What's Coming Up
Monday 1 June: All students return to full time face-to-face teaching.
Friday 5 June: Welcome back celebration and fundraiser - (see details within)
From the Principal
Next week we will resume full time face-to-face teaching, although tomorrow we will have all of our students back together for a day. We are certainly looking forward to welcoming them back. Leanne Hyland has organised a blessing song to begin our day tomorrow. It is a beautiful song which reminds us that, throughout these difficult times, we can turn to God for comfort. The Year 1 students will accompany the singing with some actions. Have a look at the song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiWZXLsdE9w.
In spite of our full time return to school, we will continue to exercise caution in regard to relaxing any restrictions which are aimed at ensuring the health of our students and staff.
Throughout the period of learning from home – and throughout the last few weeks of both face-to-face teaching and learning from home - the students have been very patient, very understanding and very accommodating in regard to the demands that have been placed upon them. From my observations, the three most significant challenges for the students have been:
- Anxiety about not being able to keep up with the academic demands of learning from home.
- The isolation from their social networks and extended family networks.
- The interruption to their routines, which include not only their school routines but also the routines associated with sport and other interests.
The teachers and support staff are addressing these issues with the students and their parents. In the meantime, the staff would like to mark the full time return to school with a “Welcome Back” celebration for the students on Friday next week (5th June). The day will begin with the normal routine of lessons until lunchtime. The day will then proceed as follows:
Welcome Back Celebration: COVID-19 APPEAL
- 11.05: Lunch; Every student will be given a sausage sandwich, a mini muffin and a drink.
- 12.20: Games: Students will rotate to different stations.
- 1.35: Recess. The students will need to bring their own afternoon tea.
- 2.10: Tug-o-war: The students will compete in a knockout series of tug-o-war contests to determine the champion team. Each team will be made up of students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
- 2.55: Home.
The games and the tug-o-war (only nine students per team) will be planned to ensure limited physical contact between the students.
Our school would like to use this opportunity to offer support to some vulnerable communities in the world that are most susceptible to the effects of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, we are asking the students to donate towards Caritas’ COVID-19 appeal. A gold coin from each student would be great, but given that the school is funding the students’ lunches on that day, some of you might consider digging a little deeper for this worthy cause. You would be surprised at how little it costs to provide clean water, soap, health supplies, community food barns and protective equipment for frontline workers in vulnerable communities in places such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For more information about Caritas’ COVID-19 appeal, go to https://bit.ly/36gsqNY. Thank you in anticipation of your support for communities that have been hardest during this pandemic.
Have a good week.
First round offers Kinder 2021
The enrolment period for Kindergarten 2021 officially closes this Friday (29 May 2020), although we will continue to accept enrolment applications beyond that date. Offers of places in Kindergarten 2021 will be sent out next week.
ATTENTION: PARENTS AND CARERS OF YEAR 1 STUDENTS
As per the Compass message sent out last week, could all parents and carers of the Year 1 students ensure that hey bring to school tomorrow a toy or some other object from home that can be held in one hand by your child (i.e. something that will fit easily onto scales for weighing). Thank you.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY CANCELLED
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the pupil-free day on Friday 31st July. It will be school as usual on that day. Apologies for any inconvenience that this causes.
A social story for returning to school
We are so glad that school will be returning to school full time next week.
Some students will be super excited to be back at school everyday, but for some students it may cause some worry. Below is social story that may help our students make sense of the return to school.
We understand that the some students are finding it hard to say goodbye to their parents at the school gate. We will try to ensure we have a staff member at the gate to greet the students in the first week back full time.
Please contact your child's class teacher or the Learning Support teacher Rachel Wright if you require further support with your child in returning to school.
As a caring community we would like to continue to offer our support to the Santamaria family by maintaining their lawns for the rest of the year. If you can offer your help, it would be greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below where you will be taken to a lawn mowing roster, where you can volunteer to help on a particular Saturday.
“STOP THE SPREAD” POSTER
Copies of this poster have been displayed in every classroom to remind the students and staff of their responsibilities in controlling the spread of the virus.
A PRAYER FOR OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
News From the Home front
Another week of home learning has provided lots of new experiences for everyone. Below are each teacher's reports with work samples and photos of tasks that have happened in each class.
FROM MRS WALKER (KINDER)
In Science we have been learning about the Weather and the Seasons. Brayson used the Seesaw tools to label the seasons of the year and to decorate the trees to match the seasons.
This week we listened to a story called "The Nowhere Box' which is about a boy who uses his imagination to turn an ordinary box into a portal which allows him to encounter all kinds of adventures. Neve made her own Nowhere Box castle which is awesome.
William and Beatriz have become super spellers with the help of sound boxes.
Indigo made 2D shapes using stones from her garden.
From Mrs Ogden,
Year 1 Blue has continued to work very hard at home and the students have completed a great variety of work on Seesaw. Here are a few wonderful samples:
- Eloise and Aria created a plan for their writing to describe a celebration.
- Ella worked hard at solving addition sums using a number line.
- Beth did a great job solving addition sums using 2-digit numbers.
These are some of the lava lamps that Year 1 Blue created with Mrs Curk.
From Mrs Hyland
The students of 1 White have been incredible online learners. I am very proud of them and very thankful to their parents and carers for the way in which they have continued with their learning at home.
Last Friday we had a lesson with Mrs Curk on Zoom, and then we created our own lava lamps. Skye said… “That was the best experience!”
Tyler showed that he knows how to get rid of pesky seagulls!
Liam has used descriptive words in his writing.
Mia showed that she can subtract.
From Mrs Stewart (Yr 2)
Congratulations to Year 2 on another great week of home and school learning.
- Chloe brought a special visitor to school last week - "Dancing Queen" the stick insect.
- Ava planned her recount about her trip to Point Plomer.
- Heidi is playing "tricky words" games.
- Lillian is reading “The 13-Storey Treehouse” by Andy Griffiths.
- Sebastian wrote a recount about coming back to school.
- Tallan measured the capacity of different containers in his kitchen.
FROM MRS CURK (Yr 1 Science, Yr 4/5/6 History)
FROM MRS DEVLIN
From Mrs Koster & Mrs McCarthy (Yr3)
Another great week of learning in Year 3.
Year 3 has been reflecting on what 'peace' means to them. Eva created a lovely poster to help remind people of the importance of coming together in harmony.
In our Science lesson, we researched the question: Why is the sky blue? The class came up with some very interesting facts about the earth's atmosphere. Here is Hudson's response:
The sky is blue because of the different air around Earth. On different planets in the universe, like Mars, the sky is a different colour. It has got carbon dioxide over Mars, that’s why the sky in Mars is yellow and on earth 🌏 the sky is blue because of the air. In space the sky is black because there is no air. The sun affects the colour by reflecting different light. The blue lights are stronger than the orange and red light.
The Year 3 students are developing their creative writing skills, and have written some amazing narratives about using your imagination to cure boredom! Here is a story written by Jack Ayshford:
At home I was always bored because I've explored everything in my house from my bedroom to the backyard. So I saved up some money and bought an ancient map from Kmart. When I went home, I explored every last detail for many days. One day I found out that there was a riddle. I went to solve it. Suddenly a giant portal came out and sucked me in. As soon as I opened up my eyes, I saw a world of magic and wonder. Horsemen came out galloping with their mighty hooves. Trolls and elves were hiding under a ginormous bridge. Mermaids and mermen were splashing with their tails, and wizards were casting spells. The wizards’ magic helped people in need.
Suddenly, some scary looking guards came and took me to a big open field and then a wizard came out. The wizard spoke, saying: "Do not be afraid, my name is Ethan. I am a famous wizard. I defeated the sonic curse so my brother could see his dad. The only reason that I captured you is because I need your help! Magic is becoming extinct every day. It's because it’s hard to master, so people are finding more and more ways to make it extinct. So, will you help me bring back the world of magic?"
"But I will miss my family and friends," I said.
"Well, what if I could bring all of them here?” Ethan said.
"Zenitcyshonikymove!" Ethan said.
Suddenly, all my friends and family appeared! Ethan turned my family into wizards and turned my friends into horseman, trolls, elves and mermen. Slowly, magic came back to life and more and more wizards came to help...but it wasn't the end.
Year 3 also did some art, maths and PDHPE this week. Here are works samples from Koby, Jack and Shyannna.
FROM MR LOCKWOOD (YR 4/5)
The students of Year 5 have created mind maps on the topic of human rights. (See images).