Well, we made it. Our first full term of uninterrupted face to face learning for the year and more significantly, the first at big school for our Kindergarten children. I want to take this milestone to acknowledge and thank the students and staff for their continued resilience and energies throughout the term and year to date. The students have faced continued restrictions to their normal routines and yet have still found moments in their term to celebrate and be joyful. It is extraordinary how children are so adaptable to change although I think we can all agree, they (and lets face it, WE) are very tired. Congratulations Corpus Christi - A well deserved break for all.
As this is the last newsletter for the term, I want to update parents on some changes and initiatives that will be part of the upcoming Term 4.
Get Ready for a Busy Term
In a year without the open opportunity to organise excursions and experiences beyond the classroom, we have taken the opportunity to embed some within the classroom next term. We have engaged 3 separate specialist teachers to deliver instruction programs across the week to enable students to reach beyond the every day classroom and into new possibilities. The idea is to give students something to look forward to. The cost of these program is coveredd by the School Resource Fee which is collected as part of the school fees.
Specialist Hockey Coaching - Students will be attending a 6 week Hockey coaching program - An introduction to Hockey as part of their weekly PE lessons.The Hockey Coach is booked for Friday. Sports day next term will be Fridays. The students will still attend RFF lessons with Mrs K on Wednesdays but will complete the PDH (Personal Development and Health )components of the syllabus. Student will wear their full academic summer uniform Mon - Thursday each week and finish the week in the full sports uniform.
Specialist Coding Instruction - Digital Technologies is a strand within the Science Syllabus and the STEM initiative is embedded throughout. The children continue to learn the content within the classroom but we have engaged SCOPE IT to deliver some practical hands on learning with extensive range of resources and equipment to do so. SCOPE IT worked with the students in 2018 looking at Coding across all grades. We felt that this time we wanted to provide a variety of courses from K - 6 that reflect the already established coding skills the students have gained over the last 2 years. Below is an outline of the 8 week courses that will be delivered across the term. The lessons will be on Tuesdays.
Specialist Artist in Residence
We are arranging for a specialist Art teacher to work with the students and teachers over a period of 5 weeks as part of an Artist in Residence project from Weeks 4 - 8. The hope being that the students will design and make an individual piece of art to align with a theme or an idea that is important to them and take it home as a token for the year we have had, the journey we have taken or even the core values of our school. We are looking at using a variety of mediums and ones that have a little more longevity that classroom art/craft tasks may have.
The Art lessons will be on Thursdays.
Our School Week throughout Term 4 will look like this.
|Wellbeing Focus and Awards Assembly||Coding Lessons||Music Lessons Library Lesson||
Sports Day Hockey Lessons Art Lessons
|Focused Learning in class to Launch the Week||Continued||Focused||Learning||in Class!|
Other Events to look Forward to next term. These days are tentative only and will be confirmed as the term progresses. The implementation of Zoom based aternatives for different events may be changed as a result of loosening restrictions made public this week. This will need to be confirmed as we unpack the new recomendations upon our return.
- School Modified Athletics Carnival - Friday of Week 3
- Canteen Fundraiser Bandanna Day - Friday Week 5
- Kindergarten 2021 Orientation Program (via Zoom and pre-recorded video). Thursdays Weeks 4 - 7.
- Candidate Speeches(via zoom) and Elections for School Leaders 2021 - Thursday/ Friday of Week 8
- End of Year School Liturgy/Mass (via zoom) and 2021 Class Transition Morning - Week 9
- Year 6 Graduation Assembly and Liturgy (Via Zoom and pre-recorded video). Class Luncheon and Disco (Year 6 only)
- End of Year Whole School Activity and Modified Clap Out Wednesday - Week 10
Have a great two weeks,
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew Mt 20:1-16
Why are you jealous because I am generous?
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last-comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’
This week's gospel reading demonstrates how the graciousness of God can be easily mistaken for injustice. On the one hand, it does not seem fair to pay all of the labourers the same wage regardless of the amount of time they worked. On the other hand, they all received exactly the amount for which they had been contracted. Therefore, there was no injustice.
It is clear that justice and grace do not always fit well together. This parable shows that the reign of God is based on the latter, not the former. The real paradox is seen in his generosity, which supersedes his justice.
Have a great fortnight and be kind to yourselves!
Mrs Lisa York
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
We have made it to the holidays where we can enjoy a well-earned break from the busy routines of school. I have commonly heard this week from students of all ages that they are looking forward to being able to spend some time catching up on some television and movies and/or being able to use their gaming and media consoles more freely.
Screen time and screen use are, these days, a normal part of life for most children and teens. It’s important to balance the time spent watching TV and using computers, gaming consoles, tablets and smartphones so that it can fit into and be a part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s all about making sure that:
- children enjoy lots of healthy, fun activities, both with and without screens, including physical activity, reading, creative playand social time with family and friends.
- when children do use screens, they watch or use quality content.
These following questions can help you check whether your child is using screens in a balanced and healthy way. Is your child:
- physically healthy?
- engaged with school?
- connecting socially with family and friends, online and offline?
- enjoying a variety of hobbies and interests?
- having fun and learning while using screens?
And don’t forget sleep! A healthy, balanced lifestyle for children includes enough good-quality sleep.
The following link has some more great tips on how to maintain a healthy balance with screen time https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/play-media-technology/screen-time-healthy-screen-use/healthy-screen-time-6-11-years
The office of the eSafety Commissioner has some great resources and advice for parents and carers related to online safety https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents. You can find information on how to help your child deal with online safety issues. There are also free webinars suitable for parents, carers and children.
The Online safety Guide for parents and carers covers some of the key online safety issues for young people and includes a range of practical tips and advice on what to do if things go wrong. You can also find a list of important services that can offer extra support https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/online-safety-guide
The eSafety Guide contains information about the latest games, apps and social media, including how to protect your information and report inappropriate content https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/esafety-guide
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday break. See you again in Term 4.
In the Principal report, I outlined the implementation of an Artist in Residence Program to be part of the term 4 Calendar. I wanted to spend some time on the importance of Art and why it is part of our School Improvement Plan.
Enhancing the contemporary learning environment for collaborative inquiry based opportunities and promote opportunities to excel across all KLAs -
7.2 Introduce and Embed access to opportunities to excel in visual arts alongside and equitable to current extra-curricular opportunities.
George Bernard Shaw is quoted as saying that "Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable." This year, more than any other time I am mindful of just how true this is. Imagine lock down without access to the countless different forms of art that epitomises the human spirit - both appreciation for and creation of. Imagine dealing with the changes, emotional turmoil and stresses that the year has presented us without finding an outlet to engage with others, to connect across the social distance divide and to channel the words that we can't always say.
Just like in Science, Maths and English some children gain the opportunity to truly excel in this area of learning and some find it challenging. And just like those other KLAs , learning within this area is supported and extended accordingly. The point is to engage with the learning because through that we find avenues of creativity, critical thinking, communication, problem solving, self - reflection, emotional regulation and appreciation.
Last month, the education world lost a visionary of what education should be in the 21st Century. Among other things, Ken Robinson saw a new revolution in education based on creativity - one that prioritised art at its core. An approach to education that is equal to and occassionally more important that the traditional literacy and numeracy. The benefits of understanding, appreciating, evaluating and creating/participating in art pieces and performances across all aspects of life are far reaching. Of the many article snippets I could include, I have grabbed the one below as I think it outlines the widely accepted benefits of Art in the curriculum. I could go on but I hope that we have a least alerted you to the importance of art in our world, particularly at times of great joy and sadness, calmness and frustration, confusion and clarity. It truly embraces the full breadth of the human spirit.
There’s proof that art education is important for our youth.
A growing body of research points to the importance of art education. The Brookings Institute performed a large-scale study to examine the effects of a sustained re-invigoration of school-wide arts education. They found that a substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes. It leads to higher school engagement, the ability to think about things in new ways, and the capacity to empathise with others. These qualities are crucial at this time of heightened intolerance and conflict. In a different study by the Guggenheim Museum, students who participated in art programs showed improved literacy and critical thinking skills.
Many educators and art-advocates argue the value of art education beyond academic performance. They point to intrinsic benefits like increased confidence and problem-solving skills. Art activities focus on producing things rather than simply remembering or analysing, a whole-game approach that fosters creativity, strengthens critical thinking and promotes risk-taking. Importantly, it can also improve school climate and enhance mutual respect, empowering students with a sense of purpose and ownership.
Young At Art....Virtual Art Gallery
A diorama is an old-fashioned open-ended activity used to create a mini scene in an upscaled shoebox! Several of our talented and creative Year 4 students have been selected to have their work displayed in the Newcastle Maitland Catholic School Virtual Art Gallery. Their Australian Landmark Dioramas and personal descriptions are attached.
Over the past weeks Year 4 have been learning about Natural and Man-made Australian Landmarks in Geography. Our unit culminated with integrated Visual Arts Mixed Media lessons to produce an amazing assortment of 3D Australian Landmark Dioramas.
Letting their imaginations run wild, students were able to submerse themselves in cardbaord, plastine, chalk paint, cellophane, tissue paper, foam and felt to design their background and make their three-dimensional landmark pop from the scene. Check them out!
Festival of Learning
Cultural Celebrations have been the focus in History for our Year 4 students. Traditions and holidays are an important occurance for families, communities and countries. Our students have been working in groups to present research to each other.
This knowledge then evolved into the presentation of speeches and constructions of colourful posters. The interactive lessons covered Chinese New Year, Holi, Rio Carnival, Christmas, Hanami, All Hallow's Day, Melbourne Cup, St Patrick's Day and more. These festive photos allow the colour, fun and engaging learning to come alive!
Here is the link to the CSO Virtual Art Gallery
We thank you for being such amazing teachers and for all your great lessons. We feel so fortunate to have been placed in your classes. You have amazed and inspired us daily and for that we are thankful because you are truly wonderful teachers.
We’d like to say a special thanks to Mrs Mulhearn for all her efforts during this time. You have kept us all hopeful and have kept us going. You have adapted to new ways of doing things and have taught us to look on the bright side. There are 273,000 words in the English dictionary, but none of them describe how amazing you are and how grateful we are.
So on behalf of Corpus Christi, thank you staff.
Have a great holiday guys, see you next term!
P & F Meeting
It was wonderful to welcome some new faces to our monthly Zoom based P & F Meetings for the September meeting. We looked forward to sharing the conversation with more and more parents in time. Please find attached a summery of the minutes from the September Meeting.
The next P & F Meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th October at 6.30pm (via Zoom). It will be an exciting one as we unpack the potential for community events in Term 4 given possible changes in Covid restrictions. Watch this space, or better yet, come join the discussions.
REMINDER - especially coming into the hotter months.
ALL orders including ICE BLOCKS will need to be ordered via a lunch order in the morning.
A reminder that our canteen is operational again on its usual days of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
You will see we have reduced our menu and changed some options to pre-packaged foods only and while it does limit our options a little the Canteen Committee believes that this is the right step forward in the interim period.
A few things we need to make you and the children aware of when placing orders to the canteen is:
- All money will be counted in the office so it important that students place their order into the basket at the start on the school day.
- No serving of snacks will be done at lunchtime all snacks are to be included with the lunch order and will go out into the classroom baskets at lunch time.
- 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.
- The basket will be at the front of the office door to place lunch orders in.
- Any late orders will need to go to Mrs Bamford in the office not to the canteen.