5 "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 will become a relatively regular item in our newsletters as we proceed with a number of appointments and announcements. This week we announce the new Assistant Principal for 2021||Principals Report|
How is the building project going?
|Fortnightly summary||Have a look at the latest photos and summary of where the toilet building project is up to.||Building Update|
What will our modified sports carnival look like next Friday?
|Order of Events and Schedule for the Day||We will provide an outline of the modified sports carnival to be held at Waratah Oval No. 1||Upcoming Events and Reminders|
What will some of usual end of year events look like given Covid restrictions?
|New Covid Restrictions and Advice||We will provide a summary of current advice regarding end of year events and how ongoing (albeit loosened) restrictions will apply to the events we have planned.||Upcoming Events and Reminders|
End of Year Events and Current Health Advice and Restrictions.
Please find below at table addressing the current health advice and restrictions in place in our school. In the left column, there is the information communicated from the CSO to parents 2 days ago via COMPASS. In the right column I have made some notes that unpack what this might look like for CCW. We remain alert to any changes in advice that may restrict or perhaps even open up opportunity for greater participation, particularly from parents but until then we will maintain what is outlined below.
|"In summary, I note the following changes:||What this will look like at CCW|
|Kindergarten orientation can commence from 1 November.||
We have 4 Thursdays in November scheduled for Face to Face Orientation sessions for students to attend with their Year 5 Buddies.
All Parent information sessions will be prerecorded and shared with the parent body of that cohort in the enrolment packs that they will receive on their arrival on that first morning. Parents dropping children off will not be allowed to stay onsite for more than 10 minutes and only be within the designated area.
|Year 6 to Year 7 transition and orientation programs can commence from 12
|Our Year 6 students are scheduled to attend an orientation day at San Clemente High School on December 3rd.|
|Inter-school sport and physical activities, zone carnivals and gala days can recommence where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.||
We will hold out Modified Athletics Carnival next Friday 30th October.
Our school will participate in a Rugby Skill Development Day on Thursday 19th November.
We were also registered for a Softball Gala Day but this was cancelled prior to these changes being put in place. We have booked a skills development day with the Softball association instead to be held on school site later in the term. Date TBC
This also allows us to hold our End of Year Activity which at this stage will see an inflatable obstacle course set up at school for what is sure to be a fun session to finish the year.
Excursions and overnight activities within NSW can resume where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.
|Our stage 3 will attend their booked camp activities across two days (30th November and 1st December). While originally planned as an overnight experience we have opted for the two day camps to eliminate the variables and stresses that overnight camps can cause, especially when things change so quickly and at late notice.|
Schools may hold a Year 6 assembly to recognise the completion of primary school – this will be with students and relevant staff only.
Non-essential visitors are still not permitted on-site.
Our School celebrates a Graduation Assembly to provide the Year 6 class an opportunity to mark their end of Primary School Years. This year, we will accommodate as many students in the hall as possible (in line with restrictions) at the Graduation Assembly on Tuesday 15th December. A priority of student attending will be given to Year 5, Kinder (their Buddies) and then Stage 2. The other classes and parents will be invited to attend via Zoom.
We may yet get a reprieve in this ruling and will jump at the opportunity to do so as quickly as possible.
|Year 6 formals and graduations can proceed for Term 4 – again with only students and relevant staff.||
Our Year 5 students traditionally host a Graduation lunch for the Year 6 cohort, receiving the same gesture the following year. This year we are restricted at to how we might cater in that all food must be individually packed and served. We are still seeking an option for how we still may be able to maintain this tradition.
Bandanna Day - Friday Week 5, 13th November.
We are taking part in Bandanna Day as a school to stand up to cancer! We are taking part in Canteen’s Bandanna Day this year by selling bandannas to support young people when cancer crashes into their world.
While the national Bandanna Day is the 30th October, we are holding ours two weeks later on Friday 13th November. The school will have bandannas for sale, the proceeds of which will be given directly to the Canteen Organisation. Canteen is the game changer. They help young people cope with cancer in their family, rebuild their foundations and connect with others in the same boat.
Standard Bandannas are $5 and Premium Bandannas are $15. There are limited stock of the premium bandannas. There is QR scanner on the box that will allow parents to pay for it via their phone before taking the bandanna with them. Failing that, Vanessa can assist with payment via eftpos and of course, parents can pop the $5 or $15 into an envelope with your child's name on it as well.
The day is as much about raising awareness through the wearing of a bandanna as it is raising money for the Canteen organisation. We will organise other activities for our Bandanna Day here at school and will also be able to hear from guest speakers from the organisation itself.
Please help us to reach our goal and together we can take a stand for young people affected by cancer.
Thank you for your support!
Modified Athletics Carnival
The plans for next week's carnival will be finalised and confirmed early next week. At this stage the plans look like this.
Friday 30th October.
9am - classes begin to walk down to the oval, ready for the carnival opening.
9. 40am Opening Prayer and National Anthem
9.45am Age Races. The whole school will congregate together to watch and cheer on the 100 metre age races. Children will be grouped in ages (not classes). 1st, 2nd and 3rd from each heat will be sighted across the line and be sent up to marshall again for the age final. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the final will be sighted across the line and recorded as place-getter for that event.
10.45 Recess Break
11am Rotational Events
Infant Age Groups (5, 6 and 7 this calendar year) will participate in 3 rotations of 20 minutes. Ball Games, Novelty and Shot Put (Bean Bag Throw). Infant classes will begin to head back to school after their third rotation approximately 12 midday. They will have a lunch break of sorts upon their return (depending on how hot and tired the children are and then back in for a quiet, cool afternoon.
Primary Age Groups (aged 8 - 12 this calendar year) will participate in 3 rotations of 20 minutes followed by a shortened lunch break (20 Minutes) and then another 2 rotations of 20 minutes. 200m Sprints, 800m, Shot Put, Novelty and Ball Games. Primary Classes will head back to school after their 5th rotation - approximately 1pm for a short recess break and back for a quiet, cool afternoon
Rain next week :-( . I am aware that we have a week of rain forecast next week. I prefer to look on the bright side and hope that this will not affect our plans at this stage. However, if this becomes necessary, I will let parents know of any changes.
Welcome back to Term 4.
I trust that you have had a little respite, at least, from the added schedule of getting your children to school every day, even if you did not manage any leave for yourselves. I found myself with literally thousands of people in Central West NSW marvelling at the irony this year still manages to throw at us. The isolated towns of Western NSW were crowded and the heat and dust gave way to some of the heaviest downpours I have witnessed and yet I still smiled. I smiled because I was away with my family but also I saw thousands of other families doing the same. Long after we were locked down in our homes and this new found celebration of being together was realised, we are still maintaining this as our focus.
I have mentioned this before but will do so again. I am ever mindful of a children's poem/book written this year called The Great Realisation and a marvellous YouTube link that goes with it (see below). I hope we are still finding the joy amongst the rest that 2020 throws at us. This is particularly true as the northern hemisphere wrestles with new waves of infection creating more trauma as we fast approach Christmas and the year's end. Our prayers and thoughts are with so many still struggling at this time.
Assistant Principal 2021
On behalf of Mr Gerard Mowbray, Director of Schools and Brian Lacey, the Assistant Director, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Katie McDermott as the Assistant Principal of Corpus Christi Primary, Waratah commencing in January 2021. Katie is replacing Emily Haardt who has resigned her position due to the relocation of her family overseas.
Katie is currently Assistant Principal of St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School, Dee Why in the Broken Bay Diocese. Prior to her appointment to St Kevin’s, Katie was a classroom teacher, Religious Education Co-ordinator and acting Assistant Principal at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, St Ives. In her current school Katie is Numeracy Leader, Chair of the PBL Committee, Compass School Leader, ICLT Co-ordinator and the developer of the school-wide STEM program. Katie is very actively involved in her parish at Manly-Freshwater and comes highly recommended to our Diocese from her current Parish Priest, Fr David Taylor.
As a Community we offer our congratulations and welcome to Katie as she joins us at Corpus Christi. We look forward to meeting with her in the coming weeks as we manage the all important transition between schools and cities.
Late last term Mrs Jeanette CHapman had a fall at another school and broke several ribs and her arm. As a result she was forced to take leave at the time. Despite a hope that she would be back next week, she will need to have more leave before she can return to work. At this stage. Jeanette will be on leave for Weeks 3 and 4. Maree Koen will continue to take the Specialist Music Teaching role in Jeanette's place (as she has done for Weeks 1 and 2 of this term). We wish Jeanette a speedy recovery.
Full Time Permanent Teaching Position 2021
We currently have a full time permanent teaching position advertised for appointment. This position is available because Ann-Maree Green officially resigned her teaching role at our school after taking the remainder of her LSL this year. We will complete the appointment process for the permanent position before proceeding with any further appointments for next year.
Changes in Work Arrangements 2021.
I also want to announce that Mrs Bronwyn Ryan who teaches at our school in a variety of teaching roles and across varying number of days will be resigning her formal teaching allocation of 0.4 Executive Release Teacher at the end of this year. Bronwyn has every intention, as do we in taking her up on the offer, to continue working casual days throughout 2021 but she is resigning her formally appointed 2 day a week role. Bronwyn has been and will continue to be a valuable staff member whose wealth of experience is such an asset to the school. Her strength in caring for and teaching the children is obvious no matter what class she is working with. We will miss her regular presence in the staff room but know that she will continue to be part of our school community for 2021. While this is a big step, it is not our final step with Bronwyn.
A great start to term everyone. Despite the headaches around us, the students remain settled and happy.
Have a great two weeks,
Speaking of what the year 2020 throws at us, I want to acknowledge and thank our families for your efforts in responding to the urgent Pupil Free Day that was called for Monday 12th October. We were very grateful that you could organise alternate supervision for your children given the absence of toilets on site at that time. We appreciate your understanding of the situation and easing the pressure on us as we began this term of construction. The procedures of moving about the school are continuing quite successfully and students are managing the changes very well.
I have come to realise that the noise of the playground and even the intense noise of the classroom, which can sometime be very significant, is nothing compared to that of the jack hammers and cement saws that we have lived with over the last 2 weeks. In turns out these old building were built to last and the size of the cement slab they had to lift was much thicker and had twice as many footings as one would normally expect in modern building techniques. What was to take a week has extended into this week, although it is easing. I am assured we are at the finish line (even as I write this I can hear a jackhammer) and the pipes are now being set up for the plumbing before the new slab is being laid next week. This means that we should hear a reduction in noise and its impact on the school learning environment.
I want to thank and acknowledge the students and staff for their flexibility and resilience in what has been a difficult space to be in at times over the last two weeks. A special mention goes to Year 6 who have had to move in and out of their classroom (directly above the demolition) to gain some sanity and to Mrs Bamford in the office who has been on the front line. I have renewed appreciation for those who work in industrial noise for a living.
As mentioned, we should have some excitement next week as the concrete slab is poured. I am not much of a builder but I am hoping that doesn't involve a jackhammer.
Welcome back to Term 4!! I hope that everyone was able to have a good school holiday and are ready for what will most likely be a busy term ahead.
We all want our kids to be able to handle those unexpected situations and challenges that may arise. As parents we want to instinctively, protect our kids from all the tricky bad things while knowing at the same time that they need to learn to fend for themselves and begin to work things out on their own.
How to help our kids pick themselves up and bounce back
Resilience is about being able to cope with the challenges that life throws at us – the ups and downs. It can help us to not just survive, but thrive, when we are faced with adversity. It’s about coping with problems and building strengths that protect and promote well-being.
There are 4 main protective factors which demonstrate a person’s capacity for displaying resilience.
- Strengths in oneself and in others
- Support networks
- Problem solving ability
- A positive view of an achievable future
All children can benefit from opportunities to build their resilience. Here are some ideas:
- Praise your children for having a go. Focus on your child’s positive personal characteristics, but keep your love and praise balanced and realistic.
- Encourage your children to face difficult situation in a gradual, step-by-step manner. Young people who learn to cope with difficult situations more effectively will develop the ability to look for positives in difficult situations rather than focus on the negative.
- Be supportive. This can get harder as your child gets older – supporting your primary school aged child is very different from supporting your infant child – but is no less important. Actively listento how your child is feeling, explore options together to help tackle problems, and suggest possibilities that could help.
- Encourage your child to be assertive when necessary. Teach your child from a young age that treating others with respect is the right thing to do. It’s been shown that once children believe that others deserve respect, they’re quick to demand that level of respect for themselves.
- Set aside some time. At meal time share some happy moments that you have all had during the day. It is also good to take a break from constant stimulation like television, computers, iPods and phones. You and your children need moments of peace and quietness.
- Try to be consistent with schedules, rules and expectations in your parenting. Try to agree on rules and convey the some sorts of messages.
- Look after yourself as a parent. Make time for yourself and your own relaxing activities. If you are happy and positive your children will greatly benefit.
To find out more about how we can encourage resilience in our children please refer to https://parenting.sa.gov.au/easy-guides/coping-skills-resilience-parent-easy-guide
Or listen to the following episode on the ABC Podcast, Parental as Anything, Maggie Dent about How to Raise a Resilient Child https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/parental-as-anything-with-maggie-dent/how-to-raise-a-resilient-child/11461956
Embedding Different Perspectives into Curriculum.
As first educators of your children, I am sure this is familiar as is the onslaught of questions that follow including the dreaded "Why?", "Why not? and "But what if?"
The point is that throughout these conversations, (and don't kid yourselves they are lessons in learning even if it is while driving the car) we automatically seek to make connections because we instinctively know that this is where learning happens. Marilyn Ferguson (an American Author) is quoting as saying "Making mental connections is our most crucial learning tool, the essence of human intelligence; to forge links; to go beyond the given; to see patterns, relationships, context." This sums up the point much more succinctly.
In the classroom, we use this realisation to embed perspective across the curriculum as well as tapping into already established perspectives for the children. In doing so we broaden the experience of those connections and the depth of learning we can reach. We are challenged by all our curriculums to deliver content and skills with the lense of certain perspectives particularly relevant to the Australian Identity as seen in the diagram below. This week, the staff have worked at ensuring that these perspectives are embedded,when relevant, into the unit content across all KLAs.
Welcome to Term 4 as we celebrate:
Feast of All Saints and All Souls Day
All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is the day after All Hallows' Eve (Hallowe'en). It is a feast day celebrated on 1st November each year.
All Souls' Day is marked on 2nd November, directly following All Saints' Day, and is an opportunity for Catholic churches to commemorate the faithful departed.
A Reading from the books of Psalms
1. The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; on the waters he made it firm. (R.)
2. Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart, who desires not worthless things. (R.)
3. He shall receive blessings from the Lord and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, seek the face of the God of Jacob. (R.)
The Feast of All Saints is a rich and beautiful tradition within the Church. It honours those who have died and reminds us that we are part of a wider communion of holy people. The fact that those in heaven are more closely united with Christ, allows us to feel closer to God here on Earth.
The praise of God the creator contains a questions for us to ponder. An interesting feature of this passage is the variety of images of God that it contains: creator; saviour; and patron deity.
This week our staff completed the final two hours of our Indigenous Spirituality training, specially exploring the Aboriginal perspectives within our curriculum and how we can embed and extend this knowledge.
The Australian Indigenous people bring gifts of their culture and spirituality to the community and we are all continually learning and discovering more about our faith. Our learning cemented the value we all hold true as Catholics, that Religion and faith is about inclusivity, respect and commitment treating all human beings equally.
Our staff enjoyed listening to the Aboriginal Our Father and will be sharing it with our class. Have a listen!
Pope John Paul 11 summed this up well in an address in 1986-
‘For thousands of years, you have fashioned a culture that endures to this day. And during all this time, the Spirit of God has been with you’
‘Your culture, which shows the lasting genius and dignity of your race, must not be allowed to disappear’
‘You lived your lives in spiritual closeness to the land, with its animals, birds, fishes, waterholes, rivers, hills and mountains. Through the closeness to the land you touched the sacredness of man’s relationship with God’
‘Let your minds and hearts be strengthened to begin a new life now. Past hurts cannot be healed by violence, nor are present injustices removed by resentment. Your Christian faith calls you to become the best kind of Aboriginal people you can be.’
What is All Saints Day and why do we celebrate it?
Catholics celebrate All Saints' Day on November 1, visiting tombstones and holding services to honour the memory of deceased relatives and saints of the church that have attained heaven.
The Feast of All Saints is a rich and beautiful tradition within the Church. This special occasion, celebrating ALL of the Saints, is one of the most special in a church calendar. It honours those who have died and reminds us that we are part of a wider communion of holy people. The fact that those in heaven are more closely united with Christ, allows us to feel closer to God here on Earth.
This day celebrates all the saints in God’s Kingdom. Some have been officially canonised by the Church, but many others lived saintly lives, perhaps quietly and without attention, and are also part of the communion of saints. There may be
people in our own lives who we regard as saints. All these people are worthy of our honour.
Prayer for All Saints Day
Dear God, thank you for the example of the Saints. I desire to join in their company, worshiping you forever in Heaven. Please help me follow their footsteps, and yours, Jesus Christ. Please help me to conform myself to Your image, seeking Your will in all things, as the Saints did. Please help me to devote myself, and all that I do, to Your glory, and to the service of my neighbours. Amen.
What is All Soul's Day and why do we celebrate it?
All Souls' Day, also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and the Day of the Dead, is a day of prayer and remembrance for the souls of those who have died.
During All Souls' Day traditions we often remember deceased loved ones in various
ways on the day. Beliefs and practices associated with All Souls' Day vary widely among Christian churches and denominations.
Consistent with these teachings and traditions, Catholics believe that through the prayers of the faithful on Earth, the dead are cleansed of their sins so they may enter into heaven.
Prayers for All Souls
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let the perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Have a great fortnight and be kind to yourselves!
Mrs Lisa York
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
Scope IT - Code It, Create it, Print it and Light it up?
We kicked off our term of learning outside of the classroom last week with the launch of the SCOPE IT programs from K- 6. While Kindy's coded, Years 1 - 3 used code to create computer designs ready for 3D Printing and Year 4 -6 worked on electrical circuits controlled by computer codes. It's hard to capture the actual content covered as so much of it is abstract and on the screen but these photos certainly capture the intense focus and joy that occurs when a goal is achieved. We looked forward to the remainder of the term's work in digital technologies and coding.
We had a lovely relaxing end of term on the 25th September as the students got a well deserved well being day. Movies, Choc tops and chips - Year 5 even got time to conduct a Science Experiment .
Reminder : Canteen New Procedures
Canteen is operational on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Canteen is closed on a WEDNESDAY
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 Year 2 Classroom door - in the Dominic Courtyard (for Term 4 Only)
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 handed directly 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.