Newsletter No. 16 | Term 2 Week 7 | Thursday 9th June 2022
Dear Families and Friends,
It was a great night at the school concert, wasn’t it? As I said on the night, the biggest thrill for me was seeing the joy on the faces of the children. They really had a fantastic time and loved performing on stage. Thank you again for coming along and for your positive feedback on the night. As soon as we hear if the St. Brendan’s Synchronised Swimming Team has made it to the Commonwealth Games we will let you know. Thank goodness the shark didn’t do any damage!
Today was our last day for Little Learners. I have had such a lovely time with our young visitors and I know that they have also enjoyed the experience. For 2023 Prep students, we will once again be offering our Pre-Prep program in Term Four. More details will follow closer to the date.
INTER-SCHOOL LIGHTNING PREMIERSHIP
On Monday our Year 5/6 students participated in the Coac and District schools netball and football lightning premiership. The netaballers made it to the semi-finals for their division and it was pleasing to see their confidence growing throughout the day. It was even more pleasing to see how much they enjoyed the experience.
Six of our boys teamed with Colac West Primary School to play in the football section of the tournament. They also enjoyed the day and the added bonus for them was that they were able to make some new friends along the way. We thank Colac South West PS for welcoming our boys into their team.
STUDENT REPORTS & LEARNING CONVERSATIONS
The written reports will be sent home on Monday 20th June. The reports are designed to provide a comprehensive description of your child’s academic progress against the year level standards, their social emotional learning, as well as their work habits.
It is important for parents to understand that your child is expected to meet a different and more advanced year level standard each year. While they may have successfully reached the previous year's standard, they may not yet be at standard for the current year. This does not mean they have regressed. It just means the degree of difficulty has increased and they are still working towards achieving it.
This year, the Learning Conversations with your child and their teacher will take place on:
Tuesday 21st June : 1 - 4pm & Friday 24th June: 9 - 2pm
The Learning Conversations are an opportunity for your child to tell you about their learning successes and goals.
Appointment timeslots have been loaded into PAM this morning, please login to book your appointment. The process for booking a Learning Conversation on PAM is exactly the same as booking the Meet & Greet Interviews earlier in the year. Instructions are below. If you are having difficulty with this, call into school and we will give you a hand.
YEAR 5/6 MELBOURNE CAMP
The Year 5/6s will be heading off to their Melbourne Camp on Wednesday 15th June and returning on Friday 17th June. We are all very excited. There are lots of fun activities planned for the three days. I have no doubt a good time will be had by all!
If you have any further questions or any special instructions for your child please call the school.
A reminder of some upcoming important dates; Wednesday 22nd June is our whole school bush excursion. More details will be sent out soon via PAM. Friday 24th June is the last day of Term and students are dressing up as 'What they would like to be when they grow up'. School will finish at 2.30pm on this day.
Enjoy the long weekend with your families. We will see you on Tuesday.
OUR WOOLWORTHS LANDCARE GRANT
It is very exciting to announce that our grant application for the Woolworths Landcare Grant Program for 2022 was successful. Miss Kluver and the P/1 students applied for a $1000 grant which will enable us to develop an outdoor classroom space. Plans for this space are yet to be formally designed however will hopefully include lots of native vegetation, some log seating and potentially a seed bank for propagating plants.
Our annual school photos have been taken and are now ready to order. Arthur Reed Photos uses an online ordering system where you can view your photos prior to ordering.
On photo day all students received a flyer which includes a code unique to them. You will require this 2022 code to register online and view your photos.
If you have already registered, you will receive an email or SMS from Arthur Reed Photos with a link to view your photos. If you have not yet registered, please go to order.arphotos.com.au and enter your code to complete your order.
If you have misplaced your registration code, please contact the Arthur Reed Photos customer service team directly on 5243 4390 (option 1) or email@example.com
Please note that you will need to register online with your 2022 photo code to gain access to this year’s images. All photo packages will be sent directly to your nominated address, so please ensure that you enter the correct details and nominated shipping address upon checkout.
If you require any assistance ordering your photos, please contact Arthur Reed Photos directly on 5243 4390 (option 1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Sunday we celebrated the Church’s birthday, the feast of Pentecost, when Jesus’ disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit and went forth to spread the good news;
Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles. After Jesus rose on Easter, He appeared to the Apostles over the next 40 days, teaching them the significance of what had happened to Him. They listened, but didn’t really understand, so Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, who would enlighten them and give them everything they would need to carry the Good News to people all over the world.
We ask for the assurance of your Spirit
to know your presence with us in our daily lives:
in our relationships;
in our work and service;
in our worship;
in our times of joy and pain.
Reflection: Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, how do I touch the lives of other people?
WOULD YOU LIKE A FREE BIBLE?
The school has some Catholic Bibles that are no longer being used as we have just purchased new copies, we would like our old Bibles to find new homes. If you would like a Bible for your family or your home please email email@example.com.
Prep/1 Classroom News
Week 7 - Concert week!
What a fabulous effort the students have put in to make the concert a big success. Congratulations to all involved.
LITERACY: The Preps are focusing on the letters j, w, z and their corresponding sounds. The Grade 1’s have been learning about the four most common spellings of /ee/ like in bee. These are <e> <ee> <ea> and <y>.
Our unit on narrative writing is well underway. Our focus text, “The Snail and the Whale” has been a big hit with the students. They’ve enjoyed hearing this story orally and making text-to-self connections.
MATHS: This week, students have been learning about equal grouping as the basis for multiplication. For given scenarios, they have practiced identifying the number of groups, the number of objects within each group and the total number of objects altogether.
RELIGION: In response to “Laudato Si,” students created some wonderful artworks depicting their favourite nature scenes.
INTEGRATED CURRICULUM: For Digital Technology, students’ virtual worlds have been completed. They have also been exploring each other’s worlds.
Congratulations to the following students who completed their “Let Grow Project” this week:
Lexie D'Altera: Made some delicious brownies for her entire family. She measured out all the ingredients, popped them in the oven and served them up when they were ready! A super effort.
Keep up the reading at home!
2/3/4 Classroom News
Welcome to Week 7!
What a delight our concert was! It was lovely to see our families out together celebrating such a wonderful event. The children were an absolute joy to watch.
This week in Literacy we have been exploring adverbs. Adverbs are words that describe verbs, and tell us when, where or how action occurs! For example, the children danced beautifully.
For Writing the children are exploring Information Reports and researching an animal of their choice.
New spelling words for the week are:
Year 2’s: ‘o-e ’ words: joke, nose, home, stone, broke, smoke, choke, those, close, throne.
Year 3’s: (drop the ‘y’ add ies plurals) armies, babies, puppies, ladies, berries, cities, lollies, parties, stories, ponies.
Year 4’s: (drop the ‘y’ add ies plurals) injuries, fairies, countries, memories, pastries, enemies, diaries, centuries, factories, libraries.
Our EPIC reading total is at 874 books. A tremendous effort 2/3/4’s!
In Integrated Curriculum the children have been finalising their virtual worlds. They will have a sample in their Portfolios and you will be able to access them through a QR code.
In R.E. the students have been looking at how Catholic Christians:
- understand the whole of Creation to include the human and non-human world
- believe the whole of Creation is sacred and a gift from God
- understand their very important role as ‘Stewards of Creation’. ‘Stewards of Creation’ means they have a responsibility as caretakers for the things of God - the whole of Creation - self, others and the natural world
In Maths we have been investigating multiplication word problems and our times tables.
Homework was sent home on Monday with new spelling words and a worksheet revising times tables.
The Star of the Week award goes to Eden Robb. Congratulations on your excellent work and effort!
5/6 Classroom News
Welcome to Week 7 of Term 2! Less than a week until we go on Melbourne camp, woohoo!
CONCERT: We had a fantastic time at our school concert last night. Thank you to everyone for coming to watch and congratulations to all of our students who performed, you did a fabulous job! A special shout out to my class who performed skits, they were hilarious!
LEADERSHIP: Congratulations to ‘Happy Helpers’: Levi, Jimmy, Lindon, Cassie and Davina, who ran a game of Capture the Flag at lunch time last week. They explained the rules really well and ensured the teams were fair. It was great to see excellent teamwork across all year levels. Well done guys!
COWS CREATE CAREERS: This week we have been working hard on our projects. Each group researched a topic and created a 3D model to represent their information. The projects are looking really good; we have a couple of farms, dairies and even a Coles supermarket!
MATHS: This week we have been working on Multiplication. The students have been learning how to solve multiplication problems using the Lattice model. Year 5 students have been solving 4-digit by 1 and 2-digit problems and Year 6 students have been solving 4-digit by 2 and 3-digit problems.
WRITING: In writing we have been working on Information Reports. The students have chosen an animal or a place to find information about and are presenting this information on a poster.
HOMEWORK: Homework is due next Tuesday, 14th June.
I hope you all have a great week, please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns.
We would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to everyone who has or will celebrated their special day this week!
Acknowledgement of Country
At St. Brendan’s Primary School we pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land, the Gulidjan people and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We will respect the land, animals and waterways, from the roots of the earth to the tops of the trees. Through the example of our first Australians, we understand that if we look after the country, then the country will look after us.
School Vision: 'For you I have a destiny and a hope.'
PARISH PRIEST: Fr Michael O’Toole PRINCIPAL: Mrs Leanne Eastman
SAC CHAIRPERSON: Ms Gayle McNabb CHILD SAFETY OFFICER: Mrs Leanne Eastman