We are nearing the end of Term 2 already and continue to work hard each day. I have seen sound progress from the Pre-Primary students throughout the term and families should feel very proud.
This term we have welcomed the School Nurse, Miss Jo, and the school dentist, Miss Elena, into our classroom. Miss Jo taught us about the importance of washing our hands properly, and we used a UV light to detect the “germs” on our hands. Miss Elena taught us how to brush our teeth and we got to take home a toothbrush and toothpaste!
Over the term the children have continued to develop their oral language and phonological awareness, writing and reading skills. They have worked hard at using their letter and sound knowledge to produce independent writing. The children are beginning to write sentences with the correct use of capital letters, full stops and connectives (because, and). We currently have a Post Office setup in the classroom to stimulate the imagination, enhance social development and promote independent writing.
Ways to support your child to write at home include:
Letters/postcards: Write letters and postcards to family and friends.
Thank you: Write thank you notes for gifts.
Make a menu: Let your child design and write the menu for a family dinner.
Travel log: When you go on holidays, or special outings, have your child record new sights and experiences from his/her journey.
Miss Kate Guest
The children in Year 2 have worked hard this term on a variety of activities and projects. In Maths we have learned about collecting and displaying data using graphs. Last week, the children tallied coloured M&Ms. They used tally marks to collect the data then displayed it as a picture and a bar graph. They got to eat their M&Ms afterwards. Who said learning couldn't be tasty!
Children spend six hours of their day at school. While here, they are engaged in a wide variety of learning activities designed to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, as well as their ability to experiment and investigate and wonder at God’s creation. They learn how to keep themselves safe, fit and healthy and work collaboratively with their peers.
Teachers understand and respect that children need time to play and explore and enjoy down time of an afternoon. Please encourage your children to spend time in unstructured play, away from technology. Time away from school is your time, but as your child’s teacher, I have one valuable request: Please spend 15 minutes each Monday to Thursday on your child’s home reading. Help them develop a positive reading routine. That 15 minutes a night is equal to 6 whole school days per year. Thank you.
Miss Leah Wilson
This term we have been learning about the art of story–telling and we have written our own stories and comics. We have also been practising some readers theatre to help tell stories. We explored the beginnings of story-telling in Australia with Aboriginal dreamtime stories by looking at stories like the Rainbow Serpent.
Just a few weeks ago our class and Year 5/6 planned, composed, edited and published stories that were entered into the Children’s Book Council competition. The stories needed to be at least eight pages long with a front cover, author’s profile and a blurb on the back. Our entries were sent last week and we should have them back in August, so we look forward to seeing what the judges thought of them.
Mr Paul Poutney
Please take note of the following important dates for Term Two:
Thursday 22nd June - St Joseph's Sport's Carnival
Friday 23rd June - St Joseph's School Fete
Sunday 25th June - Sacrament of First Holy Communion
Monday 26th June - Friday 30th June - NAIDOC Week
Wednesday 28th June - NAIDOC Week/End of Term Mass
Friday 30th June - Final day of Term Two
Assemblies, Friday 8am
30 June: Year 5/6