Dear Parents and Carers,
What a week it has been, firstly raining, then flooding, then hot sunny and swimming lessons the next!
School is looking green. We were happy to see so many smiling faces on our children on Wednesday and Thursday because they could play outside.
Two classes lining up for class at the end of play:
With all the rain the school vege patch has been flourishing (or possibly becoming a jungle) and there have been some giant vegetables being dug up! Mr Weston who comes as a reading helper was seconded to help identify this as a daikon radish.
Congratulations to Eloise and Lincoln who have both been chosen to represent the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn in both soccer and cricket.
Drew competed in Tathra Carnival Nippers Carnival on the 21st March. Drew did an awesome job, had fun and with determination & strength he managed to win the under 10’s Flags for the 3rd time this season. Drew came 1st in the u10 100 metre run, again for the 3rd time, he was 5th in the boards and 2nd in the relay. Congratulations to Drew on his nippers achievements.
Blessings for a restful and dry weekend.
Students in the K-2 space have been participating in a variety of diagnostic assessments as we near the end of term. Kindergarten completed a PAT Early Maths Assessment.
Year 1 and 2 teachers have complete the WARL and WARP assessments as part of the InitiaLit program.
Reading fluency reflects a student’s automaticity in decoding. To read effectively and with understanding, students need to be able to decode words effortlessly so that they are not wasting cognitive capacity that could otherwise be deployed in making sense of what is being read. Reading fluency is a powerful predictor of overall reading progress. The Wheldall Assessment of Reading Lists (WARL) and the Wheldall Assessment of Reading Passages (WARP) has been designed to identify low-progress readers, and to monitor their reading performance over time, using a quick, simple, reliable and valid test of oral reading fluency.
RESOURCING FOR INITIALIT
This week saw the arrival of more than 100 picture books to compliment the InitaLit program in the K-2 space.
The Shared Storybook Reading aspect of the program focuses on linking the story to prior knowledge, making predictions, summarising and building comprehension and vocabulary.
NAPLAN practice test
Year 5 students participated in NAPLAN practice tests today to familiarise themselves with the online platform for testing in May. There was an opportunity for the school to ensure the technology held up during the testing time. Next Monday, Year 3 students will have a similar opportunity.
Upcoming Events & Dates
Thursday 1st April 2:30pm - Easter Liturgy
Confimration infomration packs were sent home with Year 5 and 6 students this week.
The Mini Vinnies have raised $100 with the Jelly Bean Guessing Competition. The winner will be announced at Monday's assembly.
As we plan for NAPLAN we will be collaboaring with parents about adjustments for students on a Personalised Plan.
When it rains it Pours…
“How blessed are we to get so much rain!”
“We just sowed seed in the bottom paddock and it will be washed away.”
“I went the long way to work this morning. Another 30 minutes onto the usual time”
“I didn’t even get home last night and had to stay in a Motel”
It seems that Mother Earth is speaking loud and clear. Change is here to stay and it is the only certainty its challenging us….. how will you respond? Looking at the Character strength of OPTIMISM this week in Empowered its interesting how many perspectives this deluge of water, that we have had over the last couple of days, can be experienced. Things affect us in different ways and from every disaster there is always GOOD that rises usually on a human level.
How OPTIMISTIC have you been in your thoughts, words and actions this week?
Peer Mediation Training
This week all the Grade 5 students began their Peer Mediation Training. Learning how to “mediate” when people are disputing is a great life skill to have. The students learnt how to listen actively and were given scenarios in which to determine what this may look like. For example if you are avoiding eye contact with another person is this showing that person that you are interested in what they are saying? The role of a Peer Mediator on the playground does not solve issues for disputing students but allows the disputants to tell their side of the story, come up with 3 solutions and then to agree on one of them. The Grade 5 students are looking forward to helping our younger students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 to becoming peace-filled St Pat's Kids by talking about their differences and coming up with their own solutions.
The Junior Primary mini cross country run will be held this Wednesday 31st March starting and finishing in the Bega Park.
The event will commence at 9.30am children will need their drink bottle and hat. Partents are welcome to come along and support their children. Children will be back at school before recess.
The Fundraising Committee has organised this year's Easter Raffle.
Tickets can now be purchased for $1 using QKR.
The raffle will be drawn on Monday 29th March at 2.45pm in the COLA.
Prizes have been purchased from the sales of second hand uniforms.
Picture of First Prize for the Easter Raffle.