5 "Must Knows" from this week's newsletter
|Frequently asked Question.||Item||Brief Description||Further Information Located in.|
|"When do we return to school for Term 3?"||School Return and Vacation Care||
||Reminders and Call Outs|
|"How can we share the great things that are happening at CCW?"||Director of Schools Visit||The school received a visit from the Director of Schools on Tuesday 30th June. We were proud to share the work we have achieved at CCW||Principals Update|
|"How is the Resource Fee, normally used for excursions, being used to create learning experiences for the children?"||In- school Learning Experiences in 2020||Utilising the Resource Fee funds to create In-school learning experiences from K- 6 including coding, an Artist in Residence program and the return of specialist sport instructors and sporting events/ Days||Principals Update|
|"What is the easiest way to order uniforms from the school unifrom shop?"||Uniform Shop Online Ordering Form||The Uniform Committee has developed a new online platform to place uniform order. the process is stepped out in this weeks P & F Update||P & F Update|
|"What will my child learn for the rest of the year?"||Curriculum Maps for Each class for the remainder of 2020||It is important to share the adapted learning across all KLAs for 2020 in light of the restrictions during the Covid crisis||Teaching and Learning|
End Of Term
Welcome to the final newsletter of Term 2. I continue to be amazed at just how much the world has changed since February and even since the start of this term. I am just as much in awe of what has been achieved in response to that. And while so much of the next 6 months remains uncertain as even now we continue to grapple with peaks and spikes of the Covid, we work tough; focusing on community and personal well being along with a commitment to excellence in education for all. Something that became abundantly clear when we received a visit for the Director of schools, Gerad Mowbray this week.
The school hosted a visit from the Director of Schools, Mr Gerard Mowbray on Tuesday of this week. He is visiting schools to reconnect after a term of Covid Restrictions limited his opportunity to do so. Mr Mowbray met with the staff over lunch where he thanked them for their commitment, flexibility and energies over the last 3 months where the face of learning was well and truly flipped. He acknowledged the upcoming holiday as a well earned break for families and teachers alike, given that the Term 1 holidays did not really allow for one.
Mr Mowbray then toured the school site and visited the classrooms. I was privilege to witness his reactions and responses to what he saw as we journeyed around the school and want to share some of his words with our community.
- In Year 1, we found the children in the Dominic Courtyard collecting artefacts such as rocks, leaves, sticks and feathers to add to giant tally charts drawn in chalk onto the cement. Children were using tallying marks, counting in 5s and discussing 'greater than and less than' data sets.
Gerard's response " A bit different to teaching out of a textbook. Look at them, they don't even know they are doing maths."
- In Year 4, Gerard joined a small group of students learning to complete Ken Ken Puzzles while the rest of the class completed number-based jigsaws and number dice games.
Gerard's response when students were explaining their mathematical thinking: "It is amazing to see how their mathematical minds work."
- In Year 5, Gerard spoke about the use of the BYOD project to enable students to access their own learning at their own rate and level with the teacher having explained that her role was to conference with each student about where they are at and assist them to their next goal.
Gerard's response: "Personalised Learning at its best."
- In Year 6, we spoke with our senior students about transitioning to high school, Gerard wanted to know what being a WEST person was all about and he took up a challenge from the kids to join them in the CO2 Dragster Race Day to be scheduled for next term. (They have been learning about the transformation of Energy in Science)
Gerard's response "I can't wait to come back and race my dragster. But seriously WOW! What a great bunch of kids"
As he was reluctantly leaving he commented "The problem with visiting schools is that I realise how much I miss being at the 'coal face'of active learning". He congratulated the school on such engaged learning and the students who were so settled, articulate, proud and confident in their school community. He mentioned that he'd hardly guess that we had transitioned through the difficult Covid interrupted term just gone. I was honoured to be the one who took Gerard around the school and happily received the compliments but the real credit and congratulations go to the students and staff.
Broadening Educational Experiences - Using the Resource Fee in the 2020 Covid Year
Firstly, I want to thank parents for the continued commitment to school fees this year. We are well placed to provide some really exciting educational experiences this year even if they are a little different.
I wanted to provide some clarity for parents about the expenditure within the Resource Fee that is collected within the school fees, a significant proportion of which is budgeted for school excursions and carnivals that have been restricted due to Covid. Hoewever, we are still able to use the resource fee for other intended events that will go ahead as well as plan for some new and alternate ways to broaden the children's educational experience within the school. Below is an outline of the use of funds for the remainder of the year.
|Post Covid Spending Ideas|
Planned Activities that may still go ahead
Term 3 & 4
|Sport Tm 4- Hockey Specialist Coaches and Resources K-6|
|Sport Tm 3 - Modified Athletics Carnival K - 6|
|End of Year Whole School Excursion - We are still hopeful that we can hold our annual school movie day on the last day of the school year. Fingers crossed.|
SIP Focus Area: Visual Arts
Artist in Residence - Term 3
Engage a Art Specialist Teacher to work with all classes in a whole school focus in Visual Arts culminating in a Gallery Open Evening - Term 3
End of Year Christmas Craft Day - Term 4
K - 6 participate in a number of art/craft workshops throughout a whole school art/craft day. A wide variety of skill level and interest based workshops will be on offer.
SIP Focus Area: Digital Technologies
|Online Robotics and Coding Platform Term 4 - Register for online program across 10 weeks OR appoint a specialist teacher to deliver program over 10 weeks. The work to culminate in a Coding and Robotics Expo - Open Morning|
SIP Focus Area: Aboriginal Perspectives
Indigenous Garden and Yarning Circle Working with local Aboriginal organisations and elders, each class will collaboratively contribute to the Indigenous garden at the front entrance/courtyard including totem poles and integrated acknowledgement of country as well as a Yarning Circle area built into the Dominic Courtyard.
As teachers prepare to finalise the Semester Reports which will be published in Week 3 of next term and now that the students have resettled into a more normalised learning context, we are also beginning to reach out to parents to join forces in the support of their learning. It is important to be proactive in these conversations when we become aware of any concerns rather than responsive (reacting when a problem escalates). In other words, what might be seen as tough conversations about student learning concerns now, are actually for the greater good of that child's lifetime learning journey. In light of the valued partnership between parents and the school, these conversations must be two way and we take on board feedback from parents so that together we can find the best solutions and supports to whatever concerns are being discussed.
When the reports are published in Week 3, we will organise an opportunity for all parents to arrange face to face meetings (or Zoom meetings if preferred) with classroom teachers to talk more about learning in general (more details in the Week 2 newsletter, next term). However, some of these conversation's may also be timely now or mid semester as teachers seek to resolve any concerns as soon as possible to ensure best learning for their students.
Given the limitations in place when school last broke for 2 weeks, we all look forward to the upcoming break. Now more than ever the students deserve the break and so, too, the staff (and that includes the "teaching staff" in the home for all those weeks). I appreciate not everyone gets the holiday break, but I do hope somewhere in the next two weeks you all get a chance to sit back, breathe and reflect on what has been a very challenging time and all that has been achieved despite that.
As I sign off for the term I am reminded of one of my favourite books. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, actually has an alternate title or subtitle "There and Back Again" which references the main character's physical, emotional and personal journey that takes place in the book. We certainly have been there and back again over the last 3 months and just like Bilbo Baggins we are changed for the better and this will continue to impact us moving forward. Congratulations and Thank you to one and all. Wishing everyone a safe and, if possible, relaxing break. We will see everyone again on the return to school on Monday 20th July,
Have a great two weeks,
School Return and Vacation Care
School Returns on Monday 20th July. Please note, we do not start the term with a pupil free day which is the practice in state schools.
Vacation Care A reminder to all parents seeking vacation Care during the holidays that the St Nicholas OOSH service provides vacation care on site at Corpus Christi Waratah for both weeks. They have a number of themed days and one or two excursions planned. The booking form and itinerary is attached below.
A reminder that School fees for Term 2 have now been issued to all families. During the COVID crisis, we have been mindful of the financial impact experienced by some of our families and so we delayed the issuing of these statements within the normal time frames (Week 1 of this Term). Similarly, we will issue the Term 3 school fees a little later than usual in Term 3 to allow for families to prepare and budget for these fees to be paid within reasonable time frames.
At this stage there is no due date on the school fees which is another consideration to families at this time. However, it is noted that Term 3 fees will follow (albeit a little later than the usual week 1, approx Week 5) so families could consider that timeline as a guide. The important thing to note is that we do not send school fees home for Term 4, having already covered the cost across the first 3 terms. Usually, this allows us to finalise our accounts well before the end of year. However, in a COVID effected financial year, families may like to consider a proportion of Term 4 as an additional period of time during which to cover the fees across the year.
The Diocese has established an online form to either defer your school fee payments or to apply for a COVID Concession to reduce your school fees. This process is still available to our families.
Mini Vinnies Winter Appeal & Warm Me Up Friday
A Voice for the Voiceless...
Reading- Matt 10:40-42
Jesus said to his disciples, “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me…“Anyone who welcomes a prophet, just because that person is a prophet, will be given the same reward as a prophet.
“Anyone who welcomes a good person, just because that person is good, will be given the same reward as a good person. “And anyone who gives one of my most humble followers a cup of cool (clean) water, just because that person is my follower, will surely be rewarded.”
Some things to think about...
Are there people you personally haven’t welcomed as Jesus asks us to, or that you’ve seen in our community?
What other ways are there to help people?
What sort of help did Vincent and Frederic give to people in their time?
What can you do to help others?
This week Corpus Christi Primary School have generously supported St Vincent de Paul Vinnies Winter Appeal.
This Winter Vinnies Appeal will provide emergency relief to people at risk and experiencing homelessness. Your donations of canned food, winter woollies and gold coins will help our Vinnies volunteers to rebuild lives in our local community.
During his life, St Vincent de Paul showed the poor, who were often alone and unloved, that God cared about them. He befriended them and spent time with them.He also tried to help them with whatever they needed.
By performing these generous acts of kindness and donating in any form, ensures we
are listening to God's call, reaching out and assisting those who are struggling and doing it tough this winter. This year in particular, it is important we remember those in our community who need assistance, warm clothing, a roof over their head or food for their children.
Remember Christ's promise: even a cup of cold water will not go unrewarded, every little helping hand we give to bring our fellowmen to heaven will help us, too. Thank you for supporting this important cause and showing the face of God through your actions.
A Prayer for an Act of Charity
My God, I love you with my whole heart and soul,
and above all things,
because you are infinitely good and perfect,
and most worthy of all my love;
and for your sake I love my neighbour as myself.
Mercifully grant, O my God, that having loved you on earth,
I may love and enjoy you for ever in heaven.
Date of birth - 24 April 1581
Place of birth - Pouy, France
Parentage - Peasants, worked on a farm
Death - 27 September 1660
Occupation - Priest and servant of the poor
Canonisation - 1737
Feast day - 27 September
Vincent was born poor and initially longed for a life of wealth. He was also intelligent
and became a priest to pave the way from need to nobility. On the journey, he underwent a difficult spiritual crisis that resulted in a desire to help the poor.
Exalted positions such as chaplain to the Queen’s court and tutor to the wealthy de Gondi family were not fulfilling to him. The profit of
an ecclesiastical career was abandoned for a parish and for work with the marginalised and forgotten.
Vincent instituted an order of priests (the Congregation of the Mission or Vincentians) whose mission it was to share Jesus’ good news to the villages through preaching and service. With Louise de Marillac, he co-founded the Daughters of Charity.
Vincent pledged his life to the sick and insane, orphans and old people, beggars and the starving, prisoners and galley slaves. There was no form of poverty - physical, emotional or spiritual - which he did not try to alleviate.
Most of all, though, he was committed to the poor sinful men and women who did not know what great love God had for them.
Have a great fortnight and be kind to yourselves!
Mrs Lisa York
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
This week I have introduced some activities that the children might like to try over the school holiday break.
Link is below and details for parents follws it.
A Worry Box is a simple activity that can help children to express their worries and then be able to put them away. This way they don’t have to think about them all the time. The children can then come back and talk about their worries again with a trusted adult at a specified time.
It would be great if you could help your child to make their own worry box by following these simple steps:
- Source and decorate a small box, such as a tissue box or shoe box
- Then, perhaps each night before bed, write down the child's worries onto a piece of paper
- Have them fold the piece of paper and put it in the box.
- The next day – take the notes out of the box and see if your child still has those worries.
If your child does not have too many worries, they might like to try making either a Wellbeing Box or a Calm Box. These boxes can be helpful reminders to children of the tangible strategies that they can use maintain their wellbeing and keep calm.
Books can be great ways to explain anxiety and worries to children. The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside and Hey Warrior by Karen Young are both favourites of mine.
In a recent episode on the ABC Podcast, Parental as Anything, Maggie Dent talks to Karen Young (Psychologist - https://www.heysigmund.com/) about how to help your child tackle anxious moments and what you can do if you think your child has anxiety https://www.maggiedent.com/blog/12-do-you-have-an-anxious-child-parental-as-anything-abc-podcast/
What Truly Matters
As we began our transition back into the schools post covid, I wrote of a suggestion, that it would be through connection, calmness, and cohesion, that we would be able to re-establish trusting relationships between teachers and students. It would also be, through a variety of carefully selected collaborative and shared activities, that students would be able to re-establish links between themselves as well. That has been successful.
Schools are at their most effective when they are places where students feel a sense of belonging. Our music, combined with the teachers at the front gate of a morning, offering a welcoming smile and hello, has received wonderful feedback from you as well as from the children. The children know that we have hearts that care; enabling them to mimic us and hopefully making right choices for their own. With students feeling safe, in a predictable environment, they have begun to function more calmly and effectively.
From a curriculum point of view the teaching staff at Corpus Christi has met and modified our schools Curriculum Maps and Scope and Sequences. As promised earlier
in the term, we aim to put your minds at rest with some clarification around what subjects or content your child will cover for the rest of the year. The staff has shown true professionalism in following the New South Wales Education Standards Authority NESA)guidelines asking schools to prioritise and adapt the syllabus ensuring relevant, engaging and challenging learning experiences for the rest of the year.
The attached Curriculum maps are Stage based, they show you what was covered pre, during and what will be covered post covid. These do not include the Key Learning Areas of English, Mathematics and Religion. Those curriculum maps will be presented to you in our usual beginning of the term ‘Classroom Updates’
What you will find is a comprehensive list of topics and topic descriptors that you will be able to refer to with your child, like a discussion starter. These curriculum maps may help you and your child establish a common understanding and language around the topics and enable you to share your knowledge and experiences with them.
Once again we see the importance of the ‘link’ between the school and the family unit.I hope that you find them useful. We are particularly proud of them.
Have a wonderful restful holiday.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Term 3.
Coding Capers - Kindergarten
One might think Coding is beyond our newest school members but not our hi-tech kindergarten students who spent some time this week focusing on Digital Technologies, Robotics and Coding. Could you program the Bee Bot to complete the maze - it is harder than it looks. Well done Kindergarten.
Circle of Life - Year 4
Year 4 have been working industriously on a range of life cycle projects including 3D models, posters and digital presentations. We have been impressed with the effort and quality of work submitted and have enjoyed learning so much from viewing and sharing each other's projects. Congratulations Year Four.
Change of Ordering Process for the Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop committee are seeking to develop more efficient and productive processes n running the uniform shop.
1. Stocktaking and Ordering supplies
In recent weeks they have transferred to an online stock tracking platform that enables each item that is purchased to then come off the stock list online. This then enables timely and reasonable ordering of new items without overstocking on the one hand or running out of stock on the other. Admittedly, this probably will not look any different to parents using the Uniform Shop but it will make things easier behind the scenes.
2. Parent Online Ordering Form.
What will look different to parents is the use of an online ordering from attached to our website and newsletter. This is an alternative to the paper orders and emails than tend to be cumbersome for all.
This is a straight forward online form and in its simplistic structure it will take a shopper right through the full list of all uniforms (Our apologies, we weren't able to create a self directed catalogue). If you don't need any items listed on one page just progress through to the next. All the items are there including the smaller items like scrunchies, hats and ties. Parents need only tick and nominate details for the items they need and leave the rest blank. Each item allows parents to nominate the number of items AND the size required (please ensure you enter both pieces of information).
At the end of each page is an opportunity to write any special instructions connected to the orders on that page. The form will then be generated into an email for your records and appear on the Uniform Shop Order Page for the committee to fill the order. Once filled, it can then be picked up from the front office or sent home with your eldest child (upon your request). Please see below for payment details.
You can easily find the page/form on our website via Parent Information/ Uniform Shop Tabs and you will also find a link to the Order form in the Menu bar of our newsletters.
Unfortunately, the linking of the Stocktaking platform and the Online Ordering Form means that the an order cannot be filled until payment is received. Previously, the uniform shop committee have filled an order and sent it to the office to await payment to be made. However, under this new system, the item needs to be checked off the online stock list so we need to be sure it is actually going to be paid for and taken. As always we will happily refund or change of sizes if items still have the tags on them.
With payment, we have a number of options available to parent. You will indicate which option you prefer on the form.
- There is an option to put your credit card details on the online order form you submit and the transaction can be conducted by the committee as they fill the order. For security reasons, no credit card details will be kept once that sale is completed.
- Alternatively, the committee members will call you (generally during the Friday morning open times) to make the payment via a credit card over the phone.
- If parents wish to pay by cash, it is best to do so in person or send the money for the order to school in a marked envelope via your eldest child. The office will hold the envelope and hand it to a committee member on Friday mornings when the shop opens.
I want to say a huge congratulations and thank you to the Uniform Committee and the P & F who continue to manage the School Uniform Shop. Your work allows the school to run our school specific uniform stock at lower prices than if we needed to do it through a major chain and what ever small margins are gained are invested back into the stock of the shop. Moreover, this new ordering, stocktaking and payment system is becoming as professional as that of a shop with increasing ease for parents to ensure they can access the necessary uniform items, even after hours. Well done to all involved.
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Vacation Care - St Nicholas OOSH
Our school’s OOSH provider, St Nicholas OOSH, has vacation care available for those of you who require additional care these school holidays.
You can view their program and make a booking at stnicholasoosh.org.au/waratah or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries.