This term we have welcomed Mrs Belinda Matthews to the St Joseph’s staff as a Classroom Support Assistant. Belinda comes to us with the relevant qualifications and experience as a CST, and was the successful applicant to our advertised position as a result of some additional funding received to support the K/1 classroom. Belinda is working three days a week and provides extra support for Literacy and Numeracy. We are very excited that she has joined us and we know that she is a fantastic addition to our staff.
Ms Robyn Saunders who has been working in the 2/3 classroom over the last six weeks heads back to her role at Australian Catholic University in the Science department. We thank her for filling in for Miss Soulsby in her absence, and I know that the children will miss her wonderful sense of humour along with many other things. At a 2/3 parent meeting yesterday Mrs Helen Mulholland was introduced to parents and will be working in the classroom Monday – Thursday beginning next week with Ms Cat Dawson continuing to take the class on a Friday. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Ms Dawson for taking on an extra day – again in Miss Soulsby’s absence and appreciate the extra time she has put into the 2/3 classroom. Any parent who wasn’t able to make the meeting – please let me know if you would like an update of the changes that will be happening.
The students in Yrs 3 and 5 have sat the NAPLAN assessments this week with minimal disruptions. The children will sit their last one tomorrow – Numeracy. There will be catch up days for those children who were away and need to sit the ones missed.
Included in the newsletter is correspondence from CE regarding Semester one reports. You will note that there will be no comments on the reports. The Archdiocese is going through a process of change with reporting and are mindful that educators across the country have been discussing for some time the contemporary relevance of comments on reports. We can convey so much in 10 minute conversations about a childs learning and progress, which is why all parents will be strongly encouraged to attend parent/teacher interviews.
I look forward to St Joseph’s presenting Mass this weekend and thank Mrs Murray for all her preparation.
Have a great week.
Our school community is invited to celebrate Mass on Sunday 16th May in St James Church at 10.00am. Thank you to the families who have responded and the students who have nominated that they would like to read at Mass. All readings have been sent home for the students to practise before Sunday. We look forward to celebrating Mass together.
Students in Years 2 & 3 have been discussing Rituals and Traditions in our community and the Church. We are focusing on the rituals of Baptism and would love the students to bring in photos of their baptism, christening or naming day to share with the class. You are welcome to email them to Elizabeth.murray@cg,catholic.edu.au.
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
|Week 4 - 10th May - 14th May|
|Fri 14th:||NAPLAN - Yr 3 & 5|
|Week 5 - 17th May - 21st May|
|Mon 17th:||Gymnastics (sports uniform)|
|Tues 18th:||Mortimer Shield - Tumut|
|Fri 21st:||St Joseph's Community Council Street Stall - 9am-3pm|
|Sat 22nd:||St Joseph's Working Bee - 3pm followed by dinner at Royal Hotel|
|Week 6 - 24th May - 28th May|
|Mon 24th:||Gymnastics (sports uniform)|
|Tues 25th:||Arch Cross Country - Canberra|
|Wed 26th:||Athletics Carnival - Tumut|
|Week 7 - 31st May - 4th June|
|Mon 31st:||Gymnastics (sports uniform), CE Rugby trials|
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Thank you to all our families who have mowed and whipper snipped the grounds.
|John Corbett family - mowing||Matthews family - mowing|
|MacDougall family - mowing||McMahon family - mowing|
|Maher family - mowing||Pearce family - mowing|
Reporting - Semester 1 2021
Our teaching team has begun the process of creating each child’s Semester 1 2021 report.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations).
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the NSW Common Grade Scale.
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, PDHPE and Creative Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary).
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently).
- Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. The Semester Report in this format encourages parent engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for parent-teacher interviews where we can engage in genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort and areas for growth.
You are encouraged to attend parent teacher interviews which will be conducted early in Term 3.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
Kindergarten have been enjoying a variety of activities to develop their letter and sound knowledge in Literacy groups this week. They have been ‘catching’ their ‘tricky words’ with fly swats, painting pictures to illustrate words that commence with the letter of the day, reading decodable texts and blending sounds with their letter tiles and sound boxes. All the students received a certificate this week to acknowledge their fantastic progress with letter and sound identification.
The Community Council is running a street stall on Friday 21 May
For the raffle on the day Carly and Will Bowden have kindly offered to donate a load of wood and Ian and Donna Robson are donating some apples.
We are seeking people to help sit on the stall for the day and also any cooking anyone may be able to do. If you could click on this link (click here) and let us know what you are able to do, that would be greatly appreciated.
Working Bee at the school on Saturday 22 May starting at 3pm, which will be followed by dinner at the Royal Hotel. If you could please RSVP to a community council member so that we can give the pub an idea of the numbers coming.
Thank you to those parents who have already popped their name down on the roster to sit on the stall or bake goods and offered to help at the working bee it is greatly appreciated.
Due to the integration of COMPASS within the school, a form will be sent home for parents to check if their student information is correct and up to date. This will include family address, phone numbers, emails, emergency contact details and medical information.
In the covering letter it will outline the importance for the school to hold up to date Medical Alerts and Asthma Action Plans.
|16th||School||S Murray||Trish Roche|
|23rd||Jean Roche||T Corbett||Scott Murray||Carmen Cribb|
|30th||Jan Kendall||B Isaac||Doreen Hughes||Chris Harrison|
|6th||K Beavan||S Murray||Helen Isaac|
|13th||T Roche||B Isaac||Sue Roche||Jenny Toole|
|20th||Julian Roche||T Corbett||Sue Roche|
|27th||Liz Murray||S Murray||Trish Roche||Lucy Roche||N Hughes|
The sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion will be held in St James Parish in 2021. I am working with Father George to finalise the dates and will let families know as soon as they are set.
Confirmation will be held in Tumut at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, on Thursday 17th June 2021. Students in Year 6 are invited to register for this Sacrament.
Please email me if you would like your child to make a Sacrament or you require any further information. Students in Year 3 are eligible for Reconciliation and Year 4 and above for First Communion.
Liz Murray (Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org)