Stage 3 Communication Note

Weekly Organisation
Monday
Chapel (Week A), Assembly (Week B)
Tuesday
Y5 Elderberry Library (Week A)
Wednesday
S3 Sport
Thursday
Y6 Plum Music & Library (Week A), Y6 Grape PE & Library (Week B), Y5/6 Blackcurrent PE & Library (Week B), Y5 Beetroot Library (Week A)
Friday
Y6 Plum PE & Library (Week A), Y5 Elderberry PE, Y5 Beetroot PE

Term 4, Week 1
Important Information

Welcome Back
We pray that students and families had a restful break and are feeling refreshed and energized for another wonderful term of learning. Stage 3 Teachers are looking forward to hearing about all the creative ways 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 the College
We are so excited to have students returning face to face soon! Both Year 5 and Year 6 classes will return to the College on Monday 25th October (Week 4). Remember to have bags packed with pencil cases, headphones and drink bottles.

Class Zoom Calls
Our morning conferences have moved to Zoom for the remainder of online learning. Please ensure that your child has the app downloaded on their device so they can access these calls and participate in the learning shared at these times. From Week 2 onwards, whole class Zoom sessions will run 2-3 times per week at 9am and additional topic-based sessions will occur at 10am on some days. Teachers will communicate with students when their class Zoom is occurring, and an announcement will be made on the Canvas Notice Board when a topic-based session is set to run.

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 previous email communication for further details.

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 which Stage 3 students can engage with their community.

Summer Uniform
Remember to check the uniform size and required items before returning and let your child's teacher know if you are in the process of ordering new items.

Girls Summer Uniform
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
Optional
Norwest rust, v-neck, machine knitted jumper or vest
Plain white short sleeved undershirt (sleeve length shorter than dress)
Norwest coloured hair accessories
Blazer - Norwest green

Boys Summer Uniform
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
Optional 
Norwest rust, v-neck, machine knitted jumper or vest
Blazer - Norwest green

Please see the college website should you need any further clarification.

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 25 October for Years 5 and 6. 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.

Kiss and Go
We want to ensure that Kiss and Go is as efficient and safe as possible. As your child returns to school, please remember to display their name as you enter the lanes. This supports the teacher who is calling names, as well as staff supporting students in getting into their cars. 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, meanwhile will allow us to maintain appropriate social distancing. If you are needing to assist your child with seat belts or getting into the car, please drive through after collecting your child to the short term carpark. This is located straight ahead when you enter the driveway of the school gates.

Term 3, Week 9
Important Information

End of Term 3
Well done to our incredible students for persevering through a full term of Online Learning! We are so proud of you. You have worked so hard and we are so impressed with the diligence, care and effort you have put into completing your learning. We also want to say a very big thank you to parents and carers 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 Years 5 & 6 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. 
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 students can engage with their community.

Class Conferences
We have loved seeing students "live" on our screens in conferences over the past few weeks. We are especially looking forward to seeing everyone all together in our whole class conferences next term. We look forward to continuing with conferences next term to help us stay connected. Teachers will inbox students via Canvas to let them know which day the conference will be each week.

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 3 2021 PRC Champion Class is Year 5 Beetroot, with 85% of the class completing the challenge. Wow! Congratulations, Year 5 Beetroot! Don't forget to remind your child to keep a personal note of any books that they read 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

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. 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.

Live Conferences
It has been so wonderful being able to see all the students again on our live conferences! Please remind your child to check their Canvas inbox to see what day their conference will be held with their classroom teacher and some of their peers. Students should join these conferences with their microphones muted and enabling video so we can all see each other. We appreciate your support in connecting students to the conferences and setting them up efficiently.

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.

Daily Learning Submission
Each day students are required to submit to Canvas their google doc from the day of learning. We strongly encourage them to submit their learning as soon as they are finished and preferably before 5pm. Thank you for supporting your children in their learning and reminding them to submit their learning before moving onto non-school activities in the afternoon.

RU OK 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, or encourage the students to reach out to a friend and check to see how they are going.

Build good learning habits
Many of our Stage 3 students are developing their independent learning skills at home during this time and it is fabulous to see how many students are completing their learning on their own. To continue to develop good learning habits we strongly recommend a regular routine each day and encourage you to set up a written schedule with your child for them to follow each day, including checking messages from their teacher and setting up their google doc for the day clearly with subject headings.

Term 3, Week 5
Important Information

Learning Online
Well done for completing 5 weeks of Online learning! We are just so impressed with how Stage 3 are piloting their learning and completing their work to a high standard online. We have also thoroughly enjoyed the start of weekly conference calls - it has been so lovely seeing each others' faces. Keep up the good work everyone!

Friday Devotions with Mrs Marlow
Each Friday morning, Stage 3 students will join a devotion with Mrs Felicity Marlow livestreamed on YouTube. This is a great opportunity to connect with our Principal around God's word. Please encourage you child to join in live or watch the recording later in the day if this is not possible.

ClickView
Some videos used for learning activities are supplied by ClickView. These videos appear on learning pages as normal; however, students may be asked for a login when they press play. Students do not need to make a new account, they are able to sign in with their school email and school password (the same details used to log in to Canvas).

Live Conferences
We have begun live conferences with students one day each week. Please remind your child to check their Canvas inbox to see what day their conference will be held with their classroom teacher and some of their peers. This is a great opportunity to check in on each other and maintain social interaction during this time of online learning. Students should join these conferences with their microphone and video enabled so we can all see and communicate with each other.

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.

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.


Term 3, Week 3
Important Information

Online Learning
It is amazing to witness our students taking on the challenges of online learning with such dedication. Stage 3 students have applied themselves well to produce quality work while engaging with learning in this online format. It has been great to hear how families have supported their online learners in many ways including setting up a productive learning space, having timers, encouraging questions to be asked on the discussion boards and being a listening ear. Stage 3 Teachers are proud of everything our students have achieved and will continue to achieve and know that it takes the support of parents and careers at home, thank you!

Literacy Fun Day
Our annual Literacy Fun Day is to be held in Week 6, on Friday 27 August. At present, there are discussions 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.

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 Stage 3 staff to be aware of, please feel free to email your classroom teacher your prayer request so that our team can pray for your situation specifically.

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.

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 5 and Year 6 Parent Facebook Groups. If you are not yet connected to these groups, we strongly encourage you to do so by searching for and joining "NWCC Year 5 2021 Parents" or "NWCC Year 6 2021 Parents" on Facebook. The College's Parent Facebook Groups will connect you to other Stage 3 families and give you an avenue to contact your child's classmates to arrange phone calls or zoom meetings.

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 3 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. 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.

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