- Principals' Message
- St Peter's Feast Day Invitation
- Parent Teacher Interviews 2021
- St Agnes' Parish
- 'Winter' Uniform
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Let's Dance!! (Eisteddfod and Workshops)
- All About Sport
- Kindergarten News !!
- Next Week at St Peter's
- Canteen - Pete's Eats
- Library News
- Peer Support
- PATRICK GREEN LOOKING OUT FOR A GREAT FRIEND
- Clothing Pool - Volunteer Needed
- School Photos - Save the Date
- John Henry Institute (JHI) - Short Courses
- Community Noticeboard
Teachers are currently very busy collating information and presenting student reports.
This Semester, our Reports will provide Grades in each Key Learning Area (KLA), concise comments in English and Mathematics and an assessment of Work Habits with a final General Comment. The process involves collating evidence, recognising and celebrating developments and achievement and determining where students will be best served with a future learning focus.
Some terms that are being used and what they mean:
1. MSL - MSL stands for Multisensory Structured Language. SL stands for Structured Literacy. MSL and Structured Literacy are based on the same principles of instruction required for effective reading instruction. This is our instructional tool for teaching reading.
2. Automatic recall/automaticity – when a child has mastered instant recall of a number fact (e.g. 2×6 = 12).
3. Rich tasks – tasks used in mathematics, which allow children to enquire, research, trial different methods and provide a solution, which is efficient and can possibly transfer to other areas of learning.
4. Open-ended tasks - Usually refer to tasks in Mathematics, however, can occur in other KLA’s, which does not have a single correct answer. Open-ended tasks assess the extent of knowledge a child can communicate ( (eg, Explore a million? 1,000,000 rotations of my bike pedals would take me past Perth from Port).
5. Camera words – usually common words that may not be easy to sound out (e.g. you), which children need to instantly recognise to ensure reading fluency and easier comprehension.
6. Phonemes - Sounds that letters or combinations of letters make (tip - phone - listen).
7. Decodable - where children can recognise each sound in a word they are attempting to read or write.
8. Inquiry learning - can occur in any KLA. It is when children are provided scaffolding by the teacher to then choose how they may research and present their learning. The student may be supported through the learning by their teacher, parents and peers. Inquiry learning helps to build independence, resourcefulness and initiative.
9. Maths Grades - please be aware that the first strand in Mathematics - Number and Algebra is a heavy content strand compared to the other two and therefore has greater weighting in the overall grade. There is also some discretion in the compiling of the overall grade. Please ask your teacher if you are unsure of Grades.
2022 KINDERGARTEN INTERVIEWS CONCLUDE NEXT WEEK
Mr Leary has been busy this week with the delightful task of interviewing our final potential Kindergarten students for 2022. Nothing beats seeing the excitement of the faces of our new Kindergarten students as they come for their interviews. We have loved their excitement, optimism and joy at being able to complete tasks. These interviews will conclude next Wednesday and we look forward to seeing our 2022 Kinders at orientation time in Term 4.
Being Safe Online
As our young people are spending more time online, it’s important to remember our responsibilities and rights when it comes to digital communication. Something said in a message can be easily misconstrued when communicated without the benefit of body language and tone of voice. Likewise, words sent in a message in the heat of the moment are there forever. Kids Helpline has an excellent resource for kids of different ages to help them understand what is ok, and what isn’t when communicating online.
Hastings Dancing with the Stars
A great achievement for one of our families at St Peter’s last weekend....
Mark Matheson, father of Torie, Year 4 and Ryan, Year 2, won the Hastings Dancing with the Stars last weekend! He was the final performer for the evening and his dance was called 'Magic Mark'. All of the competitors were such great sports and did so well, raising over $180,000 for the Cancer Council. Congratulations Mark!
200 Years of Catholic Education Art Competition Entries
Well done Olivia Gridley, Milla Pieren, Jessica Moore and Evie Hall on their fabulous entries to the 200 Years of Catholic Education Diocese of Lismore Art Competition! The girls completed these artworks in their own time and visited Mrs Cameron to film a short explanation of their inspiration to be submitted along with their entries.
From St Agnes’ Parish
While we have welcomed many new members into the Catholic church through the RCIA program over the past few years, we have also had a number of new people come along to join our parish community for our Sunday and weekday Masses. We would very much like to make contact with anyone who is new to our parish in recent years for the purpose of building connections and getting to know each other. New parishioners are invited to click on the following link and complete a short survey to commence correspondence with us or collect a printed form from the Pastoral Office.
A Drawing Competition with Purpose!
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is inviting students to draw their big idea for water play at the proposed new aquatic facility! Competition entry forms will be coming home with your child next week and are due back to their classroom teacher by Thursday, 17th June. The winner of each age category (4-7yrs; 8-12yrs) will win a swimming prize pack to the value of $100. Terms and conditions on the entry for details. You can have your say, too, by completing an online survey at pmhc.nsw.gov.au/aquatic-facility or Head to Council’s website to submit your feedback and find out more.
Year 4 Retreat Day - Tuesday 22nd June
What is a persuasive text?
A persuasive text is a form of non-fiction writing which aims to convince the reader of a certain point of view. Advertisements and newspaper columns are good examples of persuasive text. Persuasive writing encourages careful word choice, the development of logical arguments, and a cohesive summary of your opinion.
Students are guided through a series of simple steps in an effort to develop their persuasive writing skill. They are taught to organise their arguments into weak, strong and strongest and to support their arguments with evidence.
Teaching persuasive writing allows students to communicate their ideas with conviction, influence others, and make their voices heard in an increasingly competitive and crowded world.
Last week, Year 1 worked in small groups to compose a text to persuade the reader to eat either junk food or healthy food. Year 1 loved sharing their finished writing with Year 6 this week!
Week 10 - 21st June to 25th June
Online bookings are now open for parents to book an interview with their child's class teacher. Teachers welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your child’s academic progress.
The time allocated for interviews will be 10 minutes each.
Parents will be required to sign in, using the QR Code, via the school office.
Please use booking code cgmc6
When you click FINISH your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically- check your junk folder if you do not receive your email immediately.
You can return to the website at any time and change your interview until
bookings close Friday 18th June @ 6pm.
Sacrament of Confirmation
St Agnes' Catholic Parish would like to invite your child/ren from Year 3 and any other children who may like to continue their sacramental journey by taking part in the Sacrament of Confirmation, which is due to commence on 21st June, 2021. Letters went home to Year 3 Students this week.
Registration Information Nights are;
Monday 21st June - 6.00pm
Tuesday 22nd June 6.00pm
Please click on the link below to receive your letter of invitation.
Tuesday 15th June
In past years, the long weekend in June heralds the commencement of our school winter uniform. This year, due to the planned changes to our current uniform, students will have a choice for their 'winter' uniform. Please see the following note (previously sent home) for details.
Our Kindness Initiative is going so well. Have a look at the awesome acts of Kindness happening around our school on a daily basis. Here are some examples of the kind deeds we are seeing and hearing about.
My friend helped me when I was sad.
Another student helped me find my hat.
I was alone at lunch and some other kids invited me into their game.
I dropped my things and someone stopped to help.
When I get to school, children always smile and say hello to me.
For the next two weeks, we are focusing on Being a Learner. Everyone at our school is a learner! The students, teachers, learning assistants, office staff- even our parents are learners. Whether we are in the classroom, out playing sport, reading in the library or playing in the playground, we can learn in all areas of our school life and in anything we do.
When we are learners we face lots of challenges and always try our best, using a growth mindset. This means we think positive thoughts that help us, rather than putting ourselves down.
When we are learning new things, it often doesn’t come easily to us straight away. Often it takes a lot of hard work to become good at a new skill! When we are being ‘a good learner’, we never give up and always try our best no matter what!
All humans make mistakes and that’s okay! Especially when we are learning something new! The most important thing is that we learn from our mistakes to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Maybe we didn’t make a good learning choice, or we got a question wrong, or we missed a goal in a game. Whatever it was… we work out where we went wrong and we learn from that to get better!
Being organised is crucial to our learning and it shows we are trying our best. There are 4 questions we can ask ourselves to check if we are organised and ready to learn:
- Do I have everything I need for my learning?
- Am I in the right place?
- Am I on time?
- Am I showing whole body listening?
Thank you to children who have returned their Costume note and $10 cash (refundable) deposit!
If you have not returned this note and payment please do so by Tuesday 15th June.
It is important this note is returned by the due date to ensure the correct costume size can be ordered for your child.
Due Tuesday 15th June
Eisteddfod Dance and Elective Sport - Term 3
During Term 3
3 Eisteddfod Dance groups rehearsal times will be a combination of Lunch 1 and their Elective Sport. For the following groups, this year their elective sport will be their Eisteddfod Dance group.
|Stage 1 Eisteddfod Dance Group||(Years 1 & 2)|
|Stage 2 Girls Eisteddfod Dance Group||(Year 3 & 4)|
|Stage 3a Eisteddfod Dance Group||(Year 5 & 6)|
All other groups will continue to rehearse at lunch 1 during Term 3.
Eisteddfod Dance Rehearsal Days Term 3
Stage 1 - Can’t Stop the Feeling - Eisteddfod Group
Stage 2 Girls - Nutbush - Eisteddfod Group
Stage 3 - Bongo Jazz - Eisteddfod Group
Stage 3 - Home Hip Hop - Eisteddfod Group
Stage 2 Boys - Better than Never - Eisteddfod Group
Sydney Dance Company Workshops
Wednesday Workshop Group
Thursday Workshop Group
We loved it! One teacher helped and one teacher taught us the dance. The moves were fun and different. Ruby Rule, Macey Walker and Mikaela Moffatt - Year 4
It was fun. You got to relax and learn new things. Jack Foye - Year 4
I liked it. I liked how the movements matched the music. Sam Tarbox - Year 4
I loved it. There were lots of new dance exercises. I love the dance they taught us. Xander Godfrey - Year 4
We thought the Sydney Dance Company were amazing, they are great dancers. We loved how they taught us great choreography. They were encouraging to everyone. Charlton Arrighi and Tianah Wehlow - Year 5
Definitely worth it! It was heaps of fun and a great new experience. Thank you Sydney Dance Company Lily Rowlatt - Year 6
I loved the Sydney Dance Company. They really helped me with my dancing skills and taught me some awesome moves. Thank you Sydney Dance Company. Ruby Merritt - Year 6
The Sydney Dance Company was a great experience and I really enjoyed it. Thank you. Marley Thick - Year 6
To say we are so proud of our sporting achievements yet again is an understatement. This week, we had 6 students attend the Polding Cross Country Trials in Sydney. This event is undoubtedly one of the toughest sporting events that anyone can compete in at Polding level. Blake Mitchell, Will Coombes, Amaya Davis, Preston Davis, Noah Blemith, Elysa Blemith ran their hearts out, and we are just in awe of your achievements.
|Amaya Davis||Year 3||5th|
|Noah Blemith||Year 4||5th|
|Elysa Blemith||Year 5||27th|
|Will Coombes||Year 5||3rd|
|Blake Mitchell||Year 5||24th|
|Preston Davis||Year 6||5th|
Noah, Preston, Amaya and William will now represent Polding and compete at the NSWPSSA Cross Country Carnival in early Term 3.
Elective Sports taking shape
I am very close to finalising the Elective Sports for 2021. I envisage in the Week 9 Postman Pete, we will have details of all sports and their cost as well as the process involved in booking your child/ren through the online registration. Each sport will have a maximum number of students allocated to that sport for safety reasons. Once the online registration opens, it will be a first in best dressed process. If the sport that your child wanted is booked out, you will need to select another sport.
The sports confirmed at this stage are:
Stage 1 - (Years 1 & 2)- School Sport, Springloaded, Dance (Eisteddfod Groups only)
Stage 2 - (Years 3 & 4) - School Sport, Springloaded, Hydro Golf and Putt Putt, Planet X, Ten Pin Bowling, Dance (Eisteddfod Groups only)
Stage 3 - (Years 5 & 6) - School Sport, Springloaded, Centre of Gravity, Crossfit, Dance (Eisteddfod Groups only)
Please note, due to not obtaining the numbers required (class size), Learn to Surf won’t be an option for Stage 3.
Welcome to Ben Oakley
We are very fortunate to have Ben Oakley from Newman Senior Technical College. Ben will be at St Peter’s each Thursday for a number of weeks assisting our students in physical education. He will be taking a number of students from a wide variety of year levels for brain breaks/engine room activities and assisting Year 3 in PE. This week, Ben had students getting out and active by using slam balls and a wide variety of sporting equipment.
One last event for Term 2
The Independent and Catholic Schools Rugby League Gala Day (Years 5-6) will be held on Thursday June 24. A note will be sent home early next week to the team.
Jeff Arkinstall - Leader of Sport
Please check this timetable for date changes and updates!!!
Monday 14th June
Tuesday 15th June
|Wednesday 16th June||
|Thursday 17th June||
Friday 18th June
Sunday 20th June
Week 10 - Parent Teacher Interviews
Book online via School Interviews - Booking Code cgmc6
|Tuesday 22nd June||
|Monday 21st June & Tuesday 22nd June||
|Wednesday 23rd June||
|Friday 25th June||
|Friday 25th June||
Term 3 Early Dates
|Week 1 - Monday 12th July||
|Week 1 - Tuesday 13th July||
Tuesday 20th and
Wednesday 21st July
NB: Summer uniforms to be worn
Please avoid making appointments on these days
Thursday 16th September
Term 4 CAMP DATES
Year 6 Camp
Monday 22nd November to
Friday 26th November 2021
Year 5 Camp
Wednesday 24th November to
Friday 26th November 2021
|Monday 12th July (Term 3)||Staff Development Day|
|Tuesday 5th October (Term 4)||Staff Development Day|
Thank you to all the parents and Grandparents that have volunteered for the canteen.
Please see next weeks Roster below
Pete's Eats Open for Lunch 1 and Lunch 2
LUNCH 1 ONLY
|Kinder Red||Kinder Blue||Kinder Green|
|Year 1 Blue||Year 1 Green|
|Year 2 Red||Year 2 Green|
|Year 3 Red||Year 3 Blue||Year 3 Green|
|Year 4 Red||Year 4 Blue||Year 4 Green|
|Year 5 Red||Year 5 Blue||Year 5 Green|
|Year 6 Red||Year 6 Blue||Year 6 Green|
Each Friday - for all students
1.00 pm to 1.30 pm
St Peter's Peer Support program will continue each Friday
for the remainder of Term 2.
Please avoid making appoinments and
picking up children early during this time
Today in Session 7: - "Standing Together"
Our good friends, the Adkins, who are a local Wauchope family, have been faced with their toughest challenge yet. Matty Adkins, Dad of two, was diagnosed about 12 months ago with MND (Motor Neurone Disease). It is a horrible disease that shuts down the human body. He has lost lots of capabilities, like moving his arms and legs. Despite this, Matty continues to push through (squeeze lemons) and to this day keeps his head high and looks on the bright side of things. He is the strongest person I know!
Monday 14th June is the ‘Big Freeze’, where we remember and pay respect to people with MND. To raise awareness you can go to www.lemonadecrew.com to learn more about MND and buy merchandise, including the Big Freeze beanie. The beanies are also available for purchase at Coles. Feel free to send in a picture of you in your merchandise or beanie to email@example.com
Written by- Patrick Green Year 6
Interested in working with people in need of care and prefer to work hands on?
|First Aid & CPR (1 day)||Statement of Attainment in Care Sector (4 weeks)||Entry to Care (5 weeks)||Direct Client Care (8 weeks)|
|Individual Support – Ageing Skill Set (9 weeks)||Induction to Disability (9 weeks)||Statement of Attainment in Disability (9 weeks)||Individual Support – Disability Skill Set (16 weeks)|
To view the available course and express your interest click on the link below: