- Principal Talk with Mrs Lowe
- Religious Education with Mrs Skelly
- Representative Sport with Mrs Sally Croker
- Classroom Support with Mrs Spackman
- Child Safe Advocate with Mrs Sally Croker
- P & F News
- Student Awards
- Poll- Use of an Eftpos terminal
- Uniform Shop
- "SZapp"- Communications app transition
- Term 3 Calendar- updated version
- Parish News
- School and Community Notices
The School Explorers
Over the past few weeks, our pre-school friends have been visiting each Friday afternoon to participate in The School Explorers, our school readiness program.
So far the children have participated in music and dancing, mathematics, science and educational technology tasks.
We look forward to The School Explorer’s Program continuing next term in Week 2 on 2 August.
Tomorrow you will receive your child's Semester One Progress Report and Evidence of Learning Folder.
You will notice the Progress Reports for children in Years One - Year Six use an A to E grade scale.
The scale describes:
- the depth of knowledge and understanding, and
- the range of skills that students working at that standard typically show.
Grades are given for individual achievement. Students will get the grade that best matches the standard of their achievement.
Grades are one aspect of school reporting to parents. Other important tools include:
- teacher comments
- parent-teacher interviews and
- information about student effort and application.
About the Common Grade Scale
The Common Grade Scale shown below is used to report student achievement in both primary and junior secondary years in all NSW schools.
The Common Grade Scale describes performance at each of five grade levels.
The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.
The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.
The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.
The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the processes and skills.
The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.
At any point, teachers can look at what the students have been learning and how well they have achieved.
This means that at any time they can:
- compare student achievement with the standards represented by each grade, and
- make an on-balance professional judgement and give the appropriate grade.
An informative document that accompanies your child's Progress Report is the Evidence of Learning Folder. This folio contains work samples taken from a variety of learning areas across the semester. There will be a variety of draft and published pieces that illustrate your child’s everyday work standards.
If you have any questions about either of these progress documents please make an appointment to see your child’s classroom teacher.
2019 Recognition Awards
Nominations for the 2019 Recognition Awards are now open. Do you know someone in the Archdiocese who is exceeding expectations in Service, Performance or Mission? The Recognition Awards are an opportunity to showcase and recognise extraordinary 'above and beyond' commitment, innovation and talent in Catholic Education. To nominate, visit our website and complete the Google Form today. Nominations close Friday, 26 July. Contact: Josie Tomas (Josie.Tomas@cg.catholic.edu.au or 0414 899 045)
End of Term Events
Next week is the last week of Term 2 and I think everyone is due for a well-earned break!
Next week we have the following events:
|Monday 1 July||School photos (see below)|
|Tuesday 2 July||School Spirit Afternoon Tea|
|Wednesday 3 July||Junior First Aid Year 4/5|
|Thursday 4 July||
Kids On Keyboard Concert 9.30am, Kindergarten Prayer Celebration 10.45am, Crookwell Early Learning Centre visit Tabloids with Year 6 10.30am
|Friday 5 July||Stage 2 (Year 3 and Year 4) Showcase of Learning 12.30pm|
School Photos Reminder
Staffing for 2020 will be allocated earlier this year than in previous years, so we encourage families to commence the enrolment process as soon as possible.
Enrolments can now be placed online. Go to https://enrolments.stmarysc.nsw.edu.au/enrol/ or collect an enrolment form from Belinda in the Office.
First Holy Communion
It was a special, joyful occasion last weekend for the First Holy Communion children who received Jesus for the first time at Masses in Taralga and Crookwell last weekend. May the ‘life’ of Jesus (in the form of the bread and wine) continue to bring them peace, joy, inspiration, strength and courage throughout their lives.
WHY should you go to Mass?
- Going to Mass and receiving Communion is about saying YES I BELIEVE in Jesus. I believe he loves me and died for me.
- It reminds us of the Jesus’ story. We listen to stories about Jesus in the readings; we remember what he did
- We relive Jesus’ last supper where he spoke about his death and resurrection,
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you (on the Cross); do this in remembrance of me.” … he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you (on the Cross). Do this in memory of me.”
- The Holy bread and wine we receive at Mass become Jesus Himself. In this way Jesus nourishes and strengthens us with Himself.
When we share communion we become joined as one community…. And nourished for life’s journey, taking Jesus to others and making our world a better place
St Mary’s Primary School Mini Vinnies
Please remember to support our St Mary’s Mini Vinnies team in their efforts to keep the poor and homeless warm this winter. Many thanks to those who have already donated the following winter warmers:
- New thick socks
- New gloves/mittens/beanies
- Coats and scarves
- Sleeping bags
(please make sure any used items are in reasonable condition)
Donations may be delivered to St Mary’s Primary School office.
MacKillop Girls Hockey
Results in at time of publishing
9.40am Mackillop 4 vs South Coast 0
11.30am Hunter 0 vs Mackillop 4
1.20pm Mackillop 1 vs Sydney South West 2
10.35am Mackillop 5 vs Sydney West 0
12.25pm Western 0 vs Mackillop 2
2.15pm CIS 0 vs Mackillop 3
9.00am SEMI FINAL Mackillop 2 vs Sydney North 0
12.45pm GRAND FINAL Mackillop 1 vs North Coast 1
A great effort by the MacKillop girls, especially our St Mary's representatives for a tough, well played final. MacKillop and North Coast were awarded joint winners of the PSSA Girls Hockey Competition.
Following the Grand Final the announcement of the NSWPSSA Hockey Girls Team for 2019 was made. A huge congratulations to Bella Croker and Issy Galland who will now travel to Bendigo in August as members of that team.
Learning our Times Tables
Many of us know our times tables because when we went to school we had to learn them by rote. We said them every day until we knew them. Although the school curriculum is no longer based on the rote learning of facts, this method still works for many children. Learning to sing times tables benefits many children. There are many free songs on YouTube to help your child learn their tables. There are many fabulous Apps for learning tables. Your child does not have to be the best at maths, to be able to learn them. You will build the speed of your child’s computations if they can recall their times tables quickly.
Here is a link to posters to help.
Optimum Health Solutions NDIS Open Day
Below is information regarding Optimum Health Solutions NDIS Open Day which may be of interest to parents.
Cyber security for your family
Did you know the average household owns 17 internet-connected devices?* From smart TVs to voice assistants, smart devices make our lives easier and more comfortable, but they also open up more ways for cybercriminals to enter our homes.
Follow these house rules for cyber security to help protect your family online.
Start by making a list of all the internet-connected devices in your home, including PCs, laptops, tablets, mobiles, your Wi-Fi router/modem, smart TV, whitegoods, security cameras, heating and cooling systems, any wearables (like smartwatches or Fitbits), gaming consoles, speakers, baby monitors and children’s toys.
* Telsyte Australian IoT @ Home Market Study 2018
House rules for cyber security
- Set strong and unique passwords on all your home devices and online accounts.
- Remember, when you first buy a new device, change the factory-set password on it straight away, including any networked devices (router/modem) that also have a factory-set password.
- Tip – Turn on a second step of protection with two-factor authentication wherever you can.
- Turn on automatic software updates to ensure your devices are covered by the latest security protection.
- Install antivirus software where possible and backup devices to protect important information, photos and data.
- Always download apps from an official app store such as Apple’s App Store or Google Play for Android. Turn on automatic app updates for the latest security protection.
- Tip – Consider disconnecting devices from the internet if you’re not using the 'smart' features or if they don’t have security options, like the ability to set a password.
- Choose what info you want to share. In settings, do a privacy check on your devices, browsers, social media and other apps.
- Think about the info you share online like birthdays, age, address, or school – it could be used to crack passwords or steal your identity.
- Never click on suspicious or unknown links in emails, SMS or social media messages.
- Tip – You can use a nickname and an alternative profile pic to help protect your identity when online gaming or on social media.
Use these resources to help make your home cyber secure and keep your family’s online security in check year round. Print these out and pop on your fridge as easy references!
Friday 28 June- Maureen Lucock, Daria Lawson, VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
Monday 1 July- Maureen Lucock, Jackie Blowes, Daria Lawson
Friday 5 July- NO TUCKSHOP, LAST DAY OF TERM
Please arrive at 9.15am.
The Term 3 roster is below. Please take the time to check your dates and if you are unable to do your allocated day, organise a swap. Paper copies with phone numbers will also be sent home.
Year 1 Fundraiser
If any businesses or families would like to donate prizes for our raffles on Grandparents Day, please contact Rechell Naughton, who has kindly taken on coordinating.
Grandparent's Day will be held on 1 November.
Save the Date
Our Term 3 Social Function, coordinated by our Year 3 families, will be held at the Crookwell RSL Club on Saturday 24 August. Details coming soon!
The Student of the Week Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Quade Haynes, Jacob Hogan & Grace McCormack
Year 1 - Jaydan Costello, Sophie Kilborn, Braith Plumb & Loralai Ryan
Year 2 - Riley Haynes, Angus Foley, Lachlan Pascoe, Emilee Salt & Katyanna Waters
Year 3 - William Millett
Year 4 – Kiowa Morning, Aylish Parsons & Patrick Walsh
Year 5 - Rosa Blowes, Alec McIntosh & Darcy Simmons
Year 6 - Paige Croker & Archie Pursell
School Spirit Awards
Max'e Reynolds for his cheerful and friendly outlook
Harper Seaman for caring for our environment
Quade Haynes for caring for our environment
Awards are presented at our Monday morning Assembly in the Old Hall at 9.05am.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Last week, we sent out a poll question to parents to ask if available, would they utilise an Eftpos terminal at school to pay for school-based items such as uniform, fees and excursions.
If you missed it and would like to vote, please click on the link below.
Feasibility of Eftpos facility- would you utilise if available?
Poll is closed
A big thank you to Jodie Garnham for organising hand-knitted wool beanies, pony tail beanies and headbands, which were beautifully created by Margie Seaman.
These are available in limited stock at the uniform shop, as well as being on Qkr.
A kind reminder to please check that the uniform your child/ren are bringing home belongs to you as we have a number of items which have been missing and unfortunately, not yet returned to their rightful owner.
We have changed the app that we use for our communication messages and website. We now use "SZapp" which is the app for the platform Schoolzine, that our newsletter is published through.
You may have noticed a few messages come through this channel already. Some of these messages will arrive as emails that appear to be addressed to you personally, however are a generic message sent to all parents, so please be aware of this.
SZapp will allow you to do absence notes, changes of travel arrangements, changes to details, as well as read current and past newsletters, access school documents and view the calendar.
Attached below are instructions on how to download the SZapp. If you experience any problems, please see Belinda.
We appreciate your understanding with this change.
For Parish and Sacramental matters please forward your enquiries to Parish Secretary, Janet Haynes or Pastoral Associate Sr Rosemary via email or call into the Parish Office at the Old Convent Building on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Phone: 48321 633
Address: 55 Wade Street (the Old Convent Building)
30 June- Eliza & Chloe Kemp
7 July- Ashleigh Bachta & Olivia Anderson
14 July- Nathaniel Waters & Oliver Gray
21 July- Bella Croker
28 July- Eliza & Chloe Kemp
Please arrive 15 minutes before Mass to help Father prepare.
It is important that you contact another server to arrange a swap if you are unable to make it on your rostered day.
We would love it if some more children could join our Altar Serving team. Please contact the Parish Office if your child is interested. Training is provided and new children are rostered on with experienced servers.