Stage 1 Communication Notes

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

Term 4, Week 1

Important Information

Holidays
We pray that students and families had a restful break and are feeling refreshed and energized for another wonderful term of learning. In our Zoom discussions, it has been wonderful to hear about the creative ways that students stayed entertained and how they were able to discover new local parks and walks that allowed them to explore God's beautiful creation.

Returning to School
We are so excited to see all of you at school again! For Year 1, Online Learning concludes at the end of Week 2 on Friday, 15 October and we return to campus Monday, 18 October, for the start of Week 3. For Year 2, Online Learning concludes at the end of Week 3 on Friday, 22 Oct and return to campus Monday, 25 October, for the start of Week 4. To ensure that our return to classes goes smoothly we need to remember to pack a few things in our bags:
- pencil cases (Year 2 Only)
- headphones
- library bags

Together-Ville
To celebrate returning to school, students are asked to decorate a 'This is me' element: a wooden spoon, rock, or create their own avatar decorated as themselves, and bring it to school on the first official day back at the College: Monday 18 October for Year 1 and Monday 25 October for Year 2. All of these amazing student creations will be displayed in a designated area around the school. Our displays will be called Together-ville and will celebrate that we are now together as a community, face to face once again.

Tear Fund
TEAR Australia is a Christian relief agency responding to the needs of poor communities around the world. The money raised by our students will go directly towards providing necessary equipment and education for those in need. We hope to help students recognise how blessed they are to live in Australia and to consider how they might be able to contribute to helping others. Norwest Christian College has supported TEAR Australia for a number of years. During Term 4 this project is usually a significant community service opportunity during Term 4. This year, we recognise that there may have been a number of impacts on families with our extended lockdown, so this year we still want to provide the avenue for our families to participate, but also recognise that there is the option to opt-out if needed as well. Teachers will still discuss TEAR with students, but each class will not set a class target of funds to be raised as we usually do. Students are encouraged to raise money by being sponsored to engage in acts of service. Some ideas for acts of service may include:

- washing the car
- cleaning out a cupboard
- washing windows
- organising a space where things are stored
- washing pet/cleaning pet space
- wiping kitchen cabinets
- helping make dinner
- cleaning mirrors in the house
- taking the bins out
- vacuuming or sweeping the floors
- watering the plants
- dusting/wiping furniture
- helping to weed the garden
- folding and put away laundry
- reading to a sibling
- sorting and hanging clothes on line

Donations and total hours of service are to be submitted through TryBookings, found through Online Bookings, under Parent Links on the College website or the Links tile in the College app, by Friday, 29 October 2021. Please see the previous email communication for further details. 

Getting Uniforms Ready - Summer Uniform
It is Term 4 so we are wearing our Summer uniform, with sports uniform on Wednesdays and Fridays. Don't forget to check and make sure that your child's shoes are clean and their uniform fits before we return to campus as they might have had a growth spurt during the lockdown. For a refresher on what our summer uniform is please see below.

Boys
Shirt- Norwest green non-tuck shirt with dark green trim.
Elastic backed shorts or trousers - regulation items from College Uniform Shop.
Socks - Norwest grey socks with College trim.
Shoes - polished black closed-in leather traditional/formal style school shoes (heel 3cm or less). Where laces are worn they must be black. Buckled shoes may be worn by students in Kindergarten to Year 2 only. Other styles, including ballet, Raben, Vans, skate, sports or canvas shoes are not permitted - even if leather.
Hat - Norwest green broad-brimmed College hat.
Bag - Norwest green Primary bag.

Girls
Dress - in Norwest pattern.
Socks - Norwest mid-calf socks with College trim. 
Shoes - polished black closed-in leather traditional/formal style school shoes (heel 3cm or less). Where laces are worn they must be black. Buckled shoes may be worn by students in Kindergarten to Year 2 only. Other styles, including ballet, Raben, Vans, skate, sports or canvas shoes are not permitted - even if leather.
Hat - Norwest cream poly-braid girls’ hat.
Bag - Norwest green Primary bag

Please see the college website should you need any further clarification

Community Engagement
In Week 2, students have the opportunity to participate in community engagement activities through Could Do activities on SeeSaw. Each day there is a new community group for students to engage with and submit a video showing their empathy and kindness. The community groups we have the opportunity to engage with the Riverstone Police and Ambulance service, the Children's Hospital, a local nursing home, Blacktown Hospital, and Riverstone Public School. Keep an eye out to see what fun things you can do to support our community.

Norwest Challenge
At the end of Term 3, a revised version of the Norwest Challenge was sent out to accommodate the changes we have faced over the past few months. We would like to encourage you to engage with this document and share it with your child so that they can strive towards their goal in the challenge. If you have any questions about it, please don't hesitate to ask. All service needs to be completed and documented by Friday Week 4 this term. Writing letters of encouragement, creating appreciation messages or videos, painting neighbourhood rocks or doing welfare calls to support family/friends are just some of the ways in which Stage 1 students can engage with their community.

Kiss and Go
In the coming weeks, as we return to school, we ask that parents please stay in their cars if they are picking up from the Kiss and Go. This will allow the flow of traffic to continue smoothly, while also allowing us to maintain appropriate social distancing. If you are needing to assist your child with seat belts or getting into the car, please pick up through Kiss and Go then go to the short term carpark, where you will be able to park and assist your child as needed. This is located straight ahead when you enter the driveway of the school gates.


Term 3, Week 9

Important Information

End of Term
Well done to our incredible students for making it through such a huge term of Online Learning! We are so proud of you. You have worked so hard and persevered through this difficult situation and we are so impressed with the care and effort you have put into so much of your learning. We also want to say a very big thank you to all of the Stage 1 parents for your support, patience and partnership through all of the changes that this term has brought. We pray that the upcoming holidays are refreshing for you and your families.

Norwest Challenge Update
During the holidays would be a perfect opportunity to serve your community and work towards your Norwest Challenge. This year, as part of the Norwest Challenge, students are encouraged to engage with others both in our College and in the community. There are specific requirements for the amount of time that students need to spend completing College and/or Community Engagement if they are aiming to achieve their Silver, Gold or Platinum award in the Norwest Challenge. Please refer to the new Stage 1 Norwest Challenge sheet for further information and ideas for ways students can serve. Further information can be found in the Primary End of term letter. We encourage you to discuss with your child what service they could complete. If you are unsure, please contact your child's classroom teacher. All service needs to be completed and documented by Friday Week 4 next term. Writing letters of encouragement, creating appreciation messages or videos, painting neighbourhood rocks or doing welfare calls to support family/friends are just some of the ways which Stage 1 students can engage with their community.

Zoom Meeting
It has been a true joy to connect with Stage 1 students each week on Zoom. Thank you for your support in assisting your child to sign into Zoom via Seesaw each week. We are enjoying connecting, praying together, and talking about the fun learning activities that are set. We look forward to continuing to meet on Zoom again next term.

2021 PRC Final Update
A very big congratulations to the 340 students across Primary School who completed the 2021 Premier's Reading Challenge! What a fantastic effort - thanks to parents for your encouragement and support of your child/ren as they completed the PRC. Our Stage 1 2021 PRC Champion Class is Year 1 Tangerine, with 89% of the class completing the challenge. Wow! Congratulations, Year 1 Tangerine! Don't forget to keep a personal note of any books that you read with your child from now on, as books can be counted towards next year's PRC. The holidays are the perfect time for getting into some books. Congratulations again to all who have completed the 2021 PRC!

Term 3, Week 7

Important Information

Book Week
We want to commend you for a successful and very enjoyable week of engaging with books, characters, and different authors during Week 6! Students had fun dressing as their favourite story characters, sharing their books, and even creating their own monster stories! We even took part in an online character parade as part of our Literacy Fun day activities.

Premier's Reading Challenge - PRC
Students are encouraged to continue reading books and logging them on their PRC account online. The challenge closing date has been extended and will now finish on Friday, 3 September 2021. Information about the changes to PRC and access to read-aloud stories have been assigned on Seesaw.

Connecting via Zoom
It has been a true to joy to connect once a week, at 9 am via Zoom. Your child will be sent an invitation to a Zoom meeting on Seesaw. Please continue to assist your child to sign into Zoom via Seesaw at this time. We are enjoying connecting, praying together, and talking about the fun learning activities that are set.

Printable Resources
Just a reminder that there is a Google Drive link to printed resources that align with activities on SeeSaw. This link is emailed out fortnightly for the next block of weeks and is also sent as a parent announcement on SeeSaw. By occasionally printing off resources and encouraging students to handwrite, it will allow students to continue practicing their handwriting and bookwork throughout this online learning period. There is also the option to come and collect a printed resource pack. This is done by replying to the email sent by Miss Dikha fortnightly and coming at the set pick-up time.

RUOK day
What better time as this season we are in to celebrate R U OK Day? Thursday, 9 September 2021 is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life's ups and downs. Maybe we can start in our own family and with small gestures support each family member.

Student Absences
During Online Learning there will still be days where students are feeling unwell or there may be other reasons why students are unable to engage in their daily Seesaw tasks. If these situations occur please send an email to [email protected] and your classroom teacher to let them know so that we are aware that work will not be completed.

Term 3, Week 5

Important Information

Online Learning
Well done for completing 5 weeks of Online learning! We are just so impressed with how Year 1 and Year 2 are managing this new learning experience. We have also thoroughly enjoyed the start of weekly Zoom calls - it has been so lovely seeing each others' faces. Keep up the good work everyone!

Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC)
Students are encouraged to continue reading books and logging them on their PRC account online. The challenge closing date has been extended and will now finish on Friday, September 3, 2021. Do you need access to books to read whilst learning at home? Many public libraries offer access to ebooks whilst access to their physical collection is limited.

Student Absences
Even during online learning there will still be days where students are feeling unwell or there may be other reasons why students can not complete online learning that day. If these situations occur please send an email to [email protected] and your classroom teacher to let them know so that we are aware that work will not be completed.

Printable Resources
Just a reminder that there is a Google Drive link to printed resources that align with activities on SeeSaw. This link is emailed out fortnightly for the next block of weeks and is also sent as a parent announcement on SeeSaw. By occasionally printing off resources and encouraging students to hand write, it will allow students to continue practising their handwriting and bookwork throughout this online learning period. There is also the option to come and collect a printed resource pack. This is done by replying to the email sent by Miss Dikha fortnightly and coming at the set pick up time.

Term 3, Week 3

Important Information

Literacy Fun Day
Our annual Literacy Fun Day is to be held in Week 6, on Friday 27 August. At present, there are discussiona about what this may look like for this year. The theme of Book Week 2021 is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) presents awards to authors and illustrators each year for inspiring and noteworthy books. These books are shortlisted in several categories, and the winners are announced around Book Week. Students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character whilst they're learning from home or at school! Let's enjoy celebrating the wonderful world of books.

Premier's Reading Challenge
Students are encouraged to continue reading books and logging them on their PRC account online. The challenge closing date has been extended and will now finish on Friday, September 3, 2021. Do you need access to books to read whilst learning at home? Many public libraries offer access to ebooks whilst access to their physical collection is limited.

Staying Connected
During this time of online learning, we know that for students and families this time can feel socially isolating. To help lessen the feelings of isolation we strongly encourage you to both connect and engage in the College's Year 1 and Year 2 Parent Facebook Groups. If you are not yet connected to one of these groups, we strongly encourage you to do so by searching for and joining "NWCC Year 1 2021 Parents" or "NWCC Year 2 2021 Parents" on Facebook. The College's Parent Facebook Groups will connect you to other Stage 1 families and give you an avenue to contact your child's classmates to arrange phone calls or zoom meetings.

Let us pray for you
As staff and a community, we are constantly praying for our students and their families. If you would like us to be praying for anything in particular, that you are happy for K-2 staff to be aware of, please feel free to email your classroom teacher your prayer request so that our K-2 teachers can pray for your situation specifically.

Thank You Parents!
Thank you for all you are doing at home. We recognise that this is a very demanding, trying, and exhausting time for families at home juggling so many different responsibilities. We value all you are doing each and every day to support your child in their learning. The Stage 1 teachers are doing their utmost to make learning fun and easily accessible whilst also ensuring we continue to deliver high-quality learning outcomes for all students. We recognise that whilst activities are designed to be as independent as possible, our students are at an age and stage in their development that they still require much support to successfully engage and complete learning activities. So again, thank you for the time and energy you are pouring into your children's learning each day. We appreciate it and see what you are doing at home to support your child's learning.


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