I can safely say I have been introduced to Shawn Mendes’ music this term! We are thrilled to be learning his song ‘In My Blood’ on the ukulele as part of our music lessons. And in doing so, we are certainly putting the learning powers of risk-taking, resilience and reflection into practise!
Today, the 3/4 Level and an entourage of Staff and Parents ventured to Sovereign Hill in search of GOLD! Our Inquiry unit this term is centered around the Gold Rush in the 1800’s:
- what life was like during this time
- multiculturalism on the goldfields (in particular, the Chinese)
- the effect the gold rush had on Australia’s development as a nation
We had such a fabulous day! The students learned so much and were engaged from start to finish. While most of us were able to find a few speckles of gold when panning, it was Celia Abdo (Elyssia’s Mum) who struck it rich. She was able to hold a pure gold brick worth $160,000!! If only it was hers to keep!
Thank you to our supportive Angels and parent helpers and congratulations to our WONDERFUL, respectful and perfectly behaved students who did us proud once again!
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Congratulations to Alessia and Alexia for taking it upon themselves during the school holidays to doorknock around Alessia’s neighbourhood to raise money for Project Compassion. We are so proud of you for living out the school values of care, empathy and responsibility. The money raised has been added to our school collection and will be directly donated to Caritas Australia. Well done again ladies!
“It does not take much to help. We think as young children our future will be great but things may change. You never know if you may become poor. We loved learning about Project Compassion at St Charles Borromeo, because we see how lucky we are to have warm beds and nice houses! It is important to help people that are poor.” (Alexia and Alessia 3/4C)
Today, the school took a walk through the Stations of the Cross as a way to connect with the events of Good Friday. Each class depicted a ‘station’ and we walked through reflecting on a short passage and prayer read by some of our Year 6 Leaders. It was a very moving, powerful and prayerful liturgy that reminded us all to simply take time to reflect. Well done to everyone on their input and effort. Wishing you all a happy, safe and reflective Easter.
It was a fabulous celebration of learning and fun when the 3/4 Level showcased their Bullystoppers projects on Thursday night! We had an amazing turn-out from family and friends to support our action teams present workshops on: Cyber Bullying, Racial Bullying, Frenemies as well as many, many more! Well done to every student on the effort, enthusiasm and pride they’ve put into Bullystoppers this term!
Today, the FIRE Carriers spent the day at Amberley Centre getting to know their fellow leaders in the North Eastern Region and learn more about their role for 2017. We began our day with a traditional smoking ceremony, a welcome to country and prayer. After this, students learned more about Bunjil the Eagle and the spiritual significance of this story. We then took part in two different workshops where we decorated leaves and sticks collected from the local area and then listened to guest speaker, Dean Stewart. Dean explained many Aboriginal customs and traditions, as well the importance of language, continued education and the true meaning of the word ‘Indigenous’. It was a fantastic day and another wonderful example of our school leaders representing St Charles Borromeo with pride. Well done Gemma, Lucas, Sofia and Olivia!
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NORTH EASTERN ZONE FIRE CARRIER ART SHOW
St. Charles Borromeo School is excited to announce that we will be hosting the North Eastern Zone FIRE Carrier Art Show. The pieces of this exhibition were created by the 20 schools within the North Eastern Zone. They were a culmination of learning, ideas and inspirations that arose from the Student day at Amberley Centre last year.
The exhibition of work was displayed during NAIDOC Week 2016 at St. Francis Church Melbourne and has since been travelling around the 20 schools within the North Eastern community.
The art will be on display this week in the Multi-Purpose Room and will be open for viewing at the following times:
Tuesday 14th March between 3 – 3.30pm
Wednesday 15th March between 8.30am – 9am
Thursday 16th March between 8.30 – 9am
Friday 17th March between 9 – 9.30am
We invite all students, teachers, parents, grandparents and family members to visit and support this exhibition. We will be asking for a gold coin donation on entry. This money will go to the Opening the Doors Foundation which you can read about below. We thank you in anticipation of your support.
Gemma, Olivia, Sofia and Lucas
2017 FIRE Carrier Leaders
OPENING THE DOORS FOUNDATION
The Opening the Doors Foundation addresses the severe educational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, by providing assistance so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive education environment for their children.
The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs not otherwise funded from government or other educational funding sources to cover costs such as school uniforms, books, school camps and other school associated costs.
Founded in 2001 the Foundation financially helped 32 students at Catholic schools, in 2003, the Foundation received DGR status and expanded support to Aboriginal families choosing any non-government educational setting. Over the next few years numbers steadily increased and in the 2010 school year the Foundation supported over 460 students.
In 3/4 this term, we are learning more about the term ‘bully’ and the different behaviours associated with bullying. Through the guidance of Kate Wilde and the story ‘I am Jack’ by Susanne Gervay, student action teams are currently researching and preparing a presentation for the end of term Bullystoppers evening. We are also eagerly awaiting a visit from Susanne Gervay on March 17th as part of National Day Against Bullying. Take some time to ask a 3/4 student their thoughts about this book and programme, we would love to share our insights with you!
It was a show stopping Friday last week!! Thank you to the SRC and Miss Greenlaw for organising a fun-filled and purposeful day! We hope the money raised helps to purchase gifts for those in need this Christmas. Well done to all for getting involved, including the teachers who took on a very ‘Greased Lightning’ approach!
This morning, 5/6C hosted a vibrant and powerful liturgy about being a servant of God and showing service to others. Unfortunately, Fr Gerry was unable to attend, however, Mrs Anderson lead the liturgy and unpacked the parts of the mass, in particular the meaning of the response, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” Children discussed how they would feel if the Queen was to turn up for afternoon tea or dinner at their house. Some said they would worry about what to serve for food, others said they would worry about how tidy the house was! Mrs Anderson explained that God loves all of us and accepts us without judgement. I thought this was a very powerful and poignant message to students and reminder to all. Well done 5/6C and Mrs Anderson!
Last night, the First Eucharist candidates gathered together with their parents and carers for a special evening of learning around Eucharist and what it means to share in such a special event. Connections were made between the Church’s sacrament and the everyday meal we take part in with our families on a daily basis. Thanks was given to our families and loved ones for their guidance, love and support in our lives thus far and children even practised receiving the bread and the wine. Thank you to all who came along and participated in the evening so fully. The feedback around student behaviour and input at the retreat day yesterday has also been sensational!
Last week, the 1/2’s watched a short clip about the voluntary organisation All Hands as part of their Values lesson. All Hands is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 2005 after the Sumatran tsunami that claimed the lives of approximately 230,000 people. Since 2005, All Hands has helped many disaster stricken communities including New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. At the end of the clip, a familiar face appeared on the screen and it was heart warming to hear children calling out, ‘It’s Miss Stubbings!!!’, ‘Look! Miss Stubbings!’ We are so proud of our dear friend Miss Stubbings who has been working with All Hands for the past few months. A huge thumbs up from St Charles!!!
This term, we are learning more about the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Today the 1/2 level walked across to Holy Cross Church to meet Fr Brian Traynor who taught an engaging and informative lesson about the sacrament of Baptism and what the symbols of the sacrament mean. Fr Brian had children play the part of parents and child within a Baptism ceremony and explained the relevance of the stole, candle, gown, water and oils. It was a lovely excursion that enabled children to return to school and reteach their classmates new learnings and understandings.
In a very moving ceremony attended by 5/6 students and Teachers, last year’s FIRE Carrier Leaders inducted our new leaders for 2016. FIRE stands for Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education and the FIRE Carrier programme has been the reason behind some very powerful, student lead actions over the past 3 years. Congratulations Isla, Alyssa, Nicole and Erin on this year’s appointment!
Reading Groups have kicked off for the year with children practising the following strategies:
- Reading to self (independent reading)
- Reading to someone (partner reading)
- Checking for understanding (comprehension)
- Listening to Reading (listening to and following a story on the Interactive whiteboard)
- Word work (practising spelling using magnetic letters, whiteboards, coloured markers)
- Reading using ICT (Individual programs using Reading Eggs on the iPads)
- Guided Reading (Small Group with Teacher instruction)
Students have embraced the above strategies and are working towards staying on-task and focused during group activities.
In 1/2 this term, we have been learning about a range of text types from Exposition and Explanation to revision of our creative writing. This week, student’s planned and composed their own creative stories that started from a ‘seed’ (one idea) and grew from there. I had the pleasure of hearing one child read me the beginning of their story about looking for treasure in the desert! Go 1/2’s!!
On Friday 6th November, St Charles Borromeo School celebrated it’s Feast Day with Religious Musician, Andrew Chinn. Andrew last visited our school in 2012 and helped write and compose our school song ‘Called to Share, Called to Care’. The day commenced with Mass, followed by singing workshops and a whole school concert. It truly was a fantastic day and each and every child was included in the celebration through song, liturgical movement or simply laughter! Happy St Charles Day 2015!
In 1/2, we LOVE reading and sharing our skills with others! This week, we have begun to share our home reading books with our peers so that they can…
1. Hear and see all the strategies we are applying when we read
2. Listen to the story and ask us comprehension questions
3. Give us feedback about how fluent, expressive and confident our reading sounds.
This is really helping us- not only when reading, but also when reading aloud!