Winter is now upon us and we are expecting that all students will be kitted out in the winter uniform. This includes the correct wearing of the school tie. We encourage all our students to wear it in the way it is intended – done up to the neck with the top button fastened. This also means that the blue shirt is tucked in and looking neat and tidy. We are very proud of our uniform and hope that our community respects and takes pride in how we present ourselves.
Currently our students and staff are busy finalising assessments ready for the reporting period. There are some small tweaks in the ES1 reports and they are now graded against a four-point scale. As a system across the diocese there will be no comments on semester reports this was a practice that we instituted last year that is now widely adopted. If at any time you have questions or concerns about your child’s development then we ask you to make an appointment to see the class teacher rather than wait until the scheduled interviews at the end of the semester. Below are the expectations and protocols for reporting in semester 1.
Reporting - Semester 1 2021
Our teaching team has begun the process of creating each Primary child’s Semester 1 2021 report.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations).
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the NSW Common Grade Scale.
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, PDHPE and Creative Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary).
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently).
- Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. The Semester Report in this format encourages parent engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for parent-teacher interviews where we can engage in genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort and areas for growth.
Further details about Parent-Teacher interviews will be sent home at a later date. Primary teachers will continue to make contact with parents to discuss areas of growth and development.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
This Wednesday will be our first COMMUNITY BREAKFAST since COVID shut down our program. We look forward to everyone joining us for breakfast in the secondary playground after 8am. All parents and family members will need to sign in using the QR codes.
Next Monday 24 May at 10.30am our Primary students will be attending a performance at Cootamundra Town Hall highlighting issues of the environment, recycling and waste. This is a free presentation and a wonderful opportunity to learn about important issues for sustainability and care for our environment.
In more recent weeks some students have been bringing a range of fidget toys to school and they are now creating a distraction in class and leading to playground issues. It is encouraged that students leave the “push popits” fidget toys at home otherwise they will be collected by the teacher and returned at a later time.
REMINDER: Please make note that there has been a change of date for the Annual Athletics Carnival. Due to a few extenuating circumstance the carnival has been shifted to TUESDAY 1 June at Albert Park. We will also continue with the K-10 model that was introduced last year but, unlike last year, parents are invited and encouraged to attend. We will still require all spectators to sign in upon arrival at the park and we hope it will be nice weather and a wonderful day. We are seeking parent support in assisting with the carnival. If you are able to help please contact Megan Withers or Wendy Van Kerk Oerle at school.
We continue to push the importance of attendance to improving student outcomes and building lifelong skills. Please contact the classroom teacher/PCA if you have any issues or challenges around attendance.
Remember: If you can be anything…be kind! Kindness is the ability to know the right thing to do and having the courage to do it! (RAKtivist)
Dream big! Pray bigger!
Stage 3 and Secondary CatholicLIFE Talks
Just a reminder to all families to return the note and money for the CatholicLIFE Talks to be held in Week 8. These talks are kindly supported by the P & F and allow our students to have open and beneficial discussions with other young people around many issues and challenges facing our students.
Upcoming Faith Formation events
Sacrament of Confirmation Session 1 Thursday
Year 2 Reflection Day Wednesday
Sacrament of Confirmation Session 2 Thursday
Sacrament of Confirmation Session 3 Thursday
Infants Liturgy Mary: Help of Christians Friday 11:45am
Stage 3 and Secondary CatholicLIFE Talks
Sacrament of Confirmation Session 4 Thursday
|Connor Winsor||James Gay|
|Archer Sutherland||Ella Clark|
|Sebastian Crane||Heath Frost|
|Estee McLeod||Aaliyah Close|
|Oliver Daley||Brayden Kimber|
|Thomas Shields||Austin Hall, Lucas Walker|
|Olivial Blackney||Jayceon Repia|
|Isabella Ward||Roy Dunk|
|Shirley Bear Award|
|S1 Girragirra Heart|
Year 8 Tathra Excursion Dep $100 now overdue
Year 8 2nd Payment $150 is now due
Year 5-10 CatholicLIFE $5 by 2nd June
Year 10 Retreat $50 by 28th May
TERM 2 SCHOOL FEES ARE DUE BY MONDAY 31ST MAY
Term 2 Week 5
If you are able to assist with the running of any field events at the Athletics Carnival please contact either Megan Withers or Wendy Van Kerk Oerle.
Young Soccer Carnival
Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers who attended the Young Soccer Carnival. All reports are that students had a great day and showed great sportsmanship.
A huge thank you to those parents who managed teams or took students over, days like this wouldn’t be able to run without the help of our parents.
If you have any photos from the day and would like me to put them in next week's newsletter please send them to Wendy.email@example.com
Mortimer Shield for our stage three students will be held at Keith Cullen Oval, Young on the 27th May. Boys will need a mouthguard and headgear, girls will play tag league.
Training will be this Thursday and next Monday. Remember to bring your gear for training.
Primary Sport Dates
Please remember that registration for NSWCCC representative sports are done at
CSNSW Sport and is the responsibility of individual families.
If you have any questions about primary sporting matters please contact me.
Wendy Van Kerk Oerle
Primary Sports Coordinator
Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese Cross Country
Please return all Archdiocese Cross Country notes as soon as possible. Payment and registration are through the CSNSW website, however we need the last page of the note returned for school purposes. Thanks
NSWCCC Rugby League
Good luck to Darcey O’Toole trialing for the NSWCCC Rugby League team on Thursday and Friday this week.
Interschools Team Summer Biathlon
Good luck to Brock Holder and Corey Gale, who are participating in Sacred Hearts first Interschools Team Summer Biathlon event in Wodonga this Friday. The event requires running a 200m loop then, with a rifle, attempting to shoot accurately at a 11.5 cm diameter target 50m away. There are penalties for missing targets that need to be completed before tagging their partner to complete their loop.
- First Competitor Runs - Shoots - completes penalties - change over to 2nd Competitor
- 2nd Competitor Runs - Shoots - completes penalties - changes over to 1st Competitor
- First Competitor Runs - Shoots - completes penalties - changes over to 2nd Competitor
- 2nd Competitor Runs - Shoots - completes penalties - tags and joins their team member and the relay team of two, run together to the finish line.
- Each Competitor runs and shoots twice.
- Time and placing taken when the 2nd member of the team crosses the finish line.
- The 6 fastest teams to compete in a Final to determine Medal placings.
Secondary Sport Dates
For further information on registrations for NSWCCC representative sports, please see Ms Withers, or go to the links below.
- SPORT at SHC Google Classroom
- CSNSW Sport website https://csnsw.sport/
- Canberra Goulburn Sport Nominations https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/nominations
Please note that registrations and travel are the responsibility of individual families.
If you are concerned about anything to do with PE or Sport, please arrange a meeting or get in contact with me at your earliest convenience. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 69422612 during school hours.
Megan WithersSecondary Sports Coordinator