Week 8, Term 2, 2023
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As we move towards the end of the term, mid-year reports are being completed by teachers in readiness for distribution in week 10. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, this term you will be receiving a new report format that has been rolled out through all Catholic schools in South Australia.
It is important to remember that these mid-year reports are intended to not only report on academic achievement to date, but also to provide an indication of how your child is progressing in every aspect of their learning.
At St Bernadette’s we are deeply invested in developing the “whole child” and embedding our Dominican values into all that we do. So, for the first time, we will also be reporting on how your child displays the Dominican Pillars of Study, Prayer, Community and Ministry. When you receive your child’s report later this term, we encourage you to look further than the grades, and to celebrate these skills along with their academic achievements. As always, there is an opportunity to discuss these reports, your child’s progress and set goals for continued success in the early part of term 3.
Also, in 2023, there has been a focus on developing student agency through creating more opportunities for student leadership. One example of this is our Social Justice Program – the Year 6 Mini Vinnies. Our Mini Vinnies group met earlier this term and are driving the St Vincent de Paul Society Winter Appeal over the next couple of weeks. The issue that this year's Winter Appeal is focusing on is older women experiencing homelessness. The Mini Vinnies are asking for donations of long-life grocery products and non-perishable foods to donate towards this cause. Donations need to be brought in by June 30th at the latest, and more information about this fundraiser can be found on School Stream.
At our recent Pupil Day, the staff worked very hard on consolidating our shared beliefs and understandings in developing literacy skills in students, to ensure the use of common language and sequential teaching and learning. We also undertook an exercise to identify our individual character strengths and how we could collectively use those to benefit the students. The character strengths that ranked highest amongst the staff were honesty, gratitude, kindness, fairness and hope; which we are sure you would agree are great qualities to have across the staff working with your children every day.
In School Sport, our Year 5/6 Soccer Squad recently travelled to Springbank Secondary College for the SAPSASA 5-a-side Soccer Carnival. Our students represented the school proudly over the course of the day, with one of our Year 5/6 Boys teams narrowly losing the Final and finishing 2nd. One of our Year 5/6 Girls teams also competed strongly over the day, finishing in 2nd place overall in the Girls competition. Well done to all students involved on the day.
We’ve received lots of positive comments from parents about the recent external painting to both our main buildings. It has certainly given the appearance of the school a real boost. Our next project will be the development of the outdoor area adjacent to the Early Years classrooms. We have engaged the services of a consultant specialising in creative approaches to teaching and learning spaces, and we look forward to developing an outdoor learning area designed with and for the students.
Michelle, Matt, Ray
This term, we have been learning about Landforms. A landform is a natural structure that was probably created long ago. These days, many Australian landforms are popular tourist attractions. The students in 4/5B learned about some of these, then put together information reports on an Australian landform of their choice. The next step was to construct a model of their chosen landform.
I am making a model of the Daintree Rainforest, in Queensland. As you can see, I used a variety of materials to make it look interesting. For example, I used crepe paper to construct the waterfall and pipe cleaners of different shades of green to build the leaves (lighter green) and the bushes (darker green). I used paper to create a rocky effect in the river beneath the fall. I also used some natural materials (e.g. real leaves) to include more greenery.
Sophia & Genevieve:
We are making a replica of Heart Reef, which is part of the famous Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. The outline of the reef itself is constructed with a pipe cleaner, which we wrapped in aluminium foil. We then painted it using a variety of colours (red, gold, yellow, pink and white) to make it look lifelike. The ocean floor beneath and around the reef was made using a combination of cellophane and crepe paper. We also made some coral pieces and sea life out of modelling clay.
Summer & Alexis:
We made the Bungle Bungles, a popular landform in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. For the rock structures, we used cardboard as the base and then we used orange paper and sticks to make the stripes that give the Bungle Bungles their unique look. We used green cellophane to make the grass floor that surrounds the Bungle Bungle Ranges.
News from Lizzy:
In February, I auditioned for the Frozen Jnr show at The Nest, Mitcham. I did singing and dance auditions. Sometime in March, Mum received a text saying that I was successful! It was a very exciting time! I was chosen to be in the ensemble Summer cast. Therefore, I will be in 3 performances, which are listed in the flyer below. If you would like to see it, tickets are on sale now. I’m looking forward to my first stage play; it’d be great to see you there!
Cold, miserable days often mean…blustering, windy afternoons. Yay! That’s just what we love when we have pinwheels that spin and whirl and twirl to play with. Well, most of the time anyway! This term each student in our class has taken up the challenge to make 3 different kinds of paper pinwheels. Although at first it was thought to be a ‘terrible’ idea as it was much harder than anticipated. It was decided that after a few deep yoga breaths and some mindfulness activities we could in fact employ our resilience skills and persist through the pain inflicted upon us by our mistakes. And YES! You could hear squeals of delight as the victors ran across the playground, pinwheels high in the air, beaming smiles colliding with the roar of the wind as laughter filled the air. A simple science lesson proved once again that ‘awe and wonder’ have the power to ignite our creativity and deepen our appreciation of the world around us.