Teacher: Mr Armstrong
Welcome back for the 2018 school year. This is the first of four Parent Information Communications that you will receive this year. They are forwarded to you at the beginning of each term to provide an outline of what the children will be doing.
School Vision Statement:
At St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, we endeavour to follow:
- St Benedict’s Motto: “Pray Together Work Together” and
- the traditions of the Sisters of St Josephs of being people of faith, courage, and examples of justice for all.
School Mission Statement:
St. Benedict’s, children will grow in their Catholic faith and celebrate God’s gifts. Students will experience a safe and nurturing school where Christian values are lived and educational standards are high.
“Pray Together Work Together”
To cater for the needs, interests, abilities and individual learning styles of all class members, curriculum delivery will incorporate a wide range of methods including modelled, guided and independent learning, and will be differentiated to provide for specific requirements. Learning experiences will take place in whole class, teacher – directed, group and independent contexts.
During the school year, the children will be given the opportunity to engage in a wide range of religious / spiritual, academic, cultural, sporting and social activities at class, Stage and whole school levels. These are indicated through our specific KLA Teaching and Learning experiences outlined in our programmes and specific events on the Term Planner. Many activities will be undertaken with the other Stage 1 classes working together.
Class Organisation / Procedures:
- Mr. John Armstrong
Crunch & Sip:
A Crunch & Sip break occurs during the morning session. It would help if fruit could be sent to school in easy to manage (peeled if necessary) pieces. In an effort to promote vegetables, every Wednesday will be known as Vege Wednesdee. As an alternative to fruit, send along a vegetable snack.
- Teacher Librarian Lesson – Children in Year 1A will have a Teacher Librarian lesson with Miss Mataos on Monday afternoons at 2.10.
- Library Borrowing will be on Thursday mornings at 10.40. Children are required to bring a bag to protect the books that they borrow.
- Music Lesson – Year 1A will have a Music lesson on the Mondays of odd weeks of the term with a Specialist Music Teacher, Mrs. Lisa Pockran
The students are supplied with the necessities for normal school work. These are covered by the Resource Fee, which is added to the account for School Fees. This fee covers the initial supply, usually in Term 1 Week 1, of consumable items such as writing books, pencils and glue sticks, and the ongoing costs of photocopy paper and art / craft materials. If necessary, consumables are replenished during the course of the year.
This is usually on Friday afternoons. Children should wear the Sport uniform each Friday, and on other occasions about which you will be informed.
Working as a Stage:
In 2018, the four Stage 1 classes will be undertaking the same Religion, Science, History and Geography units of work, and the same Mathematics strands. There will be many occasions during the year when the classes will join together for specific activities e.g. Sport, Dance and an excursion.
There are a number of students at St Benedict’s who have life threatening anaphylactic allergic reactions to all nuts and peanut products. Families are asked not to send peanut butter, Nutella, sesame seeds, loose nuts, muesli, nut chocolate bars or any products containing any type of nuts. The children are encouraged NOT to share food at school.
In accordance with the Education Act that clearly states that “It’s Not OK to be Away”, all absences and partial absences of pupils must be accounted for within five school days of their return to school. Parents of students who record five unexplained absences will be contacted by the school. You are required to notify your child’s teacher either in writing (note, skoolbag or email) or by phoning the school to outline the reason for any absence. Partial Absences, late arrivals and early departures also require written explanation.
A Late Arrival / Early Departure register is located in the Office foyer. If your child needs to be away from school for a period greater than 10 days, in any school year, you need to contact the School Office and apply for an Exemption from Attendance at School form.
Bennies, linked to the You Can Do It Program which is based on 5 key areas, sometimes referred to the Keys to Success - Getting Along, Organisation, Persistence, Confidence and Resilience, and Key Learning Area Merit Certificates form the basis of the School Award System. Students are presented with these awards at the Monday Morning Assembly and are acknowledged in the School Newsletter. You will be informed when the awards are to be presented.
Families are welcome to send in cakes to help celebrate birthdays. Cake will be given to each child either at the lunch or recess break.
Class Masses / Liturgies / Assemblies:
Every class is rostered for either a Class Mass or liturgy, usually held in the school chapel, and an item for Monday Morning Assembly. You will be informed when they are on and you are most welcome to join us.
It is important that you have an updated email, and that you have the skoolbag app on your phone as both are utilised to keep you informed of what is happening at school and in the classroom. The School Newsletter is usually sent home by email, and is posted on the school website and skoolbag on Mondays.
If you would like to contact us, present at the Office and Mrs Cotton will let us know you would like a moment. It is preferable to make contact by email or note, and to arrange a time that is mutually suitable. Please note that we check emails each afternoon before leaving school. We will respond as appropriate. If the matter is of an urgent nature and needs attending to before this time e.g. change of pick up time, please ring Mrs Cotton or send a note addressed to the class teacher.
Formal Interviews are held at the end Term 2 to discuss the Semester 1 Report. Another is offered at the end of Term 4 after the Semester 2 Report. However, it is important to understand that, if you feel you need clarification on any matter and / or if you feel you have not been adequately informed of what is happening at school or in the classroom, please contact us immediately.
It is important to notify us immediately if there is a change to your child’s usual coming to and going home routine.
Children in Stage 1 will be undertaking an excursion to Tocal Homestead as a part of our History unit – Present and Past Family Life. This will take place in Term 2.
In Year 1, Homework may consist of Reading e.g. phonics reader on the week after it has been treated in class, learning Spelling words, completing specific activities related to our History, Geography and Science units. We encourage families to utilise the Home Reading Diary as an essential aspect of Homework
Issues / Concerns:
The first point of call with any class related issue is the classroom teacher. For other matters, please contact a member of the School Executive. Ongoing concerns regarding children in the Infants classes (K, Year 1 and Year 2) should be directed to Miss Collins, the school’s Religious Education Coordinator, and matters relating to children in the Primary classes (Years 3 - 6) should be directed to Mr Bailey, the school’s Primary Coordinator. Matters still requiring resolution should be referred to Mr McCosker, the school’s Assistant Principal or Mr Hornby -Howell, the school Principal.
Medication is to be brought to the Office immediately on arrival at school and not left in school bags. It may be necessary to complete a Dispensing Medication Form. Parents are responsible for providing Action Plans for health related matters.
The school’s Anti-Bullying Policy, Complaints and Grievances Policy, Student Well Being Policy and the Parent Information Booklet are all on the school’s website. www.edgewrth.mn.catholic.edu.au
A hard copy is available on request.
READIT Home Reading Program:
What a wonderful gift is learning to read. Please encourage your child to read and make it a part of their nightly routine. Home reading diaries have been sent home. Support your child in their reading by reading to them or listening to them and filling out the diary daily!
The school supports the Sacramental Team who coordinates the Parish Sacramental Programme. The school’s Religious Education Coordinator is a member of the team. The Sacraments will be offered as follows: Reconciliation (Year 2), Confirmation (Year 3) and Eucharist (Year 4). The school’s Religious Education Coordinator will send details as they apply to your child.
From time to time, some students may be involved in a programme to support their needs. School personnel, including the School Executive, Learning Support Teacher, Learning Support Officers, Leading Teacher, Aboriginal Education Teacher, English as a Second Language Teacher and the School Psychologist are also available. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school regarding your child’s involvement in any support programme.
To avoid having things lost or broken, the bringing of items of value to school is strongly discouraged. This includes collector cards, toys and electronic devices.
Anyone wishing to assist in any way is always welcome. However, all volunteers must participate in a Volunteer Induction process. Contact the Principal for more details.
A Brief Outline of Key Learning Areas:
- Listening & Speaking
- Reading & Viewing – Modelled, Guided and Independent
- Writing & Representing
- Handwriting & Digital Technologies
- Grammar, Punctuation & Vocabulary
- Quality literature, film and pictures
- Phonics – based readers
- PM+ Readers
- Spelling based on sight words and the sound focus for the week
- Number (Whole Number, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, Fractions) and Patterns & Algebra
- Measurement (Length, Area, Mass, Volume & Capacity, Time) and Geometry (3D Space, 2D Space, Position)
- Statistics (Data / Graphs) and Probability (Chance)
This term, the Mathematics units are Whole Number, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, 2D Space and Measurement (Length).
- Science and Technology
The unit for Term 1 is Schoolyard Safari.
- HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment)
Geography will be completed in Terms 3 and 4.
The History, Geography and Science units are used to assist in the selection of texts for Modelled Reading.
- Creative Arts
- Visual Arts
- Music – Specialist Music Teacher – Mrs Pockran (Monday)
- Dance – integrated with PDHPE later in the year
- Drama – integrated with Religion and English
- PDHPE (Personal Development / Health / Physical Education)
Children will be engaging in physical activity through the Gross Motor programme. There will also be a Sport session on Fridays. The children will be involved in the Sport in Schools Australia programme in Term 4. On occasions, there may also be the opportunity for specialist Sport Coaching Clinics.
There will be many events during the school year. You are most welcome to attend these, with or without a special invitation.
If at any time a matter needs clarification, or if you feel you are not being adequately informed about what is happening at school, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, usually the first point of contact, or a member of the school executive.
If there is anything that needs further clarification, or has not included in this correspondence, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Teacher’s email address:
I look forward to working with you in the education of your child this year.
Year 1A Class Teacher
Community ~ welcoming, working together, challenging