Today we celebrated with Fr Vincent Glynn a very joyful Mass in the Primary school. Special thanks to the Year One students under the guidance of Miss Saraco, Ms Ilich and Ms McKeague for preparing a beautiful Mother’s Day liturgy for all of us to enjoy.
On behalf of the staff and students of John XXIII College we wish all families the very best for Mother’s Day on Sunday.
Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary
Photo Hendriks will be available in the Osborne Room on Tuesday morning 15 May from 8am to 11am to take Family photos (Primary and Secondary students) and Secondary individual photos, for those students who missed the Secondary Photo Day on Tuesday 8 May.
NAPLAN starts on Tuesday 15 May for the Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students across the College.
NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment to help parents see how their child, compared with the rest of Australia’s children, is progressing in the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy. The information NAPLAN provides supports conversations between parents, teachers and schools, working together to help children achieve their full potential.
For Educators, NAPLAN data can support school improvement processes by enabling teachers to monitor their students’ progress over time against a national measure. When NAPLAN data are used in combination with other school-based assessments, these can provide teachers with diagnostic information for planning their teaching programs and guiding and supporting their students’ learning journey.
Literacy and numeracy are fundamentally important for all young people; however, NAPLAN is not, and should never be the sole measure of a child’s achievement at a school or of the success of a school. School curriculum has much to offer. All students should have an opportunity to study a rich curriculum for literature, science, humanities and social sciences, technology, health and physical education, languages, and the arts.
As NAPLAN is aligned to the Australian Curriculum: English and Mathematics, the literacy and numeracy skills that teachers teach in the classroom are what students are tests on in NAPLAN – so the best preparation is for teachers and students to continue doing what they do each day.
National Walk Safely to School Day is next Friday 18 May. It is an annual event when all Primary school children, their parents and carers are encouraged to walk safely to school. While walking to school the children will also be learning to be safe, active and healthy. If you need to use the car, maybe try leaving it a good distance from the school and walk the rest of the way as a family.
Children who are regularly physically active are healthier and often perform better academically. Walking regularly is the best exercise because you can build it into your daily routine.
The Objectives of National Walk Safely to School Day are:
- To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children
- To promote the health benefits of walking and create regular walking habits
- To help children develop vital road crossing skills and ensure children up to the age of 10 years hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road
- To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians
- To reduce car dependency and traffic congestion
- To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles
- To promote the use of public transport
Next Friday every child that walks to school will be given a special sticker on arrival.
We hope many families will be able to participate in this community event.
Science Comes Alive
Year 5B are focusing on learning all about Chemical Science. This week the students had the opportunity to conduct a “Water Cycle in Action” experiment in a Secondary Science Laboratory.
It was a great opportunity for the students to observe the processes of condensation and solidification happening right in front of their eyes!
Michael Grose is conducting a webinar on Sibling Fighting. As a Parenting Ideas Schools member, our school has special access to vouchers for parent webinars. These vouchers allow those in your school community to attend the webinars at no cost. The vouchers are valued at $37. Details of the upcoming webinar and the voucher are below.
Sibling Fighting: What to do
Parents often don’t know how to react when children fight. Often their reactions simply promote more fighting rather than reduce it. So what parents do when kids fight is critical to relationship-building and family harmony.
Healthy families know how to fight well. When parents take an active approach to helping their children resolve their fights, they are teaching them a valuable life skill as well as reducing the incidence of fighting over the long term.
Spend a rare hour with premier Parenting Educator Michael Grose as he explores the weird and wonderful world of sibling relationships. He’ll help you develop an active approach to resolving sibling disputes so they learn valuable life skills and will provide you with some handy schoolyard survival skills.
Tuesday 15 May 2018 7:30pm – 8:30pm AEST
It has recently been brought to our attention that there may be some confusion about the position of John XXIII College regarding uniforms to be worn by our students competing in outside sporting events.
When representing the College, teams or individuals that compete at whatever levels must wear the prescribed uniform.
It is pleasing that our students participate in a wide range of sports outside of school hours. If they are playing as a John XXIII team and are wearing the school sports uniform, it is essential that the sports uniform is worn in its entirety.
Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.
Dates to Remember
Monday 14 May Pre Primary Marvellous Mums Morning 9am
Thursday 17 May Winter Fixture v Carmel
Friday 18 May 6B Assembly 9am (Roncalli Hall)