Congratulations to the Lowe family (Jackson, Black Cockatoo, ELC) on the arrival of baby Charlotte, and the McEwan family (Oliver, Ground Parrots, ELC) on the arrival of baby Lachlan.
Congratulations also to Maria (mother of Emelia and Sara Year 4) on receiving her Australian Citizenship last month.
As many of you will be aware, the ‘Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, Through Growth to Achievement’, otherwise referred to as ‘Gonski 2.0’, was released by the Australian Government early this week. You can access the full report here: https://www.education.gov.au/review-achieve-educational-excellence-australian-schools (A summary fact sheet also attached for your convenience):
This report takes into account current educational research and thinking, and responds to the key challenges being faced by Australian schools and systems. The report outlines a set of national recommendations that rely on reform at school or classroom level to improve school performance and student achievement, in line with the strategic direction of Catholic education in Canberra-Goulburn. As the Queensland Minister for Education noted, the Australian Government does not run a single school or employ a single teacher and hence the reality of the implementation of the recommendations in schools and systems remains to be seen. This report does affirm much of what Catholic Education in our Canberra Goulburn is already undertaking. The priority of Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn in our relationship with the Australian Government remains - fair funding for the needs of our schools and students.
Next week begins our 3 week enrolment period and we will be having open sessions for new families on the following days:
Open mornings: Wednesday 9 May, 2018 9.30-11.00 am
Tuesday 15 May, 2018 9.30-11.00am
Open evening: Wednesday 9 May, 2018 5.30-7.00 pm
I thoroughly enjoy showing families around our wonderful school, and this year, we will again be asking our Year 6 leaders to help with tours. We will also be having some parents from our P and F and School Board available during the opening session to talk to prospective families, which I am most appreciative of. For current families in our school with siblings to be enrolled in Kindergarten or our ELC next year, you can pick up your enrolment pack any time over the next few weeks from the front office, or ELC.
Next week we will also be celebrating Maother's Day with a breakfast organised by the P and F. This will be followed by (after awards assembly) a Prayer Assembly led by Kindergarten and a Mother's Day stall. Thank you to those families who have already responded to the message sent out via our school App early this week and sent in gift donations for the stall.
This term the main focus will be on our commitment to our Kenyan school, Evaland Hekima Academy. Over the coming weeks, different year groups will be hosting some fundraising activities to help raise money for a water tank and other needed supplies for the school. More details about this will follow next week.
With every best wish for a holy and peace-filled week ahead with your beautiful families,
Term 2 School Theme: Jesus Cleanses the Temple Courts (John 2:13-22)
This term staff and students will focus on developing their understanding of Jesus’ humanity. This is the second aspect of Jesus’ two natures: Human and Divine. We will be exploring Jesus’ humanity as given to us in The Bible, continuing our focus on understanding Scripture.
ANZAC Day Ceremony at Fred Ward Gardens
On Tuesday 24th April Alexandra Papoutsi and Grace Pembroke (5/6) represented Holy Trinity at the Fred Ward Gardens ANZAC Day Ceremony. A huge thank you to the girls and their parents for giving up their time during the school holidays to represent the school in such an honourable way.
Term 2 Dates to Remember:
- Global School Partners Fundraising events- Week 4, 6, 8 and 9 (More information next week)
- Confirmation parent Information night: 10th May, 6pm, Parish Centre
- Parish mass: 2nd June, 6pm
- Confirmation parent and child night: 7th June, 6pm, School Hall
- Confirmation date: 17th June, 9am and 11am
Brigitta Van Deas & Kristy Everding
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
School starting age
As we start the enrolment period for Catholic schools, it is timely to consider what is the ideal starting age for children. A growing number of parents are choosing to delay when their child starts school but the decision is also causing them stress and anxiety.
So how do I know if my child is ready for preschool or Kindergarten? Children who have a positive start to school are likely to engage and experience ongoing academic and social success. Children who delay starting school benefit from an additional year of play based education which enhances their social and emotional development and sense of connection.
Research shows benefit of ‘holding back’ delaying the start of school provides mental benefits for the child. There is strong evidence to suggest that delaying school reduced inattention and hyperactivity, with the benefits still showing until they are 11 years old (where the research ended).
A study found that delaying kindergarten reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11 and it virtually eliminated the probability that an average child at that age would have an ‘abnormal,’ or higher-than-normal rating for the inattentive-hyperactive behavioral measure. But what does that mean?
Reducing levels of inattention and hyperactivity is a key indicator of improved self-regulation.
Self-regulation is a person’s ability to control their impulses and modify their behaviour when they are trying to accomplish goals. A higher level of self-regulation is linked to student achievement.
This study showed that children who started school later were able to sit still, pay attention and stay focussed for longer, which eventually resulted in higher scores at school.
Parents are not expected to make the choice completely on their own. The best people to assess school readiness is the child’s day care or preschool teacher together with parents.
Sports Week 1
On Monday we have six students who have been selected to represent the South Western Region at the ACT Swimming meet at the AIS. We wish all our competitors well and congratulate them on making it through to the finals.
The Athletics Carnival is planned for the Wednesday 23 May, week 4. A note will come home today about this event. We are requesting parent assistance to fill a number of roles on the day. If you are able to help with all or part of the day can this note please be returned to school.
This weekend is the commencement of a number of winter sports. We wish all these teams luck for their seasons ahead.
Next week students from K-6 will participate in tennis clinics once per week. The talented team from Tennis Canberra will teach the students essential tennis skills. If your child wants to play tennis outside coaching and lessons can be made through Tennis Canberra.
Coaching by Tennis Canberra - Free Racquet, Player Shirt & Trial for New Players
Join the Autumn/Winter Season at any time. New Players will receive a FREE racquet and players shirt. Trial sessions are available for new players*
Sign Up: www.tenniscanberra.com.au/coaching
*Limited Spots Available
Competitions - Years 3 and Above - Hot Shot Match Play
We invite our Year 3 students and above to join our Term 2 Hot Shot Match Play Sessions. These will take place on Saturday's, with regular players eligible to join a Junior Canberra Tennis League in the Spring/Summer Season.
For more information visit www.tenniscanberra.com.au/competitions
Contact: For more information visit email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0416 186 121.
|K Green||Mia H, Amelia B, Lucas G||3/4 Blue||Charlise W, Lucy M, Adler C|
|K Red||Connor O, Esmee J, Nina B||3/4 Green||Lefteri P, Lily W, Deliza S|
|1 Green||Lucy R, Blake G||3/4 Red||Emilia W, Quentin H|
|1 Red||Orlando P, Matthew G||3/4 White||Liam N, Ginger P, Sam M|
|2 Green||Lazarus M, Olivia S, Amelia G||5/6 Green||Camp|
|2 Red||Timothy L, Abagail B, Emily L||5/6 Red||Camp|
Students celebrating their birthdays in the holidays and this week: Sebastian C, Blake G, Zachariah H, Georgia O, Angus B, Hannah B, Kingson C, Elijah H, Emma P, Maeve L, Mary B, Riley T, Leo P, Juliana G, Lily W, Christian G, Anita K, Emma C, Indiana N, Micah G, Alexis H, Rosie M
TERM 2, WEEK 2 - WED 9 MAY
Team Leader: Greg Bayada, Justin Hooper, Duncan Meagher, Rowan Thomson, Tom Green
MON 7 MAY
THU 10 MAY
FRI 11 MAY