Dear SCA Families,
Mary, by being a mother, shows us the way to be a disciple of Jesus: by loving.
What is a mother? The following poem by Rosemary Escey attempts to capture this spirit:
What is a mother?
She is sharing in happiness, quiet in sadness,
Gentle and understanding in hours of stress.
She is always there when advice is needed. even
though she knows it may not always be taken.
A mother is the past and also the future, to
guide in her own special way.
She is wise in matters of the heart, and quick
to comfort when one has been hurt.
She is strength on weakness of others,
heeding not her own heart-breaks.
A mother is the stars and the universe; the
hopeful joy of a new summer day; the calm
and tranquillity of the dying year.
She is loyal, unselfish, gentle and serene,
but most of all,
a Mother is Love.
We all have a unique vocation in the eyes of God. The vocation of parent and mother sees these above mentioned qualities alive in daily life. This week we most especially recognise the beauty, the love and the commitment that mothers bring to their children and grandchildren. We give thanks for the example of our own mother and Mary the mother of Jesus. And we are inspired by their journey through life.
We wish all our SCA mums and mother figures a wonderful celebration this Sunday.
As we look at the challenges of various nations, and even other Australian States, we give thanks for the relatively strong COVID position we have in Canberra. However, we must remain vigilant, and we still have restrictions placed on what we can and cannot do.
I extend a grateful thanks to those parents, carers and grandparents who are helping us adhere to mandatory COVID requirements. This has been especially noticeable when visitors to the school:
- restrict their time on school grounds to less than 15 minutes.
- stay outside the classrooms and buildings.
- sign in using our procedures and the Check in CBR app when here for longer or meeting inside.
- maintain physical distancing (of at least 1.5m).
The beautiful weather was the icing on the cake for last week’s carnival. After cancelling last year’s, it was great to be outdoors and have so many family members present to share in the fun and competition.
Congratulations to all the children who participated with great spirit and determination. I am sure that the majority of SCA children slept very well that night.
Thanks to the parents, and even some siblings, who helped on the day. We literally could not have done it without you.
Congratulations and thanks to the staff for once again organsising and running, so smoothly, such a busy event. Special thanks to the team, led by Mrs Belinda Breen, Mr Ben Sweeney and Mrs Jo McCarthy.
Three Way Conferences
Thank you to the many parents and all the teachers for making Three Way Conferences work so well last week. It was interesting to have a mix of on-line and in-person meetings, with the majority being on-line.
I have missed seeing the positive reactions from parents as they leave a face-to-face session, but am pleased we can continue to actively work with our families in a way that better suits each family.
If you require some more time with your child’s teacher, or you forgot to schedule a meeting, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
Special thanks to the teachers for keeping a smile during the long days of last week on top of all the work involved in organising and preparing for the three way conferences. Thank you.
Are They Really Well Enough
It’s that time of year when children and adults alike succumb to various illnesses. Though we encourage children to be at school, we know that most will have need for the occasional sick day during their schooling.
Please, if your child is not well, do not send them to school. If they are not feeling well, they won’t be at their best to learn and they could very likely be sharing their illness with other students and staff.
2021 Key Improvement Goals
In last week’s newsletter we reminded you of our three Key Goals for school improvement for 2021:
- Improve student engagement and achievement in English.
- Improve student engagement and achievement in Mathematics.
- Build student learning self-efficacy.
Here is a short update on the first of these.
- All SCA teachers have now been fully trained in the teaching of Sounds-Write, and phonemic approach to the explicit teaching of spelling for reading and writing. This is being fully implemented for the third year in Kindergarten to Year 2.
- All classes in Years 3 -6 are implementing Smart Spelling, an approach that builds on the skills children learnt through the Sounds-Write program.
- A Sounds-Write Mentor has been appointed and is receiving specific coaching from James Lyra. Our Sounds-Write Coach, Mr Andrew Aifantis, has been supporting the Infants teachers in using Sounds-Write as effectively as possible.
- Infants teachers have been trained in the use of the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). DIBELS is a battery of short fluency measures that is used for screening, benchmark assessment, and progress monitoring of Reading
- Teachers in all classes are providing targeted conferencing for each student in both reading and writing.
- A third of our teachers are active members of the school’s English Professional Learning Team (PLT), which meets regularly throughout the term. The English PLT has been at the forefront of supporting all teachers in the school to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of their English teaching. The PLT has met regularly to review international research and discuss our school’s progress.
If you would like further details, please speak with your child’s teacher, or our English Coordinator, Mrs Jo Thomson.
Enrolments – Close on 21st May
We have a great school, with wonderful kids, dedicated staff and supportive families. Please spread the word amongst family and friends, reminding those with pre-schoolers that enrolments close on Friday 21st May.
Community Council Meeting
Our SCA Community Council had their first meeting of the term last night. At the meeting we discussed:
- School finances
- School Registration
- End of Semester Reports
- 2021 Fete
- Future Open Meetings
If you would like to find out more, please speak with a member of the Council, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
School Master Plan
We are back inside F Block, and are grateful for the fresh new, and more functional, classrooms. If you are wondering what our next step is in updating our wonderful school’s grounds and facilities, check out the (9 minute) video that was posted on Facebook earlier this year at https://www.facebook.com/543713429122830/videos/429061111769288 (Please excuse my husky voice; too much talking with family and friends during the new year period!)
Mothers Day Celebrations
All mums, grandmums and mother figures are invited to join us for breakfast and a social gathering, on Friday, 7th May, between 7.30am and 8.30am in the school “Hayshed”.
C’mon gents, give a hand!
Gentlemen, please. One dad emailed me last week to offer a hand this Friday. I am confident we can do better than that. Please let me know, today please, if you can help at this week’s Mother’s Day Breakfast. (email@example.com)
It was once said…
Successful mothers are not the ones that never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.
- Sharon Jaynes
Blessings to you and your family.
'Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.'
Year 6 families please carefully read a separate SZapp due to be sent tomorrow with key dates for Confirmation, including student retreat day, parent and child formation evening, commitment masses and Confirmation celebration dates.
Tomorrow, Year 1 welcome Helen Bramanathan from Catholic Education to introduce the students to Christian Meditation. Helen visited Year 4 last term and they now practise Christian Meditation regularly in the classroom. Over the year all students will be introduced to this simple way to pray. At the heart of contemplative prayer, which is where Christian meditation fits, is the simple act of being with God; recognising in stillness and silence God's indwelling presence.
As we celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, we remember all women, our own mothers and Jesus' mother Mary. In March this year Pope Francis said of Mary -
“She listens as Mother. Just like, and more than, every good mother, Mary defends us from danger, she is concerned about us even when we are concentrated on our own things...Mary is there, praying for us, praying for those who do not pray. To pray with us. Why? Because she is our Mother.”
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards this week on Friday morning. Parents are welcome to attend.
|Kinder||Toby B, Nicholas L, Abigail M, Archer T, Ruby W|
|Year 2||Chloe O'C, Elena R|
|Year 3||Tristan E, Lachlan G, Chloe McG, Joshua O'M, Eva S|
|Year 4||Amir A, Cara L|
|Year 5||Ryan C, Nethidu K, Dominic P, Annabelle R|
|Year 6||Georgia C, Vinuki G, Flynn W|
Beginning in Week 6 we will be implementing a 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.
If you think your child would benefit from such a program please have a look at the attached link and fill out the form.
Nominations close ths Friday 7th May 2021.
If you would like further information please feel free to contact me on 6294 1860.
Recess and lunch canteen counter sales have returned for Term 2!
|Shift||Thu 6 May||Fri 7 May||Mon 10 May||Tue 11 May||Wed 28 Apr|
|Morning||Help Needed||Help Needed||Help Needed||Help Needed||Sandie O|
|Afternoon||Help Needed||Help Needed||Help Needed||Help Needed||Help Needed|
A big thanks to everyone who assisted in the canteen at the Athletics Carnival.
Netball Player of the Week and Match Reports
Speckles – the whole team
Smarties – the whole team
Smiggles – Susannah and Ella
Swifts – the whole team
Skittles – Matilda and Lacey
Sparkles – Xara Lusk
Smurfs – Hazel Logan
Sunshines – Lydia and Ava
Sunshines Match Report
SCA sunshines had a wonderful first game against Rebels. Most of the girls had never played before so it was very exciting!
They picked up the positions quickly and even scored some goals. Each girl played a great game with Lydia and Ava taking home the McDonald’s award for this week.
Here are some of the things in lost property!
If you recognise any items could you please ask your child to collect them this week.
Lost property will be cleaned out next Tuesday 11 May and all unnamed items will be thrown out, washed and returned to the second hand uniform shop or given to charity.