Welcome back everyone!
A warm welcome back to you all! We are really looking forward to another great term – all eleven weeks of it! We’ve had a terrific couple of days. Children are happy to be back at school and staff are enthusiastic about their ‘switched on’ attitude!
I have really enjoyed hearing all the holiday stories – bravo Mums and Dads – there has been lots of reading, playing imaginary games, playing board games, picnics, sports, camping trips, catching up with friends, bbq’s, watching a movie, cooking fun, walks along the beach, interesting road trips and more!
Staff have also had a really good break and are looking forward to offering many valuable learning opportunities throughout the term. Your ongoing support, encouragement and positive interactions with your teachers – whether face to face, by email or by note, really make a huge difference and help to pave the way for your child to flourish here at school. When they see and hear you relating respectfully and positively with teachers, it sends a very powerful message indeed and helps them to feel safe, secure and more confident in themselves.
Term 2 Planner Information for Families
The ‘Term 2 Planner Information for Families’ document has now been posted on the front page of the website (see the left hand column, half way down). This document essentially lists the main calendar dates with any explanatory notes underneath where applicable. Please check this document regularly to stay up to date with what isn happening / when.
As per the Term Planner we have a day set aside for our Three Way meetings on Wed 27th May. We will be trialling an ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM. More information on how to book an interview time will be sent home shortly.
The school has been a busy place over the holidays with new toilets going in to Kindy and PP and the big Eucalypts having to come down outside the Kindy. This very big School Board decision regarding the removal of the trees was made because:
- 1. The tree roots were lifting all the pavers creating a walking hazard.
- 2. The trees dropped branches indiscriminately and being on a walkway – posed a potential risk.
- 3. The leaves filled the gutters on a daily basis – expensive maintenance.
- 4. The beautiful shade was wonderful in the summer months however created a situation where the grass was permanently in shade during the winter and thus made it almost impossible to grow a strong vigorous lawn.
We look forward to lots of winter sun and we will explore moveable shade options for the summer months.
Kindy Interviews 2016
The next couple of weeks will be a busy time for the Leadership Team as we interview new families and their children, as well as siblings who will be starting Kindy next year.
Naplan testing will be conducted throughout Week 4 of this term in Years 3 and 5. As always our best advice is to not stress children out unnecessarily. Tests are a normal part of the teaching and learning cycle here at school. If we don’t make them bigger than they need to be our children won’t. We want them to do their best for sure, however there is no need to ‘prime them’ for NAPLAN. Our messages are stay calm, read the questions carefully, do your best, check your work and don’t worry!
Parent Session for Families of Kindy, PP, Yr 1, Yr 2 and Yr 3 children
The School Board and Leadership Team request that one parent from each family K-Yr 3 please be present at a Parent Information Session on Wednesday 3rd June – 6.30pm -7.30pm, where we will share information about a possible 1:1 progressive rollout of devices next year, starting with Year 4’s.
Morning Teas this term
- Anzac Day Assembly Morning Tea – come and share a chat, a cuppa and an an Anzac Day Biscuit after the Year 4 Friday 24th April!
- Mother’s Day Morning Tea – following the Year 2 Assembly
- Sisters of the Apparition celebrate 160 years Assembly followed by morning tea – Friday 22 May.
Please make sure you check in with the school website regularly so you can stay up to date with class news, school news and P&F/Board news.
All the best for a wonderful term ahead everyone
(on behalf of the School Leadership team)
Wow! What a busy fortnight we have had, hosting many visitors and making new friends!
Volunteers from the Kanyana Wildlife Rescue Centre brought some Native Australian Animals for an incursion to Kindy.
We met a Black Cockatoo, an Echidna, a Python, a Bearded Dragon, a Bobtail Lizard and a Boodie!
We were so lucky to be able to learn about these rescued animals and we even got to touch them!
It was exciting to meet some reptiles in particular and see their scales, claws and other features up close!
So many of our families came along to Open Night at school to see some of the things we have been learning about at Kindy this term.
We were very informative hosts, teaching our visitors all about the different activities and opportunities we have been involved in with our friends at Kindy.
FAMILY PLAY DATE
Our Play Date was lots of fun to share with Mums, Dads and Grandparents!
We played indoors and outdoors with our families in all the different centres at Kindy that we use each day.
The grown ups really enjoyed play dough, painting, making a cuppa in the home corner, building, sand play and chatting with lots of new friends!
We then shared morning tea with our visitors on the grass outside. What a great morning it was !
Our Year Three Buddies came to collect us from our classroom and walked us to the Junior primary playground.
We had a super time on the big climbing equipment.
Our buddies took such good care of us, chatting with us and keeping us safe as we climbed, jumped, slid, swung, ran…!
We look forward to spending time with our big friends again next term!
Our learning about Jesus’ life has taken us to Holy week.
We have learned about Jesus’ last meal with His friends on Holy Thursday, His death on Good Friday and His new life on Easter Sunday.
Jesus teaches us to love as God wants us to so we can share in new life too!
We have been learning more about this concept through practising friendly behaviours, through our Godly Play and stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Thank you to our families for sharing in our learning over this term
We wish you a Very Happy Easter!
I highly recommend that you take a listen to this TedTalk if you get a chance amidst your busy lives – it is 17 mins long so perhaps wait until you have dropped the children off – or at some time when the house is quiet and you have a bit of time to listen.
Bottom line : Happiness and resilience = a more positive life!
- Active Thinking
- Building on positive emotions
- Imagining a little parrot on our shoulder telling us what to think … Is the parrot right or wrong?
- Look for evidence! Think about balancing evidence and alternatives!
- Learning to develop resilience muscles!
- Teaching kids resilience skills really helps!
Developing a sense of well-being is so important – and it means taking charge of our own emotions and thought processes…
Certainly a daily effort! 🙂
ACARA recognition for Catholic schools
Message from the WA Catholic Education Office:
“We have previously communicated that the Catholic Education system achieved the best WACE results in five years in 2014. Following on from that success, we have also been advised that 25 of our schools achieved an above average NAPLAN gain, compared to other similar schools.
The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) looked at the comparative gain of each school to the previous reporting period, the relative starting point of students at a similar level, as well as the school’s ICSEA rating.
I would like to congratulate all of the CEWA schools that have been acknowledged by ACARA. This is a significant achievement which is the result of many hours of hard work by school leadership teams and classroom practitioners. “
St Emilie’s was one of only 25 Catholic schools from across WA recognised by ACARA in this way!
Teachers are the decisive difference in the classroom and everything that we individually and collectvely can do to support and encourage our teachers in their work, the better the outcomes for each and every child.
When families support teachers, when families build a safe, happy, stable, loving family life, this too helps children to learn – so go for gold families!
We know that NAPLAN results are only one part of a much bigger learning picture where each child is supported to ‘do’ and ‘be’ their best self…
But for this week let us all celebrate our good news!
WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Families are invited to come and view your child’s classrooms,
and to take a look at some of the learning experiences children have been engaging with
over the last 7 weeks of term.
You can pop in anytime between 4-6pm.
Please remember to thank your teachers once again for their generosity
in making this opportunity available for you.
PS Don’t forget to pop into the library and MPR to check out Cultural Studies and Science learning also!
THE SUN CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!
Drawing is the language of young children and we looked closely at Freda the Filled Neck Lizard to decide on how to put the shapes of her body parts together in our drawings of her.
Freda was a very patient still life model and enjoyed all the extra attention.
You can see her and our illustrations on our classroom windows at OPEN NIGHT !!!
Thank you to our families for helping us to make the big coloured ice blocks we needed to build our iceberg at Kindy !
It was a slippery job to place the blocks together and as the day progressed the ice melted into interesting shapes.
By the end of the day there wasn’t much left but a few ice chunks and a wet garden bed.
The power of the sun had melted the big ice blocks !!! Wow!
We created an artwork using small coloured ice blocks which we placed onto a large canvas and sprinkled with salt.
Over the day the ice melted into coloured pools of water which dried to leave some lovely designs on our canvas.
We think the design looked like people…or ice cream…or fingers… or water…
People can use the Power of the Sun to help them in their daily life.
We filled a Solar Shower with cold water and left it in the sun all day.
In the afternoon we brought the shower inside, turned it on and felt the temperature of the water.
It had changed from cold to warm.The energy in the sunshine had warmed the water!!!
We also found an alternative to candle light when the power goes off.
We put Solar Lights outside in the sunshine for a whole day. The sun’s energy powers the solar cells and hey presto- we had lights!!!
You can’t see the lights working during the daylight so we had to make it dark by putting the lights in a box with a lid.
How pretty they look!!!
JESUS AS TEACHER
As the story of Jesus’ life unfolds, we have learned about Jesus as a teacher.
Jesus loved to teach about God’s love and He called the disciples to help Him do this.
We have used our Godly Play props to retell the stories of Jesus Blessing the Children and Jesus Calming the Storm. These stories help us to learn about how God loves us and wants to take care of each one of us.
Jesus wants us to be teachers too through our loving behaviour towards others.
We look forward to seeing you at OPEN NIGHT THIS WEDNESDAY – you are free to drop in between 4.00pm – 6.00pm to share these and many other learning opportunities in Kindy Blue!!!