FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK TOGETHER
Thank you God for the people we work with.
For their greeting in the morning and their farewell when our work is done. For the sense of comradeship we have all day.
The happy ones and the not so happy, the sociable and the withdrawn.
Different though our natures, we meet for a common purpose, share common problems and pursue common goals.
We are not always one big happy family, yet a family nonetheless.
We rejoice like a family and deal with challenges as a family.
We try to help each other, are genuinely concerned about each other. There is affection between us that only people who work together understand.
And sometimes when the day is over and we are parting to go our separate ways, wonder fills us, as all these people we have come to know and love through our educational work add something priceless to our lives.
What a tremendous start to our school year St James has made in the first three weeks. In these weeks St James has continued to buzz with excitement, nervous energy and expectancy of what early Term 1 holds for all of our children, parents and staff. At the commencement period of every school year there is a great deal to organise. Already Staff teams, Leadership teams, the Parent Association, the Project Control Group have met and many other discussions have occurred of a formal and informal nature to constantly improve and strive for excellence.
Today parents and teachers have the opportunity to come together and discuss the special relationship we share in our educational partnership. It is Meet the Teacher day/afternoon/night. If further time is required following your appointment to develop a learning plan for your child, please make another formal time to meet with your child’s teacher/s.
Tomorrow at 2:45 pm Assembly, the Year 6 and Class Leaders will be presented with their badges. We will also be welcoming our Foundation students.
This Friday the Family School Disco is to be held in the grounds of our school. This is another way of creating our school spirit and our school value of inclusiveness. Please make every effort to attend and support and reconnect not only with the families in your child’s level but across the school. The Disco commences at 5.30pm and concludes at 8.30pm.
A reminder that School Photos will be held next Tuesday 21st February. Children will be required to be in full summer uniform; to be neat and tidy with red/ white ribbons in the girls hair and boys with those shoes polished! As this is a Sports day, could children please bring their sport shoes to change into later in the day. Every year SchoolPix are our preferred photographer and we were fortunate to gain an early date, however there is a clash with Tuesday Sports day which we can easily overcome. SchoolPix will be here at 8 am to commence with staff photos. SchoolPix ID Numbers have been distributed to your children today.
Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
This year has seen the introduction of Lucas Johnson as our school’s STEM Leader. STEM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is an important part of building our students capacity to think critically and creatively. Lucas is excited about his passion to introduce STEM across all levels. He has already made external business contacts to introduce resources that will enhance the delivery of STEM. Our investment to date has allowed the school to commence this exciting phase.
There is a great deal of discussion regarding the skills required for our children to be actively involved in future employment and life. A recent Four Corners program, articles in educational journals and the general media are promoting the future world attributes required for our children.
These challenges require young people to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully.
Critical and Creative thinking is at the core of most intellectual activity that involves students learning. Learning Dispositions such as problem solving, ethical capabilities, questioning, open and fair-mindedness, a readiness to try new ways of doing things, consider alternatives, and persistence; promote and are enhanced by critical and creative thinking.
St James will always seek to explore the best available research to ensure our children are equipped. ICT is a part of the STEM initiative and all teachers are skilled to deliver this as part of the curriculum.
Yesterday the children were fortunate to experience the Wurundjeri Indigenous Cultural Education Session with Rebecca, an Indigenous Educator. We are grateful that Kate Kennedy was able to organise the learning experience for our children and teachers.
For thousands of years this culture was free to grow without interference by people from other places. They lived their lives in spiritual closeness to the land, with its animals, birds, fishes, waterholes, rivers, hills and mountains. Yesterday was an opportunity for our children to hear stories, see artefacts and hear the history of our Indigenous people.
The last trial for the Swimming Sports will be tomorrow at GESAC at 7.30 am. We have 27 children swimming in the Holt Carnival at Oakleigh on Friday 24th February. We wish them every success in ploughing through the water against other Catholic schools. We have some very competent swimmers who are well drilled and demonstrate wonderful technique. I can only stand and admire them as I only ever reached the level of competing in the ‘cork scramble’ when I was a young Primary School student.
Last week Tommy T, Eirene N, Chris A and Sofia N competed in the Tennis District Competition. All played extremely well and represented our school and their family in a excellent manner. Sofia was the winner of the Girls section. Well done to all competitors.
We have converted the 2016 Library space into an exciting Foundation space, and our new Foundation students are having a great time. As a result of creating a further classroom this year, the Library as we know it has been decanted to areas of the school, where the resources are more available to the children and teachers. Having the resources appropriate to your year level, at your fingertips, is important.
Providing traditional content and knowledge resources and e-content opportunities is our strategy for success. Mrs Ann Nicola is currently organizing the knowledge centres around the school and some classes to date have commenced library borrowings. Connected spaces and places allow the school to make regular use of educational opportunities.
In future the Newsletter will be sent on a fortnightly basis.