Issue 12 - 5th August
Welcome to Term 3. This term has several activities taking place across the school - Matilda, camps, Book Week, CHAC activities, Digital Technology days, Winter Sports, Bravehearts, Catholic Education Week, and NED’s Mindset presentation. All of that, in addition to our usual business with learning and teaching in the classroom!
Recently, you will have received an invitation to complete a survey about various aspects of St Peter Chanel. It would be so appreciated if you could complete this survey.
Many parents will recollect completing a similar survey only 2 years ago when Christina Gretton was the Principal, so may feel that they don’t need to do it again. The reason for that survey was for goal setting for the 3 year strategic plan. I encourage you to complete this current version. The comparisons will show what we are continuing to do well, what may have improved, and what we need to continue working towards.
This survey is for the purpose of Validation that every Catholic school undergoes, every four years. Validation is a process of a panel visiting the school later in the year to see how we are going. It involves a presentation from me, discussions with teachers and students and an analysis of the survey results. I am really looking forward to highlighting the many great facets of our school and school community.
So, if you have a few spare minutes, please consider completing this survey.
I wish everyone a happy, productive and successful Term 3!
The feast day of Mary of the Cross MacKillop is celebrated on 8 August.
Mary of the Cross MacKillop is one of our Patron Saints of Australia and our first Australian saint.
Mary’s passion to provide a catholic education for children to enable them to break the cycle of poverty in their lives saw her and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart open many schools across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, they opened orphanages, homes to support unwed mothers, aged care, and support for prisoners. St Peter Chanel, which started as St Attracta's, was one of those schools.
On the day she became Sister Mary, she adopted the name, Sister Mary of the Cross. She claimed that her compassion was inspired by that which Jesus showed to the most vulnerable, during his ministry.
One of Mary’s most well known quotes is ‘To never see a need without doing something about it’. We are inspired by Mary’s example at St Peter Chanel. Every day, we are blessed to witness students helping each other, being inclusive and respectful, and caring for others in need.
To mark this feast day, the students will participate in a liturgy on Monday, at 11:30am. Anyone who would like to attend is most welcome to join us in the Josephite Centre.
Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop,
We ask that you grant our request to keep us safe.
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop,
may live with courage, trust, and openness.
Ever generous God, hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ.
Congratulations to last fortnight's winner Rylee Schuuring! Don’t forget to purchase your ticket for just $1.00 for our next ‘Bake Raffle’ on 11th August.
Our Parents and Friends are hoping to hold a ‘spud night’ on Friday 9th September. For this to go ahead we will need the commitment of helpers from our school community. If you are able to help with any of the following please let us know by next Wednesday, 10th August.
- Available to assist on the day preparing/dishing orders for collection
- Able to cook a topping for the spuds (topping TBA depending on orders)
- Able to donate potatoes, cheese or bacon
Our aim is for this to be put out to the Circular head community as a fundraiser, but this will only be successful with helpers. Please contact the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help in any way.
Once confirmed families will receive an order form with allocated pick up times for you to choose from as well as a variety of toppings.
Next meeting - The next P & F Meeting will be held on Wednesday 31st August at 6.30pm. All Welcome! This meeting will help plan and discuss the upcoming spud night and items for Term 4.
Congratulations to last weeks Aiming High recipients:
Kinder - Cruz & Ava
Prep - Henry & Cienna
Grade 1 - Oliver & Huxley
Grade 2 - Maddi & Amelia
Grade 3 - Airelle & Nina
Grade 4 - Thomas & Dane
Grade 5 - Aihden & Asta
Grade 6 - Levi & Macey
Year 5/6 students will participate in the Winter Sports program with other local primary schools in Netball, Football, Hockey, Tennis or Taekwondo. These sessions will run over two Fridays; Friday, 5th August and Friday, 2nd September.
Learning Treasures is back for Term 3! Miss Workman and Mrs Cartledge have some fantastic things planned this term so make sure you come along each Monday 9.00am - 10.30am. All are welcome! Here is a look at the first 5 weeks.
In Grade 5, students are experimenting with features of voice such as tone, volume, pitch, and pace in formal presentations (Readers Theatre and monologues) and recognising the effects these have on audience understanding. (AC9E5LY07)
Students’ Learning Intention:
I am learning to read fluently allowing for self and others to get a clear understanding of the text.
Students’ Success Criteria:
I am successful at reading when I effectively use the fluency components of pausing, phrasing, stress, intonation, rate, and integration.
I pause for half a second at a comma
I pause for a second at a full stop and at dashes
My voice goes down at a full stop
My voice goes up at a question mark
I pause at punctuation markers
I put words together in groups to represent the meaningful units of language
My phrased reading sounds like oral language
I place stress on particular words (louder tone) to reflect meaning
I vary my voice in tone (gruff, gentle, angry), pitch (deep or squeaky) and volume (loud or soft)
I vary how fast I read to reflect meaning
I consistently and evenly orchestrate pausing, phrasing, stress, intonation, and rate.
Success criteria elaborated on…
Pausing refers to the way the reader's voice is guided by punctuation (short breath at a comma; full stop with voice going down at periods and up at question marks; full stop at dashes).
Phrasing refers to the way readers put words together in groups to represent the meaningful units of language. Phrased reading should sound like oral language, although more formal. Phrasing involves pausing at punctuation as well as at places in the text that do not have punctuation.
Stress refers to the emphasis readers place on particular words (louder tone) to reflect the meaning of the text as speakers would do in oral language.
Intonation refers to the way the reader varies the voice in tone, pitch, and volume to reflect the meaning of the text--sometimes called "expression."
Rate refers to the pace at which the reader moves through the text.
Integration involves the way the reader consistently and evenly orchestrates pausing, phrasing, stress, intonation, and rate.
The Early Year students participated in a STEM challenge this week where they worked in teams to design and build a pirate ship. Each ship needed to float on water for at least 10 seconds to win a delicious prize of chocolate coin treasure.
On Thursday, students from Years 3 – 6 were treated to a wonderful performance of Matilda by Marist Regional College students. The amazing magic tricks, funny jokes, acrobatics on the high ropes and strobing lights had all students engaged for the entire performance. Students were able to gain a wonderful insight into High School life outside of their traditional English and Maths subjects. The students were amazed by the wonderful facilities Marist had to offer, as well as the performance of all students from a variety of grades working together to put on a wonderful show. All students were wonderfully behaved and were great representatives of our school. We extend our gratitude to Marist for giving us the chance to watch the performance and can’t wait to have more opportunities like this.
Today our Kinder students enjoyed celebrating National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.
Here is a Calendar of Events for this term. Term 3 is set to be a busy one, with more activities to be confirmed. Please note that this is subject to change, therefore events can be added or cancelled depending on the situation. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page closer to the date of the event for more details.
Term 3: Monday, 25th July - Thursday, 29th September
Friday 30th September - Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning
Term 4: Monday, 17th October - Thursday, 15th December
Monday, 7th November - Recreation Day Public Holiday
Term 1: Thursday, 2nd February 2023 - Thursday, 6th April 2023
Friday 7th April - Good Friday
Term 2: Wednesday, 26th April 2023 - Friday, 7th July 2023
Term 3: Monday, 24th July 2023 - Friday, 29th September 2023
Term 4: Monday, 16th October 2023 - Friday, 15th December 2023
As we are moving to a Smart Play uniform, we have decided to have a sale on some of our uniform items. Please note, once sold out these items will not be restocked.
Remember, there is a 2 year transition, and so students are able to continue wearing the current uniform into 2023/24.
Navy Trousers - $20.00
Grey Trousers - $20.00
Winter Tunic with Bib - $30.00
Rugby Top - $40.00
Sports Trackpants - $30.00
Sports Top - $30.00
Woollen Jumper - $20.00
We are still in the design stage of our smart play development. Thank you to everyone who has offered feedback on the samples at the office.