Week 4, Term 2
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As mentioned in last fortnights newsletter, we are holding a Literacy Information night on Tuesday, 6th June at 5.30 in the Learning Commons. This session aims to inform you of the ways we teach reading in the Early Years and how you can support the process at home. We are also offering creche for children over the age of 2. If you would like to use the creche, you must let us know by calling the office or by reply email on the flyer, so we can appropriately staff the creche. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.
We look forward to seeing you there and supporting your child's literacy development!
This week, the Year 2M class led us in a whole school Liturgy for Pentecost, which takes place this coming Sunday. Pentecost reminds us of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, and these align closely with our own Dominican values of Truth, Justice, Love, Respect and Hope. These values are ones that our students continue to demonstrate through their day-to-day interactions with their peers and with staff, and highlight the amazing community that we are! Next week, the Year 4/5B class will lead us in a whole school Mass in the church for Reconciliation Week. Parents and family members are more than welcome to come along and join us in this celebration as we reflect on the theme of Reconciliation Week and what it means for us today.
On Friday June 9th (which leads into the King’s Birthday long weekend) there will be a pupil free day, the first of the year. The staff will be working on the new format for student reports as directed by the Catholic Education Office and continuing their learning within the Clarity Learning Suite. We had hoped to be able to offer OSHC on this day, but unfortunately Camp Australia do not have available staff but we try to offer the service for future PFDs.
You will also receive a general letter from Ray in the next few days about our OSHC service. Camp Australia have a new coordinator, Chloe, who is very eager to ‘refresh’ the program and support families who access the service.
This week the leadership team had our regular meeting with our School Performance leader from Catholic Education. We were very pleased to learn of the 20 schools he oversees, St Bernadette’s scored highest of them in the two domains of student wellbeing: ‘Sense of Belonging’ and ‘Student Agency’. We strongly believe that for any child to be a successful learner, he/she must feel good about themselves and their relationships with others, so we continue to prioritise student wellbeing in our daily work.
Michelle, Matt, Ray
Last term our class visited Parliament House and it was an incredible opportunity for us to learn about Australia's democratic system and how laws are made. Parliament House is the heart of Australia's democracy, and it's where decisions are made that affect the lives of all Australians.
During our visit, we had the privilege of meeting with some of the members of parliament who shared their experiences and knowledge with us. It was a great honour to hear from people who play such a significant role in shaping our country. We learned about the different parties, their policies and ideologies, and how they work together to represent the interests of the people.
One of the highlights of our visit was the re-enactment of the passing of a bill. It was a fascinating process to witness and be a part of. We learned about the different stages involved in passing a bill, from its introduction to the final signing. We were able to experience the roles of different stakeholders involved in the process, such as lawmakers and lobbyists. The re-enactment gave us a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the legislative process and the importance of advocacy in shaping policy.
Apart from the legislative process, we also had a chance to explore the building and take some photos. Parliament House is a magnificent building with a rich history and architecture. We were amazed by its grandeur, beauty, and intricate design. We captured some beautiful moments during our visit, which we will always cherish.
Last week the Reception children enjoyed their first school excursion to the Marine Discovery Centre at Henley Beach. We had a fun filled day learning about marine life, which supported our biological sciences curriculum on "Living things" and our Religious education unit that focuses on "Caring for the world around us". The children enjoyed a beachcombing walk, to identify marine plants and animals. We collected lots of interesting things that we then used to decorate the sandcastles we built. After our lunch and a play in the wonderful nature play area the children participated in various workshops. These included an aquarium session, learning about coastal and marine creatures, a sustainability session to teach us how to keep our waterways clean and free from rubbish and a Kaurna cultural workshop. The children were engaged and entertained with all the interactive learning stations and particularly enjoyed the virtual reality swimming experience with 3D goggles. It was an amazing day and the children were fantastic ambassadors for St. Bernadette’s, using their manners, listening attentively and demonstrating respect for all those around them. I was so proud of them all!