5 "Must Knows" from this week's newsletter
|Frequently asked Question.||Item||Brief Description||Further Information Located in.|
|How can student voice make our school a better place?||Student Parliament||We unpack the fully launched student Parliament model that underpins the student leadership development in our school.||Principals Report|
|How can we build and support a highly skilled staffing team at CCW?||Staffing Movements Term 4, 2020 and into 2021.||We have some welcome backs and formal farewell notices for the community that will provide clarity about staffing.||Principals Report|
|When can students begin to elect to wear their summer uniform?||Uniform Options||We provide a timeline to allow students to revert to their summer uniform if weather permits. - Monday 7th September (after Fathers Day)||Upcoming Events and Reminders|
|How can we continue to improve our school site?||School Site Maintenance||We outline the planned refurbishment of the student toilet block and our own plans to try and recover the grass on the playground||Principals Report|
|What does learning in action look like?||Dance Off & Race Day||We have two great examples of student learning in action. Watch the Flash Mob and CO2 Dragster race Videos in each of these updates||
Welcome to the Week 6 Newsletter. While it seems an age off yet, we have a few announcements in this newsletter that are pertinent to staffing next year. We are also launching the Student Leadership model in full and want to unpack that for parents.
Student Leadership - Student Today, Leaders Forever.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 2020
2.1 Raise the profile of all leadership positions as integral and embedded in the Student Parliament
- Renew the school Student Leadership Policy and procedure to align with change of focus in different leadership roles
- Provide greater opportunity for student voice through the establishment of the Student Parliament
One of the School Improvement goals for 2020 (above) was to re-examine and re-envision the role student leadership has in our school beyond that of just holding a badge. As Covid evolved, this became more important in that many of the traditional representative opportunities for our leaders were withdrawn and led the students to ask "What is the point of being a leader anyway?". This led us to the very timely conversation about leadership being more about having a voice (especially in time of change and uncertainty) than it is about standing out front with a badge (even if it is representing our school to a larger audience). Let's call it a timely coincidence because we had already begun to develop the student parliament model over the last 18 months and were ready to launch it this year. For the record, the leaders to date have been amazing in responding to the call to leadership in this COVID year and I love that out of it we have a wonderful student leadership model that I believe will be sustainable in years to come.
The Student Leadership Parliament has been a project initaited and driven by Mrs Kieran Deveridge who has great passion for allowing students the opportunity to contribute to the greater conversations about our school and sees this as a direct link to their having a voice as proactive citizens of our future. The parliament itself is the end point of a leadership development unit that begins halfway through Year 5 and supports students as they nominate and stand for election in each fo the leadership roles. A huge congratulations and thank you to Mrs Deveridge for the work that is evident and the product that we now have and can benefit from as a whole school.
Below is a diagram of our new student leadership structure and then a link to a video of our Student Parliament model in action.
Staffing Movements 2020/2021
Year 1 will welcome back Mrs S (Nicole Stojanovski ) in Term 4 as she returns from her 12 months maternity leave with her boys, Marcus and Oscar. Mrs S has already started to do casual days across the school this term but Term 4 marks the return to her standing teaching role on Year 1. Mrs S's teaching load is 0.6FTE which is three days a week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). I have asked Marie Koen to join Nicole in a job share partnership and undertake the remaining 0.4FTE teaching role on Year 1 (Mondays and Tuesdays). Mrs Pois who has taught Year 1 for one day a week until the end of Term 3 will return to her Learning Support Teaching role across all classes with a specific focus on the infants classes. Essentially, Mrs Pois will continue working with Year 1 for around 1 hour per day. Together the three teachers will form an integral team to support and promote best learning for Year 1 for the remainder of the year.
In the last 3 terms we have bid a fond, informal farewell to two staff members who each undertook new pathways in their lives.
Ann-Maree Green - At the end of last year we bid Mrs Ann-Maree Green farewell as she took her remaining Long Service Leave in 2020 with the intention to then resign her position. Ann- Maree has now done this and formal processes are in place to fill the permanent teaching role within the school. Last year I shared (and want to do so again now) the enormous respect I have for Ann- Maree and her teaching career. She has positively affected the education journey of so many students and the careers of so many staff. What an amazing achievement to have at the end of your time in such a demanding career. She is missed face to face at school but it is always great to hear from Ann-Maree as she enjoys her days in other pursuits.
Emily Haardt - At the end of Term 1, we bid our Assistant Principal, Mrs Emily Haardt a farewell (albeit rushed) as she and her children travelled to Germany to be with Eric, her husband who had been seconded there for a period of time. Emily arrived in Germany just prior to COVID shutting everything down. At the time Emily took two terms Leave without Pay from her position. Obviously the world has changed exponentially since then with the most obvious for the Haardt family being that international travel, especially in and out of Australia, has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. In the interest of maintaining her family unit now that Eric’s secondment has been made permanent, Emily has made the difficult decision to resign from her Assistant Principal role here at CCW so that she can remain in Germany. I received this news with mixed emotions as I believe the Corpus Christ leadership team and school has greatly benefited from her role since the start of 2018. Her insight and expertise in curriculum and her calm professional approach to all matters gave a strength to my own leadership for which I am greatly indebted. While I acknowledge Emily’s impact on our school and farewell her with sadness, it is good to know that she is well and happy in Germany, making the most of the borders opening up across Europe and learning German as fast as she can so she can return to the world of education that she loves (even if it is a whole different language). Emily will be truly missed but I am so glad that they have been able to give their family such opportunities in amongst so much else that is happening in this world. Advertising procedures will now be enacted to fill her Assistant Principal Role here at Corpus Christi, Waratah
School Site Improvement
I wanted to provide parents and students with some notice that we will be closing and attempting to recover some grass on the soccer fields which we have all but lost as a result of the heat last summer and ongoing water restrictions (on top of the students continual use). We will make the most of the fast approaching spring weather and the lessened water restrictions to lay some recovery turf. In order to give this the best chance to take, we will need to close sections fo the grass playground from Week 8 on-wards so that we can lay and water the replacement turf across the final two weeks of term and the 2 week holidays. We will reassess the re-opening of the field as soon as possible in Term 4. We will then invest in a maintenance program throughout Term 4 and over the summer holidays to ensure we have greater success in maintaining the grass as best it can be (fingers crossed for a cooler, wetter summer).
Corpus Christi will have a very busy Term 4 as we continue to work to improve the school site. There are currently plans in place and tenders being sought to refurbish our student toilet space. They will remain in the same place with a slightly different floor plan that opens up access and visibility for the safety of all students. The boy's urinal will be removed and there will be equitable cubicles for boys and girls to use in privacy. The washing facilities will be integrated into the open toilet space and the drinking stations (Bubblers) will be installed elsewhere to ease congestion in this area.
The exact timeline has not been confirmed by the CSO and contractor. However at this stage, it is hoped that demolition will be in these next holidays and the project completed around Week 7 of Term 4. Clearly, there will be some impact especially regarding temporary toliet solutions and these will be negotiated with the successful tender once awarded. With tenders out for contractor's submission, we are at a point where it is important we all know that this is going to happen for our long term benefit but with some short term inconvenience. I expect I will be able to update the details in the next newsletter
This fly through video below will give you an idea of what we are hoping to achieve.
Have a great two weeks,
Transition to Summer Uniform
With the calendar ticking over into September and the first whispers of spring, the question of when students can return to their summer uniform as an option inevitably follows. I have marked the 7th September (Week 8) as the beginning of the transition period to summer uniform. From this date, parents have the discretion to send students in either their winter uniform or their summer uniform. We only ask that it is not a amalgamation of both. Please do not send students in the summer tunic with stockings or the long pants and a short sleeved shirt. It really is an either -or decision and will depend on the spring weather as well as the age and preference of your child/ren. The jacket can be worn for both.
As per the information in the Week 4 newsletter and outlined in the table above, we have now made all options available to all students regardless of gender. Ultimately this offers the opportunity for girls to wear the short and shirt option that was previously only available to boys. This will be available to all students as of the return to summer uniform this term and beyond.
If parents wish to elect for this option for their daughter/s and it is time to upgrade the tunic anyway, they are more than welcome to size up the shorts and shirts currently in stock or perhaps they can wear some older sibling's shorts. Please note that because we wear the shirt out in the summer the need to have specific female shorts is not as necessary. It will be in the winter pants where female sizing will remain an option, particularly for the older girls.
Having said that the uniform committee is currently sourcing some short options in this regard for parents to consider in addition to the existing shorts
All school fees have now been issued for the year. In the interest of clarity, we have set out a clear pathway for parents to plan to finalise these accounts within reasonable time frames between now and the end of the school year. Thankyou in advance for your conitnued commitment to the school fee accounts.
|Issued||Please settle this balance by||Overdue|
|Term 1 Fees||Week 2 Term 1||Should already be Settled||Reminders as of the start of this Term.|
|Term 2 Fees||Week 6 Term 2||
Week 10 Term 3 (25th September)
|Reminders and Follow to begin in Week 1 Term 4|
|Term 3 Fees||Week 5 Term 3||Week 4 Term 4 (6th October)||Reminders and Follow up to begin immediately|
- Please note that if you are paying via direct debit, the table above and the due dates do not apply and the bill you receive next week will be for your information on how that is proceeding. Those families will simply need to be sure that the direct debit that continues up until the end of the year will be sufficient enough to square the balance owed.
A reading from the prophet Isaiah
I place the key of the House of David upon his shoulder. Thus says the Lord of hosts to Shebna, the master of the palace:
I dismiss you from your office, I remove you from your post, and the same day I call on my servant Eliakimson ofHilkiah.
I invest him with your robe, gird him with your sash, entrust him with your authority; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the House of Judah.
I place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; should he open, no one shall close, should he close, no one shall open. I drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a throne of glory for his father's house.
This reading explains the replacement of Shebna as master of the royal palace by a new official, Eliakim. Some of the language in which that appointment is made: notably, the handover of keys – gives the sense that what the new appointee will have a definitive higher sanction.
There is the sense of being responsible for a community seen as a 'palace' or ‘building’. The person in charge of the palace or community, is to be a ‘father', 'mother' or ‘rock’ upon which Jesus will ‘build’ the community of his church.
Building a community can be viewed in a similar manner. In our whole school well-being focus this week, our students have been learning about building relationships. Strong bonds are described as building blocks upon which we develop our firm foundation.
Relationships are interwoven throughout the community and no one person is seen as more important or less than another. Without each and every member supporting and working together, the building will easily crumble, especilly when placed under pressure.
Our ‘rocks’ or leaders are chosen because of personal qualities of steadfastness and reliability. As parents and teachers, we are blessed with the responsibility of being the 'facilitators of knowldege', and 'hard place to fall', whilst building and raising our younger community members.
The gift of keys does not make us the gatekeeper of heaven, letting in whoever deemed worthy. It should be viewed as a priviledge taken with responsibility, dedication, trust, compassion and humility.
This year we continue to be tested and should be proud of the way in which we have adjusted and moulded our thinking to continue to build that strong sense of community and provide engaging, exciting and supportive experiences for our youngest members.
This week at Corpus Christi we were honoured to be able to fundraise and provide a safe, but funfilled day to support Mission Australia. Our Mission Day Mini-Fete stalls run by each class and Year 6 were held following Covid friendly guidelines. Our students were also able to experience a shortened, modified performance by Mission Australian supporter, educator and entertainer, Richard Cootes.
Catholic Mission continues to support hundreds of missionary partners around the world, providing practical and pastoral support to some of the world’s least fortunate communities. This year’s Catholic Mission resources for schools focus on providing support to children and young adults affected by land mines in Cambodia.
Catholic Mission programs provide ongoing support and development to those who are working in parishes and diocesan agencies, health, aged care, education and social services of the Australian Catholic Church.
We are pleased to continue the work of the mission who need our support more than ever during this difficult time across the globe. Every little piece of effort counts and we are thankful for the generous support and donations from Corpus Christi families.
Have a great fortnight and be kind to yourselves!
Mrs Lisa York
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
Friendship is a very important aspect of our life, particularly for children as they navigate growing up and trying to find their own place in the world. Having friends provides us with support and promotes mental health and wellbeing and for children is very important for their social and emotional development.
How can we support children’s friendships?
- by helping to teach what makes a good and healthy friendship. Qualities such as trust, honesty, kindness and forgiveness are important. Ask questions such as ‘What do good friends do? How does a good friend behave?’
- help children to practise positive social skills and lead by example. Whether we like it or not, children observe and watch how we speak, act and conduct our friendships
- it is important that children learn to be friendly. Children should understand that where we cannot be friends with everyone we can be friendly to everyone - even to those that might be unkind
- help children to understand that friendships change and most friendships won’t last forever
- help children to understand that children there are many different levels of friendships ranging from the closest of friends to people that we might see occasionally
- help children to understand that we can sometimes friendships can be complicated or tricky. We will look more at what we can do to help when this happens.
Below there is a flyer for parents with more information about this topic. The second link is for kids to look at. It would be great if you could help the children participate in these fun activities!!
Teaching and Assessing What Matters
Our ‘Learning’ goals in our new three-year Strategic Plan, include visible learning and clarity. Much of our work already on the introduction of Learning Intentions and the use Success Criteria in classrooms has helped us achieve this. Clear intentions unpacked into ‘bite’ sized chunks of success criteria helps the children see exactly what they are learning and what they need to do to achieve that.
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 ourselves as teachers and students. Teachers have spent much time re-assessing what students know and planning future teaching based on where to next. Identifying key concepts, or big ideas establishing student connection avoiding potential ‘gaps’ in students’ learning and development.
Instead of focusing on smaller concepts, it can be beneficial to broaden the scope of teaching and learning in mathematics to focus on Big Ideas. When we do this, it allows time for students to ‘play with’ and ‘explore’ the mathematics and also to see the connections between mathematical concepts.
Number is the topic most responsible for the range of achievement in mathematics in the middle years (Siemon, Virgona & Corneille, 2001). Along with Quantifying numbers, multiplicative strategies, additive strategies, Patterns and Algebraic thinking, linking different stands with a Big idea enables the students to draw links between the grades and helping key concepts become more evident.
Another of our adopted approaches is to group specific curriculum concepts, Base Lines or Lines in the Sand that the children must learn. We call them our Non-Negotiables. These are grouped and are taught over a three-week period in the first 15min of each lesson.
Focusing on the students’ development of the ‘non-negotiables’ can save time with many of the misconceptions and challenges students face in later years of education. It is our responsibility as teachers to ensure we lay strong foundations before continuing to build – we all know mathematics is hierarchical – if the foundations are weak, the building will collapse.
In the two examples above, one from Year 6 and the other from Kindergarten, we can see a common link. Kindergarten and Year 6 are both working on the Non-negotiable of Quantifying Number. Kindergarten beginning their journey by Counting by 1 to 30, what comes before and after and what numbers are between 20-30. Whereas, Year 6 have been writing very large numbers and very small decimals using Scientific Notation. Our Non-negotiables, are seen as, essential skills that are taught alongside the other mathematical content for the week.
Our big ideas link our class mathematical content. Year 6’s work on Measurement and Geometry over the three week period is linked by the concept of Spatial Awareness and Kindergarten’s work on Number and Patterns is linked by the big concept of Equivalence.
Tying them all together will allow students to access rich mathematical relationships, rather than on topics in isolation. The structure also allows teachers to focus on the non-negotiable essential content, making mathematics learning more meaningful for our students.
Hope you have a wonderful week
Off and Racing.
Everybody Dance Now!
Students from K - 6 completed a dance unit during Term 2 which culminated in a slightly different way of sharing last week. In the absence of being able to hold an assembly and invite parents to join us, Mrs Kuterovac devised a cunning plan. In the midst of a normal everyday lunch time, Corpus Christ was inundated with two Flash Mobs; one from the infant grades and one from the primary grades. It was wonderful to witness the students engagement with dance in general and see the emerging superstars of the dance floor. More importantly, it was the smiles and the sense of connection that can so easily be gained when we work, achieve and celebrate these things together. Thanks for bringing a little bit of dance fever to CCW, Mrs K.
Growing the Corpus Chirsti P & F Assoication
Despite the restrictions of COVID 19 being placed on the school, the P and F Committee have been working hard behind the scenes this year. We have managed to go online for our uniform shop, we have managed to revamp our canteen menu and procedures to reopen the canteen to meet COVID safe guidelines. We have still been able to share our voices with the school to review our uniform policy and make suggestions and give feedback for all that COVID 19 restrictions have challenged us with throughout the year. We have even begun to benefiot from hosting and atending P & F zoom meetings from the comfort of our own homes instead of face to face meetings.
However, many of our long time P and F Committee members are leaving the school very shortly and we will not have many voices left. We would like to invite somerage new faces to join our monthly meetings and provide new voices to the school. The next P and F Meeting is Tuesday 8th September, 6.30pm via Zoom. If you wish to join the next P and F Meeting to see what happens and maybe have a say, please RSVP to Julie.Mulhearn@mn.catholic.edu.au by Friday 4th September 3pm. SHe will send you an invite ready for the Tuesday Meeting. Minutes summary of the August Meeting is below.
So you' re thinking about fresh juicy mangoes !
Only one of two fundraiser's that the P & F will be holding this year.
All money raised will be going towards improving school facilities
Please return all orders no later than Friday 2nd October
Please place all orders in an envelope - marked with your name, your child's name and class and the amount of money enclosed. Your child will then place the envelope in the classroom notebag (which gets taken to the office first thing in the morning).
Payments can be made over the phone by credit card, or by cash or cheque.
Reminder : Canteen New Procedures
Canteen is operational on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
We have reduced our menu and changed some options to pre-packaged foods only.
- Students place their order into the basket at the start on the school day. This basket is kept just outside the Administration door.
- No serving of snacks will be done at lunchtime. All snacks are to be included with the lunch order.
- No volunteers will be going around with the basket to classes so again it is important the order is placed when the child walks into the school.
- Any late orders will need to go to Mrs Bamford in the office not to the canteen.
REMINDER: All orders including icy cups, chips and muffins are to be placed together in the basket first thing of a morning.
The Canteen is CLOSED for serving at lunchtime.