- Newsletter at a Glance
- Principal's Report
- Message from the Acting Principal, 2021 - Ms Katie McDermott
- Special Report - End of Year Traditions
- Community Update - A thank you from Mrs K
- Religion and Catholic Identity Update
- Student Welfare Update
- Teaching and Learning Update
- Upcoming Events and Reminders
- Sports Update
- Classroom Update
Frequently asked Question. "Must Knows" from this week's newsletter
|What will the CCW staff look like in 2021?||Staff Announcements||Principal's Report|
|What is Happening between now and the end of the year?||End of Year Traditions||Special Article|
|To a wonderful community||
A Beautiful Thank you from Mrs Kuterovac
What about great learning and better experiences?
Artist in Residence Program
Stage 3 Camp
How do we celebrate great learning at CCW?
|Data Analysis 2020 Part 2||Teaching and Learning Update|
Welcome to our final full newsletter of the year. We will provide a short one next week as a final farewell and closure for the year but this one will have the information needed to begin the holidays and commence the new year. It truly has been an extraordinary year and perhaps 2021 promises more of the same but we can take stock now and reflect, celebrate and grow from the challenges we have had, together and individually. But perhaps more of that next week, this newsletter is about the information we all need to know.
Acting Principal Role Terms 1 and 2 2021
We are very pleased to announce a leadership model for 2021 while I am taking long service leave in Terms 1 and 2. The CSO leadership team has asked our new Assistant Principal, Katie McDermott to undertake the Acting Principal Role for Semester 1 in 2021. While new to our school, Katie has 4 years experience in Assistant Principal roles across two schools in Sydney so she is well equipped to take on this role.
This model of leadership will allow David Treloar to continue his Acting Assistant Principal Role and Mrs Lisa York, her Acting Religious Education Coordinator role as well. I have complete confidence in the Executive Team, that has joined me in leading throughout this year, to continue this journey and transition Katie into that journey for 2021. I have great respect and faith in the staff's professional and collegial approach to their roles that will enable Katie to lead this school with
confidence. Above all, I know the students and families will welcome Katie as she quickly becomes an integral member of our community. Katie has already spent two days with the staff two weeks ago and is spending a further two days this week to further transition her into the acting Principal Role as I handover the necessary responsibilities to her in my absence.
Previously, I had announced that Katie will be teaching Year 3 in 2021. However, now that she will be off class for 6 months, we believe it to be in the best interest of that cohort to allocate a full 12 month teaching position to that class. See the information below.
Staffing 2021 Announcements
Year 3 Teacher - in light of the announcement that Ms Katie McDermott will undertake the Acting Principal Role in Terms 1 and 2 next year, we have decided it best for her not to have a class assigned to her as it will result in a disjointed year for that class because she wont be able to teach it for the first 6 months. Instead, Katie will fill her teaching component of her role in Semester 2 with a number of smaller teaching roles that need to be filled.
To that end, I am happy to announce the appointment of Mrs Lisa York as the Year 3 teacher for 2021. Lisa has been in our school for two years and has had Year 4 this year. She is making the move to Year 3 but within the same stage so much of the curriculum lines up. She has a great collegial relationship with Mrs Stamp already and and together with Mrs Deveridge on Year 4, they will make a formidable Stage 2 team
Year 5 Teacher - I am very pleased to announce that Mrs Jessica Kuterovac as the Year 5 teachers for 2021. Jessica is very much a part of the school and the Year 5 classroom having taught the current Year 5 class in 2020. She is also very well known to our current Year 4 cohort who she currently teaches once a week on Tuesdays and again for their PE lessons on Wednesdays.
PE and ERT Teacher (2 days a week) - Jessica was teaching PE and was the Executive Release Teacher for the REC in 2020. We have appointed Miss Georgia Ausic to undertake these roles in 2021. Miss Ausic will teacher PE each Wednesday and release Mrs York from Year 3 each Tuesday while she works in her leadership role in the office. Miss Ausic is a known casual to our school and comes from North Queensland with a breadth of experience including at international schools. She has a passion for physical education. While this appointment is currently for Term 1, it is intended this will continue for Term 2 as well.
Further Appointments to be finalised
ABED Teacher (1.5 Days a week) - this year the Aboriginal education Teacher role was filled by Mrs Karen Chapman whose multifaceted role included:
- To raise visible links between Catholic and Indigenous Spirituality
- To develop literacy and numeracy skills for student who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- To ensure authentic Aboriginal Perspectives be embedded across all KLAs and content.
Karen has received additional hours at her other school (high school) and will no longer be able to maintain her teaching role at our school. We are very grateful for the work she has done this year and for her launching us on the journey we set ourselves in this focus area in the strategic plan. We will now consult with the ABED education officers at the CSO about the best recruitment processes to replace Karen's position at CCW (3 Days a fortnight).
Student Leaders 2021
In Week 7 of this term we watched in awe of the Year 5 students who stood tall and proud as nominees in a variety of leadership roles. We then had the privilege of witnessing some very considered voting from the student body to elect who it would be to represent them in the new year. Congratulations to the following students who will undertake new roles next year. They will received their leadership badges at next year's Opening School Mass/ Liturgy.
|Student Leaders||Lucy Gallagher||Emily Tucker||Samuel Gough||Alice Spadari|
|Sport Leaders||Lucy Mace||Holly Doherty||Rock Burns|
|Cooper Giggins||Skyla Buman||Millie Hoy|
|Service Leaders||Ilya Chandler||Evie Jenkins|
|Environmental Leaders||Meen Thondok||Andie Nechakovski||Matthew Taylor|
|Social Leaders||Tayne Douglas||Alana Childs|
To Our Senior Class
Next week, our Year 6 class will celebrate their Graduation Week, the details of which are outlined in the End of Year Traditions article.
Such an important moment for our senior class. You have been an amazing Year 6 and I have watched with ever increasing pride and admiration as you navigated the year that was. Yes you were frustrated, as we all were, but you just got on with it and made a go of it.
You are a very close knit cohort and willingly include everyone. This is evident in your basketball game which on occasions sees the whole class enjoying the moment together. Your learning in the classroom has been impressive with great gains being made as a class in Maths, creative approaches to problems, a strong sense of justice and a very positive sense of humour.
We are so very proud that even though there were very few little opportunities to do so, when you had the chance, you represented the school with pride. You will also be the Year 6 cohort that implemented the inaugural Student parliament. As this parliament evolves over the coming years and gains strength in the tradition, it is good to acknowledge the cohort that was integral in its establishment.
Thank you Year 6; For being you, for showing the students how to be resilient and how to carry on all with a smile and energy that is unique only to you. You truly have shone in 2020. We hope your Graduation Week (Monday's beach excursion, Tuesday's Grad Assembly/Luncheon and Wednesdays Clap Out) is as special as you deserve. We can't wait to see where you all end up but where ever it is, remember who you are and what gives you strength. Congratulations Year 6
Have a great week everyone, We will finish the year with a final, smaller newsletter next Wednesday.
All little bit about me - I grew up in Newcastle and completing my Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Newcastle. I have worked in the Diocese of Broken Bay in Sydney for the past 13 years, and I will finish up as Assistant Principal at St Kevin's Dee Why at the end of 2020.
One of my favourite things to do, which has been limited this year, is travel! My favourite travel destination is New York, though next year I may plan some adventures closer to home. I'm a long-standing Knights supporter, which is controversial when you work in Manly territory as I do at the moment! I love to read and enjoy sharing quality literature with the students in my class.
I wish all CCW families a safe and happy Christmas, and restful break, and I look forward to meeting you all in the new year.
Every year we reach the point of the term and marvel at just how busy it gets. It shouldn't be surprising given that unlike the Northern Hemisphere, we combine the celebrations and excitement of Christmas with the end of the school year and transitions to new classes and schools. As mentioned a few weeks back, we are so glad to have the opportunity to continue some of these traditions, if in a modified way.
End of year Liturgy. We begin each year with our opening school mass and tie this to the End of Year mass. While we are not able to have a Mass this year, we are holding an End of Year School Liturgy in the hall on Friday 11th December which Fr Sabu will celebrate for us. We will also adapt the tradition of commissioning the Year 6 Graduating class on the next stage of their learning journey with a separate blessing in the Church which we will then tie in with the Graduation Assembly next Tuesday. The Liturgy will be streamed live using a TEAMS event (we wil provide the link Friday morning) as we attempt again to ensure the internet (this time via ethernet cable) in the hall can be relied on to deliver the graduation assembly the following Tuesday.
At the End of Year Liturgy, we have a symbolic handing over of student leadership to our newly elected 2021 Student leaders, currently in Year 5. They will received their leadership badges at next year's Opening School Mass/ Liturgy.
Graduation Week - Next week marks 3 days of Graduation Celebrations for our Year 6 class. On Monday 14th, they will attend a Year 6 Beach excursion. On Tuesday 15th December, we will hold our graduation assembly for our Year 6 class at 11.30. We will stream this live via teams to the classrooms for the other students to watch and parents of the Year 6 students will be permitted to attend in person. On Wednesday 16th December we hold our annual School Shut Down and Clap Out tradition (see below for more details about this event)
Final Day for Students - Obstacle Course and Tradition School Shutdown and Clap out. Wednesday 16th December is the final day for students. We are excited to have the Obstcool Company's 45metre Inflatable Obstacle Course and fitness circuit on site (well across the road int he Church yard) so that each class can have a bit of fun in the morning of their last day - permission slips will be sent home this week. We will finish the day with the traditional shutting down of the school at 2.30pm followed by the clap out of our graduating students.
Below is an email from Jessica Kuterovac who wanted to share her thanks with the entire Corpus Christ Community for the support she has received in the last 4 months. Many parents contributed to a gift to Jessica and her family that we entitled Glitter Moments. Her words are better than mine and the photos speak for themselves. Thanks go to you as well, Jessica. You are teaching all of us everyday, more than I think you will ever know.
"To the CCW community
I cannot thank you enough
The kindness, compassion and thoughtfulness I have received from the entire community of Corpus Christi Waratah has been truly overwhelming. From you, the parents, students and extended families, my family and I have been able to fill days with beautiful, memorable ‘moments of glitter.’ In the early days of when I commenced my treatment, I was able have one of these ‘moments of glitter’ photographed. We had a glorious picnic at Glenrock Reserve. Every time I look at the photographs taken, I am filled with so much joy and for that I thank you.
More recently, we were able to spend the weekend in the Hunter Valley. We attended the Hunter Valley Zoo. My eldest son, Edison said that his favourite part was feeding the ‘crazy camels.’ You also shouted us a beautiful dinner at the restaurant Goldfish. Once again, I thank you.
Another ‘moment of glitter’ happened at school. Bandana Day. To see a whole school come together to show support was extremely magical. It was a day I felt extremely proud to be a teacher at Corpus Christi and to be surrounded by such kind-hearted children. I will be forever grateful, especially when I have students who come up to me and say, ‘Mrs K you look brave today.’
You all have managed to me make me feel so blessed during an unexpected part of my life. I will cherish it always.
Welcome to Week 8 as we celebrate -
The first week of Advent and the beginning of our
There’s another new year that has already begun, and that is the new liturgical year. The Church always begins its new year by journeying through Advent, the four-week long season of preparing for Christ’s coming at Christmas. It always seems that the world at large forgets that Advent exists.
But there’s wisdom in taking time to prepare ourselves for things, especially if the thing we’re preparing for is the coming of someone great, like God Himself. The Church gives us Advent as a time to slow down and grow in patience as we wait for the coming of Our Savior.
The people of Israel had to wait over a thousand years for the birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah. We have just a few weeks. I invite you to take on something this Advent that will turn your focus from the immediate, but inevitably unfulfilling, gratification of this world to the incomparable joy that the coming of Jesus will bring to those who wait for Him in hope.
Vinnies Christmas Appeal
Once 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, cereals
Help out this Christmas by donation as Vinnies is taking pressure off families who are at breaking point by providing these lovely hampers to LOCAL families in Waratah!
Kindergarten 2021 Welcome Liturgy
We were quite excited to be able to invite new familes of our Kindergarten 2021 students to a short celebration Liturgy at Corpus Christi Primary School on Thursday 26 November 2020. This was the first time these parents have been able to attend our school.
Although it was very frief, as well as Covid Safe, we were able to celebrate the conclusion of the final Kinder 2021 orientation session and share what the new Kindergarten students and Year Five buddies have been up to during their four visits at Corpus Christi.
We look forward to welcoming these families and students to our school in 2021.
Have a blessed first week of Advent and be kind to yourselves,
Mrs Lisa York
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
Welcome to the last edition of wellbeing news for 2020. After a year that has been like no other, full of challenges and uncertainty, we can look forward to enjoying a very well-earned break from school.
This week I have introduced the children to the concept of self-esteem, including an activity to make a simple self-esteem Christmas tree. It would be great if you could assist your child to complete the activity.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday break. May your Christmas and New Year be filled with joy and peace.
Below I have included a reminder of where to access information and support during the school break. I look forward to seeing you at Corpus Christi in 2021.
Where to access Mental Health information and support during the School Holiday Break - Online
Call 1800 55 1800 24/7, email email@example.com or chat online 24/7 at https://kidshelpline.com.au/get-help/webchat-counselling
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 available 24/7
Mental Health Information Line - 1800 011 511
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
Online safety Guide for parents and carers https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/online-safety-guide
The eSafety Guide https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/esafety-guide
Data Analysis 2020 Part 2
This week we share the data we collected within the KLA of English, often termed literacy. The data analysis is attached in the link below. As mention in Part 1 within the Week 6 newsletter the data analysis below is from a series of standardised tests and measures that allows teachers to compare students against grade expectations and cohort achievement beyond just CCW.
In the Week 6 newsletter, we looked at Maths or Numeracy Data. This week, we will look at the Literacy Data we collected and the insights we have gained in doing so.
Once again, we are so pleased to track strength in both student achievement and growth. During a year of interrupted learning (for 8 weeks at least), we cannot track any significant drop in the student achievements overall - a credit to teachers, students and parents alike. As always, there are lessons to learn in this data and this is as much a part of the process as is the celebrations. Well done Corpus Christi, a truly impressive year in learning!
Stage 3 Camp
3 Rules of Camp
1. Challenge yourself and step outside your comfort zone
2. Encourage Others and celebrate every step closer to a goal
3. Be independent and know yourself.
Our Stage 3 students certainly rose to the challenges set for them at last week's Stage 3 Camp with Outdoor Education in Morriset. They climbed, soared and swung. They aimed, paddled and balanced. They laughed, cheered and played. A wonderful way to end the year. A huge thankyou to parents for sending your children on camp. We wish you could have seen their triumphs but that detracts from the opporuntiy to face these new challenges as emerging young adults. So very proud of them.
Artist in Residence
All class have completed a unit of work with local artist and teacher, Miss Natalie Sherring. The work focused on patterns and different forms of printmaking. Students completed a final work that included either a canvas, cloth bag or aprons.
The fun and engaging lessons explored a variety of artist materials, techniques, and processes that we are not usually able to provide. Both teachers and students were able to learn alongside Mrs Shrring and will continue to include these new ideas in future Visual Arts programs.
We are grateful to Miss Sherring for sharing her time and expertise and are sure students will enjoy using or displaying their final masterpiece! Enjoy our photo gallery this week that includes some of the hardwork and final results!