Our wonderful staff have put a huge amount of time and energy into completing the students’ reports. If you have any questions or concerns related to your child’s report please feel free to email and make an appointment with the class teacher or specialist teacher. The holiday break is the ideal time to help your child celebrate the positives on their report and to encourage them to keep working hard on those aspects of their learning that are challenging.
This morning Year 3G hosted a special NAIDOC Assembly. It was a great way to start the day as we remembered all our Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples in our prayers.
Through dance, story and song the Year 3’s helped us learn more about the culture of the First Australians. Special thanks to Ms Allen and Miss Joyce for preparing the students so well for this informative and entertaining presentation.
Happy holidays and take care everyone!
Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary
Semester One Reports
PP – Year 6 Reports are now available on SEQTA Engage.
To access SEQTA Engage please use the following link as the URL in your internet browser.
https://parent.johnxxiii.edu.au Once you have logged in, the reports can be accessed under the ‘Assessment’ tab.
If you have any difficulties accessing your child’s report, please send enquiries to email@example.com
Next term the students will be participating in the ‘Footsteps’ dance program.
Please save the date for the ‘Footsteps Finale’ dance showcases.
- Thursday 20 September 2pm for all ‘B’ classes
- Friday 21 September 2pm for all ‘G’ classes
This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Find Your Treasure’ and we will be having a pirate dress-up day on Friday 24 August. We hope everyone will become pirates for the day and help us to find many treasures in books!
Well done to all the students who received a certificate for their fantastic achievements.
Congratulations to all our Award Recipients on your wonderful performances.
Last week the College hosted the Winter Lightning Carnival for nearly 500 students from 11 IPSHA Schools. This carnival is based on competition, participation, fun with much social interaction between schools; however, there was also an ‘Eagles Cup’ football competition organised amongst seven of the schools. As predicted our football team performed extremely well. Whilst we finished in equal second position with two other schools, we lost by one point in our fixture against Newman College, the eventual winner. A big thank you to Mr Fromm for his excellent coaching on the day. Congratulations to all our other teams and the teachers who supervised/coached them - Miss Graves and Miss O’Donnell (Netball), Ms O’Connor (Hockey) and Miss Nish (Soccer). Our hockey teams dominated in their games and our soccer teams displayed some very exciting skills. The two netball teams were highly competitive in their games too. A special thank you to all our competitors on their commitment, level of skill and sportsmanship on the day.
We also acknowledge the fantastic efforts of our Grounds and Maintenance Staff who helped to make the day run so smoothly. Also, a huge thank you to our 48 Year 10 students who officiated as umpires/referees – they did a terrific job over the seven rounds of fixtures and were a credit to our College. Finally, our grateful thanks to Lena Teo (Year 6 Parent Coordinator) and all the parent volunteers who provided the catering on the day for parents, staff and officials.
Years 3 to 6 Inter-House Cross Country Carnival Tuesday 24 July from 12.40 pm
(More details to follow in the first week next term.)
Years 3 to 6 Inter-School Cross Country Carnival Thursday 9 August at Bunbury Grammar
Years 3 to 6 Athletics Trial Day Thursday 2 August
Years 3 to 6 Inter-house Athletics Carnival Thursday 6 September
Years 3 to 6 Inter-School Athletics Carnival Thursday 13 September at All Saints College.
Thank you to all the parents for your fabulous support and assistance in all our sporting activities.
Primary Sports Coordinator
We like to have creative displays in the Library which engage the children and encourage them to read and browse through new books. For our next display, ‘Look Who's Reading’, we would love to display some photos of students reading books in all different places! Over the holidays if you catch your child reading please take a photo and email firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be added it to our display. Feel free to come and visit the Library before or after-school and have a look at our great range of books.
Shaun Tan Art Exhibition
We are thrilled to announce that Jude Knowles (6B) has had his artwork, a chalk pastel self portrait, selected to be part of the Shaun Tan Art Exhibition.
The Shaun Tan Art Award exhibition runs from Tuesday 10th July, until Sunday 5th of August, at the Subiaco Library.
If you visit the exhibition, you will have opportunity to vote for Jude’s artwork, for a people’s choice award.
Primary Art Specialist
An Interesting Read for Parents by Martine Oglethorpe
Dealing with video game crazes: Fortnite and fanaticism
Working with kids in schools these past weeks, and indeed having five children of my own, has alerted me to the seemingly unprecedented obsession with the new online game Fortnite. Not since Pokémon Go has something seemed to take the world by storm, leaving parents wondering when it will ever stop.
The answer to that last question is probably that it will stop when the next big thing comes along. These fads may well be a modern day version of the Rubik’s Cube, elastics or swap cards, though of course the effects of the obsession can be much more pervasive than with my childhood obsession with PacMan.
If Fortnite is the latest craze to hit your household, or you are being nagged and cajoled to let them have the game “that everyone else is playing”, then here are a few things you should know:
- It is violent. The aim of the game is to be the last person standing, and in order to do that you must kill all the other players.
- However, the violence is portrayed as less real and almost cartoonish. There is no blood and gore as such, and so the violence is not comparable to that portrayed in other games such as Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto.
- You can work in a team or on your own; working in a team can develop some effective teamwork skills.
- You can chat to team members but also random strangers who make up the remainder of the 100 players who are playing at the time.
- You can turn the chat function off by going to the settings and clicking on Audio options. This limits chatting to a player’s friends or team members.Kids will be very loud playing this game so there is little chance of them playing it behind your back!Each game goes for about 20 minutes so it is an easy one to put time limits on by stipulating the number of games.
- It is frequently described as addictive so it is unlikely they will leave a game midway through.
As with any new game, social network or fad, it is crucial that we familiarise ourselves with it. Have a game with them, play around with the app or read about what the possible dangers may be so that you can have the right conversations and put the right boundaries in place.
Whilst there are certainly many areas of video gaming to be concerned about, it is also important to recognise that most video games can build skills and can also have social, emotional and cognitive benefits.
Now of course in order to enjoy these benefits parents need to ensure that gaming remains under control and that the games being played are at an appropriate level for their child.
Five things to keep in mind
1. Discuss any themes or concepts you are concerned about to see if your child has a grasp on the reality (or lack thereof) when it comes to certain games.
2. Monitor how your individual child is coping with a game and the amount of time they are playing. If their mood is changing, they are having a fight to come to the dinner table or they are staying up all night and neglecting other areas of their lives, then you will need to step in and make some changes.
3. Remember it is your house and your rules. But making these rules and boundaries from a place of knowledge and understanding makes them a lot easier to enforce.
4. If a child is struggling with time limits, warnings may help and you may wish to slowly reduce the time being played (rather than go cold turkey). However, some parents have had success with giving their kids a total break from games when things were getting out of hand.
5. Always go to the settings area of any game or network as there you will find ways to make the experience as safe and positive as possible. Minimising the number of people they have the ability to connect with and who can make contact with them is a good place to start.
Remember that every child is different and so the effects that gaming has on each child will be different. The key to enjoying a positive experience with whatever game or craze comes your way is to ensure your child maintains control over their play, that they are playing safely and that they are still leaving plenty of time to do all of the many other things they need to experience on any given day.
About the Author
Martine Oglethorpe is a speaker, counsellor and educator with a passion for building resilient kids in a digital world.
Year 5’s Visit Parliament House
On Monday, all the Year 5’s went to Parliament House. It was exciting. First, we went on the bus to Parliament House. The bus trip took 20 minutes.
When we got there, we walked over to the Electoral Education Centre to learn about how to vote. First, we watched a video and it was interesting. Then we had to learn about three words – canvasser, scrutineer and writ.
After that we learnt about the different types of voting and we also had a mini election. We had to vote for our favourite chocolate bar: Mars, Kit Kat, Skittles or Malteasers. Kit Kat won! When we had finished we had our lunch on the grass hill and we walked to the real Parliament House.
When we arrived, we saw a politician being interviewed on TV. Our tour guide talked to us about Parliament House and we began our tour. I learnt so much about the history of Parliament. We had a look at the Lower House and sat in the Members’ seats. Then we did a role play about a Graffiti Bill and I was the Member for Perth. We also got to see the Upper House.
I had a fabulous time at Parliament House. I learnt so much!
Ruby Verleg (5G)
Dates to Remember
Wednesday 18 July Term 3 Commences
Thursday 19 July Cross Country Training 7:30am