As we near the end of Term 1, we have an opportunity to reflect and reaffirm what is important to our school. It has been a huge term full of amazing community events, such as STAGGFAIR, Welcome Picnic, THRASS Parent Information Session, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Fellowships and much more. Our teachers have been striving to build positive connections with their students and families. Students have been working hard developing their social, emotional and academic progress.
Heading into Term 2, our attention will turn to Aladdin Jr, our School musical. Already, our choreography and singing is of a high standard. The main cast have been busily learning their lines. Behind the scenes, costumes, props, advertising and technical requirements have been planned out. It promises to be a great show.
Citizen of the Term
This morning we celebrated our Citizen of the Term. For our new families, Citizen of the Term is awarded to students who consistently demonstrate our CLERR Values (Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Respect and Responsibility) or have strived to improve in one or more of these values. Although it is challenging to select just one student from each class, we also appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge those whose actions speak louder than words. Congratulations to the following students;
Bass: Charlie Strachan
Mawson: Matilda Warren
Bradman: Nina Davine
McCubbin: Toby Turnbull
Chisholm: Zoe Vines
Barton: Mehek Kishan
Flynn: Lexie McNaughton
Tasman: Isabel Covino
Freeman: Jessica Carroll
Kingsford-Smith: Jonah Brown
Cuthbert: Matilda Charlie
Hollows: Leah Roberts
Goolagong: Maggie Westman
Mackellar: Sen Goold
Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment
Your child may be talking about Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment, more commonly known as FIE, at home. They may mention ‘cognitive functions’ or ‘bridging my learning’ during your family discussions. Gippsland Grammar is explicitly teaching FIE in Years 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. The aim of our program is to help students to become better thinkers and learners. A key part of FIE is bridging, or taking what is learnt during our sessions, to other learning opportunities. Last week, a group of St Anne’s teachers undertook intensive FIE training so we can bring this program to more students. We are proud of our efforts to help and challenge all of our students to become better thinkers and learners.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of our school community a Happy Easter. We have finished this term in such a strong and positive way. Enjoy the break with your family and friends. Term 2 promises to be an action packed term, where learning will continue to be at the forefront.
On Monday, the SRC held their first fundraiser for the year, Crazy Hair Day. They are very excited to announce that they raised $448.50 for the Footprints Foundation.
Year 2 Sale Excursion
Year 2 Barton and Chisholm went on an excursion yesterday to tour around some of the key places in Sale. This was to culminate our Geography unit. Also as we have been learning about reading maps and giving directions, the children had to give the bus driver directions to get to our various locations. It was great fun and a lovely day.
Yesterday, Barton and Chisholm had an excursion. It was exciting and scary and hard and funny all at the same time. First we went to the Port of Sale that’s where we caught the bus there. First I saw the skate park then we all saw the Police station and we had lunch at the Fauna Park I liked Phil the bus driver. I wish next excursion he was the bus driver. When we got back I made a ball track, it was amazing. By Angus Smith
Yesterday, Barton went on an excursion around Sale. My Mum Michelle came too. On the way we stopped at a big P sign for the Port of Sale. Then we went into the new Library and the art gallery. There were seats that looked like ‘f’s that people sat on. In the Library we also went through a reading to toddlers session. On the way Leila and Zoe went down the lift so they could take the lunch trolley. After that we went out of the library and a bus picked us up. The bus driver’s name was Phil. People got to direct Phil to places. Finally once we got to the Fauna Park, we ate lunch and drank from water bottles. We also went on the roundabout and flying fox. On the way back, Rebekah and I directed Phil to Gippsland Grammar Junior School. By Ethan McDougall
Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open.
The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 7 September 2018.
Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll.
To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc
If you would like to participate in 2018 – See Mrs Noble in the Library.