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The School Newsletter Week 8, Term 2 2019

What's Coming Up

Friday 21 June: Student semester 1 reports will be available on Compass. Full details on how to view them are inside this Newsletter.

Friday 21 June: Kindergarten, Year 5 and Year 6 will celebrate Mass at 9.30am in the church. Parents and families are warmly invited to join us.

Friday 21 June: $Term Fees due $

Tuesday 25 June: Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Day

Wednesday 26 June: P& F Meeting in the library @ 6.30pm.

Friday 28 June: Years 1 and 2 celebrate Mass in the church at 9.30am - All welcome

Friday 28 June: Presentation of athletics ribbons and medals at school assembly beginning 2.20pm in the hall

Tuesday 2 July: Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.20pm - 5.00pm. Bookings essential. Booking instructions within this Newsletter

From the Principal

This weekend we mark the Feast of Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi, meaning ‘the body of Christ’ in Latin, celebrates the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the actual body of Christ during Mass. This feast celebrates the relationship between God and food, specifically bread. Bread is a necessary part of the daily diet of many people – a staple part of a packed lunch – although cars and coffee shops have removed us from the need to pack lunch when going on a journey. Nowadays, wafers are used when we go to Holy Communion. Wafers bear no comparison to real food, and they have (unfortunately) damaged both the nourishment of the food that is shared and the notion that we, the people of God, are of one body. We have lost the reminder that the Eucharist provides us with spiritual nourishment for our faith journeys.

The Eucharist is the sacrament of spiritual journeying. Assembling with the community, at the community table, is a sign that we are one. Eating and drinking as signs are not enough to unite ourselves with God. Gathering as members of a worshipping community requires an attitude of heart which accepts others as true kin.

Have a good week.

Peter Green.

School Reports

On Friday this week, the Semester 1 reports will be available on the Parent Portal. The instructions below are for accessing reports using a PC.

With the username and password provided earlier this year, log into the Compass Parent Portal on a PC https://swansea-nsw.compass.education/ . If you have forgotten your username or password, or believe you have not been issued with one, contact the school office for details.

On the home page of the portal, under each of your children, there is a link to ‘View Academic Reports’. Click on this link, it will open a list of all school reports. The latest report will be listed on the top. ‘2019 – Semester One’. Clicking on this will open a PDF version of the report for you to view, download or print. We will provide an alert /email notification when reports are published.

You can access to your child's report using your personal login details and password on the Parent Portal

On Friday the teachers will send home a set of assessment tasks and work samples which should be read in conjunction with the reports. Please take the opportunity to affirm your children for their achievements and to set goals for the second half of the year.

There is a considerable amount of work that goes into writing these reports, and I thank the teachers who have spent many evenings and weekends doing so.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent-teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 in the school hall between 3.20pm - 5.00pm. Please make a booking if you would like to meet with your child’s teacher. Bookings will open on the Parent Portal this Friday.

Bookings are made using the Compass Parent Portal. The simplest way to make a booking is to log onto the Parent Portal via a PC with your username and password https://swansea-nsw.compass.education/ then click the ‘Book Parent/Teacher Interviews’ link from the home page under your child and follow the steps to select a teacher and time.

Alternatively, click on ‘Community’ > ‘ Conferences’. From there you will be able to also select an available time from the drop down menu.

Bookings will open this Friday 21 June. The earlier you book your time, the more likely it will be that you will get the time that you request. We will provide an alert/email notification when bookings are opened.

Bookings for Parent/Teacher meetings open this Friday on the Parent Portal

Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Day

On Tuesday next week (25th June), our students will participate in an Aboriginal cultural immersion day. Our day will begin with an Acknowledgement of Country, a reconciliation prayer and a smoking ceremony. Traditional ochre will be offered to the students and staff and any parents who would like to join us for this ceremony.

In their class groups, the students will participate in creating a large painting that represents our school’s history and its core values. At the end of the day the students will assemble as the painting is unveiled. These activities will be facilitated by Wandana, a Sydney based company that specialises in curriculum-based Aboriginal education.

Running concurrently with these activities, Graham Morgan, the father of Jordan and Zoie and a Yuwaalaraay and Wiradjuri man from Lightning Ridge. Graham will share a number of his artefacts with the students and will demonstrate to the students some of the skills required to create these works of art. There will be some practical opportunities for the students to try these skills.

These activities will be run in conjunction with NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated during the first week of the July school holidays. NAIDOC Week is a week during which we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

If you would like to call in next Tuesday to see what the students are doing, you are most welcome.

St Vinnies Winter Fundraiser

ICAS Tests

Educational Assessment Australia – an enterprise of the University of NSW – is offering our students in Years 2 to 6 the opportunity to participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) program. Students are invited to sit for up to five tests in the areas of Digital Technologies, Writing, Spelling, English and Mathematics. Every student entering ICAS receives a certificate acknowledging participation, and they are eligible for awards including High Distinction, Distinction and Credit certificates. They also receive detailed information outlining their strengths and areas of difficulty in each of the tests.

Please note that students in Year 2 are only eligible to do the English, Mathematics and Science tests.

External testing has become part and parcel of every student’s education. The ICAS program provides students with valuable practice at completing examinations under test conditions and to a time limit. Therefore, our school endorses this program. However, there is a cost associated with this program. Below is a list of the date of each test and the entry fee.

  • Digital Technologies: Monday 2 September - $15.95
  • Science: Wednesday 4 September - $15.95
  • Writing: Monday 9 September - $15.95
  • Spelling Bee: Thursday 12 September - $15.95
  • English: Monday 16 September - $15.95
  • Mathematics: Friday 20 September - $15.95

Important Points to Note

  • This year is the first year in which all ICAS tests – except the Years 3 and 4 Writing test - will be completed online.
  • Registration and payment for the tests is now made online directly to ICAS, instead of through the school. To register and pay for any ICAS tests, go to https://pay.unswglobal.com.au/collections/f8261fcb54.
  • On the registration page, you are asked to write a Student ID. Leave this field blank.
  • The closing date for registration for ICAS is Wednesday 31st July 2019.
  • These tests are entirely optional. The students will be withdrawn from their classes to complete the tests during class time.
  • You are not required to let the school know that you have registered for ICAS tests. We will be notified beforehand by the organisers and we will make arrangements for your child to undertake the test/s.

First Holy Communion

At the 6.00pm Vigil Mass last Saturday evening, our candidates for the First Holy Communion program were presented to the parish. We congratulate Emma W, Emily J and Andrew C on making this significant step in their faith journeys.

Newcastle Transport Timetable

The 748 and 799 departures from St Patrick's in the afternoon are not affected. The 786 from Marks Point to St Patrick's in the mornings will run 2 mins later.

Canteen

As you will see we are still in need of a volunteer this term. If you have any spare time please let Shermaine know on 0407 807 974. The canteen simply cannot operate without you. Please help where you can - even if it's once a term.

Playgroup

Bring a friend - spread the word - Playgroup resumes this Friday in the Hall at 9.15am!
There are still a few places left for our Kinder 2020 Class - but don't delay!.

St Dominic's Mayfield Open Day

You are warmly invited to attend the St Dominic’s Centre Q&A Open Day on Thursday 27th June 2019 from 9:00am to 10:00am. We will welcome you in the flexible learning space where a short information session about the history of St Dominic’s and the enrolment criteria will be discussed. Following this session, the classrooms will come to life where parents can wander through each classroom to see what a daily lesson looks like. Meanwhile, the secondary students will be cooking up a storm in the TAS room while the primary students will be completing a sensory circuit in the movement room.

We are now able to offer positions for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students who meet the criteria of Autism Spectrum Disorder. St Dominic’s Centre is a Catholic special school that enrols students from Kindergarten to Year 10. Our enrolment criteria is moderate cognitive disability and deaf or hard of hearing. Our class ratios are up to 7 students for 1 teacher and 1 learning support assistant. We accept students of all denominations who meet our enrolment criteria.

Each student has a personalised plan that is student-centred and focuses on goal-setting across various domains. These goals are then embedded into our program of teaching, both in and out of the classroom. We have structured social skills programs in which a team of specialists teaches our students age-appropriate skills by.

Our team consists of specialist teaching staff, specialist learning support assistants, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist and a psychologist, who adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to our students’ education.

Our facilities are purpose-built and include specialist teaching areas, a calming room, a movement room prac room for teaching living skills and flexible learning areas. We have both inside and outside learning areas that are fully utilised for different purposes such as growing vegetables for our Vegetable Enterprise.

Students enrolled at St Dominic’s are eligible for assisted travel, which is a government program that provides free travel by car to and from school within a 45-kilometre radius.

For more information please visit our website - www.mayfieldsd.catholic.edu.au/

We encourage parents and their children to attend this open day to experience our setting, to speak with our team and to ask questions. If you would like to attend, please phone 4968 1295 or email admin@mayfieldsd.catholic.edu.au. We look forward to sharing our very unique and vibrant setting with you.

Kind regards

Veronica McLoughlin

Principal, St Dominic’s Centre, Mayfield

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Thank you for your support of our school in the Woolworths Earn & Learn promotion. We will gladly accept your sticker cards. There are collection boxes in the school foyer, in the church foyer and in Woolworths at Swansea. The promotion finishes next Tuesday 25th June.

Celebrate Make Music Day Australia

Newcastle City Council have organised a FREE 'One-Song-Sing' event in Wheeler Place this Friday @ 4pm as part of Make Music Day Australia. Come along and join the Song!

High part, Low part, Medium part: Everyone can be involved. Be part of a pop up mass choir!

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