Week 4, Term 3
Please note: If you are reading this newsletter from your email, you will not see any photo galleries or videos featured within it. Click read more to view the internet version of our newsletter so that you don't miss out on seeing our latest photos and videos.
Last Wednesday, we gathered as a school community to celebrate the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Whilst we are not a Josephite school, this was an opportunity for us to celebrate the life of Australia’s first Saint and remember Mary, a woman of strength and courage, who undertook a mission to allow all children, wealthy or poor, to access Catholic education. This is a mantra we still believe and live out as a Catholic school today.
With much anticipation we look forward to Book Week. We can't wait to see all our beautiful students dressed up as their favourite book character, or going with this year's theme of "Read, Grow, Inspire!". It's always a fabulous day and we hope to see as many parents as possible joining our Book Week assembly and parade at 9:15am next Wednesday morning.
Other exciting activities in Book Week include a live performance from Perform Education based upon some of the CBCA shortlisted books and the beginning of our Book Fair. As in other years, we will also be running a Book Fair, which has typically been generously supported by our community and as such, we have received many free books for our library. So, if you are able, please consider supporting our Book Fair again this year when your child brings home their "wish list" next week.
Last Thursday, 19 students from Years 3-6 travelled to the East Parklands for the Catholic Primary Schools Cross Country Carnival. All of our athletes competed positively, giving their best efforts in their races. We had a number of excellent results on the day, including 2 students, Lauren and Gunreet, who finished in the Top 20 in their races. We also had Essa finish in the Top 10 in her race. Well done to all of the students who participated in the carnival.
Thank you to those parents who have already booked into our Parent Engagement evening with Madhavi Nawana Parker on Tuesday 29th August at 6pm. Madhavi is a one of Australia's leading experts on Wellbeing and Resilience and presents in a very informative and engaging way. We highly encourage your attendance at this event. Please see the flyer below and book via the QR code or by calling the office. We even have a creche available!
And finally, thank you for your recent engagement in the Learning Plan meetings with teachers. We had very close to 100% participation by parents which is outstanding (and shows how much you care about your children and their learning!) We trust your meeting was productive and you have clear learning goals to pursue with your child.
Thank you for your on-going trust and support,
Matt, Michelle and Ray
It has been a busy few weeks in our classroom. We have welcomed six new members to our class and we are loving getting to know each other. Our numeracy focus has been on collecting data. We have been asking yes and no questions to each other and collecting class data using tallies and column graphs. We have already learnt about our favourite colours, animals and foods. Data is a great way to learn about each other!
Our theme for this term is ‘Our People, Our Place’. We have been learning and paying our respect to the Kaurna people as the owners of the land we learn and live on. We have explored potential feelings the Kaurna people felt when their land changed, identified Kaurna land on a map of Australia and analysed the meaning of the Aboriginal flag. Our class has been learning the song Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Kaurna and we look forward to sharing this at our Assembly this term.
The Junior Primary Classes are working on an exciting new project. We are working with Maria Taylor who is a consultant. She is helping us co-construct a new nature play area outside our classrooms (Along Ragless Street). This project will be student lead, therefore students will design, plan and co-create this learning space. Last week we began this fantastic project by having an Incursion with different nature play stations. This allowed students to see the types of learning they would like to have in our new learning space. Stations included; building cubby houses, making clay creatures, nature mandalas and ‘cooking’ in a Mud Play Kitchen. Staff and students can’t wait to see where this learning takes us, and we are really looking forward to sharing this learning space with our school community.
Year 4/5 L have enjoyed drawing portraits of St Dominic and learning about his life.
St Dominic’s full name is St Dominic De Guzman and he was born on the 8th of August 1170, Caleruega, Spain Ryan B
St Dominic started the Dominican Order and chose to give to the less fortunate. He had a good education and wanted the same for everybody. Dominic’s mother had a vision about Dominic’s birth. A road trip introduced Dominic to his vocation! Kiana
Something I learnt about St Dominic is his best quote is…"Arm yourself with prayer instead of a sword” and "We must sow the seed, not hoard it”. Ayanna
Dominic sold all his books, and with all the money he got from selling all his books, he gave that to the poor. Kabir
St Dominic father’s name was Felix. Habel
Dominic was a person of remarkable character and breadth of vision, he had the deepest compassion for human suffering, and he saw the need to use all the resources of learning in Christ's service. The canonization ceremonies were held on July 13, 1234. Shubhan