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,
Following on from my newsletter piece last week about social media and online gaming below are some helpful hints about downloading apps that may be useful in helping develop your child’s numeracy and literacy skills.
If you have a smart phone, tablet or iPad in your house, chances are your child has expressed an interest in playing with it. Apps can be very useful in helping your child develop numeracy and literacy skills. Below are some tips for downloading educational apps:
- Decide what educational activity you would like your child to learn from an app. There are thousands of apps available. You can choose from many topics, such as phonics, number facts and problem solving.
- Read the app reviews, particularly those written by other parents. These reviews will be a good indication of how effective others have found it.
- Look at the app’s description to see whether it will engage your child.
- If the app costs money to download, search for a ‘lite’ version of it. If your child likes it, you could consider paying for the full version. Be careful of free apps that have in-app purchases.
- Educational apps come from all over the world. Be mindful that with literacy apps, some words may be pronounced or spelt slightly differently, particularly apps from the United States of America
- When you are choosing an educational app, ensure your child will not be asked to share information, such as name and location. Use this opportunity to talk to your child about cybersafety.
- Manage the amount of time spent using the app. You can set a timer and tell your child the mobile device needs to be turned off once the time alarm chimes.
- Sit with your child and help them interact with the app. You will be able to see whether the app is too easy or too difficult for your child’s level of learning.
Thank you for your ongoing care and partnership in your child’s learning.
Tell Them From Me Survey
Don’t forget to provide feedback on your experience of our school using the online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process. The survey will close this Friday, 17 June. 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. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
School Starting Time
Imagine if, at the end of the year, you were “given” a whole extra day?
A child who is 7 minutes late to class each day (dropped off 5 minutes late, 1 minute walk to the classroom, 1 minute to unpack) will have missed more than 23 hours of schooling in the year!
When late, children miss important announcements, social interactions, and vital learning time. It also disrupts the entire class, as the teacher needs to stop what they are doing to welcome the child and repeat directions.
We know that unexpected delays can happen. A road accident, a sick pet, or even a broken dishwasher can all cause us to be late. Please though, try to do the best by your child, and the others in the class, by having children at school BEFORE 8.45am each day.
Our “warning bell” starts ringing at 8.45am, which allows students and teachers to move to morning assembly, ready to begin at 8.50am. On a practical note, the busiest time in the school car park each morning is at 8.30– 8.45am.
School Reports and Optional Interviews
School reports will be sent home with students next Friday, 24th June. Optional interviews will be available for parents Monday 27th June and Tuesday 28th June. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher to arrange an interview.
We ask that all parents and carers using our carpark for pick up and drop off please do so with caution. With the increased use of the carpark, we must all work together to ensure the safety of all our students. Please drive slowly through the carpark and park front in into a designated carpark. When reversing please be mindful of those around you and the flow of the traffic. Thank you for your help with this.
Feast of Corpus Christi – Message from the Parish
Fr James and Fr Josh invite all families and staff to attend Sunday 10 am Mass for the Corpus Christi Parish Feast Day on Sunday 19th June. It will be a usual weekend Mass but we will have a procession around the church after the Final Blessing.
There will be refreshments for all in the church foyer afterward. It would be wonderful to see our parish and school communities together for our parish feast day.
The Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Our parish celebrates the Feast on the weekend following the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.
St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal
Tomorrow is the final day to bring in items for the SVdP Winter Appeal. The donations so far have been amazing! Our Year 6 Faith Leaders will collect all food items and make the final tallies to determine the class winner of a hot chip lunch and movie afternoon on Friday. Good luck to all classes.
Winter Woolies Day
Remember to wear your PJs to school this Friday 17 June and bring a winter woolies donation for the night patrol van. All donations will be given to help those doing it tough this winter.
Students please remember to wear suitable PJs and outdoor footwear on Friday.
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at the 8.45am Friday Morning assembly this week.
|Year 1||Emily C, Ruby H, Quinn McL|
|Year 2||Sienna M, Sienna O'M|
|Year 3||Tahlia M, Ava R|
|Year 4||Adam B, Joseph N, Jasmine S, Eli W|
|Year 5||Mariella C, Sara F, Jalen F, Ava H-A, Chloe P, Alexander W|
Chief Minister's Reading Challenge
Congratulations to the following children who have completed their Chief Minister's Reading Challenge!!
Kinder Blue - Fletcher, Amyah, Ella, Aliza, Elijah, Nicholas, Peyton
Kinder Green - Max, Piper, Reign
2 Red - Waris, April
2 Blue - Sienna O
There will be a prize for the first class finished!!!
Athletics Carnival Ribbons and Age Champions
Next week the Athletics Carnival event winners will be receiving their ribbons and Age Champions will be awarded at morning assembly, which commences at 8.45am under the hayshed. Families are invited to attend our morning assembly to celebrate their child's achievements.
Wednesday 22nd June - 8 and 9 Years Ribbons and Age Champion
Thursday 23rd June - 10 and 11 Years Ribbons and Age Champion
Friday 24th June - 12 and 13 Years Ribbons, Age Champion and House Shield.
We look forward to seeing many of you there.
Don’t forget to let us know if you are planning to leave St Clare of Assisi at the end of the year. (Year 6 exempt of course!) Please use the link below. We will soon commence the process of planning enrolments and class numbers for next year.
Last week and over the long weekend Austin T (6G) was selected by Baseball Canberra to represent ACT at the Australian Little League Championships for under 13’s. The team played 7 games over 6 days and faced some powerhouse teams from the big states of Australia. Austin did really well, giving his all and representing the ACT with pride! They even showed one of his games on KAYO.