Kirsty is attending the annual Leaders Retreat in Bowral this week. All Principals, along with staff from Catholic Education will meet to discuss future directions in education as a Catholic system, while also spending time in prayer and reflection.
Staff have undertaken a variety of Professional Learning courses over the past few weeks.
Miss Soulsby has renewed her First Aid Certificate and attended an Autism Workshop. This week Janet Cartwright, a Leader in Challenging Learning, worked with Miss Braun and Miss Soulsby to clarify their role as Data Analysts in the school. Mrs Beavan and Mrs Murray attended Instructional Leadership days where the focus was on developing Action Learning Plans for the school in both Numeracy and Literacy. Mrs Parker has attended an Aboriginal Contact Day, while Mrs Anderson will be attending a Learning Support Network Day to gain training in administering CELF 5, a screening assessment for Language Development and Mrs Dean will be attending a Numeracy Day lead by our Mathematics coaches .
As a Challenging Learning school, all staff are provided a range of Professional Reading texts to read and discuss at staff meetings. We are currently reading ‘Challenging Learning Through Feedback
Some interesting facts we have gathered from our readings:
* Feedback is information we receive that helps shape our next response. It can be formal or informal.
* Research suggests that Feedback doubles the rate of learning
* Feedback should help the students do the following:
- Understand the goal or learning intention
- Know where they are in relation to the goal (how much progress have I made?)
- Realise what they need to do next (to bridge the gap between their current position and their goal)
* Feedback should relate to clear, specific and appropriately challenging goals.
Staff will continue to explore the effective use of feedback in the classrooms as the research suggests that “we learn faster, and much more effectively, when we have a clear sense of how well we are doing, and what we might need to do in order to improve’. (Dai Hounsell 2003, p.67)
Have a great week,
“Lent is the season in which we prepare for the mystery of Easter. It is a special time of forty days in which we joyfully embrace a conversion of heart. A new heart and a new spirit, these are God’s gifts in Lent. The Lenten call we hear from the first day is ‘Repent and believe the Good News!’
During Lent we focus on fasting, giving to the poor, and prayer. Lent is a time of self discipline, generous concern for those in need and prayerful reflection. Lenten penance is not only inward and spiritual but outward and social in character”. (Taken from ‘We Pray As One 2020’).
At morning assembly the Year 6 students read out a Lenten Intention. These intentions focus on ways that we can show care, compassion and kindness to one another during the school day through both words and actions. The intentions are on display in the school entrance to guide both staff and students during the season of Lent.
- Mrs Murray - REC
|March||J Pearce Fam., Matthews Fam., Webb Fam.||06.03.20|
|J Corbett Fam., MacDougall Fam., M. Pearce Fam.||13.03.20|
|Paul Roche Fam., Robson Fam., Bamblett Fam.||20.03.20|
|A Reynolds Fam., Campbell Fam., Oberholzer Fam.||27.03.20|
|April||J Roche Fam., Brown Fam., Miller Fam.||03.04.20|
Grounds Maintenance Roster
|Section A||Section B|
|Leake family - mowing||MacDougall family - mowing|
|F Corbett family - mowing||Maher family - mowing|
|Annetts family - whipper snipping||Roots family - whipper snipping|
|Week 6 - 2nd Mar - 6th Mar|
|Thurs 5th:||Counsellor visit|
|Fri 6th:||Friday recess canteen, Assembly - Yr 2/3/4 presenting classwork.|
|Week 7 - 9th Mar - 13th Mar|
|Tues 10th:||Counsellor visit|
|Fri 13th:||Friday recess canteen.|
|Week 8 - 16th Mar - 20th Mar|
|Fri 20th:||Friday recess canteen, Assembly - Yr 5/6 presenting classwork.|
|Week 9 - 23rd Mar - 27th Mar|
|Thurs 26th:||Counsellor visit|
Community Council needs ONE more person!
The meeting to appoint the Community Council Executive for 2020/2021 was held on Wed 26. We would like to congratulate Jenna Roots on her appointment to the Community Council and her willingness to take on the role of Chairperson. Congratulations Jenna! Frank Corbett and Lauren Roche have returned as executive members and Frank has stayed in the position of Deputy Chair, whilst Lauren has moved to Secretary. The remainder of the Community Council is made up of Kirsty Beavan, as Principal; Stacy Braun as teacher’s representative and Julian Roche as the Parish representative. Tammy McMahon and Krystal Miller did not nominate for the council again and we thank them for their efforts in supporting the council over the last few years.
As the head line says, we do need at least one more person for the community council. If you are able to join the executive, please email Jenna at firstname.lastname@example.org. The new person would be elected to the executive and would be asked to either fill the position of Treasurer or Secretary depending on their preference. Being part of the community council and shaping the future direction of our school is a rewarding experience and one that you won’t regret.
The next community council meeting has been set for April 1st at 6pm.
- Lauren Roche
All Together Adelong Festival
St Joseph's has been asked to participate in the All Together Adelong Festival, to be held on March 22. In the meeting last Wednesday it was agreed that given the tough year many of our families are having, we will keep our fundraising endeavours to a minimum this year, but on the same token, this is an important community event and I think we can all agree that we would like to support it. Most of the normal food selling ideas have been covered already by other groups, so we have come up with the idea of selling pre-packaged Super Salads. We will need helpers to prep the salads on the Saturday and then we will be asking families to slot into the stall for an hour to sell the salads, it will be very easy on Sunday, no food handling, so as long as we have one adult in the stall at all times, kids are welcome to help.
If you could let us know what you can do by emailing the school.
|Salad prep on Saturday:||
Man the stall on Sunday:
|10am - 11am|
|11am - 12pm|
|12pm - 1pm|
|1pm - 2pm|
|2pm - 3pm|
In Kindergarten we have been learning different strategies to represent the number 10. In Literacy Groups, Kinder enjoyed searching for items and matching to the correct letter.
In Year 1 we have been learning about addition and subtraction in Maths this week. In Literacy, students have been working on writing interesting and exciting sentences.
Year 1 one completing addition tasks using the bead lines.
Absent: Ollie Corbett
Congratulations to Tom who represented St Joseph's at the Archdiocesan Swimming in Narooma on Monday. He swam in 50m breastroke and 50m freestyle, coming 2nd in the freestyle. Well done Tom and good luck when you go on to swim at MacKillop in Sydney at the end of the month, where our relay team will also compete.
The Relics of St Therese of Lisieux:
The relics of St Therese and her parents St Louis and St Marie-Azelie (Zelie) will travel through a number of dioceses in Australia this year. The saints who are ‘visiting’ Australia are the only married couple to have been canonized, and their daughter is one of the most popular saints of the Catholic faith.
On Tuesday 31st March, the relics of St Therese and her parents will arrive at St Patrick’s Church in Gundagai at 12 noon and remain for several hours. A special Mass will be held and veneration of the relics will continue after Mass.
What are Relics?: A relic is a piece of the body of a Saint, an item owned by the Saint, or an object which has been touched to the tomb of a Saint.
|08.03.20||Liz Murray||B Isaac||Murray Family||Chris Harrison|
|15.03.20||Julian Roche||T Corbett||Julian Roche Family||Carmen Cribb|
|22.03.20||Doreen Hughes||S Murray||Hughes Family||J Kuhn|
|29.03.20||Jan Kendall||T Corbett||Paul Roche Family||Carmel Salmon||N Hughes|
Confirmation: This year the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in Tumut with students from Batlow, Adelong and Tumut on Saturday 27th June 2020 at the 6.00pm Mass. Please contact Fr George or speak with Mrs Murray if you require information on the dates for the Commitment Masses or need help enrolling. This sacrament is available to students in Year 6.
First Communion will be held in St James Church, Adelong on Sunday 15th November at the 10.00am Mass. Students in Year 3 and above, who have made their First Reconciliation, are welcome to enrol.
Reconciliation: This date is yet to be confirmed for Adelong. I will be in contact with families in Year 2 to discuss possible dates. Reconciliation will be held in Batlow on Tuesday 7th April at 6.00pm.
If you have any questions about any of the Sacraments please contact me by email – email@example.com
Saturday 21st March at Tumut Golf Club
Children aged 10yrs to 15yrs at 10:30am-12noon Cost $25 includes drink and snack
Ladies (16yrs+) at 2pm-3:30pm $45 includes high tea & a glass of wine (juice for underage)
Ph: 0400 862 442 to book a seat
you will have all the tools, materials and fresh flowers needed to creat your very own flowercrown, instructed by florist Lilac & Rose
As a participant of the Tumut Takes 2 we are fundraising for 'Fight for Craig'