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Dear Parents and Carers
How’re things going in your household? Even though I have experienced freedom for the past couple of years, memories of getting my kids through to the end of semester at this time of year are very clear. I remember saying to myself…just a few more weeks of counselling over frayed relationships, constant pick-ups/drop-offs, homework & assignments, social media distractions, monitoring of where the mobile phone is at night, saying no to attending parties, getting them out of bed on freezing cold mornings, death defying driving lessons and of course the unpredictable teenage mood swings!!
I don’t know about you but one thing that used to confuse me was the complete difference in how they behaved at home compared to at school or at other people’s houses. It was like they had split personalities. I would get compliments on having beautifully mannered teenagers who would engage in adult conversation. My replies were something like….” Are you talking about the same person the resides at the other end of my house? I think you must have mistaken her for someone else!
So why do kids behave well for others and save their worst behaviour for their parents? It’s simple really…. because you love them. It’s hard to be good all the time. When we are fully accepted by others we tend to show them our true selves warts n’ all.
The same theory applies with all our relationships, including dating. When you first started dating, you more than likely put huge energy into making the best possible impression. In the early days of dating you more than likely dressed to impress, were always ready on time and wore a perpetual smile. When the relationship became more stable, you probably loosened up. You didn’t always dress to impress; you may have turned up late a few times and you were less are fussed about presenting your best possible face all the time. In short, familiarity breeds contentedness.
The same happens with kids. They become so relaxed with their parents that they will show their worst side to them. They’ll be very polite to their teacher, barely speaking out of turn in class yet they can be downright rude and overbearing at home. They’ll be friendly to peers at school but painful for siblings at home. Such is the way of family-life. We’d all love our kids to behave appropriately all the time, but the reality is they won’t. Most kids have L plates when it comes to learning how to fit in and behave around others. They make mistakes, yet they are always on a path to improvement…or should be.
It’s important that they know how to behave. That means parents teach their kids good manners; they teach them right from wrong; and also you teach them how to behave well in a variety of social situations so that when they are outside the house and around others, they know how to behave in public.
I have seen first-hand over many years where the lack of parents teaching their children on how to behave has resulted in unruly behaviour and lack of respect, especially in public.
One big no no in particular that I urge all parents to refrain from, is negative or derogatory talk or social media comments about other children, parents or teachers, especially whilst their own children are privy to this talk or communication. Kids will repeat word for word what their parents say and such talk provides young minds with an unfair opinion of others.
Michael Grose, educational and parenting expert, provides us with four smart strategies you can use to teach kids of all ages to behave well – both outside and inside the family home:
- Modelling: Kids are born mimics. The minute you become a parent you become a walking, talking social studies lesson (as in how to be social, generous and pleasant to others). They need to see adults and significant others such as parents behave well, behave generously and use appropriate manners (cos’ they will speak like you in public). Model the behaviours you want in your kids… as much as is humanly possible.
- Mentoring: Good behaviour comes easily to some, but many kids need to be taught the nuances of behaving well and socialising. Boys, in particular, benefit from a parent who is willing to invest time and energy into helping them behave well. Toddler and teens both benefit from explicit teaching and coaching in what to do and say in the company of others. They benefit from hearing messages such as “Say thank you”, “Look your teacher in the eye when you speak”,“Address them by name”
- Messaging: Astute parents give kids social scripts that they can use in a variety of situations. This social scripting starts when we tell a toddler to say hello to a relative and continuesin providing more complex scripts to use in a variety of situations such as in a restaurant, at a friend’s house, theatre, church, at school, even online. It also helps if kids rehearse their lines before they use them in social situations. Behaviour rehearsal is particularly important for boys who are usually tactile, practical learners.
- Manoeuvring: A great way to prepare kids to excel is through manoeuvring social situations much in the same way assporting codes create junior versions of their games, so kids can learn the basics without being overwhelmed by adult rules. Look for opportunities for kids to socialise at home in ways that mimic situations that they’ll encounter in public. For instance, once a week set up your mealtimes and model table manners and etiquette so they know how to behave when eating at a restaurant.
As I have said many times before, parenting is the hardest job in the world. It takes an investment of time, love and patience but believe me, it is worth every second.
Family Bush Dance
A final reminder about the Bush Dance this Friday night 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Please note that dinner (BBQ & pizza) available from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. only. Numbers are capped at 300 but there are still approx. 50 tickets still available. The 300 cap has nothing to do with COVID restrictions. We have capped the numbers due to the request from the band who are also co-ordinating the dancing. For more information, please refer to the flyer attached to this newsletter. Looking forward to a great night – I’m sure a few dances will warm you up!!
Praise & Commendations
It has been most rewarding to receive both verbal and written feedback on how things are going here at Lourdes. It is amazing how just a few words of praise can lift a person’s spirits and reinforce the feeling that what they are doing is making a real difference. I have been most appreciative to receive such comments, whether it is regard to school events, teaching and learning or future direction of the school. I’m a great believer in the fact that attitudes are contagious. Positive energy & positive attitudes don’t just happen though. It requires constant attention and recognition of great things that people do. Acknowledging a student’s, parents or teacher’s effort is a great thing to do. Supporting each other is a great thing to do. Avoid spending energy on negative thoughts is a great thing to do. Expressing appreciation and feeling appreciated is a great thing to do. So thank you to all who express their gratitude. Following my recent performance survey and yesterday’s interviews, I look forward to receiving the official report and reflecting on the feedback provided by parents, staff, students and parish.
If you are reading this, I’m probably just preaching to the converted but maybe you can assist in raising awareness of the importance of keeping up to date with what is happening at school by spreading the word about the school newsletter. The newsletter is still our number one form of communicating up to date information about school & class events. Other modes of communication include – online info and consent forms, School calendar, P&F run Facebook site (OLOLMemos), regular reminders at assembly and emergency messages via the Schoolzine App.
Now, if don’t read the newsletter, information notes are not read, you don’t check and update your school calendar, you don’t check emails, then at some stage something will be missed or forgotten. There is not too much more a school can do to provide information and one thing for certain is that the school, department or classes will never organise an event without informing families. You can tell me you didn’t know but you can’t tell me you weren’t informed.
To ensure the best possible communication levels are achieved, I urge all families to read the newsletters which are emailed fortnightly. Hard copies of the newsletter are available upon request. The Schoolzine App is also a great way to receive updates or emergency notices.
Spread the Word
If you are reading this, I want to ask a favour. Could you please spread the word around about reading the newsletter? We have about 70% success rate in parents opening up the newsletter. I can’t guarantee that all of the 70% who open it, read it all but I do hope you all do. There is so much important information contained in the newsletter, from detailed explanation of school events such as carnivals, fundraisers, P&F & community news, liturgies etc. Not to mention the invaluable advice and information included in the Student Support section, Library News and of course what is happening in your children’s particular grade. I would love to see the percentage of readers continually increase which will in turn lead to a better-informed school community.
Free Dress Day
As per the school calendar, next Thursday (17th June) is a free dress day and the theme is “Favourite Footy Colours Day”. A gold coin donation applies and all funds raised will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Looking forward to everyone getting involved in such a worthy cause. Anyone wearing a NSW jersey will be charged $100 !!
The next P&F meeting will be held next Tuesday 15th June at 6:30 p.m. in the new staffroom. As always, an open invitation is extended to all to come along and be part of a very dedicated and successful committee.
Lourdes offers students a variety of wonderful opportunities and experiences throughout the year. The school also conducts fundraising events to assist in the provision of resources for the students. These opportunities as well as daily classroom assistance would not be a possibility without parents being part of school life. Your ongoing engagement is always greatly appreciated by the staff and students.
Leave of Absence
To improve my dance moves, I will be going under the knife at the end of the first week back in Term 3. Due to my low threshold of pain, I will be on leave for about 5-6 weeks. During this time, Ms. Murray will take over the reins of the school. Miranda is very much looking forward to the opportunity and continues to foster positive relationships with students, families and staff.
Thanks for reading, keep warm, and GO QUEENSLAND!!
This semester for each of our students, teachers have been gathering evidence of learning for each learning area. It is a process of gathering, analysing and reflecting on multiple sources of evidence to make informed judgements about what students know, understand and can do. These judgements help to inform teaching and learning and are used to deliver feedback.
Assessment can either be:
- Diagnostic (assessment of prior learning) for example: pre-tests and work samples
- Formative (assessment for learning) for example, observations, exit tickets, checks for understanding, group work, individual conferencing, peer and self-assessment and ongoing work samples
- Summative (assessment of learning) for example: tasks, assignments, post- tests, and presentations
Teachers are not only required to be assessment literate teachers, they are also required to develop assessment literate learners. This is done by: assisting them to determine their current level of understanding, ensuring they know what they are learning, encouraging them to take on the learning, challenging them to select strategies to assist and deepen their learning, and developing students who monitor their own progress.
Reporting is both informal and formal and shows what students, know, understand and can do at a point in time. At the end of this semester, teachers will have gathered and analysed evidence of learning to provide a formal report on where students are at compared to the end of year level achievement standard. These reports will be sent home in the first week of Term 3.
Below are definitions of the grades you will see on your child’s report card. You will also see English, Mathematics comments and a General comment which will reflect how your child is learning and participating in school. An effort grade will also be provided.
More information on the definitions of each grade will be provided in the next newsletter.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading.
Congratulations to our final group of First Communicants who received their first communion on 30/6/2021. I would like to thank Father Quinlan, the staff and parents who willingly offered to help during the preparation and ceremonies – we have a fantastic support team at OLOL. I would also like to thank the families for their beautiful bunch of flowers and card which I received on assembly last week – the flowers smelt heavenly!
First Reconciliation Candidates (Year 3 up) need to have their information into the school office by Friday 18th June. Please remember to include your information, baptism certificate and photo. If you haven’t received your Reconciliation Package or know of children who wish to be part of our preparation and sacrament, please contact the school or parish office or email Janice.Moore@twb.catholic.edu.au . Reconciliation preparation begins in Term 3.
Please remember to find your favourite footy/ sporting team colours for our Coloured Clothes Day on Thursday 17th June. We will be collecting a gold coin donation for our school charities – St Vincent de Paul, Caritas and Catholic Mission.
On Friday 25th June the Year 4 ‘s will be leading a special NAIDOC assembly at 12 noon – all are welcome to join us.
Important RE Dates for your Diary
Thursday 17th June – Gold Coin Coloured Clothes Day for the Missions – Wear your favourite sports Jersey.
Friday 25th June – NAIDOC Assembly led by Year 4 – 12 noon School Hall (No assembly on Thursday 24/6/2021)
Monday 12th July – Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 13th July – First day of Term 3
Wednesday 21st July – Initial Parent Meeting for the Sacrament of Reconciliation Preparation – 3:30 pm (Year 3+) in OLOL Church
Thursday 22nd July – Pyjama Day – Gold coin donation for Pyjama Angels
Wednesday 28th July – Catholic Education Week Assembly – 2:15pm School Hall
Friday 30th July – Bishop’s In-service Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 4th August - 2nd Parent Meeting for Sacrament of Reconciliation Preparation – 3:30 pm (Year 3+) in OLOL Church
Wednesday 1st September – OLOL Fathers Day Mass 10 am school hall
Friday 3rd September – Pupil Free Day – CTJ
Wednesday 8th September – Sacrament of Reconciliation – 7 pm OLOL Church
Thursday 16th September – Gold Coin Crazy Sock Day for Catholic Missions
Have a great week.
Welcome to Week 8. It is hard to believe we are nearly at the end of the Semester. The Preps have been working extremely hard completing their assessment pieces. It is wonderful to see the progress the students have made.
This week we consolidate our numbers to ten and learn about comparative language in regards to measurement. We are focusing on the word family of ‘od’ and the letter ‘u’. We now know all our vowels and will continue to use them and remind ourselves that ‘every word must have a vowel’.
The cool weather is certainly here. Please ensure your child starts each day with a jumper that is clearly named.
We are all working very hard on responsible learning choices and behaviours to be great Lourdes Learners. Please have positive discussions about learning with your children as we head into the last two weeks of term.
We are looking forward to the Athletics Carnival this Friday. Please remember to wear your coloured shirts to support your sports house.
A couple of reminders
Thursday 17th June – Wear your favourite footy colours to school – Gold Coin Donation
Wednesday 23rd June - Gymnastics Excursion
Thursday 24th June – Ball Games Carnival
Friday 25th June – Last Day of Term
A big well done to students (and their families) on the completion of homework throughout the Semester. The revision of these concepts at home assists in greater understanding. The completion of homework also establishes good routines, learning behaviours and organisation. It also provides an opportunity for parents to discuss learnings with children. Over the holidays please don’t forget to keep reading, reading and reading. “If you don’t use it, you lose it!” We are also sending home a holiday journal. Please complete these and return them to school on the first day of Term 3.
Mrs Hohn is taking some Long Service Leave for the last week of Term 2 and the first week of Term 3. Mrs Cecily Fitzpatrick will be teaching the class during this time.
Have a happy and safe holiday.
Liz and Melita
We are almost to the end of a very busy term. The children have all made great progress which is really pleasing to see. With the cooler weather upon us, please remember to send your child to school in the correct winter uniform.
This week, in Maths we will explore measurement and what it means to measure and compare the lengths of two objects.
In English, we will continue with poetry. Last week, all the children wrote an amazing sentence using alliteration. This week, we will create poems using a rhyming couplet, ie. two lines that rhyme.
Last week, the children discovered the link between halving and doubling of numbers and some of the children found it difficult because they had forgotten their doubles. A doubles poster will be sent home this week. Please place it in a place where your child can practice them.
Jen and Ange
Welcome to week 8! We are all working hard in Year 2! We have started some assessment and are busy coming towards the end of our units of work. In Hass we have learnt a lot about the geographical divisions of the world and about the various continents and countries, and now we are focusing on a particular country. We are exploring Japan, learning about its location, discovering some interesting facts, creating a map and finding out about ways that Australia and Japan are connected.
In English we enjoyed exploring fairy tale characters and now we are looking at the structure of a fairy tale. We are also looking at fractured fairy tales and are busy preparing to create one of our own. In Maths we have worked hard to understand fractions of shapes and collections. Some of us found fractions of shapes quite easy however finding fractions of a collection was quite challenging at times!
This Friday we will be going to the Athletics Carnival to compete in some races. Please send jackets, water bottles, hats and plenty of food.
The bush dance is this Friday night! It would be great to see you all there and wear your dancing shoes!
Don’t forget that next week on Thursday the 16th of June is our fabulous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. We are all getting so excited! A reminder to bring a plate of food and for students to come dressed as a fairy tale character. 2V is to bring in a dessert and 2TJ and 2D to bring a savoury dish. We will have our shared lunch at 12.30pm and parents are welcome to drop off hot food before this time or alternatively we can heat it up for you. We will begin the day with some prayers at 9am in the hall. Parents are welcome to come to this part of the day and it will be lovely to celebrate together!
The day after this is a free dress day and students can wear their footy colours!
Thanks for your amazing support. Let us know if you have any queries!
Dennielle, Allyson, Sarah, Aleisha and Megan
It’s only two and half weeks till the June/July Winter holidays – how did this happen? We can’t believe how quickly Term 2 has flown by and we are all very busy completing our end of term assessments. Congratulations to all our athletes for their participation at our recent sports carnivals. We thank Mrs Salisbury for the time and effort she puts in behind the scenes, to make sure everything runs smoothly. In Maths, we have been spending time revising what we have learnt this semester and in English we have had fun with poetic devices – we love alliteration and onomatopoeia. We are looking at the relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth in Science and our local community in Hass. In Religion, we have been finding out about the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. If you are wishing to participate in the preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation next term– please make sure you have brought in your information sheet, copy of your Baptism Certificate and A5 photo by Friday 18th June. The first meeting for Reconciliation preparation will be on Wednesday 21/7/2021 in the church at 3:30 pm. Next Thursday, 17/6/2021, we have our “Favourite Footy Colours” Free Dress Day – remember to bring a gold coin to donate to our Catholic Charities. As this is the final newsletter for Term 2, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support this term – it has been a busy term. Have a wonderful mid semester break! Report cards will be distributed early in next term. Remember to keep up your reading, stay healthy, keep warm and we look forward to seeing you in Term 3!
Angela, Sarah, Damian and Janice
Welcome to Week 8! This is Term is certainly going quickly and the students are being kept on their toes with Athletics Carnivals, classroom learning and assessment and performing their poems for Drama. Many thanks to Mrs Salisbury for all her hard work in running our carnivals so efficiently. It will be worth the wait to find out which house won the Athletics Carnival. The plan is for the P-2 Carnival and upper school relays to take place on Friday – students are encouraged to wear their house colours and there the presentations will take please at 2pm on Friday afternoon. Many thanks to Mrs Moore and her wonderful organisation of the sacramental programme – many of our Year 4 students are now full members of the Parish Community. Students can use these skills as we continue to go to Mass every Wednesday morning. With three weeks till holidays, it is important that students are at school to participate in the learning and be confident for their assessment that will be ongoing over the next few weeks. Just a reminder that report cards for Semester 1, are sent home early Term 3. Last week we had some wet lunch hours and Mrs Gilmore kept Year 3 and Year 4 entertained with Just Dance. Check out our moves in the photos. All Year 4 students will be performing at Assembly on the last day of Term – acknowledging NAIDOC celebrations. This is the last time that Year 4 will be on Assembly this year. Do not forget to name all jackets, jumpers and hats as many are found unnamed around the school. Ball Games Carnival will be held in the last week of Term. As this is the last newsletter for the Term, all Year 4 teachers would like to take the opportunity to wish you a relaxing and safe holiday in just over a fortnight’s time. Rug up and keep warm as winter swirls around us. Go Queensland in the State of Origin tonight!!
Suzanne, Toni and Garry
Firstly, a big congratulations to all those students who participated in the Athletics Carnival last week. We were blessed with sensational weather, however due to the number of students participating our relays weren’t run. Relays will be run this Friday, so please see information in Mrs Salisbury’s PE section for further details.
It’s getting to that crunch time in the term with lots of assessment happening each week. We know that sickness can’t be helped, but if we can minimise absences over the next few weeks, it would be greatly appreciated. In English we are writing a historical narrative applying our knowledge of sentence types, a range of sentence starters and focus on vocabulary choices. In Maths we are continuing exploration of Nets and applying this in digital and design technologies to create our own mining camp. In Science we have our attention on the solar system with students last week learning about the significance of astronomy to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We will be exploring Earth's place in the Solar System and the power of the Sun for the remainder of the term.
In Design Technology, students are collaborating in a group of 4 to design and create a windlass that will hold a cup of soil. Students are required to use recyclable materials to construct their windlass. Such recyclable materials include milk bottle, plastic containers/bottles/cups, paper roll, cling wrap/alfoil/paper towel roll and box, tissue boxes and other cardboard boxes, old string, rope, old picture wire or old key chains, paddle pop sticks and old pencils or pens. * Please note, students are not allowed to purchase materials.
Please don’t forget to fill in the online form sent home for initial consent for Year 5 camp. Thank you to those who have already completed this online form.
Tim, Jess and Emily
We’ve been concentrating on how we THINK as Lourdes learners this fortnight. We’ve learned that Lourdes learners who THINK are able to:
-Reflect on their learning- “Where am I at?
-What are next learning steps? “What do I need to get there?”
- Connect with new ideas
- Use/Transfer whattheyhave learnt to new contexts
Over the next week we’ll identify how we can THINK as global citizens.
We finished our “Boy Overboard” novel – what a fantastic novel. We enjoyed our next written piece where we wrote what we thought the first chapter of “Girl Underground” would be – we weren’t close, but we wrote some thoughtful pieces! “The Arrival”, a graphic novel, has also proven to be a very popular book – students have already begun writing a piece based on this novel using three new sentence starters.
We’ll complete our unit on fractions, decimals and percentages this week – it’s a long journey this one, so any extra connections made at home, as mentioned in last fortnights newsletter, will be most useful – practise working out percentage discounts at shops (a very useful life skill!), fractions with pizza/cooking and connecting decimals and money.
Congratulations to our Yr. 6 leaders on the assistance given in setting up our athletics carnivals and on their participation and performances. We’re looking forward to the presentations from this carnival this Friday. Thanks to Mrs Salisbury for her magnificent organisation again this year. We’ll begin preparations for our annual ballgames carnival over the next week.
Creating a catching game using the program Scratch has proven to be a hit in Technology this fortnight – we have some very clever, creative students up here in Yr. 6. Our art piece, due next Friday, is entitled, “Mix It Up” and is to be completed using oil pastels. Students will present their HASS information report on a significant Australian during Week 9. During Science lessons, we’ve been concentrating on chemical reactions.
Public Speaking pieces will be heard during drama lessons in Week 9 – we’re looking forward to what is always a very entertaining morning! Students selected to make the school finals, which will be held next term, will be notified by the conclusion of this term.
A reminder that our free dress in footy colours will be Thursday 17 June – gold coin donation requested for this privilege.
Enjoy your fortnight.
Kylie, Shauna & Larry
We have been testing in German. The Year 5s and those who were absent last week will do the test this week. Next week we will go through them and then we will be discussing Hobbies and Sports.
News from the Hub…
We continue tips from our occupational therapists. Last week the focus was on children in Prep to Year 2. This week the suggestions are about how to assist children in Grades 3 to 6 with; their posture, using a computer, participation, organization and movement ideas to help children focus and stay motivated.
Until next time….
Mrs Kehoe & Mrs Jessen
Learning Support Teachers
P-2 Track Carnival & Relays
Grades P-2, Grades 3-6
OLOL Ball Games Carnival
OLOL Track & Field Carnival – Day 3
Friday 11th June 2021
9:00 – 11:00am
Prep – Grade 2, Grades 3-6 (Relays)
Relays – P-6
Friday 11th June 2:00pm – School Hall
Procedure for Day 3
Prep – Grade 2 Students
- Students are to arrive at school at the normal time.
- House captains will be required to arrive at the oval at 7:30am to assist with the setup.
- Class teachers will walk their students over to the oval for a 9:00am start.
- Students are required to wear house colours for the day.
- Any parents and family members that would like to spectate are asked to remain within the designated areas.
- Race Order: 8 Boys, 8 Girls, 7 Boys, 7 Girls, 6 Boys, 6 Girls, 5 Boys, 5 Girls, Grade 2 Relay, Grade 1 Relay, Prep Relay.
- Grade 3-6 Classes will walk over to the oval with their class teachers at approximately 10:30am.
Points Allocation - Individual Age-Championship & House Points
1st Place – 10 points (Blue Ribbon), 2nd Place – 6 points (Red Ribbon), 3rd Place – 4 Points (Green Ribbon), 4th Place – 2 Points (Yellow Ribbon) and 1 Point - 5th place onwards.
No presentations will be held at the oval. A special assembly will be conducted to present all age champions and winning houses on Friday 11th June at 2:00pm. As with Swimming and cross country, medallions will be presented to age champions in the 9-12 years age category and certificates to the 5-8 year olds.
Thank you to the families that sponsored this year’s age champion medallions. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Please support our community businesses where possible.
OLOL Ball Games Carnival
Thursday 24th June 2021
9:00 – 1:00pm
Prep – Grade 6
- It is a house colour free-dress day.
- House Leaders will be required to help with the Prep – Grade 2s.
- Spectators are welcome to come along and watch the games, however spectators are asked to restrict viewing to the stage area.
Order of Events
9:00 Grade 2
9:20 Grade 1
11:00 Grade 3
11:20 Grade 4
11:40 Grade 5
12:00 Grade 6
These are approximate times only and are subject to change on the day.
Library Webpage au.accessit.online/ORL13/
Please bookmark this page on your family devices. Not only will you have access to the Library Catalogue but there are links to Typing Tournament, Sunshine Online, Britannica and much, much more! At the moment we have lots of information and some activities about World Earth Day (June 8th) and Environment Day (June 5th). There is a great video that explains the Pacific Trash Vortex (also known as Trash Island) that has been of real interest to our Lourdes Learners. Please remind students that Reservations should only be placed for books that are unavailable. If a book is available then they need to pop into the Library and collect it.
As we get nearer to the end of Term 2 letters for overdue items will be sent out. Please remind your child to bring back their Library books each week on their Library day. If students miss a day they can pop over and see us from 8am each morning or at Morning Tea (Year 1 -3) or at Lunch (Year 4 – 6) or quickly after school with a parent or guardian. Students who are being collected from Stop Drop and Go MUST go straight to the waiting areas.
Is your child interested in Graphic Novels? Don’t despair! They are doing plenty of reading and much more. Graphics promote vocabulary acquisition, can be super engaging (especially for reluctant readers) and help readers sharpen their visual literacy skills. Many older, classic stories are being rewritten for the Graphic market and this can encourage readers to reach for the original to find out more about the story. We have a whole section in the Library devoted to Graphic Novels as they are becoming increasingly popular thanks to authors like Raina Telgemeier who wrote Sisters, Ghost and Drama. The Babysitters Club have also been reimaged into Graphic Novels and the Wings of Fire series comes in a Graphic format too. Check out this infographic that provides some more information about this genre.
Students who have NO outstanding or overdue loans are permitted to borrow for the holidays. Parents you can borrow up to 10 extra items and you are most welcome to stock up for the upcoming school holidays. ?
Book Club for Issue 4 is available NOW via the LOOP App. Orders are due this Wednesday 9th June so get in QUICK! To view the Catalogue go to: bc421.pdf (scholastic.com.au)
For any issues with Book Club please contact: Danielle.Leathart@twb.catholic.edu.au
The IntegratedSTEM team have been busy visiting each Monday afternoon and they have been working with the students in Tech Club to learn about AI, Machine Vision and Drones. They are offering a school holiday program. Please see the Flyer below for details.
Chess lessons run each Tuesday morning from 7:45am – 8:30am in the Library. It is never too late to join up. Collect a form from the Library for all the details.
Pyjama Day 22 July 2021. Come to school dressed in your PJs to support children in Foster Care. I wonder who our guest reader will be this year?
Book Week from August 21 - 27 2021
Looking forward to seeing you in the Library soon.
Mrs Leathart & Mrs Monte.
The Garden Crew will be running their winter stall on Thursday the 17th of June, before and after assembly. There will be advanced winter veggie seedlings available, as well as other plants and garden art surprises. All proceeds this stall will be going to the music department. We can't wait to see your children's beautiful smiling faces on the day.
Once again, I am thrilled with your children's genuine interest in the plants that we are growing, and I thank you so much for your support in advance.
Bush Dance Chocolate Toss
Come one, come all,
To the Grade one chocolate stall.
A two-dollar coin is all you need,
Your chocolate craving you will feed.
Toss a bean bag on a dot,
It may be your lucky spot.
To win a chocolate big or small,
There's a chocolate here for one and all.
Over in the OSHC we have been all around the world this term and are beginning our journey back home so far we have been to Italy, Brazil, Spain, France, Japan, Germany, USA, and in the final two weeks New Zealand and Australia. We have had lots of fun exploring new countries culture and experiences. We are now preparing for our vacation care program as school holidays fast approach. A reminder that if you are wanting to secure a place in our vacation care program to please complete your enrolment form and get in touch with the OSHC Coordinator Miss Alannah.
Vacation care program
You all will have received a copy of our vacation care program sent home with your child last week however, many questions have come through regarding if this is all that is programmed for the day? The answer is NO WAY, our program released is just a glimpse into what we are providing here at vacation care each day will have a wide variety of activities on top of those on the program. We are running vacation care here at the school and therefore want to utilize all areas we can so you will find us having picnics on the oval, handball competitions out the front and so much more so please come and have a chat to our OSHC team if you want more information about what we will be providing at vacation care.
Before School Care
We have been having so much fun at before school care this term with birthday celebrations, pancake breakfasts, Lego creations and so much more. We operate before school care program from 6:30am with breakfast included within your fee. If there is anyone that would like any further information, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
Before School Care 6:30am - 8:30am
After School Care 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Phone: 0429 572 021
Miss Alannah, Miss Siobhan, Miss Mackenzie
Our groups for 2022 have been set, and we are now offering 3 days a week for both our Kindy groups. Offers have been sent out to those on our waiting list, and spaces are very limited in 2022 (both groups almost full), so if you are looking to enroll please do so immediately so you do not miss out. We are also offering 2 days a week for Junior Kindy Group in 2022.
Group 1 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – Kindy
Group 2 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Kindy
Group 3 - Monday Tuesday or Thursday Friday – Junior Kindy (days of group depend on interest/popularity)
Email for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org