What a beautiful weekend! The weather was cold but perfect to get out and about and, perhaps, drive a little further than usual as social distancing restrictions ease across our region. At St Mary’s, students are still following the guidelines of personal hygieneand we can be very proud of our students who are now very aware of the need to wash their hands for 20 seconds, cough into their sleeve, sneeze into a tissue and dispose of tissues responsibly. We have ample hand sanitiser and soap at school and cleaning measures are still in placeon high touch areas and school desks and chairs. Students are still required to bring their own water bottleas the bubblers remain closed. Staff are not to attend work if experiencing cold like symptoms. Parents are also reminded to keep their children at home if they have cold/flu like symptoms as well too. Thank you for your understanding in using the Student Drop Off and Pick Up areaduring this time. Hopefully, we will soon be back to normal and movement in and out of the school gates will be relaxed.
Our calendar is still very clear which means that teaching and learning conditions are optimal. Classes are settled and students are working on programs consistently and productively. As we head into our end of semester reporting period teachers are gathering assessment data to formalise grades. Parents are reminded that student daily attendance is crucial to support student learning and growth especially during this period. ‘School matters every day’ for students both academically and socially.
This week our Year 6 Media Leader, Catriona Jackson, introduces her new ‘column’ showcasing Payton Willems (Year 2). Other initiatives for our Year 6 leaders include our new pot plants near the front gate that Year 6 Environment Leader, Jade Booby, has been helping me with. Isabelle Trueman, Year 6 Hospitality Host, and Caleb Brown, Year 6 Sport Leader have also been making plans for future initiatives in their dedicated area. Together, our student leadership team is also preparing a whole school focus to conclude and celebrate a very productive Term 2. We are very proud of our leaders and we know they relish in the opportunities their leadership year allows them to experience at our school.
New girls winter tunics have arrived. If you have been waiting on a paticular size please see Tracee or Trish.
If you need school shoes, we have new and pre loved shoes, you are welcome to check for sizes.
There are beanies $5.00 and gloves $4.00 on sale in the uniform shop. Keep the cold out on these frosty mornings. Please note beanies and gloves are navy blue.Beanies and gloves of other colours are not school uniform.
Our strong durable St Mary's back packs also available in the uniform shop - $50.00. They last for years!!
Year 2/3 have completed the bird feeders they have been making during their Science lessons on 'Living Things Live in Different Places'. Over the next few days they will be observing how many bird seeds have been taken from the feeders and discuss any modifications they could make to improve their feeders.
During our Science lessons over the past few weeks we have been developing our teamwork skills through STEM activities. Students were separated into teams and given only ten pieces of A4 paper, scissors, masking tape and coloured pencils and needed to create a bridge that was strong enough to hold five novels from within the classroom. Students had time to plan their designed and some develop an action plan. They then had a number of in-depth conversation about what they thought would be the best strategy before constructing their bridges. This activity promoted team building as well as critical thinking while enjoying the hand-on components of Science.
In Year 4/5/6 this week, we have been focusing on how to write an information report.Students were asked to choose an animal that they didn't know much about and collect information to include in their information report. Students then were taught to write their information in their own wordsas well as sort their information into categories to ensure their information report was logical and well-structured. Students will present their reports to the rest of the class in coming weeks. Below is an example by Year 6 student, Isabelle who has chosen to write about armadillos.