This week we farewell the end of Term 3. So many productive things have been happening within our school community ranging from teaching and learning, religious life, our instrumental program, sporting achievements, professional learning opportunities for staff and our partnership with our parent body in the planning for our annual fete, to name a few things.
Year 1 will be hosting our school assembly this Friday 27th September (last day of term 3) in the Mercy Hall at 9.30am. Please join us and you are welcome to stay for a cuppa afterwards supplied by Year 2 parents.
Children may also wear their favourite Sports Colours this Friday for a gold coin donation. This is to support Sisters of Mercy Charities.
As mentioned in previous newsletters, we as a staff are involved in a Diocesan professional learning opportunity, The Learning Collaborative. As a result, we have co-constructed K-6 data walls in the areas of Reading and Writing, and are in the process of completing a Mathematics data wall. The purpose behind these are to determine what level each student is at, set targets and define the next steps that need to take place, to meet the differentiated learning needs of students. Part of this process also involves holding case management meetings where the learning needs of individual students are discussed. This is a very exciting initiative where we, as a staff, are sharing the responsibility of our students’ learning, endeavouring to know exactly where they are and what teaching and learning needs to take place, in order to take them to the next level.
Work on the sensory garden will commence in November. This is a brand new play space in the empty corner between the cricket nets and the raised garden beds, along the old highway The funding from this is provided by the money raised by the parents via the fete over the past couple of years.
This week we farewell Kim Andersen, our Centacare Well-being practitioner. Whilst this is a loss for our community, we congratulate her on her new role in family counselling at Centacare. We will be notified of her replacement as soon as this has been finalised. Kim has been an enormous asset to our school community and we thank her for all her hard work and commitment to our students.