Last week I wrote about the importance of developing a growth mindset in our students and the impact this can have upon mathematics and potential jobs of the future. This week I am including a video from Jo Boaler a university professor at Stanford university. She is linking a growth mindset with new neurological studies and examining how this impacts upon learning. Very interesting research. Her research aligns with what we are achieving in Numeracy thanks to our work with Leonie Anstey who challenged us to incorporate evidence of learning or Make, Say, Write, Do into all numeracy lessons. Watch the video below to find out more.
Acting Assistant Principal
As you are aware, Mrs Armstrong’s Mum is unwell at present, and she has made a decision to step down as Acting Assistant Principal to prioritise her family. Maryanne will continue as Classroom Support Teacher (CST) and Coordinator in a part-time capacity for the remainder of the term. Expressions of Interest for an Acting Assistant Principal, for the remainder of the year, have been advertised to school leaders in the Diocese. I will let you know the outcome of this process in the coming weeks. We continue to keep Mrs Armstrong in our thoughts and prayers.
PSSA Cross Country
Congratulations to all our students who represented the school at the PSSA Cross Country Carnival at Stromlo running track on Monday. The weather was wild but our students braved the conditions and represented our school fantastically well. Thanks to Mr. Kucher and Mr. Jenkins for your organisation and attendance on the day.
Review of Counselling and Wellbeing Services
In the interests of ensuring our students have access to high-quality programs and systems to support their wellbeing, Catholic Education is conducting a review of the wellbeing services and programs that are currently available in our schools.
As a key stakeholder, we seek your input into this process of review. We therefore invite you to complete an online survey which may be accessed by following the hyperlink:
In advance, we thank you for taking the time to share your insights and perspectives.
At the conclusion of the process, we will report to you on our findings and related plans for the future to ensure that the services available to our students are of the highest quality.
We have had mushrooms growing in the school grounds recently. Teachers have stressed to students the importance of leaving these alone and not picking or playing with them. Our groundsman is conducting regular sweeps of the school to remove any that he finds. Please ensure you echo our message to your children about not touching mushrooms and reporting them to a teacher so they can be safely removed.
Over the last week, I have had the pleasure of interviewing a number of new families seeking enrolment in our school for 2020. These will continue for the next two weeks. Our current enrolment message is It is not too late to book a tour! Contact our office to arrange a time! 62811932 or Office.Stpandp@cg.catholic.edu.au.
Your testimonials to parents are still the number one influencing factor for parents choosing a potential school. Please continue spreading the word about our school.
Blessings and best wishes
Sunday Gospel: Pentecost Sunday – Year C
This week, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. The word Pentecost means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. The feast also brings the Easter season to its conclusion
At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. At this time, a great wind blew and a flame appeared above the heads of all those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another.
These people were among the first Catholics, and Peter is the first Pope of the Catholic Church.
The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind, and the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit. The colour of Pentecost is red and the priest will wear red vestments on this day. Parishioners are also invited to wear red to Mass on this day.
Parish Mass – Thank you
Last Sunday, at the 9:30am Mass, we celebrated our Term 2 Parish Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Church. During this Mass, the Candidates for First Eucharist were presented to the Parish. We request that all members of our community continue to pray for these children as they prepare to celebrate the sacrament of First Eucharist on June 16th.
Dates for your Diary:
Thursday 6th June – 2:15pm ‘Discipleship’ Values Assembly, led by 1W.
Friday 7th June – 9:15am Saints Peter and Paul Playgroup
Thursday 13th June – Eucharist Retreat Day for all Year 4 students at Holy Trinity Parish centre.
Sunday 16th June – 9:30am Celebration of First Eucharist at Saints Peter and Paul, Garran.
Blessings for the week ahead,
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
Congratulations to Ava and Zoe T who were the first students to submit their answers with working in this weeks Numeracy challenge.
They selected a prize from Zing comic store for their efforts. See the solution below. Did you solve the problem using the following solution? Did you use another method? If you made an error can you identify where your error occurred?
This morning we went on an excursion to the Materials Recovery Facility and the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre to learn all about what happens to our rubbish and recycling. We saw how recycling is sorted and played some games and learnt about recycling. I learnt that cardboard takes 10 years to break down, aluminium cans take 500 years to break down and plastic never breaks down. Mia M
Term 2, Week 7
9.00 - 11.30
Thank you helpers, your assistance is very much appreciated.
Please contact me on email@example.com if you are able to help or unable to make your shift. Thank you.
The Fruit Incentive ticket winner for last week was William D, 2W. Congratulations William, you have won a $2.00 voucher to spend at the canteen. Please see Mrs R at the Canteen to collect your voucher.
Do you want to win a $2 voucher to spend at the Canteen? Simply purchase fresh or frozen fruit from the Canteen and be in the weekly draw to WIN!!
OPEN TUESDAY MORNINGS
8.30 – 9.30AM
The Uniform Shop is a service for the parents and children. We sell New & Quality Second Hand school clothing, and all money raised goes back to the school to provide resources for the children.
You can place an order via Qkr! Order on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and the item/s will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Orders need to be placed before 8.45am.
Please see the Skoolbag app for the Winter Uniform price list.
Beanies can be purchased at the canteen on Wednesdays, Thursday & Fridays (CASH ONLY PLEASE)
It is usual practice for most schools to offer second hand clothing at the uniform shop to families at a discounted price. Quality second hand clothing can only be purchased during uniform hours. We do understand that this may not be convenient for some families so please feel free to send me an email if you are unable to get to the Uniform Shop during opening hours and I will do my best to attend your needs.
The uniform shop is limited with space, so as a guide, clothes should only be donated if washed and in perfect resalable order. Please give any used second hand uniform to Mrs R in the canteen, Thank you.
Canteen and Uniform Shop Manager