We have had a couple of sunny days so far this week, but wet weather is heading our way again. On wet weather daysour students have several options to have a break from classes e.g. puzzles, lego, drawing, video, table tennis, handball, chess and even more. The students can play in the hallway, one classroom or in the weather shed and two teachers are always on duty to ensure everyone is safe.
Breakfast Top Up-We are trialling this initiative this term and so far so good. We have between 12-15 students accessing weetbix or toast on either a Tuesday or Thursday. The gathering of students around the breakfast table is really welcoming and the social conversation delightful.
Royal Far West-This semester we continue with our pilot program with Royal Far West who are delivering speech therapy and occupational therapy to nine of our students via zoom. Our Classroom Assistants (CA’s) Ms Dobbie and Ms Brown support the smooth running of this program every Monday and Wednesday. We are so grateful to have this program which is supported by a joint initiative between Catholic Education and RFW.
Staff Development Day Term 4 Day 1 – Please be aware that the first day of Term 4 is a Staff Development Day and therefore a pupil free day. Teachers will be involved in a zoom meeting with James Nottingham on Challenging Learning looking at questioning and feedback practices.
E safety-Are they old enough ? Having a Smart device and going online is a growing trend for children even in preschool. The e-safety commissioner website has some useful advice to help parents navigate the digital environment safely with their child.
This month we celebrate the ‘Great Women of Faith’. During this time we reflect on the lives of these special women who were dedicated to their faith and lived lives of love, compassion and service to others.
In the Catholic Church, holy days of obligation are days on which catholics are expected to attend Mass.
This Saturday 15th August, the Feast of the Assumption, is one of those days. To celebrate this day the children will participate in Mass on Thursday 13 August at 10:00am.
The Feast of the Assumption is the time we remember when Mary Our Mother was taken up to heaven, body and soul.
Hail Mary Full of Grace
The Lord is with You
‘Never see a need without doing something about it’
Saint Mary Mackillop, Australia’s First Saint
The Resilience Project
Last week we explored the GEM principle of Empathy and Kindness. This was the focus for our GEM award at Friday's assembly. Congratulations to Jessica, Ryley and Calee Bree.
These daily questions have been developed to help families practise the GEM principles. They are a great way to facilitate positive conversations as your family shares a meal either in the morning, afternoon or evening or at a time that works best.
Check out some great GEM questions here.
Who is someone you know who may be experiencing some difficulty currently? What could we do for them as a family?
Remember someone who has done something kind for you recently. What did they do for you?