"Must Knows" from this week's newsletter
|Frequently asked Question.||Item||Brief Description||Further Information Located in.|
|What will the CCW staff look like in 2021?||Staff Announcements||This week we announce the intended teacher allocations to different classes for 2021. Please be advised that we have yet to finalise several appointments||Principal's Report|
|How has CCW connected with Community partners this week?||Rugby Union Skills Day||We celebrate the amazing day the Primary grades were part of on Thursday of this week.||Sporting Update|
|What does school improvement look like for 2021?||
2021 School Improvement Plan
|We provide parents with a summary of goals for the 2021 School Improvement Plan. Each of these will be unpacked explicitly as we work through the 2021 school year.||Principal's Report|
What will some of usual end of year events look like given Covid restrictions?
|New Covid Restrictions and Advice||We will further details on how each end of year event will be run under current regulations. We will provide dates and specific start times.||Principal's|
How do we celebrate great learning at CCW?
|Data Analysis 2020 Part 1||This week we celebrate whole school data successes and understand the challenges ahead in the Key Learning Area of Maths. Next Newsletter we will drill down on English.||Teaching and Learning Update|
Welcome to the Week 6 Newsletter. As I have written the bulk of this newsletter today (Thursday), I have been mindful of the Primary Classes' participation at the Waratah Rugby Skills Day down at the Waratah Ovals. After a year of disappointment from cancelled events (Covid AND weather related), the children finally had the opportunity to spend the day with the Waratah Rugby club. I was worried it would be too hot but the weather was with us and there was a gorgeous nor-easterly blowing the whole day (more about that event in the Sporting Update). Excitement was abounding this afternoon and as I look toward tomorrow, I note that we have our Art lessons and Hockey coaching. Not forgetting the beautifully rejuvenated soccer fields that re-opened this week. The school calendar and the vibe around the playground is slowly returning to the busy "normal" we were used to pre-covid. It does mean that in the busy-ness, we have to re-establish new expectations and routines, but I am very thankful that we have to do so because it means that the students are getting a chance to experience all aspects of school life.
2021 School Improvement Plan
In the Week 4 newsletter, I provided a summary of the 2020 School Improvement Plan evaluation that was conducted by staff. The intention being that we would use that evaluation to inform the 2021 School Improvement Plan ready to be communicated to parents in this newsletter. Below is a summary of the goals we have set ourselves for the 2021 year and it is alligned to the 2020 - 2022 Strateigc Plan.
Obviously these plans evolve as the context of the year allows, limits and sometimes redirects these plans. This year of Covid has certainly taught us that. The point being that this is the current version of the Goals in the 2021 School Improvement Plan. As we unpack the plan in detail in the new year, the specific strategies and adaptations we make to it will be shared with the school via the newsletter.
While we are yet to confirm appointments for 1 class teacher and a few part time teaching roles, I want to be able to share the teacher allocations for each class that have been established at this stage for 2021. I do this in the interest making parents aware of the teaching roles that will be in place. This ensures a timely and positive transition period for the children who gain confidence in knowing who their teacher will be. I will communicate the remaining appointments to the classes that still have "To be Confirmed" for their teacher allocation as soon as they are finalised.
End of Year Events
The staff are working hard to make the ever cryptic COVID regulations work for us in the best possible way so that we can hold some of our traditional end of year events.
Transition Morning - On Tuesday 8th December all students will spend the morning session (8.50 - 11am) with their 2021 class teacher/s and in their 2021 classrooms. This is an important and exciting end of year event. It both engages students in the conversation about next year and goes some of the way to alleviating the unknowns that can often worry children across the 5 week break. Each room will be cleaned immediately prior to the new cohort coming in and the teachers will wipe high touch surfaces immediately after so that the original cohort can return to their room.
Christmas Liturgy - We have made the difficult decision to not conduct our Christmas Liturgies outside of the classroom. We had hoped to have some form of shared liturgy based on the Christmas story but we are still limited in that we can't sing in large groups and so much of our Christmas liturgies are based on whole school singing and the joy of lifting the roof in doing so. We will still conduct liturgy around the birth of Jesus within each room as this is an important event in the religious calendar.
End of Year Whole School Liturgy - we will still conduct our whole school end of year liturgy as we believe this to be an important "book-end" to the Opening school Mass we had at the start of the year. Again, we will be limited in singing but will rely on pre-recorded music rather than live music and congregational singing. Sadly, we are unable to invite parents to this liturgy as the minute parents are in attendance we must the apply the 4sq.m rule. Our hall can host a maximum of 79 people (and once the 4sq.m is in play the students are counted as people but not so when it is a school assembly). As long as we keep it as a school assembly, we can have all the children in the hall, within their cohort and still participating in the liturgy. The Whole School End of Year liturgy will be held on Friday 11th December at 10am so that it will lead into lunch.
Year 6 Graduation Assembly - This important event proved a further challenge in that we felt this one was an important ritual that parents be involved with but in doing so we lost the opportunity for younger students to be there in person (and vice versa). After consultation with the Year 6 parents, the option preferred by the majority was to conduct the assembly with the Year 6 students and their parents (with 23 students and 2 parents each as well as a few staff, we are under the 79). We will zoom the assembly live to each classroom (and to any parent unable to attend in person). We will even try a live cross to each classroom who can share their well wishes to the Year 6 students about to graduate in the hall. Lunch will be served to the gathering in the hall. Traditionally this is Year 5's opportunity to serve the Year cohort but again Covid has restricted this tradition. Lunch will be catered professionally in individually boxed lunches. We look forward to continuing the tradition of service from the Year 5 class in 2021. The Year 6 Graduation Assembly will be held on Tuesday 15th December at 11am so that it will lead into the catered lunch.
Whole School Activity and Year 6 Clap Out - On Wednesday 16th December we are having two events. One will be an inflatable Obstacle Course where classes will have an allocated time to have a bit of fun to celebrate the end of the year. Covid Safe practices will be in place in accordance with the company's covid safe plan. This will be held at the oval across the road as it provides more space. Parents will not be able to attend this event. Later that day, will will end our year with the traditional Closing of the School and Clap Out for our Graduating class. This will begin at 2.30pm. Given that this will be an outdoor event, and parents are permitted on site for one-off end of year events, I believe this is more than reasonable to proceed as per normal with only a few minor modifications. We will perhaps need to spread out a little more using the full size of the playground, parents will need to ensure they remain 1.5metres from other families (We can use the infants verandah as a viewing platform) and we will ensure hand hygiene prior and immediately after the the high fives, even encouraging Year 6 students to do elbow bumps instead.
So clearly, as events approach and after almost a year of a fairly restricted calendar, we are all very excited about being able to hold them. However as mentioned at the beginning of my report, it also means that there is much planning and continual reviewing of procedures. Even as our playground has opened up this week to include the soccer fields we have had to review some of the routines around the use of playground equipment, which has become a litle too relaxed in recent times. Bear with us as we support the students to best practice so that we can all enjoy these last few weeks together and end the year strong.
Have a great two weeks,
Vinnies Christmas Appeal
Millions of Are spending this Christmas in poverty
nce again we are looking forward for your students support in gifting items for Christmas hampers.
This year has been particularly more difficult for them because of Covid effects.
St Vincent De propose to deliver the hampers on 19th December.
We will be collecting food items at school up to 11th December.
NOTE: Because of Covid we will not accept clothing or toys; food items only will be accepted.
We thank you for your support.
Non-Perishable food items only such as
- canned beans, vegetables, soup, tuna, slamon
- dry beans, rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit
- peanut butter, vegemite, spreads, canned fruit in juice, pudding
- biscuits, sweets, jelly crystals, snack bars,
- tea bags, coffee, sauces, condiments, pickles,
- pasta, rice, snack bars, cerealsne celebrateChristmas Vinnies is taking pressure off families who are at breaking point by providing
Welcome to Week 6 as we celebrate -
Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. This week's reading advises us to ‘Watch!’ and emphasises the need to be ready at all times.
The Holy Gospel according to Mark.
Stay awake! You never know when the Lord will come.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’
The Gospel, Mark 13:33-37, features a brief parable about waiting for the Lord’s return. The parable highlights the uncertainty surrounding the householder’s return and the vigilance required of the servants as they wait. It is like the situation of those sent away to war, protecting our country.
Everyone else may sleep, but this servant must stay awake at night, always on the lookout for the master’s coming. The rest of the world may ‘sleep’ while, the 'soldiers' or 'army' are on the lookout. The gatekeeper is singled out and told to be on the watch.
This reminds us of how lucky we are in Australia, to live in a country where we can 'sleep', knowing we are safe and protected by those who have fought so bravely for us in the past, and continue to keep us safe today.
Corpus Christi came together briefly on November 11 in an outdoor ceremony to remember in faith all who
have served, and continue serving in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle.
Every year the students at Corpus Christi participate in a student-led Remembrance service. Although this year was a little different (thanks to COVID-19) all staff and students had the opportunity to reflect on the day World War One ended.
This year our student leaders spoke about the meaning of Remembrance Day and read
the poem 'In Flanders Field'. We were treated to the sound of Mr Treloar playing his bugle, trumpeting The Last Post and Revielle with pride, before paying respects with a minutes silence.
Mr Treloar gave us a short lesson on the history of the bugle being used in war to raise the soldiers to battle in the morning, as well as signal the end of the day. We listened in awe as we learned that Mr Treloar could even play The Last Post on a garden hose!
Each class laid a beautifully created wreath in respect of the servicemen and servicewomen past and present. Our Kindergarden students placed poppies at the base of our
flagpoles to create a garden of poppies similar to that in Flanders Field at the end of World War 1.
NAIDOC celebrations are usually held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Due to Covid-19 this was put on hold and we were finally able to acknowledge this
important occasion when The National NAIDOC Committee announced NAIDOC Week celebrations would be held from 8-15 November 2020.
The NAIDOC theme for 2020 was Always Was, Always Will Be and this recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
We are all spiritually and culturally connected to this country. This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.
Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies.
Indigenous spirituality is also the longest standing faith culture, and we are reminded of the ways in which Catholic traditions and Aboriginal spirituality are interconnected.
The NAIDOC 2020 theme Always Was, Always Will Be recognises and celebrates that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the ancient history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations, and come together united in common goals, faith and attitudes.
Have a great fortnight and be kind to yourselves!
Mrs Lisa York
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
Self-esteem is about liking yourself and who you are. This doesn’t mean being overconfident – just believing in yourself and knowing what you do well.
It is about how much a person values themself and how important they believe they are in the world.
For children, self-esteem comes from:
- knowing that they’re loved and that they belong to a family and a community that values them
- spending quality time with their families
- being encouraged to try new things, finding things they’re good at and being praised for things that are important to them.
Kids with self-esteem:
- feel proud of what they can do
- see the good things about themselves
- believe in themselves, even when they don't do well at first
- feel liked and accepted
- accept themselves, even when they make mistakes
The following books about being yourself are both favourites of mine Giraffes Can't Dance Giles Andreae and We’re Not Lions by Karen Young.
To find out more about how we can foster self-esteem in our children please refer to the link below. An link to a PDF that is identical to the online version is also provided is you wish to print one up.
Data Analysis 2020 Part 1
Every year, at several points we stop to discuss and analysis the data we are able to collect that tracks student achievement and growth. This year we had an ongoing 3 week teaching and data cycle that allowed teachers to drill down to specific skills and track student achievement when focusing on that skill set. This process proved very valuable professional conversations as we were able to identify students needing additional support within the immediate time frame. Our challenge next year is to explore ways to share the goal setting we gain from these discussions more immediately with families - you might notice this as a goal in the SIP plan outlined in the Principals report.
Another broader analysis of data is to examine the data we collect from standardised tests which are usually administrated every 12 months. The beauty of these tests is that being very broad in nature, they examine all maths concepts and skills rather than simply the one that has been the focus over recent weeks/lessons. They measure retained understanding and skills.
The nature of these Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT)is that they are national tests and results within them are measured against all students in Australia who participate in the test. The data we receive in these allows us to plot student achievement against their standard cohort as well as track growth from one year to the next. We have so much data to share and celebrate, we have decided to split this into two parts. This week we will look at the PAT maths Data we collected and we will share the English data in Week 8.
In remembering that every student achieves differently, it is heartening to witness so much positive achievement across the grades. More importantly, it is a tribute to the students, families and teachers to witness significantly strong growth data across the last 12 months. During a year of interrupted learning (for 8 weeks at least) students have still managed to track quality growth in their learning. Of course there are lessons to learn in this data and students to support and this has been our process when drilling further down into the data. However for now, lets celebrate some great achievements. Well done Corpus Christi!
With such an amazing amount of first class rugby coming to Newcastle and the Hunter over the next few weeks, it was perfect timing for the Waratahs Junior Rugby Union Club to run a coaching clinic this week with the aim to introduce children to the code.
On Thursday this week Corpus Christi, Minmi and Mayfield West schools participated in the drills and games at the Waratah oval. The Waratah Junior Rugby club also supplied a free barbeque and drink. It was an amazing day, full of running, ball skills and plenty of laughter, a refreshing day for such a strange school year.
I must acknowledge the fabulous efforts of the organising team lead by Chris Grieve the Cub president and Mitch Coppock the Vice President. It was very well organised and the day with its high-level coaches grabbed the attention of NBN, with Corpus Christi children featuring on the Thursday night news.
The Waratah Junior Rugby club had a large number of volunteers assisting on the day. COVID-19 regulations were well adhered to. The Club was also fortunate to have the assistance of NSW Rugby and the Hunter Wildfires in running the clinic and its representatives worked with the clubs accredited coaches in conducting a series of basic rugby lessons.
It is the clubs hope that these days enhance the existing ball passing and running skills of the children as well as learning new rugby skills.
A 2021 gala day is being scheduled as part of the club’s pre-season and will allow students to experience a great team sport which they might like to take up with The Waratahs next year.
Thanks for a great day children, the teachers were very pround of your sportsmanship and participation. Mr T.
Chook Food anyone?
The canteen currently has approximately 12 loaves of bread, that were to be used at the welcome BBQ at the beginning of the year. However due to COVID the BBQ was cancelled. These loaves of bread can no longer be used, so if anyone is interested in some bread for their chickens, please feel free to contact myself or Vanessa at the office.
Cold Crunch Café 2021 Volunteer Form
In previous years the café has been opened 4 days a week. Considering the size of the school this is very impressive especially since it is run entirely by volunteers. The café is a valuable asset in attracting and retaining families to the school. With your help we can make 2021 a great success too.
Each year we need new volunteers to help fill in the gaps left by families moving onto high school or who are unable to continue volunteering. A very special thank you to the ‘trio of ladies’ Chris Harris, Jayne Gavenlock and Natasha Anderson who have co-ordinated the running of the canteen over many years. Chris has daily kept the canteen stocked with fresh fruit and veg as well all the other items, her valuable input will be missed. Also leaving is David Jenkins who has consistently volunteered for the past 9 years!!!
Taking over the above roles for 2021 are De-Anne Chatillon (canteen coordinator and purchaser) and Vicki Childs (canteen roster). Thank you both for taking on these important roles!
Volunteering in the cafe is a great way to get to know our fantastic school community, is enjoyable, and hugely appreciated! The best bit is that your children/grandchildren will get a total kick out of it! There is no pressure to come often and you will be supported by an experienced person.
From Term 3 2020, Covid has meant restrictions to include only pre-ordered, pre-packaged lunch for students with no face-to-face counter service. We will continue to operate as such in 2021 until advised it is safe to do otherwise.
If you can volunteer please fill in the form below. If you can fill in as an emergency for when volunteers get sick, please write emergency in the days you would be available. You can request to be rostered on with a particular friend or on a particular date.
The rosters are always flexible to cater for shift work or emergencies; we just need to know numbers so we can plan for how many days to open next year.
Please return forms to the school by Thursday 26 November 2020 and contact Vicki Childs on 0403 471 889 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support
Date: Sunday 6th December 2020
Times: Register from 9:30 am
Play commences 10 am Most games completed by 2.30 pm
Venue: Newcastle PCYC – located between District Park Tennis Courts and Broadmeadow Railway Station. Enter from the corner of Young Rd and Melbourne Rd (directly opposite the basketball stadium).
This is an individual tournament in two divisions:
* Under 18 (includes anyone at secondary school in 2020 – but see note below)
* Under 12 (Includes anyone at primary school in 2020 – but see note below)
This tournament will also be used to select qualifiers for the finals of the NSW Country Junior Championships (expected to be held in Sydney on Sunday 13 December).
Anyone over 18 on 13th December at secondary school can play in OUR tournament but cannot be selected for the country final.
Anyone over 12 on 13th December at primary school can play in OUR tournament but cannot be selected for the country final.
Type of tournament:
All players play all rounds – you do not get knocked out! In each round you play someone on a similar score. Games will be rated by the NSW Junior Chess League.
Entry Fees: $5 for PCYC or JCL members. $8 for non-members
Discounts available for multiple entries from the same family.
Enquiries and Entries: David Absalom email@example.com
* The Covid19 restrictions which apply at the time will be followed.
* You will need to provide your own lunch.
* All participants AND any parent remaining at the venue will need to register their name, contact mobile number and respond to the usual questions asked everywhere.
* Current plans are to use the PCYC’s large hall with tables well separated. The hall easily holds 250 chess players, so we will be able to easily cater for 60 (this tournament in the past rarely has attracted over 40)
* Hand sanitizer will be available for attendees to use as required.
If the local or state-wide Covid situation gets dramatically worse, changes may be needed – ranging from limiting the number through to cancellation.
Any such change will be advised to those who have entered: so ENTER to get any advice on changed circumstances.
Enquiries and Entries: David Absalom firstname.lastname@example.org