Dear Parents & Carers
This Saturday we celebrate the Feast of St Mary of the Cross, Australia’s first Saint and the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph. As a parish, and as a school community, this is a very important day in our faith life. We celebrate the example that Mary gives us today and the leadership she showed when forging ahead in difficult times, always committed to a love of God and guided by the strength of the Holy Spirit.
I encourage the community to find out a little more about St Mary of the Cross MacKillop at https://www.sosj.org.au/our-foundress-mary-mackillop/marys-story/mary-story-beginnings/
WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT LEARNING FRAMEWORK?
Over the last 2 years the school has been developing a framework for learning. The Holy Spirit Primary School Learning Framework is the policy that teachers take to planning and implementing learning programs across all areas of learning. Over the next few weeks, we will share with you elements of the Framework.
The Holy Spirit Primary School Learning Framework is set out in a number of inquiry stages. These stages are not necessarily discrete and may be used individually or together.
The Learning Framework is an approach to learning that emphasises the role of both teachers and students in the learning process. Rather than the teacher telling students what they need to know, both students and teachers are encouraged to explore material, ask questions, and share ideas through connecting, investigating and expressing. At each stage of inquiry, teachers and students are encouraged to reflect, question and assess.
The Holy Spirit Primary School Learning Framework encourages a learner-centered pedagogy. The Framework views learners as active participants in their own learning, with their education shaped by their interests, prior knowledge, and active investigation.
As we are a Sun Smart School, we would like to remind you that from the 1st of August students will are required to wear their school sunhat for all outdoor activities. Of course, for the meantime, while the weather is cold, students are permitted to wear a navy beanie.
If you need advice or have questions concerning COVID-19 please contact:
ACT COVID-19 Hotline – (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
During this difficult time remember to reach out for support available to you and your children:
CatholicCare – (02) 6162 6100
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Mensline – 1300 789 978
Visit the Headspace website
Have a great week
For the past 7 weeks we have been running a “Friendship Group” for the students of absent and deployed parents. Apart from doing fun activities, this lovely group of 10 Defence students have been learning strategies to cope with their parent’s absence. Our Friendship Group is also a safe place for them to express their feelings and to appreciate they are not alone.
This year Covid has brought challenges to us all and to the Defence families who are experiencing a parent away, times are even more interesting. Mums and Dads who would normally return for a small break to reconnect with their families, have been unable to do so or have been trapped behind State borders. Their children are dealing with the uncertainty of when they will reconnect with their Mum or Dad.
For a brief insight into the life of a Defence student, here is a poem written by one of our Grade 6 Defence students, whose Dad is currently deployed to the other side of the world.
A Poem for Dad
One day at dinner
I got a surprise message
Dad told us that he was going
Once I heard I became a total wreckage
He said he is travelling overseas
All the way to Afghanistan
He told me to send him letters
And deliver them through the mailman
The day he left
He dropped me off at school
I didn’t want to get embarrassed
Humiliated, he acted "really" cool
Inside I felt afraid
And incredibly sad
Dad said "I'll be back in no time
And you should be glad"
That week was intense
But I was better
Sending us gifts
Me a big sweater
Months later Mum said
"Dad is at the airport
We have to pick him up"
Rushing there like a sport
He came with all his luggage
I ran up and gave him a hug
Three long months had passed
Drinking coffee out of a mug
The two weeks he stayed
We had too much fun
It passed quickly
And the time was done
He said he is travelling
back to Afghanistan
Send lots of love and letters
Through the mailman
Must be so boring
Working 6 and a half days a week
If I worked that long
I would die and shriek
Suddenly a virus came along
And trapped us inside
We weren't allowed to go anywhere
Or even outside!
It got very boring
But then I realised
That Dad was trapped too
I was paralysed!
When is he going
To visit or come back
When is he going to
come home with his backpack
The time is now
The month of June
He is still saving lives
And coming home soon
He won the special
Queen's Birthday Award
For the Military but he didn't
get knighted by the sword
I still miss him
Every single day
I want to make a statue
Of him, using paper mâché
Well now I need to
Wait, for him to come home
With his new computer
Made from chrome
He said that he won't travel
Not back to Afghanistan
I am waiting for September
My hero "Batman"!
Written with love by Isabelle Baldock
Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge
The CMRC has now closed for 2020. Despite the disrupted semester due to COVID-19, many students still took part in this initiative and recorded their books.
If your child completed (or even just began) recording read books for the challenge, please send the chart into the Library. They can have it put in the note bag or deliver it up to the Library themselves.
Many thanks to those keen readers who participated this year and we look forward to even more participants next year.
Issue 5 or Scholastic Book Club closes tomorrow (7th August). Here is the link to the brochure if you need to make a last minute order. https://www.scholastic.com.au/media/5642/bc_520.pdf Order through LOOP as always. https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx
Hats in the Library
The routine of students coming into the Library at lunchtime over the past years has been that they hang their hats on the provided hooks in the foyer. This week we have had some issues with students leaving the Library at the end of lunch without checking if the hat they have grabbed is actually theirs. This has been leaving some students distressed when they then cannot find their hat, and parents very frustrated.
From now on, if students bring hats to the Library at lunchtime, we will ask them to keep their hats with them to prevent this issue occurring again.
In addition, this is a good time to check your child’s hat is clearly labelled and, if they have accumulated someone else’s hat, ensure it is given to a teacher ASAP.
Communication with Library Staff
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s borrowing activity, the books they currently have outstanding or any other questions regarding the Library, please do not hesitate to contact us at Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Term 3 Library Team - Steph Meagher, Amy Eveston and Mary-Ellen Bakker
We have just sorted our way through two big tubs of lost property. Could parents please ensure that all items are marked clearly so they can be return when lost.
Are your details up to date?
As we head towards a paperless society, more and more correspondence is being sent electronically. It is therefore important that your email details are kept up to date.
If you have recently changed your email details, phone numbers or address please advise the front office at: email@example.com
A reminder to all parents that the shared carpark boom gates close between 8.15am and 9.15am during this time access is granted to staff, delivery trucks and disabled permit holders who have provided a copy of their permit to the front office. If you have not yet advised us or given us a copy of your permit, please do so, as we will be asking you to identify yourself before access is given.
Between 9.15am and 2pm the gates are open allowing access on school business. Please be respectful of the reserved parking spaces if you are visiting at this time.
The gates close again at 2pm until 3.30pm when the above access is again in place. Should you need to collect your child during this time you are requested to park in the bottom carpark.
Spring Tennis Canberra coaching registrations are open!
Tennis Canberra's professional coaches are running junior tennis coaching programs at both South & North Canberra clubs this Spring. We welcome first time players and those who are ready to play competition tennis.
The 2020 Spring Season starts the week of August 24th however you are welcome to join at any time.
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