School Camp: A Wonderful Time for Year Six Students I had the absolute pleasure of spending three days with the Year Six classes at camp at Point Walter last week. Over the course of the camp all of the children completed challenging activities such as rafting, the flying fox, high ropes, canoeing and various vertical challenges. What has impressed me most has been the support and encouragement that the students have shown each other and the resilience, persistence and determination of each and every child as they each battled personal challenges, and at times, fear and anxiety.
I would like to thank Mr Giannasi and Miss Pearmine for their precision organisation of the camp and all activities. I would also like to acknowledge Miss Araujo and Mr Horrocks for generously giving up their own personal time to attend the camp. I feel blessed to have such dedicated staff who give so freely and generously to the students.
Kindy Enrolments for 2020 & 2021 We are currently taking enrolments and interviewing for Kindergarten in 2020 and 2021. I ask families to please ensure they have lodged their Kindy application by Friday 15 March so your child’s place can be secured. I also encourage you to share this with your friends and family. Should you wish to take a tour of our play based, child centred Kindergarten program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9404 2400.
We also have a limited number of Pre Kindy and Kindergarten places available for 2019. Please register your interest with the office.
Kolbe Faction Day This Friday is Kolbe Faction Day. This day will be celebrated from 8.30am with a Liturgy in the Sue Grove’s Hall. We warmly invite our parents and friends to join us.
P&F Meeting We had a fabulous turn out to our first P&F Meeting of the year with 20 families in attendance. I would like to invite you to join us on Wednesday 20 March at 7.15pm for our March meeting. I look forward to seeing you there.
Swimming Carnival Next Wednesday 20 March is the school swimming carnival for all students in Years 3 to 6. The event will be held at HBF Arena Joondalup; with the first event beginning at 9am and the carnival concluding at 2.30pm. Children who are not being collected by their parents from the venue, as indicated on the swimming note, will then be bused back to school ready for pickup. Please note that the final program will be sent home via email today. I look forward to a wonderful day together.
Feedback from Parent Communication Survey I thank our parents for taking the time to give us feedback in our recent Parent Communication Survey. We had an incredible 150 responses! As outlined in an earlier newsletter, this will directly inform the direction of our school in regards to communication and will form part of our Effective Communication Policy.
The findings are as follows:
Parent satisfaction with our communication had an average rating of 3.25 stars out of 5. we’re certainly aware that we have some work to do in this area; hence seeking your feedback.
In terms of whole school communication, outside of the school newsletter, the results showed overwhelmingly that as a parent group you prefer email and SMS.
It is pleasing to note that 77% of our population read the school newsletter, however only 43% agreed that the newsletter provides vital information about their child’s education.
88% of our community support a change to a fortnightly newsletter, however, it was very clear that the current format is difficult to navigate and to read.
Many in our school community were not in favour of using Facebook as a major form of parent communication
So, what will we do and change in light of these results?
We will endeavour to ensure that all of our school communication at whole school level is sent via email or SMS. We will still continue to use Class Dojo as the main form of communication from teacher/class to home. We have received excellent feedback in regards to Class Dojo as a form of personal communication between the teacher and home and many have appreciated the insight Class Dojo provided into what is happening in the classrooms.
In light of your direct feedback, we will be moving to a fortnightly newsletter from the beginning of Term Two. We will take some time to revisit the format of the newsletter in order to make a decision that we feel best suits the feedback we have been given. This will be focus in term 2.
From the feedback, Facebook will continue to be utilised as a marketing tool, rather than as a form of major communication.
Camino Pilgrimage I am blessed to be going on Pilgrimage in Spain at the end of the month as part of my Principal Renewal Leave in Catholic Education. I will be walking the Way of St James; the route James the disciple took across Spain. I will be walking with 22 other principals and members from Catholic Education of Western Australia and will be walking over 300 kilometres in 20 days. I look forward to the peace, solace and opportunity for prayer and reflection this experience will bring and look forward to returning to the community invigorated and refreshed.
Mr. Damien Purcell will be the Acting Principal whilst I am away. (30 March – 2 May) to I know you will show him your considerable support during this time. I look forward to joining the community
Sharing of Student’s Images As you know, we seek your written permission to photograph or video your child to share and celebrate their day with you and our community. Some parents have chosen not to give permission for many reasons, including it may put their child at risk. Others simply want their child to be free from being photographed.
We understand parents like to film or photograph your child at assemblies, sports days and other activities. Our problem is that while staff know which students to exclude when we film or upload video or photographs, you do not.
Therefore, we want to allow you to record your own child, while helping us honour our promise to those students and parents who have not consented.
Please do not post on digital or any media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram) any photo or video that includes an identifiable child whose parent does not know you may do so. For example, if you are friends with the other child’s parent and you know they regularly upload photos to digital media or they are present at the assembly or sports day and know you are filming, you can assume they consent to you doing so.
We do not want to be forced to ban all parent photography and therefore ask for your cooperation in the best interests of all our students.
Upcoming Important Dates
Kolbe Faction Liturgy 8.35am in Sue Groves Hall No Running Club
Faction Swimming Carnival
5W Class Assembly
Student Council Leadership Day
First Holy Communion Parent Meeting at St Simon Peter Church at 7pm
Cake Sale at recess for FJNC Netball
Merit Assembly at 8.35am
This year, the Student Council has decided to focus the school’s Project Compassion efforts on helping school students in the Solomon Islands. Many children must travel considerable distances to get safe drinking water while at school.
$50.00 will buy five metres of guttering to attach to buildings that will then collect clean rain water for storage in tanks. $5.00 will buy a tap to attach to the rainwater tank. In this way, each $55.00 donated will ensure school children can have safe drinking water at school.
What a great way to help those in the world who are less fortunate than us!
Important Dates For 2019 – Sacrament Dates
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2019 – SACRAMENT DATES
Saturday June 15 at 2.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church.
FIRST COMMUNION MASSES
Saturday September 14 at 6.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Sunday September 15 at 10.00am in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Saturday September 21 at 6.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Sunday September 22 at 10.00am in the Saint Simon Peter Church
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Tuesday October 29 at 6.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Thursday October 31 at 6.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Term One RE Calendar
TUESDAY MARCH 19 – 10.00 to 10.30 – 11.00 – onwards
Year 4 – 6 Reconciliation
SATURDAY MARCH 23 – 9.30am to 11.00am
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 – 7.00pm OR THURSDAY MARCH 28 – 7.00pm
First Communion Parent Information Evening
SATURDAY APRIL 6th at 6.00pm OR SUNDAY APRIL 7th at 8.00am, 10.00am or 5.00pm
First Communion Enquiry Masses
FRIDAY APRIL 12 – – 9.30 to 10.30 then 11.00 to 12.00
Henry’s Battery Box Henry, from Year 2W, is collecting used batteries. He is very passionate about caring for our environment and wants to make sure that batteries are being disposed of correctly rather than just thrown in our bins. If you have any old batteries at home, please bring them into Year 2W and put them into Henry’s Battery Box. Once the box is full, Henry will take them to Tamala Park.
Sounds – Write From Pre-Primary to Year Two we follow a synthetic phonics program called Sounds – Write. Synthetic phonics has been identified, both here and overseas, as the most successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. Next week, parents from Pre-Primary to Year Two will receive a handout to explain the program in more detail. The handout will also include some hints and tips on how you can help your child at home.
From Years Three to Six we teach a synthetic spelling program called Sound Waves. If you would like to read more about this program and the research to support synthetic phonics programs, click HERE.
Home Reading Book Audit Last week we started the huge process of a reading book audit across the school. It has already given us great insight into the levels and years which require further resources. Our wonderful P&F has committed $10,000 to the purchasing of these new readers, so we are very excited to spend this money by the end of this term. In the coming weeks, please look out for calls to help get these new resources covered and ready for the children to use. Already, we have had Year One and Year Two parents helping label books, which has been a great help.
FJNC TEAMS have been registered with JNA on Tuesday 12/03/2019!
New dresses have been ordered and will be distributed once they are delivered. Thank you to the coaches and managers who have volunteered to guide their teams. We will confirm match times once they are finalised by JNA. Team bags and shirts will be distributed shortly. Thanks to the FJNC Committee and independent graders who helped put the teams together. Looking forward to a great season of netball!
Elenor Buck Gregory
Chantal De Winter
Bethany de Winter
Amelia Van Der Togt
Mark Kent, FJNC Registrar
FJNC Corkers and Curly Ties We are excited to say FJNC will be selling Corkers (1 for $7) and Curly ties (2 for $10) in our colours which make the outfit pop – the athletes love them! We will sell them at game days and training days, or order them per team if you’d like to make sure your team looks the biz on game day! We only have a limited number, please send an email to email@example.com to secure your purchases please make payment to our bank account or cash on the day: BSB 036-231, A/C 169 262 Kath Greene, FJNC Uniform Co-ordinator
Important Dates for your FJNC Calendar
11th March 2019 Training Commences:
-Thursday straight after school on the netball courts
25th, 26th, 27th & 28th March – Compulsory Coaches & Managers Information sessions (more information to follow)
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
GO FJNC! See you on the FJCS netball courts next week.