Mrs Hunt and Mr Smith
Mrs Hunt and Mr Smith
Welcome back to the start of another school year! We hope you find the following information helpful, it is a brief outline of what you can expect in 2018! We are really excited about teaching such a great class this year and look forward to the wonderful year ahead.
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”
Our role as a teacher requires us to constantly reflect upon and learn new practices that ensure we are constantly striving, to meet the individual needs of the students.
We will allow the children the opportunity to learn through both teacher directed and student-centred learning. We look forward to finding a range of different teaching strategies that allow for the various learning needs, knowledge and life experiences of the students. Through teaching and learning we aim to encourage the children as individuals with a sense of being valued in a welcoming, interesting and relevant learning environment, therefore allowing all children to experience success.
The appropriate analysis and assessment techniques will evaluate the needs of the students and show their developmental levels.
The environment in which we wish to maintain, involves a caring contribution from ourselves that expresses Christian values. We will wish develop the whole person physically, socially, academically and spiritually.
Class Organisation / Procedures:
Mrs Megan Hunt will be teaching 4HS every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mr Noel Smith will be teaching every Thursday and Friday. Both of us plan, teach, assess and report on each student’s work and are in constant communication.
Crunch & Sip:
A Crunch & Sip break happens during the morning session. It would greatly 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 – with Mrs Mateos will be each Friday.
- Library Borrowing – will be every Thursday. Students need a library bag each week please. 4HS will be involved in the Premier’s Reading Challenge again this year.
- Music Lesson – with Mrs Pockran will be on Monday mornings on a fortnightly basis.
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 Week 1 Term 1, of consumable items such as writing books, pencils and pens etc and the ongoing costs of photocopy paper and art/craft materials. If necessary consumables are replenished at the commencement of Term 3
Sport day will be Friday for 4HS, students will need to wear sports uniform and appropriate footwear. Opportunities throughout the year for representation in Macquarie Cup and various sporting events will unfold as the year progresses.
Working as a Stage:
This year we will commence the second half of Stage 2 and will consolidate and extend what the class has learnt in Year 3. We work together as a Stage to plan, implement and assess what we teach the students.
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 to school. 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 in 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 of 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.
If you wish to send in a treat to share with the class for your child’s birthday, I would suggest sending quick and easy treats (eg. ice blocks, cupcakes, lamington fingers...) as there are 30 students in our class. This is the only occasion when sharing food is allowed, under teacher supervision. Please let us know if your child has any allergies.
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 are not been adequately informed of what is happening at school or in the classroom to 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.
Year 4 are looking at going to the Civic Theatre to see the ‘78th Storey Treehouse’ production on the 28th of June. This will work in with our English unit next term.
Homework: Homework will be sent home on Mondays and is due on Fridays. It will involve the learning of spelling words, completing Maths online and reading.
Please feel free to correct /check/sign your child’s work and encourage a neat standard. Part of the Math’s lesson on Fridays is used to treat any questions the students experienced difficulties with or did not understand.
A detailed note on Homework is inside your child’s Homework book and any passwords they require are at the back of the book.
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-Bulling 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 part of their nightly routine. Home reading diaries have been sent home. Support you children 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.
This year your child will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This will be celebrated in Term 3. The parent meeting for this is on Tuesday the third of July at 7pm. The Eucharist Lessons begin on the weekend of the 11/12th August. The Eucharist practice is 8/9th September. The First Eucharist Night is 15/16th September.
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 are 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:
- Religion – Our topics covered this term in Religion are Jesus’s ministry and Lent and Easter.
- English –This term 4HS are looking at some enjoying Narrative texts through reading, comprehension and writing. We will also be continuing reading groups Tuesday-Thursday to enhance your child’s reading and comprehension skills, to complement each child in our class we will be using PEG spelling which is specific to the students spelling ability. Children in year 4 will begin to receive their Pen Licences towards the end of the first Semester.
- Mathematics - As normal as a class we will be working through all strands of the Mathematics Curriculum including: Working Mathematically, Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability,
- Science and Technology – Term 1 will see us focus on ‘Melting Moments’, Students will explore and examine heat transfer.
- History - This year the History and Geography syllabus will be supported in Library lessons. Term 1 & 2 will focus on History – First Contact
- Creative Arts - This term will have a focus on visual arts where students will be completing different art projects that link with our Unit themes.
- PDHPE (Personal Development / Health / Physical Education) - Term one will focus on Playing the game, the You Can Do It Program-Getting along and a Bullying Program.
Dates to Remember:
Catholic School Week Liturgy and Open Classrooms
St Patrick’s Day (Missions Day)
Mrs Hunt away, Mr Smith teaching
Attitude and Work Habit Reports Home
School Athletics Carnival
Morning Assembly 4HS
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 us.
Teachers email addresses:
We aim at creating a Christian, friendly and safe atmosphere for every student. If at any time you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We encourage your involvement in your child’s learning, so that together we can make this a successful year!
We thank you in anticipation for your support and co-operation throughout this very special year.
Yours in partnership,
Megan Hunt & Noel Smith