Dear SCA families,
Please keep Mr Michael Stoelinga and his family in your prayers at this time. Michael’s mother, who lived in New Zealand, passed away on the weekend.
We also have a number of parents in our community who are not well. Please keep all in our community in your prayers.
Purple Happy Day
We celebrated a fantastic day last Friday. Thanks to all who coordinated the day, especially Mrs Karen Haines, Mrs Kristy Everding and Mrs Belinda Breen, and all the staff who helped. For some photos of the day please check our Facebook page. You will find us @scaconder.
Yesterday I received the excellent news that Priscilla Caragh and Kristy Everding have both been accredited as Highly Accomplished Teachers. This is a formal career stage which involved them both presenting an annotated, detailed portfolio, being interviewed, having their teaching observed by trained assessors and referees interviewed.
In undertaking this process they demonstrated to trained appraisers and the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) that they are teachers who address all of the standards of a highly accomplished teacher (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers). Highly Accomplished teachers are recognised as highly effective, skilled classroom practitioners who routinely work independently and collaboratively to improve their own practice and the practice of colleagues. They maximise learning opportunities for their students by understanding their backgrounds and individual characteristics and the impact of those factors on their learning. They provide colleagues, including pre-service teachers, with support and strategies to create positive and productive earning environments. They behave ethically at all times. Their interpersonal and presentation skills are highly developed. They communicate effectively and respectfully with students, colleagues, parents/carers and community members.
This notification acknowledges what most of us already knew. However, I am not aware of too many primary schools in the ACT with two accredited Highly Accomplished teachers.
Congratulations to both Kristy and Priscilla. They will both be acknowledged by the Minister of Education at a formal ceremony in the new year. We will look to celebrate with them.
We are proud of you both.
What is physical literacy and why is it important for your child?
How you can nurture your child’s participation in sport and physical activity at home? With thanks to Mrs Ally Graeber, our school recently secured funding from Sport Australia to run a Sporting Schools program of AFL in Kinder and Year 1.
We know the students loved this program and it was a great way for children to find their 30 at school, however, while adults need 30 minutes of physical activity a day, children need 60. So, as well as finding 30 at school, they need to be finding 30 at home.
Sport Australia has provided us with some useful information on how parents and carers can continue to nurture a child’s participation in sport and physical activity and find their 30 at home.
Physical literacy provides the foundation for a lifelong connection to sport and physical activity. It is about developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours that give us the confidence and motivation to move more and lead an active, healthy life. We can help develop our children’s physical literacy by creating good habits with daily physical activity by increasing the opportunities for play-based activities at home. Entice your child/ren away from screen-time and teach them how to climb a tree, fly a kite, kick a footy or go for a bush walk together as a family. Encourage your child/ren to: help choose and plan the activities; set goals; and talk about how they feel while engaging in the activities. As a bonus, research has shown that children who are physically active achieve greater academic success and maintain higher attention levels during class at school.
See more examples of how you can support your child to develop their physical literacy and some activities you can do together as a family www.sportaus.gov.au/findyour30/challenge
We can all develop our physical literacy at any stage of life, so why not do it together! Find a new sport or physical activity you can try with your family this term.
Thank You Family BBQ
To thank the many parents (and grandparents) who volunteered their time in any way this year, the Community Council is hosting an End of Year Family Thank You BBQ.
If you helped in the classroom or tuckshop, on an excursion or carnival, as a committee member or sports coach/manager, in the clothing shop or at the Soccer Carnival, or in any other way not mentioned, please come along on Tuesday 10th December, from 5.30-7.00pm.
Invitations and RSVP forms are included later in this newsletter.
It was once said…
“Don’t fear failure…Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.” ~ unknown
Blessings to you and your family.
Be the Light of… Leadership
Vision, Creativity, Innovation, Direction
Please keep our Year 3 students and their families in your prayers as they prepare to celebrate their First Reconciliation next Thursday.
5 Red and Kinder Red
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at this Friday morning assembly.
|Year 1||Thomas Reilly|
|Year 3||Stephanie Grubb, Cooper Shannon|
|Year 4||Mia Douglas, Peyton Elphick, Micah Reid|
|Year 5||Natalie Grubb, Gemma Noble|
|Year 6||Harry Gostelow, Riley Mill, Geneva Sweeney|
WEEK 6 (18th November – 22nd November)
21st November Thursday – Kinder Year 1 AFL Clinic
WEEK 7 (25th November – 29th November)
26th November Tuesday – 2020 Kindergarten orientation (SESSION 1)
28th November Thursday – Kinder Year 1 AFL Clinic
28th November Thursday – Year 3 Excursion National Zoo and Aquarium
WEEK 8 (2nd December – 6th December)
5th December Thursday – 2020 Kindergarten Orientation – SESSION 2
WEEK 9 (9th December – 13th December)
10th December Tuesday – Thankyou BBQ
11th December Wednesday – Semester 2 Awards
13th December Friday – Semester Reports Go Home
13th December Friday – Thanksgiving Mass and Handover Ceremony
WEEK 10 (16th November – 19th December)
16th December Monday – Kindergarten Concert
17th December Tuesday – Year 6 Graduation
18th December Wednesday – Farewell Assembly
19th December Thursday - Year 6 Big Day Out
19th December Thursday - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
The library is now closed for borrowing.
Mrs Austin will begin the process of stocktaking books in the library.
Please ensure your children have returned all books to the library as soon as possible.
Term 4 fees are now overdue unless paying by Direct Debit or other approved instalment payment method. The following methods of payment are available:
Please contact Jo McCarthy if you have not received your statement.
YEAR 6 PARENTS
Just a reminder if you have a Direct Debit in place you will need to fill in a cancellation form, once your fees are finalised. Direct Debits are not automatically cancelled we need your authority. The forms are available on the school website.
A reminder that morning supervision for children is from 8:30am. We are having more and more children at school before this time. Please remember we have OSHC available and there are vacancies available for before school care.
Children are not allowed to sit in the Front Office and wait for the 8.30 bell.
Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.
If you are late:
As we move towards the end of the school year just a reminder that our school day starts at 8.45am. Students arriving after this time need to be signed in at the Front Office by a parent. Children arriving late regularly miss important messages for the days ahead, as well as crucial instructions for the first lesson of the day.
Every Minute Counts
LATENESS = LOST LEARNING TIME
(Figures below are calculated over a school year)
5 minutes late each day over 3 days of learning lost!
10 minutes late each day 6.5 days of learning lost!
15 minutes late each day 10 days of learning lost!
20 minutes late each day 13 days of learning lost!
30 minutes late each day 20 days of learning lost!
Please work with us to provide your
child the best chance of learning by being at school each day
Remember to make at least 2 deposits this term to go into the draw to win a prize. There will be one winner per grade. Drawn November 29 and winners will get the chance to choose which prize they want!
Last day to order rewards is November 29.
Last day of banking for 2019 is Friday December 13.