We are getting right into the heart of the term now and many wonderful learning opportunities are happening in our classrooms and around the school.
Today we commenced Founders’ Time with a whole school Prayer Assembly. Founders’ Time gives our community time to reflect on our three patrons – St Pope John XXIII, St Ignatian Loyola and Mary Ward.
It is through our founders that we have great stories to share of people who lived out their faith with optimism, courage and integrity and the staff always take the time to revisit their stories with the students during this special time.
There is always so much activity around Founders’ Time that engages students, staff and parents and the highlight is the John XXIII Day celebrations next Friday. The day will begin with a Mass in the College Gymnasium and will then continue with stalls and fun and fitness activities in the afternoon. The proceeds raised through the mini-fete will go to the Loreto and Jesuit missions. More details below.
I look forward to seeing many parents at the Parent Party on Saturday night. Good will, a sense of community and friendship, and the collaboration of staff and parents always ensure that the party is a huge success.
Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary
Congratulations to Thalia Kurniawan (5B) who is a winner in the Therapy Focus 2018 Art Competition.
Therapy Focus received over 5300 from 101 schools across the state, including a number of colourful and creative artworks from our students. A panel of judges were tasked with the difficult job of choosing the finalists and winners in this year’s competition and Thalia’s artwork was selected to feature in the published storybook.
An exhibition of the 100 finalists including artwork from Isabella Desiati (5G), Bridget Owen (5G) and Syliva Czajko (5G), and the winning artworks will go on display at the Perth Town Hall during Children’s Book Week from Monday 20 August to Saturday 25 August.
Well done to all amazing artists!
Primary Art Specialist
Star Swamp - By Christopher Cesare (4G)
This term the Year 4s are learning all about ecosystems in our environment. To learn more about this topic we went to Star Swamp, North Beach, to do some field work and explore a real life ecosystem in more depth. At 10:00am, we arrived at the Henderson Centre, our base for the day, and begun our short walk into the reserve, ready to embrace the day’s exciting activities.
After a five minute walk, we reached a grassy area and both classes observed the swampland with binoculars, ticking off the flora and fauna we found. Ollie and I found a speedy bird called a Darter and a lot of ducks. The two types of ducks we found were the Mountain and the Black duck. We observed the plants, too, pointing out introduced and native plants. We saw lots of reeds and leafy trees popping out of the water.
Next, we examined the water quality, including the turbidity (how clean it was,) the salt content and the temperature. I found the technique to find the turbidity of the water very interesting. There was a long, clear plastic tube with some black, wavy lines at the bottom. You had to pour the water sample in the tube, stopping every now and then to look down the tube. If you couldn’t see the black lines, you had to read the number on the tube, which would give you the turbidity reading.
The final activity that we completed was the macro invertebrates investigation. We used large plastic trays and scooped swamp water into these. We then used spoons to catch and identify the different macro invertebrates that we found, using an identification chart and a magnifying glass. It was amazing to see all of the living organisms in the water.
The Year 4s had a wonderful excursion to Star Swamp and we encourage everyone to get out into their local environment to see what incredible creatures they can find!
Athletics Trials – Ready, Steady, go!
On Tuesday the Years 3-6 students had their running times taken by Timing Solutions for the 60m hurdles, the 100m or 80m sprint and the 200m sprint. From these results the competitors will now be placed in their appropriate divisions for the Interhouse Carnival scheduled for Thursday 6 September. This day gives the students a wonderful opportunity to compete and practice in races using timing gates. Well done to all the students for their tremendous cooperation and running efforts throughout the day. A special mention to the Parents’ Association for generously sponsoring Timing Solutions for the Athletic time trials.
Primary Sports Coordinator
Captain Clean Up
Captain Clean Up came to visit Pre Primary this week and taught the children all about looking after the environment. They learnt that we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle everyday to help keep our world a clean and healthy place for every plant, animal and human and how extremely important it is to make sure our rubbish goes into the bin.
Mrs Dillon & Miss Di Biaggio
Pre Primary Teachers
Dates to Remember
Monday 6 August Pre Kindy B Photos
Tuesday 7 August Cross Country Training 7:30am
Wednesday 8 August Australian Maths Competition
Thursday 9 August IPSHA Cross Country Carnival in Bunbury
Friday 10 August John XXIII Day Mass & Celebrations
The celebration of John XXIII Day is scheduled for Friday 10 August. It is one of the special occasions during the year when the entire student body are involved in community celebrations.
The day will begin with a College Mass at 9am in the St Louis Sports Centre. The day will then continue with a ‘mini-fete’ organised by our Years 5 and 6 students. This mini-fete will consist of various games and food novelties. On this special occasion our normal nutrition guidelines are relaxed but parents may like to provide guidelines for their children.
While it is always at a parent’s discretion, we recommend the following guidelines for spending money.
Pre Primary & Year 1 $2.50 (5 x 50 cent coins)
Year 2 - 6 $5 - $10
All students are required to wear their sports uniform and House shirt for the day. They also need to bring a snack for morning tea and their lunch.