Week 6, Term 4
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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of spending 2 days with our Year 6s in Canberra, our national capital. Four nights is a long time to be away from families and meant a considerable strain on family budgets, so I was very pleased that all 24 Year 6 students travelled to Canberra. We began planning for the trip this time last year, so it’s fantastic to see our goals for the trip being met. The benefits for students of such experiences include:
- The development of personal growth and resilience through being away from the familiar comforts of home. Camp experiences push students out of their comfort zones, teaching them to adapt to unfamiliar situations and overcome obstacles. These qualities are transferable to academic and real-world scenarios.
- An opportunity for a hands-on, experiential approach to learning that complements the usual classroom education. Among other things, students are gaining a deeper understanding of our system of government, the history of our national capital, the magic of science and the training of our elite athletes. This active learning approach enhances retention and critical thinking skills.
- Fostering an environment where students learn to collaborate, communicate, and work together to overcome challenges. Students are developing crucial social skills such as leadership, cooperation, and conflict resolution. These experiences are invaluable for personal growth and establishing strong, positive relationships with peers.
- An educational experience which is not just about fun and adventure; it's also important for the overall development of students. The benefits extend beyond the immediate experience, and as educators, we believe such experiences play a vital role in shaping well-rounded, resilient, and socially adept individuals prepared for the challenges of the future.
I’ve written a number of times to families about the importance of collecting your child from school by 3:20. Can I remind you it is NOT the role of office staff to be supervising children after this time. If you are unable to collect your child by this time, he/she must be booked into OSHC.
It has also become apparent that some children have been left at the gate in the mornings before 8:30. This is unsafe…parents must wait with their child until the gate is opened by a staff member at 8:30 or book them into OSHC for before school care.
On another note, in yesterday’s Advertiser there was a list of SA’s fastest growing schools and out of 805 schools, St Bernadette’s came in 11th! And this was based on growth from 2018 – 2022, so didn’t include the 27% growth we had this year. Thank you all for entrusting your children into our care and your on-going support!
As we head towards the end of the year, please remember to check the calendar dates, communications from your child’s teacher and the office regarding end of year events.
Our Reception McCann Class have had a fantastic start to Term Four. As part of our Child Protective Curriculum we had visits from SAPOL and the MFS who have taught us about keeping ourselves safe. Enthusiastically we have been working on our Nature Place area which is just outside of our classroom. We have been busy moving soil and planting plants. Experts have also come to share their knowledge with us about plants and how to keep our garden growing and ways to attract insects to the space. For Religion we have been learning about the birth of Jesus. We made artwork and retold the story of the Nativity. In our classroom we also have a Nativity play space that we have enjoyed using. Our class is looking forward to going to Bounce next Friday (1/12/23) with the other Reception class to celebrate our wonderful year of learning. We are also excited for our Assembly which is in Week 8. It has been a wonderful year of learning filled with confidence building, growth in learning and FUN!
On Friday 10th November, the Year 4/5 classes went on an end of year excursion to AFL Max. The students enjoyed taking part in a range of physical challenges and, of course, kicking some footies around!
In the sprint test, there were sensors set up at the start and end of the 20m sprint strip, and we could see our time on an iPad at the end of our short run. I enjoyed challenging myself to try to improve by increasing my speed and decreasing my time. My friends and I had a little competition to see who was fastest.
The inflatable castle called Wipeout was a highlight for me because it was fun to play on. It included a spinning cylinder that we had to dodge, weave and duck in order to not get hit. I kept getting hit at the start but I challenged myself to keep on trying and I improved as I spent more time on the Wipeout.
Year 4/5 Businesses for Catholic Charities
This term, the Year 4/5 classes teamed up to plan and run small businesses aimed at raising much-needed money for Catholic Charities. There were 14 businesses run by small groups, ranging from sporting challenges, to lucky dips, treasure hunts and art classes. Each group made and submitted financial plans prior to their businesses being ‘approved’ by Mr Burns and Mrs Lagana. The groups provided the activities for a lunch time in Week 5, catering for R-6 children, and it was a fantastic learning experience for them! Overall, we raised a whopping $761.35 over the course of the week! Thanks to all families who gave generously and supported our businesses throughout the week.
(Lizzy & Santa – ‘Luckly Dip’)
We planned an event that was a lucky dip activity called ‘Luckly Dip’. We chose that name because we thought it sounded fun. On our activity day – Tuesday at lunch – it was very busy. We had lots of customers who were eager to have a try at our lucky dip stall. We had a good system set up to collect entry coins and allow people to play, one at a time. The highlights for us were seeing the reactions on the kids’ faces because they loved their prizes. It was very busy but lots of fun.
(Aarav, on behalf of Millar & Shubhan – ‘Mission Kick’)
My group put in a lot of planning to ensure that the business would run smoothly and be profitable on the day. On the day of the stall, we found that setting up took a bit longer than we had thought, so had to race to be ready for customers. There was a huge crowd of kids throughout the play time and lots of customers who were eager to be involved in our challenges to kick the ball in the bucket. We made the challenge easier for younger students. We had a grand prize as well as the smaller prizes that were given out to each challenger.
(Sohan, on behalf of Samar, Habel and Ryan B – ‘Dunkin’ Candy’)
When we planned our budget, we only planned for 20 customers. However, on Dunkin’ Candy stall day, we found that we had about 40 customers! Our stall involved kids trying to shoot basketball goals on the courts and win prizes for their efforts. The best thing about our stall was that it thrived with customer energy. It was hard to manage the large amount of customers but as leaders, we worked out a plan and adapted to make sure everyone got their turn and things ran smoothly.