What a fun day yesterday at St Joseph’s with National Simultaneous Storytime. There were so many fabulous costumes, everyone looked fantastic. I congratulated all of the children this morning on the way in which they all worked together yesterday. The stem activity saw the children work in small groups from different classes and they were so creative. They could build a chicken coop or Club Sparkles and there were some amazing creations. A big thank you to Mrs Dean who organised the great activities.
Zoom meetings with our counsellor Mel have continued again today and as you know Lucinda our Wellbeing Officer works every Monday. The well being of all our students continues to be our main focus at this time. Please encourage your children to seek support or just a chat if there is anything at all that may be on their minds. We know that there have been so many events in 2020 that have impacted significantly with the bushfires being the first horrific event, and we know that ‘things’ continue to happen. On the whole our St Joseph’s students have been incredibly resilient and continue to roll with the many punches that seem to come their way. Being consistent, sticking to daily routines both at home and school have been a great source of stability for our students. Remaining optimistic and reassuring our students is again another positive way to return to some sort of normality, which gives the students a great sense of hope. Thank you for supporting the positive transition back to school.
This term the semester two report will look very different. Reports will be sent out at the end of week 9 and during week 10 we will have parent teacher interviews. Please see the letter attached from Catholic education that outlines the changes to the reports.
Have a great week.
This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost Sunday.
It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, Mary and other followers of Jesus who were gathered for the Jewish holiday – Shavu’ot.
The Holy Spirit, appearing as a strong wind and tongues of fire, gave the Apostles gifts to go out and preach the Gospel to all Nations. The apostles and the believers, were for the first time, united by a common language as the apostles were able to speak in different languages so that they could understand each other.
This week it has been wonderful to pray the Rosary in each classroom. The children have discussed the purpose of the Rosary, the Mysteries of the Rosary and prayed for special intentions as we have prayed the Rosary together. The children were reverent during the prayer time and asked many questions – some that we need to go and investigate further!
- Liz Murray
Girls winter tunics are available for order through Swan's of Tumut. We can no longer order the current design of tunic however Swan's have sourced another tunic style which is the same colour and pattern. The new style has a skirt with a detachable bib style top.
Enrolment forms are available for children attending Kindergarten in 2021. These forms are available online or at our school. There is an option to fill enrolment forms out online and it will be sent through to the school. Please follow the attached link.
If you would like an enrolment packs sent home, please contact the office.
With the easing of restrictions, the community council has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday 10th June @ 6:30pm.
Executive will meet at 6pm.
If you have any items that you would like to add to the agenda please email firstname.lastname@example.org
An agenda will be circulated prior to the meeting. Hope to see you there.
This week in 2/3/4, we have been learning to read the time and convert between seconds, minutes and hours. We started the week by learning about the history of time. We made our own sundials and measured the shadow made by the straw to try and work out what time it is. We had a few errors but some great research and discussions followed.
DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE
This week is a busy week on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Days of Significance calendar.
National Sorry day
Anniversary of the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.
In 1967 over 90% of Australians voted in a Referendum to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Referendum also gave the Commonwealth Government the power to make laws on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week was initiated in 1996 to provide a special focus for nationwide activities.
National Reconciliation Week offers people across Australia the opportunity to focus on reconciliation, to hear about the cultures and histories of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to explore new and better ways of meeting challenges in our communities.
The Week is timed to coincide with two significant dates in Australia’s history, 27 May and 3 June.
Mabo Day is held on 3 June to celebrate Eddie Mabo, who helped overturn ‘terra nullius’ in a ten year campaign through the courts ending in the historic High Court Mabo Judgment.
- Cath Parker
Contact person for Aboriginal Education