What a wonderful year!

I write this as my last post for the 2014 school year, and what a busy and eventful year it has been.  A year of many highlights, the biggest being the children and the wonderful learning that has occurred in our Middle Learning Community.

In just this term alone we have had incursions from an Aboriginal storyteller and the Toolbox Drama Group. We have celebrated Japanese Day, Mass with the Juniors, meditation with Mr Greely, Buddy Art work, transition activities promoting telling stories and the Country and Western Fair.

Last night we celebrated Christmas Carols and the Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony. This morning it was  the End of School Mass and the Passing On ceremonies as the year 5’s accepted the role as leaders for next year. The children were once again outstanding during these celebrations.

I will take away many  wonderful memories with me as  I leave St. Brigid’s to pursue other opportunities.

Thankyou to everyone for their support and I wish the children and families of St. Brigid’s a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Yours Faithfully

Jodie Fotopoulos

 

 

 

The Story of the Advent Wreath

Advent wreaths were originally part of folk traditions of Northern Europe.
Wreaths of evergreens were decorated with candles to symbolize life and light during the dark months of winter.

Legend has it that Saint Boniface first gave the wreath its Christian meaning in the eighth century, and we have been using these wreaths as part of our Advent preparation ever since.

The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the
eternity of God. The evergreens signify continuous life. Each of the four
candles represents one of the Sundays of Advent.

The purple candles represent the prayer, penance, preparation, and good works we are called to do during Advent. The color purple signifies the “royalty” of Jesus Christ.

The pink candle is lit on the Third Sunday of Advent, which is the Sunday of
rejoicing. The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life, and hope.

We gradually add more light each Sunday until Christ, our Light, comes at Christmas.
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School Fair

The School Fair is this Saturday 15th of November from 10am-4pm.

There has been lots of information sent out throughout the year leading up to this date; however if you need any further information please ring our office.

Today students brought home a plate so that yummy slices and cakes can be made to sell at the Cake stall.

During students’ art lessons, they have been busy creating fabulous pieces of art that parents can purchase on the day. Here is a sample of some of the  Art

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A busy week in the 2/3 Learning Community

This week the 2/3’s have had visits from Paul and Kaytie.
Paul came on Monday and shared his wonderful knowledge and experiences about Australian Aborigines.
Paul shared some amazing stories and images.
Kaytie is part of the Start Smart team from the Commonwealth Bank. She spoke to the children on Tuesday about financial matters and how to spend money wisely.

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Tiddalick the Frog- Drama Incursion

 

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On Monday, Michaela from Drama Toolbox worked with the students to relate the story of Tiddalick through drama. Students listened dressed up and performed the story.      

We would love to hear any comments from the children about this incursion.   

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Donations needed

If you have any material, buttons or wool at home that is not being used please send along to the Senior Learning Centre.

In a few weeks we are beginning a very special BUDDY art activity with the Middle Learning Centre and would appreciate any donations.

Please contact Mrs. Rose if you have any questions.

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Term Four and a few reminders

Welcome back everyone to the last term of our 2014 school year.

This term we are exploring Communication and the many different ways we do this.

The title :  Tell me a story 

Essential questions:

What are the different ways we communicate?

What is a story?

How have Aboriginal stories been told?

What Australian stories teach us about the Christmas message?

Our religion unit will tie  in closely with this as we explore .”Our place in God’s Creation”

Today the children took photos with the IPADS and completed a Y chart of what they can See Hear and Touch in Gods wonderful creation. The children took some great photos including cocoons, birds, slaters, weeds. flowers, new buds. leaves, trees etc.

This week the children will be asked to collect items of creation to bring to school from home. Each home group will then set up a creation display area and a sacred space for prayer.

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Literacy focus:

Reading– Dreamtime stories

Writing- Recount and Narrative.

Spelling– Students will continue to bring their spelling words home each Monday to be tested with their buddy each Friday.

Maths Focus:

Times tables- 2X  5X 10X  3X 4X ( when students are ready they can place their name down at school ready to be tested on the recall of these). Feel free to teach them any times table tricks you may know.

Remember children will learn and recall these when they are ready and have an understanding of what they mean. It is important that they are not raced but are given time to think before the answer.

Length and Area

Number: Counting Place value, Addition Subtraction Multiplication and Division

Transition:

This term we are grouping the children each Thursday morning into Year levels and rotating between each of the teachers in a range of oral language activities promoting communication. It is also a valuable time for us to watch the children working together as we consider groupings for next year. If you have any issues or concerns, it may be worth having a conversation with the relevant home group teacher.

A few reminders:

  • Hats must be worn each day. Full summer uniform to be worn by week 3
  • Please ensure all drink bottles, containers, hats etc. are clearly named. Our Lost Property bucket is growing by the day.

A few dates to remember:

Tuesday 14th October– Casual clothes day

Friday 17th October– Japanese Day

Monday 20th October– Drama Incursion

Monday 27th October– Incursion- Aboriginal Art and storytelling with Paul

Tuesday 28th October_ Commonwealth Bank Incursion

Monday 3rd November– School Closure Day

Tuesday 4th November– Melbourne Cup

Tuesday 11th November– Remembrance day

Saturday 15th November– Country and Western Fair

Monday 8th- Friday 12th December- swimming week

Wednesday 10th December– Carols 6pm

Thursday 11th December– End of Year Mass 9a.m.

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Highlights of Term 3

The Middle Learning Community teachers all agree that  term 3 was a very busy time of great learning.

Just to remind you of how busy we have been:

  • Ø Our Inquiry Unit was ‘The Good Old Days’

  • Ø We went on excursion to Coal Creek, Korrumburra, to support our Inquiry Unit

  • Ø Grandparents Day

  • Ø Fathers Day Breakfast

  • Ø Masses: Middle Level Mass in our new MPR, Feast of The Assumption Mass, Feast of St Mary Mac Killop – Mary of the Cross Mass at St Michael’s Church, Berwick

  • Ø Book Week and Dress Up Parade

  • Ø Level Assembly

  • Ø First Aid Training

  • Ø Life Education Van – Harold’s Heroes

  • Ø Our fantastic concert ‘Danger Kids’

  • Ø Maths Units: Number, Place Value, Fractions, Time, Money

  • Ø Literacy Author Studies – Margaret Wild and Alison Lester

The children have grown so much in their ability to take responsibility for their learning and to work independently. It is wonderful to see their improvement and growth.

A big thank you to all our wonderful parents and grandparents for your help, support and encouragement, this term, in our learning community.

 

 

Harold’s Heroes with Life Education Victoria

Today students attended an education session with Life Education Victoria. They officially qualified to be members of ” Harold’s Super Hero Team”.
Challenges passed included:
Team Code of Conduct
Super Hero Food Choices
Safety with medicines
Emergency Response
Sun smart Behaviour
Secondhand smoke and staying safe
Syringe safety rules
Beautiful Manners

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