26 Oct Boorowa Touch & Netball Carnival
1 Nov All Saints Day Mass (5/6B) @ 9.30am
and Dress up day
2 Nov Family Rainbow Walkathon at 1pm
7 Nov Kindy 2019 Orientation Day
8 Nov Reconciliation Preparation night
21/11-22/11 Sacrament of Reconciliation
28 Nov Kinder 2019 Orientation Day
11 Dec Family Christmas Carols Spectacular
14 Dec Yr 6 Final Awards Assembly
18 Dec Graduation Mass & Celebration
NOTES GONE HOME THIS WEEK
- Global School Partners
- Head Lice - Yr 5/6
- Term 4 Overviews
- Walkathon Update note
- Bookclub Issue 7
We have had a very calm start to Term 4. We will be striving to continue this as we move through the term. As a staff, we work extremely hard to ensure our school environment is one that is organised, inviting and calm. We believe this is the most optimal conditions to allow students to learn and fulfill their full potential. I thank you in advance for your continued support. It is really appreciated by all members of staff.
This year I have been monitoring the canteen operating on a Friday. I have also taken feedback on board from parents via your PRNs and our Annual Survey.
As you know this is outsourced. I have recently met with this company and requested a few changes.
Lunch 'red foods' will be removed over the next few weeks from the menu. There will no longer be ham and cheese croissants, hot dogs, puppy dogs or mini pies.
Chicken, beef and vegetarian burgers will move to a 'green food' as the patties will be hand made. We will be introducing some new green options such as tabuli rolls, rice paper rolls and chicken snitzel burgers. There will also be a trial of sushi (although this will be in a limited capacity at first to determine how popular it will be). These items still need to be confirmed.
As always there are wrap and sandwich options with ham, tuna and salads and we will also look at providing an egg option for these. Nachos will continue as a green food option as will the neopolitana pasta.
There will be some amber foods that remain such as nuggets, sausage rolls, meat pies and pizza rounders.
I have also asked the company to look at moving ordering to occur via Qkr! instead of Flexischools to assist streamlining what apps we use at school for payment options.
I've requested photos of the lunch food that is being served so we can promote this via newsletter and facebook where you can see what the options are and what they look like. Like with other shops, in order to maintain these healthier menu items, we need them to be purchased to show demand. Towards the second half of this term we will be trailling a few new things to have a new menu ready for the start of the 2019 school year. Things are happening behind the scenes at present, so watch this space!
World Teacher's Day
This Friday in Australia we celebrate World Teacher's Day. A special day to say thank you to every teacher for all they do in educating the young minds of today to make a difference in the future. As it is Boorowa Carnival on Friday, as a staff group, we will celebrate on Tuesday next week. I thank all the teachers at St Michael's for their committment and passion to teaching and for making a difference in the lives of our students.
Over the course of the year we have identified the need for a focus on Literacy across the school but particularly in the infant classes. We have focused heavily on reading this year and have allocated significant resources and staff to support the classes where this need is present. This has included myself listening to individual students read and supporting their development in this area. We are seeing pleasing results!
We have also identified spelling as an area of improvement across the school. The need to have a consistent approach has been identified and for this reason, Damien Webb, Jess Lewis and Laura Frogley, have been trained in SoundsWrite. In 2019, Jo Krippner and myself, along with the remaining K-2 teachers will be trained.
Sounds-Write is a quality first phonics programme. Its purpose is to provide us with a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling and writing. A very highly structured, multi-sensory, incremental and code-oriented, instructional approach to teaching children to read and spell. It teaches all key elements of conceptual understanding, factual knowledge, and the three essential skills of blending, segmenting and phoneme manipulation necessary for learning to read and spell and it does so on a daily basis until all children achieve the automaticity that underlies the fluency of every successful reader.
The Sounds-Write program teaches students to understand the way the alphabet code works. Very often, in the early stages of learning to read and spell, because of the complexity of the code, students will not be able to spell some sounds by using the correct spellings. However, the intent is that students taught using Sounds-Write will be able to write almost anything they want to write by using plausible (phonetic) spellings for sounds. In this way, students, teachers and parents can read anything the pupil has written.
Throughout, Sounds-Write promotes the use of multi-sensory engagement with the materials pupils are working with in a manner that is commensurate with the level and abilities of the children being taught. Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities are at all times combined simultaneously to promote learning.
In addition to being multi-sensory, the Sounds-Write program has pace and utilises an array of stimulating lessons and resources. It also enables practitioners to differentiate the challenges placed before the learner in order to meet their individual needs.
We are committing to ensuring we are challenging ourselves, evaluating current practice and analysing student need to ensure we are providing high quality teaching that is effective and purposeful to the development of every child. I will keep you posted as we unroll the Sounds-Write program over the coming year.
Rainbow Family WALKATHON
Please keep the sponsorship money coming in. For families to be in the raffle draws, all money must be handed into Lisa at the Front Office by Friday 2 November.
Before School Care
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey regarding Before School Care. We were overwhelmed with responses and has confirmed there is a need in our community for some assistance in this area. So, starting on Monday 5 November (Week 4) until the end of the year, as a trial only, we will be opening up the library between 8-8.20am for students to be dropped off to school early. This will be quiet reading and/or drawing time. Please discuss this with your child/ren before allowing them to attend. A small donation of a gold coin each day to the Front Office for accessing this additional service would be appreciated. As mentioned previously, to not place extra pressure on staff, I will be taking the lead with this supervision to support our families. I will unlock the sliding door at 8am. Once the duty teacher comes out at 8.20am, students in the library will then go out to the playground as normal. In my absence, another teacher will take over. Toward the end of the term, I will be asking for more specific feedback regarding before school care to take to YMCA to discuss options there moving forward. I hope that this will assist families in the morning with drop offs, work and other committments.
School Fee Statements
The Term 4 school fees have been sent home, please ensure that all fees are settled by the end of the year. If paying by direct debit, please ensure that your payments cover the remainder of fees for 2018. If you are experiencing difficulty or would like to discuss any aspect of your fee statement, please contact myself or Lisa Monro in the Front Office.
Enjoy the week ahead.
Congratulations to the following children who achieved a Harmony Award in Week 2 and will receive their award at our next assembly on 16 November.
A reminder of our upcoming events for those involved in preparing to receive their First Reconciliation this year:
Parent / Child session
Thursday 8th November
St Monica’s School Library
Reconciliation candidates & at least one parent
Friday 16th November
St Monica’s School Hall
Reconciliation candidates & teachers
Wednesday 21st November
St Monica’s Church
Candidates & families & staff
Thursday 22nd November
St Michael’s Church
Building Relationships – 'Community'
Thank you to Mr Simon Carroll from Global School Partners for sharing information about our new partner school in Kenya, the Jariah Education Centre. This week our students are writing letters for students at the Jariah Education Centre as we begin to learn about each other and create connections between our two school communities. As mentioned at the Assembly last Friday, if any parents would like to write their own letters for sending to the Jariah Education Centre please make sure they are sent in to Ms Younger by Monday 29th October.
November is celebrated in the Catholic Church as the month of All Souls. We particularly remember those people we have known and loved who have died and are with God in heaven. The First of November is the Feast of All Saints, when we remember those men and women who are recognised as saints as they have given their whole lives to God. 5/6B are busy preparing Mass for us to celebrate this Feast day on Thursday 1 November. The children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Saint or Religious Icon. All families are warmly invited to celebrate Mass with us at St Michael’s Church from 9:30am.
Next week all students for K-6 will commence 4 weeks of orienteering lessons. The lessons will be run through Orienteering ACT and we are fortunate to have two internationally qualified coaches working with our students. Lesson will take place on Tuesdays.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS NETBALL CARNIVAL
Congratulations to the two teams who took part in the Catholic Schools Netball Carnival last Saturday. Some great matches were played in the morning. It was a shame the weather didn’t hold out and the day finished up early. A huge thank you goes out to the coaches, managers and umpires for volunteering their time to assist in the various roles. On behalf of the students and their families, we appreciate your expertise and willingness to be so generous with your time.
SCHOOL SPORT ACT TRIALS
Please keep an eye on the School Sport ACT website www.schoolsportact.asn.au for upcoming trials. If you need any assistance registering your child please feel free to ask for assistance.
This week in Peer Support children will revise what they have learned about resilience and discuss the people who show them support. Through a story the children identify where the character has used her personal qualities, strengths and skills to help her overcome challenges. They identify times when she needed support to continue. The children discuss a range of challenges and determine the best person to approach for support. The children consolidate the protective factors for resilience by revising their own strengths and skills and identifying 5 people they can go to for support. Remind your child of their qualities and skills and encourage them to ask for help in challenging situations.
Sustainability lessons have kicked off once again and the children have been planting new seeds. We are starting to plant new plants and herbs in the garden beds around the courtyard area, which is starting to look more inviting. The Sustainability leaders are continuing to do a fantastic job ensuring that all our plants are getting watered regularly and remain healthy. We are currently investigating different plants that will thrive in the hotter conditions that we will be facing in the coming months.
It is for children ages 0-5 and their parents/carers. Please contact Kylie Arena or Lisa Monro on 62414022 for any enquires.
Schools Recycle Right Challenge
Monday 22 October to Friday 16 November 2018
Junk to Funk Competition
Design a visual art creation using recycled material. Write a short summary of how it was put together.
Why you chose those particular materials, and a description of your recycled creation.
All entries in by Friday 16 November
On Monday 5 November, some home-grown tomato plants will be on sale before and after school for $1 each from Parish members. These will be on sale near the rainbow mosiac at the front of the school. All money raised will go directly to support the Parish.
As you may be aware, CatholicCare offers the Bringing Up Great Kids Program to the Canberra community.
Promote positive and nurturing relationships
- Management of stress in parent's role
- Encourage development of the child's positive self-identity
- Contain strong emotions and responses
- Overcome some of the obstacles that are getting in the way of being the kind of parent you would like to be
The Bringing Up Great Kids Program is an evidenced based parenting program developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation.
For our next course, we would like to offer this to the Belconnen Community and have invited Catholic Schools within this district.
This is a FREE course (usually $100 per participant) and we would like to extend an invitation for you to invite your school parents to attend this program.
The details are:
Dates : 3x Mondays - 5th, 12th & 19th November
Time : 6.00 - 8.30pm
Venue : St Thomas Aquinas Primary
25 Lhotsky Street, CHARNWOOD
Registration : 1800 068 698 (Gayle Caragh / Sue Pobjie)