Newsletter 04/06/2021 Term 2 Week 18
- From the Principal
- Prayer Reflection
- COVID Update
- Reports & Learning Conversations
- School Wide Positive Behaviours Systems (SWPBS)
- Matific Update
- 2022 Enrolments Update: Kinder Visits
- IGA Card as a school fundraiser
- Webinars for parents and carers
- Catholic School Culture
- School Term 2 Disco: Fancy Formal
- Community Meal: Wednesday 23rd June
- Robbie Burns Festival
- Students of the Week
- Community Events
From the Principal
Thanks to everyone for the smooth way in which you helped ensure your child's learning continued last week. A few reminders as we are not yet back to 100% normal;
- We need all the computers we lent out to families returned ASAP. Please help us get these back & into use here at school.
- We are still required to limit extra adult numbers here onsite to Essential Visits only. Can parents please ring the school for enquiries.
- If children are not well, please keep them home.
Reports & Learning Conversations
School reports will go home on Friday 18th of June and Learning Conversations will be the following week. We are expecting that these will be face to face however if anything changes I will let you know.
We will once again break our Learning Conversations into year level groups over the course of the week:
Monday 21st: Foundation Learning Conversations
Tuesday 22nd: Grade 5/6 Learning Conversations
Wednesday 23rd: Grade 3/4 Learning Conversations
Thursday 24th: Grade 1/2 Learning Conversations
Bookings for these Learning Conversations are now open so please get on and book your time slot.
School Wide Positive Behaviours Systems (SWPBS)
This year our school is involved in developing the SWPBS framework within our school. From our school review we identified that we would like to have more consistency around our school rules; what they are and how they are followed up.
SWPBS is a framework for developing and explicitly teaching appropriate and positive behaviours.
Teaching, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important part of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioural expectations and acknowledging students for meeting them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehaviour to occur before responding.
An agreed upon and common approach
A matrix of positively stated expectations
Explicit teaching of expectations
Regular and frequent opportunities to practice expected behaviours
Incentive/rewards for meeting behavioural expectations
Consistency of language
We had a school closure day working with Ann Ruddell who runs the SWPBS program for Catholic Education Ballarat and from this day we developed a Behaviour Matrix. This matrix is broken down into 3 mantra's: Be Your Best, Be Respectful, Be Safe and each of these mantras also takes into account the behaviours we would like to see in certain areas of the school & surrounds.
The behaviours this Behaviour Matrix contains will be specifically taught to children and we will also be having whole school foci on certain things. At the moment we are working on walking while inside.
Find attached our behaviour matrix for you to look at. It is a work in progress so if you have any feedback I would like to hear it.
Parents can help by:
Discussing the behavioural expectations of their child
Encouraging and acknowledging positivedbehaviours
Using the same language to provide consistency between home and school
Keep communication between you and your child’s teacher active throughout the school year
Last week some students took on the Matific challenge to answer as many maths questions as they could in a certain time period. Many thanks to those students who took on the challenge. Official results are out on Wednesday but unoffcially the school came 5th in Australia.
Congratulations to everyone concerned. I will have more specific details after Wednesday.
2022 Enrolments Update: Kinder Visits
Enrolment packages have gone out to Kinders late last week & this week. For those who may like a tour, you can call the school anytime to arrange a suitable time.
We will be visiting the Camperdown Kinder & Banana Splits on Thursday 24th for an opportunity for our teaching staff to meet with the Kinder children. They will be involved in a couple of activities with the children. We will also be visiting the other Kinders in our area: Simpson, Cobden, Timboon & Western Plains on a date to be determined.
The Kinder children will be here at St Patrick's early next term on Thursday 15th & Thursday 29th from 9.00-11.00 to do some activities in the school. All children from any of the other local kinders are invited on these days.
IGA Card as a school fundraiser
Our Fundraising Partner Ritchies IGA, have launched their new Ritchies Card, incorporating the Community Benefit Program and this will not only benefit our organisation, but also all our families.
It is very important that families get one of the new Riches cards and present this when they are shopping at IGA, as we get on average $100 a month and over the years have received over $40,000, which is incredible. It is a really simple way to help contribute to our fundraising.
The old system finishes at the end of this month, so now is the time to act to make sure you have transferred over your allegiance to the school as the benefactor of your new card. The program also now has an App for both IOS and Android smart devices. For those members who don’t have a smart phone, or would like a physical card, this option is also available and can be linked to the school.
Every month, our school will receive 0.5%* of our members’ spend in Ritchies Stores PLUS our
members will receive special offers and member only specials via the App.
*T&C’s apply see https://www.ritchies.com.au/ritchiescardterms
Featuring monthly promotions, cheaper prices for you, Collect and Win, as well as games and lots
more fun things to do, this is a great opportunity to support our school.
You can search for Ritchies in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Webinars for parents and carers
Join one of our free webinars for parents and carers.
These live webinars explore the latest research and they are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online.
All sessions are delivered by eSafety's expert education and training team.
Follow the link and register now
Catholic School Culture
First Holy Eucharist: Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist
At this stage, we are still working to confirm another date for our Eucharist celebrations. Please keep the following children in your prayers as they continue with their preparations at home.
Charlie Bourke, Jimmy Cheeseman, Daisy Courtney, Isaac Lawlor, Chase Lee, Grace Magilton & Riley Spence, Halle Barake, Taylor Cameron, Orson Capizzi, Hannah Cridland, Maddison Fisher, Lachlan Hewitt, Jayden Kleinhenz, Ava Lafferty, JakeLenssen, Madison Lucas, Zoe Roberts, William Ryan, Scarlett Simmonds & Olive Wills.
Mini Vinnies: Thank-you to families who sent in donations for the Mini Vinnies Winter Appeal and the Food Drive – your kindness is very much appreciated and the donated items will provide much needed support – thank-you!! The Mini Vinnies children will be presenting these donations to St Vincent de Paul this coming Friday @10.00am
School Term 2 Disco: Fancy Formal
Our school disco for this term is on Friday 18th of June and will go from 6.00-7.30.
Cost will be $5 entry and there will be snacks for sale on the night. All money raised will go towards the grade 6 camp fund. Theme for the night is Fancy Formal, so dig out your dress up, visit your local op shop to see what you can find. Prizes for the best dressed in each grade.
I look forward to seeing lots of the students there.
Community Meal: Wednesday 23rd June
Grade 5/6W will be doing the community meal at the Uniting Church on Wednesday 23rd June. This is certainly an activity I know our children enjoy and I know they are appreciated when doing it. Thank you to the parents in the 5/6 area that help ensure this is a worthwhile activity for all by supplying delicious, wholesome food for the occassion.
Robbie Burns Festival
The information below is what we hopefully can get back to from next week. At this stage these activities have been postponed.
The Robert Burns Festival in Camperdown will be held on the weekend of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of
July during the school holidays. As part of the lead up to this community event, some interested
grades at school will have the opportunity to learn an Indigenous song and dance with
Brett Clark on Wednesday afternoons. There will be two opportunities for children to
perform at the festival when they attend with their families.
- Saturday the 3rd of July: Free Family Night Concert
- Sunday the 4th of July: FESTIVAL FINALE CONCERT from around 1pm onwards.
Brett is doing a Welcome to Country and performing the 2 songs with the children on
stage. Children will be required to wear black pants or jeans with either a red, yellow
or black t-shirt. Children will be in attendance with their families.
In addition, artwork from children at St. Patrick's will be displayed in local shops and
businesses in Camperdown prior to the festival.