Welcome back to another busy term!
Please find our Welcome Back Newsletter attached with relevant information for the term ahead.
Miss Tanya de Gooijer and Mrs Kristy Bull
Welcome back to Term 4 everyone! We hope the holidays have gone well for you all and that children are rested and ready for the next nine weeks of learning!
Yesterday the staff enjoyed a wonderful Professional Learning opportunity with Mr Brendan Spillane – an acclaimed Australian educator, speaker and coach. A former teacher and principal, Brendan has held senior roles, in an executive capacity, on professional associations at both state and national level in Australia. We thoroughly enjoyed the insights he had to share. He spoke with great wisdom, discernment, humour and passion and there were many ‘take home’ reminders and messages for us both personally and professionally
We are all feeling energised and ready for a productive, positive and rewarding term ahead!
All the very best to you and yours, be kind to each other and may we continue to strive to make our community an authentic reflection of the Gospel values we believe in.
We have had a busy end to Term Three!
We have enjoyed learning about Social Justice and different cultures this term. After reading the story, Speak Chinese Fang Fang, we spent time talking about how we would feel if we were new to our school or country and how we could make others feel welcome. We used the words fairness, acceptance, respect and understanding to help frame an ‘I Message’ – what we would do to welcome people from a different country into our school. We are becoming fantastic writers!
“I will show fairness by if they fall down in the playground I will not laugh at them”. Jerrin
“I will show respect by showing them around the school and I will not pick on them and I will not laugh at them and I will not make fun of them”. Ava
“I will show understanding. If they speak a different language I will listen really closely and I might hear a little bit of English. If I know how to speak their language I will know what they are saying. If they are speaking to someone else I can translate so everyone will know what they are saying”. Evan
Footy Colours Day
We had a fun afternoon enjoying the Footy Colour Day activities organised by the Year Sixes. It was great to spend time with our Buddies who were wonderful in encouraging us to try new things!
Jesus Calms the Storm
We have spent time exploring God’s Creation and the many wonderful things in our world. We also learnt that Jesus spent a lot of time in nature either praying or teaching others about God’s love. We watched a story called Jesus Calms the Storm and discovered, not only Jesus enjoying God’s creation with His Disciples, but the miracle He performed in calming the wild storm.
We have had a busy term but have learnt many new things along the way! We can’t wait for our holidays! Stay safe and we will see you soon for our final term of Year One!
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!