A Message From Our School Board Chair Dear Parents As you are aware, Mrs Miranda Swann has been the short-term Principal at Francis Jordan since January this year. I am writing to inform you that Miranda has been appointed to the substantive position as Principal of Assumption Catholic Primary School, Mandurah, commencing 1 January 2020. On behalf of the Francis Jordan Catholic School community, we thank Mrs Swann for her leadership of our school throughout 2019 and wish her well in her new school. We will take the opportunity to farewell Mrs Swann before the end of the school year. Yours sincerely Tim Tolley School Board Chair
P&F Quiz Night Our P&F Quiz Night was held recently and what a successful night it was! I thank our community members for your strong support of this event and our wonderful P&F for organising such an extraordinary event. A special congratulations to one of our lucky parents who won the $1000 cash door prize on the evening.
Zion Fernandez Shave for a Cure Fundraiser One of our beautiful students, Zion Fernandez, is shaving his head for cancer this Friday 15 November at 11am in the Sue Groves Hall. We invite our families and community members to join us in supporting Zion and this very noble cause. Should you wish to support Zion, you can do so via the link HERE. All funds raised go directly to the Cancer Council. Thank you for your support!
Save the Date: Annual General Meeting Our Annual General Meeting takes place at 6.00pm on Thursday 28 November in the school library. At this meeting our P&F and School Board will present their reports and staffing for 2020 will be announced. Please mark this date in your diary.
The P&F and School Board nomination forms are HERE. I would ask that you seriously consider offering yourself for nomination on either of these associations. It is a wonderful way in which parents can actively contribute to the school as both focus on providing the very best for our students.
Class Placement & Meet the Teacher Day During the next few weeks 2020 classroom lists will be compiled. Placement for students result from a range of information gathered from the current year by classroom and support teachers together with an awareness of students’ learning styles, academic achievement, social/emotional development, peer interactions and gender. This incorporates knowledge of peer support structures for individuals within year groups.
It is the responsibility of the school to place ALL students into class groupings which accommodate individual and collective needs according to the information gained as outlined above.
2020 class lists will be announced in the last week of school when students meet together on Tuesday, 10 December for a “Meet the Teacher” whole school transition session. They will then be posted on classroom doors that afternoon. Please note, there will be no alteration or change to publicized class lists.
Thanksgiving Mass: 10 December ALL Year 2 to Year 6 students and their families are invited to attend our final Eucharistic celebration for the year; the Thanksgiving Mass at 6 PM at St Simon Peter Church. Students are to be dressed in full summer uniform and are asked to meet their teachers outside the church at 5.45pm at the latest. The Thanksgiving Mass will begin promptly at 6 PM and is compulsory for all students. I look forward to this very special celebration.
Prize Giving Assembly: 6 December You are invited to attend the Prize Giving Assembly on Friday 6 December at 8.30am. This is our last whole school gathering for the year and a wonderful opportunity to farewell our 2020 school leaders, our Year Six students and recognise a select group of students who have made such a positive impact on our school community.
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.
Merit Assembly I would like to invite our parents to join us for our for our Music Assembly on Friday at 8.30am. I look forward to seeing you there.
Upcoming Important Dates • 13 November: Kindy Orientation 2020 Parents 6pm • 14 November: Year 5 Excursion to Scitech • 15 November: Music Assembly – 8.30am, Cancer Fundraiser at 11am in Sue Groves Hall • 20 November: Year 3 Excursion to the Art Gallery, P & F Meeting • 22 November: Year 6 Bike Ride, 2W Class Assembly • 25 November: 2020 Pre-Kindy Parent Information Meeting at 9.00am • 26 November: Year 4W Mass at the Salvatorian House at 11.00am • 28 November: Year 3 Technology excursion, Year 1 Prayer Service in the Hall at 2.10pm, School Board AGM and P&F AGM at 6.00pm • 29 November: Salvatorian Faction Day Liturgy at 8.30am, Day For Daniel Fundraiser
Year One Prayer Service Parents of children in Year One are invited to attend the annual Year One Prayer service. This will occur on Thursday November 28 in the school hall commencing at 2.10pm.
Salvatorian Faction Day Liturgy All parents are warmly invited to attend the Salvatorian House Day liturgy on Friday November 29 in the school hall commencing at 8.30am.
Thanksgiving / Graduation Mass The Graduation / Thanksgiving Mass is being celebrated on Tuesday December 10 at the Saint Simon Peter Church commencing at 6.00pm. Last year, many families were not present at the Mass. We recognise the Mass and other aspects have gone on too long for many of our younger children. This year, we are shortening the format. Please make a commitment to attend this very important celebration in the school year.
The Year 4 students involved in the winning Indonesian video competition entry were treated to a scrumptious Indonesian lunch last week as a reward for their efforts. The students also received a book about Indonesia and a commemorative certificate at the school assembly. Many thanks to Mr Do from Fortunate Gardens Chinese at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre for the delicious fried rice and prawn crackers and to Mrs Trestrail for her amazing spring rolls. Full tummies and big smiles all round!
During our Literacy Dedicated Time, Year Three have been reading the very funny class novel, ‘Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade’, by Kate and Jol Temple. The novel has provided us with many opportunities to share a love of literature with the children and provide a variety of differentiated learning experiences, including modelled and guided reading groups, writing, viewing and listening tasks.
During guided reading sessions, we have had the opportunity to introduce new vocabulary and key features and listen to each of the children read a section of the text. From here, we determine a focus for teaching, which may include: fluency, expression, comprehension, sight word identification, and practice with phonics concepts.
As well as completing guided reading rotations, we also have several other literacy rotations happening this week. One of the rotations has a focus on digital literacy, as the children will view and respond to a short animated Pixar film. This activity is a class favourite!
During the writing rotation, children will read about a sequence of events that takes place in our class novel and will innovate the text, rewriting it from a different character’s perspective. This is a tricky skill which requires creativity and the ability to recognise that there is more than one way of looking at the same event. We can’t wait to read the finished pieces!
Mrs Jackie Dunne and Ms Deanne Walker
2020 Book Lists 2020 class booklists are now ‘live’. To access each year level’s list and details on how to order, please click HERE. If ordering through Campion, your home delivery order will be dispatched the week ending 20th December 2019, if placed on or before the return Date of 22nd November 2019. The delivery service is FREE for orders placed on or before the 22nd November 2019. After this date a delivery charge of up to $8 will be charged.
At our last merit assembly, Mr and Mrs Fuller came in to present our two new community libraries. We are so grateful for their generosity and willingness to make these for our school and we were so excited to hear how they were made! I will post photos once Mr Seamons has put them up. Some parents and children have already donated books to be placed in the boxes for reading, borrowing or swapping.
The Year Three children sung beautifully on Monday during the City of Joondalup Remembrance Day Ceremony. They sang the National Anthem and a song by Michael Reynolds called Lest we Forget. The children saw a three-plane fly over, watched the wreaths being laid by dignitaries and afterwards had a few photos with the army officers. It was a beautiful ceremony which was made just a bit more special because of our beautiful Year Three students.