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Friday, September 1st 2017

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Term 3 Week 7 From the Head of Primary

As we come to celebrate Fathers Day this weekend it is important to remember the importance of family. Parents and guardian are the first educators of their children and we must continue to work together to offer the best educational outcomes for them.

I would like to personally thank all the dads and father figures connected to the College as, without you, the wellbeing of students would not be complete.

Happy Fathers Day!

Feast of the Assumption - Buddy Day
This was a momentous occasion with every K-6 student coming together to celebrate Mass in the Marist Auditorium. At the conclusion of Mass, students completed fun activities with their Buddies and enjoyed the annual Lapathon to raise money for those in need. Thank you to everyone for your efforts on the day.

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Footy Fun Day
All who attended the first Family Footy Fun Day on Saturday 19 August had a wonderful day. The match between the Eagles vs GWS was very close. Some of the highlights were the students and families ‘kick to kick’, parent vs student half time match, drills organised by Kidz “n” Sport and the Marist Football Club, the wood fired pizzas by Lo Zucchero, the Fun Bus, the crafts and food and drinks provided by the Primary Social Committee. Well done to Adam Cortese who was the lucky winner of the framed Eagles jersey.

The efforts of the Primary Social Committee and their support team was outstanding and I thank them all for such an engaging event.

Year 2 Scitech Excursion
The Year 2 classes had an amazing time at Scitech last Monday. The children were offered many opportunities to explore push-pull forces which is a fantastic stimulus for our Science topic. Well done Year 2 students for being respectful ambassadors of our College.

Speak Up
Jett speak up Aug 2017Each year students from Newman College present at the regional Speak Up event (a public speaking opportunity). We were lucky enough to have Jett Patterson, Year 5 represent the College. Jett presented in the preliminary finals and did very well in delivering his speech to a high standard. Jett was presented with a certificate of participation as well as a book. (a fitting gift as the topic he spoke about was “The Power of Reading”).

Book Week
Throughout Week 6, students across PK-6 celebrated Book Week. This year’s theme was “Escape to Everywhere” which reminded us that books allow us to travel back in time, visit faraway places and even see what the future holds. Our students celebrated their love of reading with a spectacular parade with creative costumes. We also welcomed a number of authors to the College who shared their knowledge and taught our students how important it is to have a vivid imagination and to never let anyone stop you from dreaming. Click here to see photos from the week.

Kindy and Pre Primary Fathers Day Activities
Today we welcomed dads and father figures of our Kindy and Pre Primary students to celebrate Fathers Day.
The Kindy students had a great time welcoming their dads and father figures into their classrooms where they enjoyed singing, sharing stories, having photos taken in the photo booth and presenting them with crowns to signify the kings that they are.

The Pre Primary classes enjoyed a BBQ breakfast this morning. Dads and fatherly figures enjoyed a sausage sizzle, juice box and were presented with a special gift from their child.

This morning was a huge success with many special memories being made. We thank all of the dads and father figures for taking time out of their busy days to join us for this special occasion.

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Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival Changes
Significant changes have been made to the Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival program to increase engagement and participation from our students this year. All events will take place on Friday 8 September with students rotating through the events rather than spending large parts of the day sitting in faction bays. This will mean that parents and family members will need to move around the Marcellin and Lavalla ovals to spectate each event your child is in. More information will be sent out shortly.

Confidentiality - Code of Conduct
Parents please know that if there are any concerns about their child’s learning, social or emotional needs, all matters must be referred to the classroom teacher, the Leaders of Wellbeing or myself. It is not appropriate to discuss matters in a public setting. This is in line with our College Code of Conduct. If parents require further support in this area please contact me directly.

Year 1 Teaching Team Meeting - Getting Ready for Year 2
Last week the Year 1 teachers met with Lisa Fogliani and myself to discuss ways we can prepare our students for the exciting changes they will face when entering Year 2. The teachers were given time to observe the Year 2 classes in action and were amazed at how organised the students were and how the spaces were able to support student collaboration, communication and engagement while targeting specific learning needs. This has been a wonderful professional development opportunity for our staff.

Learning in Year 2
In recent weeks, many of our Year 2 students have begun project work through different areas of the learning program. In working through their projects, the children have autonomy in their learning and have the opportunity to further develop their independence and intrinsic motivation toward their education. The children chose a topic, have formulated their own questions and have independently researched via the internet and books to find their answers. They will now choose which way they would like to present their information. Many children are choosing to make videos of their learning using the green screen to enhance their presentation, which has been very exciting to see.

Lavalla and Year 3 Choir - Performing Arts Festival
On Wednesday 23 August, the Year 3 Choir and the Lavalla Choir performed at the Vasto Club. The choirs were well prepared by Mrs Amanda Collins-Ford and received outstanding results from the Judges.

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Loose Parts Play – Lavalla Campus
Staff have been heavily focused on improving the level of engagement for our students during recess and lunch. It has been a great opportunity to engage our Student Counsellors who have been surveying students across Years 3-6 to make sure we are targeting their needs. While we continue to work within the scope of future plans at the College, student engagement will remain a priority.

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