- Parent Information Night Sessions
- Kinder Rest/Assessment
- Opening School Mass
- Community Council
- Year 4 Prayer Assembly
- Year 6 Learning Assembly
- School Swimming Carnival (note sent home today)
Dear St John the Apostle families,
Welcome back to school. We've had an excellent first week. It's the little things that have made it so great.
It was refreshing to have parents present at our morning assembly on Monday. We've missed their presence at community gatherings and look forward to more opportunities.
Our new school captains, Samson and Hudson, began leading morning assemblies almost immediately. I am always impressed by the capacity of our student leaders and optimistic about the impact our current Year 6 cohort will have on our school.
Kindergarten have been very settled and engaged.They independently line up outside, greet everyone politely, ask lots of questions. They are keen learners! Thank you to the team of Mrs Collins and Ms Watson and the support of the Inclusion Assistants who have helped them to start school so successfully.
Teachers get ready for school too!
While many of our teachers have been coming to school for weeks to set up classrooms and plan together, last week our whole staff were engaged in three days of preparation for the year ahead that included:
- reflection and prayer around our school focus 'God in all things.'
- refreshing our understanding of Daily 5 (literacy block) and an introduction to Daily 3 (numeracy block)
- learning about and planning for more engaging physical education lessons
- raising our awareness and understanding of sustainability across the curriculum and teach our students to be stewards of creation
- learning how Spanish will be introduced to our Years 3-6 students
We also participated in a system wide day that launches a three year professional learning program for all staff called Catalyst. Catalyst has two goals:
- Every student is a competent reader.
- High impact teaching practices are evident in every classroom.
- Implementation of an evidence-based phonics program as part of a balanced literacy program in Kindergarten to Year 2 (e.g. Sounds-Write).
- Development of strong curriculum resources for the effective teaching of Mathematics (we have begun this).
- Professional learning and coaching in the implementation of 'High impact Teaching Practices' across the curriculum.
- Building the capacity of all leaders and aspiring leaders in schools to positively impact on effective teaching and learning.
We listened to presenters in the Science of Learning and talked about how we can use their excellent research to have a positive impact on student learning at school.
Communication makes the world work
We know that communication is the life-blood of any organisation. We're always looking to improve the effectiveness of our communication.
Our Newsletter is being re-modelled to be a broad, weekly one-stop place of information for families. We have added in a few new sections to help parents get more out of the Newsletter. Assistant Principal, Ms Rebekah Brown, will write each week about an aspect of the teaching & learning that occurs at St John the Apostle. All updates to our school calendar will be featured so that parents know when important information has gone up they need to be aware of. Our school positive behaviour focus will be named so parents can see what we are focusing on with students.
Licenses for Seesaw have been purchased for all K-3 students to help teachers and families stay in touch regularly and assist teachers to share what is happening in the classroom.
SZapp will continue to be a very important feature of our communication. We will limit any messages and alerts to 9.15am and 3.00pm each day unless they are of a very high priority.
Parent Information Night
Parent Information Nights next week are operating a little differently this year to comply with social distancing requirements and still provide important face-to-face contact.
Please book in to the relevant sessions for each year level so that we can ensure every child has a representative present and you can hear directly from the teachers about your child's learning journey for 2021.
You will notice that some students are beginning to wear some different uniforms than our usual. Yes, there are uniform changes coming. Our plan was to implement these over the next two years but due to stock shortages some of the items are being implemented a little earlier. Please don't worry. You're child is not in the wrong uniform if they are wearing the usual uniform. More information will come out next week.
Lastly, thank you parents and families for preparing your child for school again this year. Everyone has settled quickly and easily into school and we look forward to a wonderful year ahead.
Welcome to 2021! We have had a wonderful start and it is so lovely to have the students back at school.
I am very excited to communicate with our community each week about the wonderful teaching and learning that happens at St John's. This week, I am going to share about the structures we use to support the teaching of our English and Mathematics Curriculum.
- Read to Self
- Work on Writing
- Read to Someone
- Listen to Reading
- Word Work
The Daily 5 structure develops student independence, increases enagement and, accelerates students growth. The five tasks completed in Daily 5 are founded in brain research and lead students to automaticity. Students who engage in ongoing repitition of tasks (The Daily 5 tasks) are able to more effectively establish automatic response patterns. Ultimately, when students achieve automaticity, they are able to use the saved brainpower to do more, resulting in the students being able to take in more information.
Over the past two years, we have seen growth across the school in our English results. We have seen this growth particularly in reading and spelling results. However, since the implementation of Daily 5 we have not only seen growth in direct outcomes, we have seen behaviour across the school improve and an increase in student engagement and independence. Due to the success of Daily 5 in our school, this year we are implementing Maths Daily 3 across the school.
Maths Daily 3
Just like Daily 5, Maths Daily 3 is a way of structuring the Mathematics Curriculum. Maths Daily 3 is founded in the same research as Daily 5 and will support students develop deep conceptual understanding, mathematical proficiency, and a true love of mathematics. Maths Daily 3 is broken up into three daily tasks:
- Maths by Myself
- Maths Writing
- Maths with Someone
Last year, we spent a lot of time purchasing and developing quality Maths resources to support the implementation of Maths Daily 3. Each class has been provided with 15 Maths Kits with a wide range of manipulatives (tactile resources). All students will spend time learning how to use the Maths resources and will learn about dice, cards, dominoes and counters and all of the ways these can be used to solve mathematical problems.
Alongside the implementation of Maths Daily 3, our school staff will be partaking in a system wide approach of teaching Mathematics. We will be provided with expertise from Catholic Education to support us with our teaching of Maths. Catholic Education has also developed a curated suite of resources that we have access to, to support us in our teaching and learning of Maths at St John's.
We are very eager and excited to be launching Maths Daily 3 in our school and we hope to see the same improvements we have seen in English, in our Mathematics outcomes and students behaviour and independence during Maths time.
Assistant Principal and Inclusion Coordinator
The week before school started I was sitting in the library looking out the window. I always like a view outside during long days of professional learning (I listen I promise!).
Our theme this year is 'God in all things'. This is a quote from the 2015 encyclical from Pope Francis, Laudato Si “Care of our Common Home.” Being a Jesuit, God in all things, is central to his faith.
This year we will explore this statement firstly through our work in Sustainability lessons. Secondly, each grade level will have a focus plant from the seven sacred species identified by Moses in
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
- Figs – Kinder
- Olives – Year 1
- Grapes – Year 2
- Wheat – Year 3
- Pomegranates – Year 4
- Dates – Year 5
- Barley – Year 6
It will be a journey of discovery about sustainability, our role in creation and a deeper understanding of Jesus in the scriptures. God bless,
Religious Education Coordinator
Notices from the Parish
Happy birthday to Alexander N, Kellykelana K, Vanessa O, Piper A, Emilio C, Aravindya P, Celine M, Summer L, Hana N, Valentino M, Jacob N, Abigail B, Harrison R, Bernice K, Hudson H, Roman D, Taylor M, Klaudia S, Amaan G, Iylah B, Sophie K, Denzil W, Joshua W, Emma T, Ivy S, Aliya S, Ethan Z, Vincent B, Evangeline J, Felicity B, Ashley C, Jack H, Noah M, Angus G, Emilio V, Amy S and Genelson K who all celebrated a birthday over the past five weeks.
Please note that we ask students to not bring home made cupcakes to share with the class for their birthdays. This is a precautionary measure for health and hygiene. The Canteen offers a number of options to share with the class. Purchases can be made through the QKR app.
School banking will be resuming on Wednesdays. As of next week you can send your child's bank book to the office for processing. Should you wish to learn more or sign your child up please contact Karen on 0414 296585.
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