Week 6, Term 2 2023
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We have just passed the halfway mark of the term, and teachers are busily preparing reports. Reports will look a little different this year, as the Catholic Education Office have rolled out a new report format which we are required to provide. Whilst the "grades" section will look more streamlined, this gives us more opportunity to provide comment on the way in which your child is approaching their learning, interacting with their peers and achieving across the learning areas. Teachers have been working exceptionally hard this term to adapt to the new format and I thank them for their diligence and work ethic in ensuring these reports capture your child and their learning at this point in time.
During Reconciliation Week last week, our school community gathered in the Church for a whole school Mass. This was led wonderfully well by Mr Burns’ Year 4/5 class and the Year 6 Praise Squad. Although we do not gather in the church often, our students do a fantastic job in the way that they show respect, reverence, and participation during these celebrations.
Last week, a large number of students from Years 3-6 travelled to the Woodville Lacrosse Club for the Catholic Primary Schools Lacrosse Carnival. For many of these students, this carnival was the first time that they have represented St Bernadette’s in an inter-school event. The feedback we have received from students and staff alike is that the day was a successful one.
On Tuesday night, many R-2 parents gathered to learn about our new approach to teaching literacy at St Bernadette's. It was a wonderful opportunity to share what literacy looks like in our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms and ways in which parents can support their child's reading journey.
Many thanks to the parents who have attended or supported these events in the past few weeks, we love working in partnership with you.
Michelle, Matt, Ray
In Maths lessons, the Year 1 class have been focusing on 2D shapes and 3D objects. We enjoyed building a 2D shape dream house using the wooden matchsticks. We then made a voice recording based on the 2D houses and demonstrated our knowledge of constructing different 2D shapes, naming them and identifying their properties. Our class showed great interest in making different 3D objects with various kinds of materials, such as paper nets, wooden matchsticks and plasticine.
In English we have integrated Genre Writing with Science. Our class have learned many interesting facts about kangaroos and created some wonderful kangaroo information texts. Along with investigating facts about kangaroos, we have also explored the basic needs of living things, and how the places animals live meet those needs. In HASS (Geography) lessons, we explored Indigenous perspectives of the land preserving the needs of local animals.
One big highlight of the term has been having Miss Violet co-teaching our class for the first 6 weeks of this term. Miss Violet is completing her final teaching practicum in a Masters of Teaching Degree at Flinders University. She has brought a number of wonderful lessons and interesting activities to enrich student’s learning journeys.
The students have been creating art using different mediums throughout this semester. They have integrated their Visual Arts with HASS, Health, Religious Education and Science.
Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. Visual arts teach students about colour, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in presentations of visual and digital academic work.