AT LAST!! -- We are certainly excited to have the children back fulltime after a long stint at someting new. Whilst the expereince is someting different, we now need to get back into routines that will focus on getting the children back to optimal learning mode.
Thank you all for your understanding of the restrictions placed on parental access, dismissal etc, as it can cause a lot of anxieties in the children and parents alike.
We appreciate the words of support from parents and the team effort going into the children's education these last few weeks.
We look forward to bringing some normalcy to our community as we prepare for term 3. With luck we should start to see access for parents into the school grounds, albeit regulated a little. This will also mean we can start to have visitors, outside service providers etc into the school. Cross your fingers.
We were meant to have the children's photos taken last week but sadly, as with all our other planned events, we were unable to go ahead. We have a new date available if all goes to plan. Please keep 22 October in your diaries as the alternative date.
We are open for Enrollment for Kinder 2021. If you know of someone looking to enrol their child next year please let them know. Children need to be 5 years old by May 31 in 2021.
HIGH SCHOOL ENROLMENTS
Year 6 parents seeking enrolment for their child at San Clemente for Year 7 should have returned their applications for enrolment by now. If you are still looking to enrol at San Clemente, then you should do so as soon as possible.
Those seeking Year 7 enrolment at our local public High Schools should contact them directly.
Part of the annual fees that parents pay is the Sports Levy. This levy covers the Term 2 Sport activity (such as Gymnastics, Dance, Tennis) the cost of buses for our carnivals etc. Because none of these are going ahead the Sport Levy will not be collected this year. Those who have paid all or some of the levy will have it credited against their Tuition Fees.
We do not wish to pressure families with statements at this stage as we understand the difficulties many are expereincing. We are not expecting any payments this term but if you would like an updated statement or would like to pay some, please contact Leanne in the office.
SEMESTER 1 REPORTS
Parents should have received a letter from the Head of Teaching and Learing for the CSO explaining how this semester's reports will be done. All schools in the Diocese will be following these guidelines. It is attached here. Please read to to see what to expect this semester.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Georgina and Xavier, who both lost a grandparent last week. It is a sad time for them and their families. We wish them God's peace and strength as they seek comfort for their loss.
It seem the COVID lockdown wasn't all bad. 4 children received special gifts in recent weeks. Congratulations to the the Kamanzi's with baby Deborah, Nolan-Jones' with baby Eli, Hannan's with baby Harriette, Kakoulidis with baby Yarni and Forbes with baby Alliyah. Best wishes to all the new family members and all their new big sisters and brothers.
It's great to see so many getting into their little projects and learning modes. Don't forget to bring them into school so we can verify the hours and sign off the passports. Keeping an eye on the Children's University FaceBook page will give the children lots of ideas to log hours.
Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost celebrates the moment when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles. One of the gifts they received was the gift of tongues that allowed people from all over the then-known world to understand the Apostles’ proclamation. We were lucky to have returned this week as a whole school so we began our week with Year 6 leading us in our Pentecost Liturgy.
In God’s grace we are almost back to normal. It is so good to see all students at school in a good shape and looking so happy in a school setting. In the context of what we are going through during Covid19 I have in my mind Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount - THE EIGHT BEATITUDES. We can be blessed in many ways and we can help others in many ways like Jesus said:
#1 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Be satisfied with what you have. Share the good things we have with others because God wants us to.)
#2 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Comfort those who are suffering. Help others feel better about themselves after a loss.)
#3 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. (Humility-a true sense of who you are. Get the ego out of the way.)
#4 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. (Do what is fair for everyone)
#5 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (We forgive those who are unkind to us. Look for ways to show kindness to others.)
#6 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. (We do what is right just because we know it is the right thing to do.)
#7 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (We try to bring God’s peace to the world. We control our behaviour so people can see Jesus in us.)
#8 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (We are willing to stand up for God’s laws even if we are teased or insulted.)
Wishing all of us to be good examples of living out the Beatitudes.
Our new Religion unit is “The Church as the Family of God”. We learn that the Church is not just a building but is made up of all the people who belong to God’s family. We discussed the questions, “What is a family?” and “Why is belonging to a family important?” We identified some important things about being part of a family such as feeling accepted, feeling loved and feeling safe. We viewed the video, “Love is a Family” by Roma Downey.
In English we should have learnt to read and spell words that belong to the ‘at’, ‘am’, ‘ap’ and ‘an’ families eg. map, man. Consolidating these skills is part of the homework that has been sent home. Please continue to check these words and send the booklet back on Friday.
Our Literature unit is “Going on a Bear Hunt”. You can view the author, Michael Rosen, acting out the story on You tube. We are having fun acting along with him and are developing our Drama skills as well.
In Maths we have covered Measuring Length and 2D space. For Home Learning, the class made cardboard critters and ordered them from longest to shortest. Van did an excellent job, check out his photo.
Our History unit is “Families, Food, Festivities”. The KEY INQUIRY QUESTIONS are, “What is my history and how do I know?” and “What stories do other people tell about the past?” A focus in this unit will be on food, cooking methods, utensils and crockery. If you have some kitchen utensils from the past (artefacts) to examine, we would love to see them please!
We have started our unit on 'Ways of Praying' in Religion this week. We have considered where we like to pray, the reasons why we pray, and we've discussed some of the prayers that we already know. Jesus also used to pray. He liked to pray alone in peaceful places, He liked to pray with others and give thanks to God (such as at The Last Supper) and He prayed in times of joy and pain. We are all encouraged to follow Jesus' example in connecting with God through prayer. In English we have shared the story Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles and we've completed some activities related to the text. Our phonics focus for this week is 'ss'. As a 'fast finisher' activity, we've been testing each other on spelling Year 1 and Year 2 core list words on the mini whiteboards. It's a great way to develop automatic recall of words that we need to regularly incorporate into our writing tasks. In Maths this week we've been engaging in lots of fun, interactive, hands-on activities to learn about measuring length using informal units. So far this week we've been using blocks and paddlepop sticks to 'measure' classroom objects. We are careful not to leave 'gaps' or to overlap, so that our results are accurate! We've included some photos of our Maths activities to share with you. In History this week we've discussed what is meant by the terms: 'past', 'present' and 'future'. We illustrated diary entries to highlight something we did in the past, the stage of life we are at in the present, and our dreams for our future. Parents, if you know that your child's Homework folder is still at home, could you please send it back to school by this Friday 5th June? We still have a few folders missing. We will be updating folders and sending home new homework as of Tuesday, Week 7 (9/6). Thank you!
During last week and this week, Year 2 have been working on using Jump and Split strategies to solve addition and subtraction sums. This has been challenging for some but I am impressed with the determination of the students wanting to achieve the correct answer. Keep it up Year 2.
This week we have started our new unit in Religion. Over the next few weeks we will study Mary and the Saints. We will take the time to find occasions that Mary is spoken about in the Bible and we will identify the qualities of Mary.
In Science the children are working towards creating their own sustainable house and backyard. At the moment we are investigating different things we could incorporate in our designs.
As part of last weeks at home learning task Miss Gallagher had the children writing their own lyrics to nursery rhymes and this week they will perform their master piece.
In English we have started looking at information reports and will spend the next few weeks learning to write information reports. We hope to be able to share some in the upcoming weeks.
From now on you will find Year 2 Homework tasks coming through Compass each Monday afternoon. Please let me know if you have any difficulty accessing the sites that the children need to use for the completion of their homework.
Welcome back everyone! What a term it has been. We are into Week 6 already. Halfway through the term, with lots to do. We started our new Religion unit this week titled ‘Prayer’. We have learnt that there are different types of prayer – such as praise, thanks, penitential and petition. We are also learning about writing prayers of our own. In English, we are reading the book “The Tale of Despereaux’ by Kate DiCamillo. We are up to ‘Book the Fourth’ and can hardly wait to read ahead to discover what happens to the hero, Despereaux, and the villain, Roscuro. In Maths, we have been revising the different strategies for addition and subtraction. One of these strategies has been the ‘jump strategy’ which involves jumping along a number line by tens and ones. We are on the path to mastering this strategy. In History this week, we read about a celebration, which is focused in India, but also remembered by Hindus around the world. It is DIWALI, also known as the Festival of Lights. In Science, we are learning about ‘Solids, Liquids and Gas’. Last week our experiment showed the process by which a solid becomes a liquid. In Sport we are enjoying playing t-ball and the competition between the teams.
In Religion, we have begun a unit about Prayer. We discussed our understanding of prayer and of the times and places we pray, the purpose of prayer and the people we pray with through our week. We have learnt there are four main types of prayer: praise, penitence, thanksgiving and petition. We each wrote a prayer, choosing one of these forms.
In English, we are learning about Figurative Language and we are focusing this week on similes. We have completed a variety of activities including finding similes in our novel and writing some of our own.
Our Persuasive Writing skills are coming along well and we had fun writing about the topic: Dogs make better pets than cats. Some of us changed the topic to Cats make better pets than dogs. Ask us about our point of view!
Our focus in Maths was 2D Shapes last week, and Subtraction this week. We learnt about polygons and quadrilaterals and determined rotational symmetry of many shapes. We had fun completing some online tasks but the best fun was creating various 2D shapes using other 2D shapes, e.g. two trapeziums made a hexagon, 6 triangles could form a hexagon. We are revising and practising trading in 3 digit and 4 digit numbers. We used Base 10 blocks to help us along before solving them with pen and paper.
In History, we have learnt about the Voyage of Captain Cook, to study the Transit of Venus in 1769, and then his secret mission to discover the Great South Land. He came upon the east coast of Australia in April 1770. He declared it a Terra Nullius – meaning no people lived in the land. We all found that very surprising considering our Indigenous Australians have lived on our continent for 65 000 years!
We are now learning about the First Fleet and the terrible conditions in Britain which led to the transportation of convicts to Australia.
In Science, we continue to learn about States of Matter and we conducted a fair experiment to measure the time chocolate of various sizes took to melt. We really wanted to eat it! However, we found that smaller pieces melted more quickly than a bigger block of pieces. It was interesting to see, the following morning, that it had become solid again after a very cold night. This supported our understanding of temperature playing a part in changing the state of matter.
Learning is fun in Year 4!
What a wonderful start to our first full week back at school with everyone in attendence! Year 6 led us in a beautiful liturgy to celebrate Pentecost. It was like we had had no break at all.
In Religion we are focussing on how we can be better stewards of creation and how we can start with small changes that hopefully will build and become good habits. We did an audit of the packages, and therefore ribbish, in our lunchboxes and decided on one small thing we could do individually to change the amount of rubbish we throw away. We also decide on something we could do as a group and decided on NO WASTE WEDNESDAY where we will try to bring everything for the day in reuseable containers. A challenge, but we are up for it!
In English we have been writing, revising, editing, and publishing discussions on the choices the main character in our novel was faced with. This has been a long process but the results have been worth it. The children can see for themselves how their writing has evolved and it is spurring them on to writing well from the beginning of a task. We then read the remainder of the chapter to find out what our character chose to do. he has been traversing Kampuchea for so long, but is now at the border. We can't wait to see if his brother is there to meet him!
In Maths we have been completing activities on positional and directional language and last week constructed and learnt about the Cartesian Plane, located the x-axis, which is horizontal, and the y-axis, which is vertical. We then used these axes, to describe various points in the plane using an ordered pair of numbers. We tried to trick our partners with our locations, but we are far too clever for that! This week we are revising different types of graphs as we learn how to read and interpret various types of graphical data.
In Geography we have shared the posters of our Asian country completed at home and found some interesting similarities and differences between the countries of Asia. We are now going to move onto looking at how we are connected to the rest of the world through migration.
In PDH, we have looked at our food intake for the last week (part home and part school) and were surprised by some of the positve food habits we have (the not so good ones became very obvious too) and we wrote down an individual plan to change one thing for this week to improve our food habits. Stay tuned for the results.
In Art, we have finally finished our beautiful cherry blossom trees. Aren't they amazing?!
2020 School Fees
Fee statements have been emailed to the email address nominated to the school. Please ensure your email and address details are up to date and notify us of any changes immediately. If you have not received your statement please contact the office.
Our Biller Code is 136119 and the Reference Number is the account number on your statement (BPAY is only available for fee payments. If you pay any excursions etc via BPAY please email the school otherwise the payment will be deducted from your fees.
Please contact the office for a Direct Debit Request Form.
Payment plans are offered commencing Term 1. Your nominated deduction amount must be finalised by the due date on your payment plan. If you wish to pay by instalments you can contact Leanne in the office to assist you in calculating a week, fortnightly or monthly payment.
OLV accepts Mastercard of Visa only. An authorisation slip is provided at the bottom of your statement each term. Payments can also be made over the telephone
Parents are welcome to pay directly to the office between 8.30am and 3.00pm.
VOLUNTEERS AND WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK
All new volunteers who wish to volunteer at Our Lady of Victories (or any school/parish in the Diocese) are required to complete the Volunteer Induction Handbook. This hand book covers all aspects of volunteering at school from Induction through to Code of Conduct, WHS, Confidentiality and Privacy. Volunteers are required to complete a National Criminal History Check Consent Form (150 point of ID required), Working with Children Check Clearance, Registration Form, Volunteer Policy Declaration and Code of Conduct Declaration. Volunteers are only able to assist in schools once all documents have been received and cleared (this can take up to 3 weeks).
The steps to obtain a Working with Children Check Clearance Number are as follows:
- Fill out an online application from www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/check
- When you have completed the application form, you will receive and Application number (APP by email.
- Take this Application number and proof of your identity to a NSW motor registry or Service NSW Office. As it is not paid work the $80.00 fee will be waived.
- Once your application has been processed and you are cleared, you will receive your Working with Children Check number (WWC) by email( or post if you do have an email address).
Just a reminder to return all library books. Library borrowing is still on hold for the time being.
Please have all Book Club orders finalized by Thursday 11th June, 2020. If paying at the office credit card is preferred but cash will be accepted
To make up for the missed Athletics Carnival this year, we are going to have a fun sports afternon on Wednesday in Week 10. The childrn will be out on the fields partivipating in a variety of gamies and sports on Wednesday JUly 1 from ??? Socially distanced parents around the paerimeter fence might get a glimpse of their children enjoying some exercise and sunshine and having a bit of fun. Come dressed in your team colours - RED or BLUE.
SMS/EMAIL NOTIFICATION OF ABSENCE
As part of Our Lady of Victories’ commitment to student safety and welfare, our school has begun notifying parents of their child’s unexplained absence via SMS message & email.
This service provides an SMS / email notification to parents of children who are marked absent from school without explanation once the roll has been checked in the morning.
Where possible, it would be appreciated if parents can notify the school at their earliest convenience regarding a child’s absence.
If a child is going to be absent for the day or is intending to arrive late (e.g. medical appointments etc.), then parents are asked to use the COMPASS APP or call the office to notify the school before 9:30am on the day rather than sending a note afterward.
It is hoped that by providing this service and in partnership with families we can continue to ensure all possible mechanisms are in place to maintain the safety of our students.
USING THE ATTENDANCE NOTIFICATIONS
COMPASS is the preferred method of informing the school that your child is away. By sending it through COMPASS, it is immediately synced to the class roll. Teachers endeavour (technology permitting) to have their rolls marked by 9:30am. If your child is not present and you have not sent a compass notification (or contacted the office of an absence) you will be sent an SMS to advise that we have not received an absence “note” and your child is not present.
Please refrain from using other electronic forms of notifications such as email, Schoolzine or other APPS we have used in the past. If in doubt, call the office.
You will be able to access the school newsletter here and notifications will come through Schoolzine. Please DO NOT use the old SkoolBag App. It is no longer used for communications of notifications and messages..
Go to this link to download the Schoolzine App: