Junior School Sleep Out
We have approximately 70 boys sleeping out in the gym this Friday night and 7 teachers. Thankyou to Mrs Williams, Mrs Dempsey, Mr Blake and the Year 11 boys for their leadership of this social justice initiative. Thank you also to Mrs Iwatani, Mr Brannan and Mrs Fileman who have volunteered to supervise the sleep out along with myself. If you see me at Barker athletics the next day and I fall asleep you will know why!
NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test
Next Monday the Year 5 students will participate in a NAPLAN online school readiness test. The school readiness test is a practice run for schools to assess their technology ahead of NAPLAN Online. The readiness test is not an assessment of student ability. The readiness test allows schools to:
- become familiar with the online test format and processes
- check whether they have the technical capacity, rooms and devices to administer NAPLAN online
- provide students in NAPLAN years 5, 7 and 9 with the opportunity to experience the online test question types and format.
There are two assessments on Monday, one is writing and the other is a combined Literacy/ Numeracy assessment. The duration of each assessment is 40 minutes.
How you can help. Could you please ensure your son has his PLD fully charged on Monday morning and that he has a set of headphones. Please reassure him that this is NOT an assessment of his abilities but an opportunity to experience an online test.
NESA has prepared resources that schools may use to inform parents about the purpose of the SRT and how students will be involved. The resources may be found on the NESA website or in the document below.
Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge
Over the next month St Pius X College is enrolling all Year 5 and 6 students in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. The Challenge will run from 28th August until 8th September 2017. Prior to the start of the Challenge we will be trying out tasks from previous years in their Computing Skills lessons.
Thursday Sport - Summer Sports Trials
The trials will take place at Oxford Falls in the normal sporting afternoon. Next week is the Walkathon for Charity and the week after is the Grandfather, Father and Son sporting afternoon. Dads should start stretching and get the icepacks ready!
Grandfather, Father & Son Sporting Afternoon at Oxford Falls
Our annual sporting afternoon for dads, grandads and the boys is fast approaching. All fathers and grandfathers are most welcome to attend as participants or spectators.
- When: Thursday 31st August
- Where: Oxford Falls Playing Fields – Dreadnought Road, Oxford Falls
- Time: Sport from 11.45am – 1.15pm
Every boy will be involved in sport even if their dad/grandad can’t be there. There will be two sessions of sport: 11.45am to 12.30pm and 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Participants can either play two different sports or stay on the one activity (except for tennis where numbers may dictate one session only.)
If any mum or grandmother would like to help with the BBQ, please click on the link below and indicate the time you are available. If there are a few cooks on board you can take turns at being a spectator and having a good laugh (I mean cheer)! I will send out a letter a few days before the event, once we know how many volunteers we have.
Below is a link to the form where you can select your sports choices and indicate if you wish to assist with the BBQ. Please complete by 24th August.
P&F Fathers' Day Breakfast - Friday 1st September
Book Week Parade
The book week theme for this year is 'Escape to Everywhere'. The main book week celebration will take place on Tuesday 22nd August. Period 1 will be a Book Week Costume Parade so get your thinking hats on! Parents and grandparents are most welcome to attend because once the boys move into high school you won’t get to experience these events again. We will also have an Author’s Visit by Jack Heath.
The classes will be attending the Book Week celebrations at Willoughby Library on the following dates:
- Monday 14th August Year 6 Blue 12:00pm
- Monday 14th August Year 6 Green 1:30pm
- Friday 18th August Year 5 Blue 9:55am
- Friday 18th August Year 5 Red 12:00pm
- Monday 21st August Year 6 Red 9:50am
- Monday 21st August Year 5 Gold 11:00am
- Wednesday 23rd August Year 6 Gold 1:30pm
Last Friday the boys all experienced a very amusing, entertaining play entitled 'Thairiffic'. At the end of the play some of the boys were fortunate to meet the main actor. It was wonderful for the boys to experience live theatre. It also raises the interesting point that people should be proud of their heritage and their parents.
Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance: FREE Parent Forum
Monday 21st August at 6:30pm
Approximately 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This is having significant consequences on many areas of their lives.
St Pius X College P&F invites you to attend a Parent Forum presented by Lisa Maltman from The Sleep Connection on 'Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance' on Monday 21st August at the Sarto Centre at 6.30pm. Parents will be empowered with the knowledge, practical strategies and tools to make informed decisions regarding sleep health and pathways to treatment for those who require professional help.
This is a free event; however bookings are required and can be made via the trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/306203 Full details can be found in the attachment below:
'SMALL STEPS’ Presentation for Parents
Anxiety is a growing issue in our society and I would like to thank Mrs McCarthy for organising this information evening. The night will begin at 6.30pm on 23rd August, as per the flyer below. We ran the same program a few years ago and it was very informative.
In order to work out an appropriate venue at our Chatswood campus for the night, could you please email Mrs Joanne McCarthy if you wish to attend. Her email is [email protected]
Keep the dates free:
- Monday 21st August: Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance - FREE Parent Forum, Monday 21st August at 6:30pm in the Sarto Centre. Please register if you wish to attend.
- Wednesday 23rd August: Small Steps presentation for parents at 6.30 pm. Please RSVP if you are attending.
Mr T Long - Head of Junior School