Welcome to Week 5. With latest covid 19 restrictions coming into place in all NSW schools, there are changes to many more protocols. The biggest change is to any student or staff member that is exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms.
We need to continue to exclude any student or staff member that is displaying any flu-like symptoms, even if this is mild. Students and staff with even mild flu-like symptoms are now required to be tested and can only return to school upon a receipt of a negative test result that must be provided to the school. All negative test results must be sent to the school office.
Please adhere to this advice. If your child has any symptoms DO NOT send them to school. These guidelines are a directive from NSW Health. I understand that getting a covid test and going through the process can take some time – so acting promptly to get a covid test (if your child has any symptoms) is advised to minimise the time that a student potentially has away from school. A copy of the negative test results can be sent through to the school mobile – 0484 938 470. I ask for your understanding if the school rings to collect your child for having any symptoms. These measures are in place to keep everyone safe.
Have a great week.
Staff were introduced to the new Religion syllabus that Catholic Education has adopted from the Brisbane Diocese. Staff will be required to write programs that are integrated with other curriculum areas and that develop a deeper understanding of concepts through an inquiry approach.
Staff investigated the content descriptions and achievement standards for the year levels they teach and gained a deeper understanding of the teaching content. The curriculum content comes under four main banners: Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Church and Christian Life . We also viewed the resources that were available to help teach the content knowledge and discussed the new program format.
The session also highlighted the ‘Moran Model’ which Catholic schools in our diocese follow. This model adapted from Gabrielle Moran discusses the distinct and complementary nature of the two dimensions of Religious Education on our schools.
The classroom teaching and learning of Religion (content) as well as
The Religious Life and Catholic Christian Ethos of the school community.
Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn seek to be places where learners:
• are invited to discover the presence of God in their lives;
• encounter positive relationships and experience the message of the Gospels; and
• make sense of their world by connecting to the scriptures, traditions and worship found in Catholic communities.
We look forward to working collaboratively to write the new Religious Education programs to fit the needs and context of our own school. This will involve further professional reading and learning by the staff to understand and implement the new content knowledge of the syllabus. It is wonderful to have staff that are willing to challenged and enthusiastic to engage in new learning.
Welcome Ryan and Annabelle to St Joseph's.
Have a lovely week.
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
Kindergarten and Year 1 have been learning about Measurement. Their challenge this week was to find out ‘Who had the biggest foot?’
Following our ‘Make, Say, Write Do’ model in maths the students traced around their foot and then selected some materials to measure their foot. Lots of questions arose regarding the accuracy of our measurement choice as well as determining what we were actually measuring – length, perimeter or surface area. A wonderful, engaging lesson that resulted in further investigations.
5/6 Transition to High School Sessions
On Monday, the 5/6 class participated in a great session with Mrs Clay, discussing their transition to high school. They talked about what they were excited about, what they worried about and other things they wondered about high school and/or boarding school. Some of the concerns they raised were to do with bullies and missing parents, so these will be addressed in future sessions.
Due to recent updates around COVID-19 guidelines for interschool sport, all NRL run gala days planned for term 3 will be rescheduled into term 4 2020.
The new dates for term 4 are TBC at this stage.
Due to our working bee not been able to be held due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking parents to volunteer to do a job at a time that suits them. We have a list of jobs and it would be fantastic if families could pick a job from the list.
Thank you to the Oberholzer family who came and weeded the vegie garden in the holidays and the MacDougall family who have also offered to cover some of the new books we have received.
Other jobs on the list include:
* weed and tidy garden around tennis/basketball courts
* prune roses
* weed and tidy garden around the front of school
* clean out drain - side of school and remove covers
* remove weeds from tennis courts
Our next Community Council meeting is set down for next Wednesday 26th August at the Adelong S&C Club commencing at 6:45pm.
If anyone wishes to attend please RSVP Lauren Roche -firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make sure we are adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
Attached is the Agenda for the General meeting.
Media leaders Gypsy & Matilda interviewed the Student Spotlight this week, what will we learn about our student at St Joseph's.
This week Braxton is our Student in the Spotlight
Dad (Chris), Mum (Lisa), Brothers (Billy, Drew, Seth).
Tell us 5 words that describe you?
Young, fun, athletic, good friend, kind.
What do you like to do on the weekends?
Play in the mud.
What’s your favourite game to play at school?
I like to play in the sandpit.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'd like to be in the Air-Force.
|Roster - August
|23rd||Julian Roche||S Murray||Liz Murray||Helen Isaac|
|30th||Doreen Hughes||B Isaac||Scott Murray||Trish Roche||Julian R|
|Roster - September|
|6th||Jan Kendall||T Corbett||Corbett Fam||Liz Murray|
|13th||Julian Roche||S Murray||Doreen Hughes||Chris Harrison|
|20th||Trish Roche||B Isaac||Julian Roche Fam||Carmen Cribb|
|27th||Jean Roche||T Corbett||Sue Roche||Lucy Roche||N Hughes|
The Sacrament of Confirmation
Archbishop Christopher has given permission for Parish Priests to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation this year. We will now hold Confirmation in St James Church on Sunday 18th October 2020 for Adelong parishioners. Students in Years 5 and 6 who have made the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion are invited to participate.
Of course this will be subject to Covid recommendations and may need to be suspended following Health advice.
I will be in touch with families soon to let you know how we will proceed with lessons. I am developing some lessons, but will be asking families to commit to working at home with your child to help prepare them. Please understand that coming to Mass is part of the preparation for any Sacrament.
The Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion will be held off until next year in our parish. If there are any families that require these Sacraments this year please contact myself (0405513318) or Fr George .
- Liz Murray