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It was wonderful to be able to hold the swimming carnival without any restrictions this year. Students were very well behaved and seemed to have a wonderful time. Thank you to Mrs Thomas for organising the event, it all seemed to run very smoothly, with events finishing on time so that all students could participate in all the novelty events.
Our school fete is just around the corner. It has been over three years since were able to hold our school fete and many of the families who used to run stalls have left the school. We would love for this to be a great community event for everyone to enjoy. If you are able to run a stall or help out on the day, please send your volunteer form in with your child or contact the SCC via email at email@example.com
Last week and this week, I have been meeting with all staff to discuss goals for 2023. Many teachers have spoken of how well their classes have settled and students are applying themselves to their learning. Most teaching staff have at least one, if not two of their goals centred around implementing High Impact Teaching Strategies within their classroom. This aligns with one of the school’s AIP goals - To see High Impact Teaching Strategies in every classroom. Most teachers are doing this through the use of Daily Review (DR) of taught concepts and teaching new concepts using Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI). Initial data over the last few years has shown that this type of teaching is helping students to learn and retain knowledge.
Take care and God bless
Yours in Faith
|5||Tues 28/02||Meninga & Daley Football Gala Day|
|6||Mon 6/03||Menslink visit - Year 5 & 6 boys|
|6||Mon 6/03||Fearless Women - Year 5 & 6 girls|
|6||Fri 10/03||Year 4 Assembly @ 2pm in the hall|
|7||Fri 17/03||Tombola Uniform Free Day|
|8||Tue 21/03||SCC Meeting @ 6pm|
|8||Fri 24/03||Year 2 Assembly @ 2pm in the hall|
|8 - 9||Wed 15/3 -24/03||NAPLAN for Years 3 & 5|
||STA Fete!!! Helpers needed - Please jump on board
|9||Fri 31/03||Athletics Carnival|
|10||Wed 05/04||Kenny Koala Visit - Kindergarten, Year 5 & Year 6|
|10||Thur 06/04||Kenny Koala Visit Year 4|
|10||Thur 06/04||White Token Lunch|
|10||Thur 06/04||Prinicpal Awards|
|10||Thur 06/04||Last day of Term 1|
|Term 2||Mon 24/04||Pupil Free Day|
|Term 2||Tues 25/04||Students first day of Term 2|
|Term 2||Tues 13/06||ELC Photos|
|Term 2||Wed 14/06||School Photos|
|Term 2||Thur 15/06||ELC Photos|
Jack B, Seneca B, August S, Jed G, Nevaeh M, Jack P, Aditya P, Lilly H, Bradley L-B, Jessica R, Skylar W, Jaana C, Abbey T, Violet P, Evelyn F, Lu’isa T, Audrey K, Savanna H, Annabel L, Oliver T, Isaac H
Zeke F, Molly W-S, Saul G, Triumph O, Levi W, Sofia A, Isaac R, Aseem H, Jayson T, Aarav S, Aryan S, Krystof M, Samuel A, Ellie H, Layne M, Cameron C, Amboz B, Zara B, Chelsea R, Ashlyn T, Kupakwashe M, Sofia A, Archie W, Maxie M
It’s now time to begin the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge, which requires students to read and record 30 books.
A paper copy of the challenge will come home with each student by the end of Week 3. It’s a good idea to keep the reading challenge sheet on the fridge to keep adding to as you read. The reading challenge sheets are due back to the library by 11th August 2023. Every student who hands in the completed challenge will receive a yellow token. Winning schools will win book vouchers for the library.
Issue 2 will be coming home with your child very soon.
All orders are online or via the Loop app: https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent.aspx
Our school receives credits each time a student buys a book. This helps with building our beautiful library collection.
Any questions please feel free to email me.
CULTIVATING KINDNESS IN OUR CHILDREN
Kindness is being friendly, generous, and considerate to others and ourselves. By being kind we are spreading happiness and joy to the world around us. Kindness can be as simple as a warm smile, a friendly nod or a word of encouragement. Research suggests that people who give to others even in small ways tend to be happier. We can promote kindness in our children through open conversations, being kind to others in their presence, and engaging in simple everyday actions that will bring joy to the lives of others as well as our own. Here's an interesting monthly plan to foster kindness as a value in our children. You can print this off, put it on your fridge and encourage your child/ren to engage in the activity. Remember to check in with your child/ren to see how they feel after an act of kindness :)
As you may know, our school is subscribed to Parenting Ideas, which is now owned and run by one of Australia’s leading parenting experts, Dr Justin Coulson. As such, the membership is now called Happy Families School Membership and there have been some exciting changes to the platform. Please take the time to read the information below so you can keep enjoying these helpful parenting resources.
We’ll keep sending out the Insight articles with our school newsletter and you’ll now also have access to the Insights library of 300+ past articles via our school’s unique URL and password (more about that below).
Each term, you’ll have access to a LIVE parent webinar.
With webinars now being run live, this means participants can ask Dr Justin (or the guest speaker) questions in real time.
Just like for Insights, you’ll be able to access the webinars via our school’s unique URL and password (no more coupons!). The recording will be available for 12 months.
URL & PASSWORD
Please note that our two disabled parking spots located at the front of the main car park are soley for the purpose of those who hold a Disabled Carparking Permit. Please ensure that these spots remain available for those who require it. These parking spots are not for pick up and drop off.
We appreciate your assistance.
Tuesday 28 March 2023 | 5pm–7.15pm
Visit St Francis Xavier College and find out what our amazing school has to offer!
The evening starts with guided tours and faculty displays from 5pm and an information session from 6.30–7.15pm.
Friday 28 April 2023 | 10am–2pm
Year 6 students from Belconnen Catholic primary schools are invited to experience high school for a day at SFX. Your primary school will advise students of the details and travel to and from the College with their class group.
Thursday 4 May 2023 | 9am–2.30pm
Open Day is an opportunity for prospective families to visit and take a guided tour of the College. This is a wonderful chance to see what happens on a normal school day.
There is no need to register to take a tour of the College—just come along between 9am–2pm on the day.
Mercic College Open Day is on Wednesday 3 May 2023, in addition to the Be a Merici Girl (BMG) Days on Friday 28 April, Monday 1 May and Monday 8 May. Year 6 female students are given the opportunity to attend the College for a full day as part of our BMG program.
Students are required to register individually. Transport is not provided by the College.
Education ministers agreed that NAPLAN would move to Term One from 2023. This will mean results will be available to education authorities earlier in the year to inform school and system teaching and learning programs and will assist teachers to better determine support students need for the coming year.
NAPLAN Online is a more engaging assessment that adjusts questions to each student’s achievement level.
NAPLAN provides valuable information to schools and parents about literacy and numeracy achievement. It supports school improvement processes by enabling teachers to monitor student progress over time and to identify areas of strength and development.
All eligible students are encouraged and supported to participate in NAPLAN testing.
Visit www.nap.edu.au to see interactive versions of the test and for more information.
|Parish Priest||Father Gerard McCormack|
|Parish Secretary||Debbie Hofman|
|Telephone||02 6258 1563|
|Address||23 Lhotsky Street
CHARNWOOD ACT 2615
|Monday to Friday||9:30am|
|Thursday - School Mass||9:30am - one grade each week|
Children's liturgy is held during the school term. All families are welcome to attend.
|Weekend Dates||6pm Saturday
|We encourage anyone who wants to help with the Children's Liturgy to contact Helene Axelby on 0415 179 470 or Skye McPadden via firstname.lastname@example.org|
This Sunday 5th March the St Thomas Aquinas Parish will be holding a free sausage sizzle after 9am Mass. All families are welcome to attend to enjoy Mass and share a meal afterwards and meet our new Parish priest Fr Gerard.
We look forward to seeing you there.