It was a pleasure to watch our staff, student and parent community engage with prospective parents and future students on Open Day last Saturday. Seeing our Year 6 students beam with joy as they talked about our school was great to see. It showed us that they are feeling proud of their school, they feel safe within their school to be themselves and pursue interests that excite them, and they feel comfortable in a co-educational setting. It is not easy for a child of 11–12 years of age to talk to and engage with complete strangers for up to half an hour. Opportunities like this develop the students’ communication and interpersonal skills, not to mention their confidence levels. We are indeed very proud of the Year 6 cohort of students and commend them for the way in which they represented our Primary School.
Congratulations and special thanks to all our Year 6 Tour Guides and Sport Monitors.
On these Open Days I am often asked to describe the academic program of our Primary School. The answer I always give is that we believe in the development of the whole child and our teaching and learning programs provides a broad range of educational experiences which will enable each child to develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. We aim to create the very best educational environment for students from Pre-Kindy to 12 and to assist each child reach their personal best.
We work in close partnership with all our families to provide various opportunities for children to flourish. For instance, in Literacy Support in the Primary school we are currently using a number of intervention programs from the MultiLit suite. MultiLit is a research initiative of Macquarie University. These research based programs have been extensively trialled to ensure effectiveness and have been identified Australia wide as excellent programs that offer a structured and synthetic approach for those students who experience difficulties when learning to read. Organisations such as the Dyslexia Foundation have also endorsed these programs as effective interventions for children diagnosed with specific learning difficulties.
MiniLit is used with children in the early years whereas MacqLit is targeted at students in Year 3 and above. These programs are only available for use in schools, and require specific training for those implementing them.
Our Literacy Support teachers, Mrs Burke, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Rowbottam (Education Assistant) have all completed this training and work with small groups of children for up to 50 minutes a day and up to four times a week on these programs. During each lesson phonics, text reading and comprehension are targeted. Our records indicate that these programs are definitely adding value to the students’ learning.
I look forward to seeing many families at the Picnic on the Green this Saturday 17 March on St Patrick’s Day!
Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary
Special thanks to Mrs Goss and 5B for preparing this week’s Assembly.
Well done to all the students who received a certificate for their fantastic achievements.
Callum de Andrade
Last week the Years 4 to 6 students participated in the Inter-House Swimming Carnival at Claremont Pool. There was some outstanding swimming from the competitors on the day. The winning House for the second year in a row was Koolyangarra (264 points). In second place was Ward (221), third was Loreto (210), St Louis (178) came fourth, Campion (165) finished fifth and Loyola (83) was in sixth place.
During the afternoon five records were broken by two Year 5 swimmers. Sylvia Czajko (Campion) set three new records for the Year 5, 50m Girls Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke events. Bianca Petsos (Loreto) finished second to Sylvia in the Freestyle and Backstroke races but she also broke both records. Congratulations to these super swimmers on their outstanding performances.
The Carnival ran smoothly due to the superb efforts of staff, the Year 6 House Captains and parent helpers and, of course, all the swimmers who were great participants in all of their races. The skill, enthusiasm and sportsmanship displayed by the competitors was terrific and everyone should be congratulated on a very successful Carnival. A big thank you to Mr Glenn Mitchell for his wonderful commentary throughout the carnival.
The Interschool Swimming Carnival was held today for the very first time during school hours at a new venue, Wesley College. Details to follow in next week’s newsletter.
Sculptures by the Sea
Students from Year 3-6 visited ‘Sculptures by Sea’ and participated in Focus Tours, where an expert tour guide helped them to view, discuss, think and learn about many of the sculptures in the exhibition. Some of the tour guides are sculptors themselves and all of them had a fountain of knowledge to share and spark the students’ interest in sculpture. All the tour guides and some members of the public had such positive feedback about the students’ engagement, participation and excellent behaviour, which made the staff really proud. We are so lucky to experience art on an international level in our own environment and from our follow up activities back at school. The students have been enriched and inspired by this excursion. Many thanks to the parents and teachers who helped and supported the students on this excursion.
On Monday, March 12, two teams of Year 6 students participated in the West Coast Futsal School Titles held at Kingsway Indoor Stadium. The students played in the 12s category and demonstrated an excellent level of skill, as well as fantastic sportsmanship off the court. For many of our students, the tournament was their first time participating in an indoor soccer competition. For some, it was their first time even playing the sport! They are to be commended for dedicating themselves to early morning training sessions and for representing John XXIII College with pride on the day of the competition. Congratulations to JTC Blue who finished third overall and to Leonardo Bergomi, Aidan Kavanagh and Wim Parker who were invited to try out for the National School Futsal Championships to be held in Brisbane later this year.
Special thanks go to Mark Bauersachs, Luca Matthews and Rory Betts (Year 8) who helped coach and prepare the teams and to Lena McLernon for her assistance on the day. Well done to our two teams.
JTC Blue: Leonardo Bergomi, Dylan Betts (Year 5), Aidan Kavanagh, Charlie McGurgan, Luke McLernon and Wim Parker
JTC Gold: Zachary Ferguson-Allen, Braden Fyneman, Freddy Gleghorn, Myles Lawrence, Finn Levy and Massimo Torre
Year 6 Gold Teacher
Dates to Remember
Saturday 17 March Primary Picnic on the Green - 5:00pm
Friday 23 March Primary House Day Mass followed by Monster Cake Stall
(organised by the Year 6 Leaders)