Dear Parents and Guardians
As we approach the end of what has been an incomparable school term, I think it is timely to hear some reflections from our school captains. I would once again like to thank all parents and members of our school community for their unwavering support. Your smiles, waves, positive messages and expressions of encouragement and gratitude are much appreciated by myself and staff.
We will continue with our current schedule for hygiene, staggered break times and school drop offs and pick ups which we find is working very well. (In fact the teachers report that the students have never been more settled and ready to learn in the mornings). Remember teachers are contactable via Seesaw or email and are happy to call you if you need to speak to them at greater length. We hope you all enjoy a lovely holiday and we look forward to welcoming back our students again next term!
There have been a lot of ups and downs this term, what with remote learning and COVID-19. A small number of people had to do onsite schooling because their parents were working, but the majority of people were at home.
Some of the bad things about online learning are not being able to play and talk to your friends. As well as not having the resources at home to learn. Every now and then you would get distracted and not finish at the right time or the complete opposite. You would not do the work to the best of your abilities and finish at twelve oclock.
During onsite schooling, many things just weren’t really the same. For instance, recess and lunch were fairly strange. We were only allowed up in the gym, top basketball court and just below the stairs, the end of the middle area. Also, there were few reasons on why you could leave your table, they were going to the bathroom, doing your exercise and going outside for play which is understandable.
Despite these things, remote learning and onsite schooling weren’t all bad. After experiencing remote learning, you really gain an appreciation for what it would be like if the circumstances of your life were different, and instead of attending school, you were homeschooled. It also helps you use your time a little more wisely, meaning that if you were to finish work early at school, you would do what the teacher told you to do next, but during remote learning, if you finished early, your next activity wouldn’t be for anywhere up to half an hour, and you’d have to find something worthwhile to do on your own.
This was a great learning experience for a number of reasons. If another pandemic ever arose we would be more than ready, and comfortable about learning at home.
While all of this was going on, we can’t forget about the students who were actually in the school. Onsite learning did of course have its bad side, but there were at least some good things going on in the classroom. Despite there only being a limited number of people, onsite learning still seemed like an improvement from complete and total solidarity.
Being back at school has been great, we’ve made a virtual tour of the school to show the kids at kindergarten what our school is like and caught up on a lot of work that couldn’t have been done at home. It’s been wonderful seeing everyone again and always having a smile on their faces as they arrive at school to learn.
During the pandemic, there have been both good and bad times, but in the long run the most important thing is that things will soon be back to normal, and the situation is being handled well. We have been working hard on catching up with our work, and we’re excited to find out what will happen next.
Lulu Kenny, Holly Carr, Mitchell Ward and Logan Rigby (School Captains 2020).
It has been a busy couple of weeks in the 1/2 neighbourhood. We celebrated refugee week and discussed the importance of "CULTURE" Celebrating difference, Understanding other points of view, Learning about other cultures, Trying to speak to someone new, Using friendly words, Respecting other cultures, and recognising that Everyone is special.
In Mathematics we are learning all about fractions, we can recognise and make fractions using shapes and collections. We continue our learning about Sustainability and have re-used and up-cycled the cardboard from our lovely new classroom chairs to make some thongs, with special beaded detail.
It's hard to believe the term is coming to an end- but we wish all our children and their families a safe and enjoyable holiday break.
The 3/4's have settled back into our school routine, albeit in different classrooms. We are excited to see the progress on our new building!
In Literacy, we have been focusing on the reading strategy of summarising information texts. We are also super excited to be participating in the "Golden Pen Writing Competition" where we are showcasing our creativity in writing based on the theme 'Planet Earth'. In Numeracy, we have had lots of fun creating different patterns and working with number and shape patterns. Our Integrated Studies has been all about our Mappen unit The Blue Marble and we are working hard on our projects about sustainability, habitats and our Earth.
Thank you to all our parents and caregivers who supported our learning over a very different Term 2. We are looking forward to a break and getting back into our learning in Term 3!
Enrolment applications for 2021 are currently being processed, if you have not already lodged your application could you please do so before June 26.
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We wish to reassure families impacted financially by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that we want to assist you in every way possible to continue your child(ren)’s enrolment at St Joseph's.
If you have concerns about your financial situation, please contact Kaye Carew in the office or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can explore confidential financial support arrangements to enable your child(ren)’s education at our school to continue.