End of Term Prayer
We thank you Lord, for this term.
For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt.
Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith.
Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others.
To be peacemakers in our family. Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun.
Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term.
We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us.
May we always be conscious of you in our lives. Amen
It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of Semester One, and what an extraordinary time it has been for all! I would like to again acknowledge our whole school community on their efforts over the past two terms. I am grateful for the collaboration, resilience, and commitment given to maintaining the learning and wellbeing of our students throughout these uncertain and challenging times.
I would like to thank our staff, families and students who all embraced the many weeks of learning from home. It was pleasing to see our students maintained their learning growth, many students exceeding our expectations. Together our families and teachers worked so diligently in constantly changing times. We all moved from normal classes and day to day routine to navigating and organising home learning with very little notice or preparation time. In transitioning back to full time learning throughout the term, the students settled back into class and play time with enthusiasm and genuine excitement of being back in the school setting amongst friends and teachers.
As we break for the holidays at the end of this week, I hope families will have an opportunity to get out and enjoy some quality time together and well-deserved rest. Term 3 begins on Monday 20th July.
Happy Holidays and God Bless,
Dance Fever - Sport
Dance Fever lessons will take place in the Hall every Wednesday morning during Term 3. Students K-6 will be required to wear Sport uniform on Wednesday and Friday Term 3.
Parent/Visitor restrictions during Term 3
At this stage Parents/Carers and Allied Health Professionals are not permitted to come onto site. We will inform parents when this situation changes.
Inservice/Pupil Free Days
There are two Pupil Free days scheduled for Term 3.
Friday 28 August
Friady 25 September
Please ensure that your child has a school hat at school each day, correct shoes and items of uniforms which have the school logo featured. All of our uniform items are available at Lowes. The new Sport uniform will be available for purchase from Lowes later this year. We will keep you updated.
Social Distancing reminder
- If your child is unwell, please keep them at home until they are well enough to attend.
- Say goodbye to your child at the school gate or at the front foyer of the school.
- No parents or carers to enter the school grounds.
- Avoid gathering at the school pick up areas.
- Maintain 1.5m distance from other parents and students and staff.
- After school, once the children are in your care, depart the pickup area as soon as possible.
- Ensure that your child has a drink bottle each day.
Your sensible and co-operative approach to these practices during this COVID-19 period, has made the implementation of these new regulations not only easy, but also very successful in achieving our aim of maintaining our student’s health and safety.
PLEASE NOTE AND ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING REQUESTS:
- Parents and carers should not congregate at “drop off” and, especially, “pick up” times. Please maintain social distancing and move promptly from the pick-up area after collecting students.
- For the safety or all staff and students on site. We ask that NO PARENTS OR CARERS come onto site past foyer or beyond the school gates.
- Ernest Street Carpark: The small Ernest Street Carpark is NOT to be used for drop offs or pickups as it is one of the main entry and exit points for children who are on foot…if there is a physical reason why you cannot park and walk your child to the school gates then please drop them off at the Church Street entrance.
WE ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLING FOR 2021. If you are enrolling your child for next year, please return enrolment forms ASAP. If you know of any families with school age children requiring enrolment, please get the word out as soon as possible.
Kinder enrolment interviews for new and existing families are currently being conducted after school and under strict COVID -19 protocols. Placement offers will be made to all families this week. Orientation will take place later in Term 3.
Write for Fun
Last newsletter we announced that Maggie H and Ziggy D from Year 3 both received an achievement award in the Schools Poetry and Short Story Competition of 2020. Their stories can be seen below.
Maggie H - The Old Man and His Friends
Ziggy D - The Lost City of Gold
Supporting all students in their learning
At St Francis Xavier’s we regularly review how we support our students to achieve their full potential. This is done at a class, stage, whole school, and Diocesan level. Mem Fox said, ' it is essential that we put the right book, in the right hands at the right time'. What she was saying is that we need to ensure that children are supported in their learning by providing appropriate resources at the right time and at the students’ level.
Teachers track student progress through a variety of assessment techniques ranging from observations and unit assessments. This data informs the areas of need students have and how teachers can support them. The readers that the students take home or read in the classroom are specifically chosen to support each child. Common forms of support that we have been using for many years is the visual timetable that teachers put up each day outlining what is happening during the day. This enables students to ‘prepare’ themselves and not get anxious wondering what is next.
Other supports may be as simple as giving students additional time to complete tasks. It may involve modifying tasks, so children are presented with activities that are at their level within the classroom. Another form of support is varying how tasks are presented or providing students with clarity of expectations.
Our Learning Support team also assists in supporting students in the classroom or providing specialised intervention programs like MacqLit which is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program. InitiaLit in K-2 is another way we support the students in their learning by providing a whole class literacy program which provides all the children with the essential core knowledge and understanding needed to become successful readers and writers.
It is essential that we as a school community provide every opportunity for children to achieve their potential and to do this we must be constantly assessing how we are supporting them in their learning.
Mr Michael Walker
This year Entertainment Books have gone 100% digital and are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. 20% of every membership sold contributes to our school fundraising. The full details of membership benifits and how to purchase can be found later in the Newsletter or CLICK HERE to purchase.
Fee statements were sent/emailed home in week 7. If you have not received your statement please contact the office to confirm your email and address details are up to date.
During the COVID crisis, we have been mindful of the financial impact experienced by our families, the Diocese established an online form to either defer your school
fee payments or to apply for a COVID Concession to reduce your school fees. This process is still available to our families and can be accessed using the link below.
If you have applied for a Fee Deferral the Statement is for your information only.
We are appreciative of those families who have continued and will shortly resume their commitment to school fees.
BPAY - Our Biller Code is 135814 and the Reference Number is the account number on your statement (BPAY is only available for fee payments)
Direct Debit - Please contact the office for a Direct Debit Request Form.
Credit Card - Credit Card payments can be made by completing and returning the authorisation slip is provided at the bottom of your statement or over the telephone.
In Person - Parents are welcome to pay directly with cash or by eftpos to the office between 8.30am and 3.00pm.
Mrs Karen Steenson
Vinnies Winter Appeal 2020
Today was the culmination of the 2020 Vinnies Winter Appeal at SFX. Our Mini Vinnies team has been working hard this term, promoting the Appeal and encouraging their classmates and families to think of others in need.
Our school community accepted the challenge, donating many bags of new and pre-loved blankets and dressing gowns which will be distributed by Vinnies to local families in need.
Our local Vinnies President, Paul Coles was thrilled with the response and thanked SFX families for their generosity and kindness.
Once again, thank you so much for your generosity!!
Pastoral Care worker
Overdue notes were sent home for students who have outstanding Library books. Thank you to those children who have returned them.
If you still have a book/s at home please return before the end of the term. There is a box in the school foyer you can place your book/s in.
Year 1 are so happy to be back at school with their friends and back to normal lessons. We have been hard at work learning new sounds, writing sentences, and practicing our tricky words.
In Creative Arts, we drew and painted Cubism artworks inspired by Picasso.
We have been learning new sounds and reading lots!
In Religion we have been learning about ways to pray.
This term we have had Wellbeing Fun Day and National Simultaneous Storytime.
Miss Casey Sharman
Year 3 students have been measuring Mass using the standard unit of the ‘Kilogram”.
In pairs the students had to estimate then determine how many of the same object equals 1 Kilogram. Textas, books, balls of string and MAB flats were used.
Due to the limitations of the balances used students had to improvise to solve the mathematical challenge by measuring to half a kilogram then doubling the result to find the answer.
Mr Stephen Brown
Paint, spot, splat,
Don’t get it on your back!
In year six we are studying an amazing artist,
The most skilled person maybe the smartest?!?
He is the one and only Pablo Picasso,
If that was me, I would use smart words like ‘rossow’’.
We also are creating models of a zoo,
As being me, I had to say I do!
There are tigers and giraffes,
And possibly baby calf’s!
You could choose a green piece of paper,
That look just like a green shiny caper!
As you may notice there is lots of fun in year six,
We are kind of just like free range chicks!
Year six have been remarkably busy for the past few weeks. We have been making representations of Pablo Picasso’s artwork and trying our best to make our own that have the same style and colour. Picasso has had many different stages of his artwork making. They are known as colour periods, where he would use different colours in his painting, like the blue period, red period and many more. Lots of people in Year six have finished their artwork, and we can say that they look great and almost identical.
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the classroom at art time of the ever so crazy year six? Well here is your chance to travel all around the Pablo Picasso artworks that we have been doing. But what exactly is this class doing? You may be thinking well we are doing cubism; cubism is a way of constructing a painting or drawing adding different layers and colours. One of the most famous cubism artworks is the weeping lady. The way year six are doing this is by using cardboards to cut out a abstract shape that you will be using for the base shape of the head, after that cut out smaller details for the eyes, nose, mouth, ears etc.. following that stick all the smaller pieces onto the base creating an art work after this you may paint it or add coloured paper to make it unique.
Have you ever wondered if wind or water causes more damage to the earths surface? That’s what we have been researching in year six. Did you know that wind can push over solid, metal poles until they’re flat and water can flip over trains? I did not know that before we did our research. Year 6 is conducting experiments to find out which element is the most destructive to the earths surface. In these experiments we will be using a leaf blower for the wind and a hose for the water. We have to make sure everything is equal like the miniature houses we will be building and distance stood back from the houses.
Have you ever wondered what has a greater impact wind or water, in and extreme weather event? Well these past three weeks in year six we have been investigating what has a greater impact, wind or water. Before we could do the investigating, year six had to watch videos and looking on websites and sort the destruction into four different groups (land, road, vegetation and building/ structures). Then we had to decide which element we wanted to investigate the impact on.
For math’s year 6 we have been doing Area and perimeter to help us have a better understanding we teamed up into groups of three and four and created a zoo its was very tricky we had to make a bunch of different enclosures for animals we had to get the measurement exact so they could all fit on the board.
Can you design a zoo? In year 6 we are designing zoos for maths. We are doing this for perimeter and area, in groups of three or four we must make sure we have the correct area and perimeter for the enclosures and animals.
Fun with Kinder
Yesterday kinder came up to our year 6 classroom and we helped them code little bee bots. They found out how to code and control them we all really enjoyed it!
Do you know what a bee bot? Well the other day year 6 got to work with the cute kindergartens and got to help them out and teach them to use bee bots which was super fun. I cannot wait to do more really fun things in year 6 it has been such a great time this past few weeks.
Year 6 have certainly made up for any lost time over the last five weeks!
Mrs Leanne Treadwell
|Thurs 2 July||Guitar with Mr Bartlett|
|Fri 3 July||Last Day of Term 2|
|Mon 6 July - Fri 17 July||School Holidays|
|Mon 20 July||School Returns|
PA - MacKillop Principal Award
MA - Merit Award
|Kinder||PA -||Candice H||MA -||Millie S|
|Year 1||PA -||Ziah R||MA -||Beau B|
|Year 2||PA -||Ollie B||MA -||Lenny D|
|Year 3||PA -||Maggie H||MA -||Thomas B|
|Year 4/5||PA -||Molly D||MA -||Patrick M|
|Year 6||PA -||No awards||MA -|
|Kinder||PA -||Audrey T||MA -||Sophie C|
|Year 1||PA -||Airlie S||MA -||Patrick M|
|Year 2||PA -||Lily C||MA -||Calean M|
|Year 3||PA -||Lucy B||MA -||Joe H|
|Year 4/5||PA -||Bodie M||MA -||Drew R|
|Year 6||PA -||Niamh C||MA -||Blake L|
Due to Covid-19 we are unable to have parents entering the school grounds to purchase from the clothing pool. However, you are welcome to complete the form below, return it to the ofice and a member of staff will have a look at what is available and contact you to organise collection and payment.
At this stage the Mighty Bite Canteen will reopen the first week back in Term 3 with a modified menu.
Due to Covid-19 the menu has been revised to meet current guidelines. Unfortunately, salad items and hot milo will not be available. Available items are single serve and individually wrapped excluding the Toastie / Wrap.
Each order will need to have the correct amount of money. Items that would normally be purchased at the counter during lunch time will need to be pre-ordered.
All money is to be in a plastic clip lock bag inside the paper bag to prevent contamination of food items. Unfortunately change cannot be given.
NEXT P&F MEETING
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Jesus, The Good Shepherd Parish—East Lake Macquarie
Parish Masses - Belmont Sunday 9:15AM and 5:30 PM
Office: Phone: 02 4945 4402
Address: Ernest Street, Belmont NSW 2280
Postal Address: PO Box 277, Belmont. NSW 2280
Monday & Thursday 9am-1pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 8.30am-4.30pm