A Heartfelt Thank You It has been an absolute delight to return to Francis Jordan this week after being on sick leave with a serious medical condition. Seeing the children yesterday reminded me how lucky we are to have such a supportive and compassionate school community. I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers over the last two months.
I would like to thank and acknowledge the work of Mrs Gloria Ward, as principal, in the time I was away. I also thank our community for their support of the staff, school and Gloria in my absence.
Professional Development Day for Staff As you are aware, the school undertook a cyclic review last year. This review was based on the curriculum practices and programs put into place at Francis Jordan and looked at the success of these programs, using data, and how the school can continue to enhance the wonderful programs on offer. The review recognised that children at Francis Jordan are very capable learners and achieve excellent results. Over the course of this year, the staff have been working tirelessly on one specific area of feedback from the review; ensuring we have research based whole school consistent practices across all year levels in teaching and learning, including in our support programs.
Our goal at Francis Jordan is to ensure that all children reach their potential. Research shows that in order to ensure our students receive the best outcomes, we need to continue to build the learning and teaching capacity of our staff. Last Friday, the teachers and education assistants undertook professional development related to best practice in literacy; specifically the components that make up a literacy block and how they are best taught in each year level. Over the next 6 to 12 months all staff will:
Teach all literacy lessons using the agreed literacy block
Differentiate to between 3 to 5 levels in the classroom in literacy and numeracy
Use data to inform teaching practices; with a focus on reading for the remainder of the year
Set SMART goals for, and with, children to ensure they are actively involved in their own learning
We have also been working on streamlining improvement processes across the school; namely support and intervention strategies. It is the specific needs of our students that guide the improvement processes and support programs the school requires. Last year, and over the course of the last six months, we have collected data to determine the effectiveness of our programs and how we can continue to ensure they are meeting the needs of our students.
As a result of this, the Maths Interchange Initiative has been replaced with targeted differentiation in the classroom using research-based practices, including the implementation of a numeracy block. Again, consistency of practice is key and all classrooms across the school will implement an agreed numeracy block with a specific focus on differentiating to at least three levels in every maths lesson. These levels will be fluid, based on the concepts being covered in class and will be targeted to meet the specific needs of the children in the classroom.
Performing Arts Festival it is very obvious that students at Francis Jordan have a flair for the performing arts. Over the last week or so, we have had a significant number of children take part in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival for 2019. I am pleased to say that our students have received outstanding results both individually, and in their collective performances. Congratulations to all of those students involved.
I would like to make special mention of the Year Five & Six Guitar Ensemble. Yesterday I received news that the Guitar Ensemble received a special Certificate of Merit for their performance. In addition, the Liturgical Dance Group performed yesterday and also achieved great success and a stunning report. Congratulations.
Upcoming Important Dates
15 August: Feast of the Assumption mass at 11am
16 August: Year 3W Assembly
20 August: First Reconciliation Parent & Child Workshops at 4 PM & 5:30 PM
21 August: Book Week Parade
22 August: First Reconciliation Parent & Child Workshops at 4 PM & 5:30 PM
Feast of Saint Mary Of The Cross McKillop Parents, please accept this invitation to attend the liturgy to celebrate the feast day of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first saint. The liturgy will take place in the school hall on Thursday August 8, commencing at 11.00am.
Xavier Day Liturgy Parents, a warm welcome for all parents to attend the Xavier Day liturgy being celebrated in the School Hall on Friday August 9 commencing at 8.30am. This liturgy recognises the patron of the Xavier Rays, Saint Francis Xavier.
Feast of The Assumption Mass The Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics, as is each Sunday and Christmas Day. As such, Mass will be celebrated at Francis Jordan Catholic School on Thursday August 15, commencing at 11.00am in the Hall. All parents are invited to celebrate Mass with us.
First Reconciliation Workshops – Year 3 Parents And Students If your child is in Year 3 and is making their Sacrament of Reconciliation later this year, please be aware that the Parent Child workshops will be taking place soon. The dates are as follows:
Tuesday August 20 – Saint Simon Peter Parish Centre at 4.00pm and 5.30pm
Wednesday August 21 – Saint Simon Peter Parish Centre at 5.30pm
Thursday August 22 – Saint Simon Peter Parish Centre at 4.00pm and 5.30pm
Staff Professional Development Day On Friday 26 July, our staff participated in a professional development day which focused on best practice in literacy. Our literacy time in all classes will consist of
dedicated literacy blocks consisting of word work, reading and writing using a framework of modelled, shared and independent work. This block allows teachers to focus on teaching strategies and skills which cater specifically to each child’s needs.
The structure of the literacy block will be:
Spelling: 20 minutes
Reading: 45 minutes consisting of:
Whole class focus – modelled or shared reading
Teacher led focus – small group or independent reading activities and guided reading
Year 6 – Kite Flying with a Message Last semester, as part of the Year 6 Indonesian program, students completed a unit of work centred around sport, looking at sports popular both in Australia and Indonesia. As part of this topic, students were required to design and construct a kite; kite flying being a popular sport in Bali. The kites were decorated with an environmental message – and the results were impressive! During the last lesson of term, we had the opportunity to fly the kites and even though it was not a windy day, the kites flew amazingly well and the students had a great time running around the school oval seeing who could get their kite to fly the highest.
Scholastic Book Club Scholastic Book Club Issue 5 was distributed to all students on Monday 22/7/2019. All orders are to be completed online (LOOP) and paid by credit card, the school does notaccept cash payments. All orders are to be placed by Friday 9/8/2019.
Well done FJNC for getting behind Silly Socks day at netball this weekend – you all looked fantastic and it was awesome to see how well you played! Good luck to all our teams playing this weekend:
11&U Div 1
11&U Div 2
Enjoy your sleep-in Sparklers!
Team of the week – U11 FJ Jets Coach Karen reports: The Jets played amazing! We worked on defensive skills at training and even our shortest players were taking intercepts. We had a 33 goal win and our highest score ever! Well done Jets! Keep up the great work!
NetSetGO Clinic Great to see so many happy faces on the courts on Friday for the NetSetGO! Clinic. The future of FJNC is in good hands with such an enthusiastic group! Netball WA have advised that the shirts come from over east, so unfortunately can’t be changed after the order – sorry.
End of Season Wind-up We’re looking forward to seeing you all at Latitude on Sunday August 25th (2:45 – 5pm) for our end of season wind-up and presentation day. The session is hosted, with fun games and activities, and also catered (for registered players), so please RSVP to your team manager ASAP.
Spring Season Your coaches and managers will be asking around for interest in playing with FJNC for the Spring season at JNA on Tuesday afternoons during 4th term. You don’t have to have played in Winter to register for Spring, so if you’re keen, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information!
Important Dates for your FJNC Calendar
25 August 2019
Winter Wind up and Medal/Trophy Presentation – 2.45-5pm
WOWWWWEEEE! FJCS YOU ROCK! Thanks to EVERYONE who helped out collecting Earn and Learn Stickers! Our total was 33 540 and Kindy has already placed their order with Modern Teaching Aids which will be delivered in early Term 4! We’ve got puzzles, puzzles, sandpit dinosaurs, numbered dice, counters, puzzles, puzzles and MORE! Thanks again for all your hard work! We look forward to 2020 where another area of the school will get to take advantage of the resources earned!
RE-VIEWING WOMEN AND THE BIBLE: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE
The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite women to join us and Rabbi Sheryl Nosan to “re-view” women and the Bible.The roles of women in the scriptures are varied and complex and include women as challengers, change agents, and as inspiration for those working towards greater understanding and equality of ministry.
Wednesday 21 August 2019, 6-9pm in the Staff Room Trinity College, 2 Trinity Ave, Perth.
Light refreshments will be served from 6.00-6.30pm.
Parking is available and the Red & Yellow CAT buses travel to Hale Street.
Trinity College are now accepting enrolments for students entering Year 7 in 2020 and 2021. To find out more and to access the enrolment form, please visit the Trinity College website: trinity.wa.edu.au. If you would like to book a personalised tour and learn more about the College, contact our Registrar via email@example.com or (08) 9223 8121.
Hello to all our OSHClub families, we hope you had a lovely weekend!
This week’s goal is: Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
They will achieve this goal through various activities such as:
Creating a healthy eating plate
Recycling: Arts and Crafts
Role play: Supermarket
Plus, many more!
We can’t wait to see you there!
Below is some valuable information for new parents and any changes that have been made to policies or procedures at OSHClub.
At NO TIME are your children out of our sight. We pride ourselves on being vigilant and our priority is the safety and wellbeing of your child.
Please understand that from 2.40 pm we have children arriving after school to OSHClub. It is essential we are greeting each child, ensuring that they are safely within our boundaries and we are often busy collecting smaller children from their classroom.
Due to the above please understand our need for you to contact us between 7-9 am or after 3 pm in the afternoon to discuss any issues.
If we do not answer your call, we are involved with the children. Please leave a text message and we will get back to you asap.
If you have any difficulties or problems with your Account, you must contact our Customer Service Accounts number on 1300 395 735.
Parents please note: We are not permitted to have anyone on the premises prior to 7 am or after 6 pm. This is non-negotiable and if you are unable to drop/collect your child within the time frame you will need to organise an alternative person to drop/collect your child.
YOUR BOOKING IS NOT CONFIRMED UNLESS YOU HAVE HAD WRITTEN OR VERBAL COMMUNICATION FROM US. You may note that we have places available although this does not represent the Educator/child ratio which is what determines if we are able to add a booking. This ratio is 1:10 (one educator to 10 children) Everything that we do is for the benefit of your child’s health and wellbeing. We continually strive to make OSHClub an enjoyable experience which is stimulating and fun for all the children. Our Weekly Program and menu is displayed in the undercover area for your viewing.
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, AND JACKET AS THE WEATHER IS BECOMING A LOT COLDER.
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.
Warm Regards Diana, Sophie and Hanaa Your OSHClub Team
OSHClub Head Office: 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.