Welcome to the Week 8 Newsletter
It seems that while Summer is having trouble kick starting the warmer weather this year, the calendar has no problem ticking along. With the start of Advent this weekend, we can no longer ignore the Christmas decorations and the rising excitement that comes with Christmas and the end of the year. It does seem an age since we were wrestling with home learning and now we fast approach the end of another term. I read an article last weekend that spoke about the November wall and the exhaustion that we witness in the students and in ourselves. We know from experience we will burst through the November wall next week and glide into the excitement of December with the end of year traditions, goodbyes and welcomes, transitions and orientations, and of course Christmas. We know we will get there but we also know we are tired now, particularly the younger children and especially after the disjointed semester we have had. We are committed to being ok with being tired and look for opportunities for each of us to re-energise in their own time in order to finish the year strong.
So, what to find in this newsletter. Being the second to last newsletter, we can do the welcomes in this newsletter and the farewells and thank yous in Week 10's. We can provide you with the logistics for the end of year and into next while saving the celebrations and triumphs for the final newsletter of the year. A snapshot of the newsletter is in the table below.
|Important Notices and Reminders||
|P & F Update||
Staffing Update 2022
Given the announcement of the 2022 Leadership structure on Monday that resulted in Ms Katie McDermott stepping up to take the Acting Principal Role for 2022 (and therefore no longer a teaching role), we are still making a few minor adjustments that are required. This week, I can introduce some of the new names to our staff that have already been finalised. We will have the final appointments completed early next week and I will send out a separate communication to parents at that time.
The Busiest Time of Year
|Thursday 2nd December||
|Friday 3rd December||
|Monday 6th December||
|Tuesday 7th December||
|Wednesday 8th December||
|Thursday 9th December||
|Friday 10th December||
|Monday 13th December||
|Tuesday 14th December||
|Wednesday 15th December||
Have a great Two weeks,
2021 School Fee Accounts
The school is continuing to follow up on School Fee accounts that are due to be finalised by November 30th. Especially those accounts that have had little or no payments provided throughout this year which is clearly a concern. While never a pleasant process, it is important to maintain fair and just practices when it comes to the payment of school fees which are a fee for service already provided. I want to thank Mrs Vanessa Bamford who continues to support parents in managing school fee accounts with monthly statements and reminders as well as support over the phone in making payments and setting up direct debits.
Official letters have now been sent to outstanding accounts to ensure the account balances are addressed in some way this year. We understand this is a sensitive issue and more so at this time but it something we must proceed with in order to finalise our own financial procedures and end of year budget review.
2022 School Fee Schedule
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, the season in the church that readies us for the coming of Jesus.
Faith Formation Lk 23:35-43 The Crucifixion
In Sunday’s Gospel the good thief simply asks Jesus to ‘remember me’. And Jesus tells him that being remembered by God is paradise. It’s a wonderful way to understand the Kingship of Christ. We know that Christ our King is not about earthly power, land, buildings, riches or might. We know Jesus’ Kingship is not about lording it over us, or making us frightened of his compassionate judgment. The power of Christ the King is seen in his memory, holding every person in this world close; calling each one of us by name.
What a feastday! The final day of the church’s year is when we remember the saving memory of God
As we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, I’m sure if you are anything like me you will have a growing list of things to do. Is that list wearing us down or is it preparing us for Christmas? This season of preparation in the Church is called ADVENT.
Advent has a twofold character- as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christs’ first coming to us is remembered, and as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s second coming at the end of time. Advent is therefore a period for devout and joyful expectation
In its symbolism, the Church continues to stress the penitential and preparatory nature of Advent. As during Lent, priests wear purple vestments. The only exception is on the Third Sunday of Advent when priests can wear rose-colored vestments. This is designed to encourage us to continue our prayer and fasting, because we can see that Advent is more than halfway over.
There are many traditions associated with our Catholic Beliefs. I often reflect on my childhood with the students and the traditions i have grown up with. Growing up in Raymond Terrace, every friday night we would have fish. The local fish and chip shop did a raoring trade on friday nights and it became a bit of a gathering place for all the catholics especiallying during Lent and Advent. The Church asked Catholics to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in memory of Good Friday, the day the Bible says Jesus died on the cross. Meat was chosen as a sacrifice because it was a celebratory food.
Abstaining from meat on Fridays, or not eating at all between meals, are good ways to revive the Advent fast.
We can incorporate such customs as the Advent wreath, into our daily ritual, and we can set some time aside for special scripture readings for Advent, which remind us of the threefold coming of Christ.
The Advent Wreath
Traditionally, the Advent wreath has featured four tapers, one for each week of Advent. Three are purple, and one is rose. If you don't have three purple and one rose candle, don't worry; four white ones will do. (And, in a pinch, any colour will
suffice.) The colours simply add symbolism to the wreath. Purple reminds us that Advent, like Lent, is a time of penance, fasting, and prayer; while the rose candle is first lit on the third Sunday in Advent, to give us encouragement and to remind us that Christmas is indeed coming.
For the younger children.
Have a great week!
Religious Education Coordinator
Thank you for inviting me into your newsletter. I look forward to sharing special moment or activities that can build family faith life. This week - Everyone loves to receive a letter. I thought this could be an occasion for children to pass on the joy of receiving to others.
Helene ONeill - FAMILY LIAISON OFFICER, DIOCESE OF MAITLAND - NEWCASTLE.
Reminder for stage 2 & 3 students about lunch club with Vanessa
…..there is no lunch club this week. In the final lunch club for this year in week 10, Tuesday December 7, students will make their own strengths chain.
Self-esteem is about liking yourself and who you are. This doesn’t mean being overconfident – just believing in yourself and knowing what you do well. It is about how much a person values themself and how important they believe they are in the world.
For children, self-esteem comes from:
- knowing that they’re loved and that they belong to a family and a community that values them
- spending quality time with their families
- being encouraged to try new things, finding things they’re good at and being praised for things that are important to them.
Story books can help children understand their emotional wellbeing. Two favourites of mine about being yourself are Giraffes Can't Dance, by Giles Andreae and We’re Not Lions, by Karen Young.
To find out more about how we can foster self-esteem in our children please refer to https://parenting.sa.gov.au/easy-guides/self-esteem-parent-easy-guide
Semester 2 Assessment and Reporting Procedures
As we come to the end of the year Teachers are in the final stages of preparing Semester 2 reports. We understand the impact of home learning on this semester, and students reports will be modified.
The purpose of this report is to help parents and carers understand how their child is going at this time and what can be done to support future learning. Throughout Week 6 and 7 parents and teachers had the opportunity to meet via zoom and discuss observations from both the home learning and the return to school. Teachers have recorded two strengths and goal in the Compass Insight document, and parents have had the opportunity to do the same.
Following this period of consultation teachers are now finalising the Semester 2 academic report.
Prior to releasing reports – I would like to spend some time unpacking what this will look like. The Semester 2 report will look markedly different to the Semester 1 report that was sent home in June.
Here are some questions and answers to clarify our reporting process this semester.
What period of learning will the report cover?
The Semester 2 report will reflect learning and assessment for Terms 3 and 4. July-November. This includes the period of home learning as well as the learning and assessment period on the return to school (October to now)
What subjects will be assessed and reported?
Achievement will only be recorded for Religious Education, English and Mathematics. Only NSW Syllabus English and Mathematics outcomes taught and assessed this semester will be used to measure achievement, the same with Religious Education from our Diocesan syllabus.
Will there be an A-E grades and for which subjects for all subject?
No. Achievement will be assessed and recorded using Towards, At or Above expectations for the grade at this time.
How will ‘Commitment to Learning’ be recorded?
The Commitment to Learning is a scale from Emerging to High and based on RE, English and Maths
How will my child’s ‘Learner Profile’ be recorded?
The Learner Profile Section includes Personal and Social Development as well as Learning Dispositions on a scale from ‘Requires Support’ through to ‘Consistently’.
Will there be teacher comments in this report?
Comments will reflect the goals and observations that teachers published in the ‘Insight’ documents on the Compass Form during Weeks 6 and 7.
Will attendance be recorded for Semester 2?
Attendance will not be recorded for Semester 2
Am I able to speak to my child’s teacher about the Semester 2 report?
Please make a time to speak to your child’s teacher if you have anything you would like to discuss before or after the report has been published.
When will reports be released on Compass?
Friday 3 December
Please feel free to contact myself of you child’s teacher if you would like any other information about our assessment and reporting process this semester.