- Principal's Report
- Upcoming Events and Reminders
- Community Working Together
- Religion and Catholic Identity Update
- Student Welfare Update - Whole School
- Student Welfare Update from the School Counsellor
- Teaching and Learning Update
- Class Awards
- Canteen Update
- P & F Update - Uniform Shop - Copy
- Community Notices
Welcome back to Term 3. We have had a great start to term and it has been wonderful to witness the children's ongoing commitment and positive attitude to their learning. For someone who is returning from extended leave, I cannot tell you how incredible it felt to be welcomed back with so many smiles from old and new friends. The sense of belonging is the greatest gift a community can share. Seeing it with fresh eyes has made me see how important it is and how well we do it here at CCW.
Talking to Your kids about Covid
Covid seems to be hanging just outside the door for us. Not quite in the room but it is certainly making some noise. So I have included a valuable document for any parent who is seeking some guidance on how to talk to our kids about Covid. It was been written by Kelly Pavan from The Rosewood Centre.
With the most recent Covid outbreak dominating the news and the world around us, this article will help parents and carers of students in our schools who are worried about how they talk to their children about Covid.
Faith and Science
At the recent Staff Development Day (Pupil Free Day) at the start of term, staff attended a presentation and workshop called 'Faith, Reason and Miracles' led by Micheal Denin. The presentation connected the very real and, at first glance, opposing views of the world - Science and Religion. Lenses that might otherwise be seen as contradictory and certainly not aligned were discussed in a new light. The presentation and workshop started us on a journey to consider how the lense of Faith might not only assist but actually enhance our understanding of the world through science. It is certainly a challenge and one that is ongoing. The staff responded well to the discussions of how we can also share the lense of Faith and Science in guiding students in their own learning.
We may know the science behind how a rainbow appears but can still marvel at its beauty. We might understanding how mountains are formed over thousands of years but that still doesn'tt compare to the awe and wonder of being dwarfed at the foot of sheer cliffs or standing on the edge of one.
Now that I have returned to the Principal Role, I wanted to clarify for parents how Katie McDermott is filling her teaching component now that she undertakes her appointed Assistant Principal Role. Below is a table that will hopefully map out her very busy week. The flexibility of Katie's timetable is a valuable asset when scheduling events and support across any given week.
|Monday||Ab Ed Teacher - Literacy and Numeracy Support|
|Tuesday||Assistant Principal's Office/ Admin Day|
|Wednesday||Specialist PE/Sport Teacher|
|Thursday||ABEd Teacher / Release for teachers undertaking PD|
|Friday||Appointed Year 5 Teacher as Mrs K is teaching only 4 days a week|
Ongoing Covid Restrictions
I want to acknowledge and thank parents for their cooperation with recent tightening of Covid restrictions. While it is certainly not the way we envisaged starting the term, it has been done quite successfully and with little disruption to student life at school. Sadly, there is no foreseeable change in the near future so I as parents to remain vigilant with the following covid restrictions put in place at the start of term.
1. Wearing of Masks
At this stage in regional NSW, masks or face coverings are recommended in all indoor settings for all staff/adults in primary schools.
2. Essential Visitors Only on site
No non-essential visitors are permitted in schools. At this stage, essential visitors include canteen and uniform shop volunteers which means these can continue using the current covid safe practices. It also means that parent teacher communication and interviews will revert to zoom, email or phone calls for the time being.
Those essential visitors that are permitted in schools are required to follow mask-wearing requirements and sign-in using the Service NSW QR code.
3. Morning Drop and Afternoon Pick Up
All students will need to enter the school in the morning via the front gate. The bottom gate will remain locked. A staff member will be at the front gate to assist all students to enter the school independently.
Parents and carers that are picking up (or dropping off) their children will need to stay with the car, preferably in the car, within the drop of zone while we call your child to the front gate. If you need to pick up "on foot" then it is expected you maintain social distancing from fellow parents and for the sake of extra precaution, wear your face mask if at all possible.
Remaining Pupil Free Days
We have confirmed our remaining Staff Development Days for the year (otherwise known as Pupil Free Days. While a way off yet I ask parents record them into your diaries. I have forwarded these dates to the St Nicholas OOSH at CCW for them to assist with their OOSH service during those school days.
Friday 3rd September (Week 8, Term 3) - Staff will focus in on Literacy Progressions in order to assess, plot and track student achievement and growth in the focus area of English
Friday 26th November (Week 8, Term 4) - Staff will develop an understanding of and focus in on skills to promote and maintain and their own and other's mental fitness and wellbeing. Part of an overall wellbeing framework approach here at CCW
Morning Club Launch
This Term, Corpus Christi is wanting to trial a new initiative we have been pondering on. With the changes of our pastoral care worker’s hours, we were discussing ways our students could still comfortably utilise Miss King’s support with the new changes in place. This brings our to the announcement of Morning Club. Throughout Term 3, the Stage 3 "early morning arrivals" at school will be given the opportunity to attend ‘Morning Club’.
Morning Club will involve Miss King supporting the Stage 3 students by providing a quiet and relaxed zone for them to attend before beginning school. Various activities maybe involved such as meditation, stretching and mindfulness.
Morning club will be held in the library at 8:20am – 8:50am every Friday morning from Week 3. A warm drink will be supplied if students wish to partake. A BYO keep cup with a lid will need to be brought by the children.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via my email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a beautiful weekend,
Warmest Regards Sophie King
When working together as a community it is wonderful to celebrate events together but it is also important to ensure the day to day interactions are done positively and productively. In this light, I have attached a couple of important ongoing documents we use at our school for parents to use a reference point if they have any questions about how we do things here. Printed copies of these are always available at the office.
1. School Housekeeping - routines
2. Uniform Expectations
3. Code of Conduct
4. Complaints Resolution Process
As with any organisation, a school relies on all members of the community to support the processes and procedures that are in place for the successful day to day running of the school. As always, we appreciate parent support to ensure consistent processes so that the logistics of managing an organisation are efficient and sustainable.
Our school uniform is our statement of belonging to a community. We thank parents for their ongoing support to ensure the uniform is consistently worn and done so with pride and belonging. I have attached the uniform brochure for parent reference. This is drawn from the uniform policy and procedure documents. One "heads up" notice about the ucrrent unifrom is that the 3 year phasing-in of the new green sports shirt (and phasing out of the plain white one) ends this year (2019 - 2021). I thought it important to mention this with plenty of notice in case parents are working with the old shirt.
Code of Conduct 2020
In 2018, the CSO implemented a Community Code of Conduct to be signed by all new enrolments as part of the enrolment application process. This Code of Conduct continues to be part of all enrolment agreements within the school. It is an important and consistent agreement between the school and the home across the diocese.
If you would like to review the documents as they currently apply, I have attached copies below. I have no doubt this document is innately embedded in our school community anyway. The paperwork just puts it down for clarity.
Complaints and Grievances
Have a great two weeks,
Welcome to Term 3,
Firstly I’d like to pass on my thanks to Mr Lisa York who stepped into my role as Religious Education Coordinator while I have been acting Assistant Principal.
Lisa has a wonderful gift and approached the role with passion and faith. Thanks Lisa.
Well all here we are again.
We advertised last term that we were planning a Grandparents Day Mass and Bookfair to coincide with the celebration of Saints Joachim and Ann, Jesus’ grandparents. Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. We will however post a video highlighting the wonderful gift of Grandparents. Stay tuned.
I will continue in each newsletter to provide not only the children with a little Faith Formation but you as well. Remember we are in this together and parents and caregivers were and always will be the first educators of children.
Faith Formation 16th Sunday of ordinary time,
Mk 6:30-34 Jesus pities the crowd, sheep without a shepherd.
Coffee Or Cup, Who Are You?
A group of past University students, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old University Professor. Their conversation soon turned to complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the Professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite — telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the Professor said: “If you notice, all the nice looking expensive cups are taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself, adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some cases, even hides what you drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.”
“Now consider this,” he continued… “Life is the coffee. The jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee, God has provided us.”
Are you the coffee or the cup?
The way we look at life is crucial. If we want happiness, we don’t need a Ferrari but the basics are necessary. When our never-ending priority is to reach the next step on the ladder of the material world, it’s likely we have lost our way.
God wants us to be rich in happiness; love ourselves, our family, his creation, today, our work… but most of all, He wants us to love Jesus, who died so we could live.
Live simply, love everyone, love Jesus.
Faith Formation for the Children.
May Christ inflame the desires of all people to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to understand one another and live simply, love everyone and love Jesus.
Religious Education Coordinator
A Wellbeing Framework for CCW
Corpus Christi has an integrated approach to student and community wellbeing via a Wellbeing Framework. Throughout the year, this Framework is continually referenced, explicitly taught and practised in the classroom and on the playground and celebrated with wellbeing awards each Friday. This is a vital aspect of becoming life long learners and living life to the fullest.
Learners, whether they be children or adults, respond better when they can see purposeful links between different endeavours working towards a larger goal. Isolated, one off lessons or rhetoric will not stick. Our Wellbeing Framework attempts to map out the many facets of this endeavour in a clear and concise way and link it to what we are already doing.
Our school is driven by the Dominican motto of Veritas (Truth) and the values of Prayer, Learning, Service and Community. We are a Catholic school community driven with Jesus at the heart of all we do. We already have a clear PBL structure in place with Be Safe, Be Honest, Be Respectful and Be a Learner embedded into every classroom. The MJR resource has some wonderful connections with the story and person of Jesus. So how can we overlay all these elements of well-being to one single framework? Below is a graphic that will become the visual for our school’s wellbeing framework and the text below expands on this.
The Centrepiece – Wellbeing
- Within the Be You circle is the MJR challenge of being the face of Jesus to others as a way of being true to you. Living the "Great 8" references the gospel values on which we choose to base our lives. (more in this in the RE update of this newsletter)
- This centrepiece to the framework allows us to keep the Be You government initiative at the core of the overall framework. The Be You government initiative itself is mostly teacher PD and research based information for parents and staff working with children in the area of wellbeing. However it is important to be at the centre because, just like our wellbeing framework, it is child focused.
The Inner layer – Core Values
- On the inner layer of our framework are the Dominican values and motto that drive our unique charism within the Catholic Community. Just like St Dominic and those that belong to the Dominican order, we keep Jesus at the heart of all we do by living a life of Veritas - To seek truth and defend it fearlessly. In doing so, we are called to a life of prayer, service, community and learning.
- Integrating these core values in amongst the well-being framework connects our charism to our sense of wellbeing, our purpose to our calling. We have aligned them as much as possible with the outer layer.
The Outer Layer – PBL/ MJR
Within our existing PBL Framework, we have the school rules of Be Safe, Be Honest, Be Respectful and Be a Learner. To this, and for purposes that we hope will become clear, we have added Be a Community. Throughout the outer layer PBL, you will find reference to much of the MJR resources (outlined further in the RE update.)
- Be Respectful is about relationships (this is
- Be Honest is another direct link to our motto of Veritas and to Jesus as
- Be a Learner is of course our core purpose. There
- Be a Community is a new addition to our schools PBL framework but is
We have returned to term 3 this year, just as we did in 2020, with some uncertainty in the air. It is a reminder of the immense scale of COVID-19 and its ongoing and far-reaching consequences. At times like this it is understandable and normal to feel unsettled and even anxious. It also a reminder to us all to look after ourselves.
Mindfulness can be used to reduce worry and stress. MINDFULNESS is about paying attention in the here and now. It is about what we see, hear, feel and smell and is about taking notice of the present moment with kindness and curiosity. Mindfulness is something that everyone can develop.
The whole family can practise mindfulness by using the Smiling Mind app. Smiling Mind is modern meditation and can be accessed via a free app. The programs are designed to assist people dealing with the stress and pressures of daily life. There are programs available to suit all ages
Case Management Meetings
Our professional learning plan is informed and guided by Lyn Sharratt’s book ‘Clarity - What Matters Most in Learning, Teaching and Leading.’
Since we started this journey in early 2020, we have introduced and consolidated the following strategies:
- Learning Walks and Talks – the school leadership team and teachers inquiring, learning, reflecting, and collaborating with teachers about teaching practices that impact outcomes for each student
- Learning intentions – developed from curriculum expectations, stated in student-friendly language and visible in classrooms for students and teachers to reference
- Success Criteria – directly developed from the learning intention, visible in classrooms for students to reference and measure progress toward their own goals.
- Descriptive Feedback – use of success criteria and rubrics to give students clear instructions on how to achieve the requirements of the task
While we have all of these elements in place and continue to refine them - our focus this term is shifting to implementing regular Case Management Meetings.
What is a Case Management Meeting?
Just like in other professions and disciplines the idea of coming together to discuss the needs of an individual to identify areas of support. The case management approach is used to put a spotlight on how all students are progressing. For us as educators we use the Case Management meeting process to:
- Identify students that need support to achieve a particular skill or their next learning challenge
- Identify students that may not be demonstrating their full potential
The process begins with the teacher identifying a student they would like to present to the Case Management Meeting. The teacher reflects on the student’s learning history, interests, strengths and areas of challenge - the teacher comes to the meeting seeking insight and perspective to support this child in the classroom
How does it work?
- The meeting runs for 20mins every three weeks
- Teachers, Executive Team and Learning Support teachers and Specialist Teachers can attend
- The teacher has allocated time to present their student and their current learning challenge.
- The teachers respond targeted teaching strategies that may support this particular student
- The presenting teacher chooses a strategy to implement and report back on in three weeks.
What are benefits?
- Case Management Meetings which are short, sharp, and targeted on teacher collaboration in solution-based discussions
- The presenting teacher has a forum to gain support for their student
- The teachers present learn about the student and take ownership to support the student in the school community.
- Improve the instructional capacity of every teacher
- For all gathered the professional dialogue connects to challenges in all classrooms and offers all teachers strategies to trial in their own classrooms
- By raising the profile of different students and their needs, the intention is that all teachers have knowledge of students, their challenges and the current strategies in place to support them both in and out of the classroom.
As a whole staff all teachers benefit from being part of this process. From our trial this week, the teachers are energised by the level of professional dialogue and feel supported by their colleagues. The Case Management Approach is already sparking ideas and connections across all classes!
The canteen urgently needs volunteers to help out on in Term 3 on a Thursday/Friday (our most popular days for lunch orders but also our most understaffed).
So we can continue to open on these very busy days, if you are able to spare one morning of your time once or twice per term, once a month or as your schedule allows, it would really make a difference. Training is provided. Plus your kids will get a real kick out of it!
Please contact Vicki Childs via Email: email@example.com
(In order to volunteer at school, if you haven't already registered, you will need see the front office to begin the volunteer registration process).