33 Bridge St Property
Earlier this year, the Catholic Schools office was able to purchase the property at 33 Bridge St, which currently shares a fence line with the southern side of the hall/ Library and the Western side of the sandpit. They have since assessed the dwelling on that block and have decided to demolish it with the intention to return it to some more playground space for now. This is a wonderful opportunity for the school to gain some more play space in the first instance.
There is no doubt that there is a bigger opportunity to incorporate that block of land into the current blind side for the library and hub. This, of course, is a much bigger conversation that will emerge over coming months and years and involve potential capital works. I will be meeting with John Tobin (Assistant Director in charge of Building Works) to consider a longer term plan for the block and our school site in general which has grown considerably since 2016. While quite sizeable now, our playground is increasingly unique in shape and offers its own challenges as a playground space. We are sharing so many fences with neighbours and playground supervision can be a challenge with so many differently orientated spaces. It is expected that we have access to this land via an access path behind the sandpit by the start of 2022.
Staffing Announcements 2022
It is with my heartfelt congratulations that I announce that Mr David Treloar has been appointed to the role of Assistant Principal at St Josephs Dungog to begin in Term 1 of 2022. This is a much deserved appointment. David has undertaken the role of Acting Assistant Principal since Term 1 last year when Emily Haardt left for Germany and he continued this role across the duration of my leave in Semester 1 this year. In that time David has proven his worth as a leader of great passion and commitment. There will be time for more formal goodbyes later in the year but for now I know that Dungog has gained an effective leader, a wonderful colleague, a valuable community member and a very good friend, just as much as we will lose the same. Congratulations David.
We will now begin the appointment process for a new Religious Education Coordinator at Corpus Christi Waratah. Given that this is a leadership position, any panel is conducted under CSO processes with a leadership team member from the CSO as the Chair. I will keep the parents updated as the process gets underway.
Remaining Pupil Free Days for 2021
I announced the remaining pupil free days in the last newsletter but found it was buried in the middle of many other announcements. I wanted to be sure these dates a noted for parents given the impact they have on child care on those days. St Nicholas Waratah OOSH is generally open on each of these days to assist enrolled families but I will confirm if this is the case for the day gazetted for Term 3 (see below) should we still be in lockdown at that time.
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. Please note that this Professional Learning is vital to our continued direction in literacy for 2022.
If we are still under Lockdown order at this stage, we will still gazette it as a Pupil Free Day. We will only plan and provide 4 days of learning and Teams meetings in that week. Staff will complete their learning remotely via online modules.
Friday 26th November (Week 8, Term 4) - Staff will develop an understanding of and focus on skills to promote and maintain their own and other's mental fitness and wellbeing. Part of an overall wellbeing framework approach here at CCW.
That's all from me this week but I invite parents to read though other updates that are included in this newsletter especially the Student Welfare Update unpacking Covid Tool kits during lockdown and the Teaching and Learning Update, unpacking recommended time allocations fro each subject when learning from home model .
Have a great 2 weeks. Fingers crossed it will see us out of lockdown.
This wek we have attached two very relavant and important documents as we navigate these lockdwon times. Community welfare and in particular, student welfare remains our core purpose. Without it, nothing else can be achieved.
HOME LEARNING ADVICE TO PARENTS
As Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle we believe that parents are the first and foremost educators of the child, therefore parents are trusted and empowered to make decisions about how children learn at home.
As we continue a Home Learning Environment, we need to keep in mind that we cannot replicate the school environment or overwhelm students and parents. Learning will be different in every home. A full school day will not nor should not be delivered from home. Parents are not teachers and are not expected to deliver a full curriculum but it is equally important to understand the need for some continuity in learning and learning routines. To that end, the image below captures the recommended time spent on learning each day - dependant on the class/age of your child.
A routine can assist children to stay calm and reduce anxiety, this could include:
Daily and Christian meditation
Monitoring time spent at the computer work booklets with clear expectations on time to be spent on learning.
Encouraging regular exercise and healthy eating habits
Drinking enough water
Keep normal bedtime routines.
We suggest that you provide your child with opportunities to play during the day. Play is crucial to a child’s learning and wellbeing. In play, there are learning dispositions and general capabilities such as literacy, numeracy, creativity, problem solving, persistence, resilience. Play is important for healthy brain development and researchers acknowledge that play is equally important to a child’s life as sleep, rest, exercise and food! Through play children have the opportunity to act out experiences affecting their everyday life, which helps them to process their thoughts and understandings.
Setting up the home environment
We are suggesting that you and your child set up an environment to encourage engagement in learning, prayer, open creativity and expand imagination. Ideally it will be an inviting space with access to a variety of different resources that children can use in their learning adventures. As you get ready you may like to include:
Pens, lead pencils, coloured pencils and paper.
Books (School books and notebooks)
Packets of playing cards
Age appropriate reading books (Could include books from the premiers reading challenge list or books that you haven’t read for years)
Music (wide variety is best, could use Spotify, etc.)
Natural materials e.g. shells, rock, sand, leaves etc.
Anything that sparks imagination
COVID has drastically changed the way we live our daily lives, and while we are in the middle of daily uncertainty with this pandemic, we have a mighty weapon at our disposal.
Prayer is this mighty weapon!
Prayer energises the heart of all believers through the power of the Spirit. Consistent prayer also releases the power of God's blessing on your life and circumstances.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 9:29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” ... And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.
During this time of at-home learning, we as a community need to call on the power pf prayer, and keep praying
Prayer can be considered a more formal way to talk to God because it is primarily rooted in religion. However, you can choose to pray in whatever way feels comfortable to you.
For our children, we know that for effective religious education to take place we need it to be both academic and formative. The learning we ask students to undertake at home needs have opportunities for encounter with the person of Jesus. Children also need to pray so they continue to know and understand that they ‘are beautifully and wonderfully made and loved’ by God.
While you can pray at any time and in any place, it helps with children to set aside specific time and place to pray.
Let’s begin with setting up a Sacred Space with our children.
Set up/change a small sacred space near your home learning area. We have returned to ordinary time in the Church’s calendar. Ordinary Time refers to those periods that fall outside of the major liturgical seasons, yet Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting. During this time, we use GREEN as our liturgical colour. Things you may like to include:
- Holy picture
You may like to draw a picture that you could place in this space if you have no pictures.
Each day, light a candle with your child and say a prayer. Maybe your child could teach you our school prayer. In saying this prayer, we remember that we are still part of the school and our friends and schoolmates are saying the prayer with us.
God’s Blessings everyone.
Trvia Night Success
While it seems a lifetime ago in the lockdown reality of now, Our P&F Association managed to hold its annual Trivia Night at Hamilton North Bowling Club on Saturday 24th July. We had a great night lots of laughs and it’s always great to see our little community coming together in a social setting. The P&F Association would like to thank all of the families who attended on the night and gave to our school your contribution is always appreciated. Special thanks also goes to the main organisers for the event, Jayne Gavenlock and Tracey Mulherin. Special thanks to Camillia Batten, Erika Logan, Keeley Buck, Renee Walkom and the Waldron Family for your kind donations. We managed to raise over $1600 for our P&F Association which is a huge success!! The 2021 Corpus Christi Trivia Night Honours went to team The Masked Avengers!! Well done guys.
We would like to thank the following local businesses who donated to our raffle prizes, we are grateful to have received these donation as we appreciate businesses in our community have been doing it tough the last 18 months. Their kind donations toward our raffle on the night helped raise a very successful amount that will go towards projects within Corpus Christi that will benefit our children.
Class awards for Term 3
Congratulations to the following children who received awards in Week 3 and Week 5. Please note that there were no awards for Week 4 due to there being no assembly on that first day of the current lockdown.