Dear Parents and Carers
Yesterday was a wonderful celebration of Book Week and we have placed some colourful photos on our Facebook Page. Thank you to everyone for making such an effort to organise costumes and outfits. Everyone looked amazing. It just highlights the power of books and the impact they have in our lives.
2019 Book of the Year Award winners:
- Book of the Year, Older Readers: Clare Atkins, Between Us. The Nona & Me author's second novel is about a friendship between two teenagers: Anahita, an Iranian asylum seeker in detention in Australia, and Jono, whose Vietnamese single father Kenny works as a guard at the facility.
- Book of the Year, Younger Readers: Emily Rodda, His Name Was Walter. The much-loved author's handwritten, illustrated book follows a school excursion during which four students and their teacher discover a mysterious book, about Walter and a girl named Sparrow, in an old house. A story within a story, with a touch of mystery, history and the fantastic.
- Book of the Year, Early Childhood: Alison Lester, Tricky's Bad Day. Tricky's having one of those days when nothing is going right (we can all relate to the spilt milk and problematic pajama buttons) – lucky dad has a plan for an outdoor adventure up his sleeves!
- Picture Book of the Year: Shaun Tan, A powerful and poignant story, with mesmerising illustrations, about a suit-wearing cicada who toils as a data-entry clerk day in and day out. It's a tale of corporate alienation, bullying, boredom – and finding freedom.
- Eve Pownall Award: Coral Vass, illustrator Dub Leffler, Sorry Day. As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's delivers his momentous apology to the Stolen Generations, Maggie loses her mother. As they are reunited, the memories of children taken from their parents in the past come to life. This award is for books that have the prime intention of documenting factual material.
- Award for New Illustrator: Daniel Gray-Barnett, Grandma Z. On an ordinary day in an ordinary town, it is Albert's birthday. But he wants to do something extraordinary, and at just the right time along comes his spirited Grandma Z who turns his birthday into one he will never forget.
Don’t forget the Great Book Swap and Reading in the Classroom as part of Literacy & Numeracy Week on Friday 30 August.
Winter is almost over, however, the Canberra flu season is still on! If your child is unwell in the morning please keep them at home so we can reduce the spread of viruses. It is better to be safe than sorry! Please ensure the Front Office has your current contact details, including alternative/emergency contacts. We ask that you inform the Front Office as soon as there is a change as we need to be able to contact parents in the event of an emergency.
LEAVING HOLY SPIRIT
If you anticipate that your child will leave Holy Spirit at the end of this year, could you please notify the Front Office immediately. We are finalising staffing and class configurations for 2020. Thank you to those who have let us know already, this is very much appreciated. Naturally, Year 6 parents need not respond to this request.
I will be on leave for the remainder of the term. I am joining some Principal colleagues on a pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey. We will travel to the places where St Paul developed the early Church and wrote many of his letters. I return to School on October 14. During my absence Anna D’Amico will be Acting Principal and Narelle McFarlane will be Acting Assistant Principal.
Have a great week and see you next term.
The importance of the Arts in primary school education cannot be underestimated. It provides students with an opportunity to express themselves, step outside their comfort zones and build self-confidence.
Drama and Music give students an avenue to develop cognitive abilities that compliment other Key Learning Areas. They develop creative thinking and provide opportunities to collaborate and communicate with peers.
There is no doubt that some students truly find their ‘voice’ while studying the Arts. Creative expression is a wonderful way to enhance self-awareness and is particularly beneficial for reserved or introverted students. It can also lead to the discovery of a gift or talent they may wish to pursue in coming years. Former students involved in the Arts at Holy Spirit, have gone on to accept placements at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and Sydney Theatre Company.
Music is an integral part of the Arts program. It exposes students from Kindergarten to Year 6 to many styles of music and the musicianship of composition. There is nothing more joyous than watching young students ‘air guitar’ to Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water,’ or ‘conduct’ a group of students/musicians performing Ludwig Van Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.
“The artist is nothing without the gift,
but the gift is nothing without the work.”
Term 3 School Fees were due for payment last Friday 16 August, except for those families on Direct Debit. Reminder Statements have been emailed today. Please arrange payment of your outstanding account immediately. If you are experiencing difficulty in meeting your school fee obligation, please contact the office to arrange an appointment to meet with the Principal.
FUTURE OF ACT CATHOLIC SCHOOL SOCCER AND NETBALL CARNIVALS
Regretfully, this year is the final year for the ACT Catholic School Soccer and Netball Carnivals.
This decision was carefully considered and was made unanimously at the recent ACT Catholic Primary Principals’ Meeting.
Although these are great community days and have been going for many years, the huge workload on staff, increasing costs, complexity of indemnity and insurance and a lack of parent volunteers to assist has necessitated the decision to no longer host these events.
Schools are rostered on to coordinate, run and volunteer these events and are run, entirely, by the host school, irrespective of the school size. Parents volunteer on the day and staff work all weekend on these events. In the past few years, some executive staff have worked nearly full-time in the lead-up to pull off these carnivals, along with many staff who commit their time to support the planning and preparation, all of which is impacting on the teaching and learning agenda of the host school.
ACT Principals acknowledge that there may be some parents and students disappointed by this decision, however, we have agreed that the future of hosting and leading an event such as this is untenable.
This year, Holy Rosary Watson will host the final ACT Catholic Schools’ Netball Carnival.
ACT Primary Principals
Holy Spirit is moving to a new App the SZapp! This aligns with our new Newsletter and is part of the Schoolzine suite of platforms to improve communication with you. We will maintain both our Skoolbag App and our SZapp for a few weeks to allow a transition period. Here are the details on how to install the SZapp. Please allow for a few ‘hiccups’ which I am sure will occur as we transition.