Stage 1 Communication Notes

Weekly Organisation
Monday
Tuesday
Grade Assemblies
Wednesday
P.E.; Year 1 Turtle Library (weekly)
Thursday
Grade Assemblies; Year 2 Library (fortnightly beg. 17 Feb)
Friday
Sport; Year 1 Gecko/Water Dragon/Crocodile Library (weekly)

Term 2, Week 5

Cross Country
We want to congratulate all of our students for their efforts in our 2022 Cross Country. If your child participated in a running event, we would like to thank you for encouraging them to do so and let you know that this event counts towards their Norwest Challenge school participation.

Winter Uniform
It has been wonderful seeing students dressed in their full winter uniform over the last few weeks. Just a reminder that long sleeves or singlets shouldn't be seen under the College uniform, short sleeves would be the preferred added warmth if required. On sports days students can wear their rust coloured jumper underneath their sports jacket. The sports jacket or the College Blazer should the outer most layer when arriving or leaving the College. If there is a concern with uniform, please email your classroom teacher to communicate so that a uniform warning is not given. More information on uniform can be found on the College Website.

Year 2 Science
In Science, we have been learning about materials and how combining different materials into mixtures creates products. We are planning an experiment at the end of the term, and we ask that each student in Year 2 please bring in an empty 600mL plastic disposable water bottle.

National Reconciliation Week
The College will be taking part in National Reconciliation Week from Friday 27 May to Friday 3 June. Your child's classroom teacher will have various activities to involve them in this significant week. The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

Assembly Awards
At our Grade Assemblies held every Tuesday morning, we take the time to acknowledge students' efforts in the classroom by distributing assembly awards. These awards aim to recognise and highlight desirable learning habits, attitudes and behaviours which we value at the College. For example, a child may receive an award for persevering during a challenging task or excelling within an area. Classroom teachers will post a picture of the weekly award recipients on their classes Seesaw page via an announcement. If your child receives an award, please take the time to view their smiling face on Seesaw!

Term 2, Week 3

Mothers' Day
A big thank you to all the mothers, grandmothers and carers who joined us for our Mothers' Day Breakfast last Friday! What a fantastic event to join as a community and celebrate the important women in our students' lives. Year 1 and Year 2 students were so excited to share their learning, classrooms and gifts!

Winter Uniform
Thank you for your support this week as student's have begun wearing their winter uniforms. On formal uniform days, blazers are to be worn to and from the College. Please ensure that blazers are labelled clearly with your child's name. Girls must wear charcoal stockings with formal dress (or Norwest trousers) and boys must wear Norwest trousers. If for some unforeseen reason a student is not able to wear the correct uniform, please notify their class teacher in writing (either a handwritten note or via email), seeking permission for a variation for that day. On Wednesdays and Fridays, students wear their sports uniform with their sports jacket as the outermost garment. The rust coloured jumper or vest may be worn underneath the sports jacket for additional warmth if required, but must not be the outermost garment.

Wear Orange Wednesday - Thanks SES!
Next Wednesday 18 May, is Wear Orange Wednesday - a day to recognise the amazing work of SES Volunteers, as part of National Volunteers Week. This is a day where we encourage students to add something orange to their normal uniform on the day e.g. hair accessories, ties, hat, socks. Students will also have a chance to send messages of thanks and encouragement to some of our local SES units.

ELC/Infants Disco - Friday 20 May
The ELC/Infants Disco is on next Friday 20 May from 5:00-6:15pm in the College Auditorium. The theme is "White". If your child would like to attend, please find further information in the note from the P&F here, including a link to book your child's place. Please note that parents are required to stay and actively supervise their child at the ELC/Infants Disco - you are unable to drop them off and pick them up at the end. We look forward to a fun evening together!

Year 1 Service Project
As a College, we are focusing on developing hearts of service in our students and community this year. We have discussed how we can show God's love to others by the way that we serve and give our time to assist those in need, but also in our everyday lives. Our Year 1's Service Project is a very practical project - to 'Love our school and local community by keeping it clean'. This is also linking with our learning in Geography, with students considering how to take care of God's creation. We have already given opportunities for Year 1 to serve together in cleaning up areas of the College, and we plan to spend some time this year cleaning up parts of our local community, outside the school grounds. We have also challenged students to get involved with this service project after school and on the weekends! We've encouraged students to take a plastic bag to a local park and spend 10-15 mins picking up rubbish there. Or it could be around soccer/netball/sporting grounds that they're already going to. Extra tip: take a photo and send it to your child's teacher so it can be counted towards their Norwest Challenge Community Service!


Term 2, Week 1

Welcome to Term 2
We would like to welcome back all of our Stage 1 families. We hope you had a refreshing break, spent with family and connecting with friends. We are looking forward to a wonderful Term 2 filled with learning!

Norwest Challenge
We encourage all of our students to participate in the Norwest Challenge. The Stage 1 Norwest Challenge Application Form is available on the College website (see 'Letters, Notes and Forms' tab, found here). Evidence of student participation in extra-curricular events and service opportunities (e.g. Anzac Day Ceremony) should be forwarded to your child's classroom teacher soon after the event. If your child attended a recent ANZAC Day Service, this can be included as 1 hour of Community Service. It would be great to see photos of your child if they attended a service.

Winter Uniform
Students will be required to wear their formal Winter uniform from Week 3 of this term, so please take the time to check it's in good condition and ready for wear. A friendly reminder that on sport days, students should first wear their sports jacket. The rust coloured jumper or vest may be worn underneath the sports jacket for additional warmth if needed, but should not be the outer layer.

Premier's Reading Challenge
A friendly reminder that the 2022 Premier's Reading Challenge has begun! Remember to visit your local library to find books which can be added to your child's PRC reading log.

Afternoon Collection Form and Processes
Please ensure you have filled out and updated the Afternoon Collection form to reflect any Term 2 changes. The form can be found here. If you collect your child onsite in the afternoons, please do not park in the short-term carpark. Please leave the carpark available to be used as part of our Kiss & Go process. A friendly reminder also to please only turn left on McCulloch St after collecting your child as a way to keep traffic flowing and to show love to our local community - please do not turn right or go straight! Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Infants Lunch Clubs
This term there are a number of lunch time clubs that Year 1 & 2 can attend:
Monday: Ministry For Kids (M4K) 
Wednesday: Craft Club, Skipping Club
Thursday: Infants Board Games, Infants Book Club, Infants Choir
Friday: Soccer Club

Beyblades at school

It was evident in Term 1, many students thoroughly enjoyed playing Beyblades and it has been wonderful to see new friendships develop as a result of this common interest! In attempt to encourage broader social interactions, safer movement of students and minimise classroom distraction, Mrs Li and Mrs Laidler have requested students only bring Beyblades on the following days:
Year 1: Wednesday and Friday (Sport days)
Year 2: Friday
Also, please note: Beyblade loaders are no longer allowed at school, to ensure the safety of students.

Mother's Day

Students across the College will have two special opportunities to celebrate Mothers’ Day. We would love to have you join us as we celebrate and acknowledge the important role of Mothers in our lives.
Mothers’ Day Breakfast: This year the College will be providing a breakfast to celebrate Mothers’ Day on Friday, 6 May 2022 from 7:45am in the Primary Years’ Quad (Please note, for catering purposes RSVP and payment was needed for this event). Primary mothers will be able to attend the Primary Years Assembly from 8:35am – 9:00am.
Mothers’ Day Stall: Students in the Primary Years will be once again be participating in a Mothers’ Day Stall.
Gifts must be pre-ordered for $6.50 each by 2pm on Friday, 29 April 2022 by clicking here.
Primary students will select their gifts on either Wednesday, 4 May 2022.

Term 1, Week 10

Stationery Supplies
Year 2 teachers will be sending pencil cases home over the holidays. If your child requires any stationery, please use this time to replace items. You may have already received a missing equipment slip outlining the items which need replacing or purchasing in preparation for Term 2 learning. Please send pencil cases back to school next term.

Winter Uniform
Please take the time over the school holidays to check your child's uniform (including shoes) for any necessary repairs or replacements. Students will be required to wear their formal Winter uniform from Week 3 of next term, so please take the time to check it's in good condition and ready for wear. A friendly reminder that on sport days, students should first wear their sports jacket. The rust coloured jumper or vest may be worn underneath the sports jacket for additional warmth if needed, but should not be the outer layer.

Happy Easter

Today at the College our students participated in a whole school Easter Service facilitated by our College Chaplain, Mr Elton. Students had the opportunity to hear about the hope and life offered to them through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and grow their understanding of how Jesus dying on the cross was all part of God's big rescue plan. As we celebrate Easter during the school holidays, it is our prayer that you and your family be filled with the peace and joy that comes only through having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Home Learning
While there is no formal Home Learning sent home during the holidays, may we encourage you to revise some of the following topics with your child.
Year 1: Time including o'clock and half past, addition, subtraction, counting forwards and backwards to 120 and regular reading with your child.
Year 2: Time including quarter past and quarter to, addition and subtraction and regular reading where you listen to your child reading aloud to you followed by some simple questions to test their understanding of what has been read.
Holidays are also a wonderful time to spark curiosity and learn in different ways - Consider checking out the Jurassic World by Brickman exhibition at the Australian Museum or a trip the Opera House to view a kids show such as Edward the Emu.

Premier's Reading Challenge
A friendly reminder that the 2022 Premier's Reading Challenge has begun! Why not use the holidays to visit your local library to find books which can be added to your child's PRC reading log?

Norwest Challenge
School holidays are a great time to review your child's progress towards the Norwest Challenge. The Stage 1 Application Form for the Norwest Challenge is available on the College website (see 'Letters, Notes and Forms' tab). Evidence of student participation in extra-curricular events and service opportunities (e.g. Anzac Day Ceremony) should be forwarded to your child's classroom teacher as soon as practical after the event. We encourage all of our Stage 1 students to participate in the Norwest Challenge.

Upcoming Events
View upcoming activities on the College Home Page. Click here to read more.

Kind Regards, 
Stage 1 Teachers