YEAR TWO NEWS
Term Four is proving to be a very busy time for all Year Two children, as they continue to be immersed in their learning.
This term, in Religious Education, we began by focusing on the importance of work in our lives and the gifts that God has given us in order to carry out this work. We learnt that Jesus worked hard for us because He loves us. The children discussed that Jesus is our role-model and He has shown us how to carry out God’s work. Our final Religious Education Unit for this year will be 'Truth of the Gospels' and this focuses on our preparation time for Advent and the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
In English, we continue our daily dedicated Literacy lessons focusing on Reading, Writing and Word Study. This term the children will be consolidating their reading to ensure they achieve understanding at a deeper level. We will move through the stages of comprehension development from literal to inferential and, as the children are ready, to evaluative levels of understanding; this requires them to respond to texts at their level of development. Our reading groups are helping us to achieve this and the children are enjoying these sessions and are participating enthusiastically. In writing, the children will revisit the structure of a narrative and a written retell. A big emphasis is placed on supporting the children to proof read and edit their writing to ensure they fully understand the process of producing writing that has meaning and is grammatically correct. There will also be a focus on punctuation and spelling in order to develop these understandings to a deeper level.
In Mathematics, we began the term by learning about money, identifying it by name and exploring its value, need and use within our lives. The children have been using their skills of counting in twos, fives and tens to help with counting money. We have focused on identifying various ways to make up an amount using different coins and/or notes. Addition and subtraction skills have also been used by adding money and working out change when making a purchase. Our next focus will be on fractions, specifically whole, half, quarter and eighths. The children will be required to create equal parts from a whole object. In conjunction with working with concrete materials the children will explore writing fractions with the bottom number being the number of equal parts in the whole object and the top number being the number of equal parts selected or given.
In Humanities and Social Sciences, we have been learning about the seven continents and aspects that are unique to each of them. The children have been enthusiastically studying both a map and globe and locating places within each continent. When learning about how to locate places on a map we have also explored the compass rose and the directions it gives.
In Health this term, Mrs Clementson will lead the children to focus on changes in their relationships with friends and families now that they have grown older and have responsibilities they are entrusted with. They will also describe the changes in their physical appearance now compared to when they were younger.
The Science focus this term is Chemical Sciences and we are exploring how different materials can be combined for a particular purpose. Mr Capolingua has provided opportunities for the children to experiment with mixing both solids and liquids and to discuss the process and observing the outcome. This has led to investigating why different parts of everyday objects, such as toys and clothes, are made from different materials.
In Music, the children are working on performance techniques in preparation for the Christmas concert. Mrs Boddy is assisting them to develop and consolidate their theory, aural and keyboard skills in order to enhance their musicianship.
In Italian the children began by learning the names of different food items. Italian Christmas customs, traditions, foods and celebrations are also being explored this term as Signora Formato introduces these concepts to the children.
In Physical Education, the children are continuing to practise specific skills to be incorporated into structured activities. Mr Sheridan also plans for daily fitness activities focusing on both aerobic and skill techniques.
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY
This term the Pastoral Care Ministry will be collecting non-perishable goods for the St Vincent de Paul Society 'Christmas Appeal'. The Christmas Appeal aims to collect non-perishable goods to be given to families in our community who don't have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas. This can be due to financial difficulties, illness, disability, homelessness or isolation. So St Vincent de Paul aims to, with our help, collect goods that can be given to these people with the aim of bringing joy to those less fortunate in our community. So we are asking that all families donate non-perishable goods including:
FOOD (Christmas pudding, tinned food, jelly, jam, long-life milk, tea, coffee, fruit mince pies, cereal, dried fruit, bon bons, candy canes, savoury biscuits, nuts, lollies, milo).
HOMELESS SERVICE HAMPER (Socks, shampoo, body wash, roll on deodorant, thermos cups, thongs, toothpaste and toothbrush)
FAMILY HAMPER (Nappies, cleaning products, washing powder, toiletries and socks).
*It is imperative that all goods are in date and in good condition. Could all donations please be sent to your child's classroom, where they will be collected by the Pastoral Care Ministry each week.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
CHISHOLM CATHOLIC COLLEGE ENROLMENTS IN YEAR 7 2020
Applications are now invited from parents of Year 4 children for entry into Chisholm Catholic College. The first round of applications close on Friday 16 March 2018 .
PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS
Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make our Rock Star Disco a success! Our kids definitely rocked the night away! A special thank you to those incredible Mums who volunteered their morning and most of their evening - Sarah Ruggiero, Jenny Allpike, Marisa Gulluni, Maria Bellesini, Leah Wilson, Irene Gianatti, Nicole Mammone, Anna Williams, Daniela Sammells, Connie Sciullo, Ida Romeo, Liselle Morgan, Jill White, Jess Musca, Tracy Caputo, Maree Previti, Jessica Favaro, Billie DeWitt, Nicola Tutt and Pam Gioffre. We appreciate you more than you know.
Nicola Cecchele (P&F President)
PRE - KINDY END OF YEAR FAMILY CATCHUP
Date: Sunday 12 November
Venue: Whistlers Chocolate Company, Swan Valley
RSVP: Justyna 0400656665
YEAR 4 MUM'S END OF YEAR FUNCTION
Date: Sunday 12 November 2017
Venue: Matilda Bay - Site 4
Cost is $50 per person, this includes a beautiful grazing table from Carnival Creations, Champagne, Soft Drink and Water.
If you are thinking about attending, now would be the time to let us know and get your payment to us to secure your place. We do have a maximum for this event, so unfortunately when we reach that we will no longer be able to accept any other bookings. Please let us know you will be attending via email email@example.com. Please contact Simone McGuire on 0414 719 009 to arrange for transfer of your payment. Once payment is received we will email to confirm your place. Thanks ladies, we are looking forward to a wonderful end of year celebration with as many of you as possible.Tash, Simone. M, Simone. S and Joanna
YEAR 2 CHRISTMAS PARTY
Date: Saturday 2 December
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Empire Bar Rivervale
Cost: $25-$30 per head
This year we are asking partners to come along, or some of us are going solo. The choice is yours. We will have platters of food on the night. Drinks can be purchased at the bar. RSVP as soon as possible so that we can finalise the price. Payment is due no later than 13 November. Message either Nicole 0400266755 or Maree 0412336965 to confirm
Thank You and hope to see you there .
YEAR 3 END OF YEAR FAMILY SUNDOWNER
Friday 8 December from 6pm
Crimea Food Trucks, Morley
BYO drinks, picnic blanket, scooters & bikes!
All Year 3 families welcome.
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
Friday 10 November
Rosanna Franchescino, Marisa Gulluni, Sarah Ruggierio
Monday 13 November
Sandrine Teo, Geraldine Soh
Wednesday 15 November
Emily Dayan, Jenny Allpike
Our Canteen runs with the Summer Menu during Term Four which is included in the attachment. We are also in need of helpers on the Wednesday Roster. If you are available that would be appreciated.
SPECIAL NOTICE: We are currently organising the Canteen Roster ready for 2018. Can you please advise as soon as possible if you will be available for next year. Thankyou.
VISITING THE SCHOOL - SIGN IN PROCEDURES
An iPad is now available for entering the school during school hours. This replaces the sign in book. Please follow these procedures:
- Sign in and receive a Lanyard or Exit Card
- Enter the school
- Sign out and return the Lanyard
All visitors to the school must sign in i.e. Parents dropping things off, Parents picking up students, Volunteers helping Canteen or Class, Students arriving late, Maintenance workers etc. The Ipad is another important safety and security measure in monitoring all legitimate movements in the school. Only parents complete information regarding the movements of their child and sign accordingly on the Ipad.
PROLONGED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL OF A STUDENT DURING SCHOOL TERM
There is an approval procedure that must be followed if you are taking your children out of school for several days.
- Letter or email must be sent to the Principal and Teacher advising the school of the circumstances of the absence.
- School then formally approves the absence with a letter sent to Parents.
It is important to note that the Education Act states that all children need to be at school at all times during the school year.
Prolonged absences should only be taken if it is essential for illness, pastoral and family reasons. In this instance it is a requirement that parents provide a valid explanation, in writing, for children’s non-attendance at school.
It is also important to note that prolonged absence from school will impact on children’s learning.
Congratulations to all the 75 children who received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Monday 6 November and Thursday 9 November. We thank all the families for attending the Reconciliation family retreat and for supporting the children in their faith journey. We thank everyone who has been involved in this very important celebration.
We especially thank the children’s teachers, Ms Melissa Myles, Ms Yen Wong and Prep teacher, Mrs Angela Youens for their wonderful work in the children's preparation. Special thanks to our Parish Priest Fr Greg Burke, Fr Tadgh Tierney and Fr John Pallippadan, School Principal Mr Paul Hille, PREP Co-ordinator Mrs Sue Goodwin, school deputies, Mr Frank Colangelo and Miss Clare Moffat for their continuous support in the programme. We also thank Sr Lisette Dreis for welcoming the children during their retreat at Schoenstatt Shrine and catechist teacher Ms Linda Doyle for facilitating the family retreat at the parish. We also thank and acknowledge the support and help of all the parish and school staff, ministries and volunteers.
Thank you all very much and may God bless you more.
Faith Rico (Sacramental Coordinator)
Infant Jesus Parish 24:7 Morley Youth Group
All youth in Years 6-12 are invited to join us this Friday night, 6-8pm in the Parish Hall. For more info call Roger 0434 988 711 or Elizabeth 0410 554 393.
POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
"Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction". (Evangelii Gaudium...The Joy of the Gospel... #7).