Dear Parents & Carers
In the coming weeks, you may hear the students talking about Daily Reviews. A Daily Review is a fast paced review of previously taught knowledge, skills, and concepts. The purpose is to build confidence and automaticity in core or recently learned knowledge and skills using correct terminology and definitions. A Daily Review supports students in taking information from short to long term memory.
Don't be concerned, it is not the return of rote learning! Daily reviews are quick, snappy, engaging, and an opportunity for repetition and practice. Practicing skills on a daily basis aids recall and develops automaticity. Automaticity in basic and preliminary knowledge and skills allows students to use them for creative thinking and more complex learning.
Daily Reviews are part of our work with Lorraine Hammond on High Impact Teaching Practices founded on evidence based research. I am happy to receive any feedback you hear about them!
2 May until 28 May
Enrolments for 2022 are now being accepted. All enrolments are online and the links can be found on our website.
The online enrolment form must be completed by the end of May. If your enrolment is received after the due date it will be classed a ‘late enrolment’ and other applications will be considered first. The enrolment process must be followed for all new students intending to attend Holy Spirit Primary School next year, even those with siblings.
Our Open Day is Thursday 6 May.
9.00 - 11.00am & 3.30 - 5.30pm.
Have a good week
Please join our school community to celebrate Mother's Day next Friday, May 7 with a picnic on the school grounds. After considering COVID19 food handling restrictions and the size of our school, the Community Council has decided to hold a picnic lunch!
Last Friday we held our Cross Country Carnival. The weather was absolutely stunning! It was wonderful to see our entire school come together, including our ELC students, participating and cheering each other on. It is days like this that truly show how the Holy Spirit is at work in our school. It was also great to have the smiling faces of our wonderful families back in the school to watch.
The final House points were:
1st - Blue House (O'Neill) - 169 points
Equal 2nd - Green (Bradman) and Red (Freeman) Houses - 105 points
4th - Yellow House (Laver) - 89 points
Congratulations to all the students who raced, cheered on other age groups, and assisted teachers on the day. A big thank you to our parent volunteers as well.
The top 5 finishers from each age group will move on to the North Gungahlin Cross Country Carnival which will be held at Stromlo on Friday, 4th June. Notes will be sent to qualifying students.
11 Year Boys: The 11 Year boys who wish to be considered for the North Gungahlin Regional Carnival will be running the track on Monday 3rd May during the afternoon session at school. This is not compulsory for all 11 Year olds, only those who would like to run competitively for consideration in the Regional Carnival need to run. These students will need to be wearing their sport uniform and appropriate footwear.
If you are able to assist as a volunteer on the day, please email me to advise firstname.lastname@example.org
We are experiencing an extreme delay receiving the latest Book Club orders. We contacted Scholastic again today who assured us our orders are being prepared and will be on a truck to us over the coming days. As soon as they arrive, we will let you know and will be working hard to get them out to students as efficiently as possible. We apologise for the frustration and inconvenience this may be causing and, yet again, we appreciate your patience.
Students in Year 3 and 5 will complete the NAPLAN tests between the 11th and the 21st May. Students can ready themselves for the testing by being well rested, eating a good breakfast and having confidence in doing the best they can.
NAPLAN Online allows for tailored testing. This means that students are presented with sets of questions based on their performance during the test. This model provides students with the opportunity to better demonstrate their range of literacy and numeracy skills and it is more engaging for students. Further information explaining tailored testing can be found at https://bit.ly/2PgG7rL.
Year 3 & 5 parents will receive additional information and the timetable of testing next week.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss your son or daughter’s participation, please contact our NAPLAN Coordinators - Patrick Van Tassel (email@example.com) or Anna D’Amico (firstname.lastname@example.org). Further information on NAPLAN Online, including the public demonstration site, is available at www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/naplan-online.
Quarter zip maroon jumper Sale $1 each
@ the second hand clothing shop in week 4
When: Week 4 of term 2- 8:30am- 9:00am (before school morning bell)
Tuesday 11th May- small size jumpers (size 4, size 6, size 8)
Friday 14th May- large size jumpers (size 10, size 12, size 14, size 16+)
What: ¼ zip maroon school jumpers will be on sale for $1 each
Usual second hand clothing items and new items (hats, gloves, scarves, beanie, canvas library bags) are still available during this time at their usual price.
Where: Second Hand uniform shop. Head to the ‘concrete area’ where the children line up after recess and lunch break. You will find clothing racks out the front. The uniform shop is a small room in the corner of block 7.
How: CASH ONLY
Can’t make it? We will happily assist any students to make purchases, we just suggest you send them with a note stating what items you are after, how many and the desired size(s).