Stage 1 Communication Notes

Term 2, Week 4 and 5 Memory Verses

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 

"Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." 1 John 5:5 

Weekly Organisation
Monday
Assembly (Week A), Chapel (Week B)
Tuesday
Library (Y2 Nectarine)
Wednesday
Sport, Library (Y1 Tangerine)
Thursday
Library (Y1 Loquat)
Friday
Sport, Library (Y1 Grapefruit, Y1 Pineapple, Y2 Apricot & Y2 Papaya)

Term 2, Week 3
Important Information

Premier's Reading Challenge
We have launched the 2021 Premier's Reading Challenge with our students! The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and every year we have a large number of students complete the Challenge. Please refer to further information sent via email on Wednesday, 31 March. Your child should have received their login details on a sticker attached to their Home Learning. Please contact your child's class teacher or our PRC Coordinators on [email protected] if you haven't received the details. Lists of the books that are included in the Challenge can be found at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html

We are looking forward to seeing our students enthusiastically completing the 2021 PRC!

Parking

We encourage you to arrive after 3:10pm for afternoon 'Kiss and Go'. We ask that you turn left onto McCulloch Street from Regent Street (no right turn or going straight). We appreciate this may minimally lengthen your drive home but will significantly improve traffic flow in the afternoon.
Also note that the Short Term Car Park should only be used if your child is being called via our Kiss and Go process. Please do not park your car in the short term car park and walk into the College to collect your child. If you would like to collect your child on campus, ensure that you park on the street to allow for a quick and easy flow of traffic. If you require a new sign for your car with your child/ren's names, let their classroom teacher know and they will organise for another one to be sent home. Thank you for your assistance in supporting the smooth flow of Afternoon Collection processes for our community

Winter Uniform

The College Winter uniform will commence after Mother's Day and continue until Father's Day.

Effective Monday, 10 May, students will be expected to wear full Winter uniform as follows:
For all students, the College blazer must be the outer most layer of uniform worn and must be worn over the formal uniform when arriving and departing from the College each day. For girls, the College charcoal grey stockings must be worn in lieu of the white College socks with College trim. Girls may choose to wear the College long pants and blouse as an alternative to their dress.
For boys, the College long pants must be worn in lieu of shorts.

For any further information or clarification, please speak to your child's classroom teacher.

Empathy
We listen to, learn from, and seek to understand the experiences, thinking, and feelings of others to help us see the world from their perspective. This term we will be exploring the concept of what it means to see situations from someone else's point of view and act appropriately according to this. In conversations with your child, we encourage you to reinforce these ideas. You may like to use this thinking routine of 'I see, I think, I wonder' to help prompt your child in your conversations with them when you feel they could be demonstrating more empathy. I see:
Noticing body signals I can see when I have hurt someone. (e.g. sad face, stomping feet, angry voice)
I think:
Linking how I would feel or what I would think if I were in their shoes. (e.g. if someone did that to me I would feel...)
I wonder: Imagining how can I appropriately work towards fixing it. (e.g. helping them pick up the pencils if I knocked their pencilcase over)

Mother's Day Celebrations
Our Year 1 and Year 2 students had a wonderful time celebrating with their Mother's on Tuesday at the College's annual Mother's Day Breakfast. We hope that all the Mothers who attended enjoyed the opportunity to visit our classrooms and connect with other members of the Norwest Community.

We would like to wish all our Mums a very happy and relaxing Mother's Day on Sunday

Term 1, Week 9
Important Information

SPM's
What a wonderful opportunity to meet together to celebrate the learning journey of your children and to set goals. Thank you for taking the time to meet together.

Holiday Activities
What a wonderful start to the year we have had! We have been so excited to see the love for learning that the children have. It would be so beneficial for your child to continue to read each day. Perhaps they can visit their local library or even read in different and fun places eg. on the trampoline, in bed. They can also still use maths invaders or typing tournament.

Premier's Reading Challenge
We are excited to announce that we have launched the 2021 Premier's Reading Challenge with our students! The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and every year we have a large number of students complete the Challenge. Please refer to further information sent via email on Wednesday 31 March. Your child should have received their login details on a sticker attached to their Home Learning. Please contact your child's class teacher or our PRC Coordinators on [email protected] if you haven't received the details. The holidays are a fantastic time for students to read books to count towards the PRC! Lists of the books that are included in the Challenge can be found at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html

We are looking forward to seeing our students enthusiastically completing the 2021 PRC!

Easter Holidays
We wish you all a great Easter Holiday where we again have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the greatest sacrifice our Lord God, through His Son Jesus Christ, made for us. 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. How blessed are we!

Zoo Excursion
The new date for the Infant's Zoo Excursion is on Wednesday, 21st of April, 2021. We require new permission for each student due to the change of date. Please login to Edumate via the College app, or your internet browser, to grant permission. Permission is due by Thursday, 1 April.

On the day please pack your child's:
- recess and crunch and sip combined in one labeled snap-lock bag
- lunch in a separate labeled snap-lock bag
- clearly labeled drink bottles with water only inside

Afternoon Parent Collection: A small change to process
From the beginning of Term 2, if you collect your child from the Auditorium Foyer, please make one line to assist the teacher on duty in calling students in an orderly manner. Thank you for your assistance with this.

Term 1, Week 7
Important Information

Afternoon Collection
Following on from Mr Wood's email regarding Afternoon Collection, students will not be released until 3.10pm. We encourage you to arrive after 3:10pm for afternoon 'Kiss and Go'. We ask that you turn left onto McCulloch Street from Regent Street (no right turn or going straight). We appreciate this may minimally lengthen your drive home but will significantly improve traffic flow in the afternoon. Also note that the Short Term Car Park should only be used if your child is being called via our Kiss and Go process. Please do not park your car in the short term car park and walk into the College to collect your child. If you would like to collect your child on campus, ensure that you park on the street to allow for a quick and easy flow of traffic. If you require a new sign for your car with your child/ren's names, let their classroom teacher know and they will organise for another one to be sent home. Thank you for your assistance in supporting the smooth flow of Afternoon Collection processes for our community.

Infants Zoo Excursion
On Wednesday, 24 March our Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students will be going on an excursion to Sydney Zoo. If you haven't already, please grant your child/ren permission on Edumate.

On the day please pack your child's:
- recess and crunch and sip combined in one labeled snap-lock bag
- lunch in a separate labeled snap-lock bag
- clearly labeled drink bottles with water only inside

Home Learning
Home Learning has commenced for all Year 1 and Year 2 students. This year Home Learning will consist of 2 main components:
- Home Reading everyday (compulsory)
- Ed Alive: Maths Invaders Online Practice (Recommended to complete 2 days a week for Year 2 and highly recommended for Year 1) and Study Ladder will be compulsory for Year 2.
- Ed Alive: Typing Tournament Online Practice (optional)

Please remember to bring it in every Thursday for the book pack to be changed.

SPM's
Student Progress Meetings (SPMs) are an important part of the home-school partnership. SPMs will be held on Tuesday, 30 March and Wednesday, 31 March. Bookings are now open and appointments can be booked online by selecting the Interview Bookings tile on the NWCC Parents page of the College website. It is imperative that your child attend the SPM as they will evaluate their learning and set goals for themselves.

Initialit
We began Initialit-2 in Year 2 in week 6. InitiaLit–2 is a literacy program for all children in their third year of school (Year 2). InitiaLit–2 teaches children how to read and spell through daily lessons, using research-based teaching methods. It also uses a range of engaging storybooks to develop children’s vocabulary, oral language and writing. InitiaLit–2 will be used daily during the time set aside for literacy.

Cross Country
The College Cross Country will be held on Thursday, 1 April 2021 (last day of Term) at the College. Students are encouraged to wear a shirt of their house colour with their sports shorts. Parents are welcome to attend, however there will be a sign-in arrangement in place. Please refer to the email sent out last week for further details.


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

Mrs Bezuidenhout
Miss Dikha
Miss Eschler
Mrs Goudie & Mrs Thompson
Mrs King
Miss Russell
Mr Somanader