We respectfully acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and learn, and pay respect to the First Nations Peoples and their elders, past, present and emerging.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Reporting - Semester 1 2022
Our teachers have begun the process of creating each child’s Semester 1 2022 report.
A team at Catholic Education, Canberra Goulburn have been working over the past two years to develop our reporting system and there are a few minor changes being introduced this year.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Working Towards Expectations and Experiencing Difficulty).
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards.
For all students:
Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, and The Arts using a five-point scale (Outstanding, High, At Standard, Partial, Limited)
Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Consistently, Developing, Needs Improvement).
Individual student comments will be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. At the halfway point of Term 1 we had our Interim Reports sent home followed by Three Way Conferences. The Semester Report in this format encourages the continuation of parent engagement and conversation about student learning. Parents are always welcome to make a time to meet with teachers where we can engage in genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort, and areas for growth. We will also invite parents to do this in Week 10 after reports have gone home should you want to discuss any aspect of your child’s report.
This approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported, based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
Thank you for your ongoing care and partnership in your child’s learning.
Election Day Polling Booth
Thank you to the Community Council and the Parent Network who did an outstanding job organizing and running our polling booth sausage sizzle. Thank you to the volunteers who helped on the day. The day could not have run without your support! Thank you also to those in the community who took the opportunity to vote at the school and purchase some items on the day.
Tell Them from Me
In the coming weeks we will be inviting students, teachers, and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.
We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Clare of Assisi Primary School.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
If your child is ill, please keep them at home for their own benefit but also so as not to spread it to other students and staff. Please make sure that your emergency contacts are up to date so that we can contact you quickly if your child becomes ill or is injured at school. Please note that often when you send a child to school and tell them to ‘get the office to call me if you are unwell’ that they present to sick bay soon on arrival at school. We do our best to keep them at school if they are well enough, but that is not always easy!
Teachers, due to the nature of their job working with so many children, are often exposed to a range of colds and bugs. This can result in teachers being away sick. Every attempt is made to organise a relief teacher to cover the class for the day.
However, at times, it is difficult to get suitable relief teachers, even after 10-20 phone calls! At St Clare of Assisi, we may have to split students across classes within their grade level. Thank you in anticipation of your support with this matter.
Enrolments Close on 27th May
Just a reminder that enrolments close on Friday 27th May for Kindergarten 2023 and Year 7 2023.
Reconciliation Day Public Holiday
On Monday 30th May, the ACT will celebrate Reconciliation Day with a public holiday. As it is a public holiday, all schools in the ACT will be closed on that day. A reminder that this Friday 27th May, is the first of our two Pupil Free Days this term.
The Vinnies Night Patrol Van is also looking for donations of winter woolies such as blankets, sleeping bags, scarves, beanies, jackets etc that you no longer need. Items of all sizes in good clean condition are welcomed.
Thank you in advance for your support of Vinnies. Simply bring in your donations via your child's classroom and a member of our local Vinnies will collect for us.
Donations due no later than Thursday 16 June.
Kinder - spaghetti
Year 1 - baked beans
Year 2 - soup
Year 3 - fruit
Year 4 - tuna
Year 5 - tomatoes
Year 6 - bottles of pasta sauce
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at the 8.45am Friday Morning assembly this week.
|Kinder||Hudson A, Zayne E, Amyah E, Reign P, Chelsea R, Annie W|
|Year 1||Mia C, Izac E, Oscar H, Henry R, Archer T|
|Year 2||James A, Lily B, Tyler L, Kasia L, Maxwell Mc, Krithi R|
|Year 3||Olivia B, Leonardo F, Chloe H, Hayden M|
|Year 4||Alex D, Joshua O, Evie R|
|Year 5||Paul A, Elissa B, Nicholas C|
WEEK 5 (23rd May - 27th May)
Friday 27th May - PUPIL FREE DAY
WEEK 6 (30th May - 3rd June)
Monday 30th May - PUBLIC HOLIDAY - RECONCILIATION DAY
WEEK 8 (13th June - 17th June)
Monday 13th June - PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Tuesday 14th June - PUPIL FREE DAY
If your child has a recurring lunch order that will fall on any of the days below you will need to cancel it.
Friday 27th May Pupil free day
Monday 30th May Public Holiday
Monday 13th June Public Holiday
Tuesday 14th June Pupil free day
Below are instructions to assist with this. Many thanks.
Beginning early Term 3, we will be implementing a 9 session program called ‘Seasons for Growth’. Staff who are formally trained as ‘Companions’, spend time with a small group of students who are dealing with some aspect of change, separation, loss or grief. The sessions do not provide counselling or therapy. Instead, they:
- aim to support young people to understand and manage the grief that is experienced because of change, the loss of a parent or significant other through death, separation or divorce.
- assist in normalising the emotions associated with the loss
- encourage the expression of thoughts and emotions
- educate about the grief process
- develop a peer support network
- help restore self-confidence and self esteem
- draw on extensive research in developing a sound educative response to loss and grief.
‘Seasons for Growth’ provides opportunities for students in Years 1 to 6 to integrate the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and cope with change, loss and grief, using the symbolism of the four Seasons. It helps children to:
- accept the reality of loss
- work through the pain of grief
- adjust to an environment in which a significant person is no longer present
- emotionally relocate and move on with life.
However, they do suggest that the young person completes the program six to twelve months after the loss, as they are in better position to cope with the program.
As recommended by the Good Grief Organisation, each child should only complete the program once in each of the three stages. This effectively means that students can only participate in the program every second year at school.
This program is strictly confidential and implemented with discretion and sensitivity. Please feel free to talk to me if you have any concerns or issues you would like to further discuss regarding this nomination. If you think that this program is something that your child or children would benefit from, please write their names below and the reason for nomination and send it back to school in a sealed envelope, addressed to Mrs Haines. Please return nomination form by Friday 27th May.
After nominations are made and numbers are ascertained, a permission slip and further information will be sent home via your child.
Mrs Karen Haines
Religious Education Coordinator
Seasons for Growth Nomination Form 2022
I/We _____________________________ would like to nominate our child/ren for the Seasons for Growth program for 2022.
- _____________________________ Class: ______________
Reason for nomination:
- _____________________________ Class: ______________
Reason for nomination:
SCA Community Council and Parent Network
Thank you to everyone who came and bought a sausage. And a massive thank you to all the amazing volunteers who gave up their time on Saturday to set up and cook all the sausages, bacon and eggs. Without you we wouldn’t be able to hold these events and raise much needed funds for the school.
Netball Player of the Week and Match Reports
Player of the Week
Speckles – Sienna and Scarlett
Smarties – Imogen
Smiggles – Khloe
Squiggles – Lily
Swifts – Ruby and Addison
Skittles – Lilah
Sparkles – Jasmine
Smurfs – the whole team
Sunshines – Emma F
Stars - Mia
Stars Match Report
The Stars are now in their 4th week of competition and what an amazing improvement we have seen in this short time, with some of the team never even playing before to now knowing their positions and moving on the court like champions! The girls are all still trying all positions while finding the ones they love but they all put 100% effort in no matter where they play.
This week we saw the Stars take on the top of the ladder team SFA Stargazers and they all played awesome. Some highlights on the day were April and Brooklyn in our shooting third putting up some great shots and never giving up. Sofia, Maddie W and Madeline in our attacking centre court moving so well and getting the ball along to our shooters. Jocelyn and Jaimee in centre defence with great hands up and watching the play and we can’t forget our amazing defenders Mia and Evelyn who had some great intercepts. Maddie M is currently injured but that didn’t stop her coming along to the game to cheer on her team mates.
Coaches could not be prouder of this group of girls and how far they have come in such a short time.
Active Streets for School Program 3rd June
Active Streets for School Program
Our school is participating in the Active Streets for Schools program.
Active Streets delivers infrastructure improvements around schools to make it safer and easier to ride, walk, scooter or skate to and from school.
To support students who may be beginning to travel independently, we will distribute an Active Streets resource pack to students in years 4-6. The pack will include a map highlighting routes to our school.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about how they can use these resources to support walking or riding to school. Starting small is often a good approach, so try using part way points a short distance from the school and accompany students to teach them safe habits.
The Active Streets program helps children to develop independence, while providing health and safety benefits for the school community, with increased physical activity and fewer cars on the road.