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!
Please click the link below to find the next fortnight’s Purposeful Practice Grid.
A copy was sent home with your child on Monday.
Please return the completed grid to school on Friday the 8th September.
We had a fantastic time practicing our hand eye coordination with Coach Phil!
We learnt many new skills during our five tennis lessons including the ready position, forehand, back hand and serve shots. We had to concentrate, listen carefully to the instructions and track the ball with our eyes – it was a little tricky but we all had so much fun!
A week of beautiful sunshine was an extra bonus!
Hopman Cup…Australian Open…Wimbledon…here we come!
In Week 6 we celebrated Book Week. We dressed up as our favourite book character and enjoyed sharing this character and our chosen book with our friends and Year 5 buddy. We also were very lucky to watch an incursion performance for Book Week 2017 called, ‘Super Duper’.
During week 7 we celebrated Fathers Day by immersing ourselves in many different activities.
We really enjoyed making our personalised message key rings and Minion cards!
We also made an acrostic poem to share with our dads!
To top it all off we presented our special Fathers Day Assembly item after the Fathers Day Breakfast!
This week we began looking at Aboriginal Dream Time stories.
We have read a few of these books now and are simply captivated!
Miss Foong showed us the front cover of the story ‘How the Kangaroos got their Tails’ and we then wrote our own predictions and created a chalk art piece.
We cannot wait to show these at Open Night next week!
We have also been participating in our ‘Hand eye’ Clinic.
Our coaches help us with many different hand eye coordination skills through playing tennis.
Some of the games we really like are ‘Jail’ and ‘Countdown’.
We have also learnt how to swing a forehand and a backhand shot.
We are looking forward to learning the Serve shot next.
Its always so much fun in Year One!
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.