all families for making the effort to join us on our whole school Open Night – it is always really special when we are altogether!
.Every two years the children explore the concept of Social Justice as part of their integrated studies
Across the school these units of work support students to learn more about how to make and keep friends, the importance of rules and ways to accept differences of opinion;; the special value of multiculturalism in Australia; social justice issues experience by people with disabilities; the law and the rights of children everywhere.
As a staff we also look at this important concept through a Catholic lens by exploring what the church documents have to say in regard to ensuring justice for all.
We hope you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to showcasing our learning in this way again next year!
Term 3 – Week 9 – 14th September 2017
THANK YOU to all the families that took time out of their busy schedules to attend our OPEN NIGHT. It was so wonderful to see the Kindy children engaged, communicating and sharing their learning with their families. It was also great to see families, listening, allowing time for the children to share their work, participating and responding positively. We hope you were able to view the whole school display in the hall, based on our SOCIAL JUSTICE topic.
Here are a few pics of Open Night in Kindy Gold
Our SOCIAL JUSTICE unit this term has provided the Kindy children with new insights into what FAIRNESS means. When we began the unit at the beginning of the term much of the childrens’ thinking lay along the lines of “sharing” and “equality.” The views they may hold now, on the topic of FAIRNESS have since changed and our learning has challenged the children to stretch their thinking about what really is FAIR and UNFAIR.
The following document is the culmination of our term’s work on our SOCIAL JUSTICE topic of FAIRNESS. Please download and read about our Unit of Work.
We were so excited to host a playdate for all our Dads, Pops, Grand dads, Grandpas, Uncles and Mums for Father’s Day.
It was great fun to play Lego and Mobilo, build collage and play dough, go birdwatching in our dramatic play bushland, use the sandpit and generally have a super time together!
Thanks to all our special visitors for coming along…we hope you felt very loved and appreciated!
Term 3 – Week 8 – 6th September 2017
FIRST AID FOCUS!
Today, we were lucky enough to attend an Incursion from St John Ambulance – First Aid. Our presenter’s name was Stacey.
Stacey taught our Kindy children what an EMERGENCY means and she thoroughly discussed a number of different scenarios that may result in an EMERGENCY. We revised the important number that we all need to know in case of an emergency – 000
We viewed a series of large visuals and discussed the potential hazards that could occur in each scene. We discussed what each child CAN do to assist someone in need.
D – is for DANGER
R – is for RESPONSE
We look out for danger, before we respond, then we ask our person in need a series of questions to determine whether they require an ambulance and also to determine if it really is an emergency situation.
The children were asked to learn some important information about themselves to assist the emergency services personnel if they ever do need to ring up for help. We ask all our families to please assist our Kindy children to learn this information at home.
My important information: * My name * My house number * The name of my street * The names of my next door neighbours, grandparents and close friends that could help me in and emergency.
A special card will be sent home with your child. Please help your child to fill out this form and learn the important information necessary, in case of an emergency.
We viewed another set of visuals and talked about which emergency service we may require, in certain situations – ambulance, fire or police.
We learnt about PARAMEDICS – what they do and the special clothes they require. Paramedics wear GREEN with a sliver lining. The silver lining glows at night so people can see them easily.
We learnt about the AMBULANCE – what it looks like inside and out and how we know if there is an emergency when an ambulance is travelling on the road.
We then participated in a fun partner activity. One person lay on the floor with their eyes closed whilst the other stood over them. we pretended that the person on the floor needed medical assistance and we practiced “Danger,” “Response” and the special questions we need to ask before determining whether there is an EMERGENCY.
This is the procedure we followed:
At the conclusion of our session, Stacey recapped with us, what an emergency is and the children identified the following scenarios as a few examples of real and true emergencies:
Please make sure you read the web post (in School News) by Mr Davis, our Health & Physical Education Specialist Teacher, who organised St Emilie’s representation at our first interschool Basketball competition!
Our Boys A team went through the comp undefeated and took out the Grand final in a very impressive win! A super effort and congratulations boys!
Lachy (far right) is to be highly commended on representing our school to such a high standard in both basketball and in oracy and drama in the last two weeks. Bravo Lachy – it is wonderful to see you developing your strengths across different domains!
As a school we pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of opportunity our students receive across all areas of the curriculum – sport being one of these.
A huge thank you to Mr Paul Davis on his ongoing commitment to raising the profile of physical education and sporting opportunity in our school – you are doing a really top job and it is very much appreciated!
While as leaders we cannot always attend each of these events, we are there in spirit and the updates we receive during days like these are certainly very exciting!
Congrats to all students who participated – being actively involved and being good sports, is another cause for much celebration here at St Emilie’s!
Well done everyone and thank you.