Dear SCA families,
With 6 children in my family it’s hardly a surprise they aren’t always the best of friends with each other. At times there may be a fight or disagreement between two or more of them. As a parent, this is hard to watch. I love each of my kids, and I want them to be the best of mates with their siblings. I can’t though, force them to see the good in each other, or to forgive the ill-advised word. As their parent, I cry for them, and hope they will listen, and let love be their guiding principle.
We have seen in the United States this week a tragic situation starting with the death of a man not much older than most of the parents in our school leading to protests and rioting. I can’t comment on the specifics of this case, but it is clear that systemic racism is a problem in the US. We are not immune here in Australia. Our system must also be flawed when Indigenous Australians account for 3% of our population, but 28% of our prisoners.
We are all children of God. Every human, of every race, colour or gender is a child of God. I can only image how much weeping there is in heaven as God watches her children use their free will to spread hatred, intolerance and fear.
On Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, which celebrates the coming of the Spirit to the followers of Jesus. After this the disciples went out and enthusiastically proclaimed the Good News of Jesus. These frightened disciples were transformed into bold preachers by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ Good News is that to live a full life, all we need to do is to love, and love fully. The Holy Spirit, should we allow it, can work through us to be beacons of light, reminding all that love is a powerful, life changing force that brings about all that is good.
May we each act always with love this week. Peace, which comes from love, must start somewhere. Let it be from us.
The New Normal
Face-to-face learning has resumed fully, with all but a handful of students having returned to school. It has been great to visit the classrooms this week, seeing how effectively the teachers and students have made this transition.
We will continue to follow the advice and directives of health and education authorities, and will inform you of any changes or developments in regards to COVID procedures. In the meantime, I remind you of the following procedures which are in place:
- Children and staff will only be allowed at school if physically well.
- Regular reminders will be given, and extra signage is in place regarding appropriate hygiene.
- Sanitising gel is in every classroom, learning space and office and will be used at the beginning of every session.
- Our cleaners have been contracted for extra hours of cleaning each day to sanitise “high-touch” areas of the school.
- Our janitor will regularly clean gates and other outside “high-touch” areas.
- Students and staff will clean their desks and chairs each day.
- All adults entering the school grounds may only do so after signing in at the front office, affirming they are well, and sanitising their hands.
Reports for all Students – Semester 1 2020
In response to the changed learning circumstances in Term 1 and Term 2, Semester 1 2020 reporting processes have been modified to provide parents with specific information about their child’s achievement and progress.
Semester 1 Report
- The report covers work completed in both Term 1 and Term 2.
- Student achievement will be reported as an A-E grade for the three main core areas: Religious Education, English and Mathematics.
- Three other subjects will receive a grade. This will vary across Year levels.
- In subjects where a grade is not given, ‘Not assessed’ will be displayed. This means that, although the learning throughout the semester has been rigorous, an overall judgement about the student’s achievement in relation to the reporting Outcomes or Achievement Standards against the Grade Descriptors has not been made.
- A new section ‘Engagement with Learning’ has been developed to replace the ‘Personal and Social Capabilities’. The new statements are based on the Australian Curriculum: General capabilities, and target four key areas of learning engagement: Thinking, Communication, Responsibility, and Collaboration.
- The inclusion of the ‘Engagement with Learning’ statements means that the General Comment section of the report is no longer required; the statements give detailed information on your child’s approach to learning.
- To maximise learning time this semester, teachers will finalise reports during the school holidays. Reports will be sent home, with the students, on the first day of Term 3.
These had to be cancelled earlier this term due to isolation requirements. They will now be held in the first week of Term 3. This will be an ideal opportunity for parents and teachers to work together with each student to set goals for the second half of the year.
Further details and booking arrangements will be sent home in coming weeks.
Sunsafe – means no hats in June and July
Because The Cancer Council ACT does not recommend sun protection in Canberra during June and July, SCA does not enforce the wearing of hats. The “no hat, no play” rule is shelved for the next two months. Bring on that Vitamin D!.
To help us pay our bills, please pay your school fees as soon as possible. Thanks to those families who are up to date. As always, if you are facing difficulties in meeting your fee commitments, please arrange a time to meet with me.
It’s great to have Michelle back, with the Tuckshop reopening this week. Please ensure orders are in before 9.00am each day.
Public Holiday – Monday 8th June
Enjoy the long weekend. That’s two in a row
It was once said…
Blessings to you and your family. Take care and go gently.
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards this week. They will be distributed in classrooms during the day each Friday until further notice.
|Kinder||Mia Marotti, Sophie Polden, Miles Steenbergen|
|Year 1||Lilli Lusk, Tahlia Miles, Iroh Pennock, Tyler Rourke,|
|Year 2||Angelin Aneesh|
|Year 4||Ryan Covel, Nathan Jones|
|Year 5||Evan Matthews, Ethan Muller, Sienna Prpic, Lilijana Suchomel|
|Year 6||Chelsea Moore|
Our canteen is back open for online lunch orders only, no counter sales, until further notice.
Welcome Back Mrs Wood!!
With the restrictions surrounding COVID, we are limited to the number of parents able to assist in the canteen. If you wish to assist with the preparation of lunch orders please call Michelle on 6294 1860.
If your child/ren have an enrolment application pending at another school or will not be returning to St Clare of Assisi Primary School in 2021, please go to the link below and fill out the digital form.
If your child/ren are leaving during 2020 this form is also required to be completed.