Welcome back everyone! It is fantastic to see the Year One’s all ready to go! We are very excited to share with you all of the interesting and wonderful things we will be learning about this term.
We thank you for all your support as we continue on your child’s learning journey.
Term Two will offer the students a chance to learn more about the environment around them through our Guided Inquiry– ‘Sustainability- Tip Toe through our World’.
In this unit the students will learn how they are personally responsible for helping to keep our world a place that is safe and beautiful for them to grow up in.
In Religion we will begin by exploring the unit ‘Loving Others’. This unit introduces the students to the many ways they use their bodies. We will wonder at what our bodies can do, and wonder about God, who created the human body. The next unit ‘We Make Choices’ explores the choices we make as people and also explores ways in which Jesus made choices. Our last unit ‘Friends Together’, focuses on the experiences people have of friends, including loving friends and making new friends. This leads the students to wonder about God and encourages us to think about showing love and kindness to our friends.
We will be reading some well known Fairytales as a part of our Literacy program. These stories will help us to explore plot, setting and characters. We will continue introducing new sight words and spelling sounds each week, working in our literacy centers, writing on smaller lines while trying hard to remember spaces between words and forming our letters the correct way!
Our Mathematics program introduces the children to new concepts as well as continuously revisiting previous learning through games and group activities. The children will investigate 2D and 3D shapes, chance and data and skip counting in 10’s and 5’s as well as revisiting addition, tens and ones (place value) and numbers to 100. Busy little Mathematicians!!
Our reading roster for this term is up and running as of week 2. If you can spare a few minutes one morning to listen to the children read please sign up! Thanks to those parents who have done this already!
Our library day continues to be on Thursday for both Year One classes. If your child does not return their book each week they will sadly be unable to borrow a book. Your child also requires a library bag in order to borrow and please make sure each book brought home is lovingly cared for – no spillages, broken spines, torn or scribbled over pages please!
We are looking forward to another great term! It’s shaping up to be a really great one!
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)
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!
Clap and scream for the Gannon team!!
Yes it was Gannon day last week and a wonderful day of celebration for team members to identify with their house group. We commenced the morning with a liturgy to share how Gannon House came to be formed. We celebrate Gannon Day on the Feast of Saint Joseph as St Joseph is Sister Margaret Mary’s favourite saint.
The Gannon house motto is ‘Serving with humility’. In our prayers we asked God to help us show true humility towards others here at school, at home and in our everyday lives.
Gannon students spent their lunchtime playing a variety of team games like tug o war, quoits and totem tennis. We finished off our lunchtime with a cool ‘orange’ Calypso icy pole. Yum!!