Dear Parents and Guardians
In previous newsletters I have articulated the school’s Vision and Mission statements which were revisited, reconstructed and refined last year as a part of our school review process. These statements have continued to be at the centre of our intentions in driving forward this year, to implement our planned improvements and maintain our focus and direction- in spite of the disruptions COVID-19 has caused. We have strived to stay true to our purpose.
One of our high priorities this year has been to actively and purposefully develop ‘Best Teachers, Best Practice’. Earlier in the year, as a staff we worked together to identify what this would look like in our school. This has informed our professional development as a staff. We recognise the role high impact teaching strategies play in achieving our goal and to this end we have focused on building our competence in using these.
Throughout the Remote Learning period teachers focused on ensuring their teaching was explicit- through the medium of making instructional videos. They also continued to work on making their feedback to student work informative and instructional. One of the greatest challenges was differentiating their teaching (modifying the delivery, content or learning tasks to cater for the needs of individuals in their classes). This is very challenging to replicate online and far more complex as teachers were not only catering for diversified learning abilities and aptitude but also for varying home situations- available help, access to materials, ability to interface through an online approach etc.
When we returned to school, this work continued with a focus on working in collaborative teams to prepare rigorous and robust plans to ensure the Victorian Curriculum is accessed by all students at the appropriate level. We know that structured lessons and goal setting have a high impact on student learning.
In the coming weeks staff will begin to undertake Peer Observation (observing each other teach and giving feedback). We are committed to continuing to improve our practice and being open to receiving constructive feedback from our colleagues is a great opportunity to reflect on and improve our craft.
Remind us each day,
that of all the gifts you give us,
the greatest gift is love.
It is not enough to share this gift
with only those who are close to us.
Open our hearts to all humanity.
Let us be slow to judge and quick
to forgive; to show patience,
empathy and love.
We have had a terrific start to Term 3 in the Prep Neighbourhood. We are very engaged and enthusiastic with our learning during Maths and Literacy activities. In Maths lessons, we have been learning about Addition and next week we will commence learning about Measurement (comparing the length of objects). In Literacy groups we have been playing lots of new games in small groups to improve our reading and spelling skills. In writing sessions, we have been learning to use the dotted third lines, which is a challenge but we are improving! In Integrated Studies lessons we have been learning about classroom rules and concepts such as fairness.
Please supply your child with a water bottle each day.
It has been a busy few weeks in the 3/4 area. We are working hard on demonstrating our school positive behavior system of Be a Learner, Be Respectful and Be Safe. Please chat to your children about this at home to reinforce these values.
Thankyou for your continued support in upholding our uniform; please ensure your children have the correct socks and jumpers (especially on sports day!).
In reading we are working on our comprehension skill of inferring. Some questions to ask your child when listening to them read could be: "How do you know the character feels like that?” “What emotions can you infer from what is written in the text?” “How do you know the author means that?”
In writing we are building our understanding of the structure of an informational text, particularly about an animal. The components of this genre of text are: the title, classification, appearance, diet, habitat and conclusion.
In maths, we are investigating division, including the mathematical language we use when solving problems.
We are thoroughly enjoying our eye-opening topic on social justice and understanding people with disabilities. A fantastic clip to watch is “We're the superhumans” from the 2016 Rio Olympics; it made us all feel empathy towards others and appreciation for the lives we live.
Linking to our Integrated studies, we are delving into the Caritas view of Social justice, and exploring our world through country investigations.
CareMonkey has rebranded as ‘Operoo’ how you use the service will remain unchanged.
You can continue using the system, and its mobile application, as usual. Just be aware that, emails and notifications sent from the system will start appearing under the new name ‘Operoo’. You will also be automatically diverted to the new Operoo website if you go to the old CareMonkey website.
Neil Austin the Bus Coordinator is in the process of creating the 2021 bus roll. Neil has requested that forms need to be submitted for new preps even if you intend to drive them to school for the first little while, as well as any other students who wish to start using the bus service. Please note that late enrolments may find that they will need to go onto a waiting list even if they have older siblings using the bus. Those that apply at the beginning of next year may miss out. Please complete the attached application and email it to email@example.com
28 Aug 2020
New Applications for Conveyance Allowance are due by August 28
Due to the current circumstances and the cancellation of the swimming program this year we are currently processing swimming credits. For those families that have already paid their fees in full you will receive a credit to your account for this amount. For those families who pay by direct debit your payment amounts will be adjusted accordingly. If you have any queries please contact Kaye Carew in the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the recent changes to Covid-19 restraints on religious gatherings from Wednesday August 5 there will be no masses avaliable in our Parish. Please remember to visit the Diocesan Website to access the masses online. Due to these changes Father Darren Howie will now be saying Mass on our behalf and including special intentions. Please do not hesitate to contact Father Darren Howie on 03 56 722 923 or Kristine at the Parish Office on 56 721 111or email your details to email@example.com to pass on your requests.
Please pray for Maureen Brennan who passed away recently and ALL those who have passed away due to the Covid-19 Virus. The anniversaries of Bill Munro and Bishop Patrick Lyons and of our own loved ones. May God’s merciful love shine on them and on their loved ones left behind.
CATHOLIC CARE: This Weekend launches the CatholicCare Sunday 9th August, 2020 Appeal. As our parish’s social service agency, CatholicCare delivers family and relationship counselling, refugee and settlement support, education and school programs, and pastoral services. Donations from our parish community will help care for the most vulnerable families in our community. Please donate to CatholicCare Sunday Appeal. Your support and generosity will help break barriers to social inclusion and strengthen families and communities to live life to the full. You can donate online at www.ccam.org.au/SundayAppeal or call 03 9287 5513. (All gifts of $2 and above are tax deductible). Envelopes are available at the Parish Office during the week.
A list of live streams across the Diocese is on cdsale.org.au/coronavirus page. This page has listed the Mass times which occur regularly, ie. Don’t change from week to week.
We are a Child Safe Parish. Any children, young persons and vulnerable adults have a right to feel safe and be safe. If you are concerned about any form of abuse, or believe that someone is at significant risk, you should immediately raise your concerns with one of our Parish Safeguarding Officers. Contact Kristine McRae via the Parish Office: 03 56 721 111 or St. Joseph’s School Safeguarding Officer 03 56 721 052. Take care, we are here to help.
Prayer Shawl Group: Our wonderful “creators” of beautiful shawls and rugs, caps & socks have been very busy in lockdown, and our warmest thanks go out to them. Fr. Darren Howie has blessed the items. If you know of anyone who is struggling with life in any way & who would benefit from a shawl or rug (cap or socks) then please contact the Parish Office (56 721 111) or Kristine (0499 915 784), Maureen Maartensz (0407 055 447) or Philippa Warby(0408 331 340).
If you are in need of urgent assistance, please phone eithe Father Darren Howie 0356 722 923 or Kristine on 03 56 72111 or 04999 15 784.
Thank you for your patience and understanding
Father Darren Howie Mrs. Kristine McRae
Parish Priest Parish Secretary
St. Joseph’s Parish Wonthaggi