‘What is the Kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like the mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches’.
This weekend please keep our Year 4 children in your prayers who are making their First Communion in the parish. This is a very special time for the children and their families. Thank you to all involved in the preparation.
Combined Feast Day
Next Wednesday 26 June the school will attend Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 9.30am. In 2018 St Monica's and St Michael's Parishes combined to form our new parish.
Bob Fletcher will be away for the last two weeks of this term. Michael McFadden will be taking the class full-time while Bob is away. Next term Susan Carwell and Monika Richards will be accessing leave to for the first few weeks of the term. I am currently in the process of organising their replacements.
Leaving St Monica's
A final reminder to those who are yet to lodge their online enrolment application for St Monica's Primary School. Your enrolment applications are over-due.
Those who think they may not be at St Monica's next year (Year 6 exempt) are also asked to let me know your intentions, via writing. My estimates regarding predicted numbers for St Monica's in 2020 must be submitted to the Catholic Education Office soon. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Congratulations to Fletcher Allen who came second at the Rostrum Quarter Finals on Tuesday night. We are very proud of his achievements as he now goes on to the next level, early next term.
On Monday morning at our School Prayer for the value of Inclusion, our school took the Student Alliance 4 Inclusion pledge. We would ask you all to read the pledge and commit to inclusion at St Monica's that is constantly reflected in our actions. Remember, the more you model the value of inclusion, the more your child learns to be inclusive.
We congratulate the following students from St Monica’s School who will receive Jesus for the first time this weekend in the Sacrament of Eucharist-
Daniel B, Scarlett B, Alex C, Giuseppe C, Austin C, Siena D, Finn D, Keir F, Annabelle F, Holly F, Jesse F, Ethan G, Rohan G, Bailey G, Sam G, Oscar G, Antonia H, Michael H, Gabriel J, Maeve J, Liam K, Jye L, Evan L, Mia M, Makenna M, Joshua Mc, Anthony M, Lucy O, Zoe O, Bastijan P, Patrick P, Anica P, Isabella P, Bella P, Isaac P, Emily R, Madison R, Jeremy R, Aiden S, Samantha S, Emma S, Shaye S, Archie S, Jasper T, Gabrielle W, and Leila W.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Feast Day
Next Friday 28 June, St Monica’s and St Michael’s will join together to celebrate our Parish Feast Day. The students from Kindy - Year 2 will travel across to St Michael’s for a morning of activities. St Michael’s Year 3-6 students will venture across to join with our Year 3-6 students for a similar set of activities. We look forward to a day of fun and community.
The permission note for the Kindy - Year 2 trip to St Michael’s was sent out today. Please return to school by next Tuesday 25 June.
Please note–The grades are awarded based on the particular knowledge and skills that have been demonstrated and/or achieved over the last two terms. The grades relate directly to the expectations of the particular Achievement Standards from the Australian Curriculum that has been covered during the semester. Currently, we are required to use two formats; one for Kindergarten and the other for Years 1 – 6. The following outlines the rating scale that will appear on your child’s report
Kindergarten Achievement Scale
Displays thorough knowledge, understanding and application of the content, processes and skills in this area.
Is beginning to display knowledge, understanding and application of the content, processes and skills in this area
Is yet to display knowledge, understanding and application of the content, processes and skills in this area
Year 1 – Year 6 Achievement Scale
The student hasextensive knowledgeand understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge.In addition, the student has achieved avery high level of competence in the processes and skillsand canapply these skills to new situations.
The student has athorough knowledgeand understanding of the content and ahigh level of competence in the processes and skills.In addition, the student is able toapply this knowledge and these skills in most situations.
The student has asound knowledgeand understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.
The student has abasic knowledgeand understanding of the content and has achieved alimited level of competencein the processes and skills.
The student has anelementary knowledgeand understanding in few areas of the content and has achievedvery limited competencein some of the processes and skills.
Thank you to the 10 participants who attended the Home Learning Workshop. The workshop was an opportunity to engage in the process of data analysis that the Home Learning Committee had previously engaged in.
It was exciting to find that the workshop resulted in the same recommendations that the committee had developed. The recommendations will be presented to the Community Council for approval next week.
We look forward to sharing the results of the review with the community next week.
Focus 2: Achieve a consistent approach to effective pedagogy across the curriculum and assessment process.
To provide the children with the learning opportunities that lead to the development of skills for learning, the teachers at St Monica's all engage in rich professional learning opportunities and action research in a nominated Professional Learning Team know as ( the St Monica's PLTs).
We have set the following goals to achieve this focus area
1. PLTs to complete action research on effective pedagogies in English, Mathematics and Conceptual Inquiry, including RE, that leads to improved student academic growth.
2. Collective Efficacy to be increased through the implementation of authentic Professional Learning Communities via PLTs (Professional Learning Teams) and grade teams.
How are we doing in 2019?
PLTs - Engage in targeted professional learning to develop an understanding of effective pedagogy to be implemented by PLTs and evaluate based on student growth. Consultants employed to support the development of effective pedagogy - Mathematics -Leonie Anstey, English - Petra Cole, Sounds Write (Spelling) - James Lyra and Religious Education - Andrea Muller.
Implement the new Catholic Education assessment schedule with the St Monica's schedule to track student learning and progress.
Conceptual Inquiry & Collective Efficacy - Extend the use of visible learning in Mathematics, English and Conceptual Inquiry units with an emphasis on Learning Intentions, Success Criteria and Building Teacher Efficacy.
Contemporary Environment - Explore plans for an outside classroom area to be designed and established, create new flexible learning spaces around the school, and establish a new master plan for a new building, located in the area of the old portable, that will accommodate team teaching and collaboration – multi-space area.
In the library, we have a collection specifically for parents covering a range of parenting issues. Parents are welcome to come and browse the collection or ask my assistance with finding a book to meet their needs.
A couple of the more recent additions to the library have been
“Raising Readers: How to nurture a child’s love of books by Megan Daley.
A book written by a teacher librarian for parents and educators. It is an easy read book that is filled with great tips for children from birth through to the teenage years. Whether you are looking at establishing reading routines, selecting quality books, extending your child or transitioning into young adult this book has something for you.
“Overcoming school refusal - A practical guide for teachers, counsellors, caseworkers and parents” by Joanne Garfi
A book that is practical looking at the types of school refusers, why children refuse to go to school and what parents and schools can do. - Veronica Melville, Librarian
Term 2 School Fees payment was due on 7 June. If you have not yet paid your fees, please settle your account as soon as possible.
If you have a Direct Debit arrangement in place no additional payment is required. However, please ensure you have sufficient funds in your account for the debits to take place successfully. In the event one of your debits is refused, you are required to make a separate payment to cover the missed payment.
As always, please contact the School Finance Officer should you need to discuss your school fees account.
St Monica’s Stars - Mia M (1B) - 1st star, Zander R (1B) - 1st star, Marianna R (2RD) - 2nd star, Gus O (2RD) - 2nd star, Raphael S (5W) - 2nd star, Xara G (5W) - 4th star, Isabella C (5W) - 3rd star, Alexandra B (5F) - 4th star, Tomas G (5F) - 4th star, James Mc (5F) - 3rd star
Woolworths Earn & Learn is back for 2019. Please collect your Earn & Learn Stickers and send them into the Front Office. There are many exciting prizes available this year for our school to earn ranging from musical instruments to maths equipment, and from sporting gear to science kits. This year there is also a Bin located at Woolworths Belconnen Store for St Monica's School.
Holiday Coaching Camps - Monday 8 July - Friday 12 July
Holiday Coaching Camps at Melba provides a week of intensive tennis coaching from our award-winning coaches.
Red Ball Camp Ages 3-6
With special low compression red balls that bounce lower and slower and genuine 'Hot Shots' mini courts with lower nets, the youngest champions will have fun learning to play. Time - 9am - 10am, Cost - day rate - $17, full week - $60.
Junior Tennis Camp Ages 6-14
Older kids will develop strokes and game skills in a fun and challenging environment. Time - 9am - 12pm, Cost - day rate - $45, full week - $180.