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St. Anthony's School

26 July 2019
Issue Eleven
Message from the Acting Principal
Important Term 3 Dates
Learning and Teaching News
Family Engagement in Learning
Parish News
Religious Education News
Learning Space Update
Perfmorming Arts News
Visual Arts News
Community Announcements
St Anthony's Noble Park
95460044
90 Buckley Street
Noble Park, VIC 3174,
AU

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

Message from the Acting Principal

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

Message from the Acting Principal

What a wonderful start to Term 3! I walked through the Prep neighbourhood yesterday and was amazed to see their social and emotional growth from the beginning of the year.

 

We have numerous exciting events coming up in Term 3. Alice in Wonderland Junior preparation is in full swing; please remember everyone is welcome to attend Crafternoon sessions every Thursday afternoon to help prepare for the Production.

 

I would like to congratulate Emily Prato for organising and running a highly successful and engaging Athletics Carnival for our 3-6 students late last Term.  I would like to thank all the parent helpers who volunteered their time to help with the sports rotations. The carnival couldn’t run without your help.

 

A small reminder that school is closed Thursday 19th September and Friday 20th September. All staff will be attending a conference with St Mary’s and St Gerard’s (SMAG) The theme of the conference is ‘Collaboration’. The Conference focus will be to build the SMAG Leadership collaboration and facilitate a shift to co-responsibility for the development of professional learning and strong shared content and knowledge development in the Cluster.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for all staff members to increase their professional learning and collaborate with others to improve student outcomes.

 

I wish everyone the happiest of weekends. I’m hoping to visit the South Melbourne Market and read a good book.

 

Stay warm and safe!

James Gow

Important Term 3 Dates

Important Dates

For all upcoming important dates/events click here

 

Please note that our Production day for Alice in Wonderland Junior is Friday, September 13th. School will finish for students at 2:30pm to allow for sufficient break and meal time for all. On this day, the students will travel by bus to Nazareth College during the Day for a final dress rehearsal. The students will return to school by 2:00 pm for the finish at 2:30pm. There will also be a bump in day the day before, Thursday 12th for the set and crew.

 

Please note that we have 2 closure days at the end of Term 3. This is for our biannual staff conference with our partner schools. Thursday September 19th and Friday September 20th. Please make arrangements for these 2 days. The after school care program will be available on these 2 days. You can contact the after school care program on 0423 766 886 to enrol or make arrangements.

 

The last day of Term 3 is Wednesday 18th September and school will finish at 2.30pm.

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Learning and Teaching News

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Welcome back to Term 3!

The children were so excited to come back to school last Monday! We proceed into a very busy Term 3, with lots of learning, and excitement building around our big school production of Alice in Wonderland, Junior. We feel confident in telling our community to get ready to be blown away by yet another of Ms Victoria’s and St Anthonys’ big blockbuster productions! Our teachers have been planning the learning experiences for students using an integrated approach, so that our students get the most out of this term and the school play. 

We look forward to your participation and involvement in any way possible, so please see your childs’ teacher if you are able to do so.

 

The following are excerpts from an article I read recently about parental expectations, ‘Why Kids Thrive When We Set High Expectations’ by Sanya Pelini. It certainly made me reflect on the parenting of my own five year old!

 

Lady Bird Johnson once said that “children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” Since then, solid evidence has suggested that parental beliefs and attitudes largely influence children’s outcomes. 

A number of studies have found that when parents set “great” expectations, their children are more likely to meet those expectations. In other words, the expectations we hold of our children are critical in determining their academic and social outcomes.

 

Another study found that holding children to high expectations has a positive impact on their actual academic performance. These children are also less likely to drop out of school. The study found that parents’ expectations exerted the strongest influence on academic outcomes.

 

In yet another study, it was observed the impact of teacher and mother expectations on 522 low-income urban youth aged between nine and 16. Although the results revealed that the best academic outcomes were observed in students when both teachers and their mothers held high expectations, the study found that mothers’ expectations could have a buffering effect on the occasions when teacher expectations were low.

 

In other words, even when teachers had little faith in a child’s abilities, the child could still experience positive academic outcomes if his or her mother held high expectations.

 

All these studies point to the importance of “expecting great things” of our children. A few things should be kept in mind when setting expectations for your child:

 

Don’t aim too high

A recent study sought to identify the impact of parental over-aspiration on student outcomes by analyzing a large sample from Germany and the United States. The study found that unreasonable expectations – expectations set too high, for example – can be detrimental to children’s performance.

 

The key in setting realistic goals lies in knowing your child, so steer away from unnecessary and harmful comparisons. There’s a difference between what she’s expected to know or do, and what she actually knows or can do. Being present and keeping track of her abilities can help you determine how best to help your child progress.

 

Don’t aim too low

In a recently conducted survey in Britain, Save The Children found that parents risked condemning their children to a life of underachievement as they often underestimated how much their children were actually supposed to know.

 

This study focused on children’s early learning and involved parents with children aged between two and 10 years old. Of those interviewed, 47 percent believed that at age two-and-a-half, a child’s vocabulary would be 100 words or fewer. In reality, it’s closer to six times that size.

Just as having expectations that are too high can be detrimental to your child’s social and academic performance, expectations set too low can also prevent your child from achieving his full potential.

 

Raise your expectations gradually

A child gains confidence when he successfully completes a task, so give your children tasks within their abilities. Evidence suggests that completing difficult rather than easy tasks leads to greater self-satisfaction.

 

However, when your child has mastered specific tasks and as he grows older, it is important to raise your expectations. Make tasks more difficult, but not too difficult, because failure can be detrimental. As Martin Seligman argues, too much failure can lead to learned helplessness.

 

Be intentional

You don’t lose weight by saying “I want to lose weight.”

You lose weight by having a specific goal – “I want to lose 10kgs” – and then adopting specific habits, e.g. “No more cheese and chocolate except on special occasions.” In other words, you get to your objective by focusing on the means: “How will I lose 10kgs?”

The same can be said about setting expectations. You don’t get your child to read fluently by saying, “I expect you to read fluently.” You help her develop small daily habits, like reading every day for 20 minutes by herself, establishing family read-aloud traditions, etc.

As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think they can, or you think they can’t, you’re right.”

 

Glennis Kerr

Teaching and Learning Leader

Family Engagement in Learning

Family Engagement in Learning

Production Crafternoons

Starting this week on Thursday, we will be having 'crafternoons' for our  upcoming school production. Crafternoons will be from 2:25 pm to 3:20 pm every Thursday and is an opportunity for classes to practise their songs and dances as well as create any costumes or props that they need.

 

We would love any parents and family members to join us and be a part of the excitement as we prepare for our production Alice in Wonderland Jr. If you are available to help in any way or would like to come along and join in with our rehearsals please speak to your child’s class teacher.


 

Website Feedback- Learning at Home Page

Thank you for the wonderful feedback about our ‘Learning at Home’ page on our school website. Parents who completed the survey have asked for the page to be sorted into year levels as well as learning activities or discussion starters in a range of topics including growth mindset and resilience, mindfulness and ICT. This feedback has been extremely helpful to reflect on the page and how I can make it even more successful. It is great to hear that many of you are accessing the page and trialling some of the activities. Over the coming weeks I will be working on the website to make some of the changes suggested.


 

Learning at Home Parent Sessions

From the feedback in the survey for the ‘Learning at Home’ page on our website, I will also be putting together a timetable for some Learning at Home Parent Sessions which many of you said you were interested in. The majority of parents who filled in the survey have expressed Friday as their most preferred day closely followed by Monday. We are looking at both of these days for our Learning at Home Parent Sessions, alternating weeks. Areas of interest for these sessions ranged from reading and maths to mindfulness, growth mindset and resilience. We hope to cover these topics throughout this term.


 

ClassDojo and sharing learning at home

We are very excited to be sharing our learning at school through ClassDojo. We would love for parents to share the learning that is happening at home with us as well. This can be done by posting comments of family discussions about homework topics or photos and videos of students completing learning tasks at home. If you are not yet signed up to ClassDojo please see me and I am more than happy to help you get connected!


Deana Portia

Family Engagement in Learning Leader




 

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Parish News

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What’s happening from Parish Bulletin July 21...

The Gospel this week is the well-known story of Martha and Mary. I have to admit sometimes I feel sorry for Martha. She always gets 'bad press' for working, serving food, maybe fussing around, while Mary is known for choosing the better way and being truly attentive to Jesus. I want to defend Martha. After all, she was doing what was expected of her by society and providing practical hospitality. If I'm honest, I'm more like Martha when entertaining. I too would be annoyed if my sister wasn't pulling her weight and leaving the bulk of the work to me. Jesus however sees it differently. He knows that hospitality is more than serving food. Although he would have appreciated Martha's contribution, he pointed out that jealousy and anger were not attractive traits. The truly hospitable person is one who offers their time, attention and interest. Mary realised this and gave her all. Who knows, maybe she helped with the dishes after Jesus left?

Sometimes we hear people asked 'Who are the five people you would most like to have dinner with?’ Invariably the list consists of well-known celebrities, sporting stars, or relatives who have passed away. To me, this list can be very telling. Usually it consists of people we want to spend time with, listen to, or learn from. It brings out the 'Mary' in all of us. We truly want to be present with these people. In our daily lives, we encounter many people who show hospitality in different forms. We all know a 'Martha' or a 'Mary'. As I grow older I realise that Martha and Mary are in all of us - sometimes one is more dominant than the other. We are called to honour these two important roles within ourselves and others. Perhaps as we get older there may be a greater balance between the two. The important thing to remember is that when we provide hospitality we do it with sincerity and attention. Importantly also, we should remember, that when we have the opportunity to hear the word of God, or meet Jesus in others, we listen and react with love. Have a good week, Brian, Martin, Vicki & Garry

NEW USED COMMUTER BUS

Last Wednesday we purchased a used Commuter Bus. It is the replacement for one of the old minibuses which was unable to perform its task anymore.

 

Parking

Parking (StA) Please park only on the designated area at all times in the parish property. Please be gentle in the car park as you make your way in and out of the property. Follow the street signs when you are parking on the street. The parish will be unable to help if you get a fine.

Keysborough Learning Centre

 

Photo: ”Encourage one another and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ‘In a Catholic School young people are empowered to develop as optimistic global citizens capable of articulating their beliefs and worldview in light of the Catholic faith and tradition’. Horizons of Hope. Wellbeing in a Catholic School.

Religious Education News

Photo: ”Encourage one another and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ‘In a Catholic School young people are empowered to develop as optimistic global citizens capable of articulating their beliefs and worldview in light of the Catholic faith and tradition’. Horizons of Hope. Wellbeing in a Catholic School.

RE News

 

Learning Space Update

This Week: Focus on 1/2's!

We have been learning all about animals with tails in our reading groups and how they use them. These students were brainstorming and drawing other animals not listed in their reading book that have tails.

Our vocabulary sculpture of words containing 'er'

 

 

Perfmorming Arts News

Performing Arts and Production Update

Performing Arts this term has gotten off to a very exciting start! All children have been rehearsing, practising songs and having a lot of fun working with their friends.

 

Please don't forget to get your child's costume to class as soon as possible. 'Crafternoons' begin this Thursday which means that all classes will be busy making costume elements and learning songs and dances for the duration of the term. If you are crafty and would like to come in to help out please let your class teacher know, we love getting our families involved in production!

 

Also there are t-shirts available to purchase for production, they are $20 and need to be ordered on the order form that has been handed out. Children will be allowed to wear these on full whole school rehearsal days, dates to be confirmed. The deadline to place orders for these t-shirts is the 31st of July.

 

Visual Arts News

Term 3 Visual Arts Update

Level 3/4 have listened to a story by Oodgeroo about her childhood experiences growing up on Stradbroke Island in the 1940's - as part of N.A.I.D.O.C. week. The art work is a collage of Australian birds, where they draw and then sgraffitto - scratch wet paint over wax crayon to make texture lines. Students are embracing their new learning with great enthusiasm and curiosity. We have even been looking and listening to the amazing sounds of the Kookaburra and the Lyrebird!

 

Community Announcements

Community Announcements

A big THANK YOU  to SEDA for coming out last Friday and preparing such a fun filled day for our students!

Parkmore Shopping Centre are pleased to announce the return of the School Rewards program for 2019.

 

Ten local schools will be competing to earn the highest number of points for their school to win a share in $10,000 of local school grants.

To participate, customers are invited to shop at the centre during the promotional period (29 July – 15 September) and either register their receipts online or at the Guest Services Desk at Parkmore Shopping Centre. Each dollar spent is equivalent to one point for your school.  At the end of the promotional period, the schools with the highest number of points win the prize!  First prize is a $5000 grant, second prize is $3000 and third prize is $2000.

 

In addition, you can earn DOUBLE POINTS for your school by shopping between 5-9PM on either Thursday or Friday.  Or you can earn double points at any time when you shop for food (including your supermarket shop!).

 

Customers who participate go in the draw to win a weekly prize of a $100 Parkmore Shopping Centre gift card, and at the end of the promotional period the customer who has contributed the highest number of points for their school wins a $500 Parkmore gift card!  All the information and terms and conditions are on the Parkmore Shopping Centre website: www.parkmoreshopping.com.au

 

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