This term we have spent time preparing ourselves for Year One and refining many of the skills and knowledge we have learnt throughout our year in Pre Primary.
In Religion, we focus on three units, beginning with ‘I Can Talk To God’. Through this unit we explored how we can communicate with ourselves, with others around us, and with God. Children learnt how, through prayer, they are able to communicate with God. They also recognise that they can communicate with others in a loving way.
Moving on from this unit, we will begin to explore how God loves us and ways that he has shown that he loves us. We will also look at how our memory works and the way we remember special times and events in our lives, which then ties in to the final unit ‘Waiting’. We will think about how we need to be patient and wait for things, such as special events and celebrations, like Christmas. We will have many opportunities to engage in and learn the Nativity Story and discuss the importance of Christmas.
In our integrated program this term we have centred our learning around Australia. We will explore Australian animals, Australian and Aboriginal history and dreamtime stories. Through our explorations, children will use skills learnt throughout the year as they discover, observe, discuss, describe, collaborate, experience, reflect, consolidate and gain new knowledge about this topic. The children will engage with many stories about Australia, and stories written by Australian authors.
In literacy, the children will continue to consolidate their sound and letter knowledge, and use this in their writing as they sound out words to spell them phonetically, and write high frequency words that cannot be sounded out. We will also continue to consolidate concepts of print such as capital letters, spaces between words, full stops and writing left to right across the page. This term we will encourage the children to extend their writing and write as much as is possible for them. Children will have the opportunity to engage in modelled, guided and independent writing experiences, using both creative and informational writing approaches.
This term we will also be further developing our reading skills and strategies as children show a strong interest in stories, and words they see around them. Children will use comprehension and understanding, decoding skills and letter and sound knowledge in their reading. They will be exposed to a range of books and will participate in modelled, shared and guided reading.
In Numeracy, we will spend time reflecting on and revising familiar concepts, to deepen and expand on this knowledge. We will refine counting skills, number recognition, 2D and 3D shapes, days of the week, subitising, measurement, patterning and problem solving skills. Children will also work with both addition and subtraction sums and learn new strategies, such as counting on, to help them work out the answer.
PMP is back in action this term as the weather will, hopefully, be warming up!
We will begin PMP on Tuesday and Thursday from Week Four until Week Seven.
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY
This term the Pastoral Care Ministry will be collecting non-perishable goods for the St Vincent de Paul Society 'Christmas Appeal'. The Christmas Appeal aims to collect non-perishable goods to be given to families in our community who don't have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas. This can be due to financial difficulties, illness, disability, homelessness or isolation. So, St Vincent de Paul aims to, with our help, collect goods that can be given to these people with the aim of bringing joy to those less fortunate in our community. We are asking that all families to donate non-perishable goods including:
FOOD (Christmas pudding, tinned food, jelly, jam, long-life milk, tea, coffee, fruit mince pies, cereal, dried fruit, bon bons, candy canes, savoury biscuits, nuts, lollies, milo).
HOMELESS SERVICE HAMPER (Socks, shampoo, body wash, roll-on deodorant, thermos cups, thongs, toothpaste and toothbrush)
FAMILY HAMPER (Nappies, cleaning products, washing powder, toiletries and socks).
*It is imperative that all goods are in date and in good condition.
Could all donations please be sent to your child's classroom, where they will be collected by the Pastoral Care Ministry each week.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE NEWS
REMEMBERANCE DAY 2017
On Friday, as a school, we paused to commemorate those who served in the defence of our home, freedom and nation as a country. As a gesture of remembrance for all those who have fought for us, we read a short poetic narrative called 'The Ode,' followed by the playing of 'The Last Post', signifying the end of another day. Immediately after this, we stood in silence to remember those who put our lives before themselves as we honoured them and our country.
Some of us wore rosemary or poppies to honour those who had died for our country and our freedom.
Year Three Assembly
Last week, the Year Three children provided the school with an amazing performance teaching us about the different climates around the world. It was hilarious and engaging and it was like watching a musical. Everyone enjoyed their assembly a lot because we learnt so much about climates and changes in the climate. They also gave a lovely performance of ‘Your Welcome’ from the movie ‘Moana’. It was a fabulous way to end the assembly.
ENVIRONMENTAL MINISTRY NEWS
This term the Environmental Ministry has been checking up on the school worm farm. In class, we are learning about sustainability and how to prepare for future generations.
The worm farm is a sustainable way to get fertiliser for plants and vegetables. The worms are fed scraps that are left over from the canteen. The Environmental Ministry checks on the worms, feed them and then they condition their soil so they have a healthy environment to live in.
WELLNESS MINISTRY NEWS
Last Friday, the Year 6 Wellness Ministry had a fun afternoon with all of the Pre Primary students. The Pre Primary students participated in different activities like Soccer Shotout, Hula Hoop Race, Bean Bag Toss and Bean Bag Skittles. It was a warm day and the children had a blast. All the Wellness Ministry loved seeing the smiles on their faces made all of us feel helpful and it encourages us to do more to bring smiles to more children. As leaders, we aim to expect great things from ourselves and others and we want the Pre Primary children to expect great things from themselves. Hopefully we can do this again before the end of the year.
CHISHOLM CATHOLIC COLLEGE ENROLMENTS IN YEAR 7 2020
Applications are now invited from parents of Year 4 children for entry into Chisholm Catholic College. The first round of applications close on Friday 16 March 2018 .