On Friday we joined together for our first mass as a community and what a beautiful celebration it was. I would like to thank Father Francis for leading us in mass, those involved in the readings, music and organisation of the mass. It was wonderful to see so many parents join us; you certainly enriched the mass with your presence.
After mass we had the blessing and presentation of the leadership badges to our school leaders for 2019. We congratulate these students on their appointment and I know they, like all of our Year Six cohort, will prove to be outstanding leaders for our school.
We are looking for a volunteer to assist with the school banking on a fortnightly basis. School banking takes place on a Thursday morning and will involve a commitment of 30 minutes from 8.00 to 8.30am. Should you wish to volunteer, please send an email to email@example.com. Thank you.
Let’s ROAR together at Francis Jordan!
In 2019, our overall theme for the year is “Roar.” This yearly theme assists our students (and all of us!) to make good choices and focus on having a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset (the belief that you are in control of your own ability, and can learn and improve) is the key to success. Yes, hard work, effort, and persistence are all important, but not as important as having that underlying belief that you are in control of your own destiny. This year ROAR stands for:
R: Respect others
O: Own Your Actions
A: Act responsibly
R: Rise to any challenge
We encourage our families to support the children in their growth by having regular conversations around ROAR and encouraging them to accept responsibility for their actions, their mindset and highlighting the importance of making mistakes as a very important and necessary part of the learning process.
School Improvement Plan
This year as a school, we are striving to improve in a number of keys areas. Our primary focus is “Doing less better”; that is having a small number of priorities and doing things well. We have three foci for 2019, these are:
Effective Communication: We are striving to enhance communication across the school and ensure there is consistency of practice. We will begin this process by surveying our parent community to inform our future communication strategies.
Consistency of Practice in teaching and learning: our focus for the year in this area will involve ensuring we have consistent school practices in regards to measuring and planning for student improvement and differentiation.
School Vision: We will be looking at who are we, where are we going and how can we get there. Part of this focus will involve the compilation of a new school strategic plan that will guide our school for the next three years. This will be a yearlong consultative process involving staff, students and parents. I certainly look forward to, and welcome, your feedback and ideas.
Communication Survey: Working More Effectively
In order to communicate more effectively, we are devising a whole school approach to communication to ensure all communication is timely, succinct and purposeful. As such, we are seeking your feedback as a community on a number of modes and methods of communication.
Your feedback will directly inform the methods and modes of communication we use going forward as a school. Please clickhereto take our survey. Please note that responses are anonymous and the survey link is valid until 27 February. I look forward to your feedback.
Merit Assembly this Friday
I would like to invite our parents and friends to join us for the first certificate assembly of the year at 8.35am this Friday. I look forward to seeing you there.
Family Fun Night
I look forward to joining the school community at the P&F Family Fun Night for our ‘welcome back to school’ function on Friday. The night begins at 5pm and will conclude at 8pm. Our fabulous P&F has organised some incredible activities for the students, including a Bungy Tug of War and some waterslides. There will be a variety of food this year including fairy floss and a dessert food truck. I look forward to seeing you there.
Code of Conduct
Last year Francis Jordan introduced the Code of Conduct to our community. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
The Code applies to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians in our community. Copies of our Code of Conduct are available on the school website for your convenience.
So what does this actually mean in the day-to-day living in our school:
In our school it means approaching teachers if there is a concern related to the school day. We ask parents to refrain from approaching other parents and certainly, under no circumstances, approaching a child other than your own.
If you have any difficulties or issues, the school process is to approach your child’s teacher first and then Administration, if required. Teachers are at the coalface and know your child and the context of their day much better than the Administration.
It is about thinking about the way we speak TO, WITH and ABOUT others in the community including each other, students and staff members.
It means being “socially aware’ on social media sites such as Facebook. Anything in writing is in the public domain!! If we are not prepared to say something to a person face to face then it also should not be said on Facebook!
Remember the difference between enquiring/seeking out information and gossiping. Gossip has no place in a school community because it is hurtful, harmful and disrespectful.
Anniversary For The National Apology To The Stolen Generation
Today is the Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. The term ‘Stolen Generations’ refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were forcibly removed, as children, from their families and communities by government, welfare or church authorities and placed into institutional care or with non-Indigenous foster families, based solely on their race alone. For many of the children, removal meant that they lost all connection to family, traditional land, culture and language and were taken to homes and institutions where they were often abused, neglected and unloved. We continue to pray for them and we remember and acknowledge the difficulties they experienced.
Last week we discussed Class Dojo’s as one of the ways we reward positive behaviours in the classroom. As promised, this week, we will outline the procures that all staff will follow to address children’s inappropriate behaviour.
Our message to all children is that each day is new a day. Therefore, we will be wiping the slate clean at the end of each day and ensuring that your children walk back into the school understanding that they are able to start afresh and they feel valued and loved by their teachers.
As we know all children make poor choices in judgment on occasion. It is our intention to address these choices in the most developmentally appropriate way possible. Consistency throughout the school is a priority, therefore the White Slip and Blue Slip system will be in place for all students.
White Slips can be issued due to repeated minor inappropriate behaviours:
Minor behaviours will be addressed firstly with a verbal discussion. Further behaviours in a day will be noted by the teacher on a private document. A third incident in a day will result in a White Slip, which will need to be sighted and signed by a parent and returned to school the following day.
White Slips may also be issued immediately with the following (but not limited to) behaviours:
Deliberate rough play
Out of bounds
Playing in or around toilets
Not following school rules
Inappropriate use of devices
Use of mobile phone without permission
Mild course language
Graffiti on equipment
If your child is issued with a White Slip, you will be notified through Class Dojo.
Blue Slips may be issued immediately with the following (but not limited to) behaviours:
Leaving the school grounds without permission
Ongoing or deliberate physical violence
Bullying – nonverbal, verbal and cyber
Malicious damage of property
Using severe offensive language
Not adhering to the FJCS Device Policy
Unwanted inappropriate physical contact or invasion of privacy (e.g. looking over toilets)
If your child is issued with a Blue Slip, you will receive a phone call from the issuing teacher and the Blue Slip will be send home to be sighted and signed by a parent. The slip will need to be returned to school to following day.
Don’t forget about the 2019 Family Fun Night which is being held this Friday night. The school oval will light up and be the host of the a gymbus, jumping castles, water slide and food truck. There will be a DJ, raffles, games, door prizes, face painting and loads of fun to be had!
It’s too late to order pizza or sushi but it is not too late to buy tickets!
Event detail are on the school Facebook page or just go to this link where you can also purchase tickets: www.trybooking.com/BAKZP
As always, we would love some volunteers to help us on the night!
If you have any queries regarding our Family Fun Night or your involvement in the P&F please do not hesitate to contact me.
We hope you’re enjoying being back with your FJCS school friends and FJNC team mates. 2019 is going to be a great year with new beginnings and awesome new dresses! Thanks to everyone who came and saw us at the canteen last week, it was so good to see your happy, smiling and positive faces.
ONLINE WINTER 2019 NETBALL REGISTRATIONS CLOSE on FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2019!
Please have a look at our FB page FJNC if you are not aligned to our club as a member yet, or contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to Register for the upcoming Winter season. We’d love to hear from you!
Important Dates for your FJNC Calendar
28th February 2019
Netball under the Stars on the netball courts
5-7pm – family social and grading. Team Coaching and Manager Nominations in.
1 March 2019
Uniform orders close
29th March 2019
Cake Sale at FJCS run by U/11 team
4th April 2019
Coaches, Managers and Reps Dinner
27th April 2019
First Game of the Season commences
24th August 2019
End of Winter Season
25th August 2019
Winter Wind up and Trophy Presentation
Important JNA dates and calendars:
25 – 28 March
Compulsory Coaches & Managers Information sessions (more information to follow)
Winter season commences for NSG Set 7 & 8’s; NSG GO 9 & 10’s & Juniors 11U, 12U, 13U’s. (NSG Net 5 & 6’s to be confirmed)
It will commence this Friday 15 February. The start time will be 8:10am and run for 12 minutes until 8:22am, giving students enough time to record their laps and get to class by the 8:25am bell. Running club is held instead of green court play on a Friday. Students can walk, jog or run to the music.
Prizes and awards will be given out throughout the term. At the end of the year certificates will be distributed based upon the number of laps completed.
Hello to all our OSHClub families, we hope you had a lovely weekend!
Please note our operating times are: BSC 7.00am- 9:00 am ASC 2:00pm- 6.00 pm.
Our service phone is not operational between 9:00am and 2:00pm. If we do not answer your call we are either with the children or talking to parents and families. Please leave a voice mail or text message and we will reply to you asap.
We follow the same policy as the school with regards to the children wearing hats for outdoor play. If your child would like to keep their school hat in their desk please ensure a spare hat is placed in their bag each morning. Water bottles are also a huge must to keep children well and hydrated in this hot weather.
Below is important regarding medical conditions:
Any medication and the required forms that your child may need. (If you are unsure of the forms required for your child please do not hesitate to ask.)
We keep a copy of expiry dates and email you with new forms and medication reminders a few weeks prior to expiration. Please note that your child will be unable to attend OSHClub if they do not have their correct forms and medication required.
PARENTS PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAS A HAT. NO HAT NO PLAY! THIS IS A SCHOOL AND OSHCLUB POLICY.
We look forward to seeing during the week.
If you have any queries regarding your Account, Bookings or Cancellations, please contact our Customer Service Team on: 1300 395 735.
All families must be enrolled to attend the program, remember this is free!! Please create an account online at www.oshclub.com.au All bookings and cancellations can also be managed via your online account. For on the day bookings please contact the Coordinator direct at the program.
We provide breakfast and afternoon tea, so see our program in the undercover area to view the menu.