Newsletter No. 25 | Term 3 Week 7 | Friday 26th August 2022
Thank you for the gift of our school, St. Brendan’s. We are truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. We pray for our children that their time at school is full of love, joy, learning, fun and personal growth.
Help our whole community to be more like you and to treat each other as we would like to be treated. May our words and actions be positive and kind so that our wonderful school can be more beautiful every day.
Dear Families and Friends,
We are very much looking forward to celebrating Father’s Day next Wednesday September 1st with our dads and special friends. All of the details are later in the newsletter so be sure to check them out. We hope as many dads and special friends can join us as possible.
Everyone has really enjoyed all our Book Week celebrations, especially the Book Fair and yesterday’s Book Parade. A big thank you to Gracesyn for all of her work behind the scenes to get the Book Fair organized. Thanks also to those families that were able to purchase books and those that helped their children with dressing up - it was great fun! It is so nice to be getting back to the events that we have enjoyed so much.
Dress ups aside, Book Week is all about celebrating books, as well as authors and illustrators. It's a fantastic week and great to see young learners getting excited about books! As we have said before, enabling children to develop a love for reading is a gift that they will have for life.
Children’s Book Council of Australia have announced that this year’s Picture Book of the Year has been awarded to the book entitled ‘Jetty Jumping’ written by Andrea Rowe. A list of all the award winners can be viewed on their website: https://cbca.org.au/winners-2022
Thank you to everyone who has helped out with the footy gate roster. Many hands make light work and all children benefit from the generous offer of your time to help us out. Please check the roster on the whiteboard to see if there is a time that suits you.
Have a great weekend everyone.
We would like to invite all fathers, or grandfathers, or uncles or significant others to join us for a special Father’s Day celebration. Come along for pizza and Archery on Wednesday 31st August from 5pm - 6pm. Pizza will be $10 per family. All are welcome to come along and cheer on our amazing bowmen! Who will be St. Brendan’s number one archer?
Father's Day Photos:
We have had a few photos of our dads and significant others sent through. If you haven't sent your photo through, could you please do so by next Wednesday? Thank you.
Thank you to Allira and the Prep/Ones who prepared a beautiful paraliturgy for us all on Thursday. The children did a wonderful job of sharing with us what love means and leading us in prayer.
Thomas Carr Cake Stall
A reminder that Thomas Carr Open Day will be held on Sunday 11th September. As mentioned previously, Thomas Carr have kindly allowed us to run a Cake Stall on the Day. We are hoping that families will be able to donate some cakes, cookies, scones, biscuits etc to sell on the day.
A note will be sent home next week regarding details for the Cake Stall.
In this edition of SchoolTV - RAISING GIRLS
Raising girls in today’s modern world can be a difficult path for parents and carers to navigate. These days, girls are transitioning to puberty a lot earlier than they used to and the physical, psychological and emotional changes they experience are challenging. As a result, by mid-adolescence, girls are twice as likely to develop mood disorders more so than boys.
Some parents and carers may feel uncertain about how best to support their daughter through the ups and downs of adolescence and how to keep the lines of communication open. With the rise of social media and technology, mental health difficulties in girls are increasing as often they are faced with online images that make it difficult to see themselves as acceptable. Ensuring a daughter’s opinions are heard and her views listened to, will go a long way towards making her feel loved and supported as she tries to establish her own identity.
In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will attain a clearer picture of what girls are wanting from their adult carers and how best to support them through adolescence.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to the Raising Girls edition of SchoolTV
Prep/1 Classroom News
Book week! Excitement levels have been high this week in anticipation of our book parade. We’ve been celebrating all kinds of books, literature and stories over the past few days.
Literacy: For writing this week, we’ve been practicing using imperatives. These are bossy words which tell someone to do something. We see these used in procedural texts such as recipes and instructions.
The Preps are focusing on four letter words as well as the sound /sh/ like in shop
Grade 1’s are learning about the sound /ow/ like in cow. There are two common spellings: <ou> and <ow>
Maths: We have begun learning about time in Maths. Students have been saying, writing and reading the days of the week in order. They’ve also been identifying events that occur on each day of the week.
Religion: In RE, students have begun writing ‘Little Books of Wisdom.’ These contain a range of wise sayings taken from the Bible as well as everyday vernacular. Eg. “Sharing is caring” “Love one another.”
Integrated Curriculum: This week for Science, we have been exploring how things move. We have discovered that forces such as pulling and pushing cause objects to move.
The Book Fair is currently set up in the Hall. Students can purchase books on display
The Prep/1’s are running the Liturgy this Thursday and parents are welcome to come along
2/3/4 Classroom News
Welcome to Week 7!
We have been looking forward to our Book Week celebrations which we participated in today. Each child rotated around with their Pastoral Care group to listen to different stories read by the teachers. They then worked on activities related to the individual texts.
Literacy: In Literacy this week, we have been revising syllables of words and working on advertisements for our newly created products. The class have been excited designing and producing their items.
Religion: In R.E. we have been investigating the Passover meal that is part of the Jewish tradition and Eucharist which is an important sacrament for Catholic Christians and other Christian faiths.
Integrated Curriculum: In Integrated Curriculum this week we completed the rest of the crystal experiments and the children have taken their jars and crystals home. We have also been completing Scientific Reports related to our experiments. See more of our stunning crystals below.
Maths: In Maths this week the Year 2’s have been learning about and representing quarter to and quarter past, the Year 3’s have been modelling and investigating 5 minute intervals on analogue clocks, and the Year 4’s have been practising 5 minute intervals on analogue and digital clocks.
Homework this week includes new spelling words to learn and an activity sheet that revises basic mathematical concepts.
The Star of the Week award goes to Claire Beardsley. Congratulations on your excellent work and effort!
5/6 Classroom News
Welcome to Week 7 of Term 3! I hope everyone has had a great Book Week and has had a chance to visit our school Book Fair in the hall.
Leadership Groups: We are still collecting plastic bottle lids. Thank you to everyone who has donated lids so far, we have managed to fill up one whole box! If you could please remember to collect milk, soft drink and water lids we would appreciate it very much. There is a Lids4Kids box near Gracesyn’s office.
Wellbeing: Over the past week we have been investigating our personal character strengths. Each student completed a survey which told them what their strengths are. We had a range of results, with ‘love’ and ‘gratitude’ being two of the most common strengths in our class.
Spelling: On Tuesday most of our class participated in the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee. Well done to all students who challenged themselves and participated.
Writing: This week in Writing we started our learning cycle on Persuasive Advertisements. In pairs, students began to plan and design a product. Students will be creating multimodal advertisements and these will include a magazine poster and an audio and video advertisement.
Maths: In Maths we have been working on our Measurement learning cycle. We are learning how to calculate the perimeter of shapes, and are using Peri the snail to help us remember how to do this.
Religion: This week in Religion we have been unpacking the Catholic Social Teaching; ‘The Common Good’. We have been making links between how we do different things for the common good in our lives.
Integrated Curriculum: This week in Integrated Curriculum we have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes. We had a great time on Monday afternoon making slime!
I hope you all have a great week, please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Warrion Flower Show: Tombola Jars
Below are some ideas to help everyone with their Tombola Jars for our fundraising store at the Warrion Flower Show, which is being held on Wednesday 26th October.
It is not necessary to buy a brand new jar. Try to reuse/recycle jars you already have. Just give used jars a clean with hot water and vinegar to take the smell out of the jar.
Get the kids involved and it becomes a school holiday activity for the kids, as they decorate the jars. To have lots of jars to display for Tombola would be fantastic, as it would result in both a great looking stall and maximum fundraising potential for our school. Variety, colour, and the element of surprise is a big part of the fun of Tombola.
Ideas include, but are obviously not restricted to...
- Making a batch of jam/chutney/preserves/pickles? A jar of homemade goodness would be a lovely jar to receive in Tombola.
- You can reuse jars from the kitchen, simply wash, dry and fill.
Think pasta, nuts, lollies, lentils, mints, biscuits, spices.
- Perhaps make up a couple of biscuit/brownie/cookie mix jars (google it)
- Items do not even have to be edible.
Think pencils, puzzle, beads, buttons, screws, nails, clothes pegs, washing powder, bath salts, pot pourri, seeds for the garden.
- When at the supermarket grab a couple of extra items in jars. Job done!
- Have a family member or friend with a business to promote? Perhaps they’d like to contribute a voucher ($ value or deal offer) ...Pop it in a jar!
Last time the school collected 270 Tombola jars. Can we break the record this time?
Other ways to help with the Flower Show:
In the next month or two, a working group will be meeting to get our stalls up and running. We understand that we have new families in the school who may not know what is involved or how they can help out. There is a list below to give you an idea of what is involved.
St. Brendan’s Stalls 2022 (to be confirmed)
- Petting Zoo
- Flower Crowns
- Tombola jars
Families can assist by:
- Helping out at a working bee in the hall the day before the show, decorating the jars and doing other small jobs in preparation for the next day (the added bonus is having a coffee, a chat with other families and feeling good about working with others to do something for our school)
- Packing the trailer the day before
- Being rostered on for a shift on the day of the Show. This may be to sell Tombolas, help out with the bbq or supervise the petting zoo
- Setting up on the day
- Packing up post event
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