I warmly welcome our students and families back to Francis Jordan for the final term of 2019. I trust you all had a wonderful and relaxing break with your families.
Staff Professional Development Day on Reading On Monday our staff joined together to continue our focus on improving student outcomes in reading. Much of the day was spent analysing our data and celebrating the incredible achievements of our children in reading over the last six months. There are a large proportion of our children in our school who have already met the high reading targets we have set for them in each year level. This is a testament to the strong partnerships between teachers, parents and teachers.
The last part of our day involved teachers again setting individual goals for each child in their classroom in regards to reading. Each teacher will share these with their students and assist them to map out and implement strategies to reach them. We again look forward to your support at home in ensuring each and every child reaches their potential. We are very proud of the improvement our children have made in this very important learning area.
World Teachers’ Day Next Friday is World Teachers’ Day, a chance to celebrate our teachers who create opportunities for their students, empower the minds of our young people and proudly teach our future generation of leaders, creators and innovators. What a wonderful day for you to celebrate your child’s teacher by doing something special for them, such as writing them a letter or card and letting them know why they are appreciated, We thank each of our teachers and education assistants who, at Francis Jordan, are known to go out of their way to put in 110% in providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for each and every student.
P&F Quiz Night I would like to warmly invite our families to join us for our Quiz Night, scheduled for Friday, 1 November. Please save the date in your diary as this promises to be a wonderful community event.
IT Dynamics This week we welcome Daniel Sheiles to our school. Daniel works for IT Dynamics who will provide our school with our IT support from this term. IT Dynamics will provide the school with onsite support, 24-hour monitoring, IT support service desk, all infrastructure installations, supports and backups, parent and staff training sessions; as well as working onsite during designated times in the week. IT Dynamics have an excellent reputation and support a large number of our Catholic primary schools.
IT Dynamics have spent a considerable part of the school holidays improving and strengthening our network to ensure it complies with best practice. Daniel will be working with us on Monday and Thursday mornings up until lunchtime; however he is with us for the full first week of school to support our staff and students with their devices and network. I know you will join me in welcoming Daniel to our school.
Kindergarten & Pre Kindy 2020 We still have a number of places available for Kindergarten and Pre Kindy 2020. May I ask our families to please see Mrs Nagy in the office to book an appointment to have your Kindergarten or Pre Kindy interview as offers are currently being made and numbers are being confirmed.
Congratulations Mrs Hawley! We are proud to announce that Mrs Hawley has given birth to her precious son, Beau David Hawley. I know you will join me in congratulating Danni and Rob on becoming parents and we look forward to meeting little Beau.
Last day of the school year for students The last day of the school year for our students is Friday 13 of December. Staff will finish on Friday 20 December. During this additional week, staff undergo professional development to prepare for the following year.
Merit Assembly I would like to invite our parents to join us for our Merit Assembly on Friday at 8.30am. I look forward to seeing you there.
Upcoming Important Dates • 18 October: Merit Assembly, Day for Daniel Fundraiser • 19 October: First Communion Mass 6 PM at St Simon Peter Church • 20 October: First Communion Mass 10 AM & 5 PM at St Simon Peter Church • 25 October: Interschool Athletics Carnival • 28 October: Year Three Reconciliation Retreat Day • 29 October: First Reconciliation Ceremony 6pm • 30 October: P&F Meeting at 7.15pm • 31 October: Head Boy & Girl Speeches
First Communion Commissioning Mass If your child received their First Holy Communion at one of the Masses in September, you are expected to take your child to one of the Parish Masses this coming weekend. Your child will receive their First Holy Communion certificate at the Mass. Mass times are as follows: Saturday – 6.00pm Sunday – 8.00am, 10.00am or 5.00pm
Student Council fundraising day As you may remember, the Student Council conducted a fundraising day at the end of Term Three to support the Perth Children’s Hospital Cancer Ward. The reason for this decision centred on the fact that the Year 6 cohort went through with Charlie Ryan, who passed away at the beginning of Year One. A huge THANK YOU to all families for your very generous support of this initiative. A huge range of games and toys were donated, as was a total of $703.70. The Student Council will now use the toys / money to create toy hampers. They will then visit PCH and present the hampers to the staff in the Cancer ward to distribute to children who would greatly benefit from a toy hamper. Once again, thank you for your incredible generosity.
Thanksgiving / Graduation Mass Last year, feedback was sought regarding the timing of the end of year Graduation / Thanksgiving Mass. Thank you to the parents who contributed their feedback. There were three lines of thinking: keeping the Mass at the evening timeslot of 6.00pm; changing the Mass to within school hours; Having a Thanksgiving Mass during the day and a separate Graduation Mass in the evening for Year 6 families. Based on the feedback, it has been decided for this year to keep the Mass at 6.00pm. When Mr Dunning begins in 2020, the decision will be then reviewed for future Masses.
Curriculum Focus Reading continues to be our whole school curriculum focus this term. We have started the term with a professional development day which looked at the data teachers have collected throughout the year from PM Benchmarks assessments and IPI (Informal Inventory Prose) testing. Analysis of the data has allowed us to set goals for our students and tailor the literacy blocks according to the specific skills students need. In the coming week, students will be informed of what their individual goals are for this term.
Community Library I would like to thank Mr Fuller (Year 2W, Henry’s dad) for volunteering to make, not one, but two community libraries for our school. This will allow students in the junior and upper primary to access the library boxes to donate, swap and share books. These boxes will provide another opportunity for students to get excited about books and further their love of literature. I will keep you updated on construction progress and installation dates.
Communication Policy This year we have been working on refining the way we communicate information to our school community. The introduction of Class Dojo has proven to be a successful method for teachers and parents to communicate class related information. All other school related information will continue to go out via the fortnightly newsletter or placed on our school website. This year we have created a communication policy to ensure that our communication methods and processes remain consistent. If you would like to view the policy, it is on the school website HERE
Quiz Night tickets are currently on sale with and almost half of all available tables have already been snapped up! Get your tickets and further information HERE. Thank you to all of those amazing businesses who have sponsored our event and donated items, services and vouchers. We truly appreciate it. We are still on the lookout for any businesses connected to our school to get involved. If you are able to assist please get in touch.
Our next P&F meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at 7.15pm in the Library. We hope to see you there. If you have any queries regarding getting involved in the P&F please do not hesitate to contact me. We will welcome any assistance and involvement with open arms.
Shannon Britten P&F President 0417 183 345 firstname.lastname@example.org
MATER DEI COLLEGE
ORIENTATION DAY INFORMATION
Year 7, 2020
This is to notify you that a number of students will be attending the
Mater Dei College Orientation Day for students commencing Year 7, 2020.