What a wonderful day we had today to celebrate Italian Day. Students definitely got into the spirit of the day by coming to school wearing Italian colours and participating enthusiastically with the many activities.
3/4RM students took part in a number of Science activities this week to celebrate Science Week.
This morning we went and saw a Science Show presented by David.
David showed us some amazing experiments and explained to us how to think scientifically.
After recess the Year 5-7 students organised science activities for R-4 students which were motivating for students taking part.
Some of the activities included ‘Balloon Tower Challenge’, ‘Make it Move’ and ‘Marshmallow Tower’.
Thank you Year 5-7 students for planning and teaching such wonderful Science activities and helping us celebrate Science Week.
Recently students have begun learning about heat transfer in Science by being introduced to the character apprentice chef Pierre who needs the assistance of the students to solve some problems he encounters in his kitchen.
Students will explore two modes of heat transfer – conduction and convection, learn to use and read thermometers, explore conductors and insulators and identify how colours absorb and reflect heat.
Welcome to Term 3! I am really looking forward to returning after an extended break. I hope you have appreciated spending some quality time with your children during the holidays. Students will once again need to be prepared for an eventful and challenging term of learning ahead.
Now is an ideal time to review your child’s school report and reflect upon the strengths and areas for improvement and set in place goals and future action plans for this Semester. At this level of schooling I really encourage students to reflect on their learning challenges and to take ownership of their goals for improvement. I encourage your partnership in this discussion.
This term Year 3/4 students are participating in Badminton clinics on Thursdays beginning in Week 2. Therefore, students will need to wear their sports uniform on Thursdays as of Week 2.
I would also like to remind you to check that your child has all the necessary materials/stationary required for their learning to avoid the need to borrow from others.
Looking forward to continue working with you and your child in partnership this term.
Key Events This Term
Term 3 Begins – 24 July (Mon, Week 1)
School Photo Day – 9 Aug (Wed, Week 3)
Science Week – 14 -18 Aug (Week 4)
Book Week Parade – 25 Aug (Fri, Week 5)
PJ Day/Disco Fundraiser – 7 Sept (Thurs, Week 7)
Year 3/4 Unit Mass – 21 Sept (Thurs, Week 9)
Italian Day – 22 Sept (Fri, Week 9)
Excursion to Migration Museum/Botanical Gardens 25 Sept (Mon, Week 10)
Show Your True Colours Day – 29 Sept (Fri, Week 10)
Today the Year 3/4 Unit hosted the School Assembly.
As part of the assembly we celebrated Sorry Day which begins National Reconciliation Week. Sorry Day is an important day in the history of Australia.
It was great to see so many families present and joining in with the assembly.
After the assembly students took part in a ‘Sorry Day Whole School Streamer Activity’. Each student got a streamer of each colour and decorated the red and yellow streamers with black sharpies and the black streamer with chalk. Students then attached it to the front of the school.
Below are some images from the assembly and students engaging with the streamer activity.
Well done Year 3/4 Students.
India and Alessandro interviewed our new Principal, Mr Grbin and shared this on our blog.
Thank you Mr Grbin for letting us interview you and getting to know you a little better.
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Principal and I have four beautiful daughters.
2) How many schools have you worked at?
I have worked at eight different schools over the years which includes working overseas.
3) How long have you been a Principal?
This is my first appointment as Principal so I have been a Principal for nine days.
4) Why did you choose to become a Principal?
I enjoy helping and supporting a school community.
5) What has been your favourite thing about being at St Joseph’s School so far?
Meeting all the families and staff here at St Joseph’s School, Tranmere.
6) What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy keeping fit and playing with my children.
7) Which football and netball team do you follow?
I follow the Adelaide Crows in the AFL and the Thunderbirds in netball.
8) Do you have a favourite food?
My favourite food would have to be schnitzel with pepper sauce and chips!
9) Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I like this school because it’s a great place to work.
Thanks again for your time and we are really happy that you are our new Principal.
Next week, (Tues, Wed & Thurs) Year 3 students will be participating with the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.
It is important to remember that NAPLAN tests are not pass/fail tests. At the classroom level it is one of a number of tools used by teachers to measure student progress.
As this is the first time Year 3 students are undertaking NAPLAN I encourage you to visit the link NAPLAN under Parent Links to help support your child with these assessments.
Remember this is just another form of assessment students undertake which provides a snapshot of student learning.