Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese's Primary School,
It was wonderful to hear the laughter and excitement of friends reuniting as the whole school returned from remote learning. Teachers were quite pleased with the progress many students made in their learning despite their isolation! Well done to all involved in ensuring that the learning continued!
Last week, I had the opportunity to teach a writing lesson to the two prep classes. Teaching is without a doubt my absolute passion and it is nice to get back into the classroom to remember why I began my career in education.
We began the writing lesson with a trip to the gated area outside my office where I have been lucky enough to watch the leaves of the magnificent tree outside my window lose its leaves. The preps and I had fun playing in the fallen leaves and building vocabulary, such as crunching, falling, floating, and flying. We then went back to the classroom to write all about it. Below I have shared some of the work that was done. Well done Preps! You are all doing a tremendous job learning how to write sentences.
PJ Day on the last day of Term 2
In celebration of all the effort put in by students this term both remotely and on-site, the school will hold a PJ day on the final day of term – Friday 26th June.
We encourage children to bring a donation for Project Compassion and wear their PJs with appropriate footwear (runners or closed in shoes), and a warm jacket for playing outside. Children will not be allowed to wear slippers outside. Please pack their runners!
New Drop Zone on Endeavour Drive
Last Friday, the council installed signage on Endeavour Drive that prevents people parking outside the school at Drop Off and Pick Up times. This will assist us with our new Drop Zone to help move traffic quicker at these busy times.
To avoid being caught out in the Drop Zone parents are asked to adhere to the following;
- Parents of students in Foundation, Year 1, Year 2 and their older siblings arrive no earlier than 3:20pm after school
- Parents of students in Year 3, Year 4, and Seniors arrive no earlier than 3:40pm after school
Please do not park right outside the pedestrian gates if there is space in front of your car. Move up to allow other cars to park behind you. This will assist in keeping the Drop Zone area moving along.
Enrolments for 2021 are now open. If you have a child who is due to begin school next year, please contact the office as soon as possible to collect an enrolment form. Alternatively, enrolment forms can be downloaded from our website. www.sttcbourne.catholic.edu.au
Semester One Reports
Your child’s experience of school over this semester has been unique and as a school community we have had to overcome significant challenges in order to try to reduce any disruption of learning for our students. Obviously, the lack of face to face teaching time creates limitations that can only be addressed once our students return to school.
Semester One reports will be provided to you within a context where staff have not had the opportunity to work alongside your child since Term One. In order to complete the reports, teachers have used direct assessment from Term One, alongside evidence of learning during the period of remote schooling.
As per advice from the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Sale, the school is reporting on Religious Education, Health, English and Mathematics. We have also made the decision to provide information of learning completed in term one for Integrated Studies such as History and the Specialist Areas of Physical Education, Languages- Japanese, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.
Learning remotely has provided a unique opportunity for your children to learn about themselves as learners. With this in mind, we have encouraged the students to complete a self-reflection of their remote learning experiences.
Unless further advice is provided, our Semester Two reports will address all areas taught against the Victorian Curriculum and will provide an accurate measure of growth for the year.
In Term Three, we will be holding Student-Led Conferences via Google Meet. More information will be provided to you regarding how this will work early Term Three.
National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)
Each year, schools are required to submit data on students with disabilities to the government.
It counts the number of students who receive additional adjustments or ‘help’ at school because of a disability. The NCCD helps governments plan for the needs of students with disabilities.
Consent is not required for this data to be collected.
The following link contains a fact sheet for parents regarding NCCD and the process involved in collecting the data. The information has also been included in four languages (Arabic, Simple Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog)
Please enjoy these beautiful artworks from our Year Two Students.
Have a happy week,