Digital Technology at St Anne’s in 2019
Digital Technology at St Anne’s will take a big leap next year, with all year levels (Foundation to Year 6) participating in regular ICT classes. Mr Evan Lamb will work closely with class teachers to deliver engaging lessons that cover all elements of the Digital Technologies curriculum. Our aim is to build the ICT capabilities of all students, as it is becoming an increasingly important area of their education. Using Beebots, Dash Robots, Spheros, Makey Makey and LEGO Robotics and moving from simple block to text based coding; students will develop their STEM and coding skills as they move through school. This is a fantastic opportunity for both students and teachers and an area that we are keen to expand in the future.
Students from Barton, well led by Ms Lisa Goode, ran a fantastic Fellowship this morning about how to cope with emotions like anxiety, anger and fear. Students talked about the strategies we can use to deal with these, like distraction, talking to a friend or breathing deeply. Thank you to all the Barton students for playing their violins and cellos for the processional, and to Alyssa, Stephanie and Lucy for the recessional.
Volunteers Fellowship 16 November
I would like to invite all St Anne’s volunteers to our Volunteers Fellowship next Friday, 16 November. Our volunteers offer wonderful benefits to the School, helping students make connections with their learning, assisting on camps, at sporting days and on excursions. Most importantly, volunteers provide a positive role model for our young learners to look up to. Our volunteers speak of great personal benefits too; the pride they have in the School and the connection they feel with Gippsland Grammar.
On the same day, our SRC students have organised a dress up ‘Careers Day’, where students are invited to come dressed up in what they want to be when they’re older. Students are to bring a gold coin donation, with all money raised going to The Smith Family Foundation, which has been a focus throughout the year.
Campus and House Captains 2019
At St Anne’s Campus, we see all our Year 6 students as both leaders and school ambassadors, which involves setting a good example to other students and representing our School within the local community. This week we began the process of selecting our Campus and House Captains for 2019. I spoke to Year 5 students on Monday and many have already submitted their applications for Campus Captains, which are due this coming Monday. Our current Campus Captains, Nicholas and Zara, are taking our Year 5 students through a leadership program today, helping them to identify and develop their leadership skills. We will announce our 2019 Campus Captains at Fellowship on 16 November. Our House Captains and Vice Captains will be announced on 7 December. The selection of our other key leadership roles, such as Library Monitors, Swimming Captains, etc will happen early in 2019.
Our P.E. team of Mrs Amy Laverty and Mrs Kate O’Toole continue to provide great opportunities for students to shine. This week we had all Year 5 students take part in the Wellington Division Lawn Bowls competition. Although there was stiff competition, some of our teams made it through to the next stage. Our Years 3 and 4 students also took part in wheelchair basketball. Our students played a modified game and were really engaged throughout the experience.
Sale Scout Troop
It was great to receive a letter recently from Scouts Australia informing me that Olivia Covino has earned the Grey Wolf badge. This is a fantastic milestone in Olivia’s scouting journey. I have been reliably informed by a number of scouting experts that receiving a Grey Wolf badge takes time, dedication and resilience. Congratulations Olivia on your achievement.
Sale Fire Brigade
Sale Fire Brigade are looking for members to participate in the urban running competition and youth development program. Students between the ages of 11 and 16 are welcome to attend at Brennan Park, 5 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings and regular Saturday competitions, concluding with the State Competition next February. Please speak to Mr Anthony King at the ISC, Garnsey Campus, for more information.
Parenting Articles – Michael Hawton
This week’s article by Michael Hawton is about how the overuse of digital devices at home can lead to behavioural issues and tension within the family. A very interesting read, which can help parents reflect on the use of digital devices in the household. If this article interests you, please look back at previous newsletters for other Michael Hawton parenting articles. Next week’s article will focus on cyberbullying.
This Sunday is Remembrance Day. A minute’s silence is observed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, each year, to remember those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation. Our School is closely connected to our Armed Forces, with some of our school community actively serving overseas. I would like to thank all those who have served, and continue to serve.
Jie Van Berkel