Dear Parents and Carers
Prayer for Mothers
All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need;
May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us;
May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict;
May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.
Sunday is a special time for us to thank all the beautiful mothers we have in our community. From the mothers of our students, to the mothers we have on staff and to the grandmothers we are blessed to have in our community, I wish you all a very special celebration this weekend.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Mother’s Day Breakfast tomorrow morning from 8am.
A reminder to parents of students in Year 3 and Year 5 that the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy for all students across Australia is being held over the next 3 weeks. I ask parents to help students remember that NAPLAN is a ‘snapshot’ of a student’s development based on their performance on one given day. If your child is feeling unsure, please speak to their teacher in the first instance or feel free to speak with me as well. If possible, students should not be absent on these days.
BEGINNING OF TERM REMINDERS
- Supervision commences at 8.30am and NO STUDENT should be at school before 8.30am. Students arriving before 8.30am are unsupervised. Please use before school care if necessary.
- Student’s hair should be cut off their face and, if longer than shoulder length, it must be tied back in an appropriate school coloured band. Hair should also be of natural colour and extreme haircuts are not permitted.
- No jewellery should be worn to school and only plain studs and watches are acceptable. No bracelets, necklaces, bangles, sparkly ear rings, nail polish, make up, etc are allowed. Small sleepers are only permitted with written recommendation from a medical practitioner.
- Correct School Uniform must be worn at all times. Students who continually wear incorrect uniform will receive a reminder note to be sent home to their parents.
- Holy Spirit Primary School has a NO HAT PLAY IN THE SHADE policy. Students without a correct school hat will be asked to sit under the shade structures on the concrete area.
- Black canvas type school shoes are not part of the school uniform. The only school shoes allowed at Holy Spirit Primary School are the traditional or formal black leather school shoes.
- On sport days, sports shoes should be predominantly white.
- Students with Mobile Phones are asked to switch the phone off and leave it in their bags. If mobile phones are heard or sighted during school time they will be confiscated. The School takes no responsibility for lost or broken mobile phones.
- Students who are collected by their parents during the day for appointments must be signed out/in at the Front Office before and after the appointment.
- Parents visiting the school to assist must have a Working with Vulnerable People Card and are also asked to sign in at Front Office and receive a Visitor’s Badge.
- Please ensure that the School always has up to date contact and emergency details for your children.
- Holy Spirit Primary School is a NUT FREE School. Please remember this when preparing recess and lunch, including peanut butter, Nutella, cakes with nuts, etc.
- Dogs are not allowed on school premises.
- Afternoon messages regarding changes to the afternoon routine must be received by the Front Office by 2.30pm or we cannot guarantee your child/ren will receive the message.
- Medical details must be updated and sent to the Front Office.
- Carpark - Please remember to be patient and considerate of others when driving in the car parks. School carparks are notoriously dangerous and ALL PARENTS are asked to be patient and alert. If you are in a hurry, collect your children early or wait until after 3.20pm when the carpark is less congested.
- Absences from school – it is a legal requirement that all absences are explained. Please notify the school of your child’s absence by either :
- Using the App
- Calling the Front Office followed by a note to the classroom teacher indicating date and reason for absence.
- Emailing the Front Office at email@example.com indicating your child’s name, class, reason for absence and date.
- Sending a note to the classroom teacher indicating date and reason for absence.
Our Year 3 and 5 students will participate in NAPLAN over the next two weeks, completing tests that will measure their understanding and proficiency in the areas of Numeracy, Writing, Reading and Language Conventions. NAPLAN is only one source of information that is used to determine our students’ progress.
Assessment is an ongoing and varied process of gathering information for teachers and students. Teachers gather and use data to drive decisions about learning and teaching, in order to enhance student progress and achievement.
Why do we assess:
- To identify individual student’s learning needs - strengths and challenges
- To identify starting points for teaching
- To apply appropriate intervention strategies – to challenge and support
- To monitor individual student’s progress over time
- To promote real and deep learning
- To probe student’s understanding of key concepts and the connections with other learning that they have made
- To help students see the progress they are making by providing timely feedback and through self-assessment
- To report to parents/guardians on student achievement based on sound evidence and shared understanding
Our teachers use a myriad of strategies and tools to assess, they moderate and continually use the data to inform all teaching and learning so that our students make progress.
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We have been informed that the Macdonalds Schoolwear shop at Gungahlin will be closing on 16 May 2019.
School uniforms will now be available at the Lowes store, Shop 60, The Marketplace, Gungahlin.
Holy Spirit is again participating in the Woolworths Earn and Learn program. Please collect your Woolies stickers and fill out a sticker sheet. The front office has some sticker sheets. There are collection boxes outside Woolworths Gungahlin and one in the school office. This valuable program assists the school to purchase teaching resources and sports equipment.