Compare yourself not to others, but only to the vision you hold within your heart. Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself and watch you get beyond yourself. The very thing that someone told you that you would never be able to do may just be the very thing you are destined to do. [Dr John DeMartini]
At our School Mass for Ash Wednesday, last week, I spoke to the children about taking up the challenge leading up to Easter, to BE MORE. We are taking inspiration from St Oscar Romero, who spoke for people living in poverty, who said, ‘Aspire not to want more, but to be more.’ When I visited classrooms, I knew some of the children understood that meant to be more kind, be more patient, be more helpful, be more … at home, at school and in the wider community. I encourage you to talk to your children about this and ways your family can put it into practice.
In relation to the Project Compassion box, that you have received, I encourage your family to consider ways of donating money to Caritas Australia egthe family might decide to give up a sweets and donate the money saved into the box.
I encourage your family to view the film given below and talk about what was important.You might like to also pray the family prayer given on the back of the letter that came home with the Project Compassion box.
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
This week we begin a series of ‘Learning Conversations’ on topics that will help parents to both support and understand their child’s brain development and how it affects growth and learning. This week we begin by looking at the Executive Function part of our brain and how essential it is to learning and day to day function. After viewing the clip below, we hope you have a clearer picture of why your child may behave and function the way they do.Executive function like all human development is staged and incremental.
Instrumental Music Information Evening:
Thank you to the families that attended the information evening on Tuesday of this week. We also thank the Instrumental teachers who were able to attend and provide some insight into their instrument and answer any questions from parents. Some children even got to try out some of the musical instruments available. A key element of the night was a short presentation on the value of instrumental music learning for brain development and learning across all curriculum areas.
We often talk about how we support students in their growth, learning and assessment from the point of view of outcomes and achievement. However, behind every successful student is a highly successful teacher that strives to ensure a high-quality curriculum is taught and your child’s wellbeing and development is ensured. Behind every teacher,there is also a support team that ensures our staff are working at their best with the latest knowledge and information about teaching and learning.
Enter the School Quality Performance Team (SQPT) that is made up of Mr Bennett, Principal,Mr Proctor, APRIM, Miss Stevens, Inclusive Education, Mr Wood Learning Coach and Mr Mannella Deputy Principal.
This team meets fortnightly to discuss all matters of learning in the school. We spend time analysing data collected and how this will inform the direction and support we provide for our staff through targeted professional development. To get a sense of what this learning looks like in classrooms, the SQPT members are assigned teaching staff across all year levels as their individual Learning Partners.This allows us to work closely with teachers on areas of learning that teachers are seeking specific feedback on. This might be to confirm that practice is working or utilising a different strategy that might provide better results. It is also an opportunity for the team to witness first hand, the quality teaching that is being undertaken in our learning spaces across the4 school.
Once again, thank you to the parent volunteers who supported our pancake cooking and distribution last for Shrove Tuesday last week. The children were most appreciative. It was also heartening to hear of the comments and feedback on the gratitude and manners our children showed to our helpers. It was wonderful to see our families back in the school getting involved after the Covid isolation of last year. We also thank the volunteers who helped put our new BBQ kitchens together in preparations for the day.Our gratitude goes out to CAFE NOVA for providing the pancake mix for the day.
We remind families about the Thursday after school Volleyball clinics for interested students. Please contact Shane Hennessy on 0407795190 to book in or register at entry in the SAMMAT from 4.15 pm to 5.15pm. Sessions begin on the 11th March.