Wow! What a busy time it is at this end of the school year! We are hoping you are all managing to stay calm, grateful and happy amidst it all, as we are also aiming to do 🙂
We are now entering the Advent period – a time of great patience and expectation.
The challenge for us all is to support our children, amidst the worldly noise and clutter of tinsel, toys, shopping and rushing, to slow down… to listen with our hearts… to understand the Jesus message – that God broke into our world to remind us that we are so loved and that God promises us love, hope, joy and peace – a peace that every human soul yearns for…
Here at school we are challenged to focus on this big picture amidst the hustle and bustle of this time of year. Being mindful each day is the key … we are called to try to act with kindness, gentleness and integrity, and this can be challenging at times.
Over the next fortnight students and teachers are finishing off the year, Admin staff are in the middle of AoS professional learning and a Financial Audit, and leaders are finalising accountability requirements, planning for next year and trying hard to be as available as possible to children, staff and families.
We are of course are also busy preparing to farewell our wonderful Year Sixes, who graduate next Monday evening.
With Two-Way meetings finishing this week, it will be important that parents please allow staff the time and space they need to simply finish off well with students. We now need to preserve the energy we have left in our tanks, for kids!
In regards to next year, we cannot stress enough, the importance of downplaying who your child’s teacher will be and which of their peers may or may not end up in your child’s class. While staff have once again worked very hard on creating class lists that take a myriad of factors into account, in the final analysis, all children need to learn to navigate their way through different teaching styles and different peer personalities.
Our job as significant adults in a child’s life, is to model confidence in their ability to work through any perceived worries or challenges. We are all here to support them to do this and are looking forward to a wonderful 2020!
Have a great week everyone – if you would like to recharge your battery, you may consider coming along to the Community Mass this Wednesday, 4th December at 8.00am – all welcome.
Monday 9th Dec
Year 6 Graduation Para-liturgy 5.00pm Supper 5.45pm Presentations - 6.30pm
Tuesday 10th Dec
Pre-Primary Celebration Day
Wednesday 11th Dec
Kindy Celebration Day Edudance Concert 1 - Gold families 1.15pm - 1.55pm Cuppa in the Learning Hub for any families who would like to stay and wait for the end of the day. Edudance Concert 2 - Blue families 2.10pm - 2.50pm
Thursday 11th Dec
9am Whole School Thanksgiving Mass - all welcome! 10am P&F Community Morning Tea - all welcome! 11am Science Inquiry Presentations - students and parents Semester 2 Reports online PM - Year 1 to 6 Water Fun Celebration for students
Friday 12th December
Last day of school! Year Six Big Day Out! 2.30pm Guard of Honour - farewell to Year Sixes :)
Vivienne returned to St Emilie’s this week to talk to the students about what happens at the Materials Recovery Facility once all the recyclables have been collected from our homes.
The students learned about the whole process from the moment the truck is emptied onto the tipping floor until the materials are ready baled and ready for collection.
All the students played a sequencing game to demonstrate and show how the materials are recovered.
We enjoyed our visits with Vivienne and we wish her all the best as she spreads the message about recycling and the waste message.
In Year Three, we have been busy learning about different units of measurement. We have discussed where we see common units of measurement in our daily lives, and how we can use certain measurements to work out and compare the length or perimeter of objects in our world. We worked together to measure the length of some of our body parts and items around the class. We have also created mini house plans, based on our own homes, using grid paper. We will then use our new found measuring skills to work out the perimeter and area of each room in the home. Next, we will be exploring volume and capacity!
Love the Year Three Students
A huge thank you for all your support in making our only P&F fundraiser for the year such a great success!
Despite the weather, your fantastic children managed to complete the event with a smile on their dial and a spring in their step!
We are currently waiting on a few families to send in their SPONSOR MONEY and then on Monday Week 4 – the 4th November the Raffle Prize of a Bike Voucher will be presented to the lucky winner at our mini assembly.