Welcome to our final newsletter for the term. This week we take the mid point of the
year as an opportunity to examine some whole school PBL data in the Principal's Report, we look at the PD that will be completed by staff on Monday 22nd July (Pupil Free Day) in the Teaching and Learning Update and celebrate our newly confirmed sacramental group of students in RE Matters. We also have some key dates for Term 3 available for your reference in the Key Dates section.
PBL Semester 1 Data Analysis
As we approach the mid point of the year it is always valuable to take stock on the year that has been to better inform the year ahead. One of the many areas of Data we analyse and discuss throughout the year is the data we collect within the PBL framework. As we have outlined in the previous three newsletters, PBL is about focusing on, promoting and celebrating the positive behaviours. While positive in its emphasis, is is also about having clear structures in place to alert and moderate negative behaviour choices and patterns with the aim of returning to the positive behaviour model. Our school celebrates positive behaviour choices with the awarding of Gotchas and gaining special privileges when different gotcha milestones are achieved. This is the core drive of PBL; catching students doing the right thing. This semester our students received a total of 9212 gotchas (that's an average of 438 a week). What and amazing effort and such an important piece of data that teachers can find 87 moments a day to celebrate something positive. Below is a chart of the average gotchas awarded across the grades.
The flip side of the PBL framework is the clear structure we have in place to respond to negative behaviours. While a clear consequence is important, it is more important that the structures encourage the students to return to the positive behaviour model as soon as possible. For this reason we implement a system of minors and majors. A "minor" is a slow down, "heads up" warning to the student that recent choices have not been positive. These are issued with the intention that they are enough for the student to redirect or modify their behaviour accordingly. We have two sets of data about minors from this semester. The first is that we have issued 179 minors across the school for the semester, which compared to the 9000+ gotchas represents 2% of teacher behaviour management focusing on negative while the remain 98% is celebrating positive moments.
The second set of data with minors is to analyse how many of these minors developed into a major as a result of a student not modifying their choices in order to return to the positive behaviour model. We are happy to note that Majors were issued only 14 times (8%) from the 179 minors. This represents that the issuing of a minor supports 92% of students to modify or moderate their choices.
While a lot of numbers and data can be overwhelming, this data is worth celebrating. While 179 incidents of negative behaviours might indicate a problem (and individually, they are) but not when compared to the 9000+ moments of positive behaviours. Further, if behaviour management is to encourage students to make positive choices, a 92% success rate to modify behaviour once a mistake has been made is also cause for celebration. Our aim is to continue to track positive trends in this data working toward a 100 % success rate when mistakes are made or better yet, minimal incidents of negative behaviour in the first place.
On a further note, this Friday's Awards Assembly will be very busy indeed as we award the individual PBL certificates for receiving 50 Gotchas and the PBL Ribbons for those students who have tallied 100 Gotchas since the start of the year. As usual, all are welcome.
Last week we finalised our first offers for the Kindergarten cohort of 2020. We have a strong class of 27 for the start of year. We are equally excited to be welcoming 11 new families to our school community and welcome 16 younger sibling of families who are already part of our community.
In the next few months, Year 5 will begin their journey to senior leadership and becoming buddies to our newest members of the school before the orientation program in late October and early November.
Kenya Immersion Trip
I am very much looking forward to the Kenyan Immersion Trip which I have the privilege to be involved with during the holidays. The children of Corpus Christi have come to know it as Kesheni which is a Swahili word meaning to be "Open to the Spirit". I am certainly drawing on the courage, spirit and support of the school community as I venture on this journey with a touch of trepidation and plenty of hope and excitement. I am strengthened by knowing that I will experience and witness the mission work of the Church. We are not always privileged enough to witness this frist hand. I hope to share some of these experiences with the children and community during my travels (via the FB page) and upon my return so that they too can bear witness to the ways in which our Church community can serve others as part of their journey in Faith.
During the two weeks, the group will visit and contribute to the work of Catholic Missions within the Ruben Slum. We will visit a number of Catholic agencies including the Ruben School, Ruben Medical Centre, Kurt Fearnley Centre, Mary Rice Centre for handicapped children, Women for Women Centre, an Advocacy Centre, St Joseph’s Home for the Destitute, Br Beausang School Embulbul and Youth and Health Clinic programs.
I want to thank the Mini Vinnies group for their efforts in organising Friday's Money for Kesheni Day and the families for their generosity and contributions for the day. I will be taking the money raised directly to the Ruben organsiation where the group leader, who has been there for the last 6 weeks, will guide us in how to utilise that money for the communities in need.
Asante sana (Thank you)
For those who are asking, a link to the organsation that coordinates many of the centres we will visit is below.
I hope that our students and the staff have a well earned break during the holidays. Don't forget to still read something everyday and complete a little number work in your head. It is important to keep the brain cells firing. For those parents who are lucky enough to have a break from work, I hope you also manage to find some R & R. And for everyone, working or not, I hope the days are warm enough for us to be grateful and the evenings just cold enough to remind us that we are in the dead of winter (and that summer is already on its way).
We will see everyone back here on Tuesday 23rd July. Be Safe.
A reminder that Monday 22nd is a pupil Free day while the staff complete important professional development as a team.
Have a great few weeks.
Below are three PDF links to key dates currently booked in for Term 3. While these are current as of today, they may yet change so please use this document as a reference only and always confirm on the COMPASS calendar. We will continue to use our COMPASS calendar and reminders in the newsletter about upcoming events which will always have the most up to date details.
At the start of the year, we outlined a priority to evaluate and relaunch a focus on student and community wellbeing at Corpus Christi Waratah. There are a number of initiatives, frameworks and programs that a school is able to utilise in their pursuit of wellbeing. Over the last term, the wellbeing committee has investigated a number of these in order to plan a way forward.
Each framework has a number of elements that meet different needs within a community such as ours. While one might provide the information, research and adult centred resources to better understand wellbeing, it may not be particularly child centred. Another resource might include some explicit teaching of strategies in wellbeing but it does not have the benefit of incorporating our unique Catholic Identity. As with a lot of things, it is best to make informed, balanced decision about the different elements in different resources that best suit our school. This has been the work of the committee this term. The graphic below outlines the way in which we hope to structure the new approach to wellbeing. Over the next term we will continue to unpack this graphic as we begin to dig deeper into each resource.
In RE Matters this week, we begin with our Faith Formation on the Sunday Gospel, then we take a look at the photographs from the Sacrament of Confirmation, and then look at some dates ahead.
In this Sundays Gospel, the 7th July, Gospel Lk 10:1-12. 17-20 Jesus sends forth the seventy-two!
Who has been sent on an errand?
What did you have to do?
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus sent his followers out with his message of good news. What was the good news that they brought to the people they met?
We are also followers of Jesus who are sent out with the good news. How can we be Jesus’ messengers this week?
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION INFORMATION
Last Tuesday night, 11 of our students made their Sacrament of Confirmation in Corpus Christi Church. They were Confirmed by the Vicar General of the Maitland Newcastle Diocese Fr Andrew Doohan. What a fabulous celebration it was, and I was particularly proud of the reverence and commitment shown by all the children. Congratulations also parents who prepared the children. It seems daunting at first, but everyone always seems to do a great job.
We gathered together in the library for one last minute and to meet the children from St John’s Lambton who were joining our celebration.
Save the Date - Eucharist
Dates for First Eucharist are as follows.
School Parish Mass
You’re invited to the next School-Parish Mass
Friday 5th July will be our last mass for Term 2 and our last Friday Mass. 9:30am straight after the weekly assembly. Year 3 and Year 4 will be attending. Please pass the word around to grandparents and friends. We would love as many people to come and worship the Eucharist with us!
Next term, we begin our First Tuesday of the Month Masses. 9:30am also.
Tuesday 6th August. This Mass celebrates the Transfiguration of the Lord. Year 5 and Year 6 will be attending
Save the Date - Grand Parents Day will be held in book week this year. We will hold a special event on Thursday 22nd August that combines the joy of books as a past time enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. More details to follow next term.
If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact me or email me at email@example.com
Have a great week and a fabulous holiday
Religious Education Coordinator
Literacy and Numeracy Progressions
Literacy and numeracy development influences students’ success in most aspects of schooling. The National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions are a resource that describe how literacy and numeracy learning develops over time.
There are two progressions – one for literacy and one for numeracy. Each is divided into sub elements that give a detailed description of the typical developmental path in particular aspects of literacy and numeracy. The progressions may assist parents to understand the way literacy and numeracy skills develop and to identify the particular literacy and numeracy skills their children are using or are currently learning.
The NSW literacy progressions describes a student's development in literacy skills across the curriculum. It identifies behaviours that demonstrate how a student's skills and understandings develop in the critical aspects of literacy.
The NSW numeracy progressions outlines a development of learning that can be used when observing students working on problems in mathematics. It again, identifies behaviours that demonstrate how a student's skills and understandings develop in the critical aspects of numeracy.
Below are 2 examples (Literacy and Numeracy) that provide a snapshot of how what we can observe in students work and everyday practice can be tracked on the progressions in just one small area of their learning. The progressions themselves are much broader and more extensive but you will get the idea. Also, please note theses are the national curriculum porgressions. NSW schools use NESA developed progressions which are very similar, so the examples are still relevant.
Staff at Corpus Christi, Waratah will undertake a full day of professional learning on MONDAY 22 JULY 2019 in the Literacy and Numeracy progressions, with a particular focus on Numeracy. We will begin to use these progressions to better understand student achievement and use the next steps to develop learning goals for our students.
Today, two of our students who are members of the Virtual Academy presented their Semester 1 research and project based learning to their peers, their parents, the CSO Education Officer for Gifted Education, Sally Brock and the Virtual Academy teacher coordinator, Rebecca Heath. What struck me most about the presentations was the two completely different projects the students developed while covering the same skills in their learning. It demonstrates the variety of learning content that is possible while learning the same concept and skill set.
A huge congratulations to both Lara McKelvey and Chloe Tucker for both today's presentation as well as the hours of work researching and developing your ideas and solutions to the problems you were presented. You also showed great resilience and confidence by presenting so well to a live audience. You certainly gained and held the group's attention. No easy feat.
Thank you to Mrs Rebecca Heath of the Virtual Academy for her role in guiding the students via video conferencing, resourcing and face to face meetings. And a final
Congratulations to the following students who have been recognised for great learning, awesome achievements, impressive improvements and stand out moments. All parents are welcome at our Awards Assembly on Friday Mornings from 8.50am but if you are unable to atend, watch this space for when learning that is great.