Around the Primary

Dear Parents,

Today the Years 3-6 classes gathered together to celebrate our final Mass for the term. Special thanks to Ms Allen, Miss Joyce and Year 3G for preparing this lovely Mass.

The Primary school community thoroughly enjoyed wearing comfy clothes to school today. The students also loved decorating our giving tree with comfy socks and placing a wonderful array of comfort foods under the tree.

It was a great visual display of what we can achieve when working together to make a real difference for those in need in our community. A big thank you to all families for supporting our 'LifeLink' Appeal.

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Reports are ready! They are now available on-line for parents to access. It is important to note that if your child receive a "C" grade in any Learning Area that is exactly where they need to be in terms of their learning.

Parents are welcome to meet with class teachers next term if you have any concerns or need further clarification about your child's learning and development. If you have any difficulties accessing your child's report, please send my any enquiries to joosten.john@johnxxiii.edu.au

As we come to the end of Semester One, it is time to farewell Mrs Haines (Literacy Support Teacher) and Mrs Anderson (Special Needs Education Assistant). We thank them for their hard work and commitment.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of the highlights of our week. On behalf of all the Primary staff, I extend to you our best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday with your delightful children.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat

On Wednesday the Year Three students participated in a Retreat Day at the Schoenstatt Shrine with Sister Lisette. The day consolidated the students' learning in the area of Religious Education and celebrated their commitment in preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The students experienced a day full of spiritual fun activities and an appreciation the culture of forgiving, which we can all find in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A key message that the students received from Sister Lisette is that we are all God's greatest treasures and that will always forgive us.

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Year 4 Eucharistic Retreat

Year 4B and 4G's Holy Communion Retreat Day was great! We wrote our own Prayers of the Faithful in the morning. Then walked to the Pope John XXIII statue and discussed how you should treat others with respect just like the Good Pope did, for example, to always include people around you. We also walked to the Labyrinth and said some special prayers and reflected on Jesus and Holy Communion. We read the message on the plaque in the middle of the Labyrinth circle and meditated about what it meant to each of us. Then we went to the Chapel for a paraliturgy and received our certificates for completing our Holy Communion preparation. We enjoyed playing Holy Communion Kahoot quizzes on the iPads. It was a fun way to finish our special day! A big thank you to Ms O'Connor and Miss Nish for organizing this wonderful day for us.

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Year 6 Confirmation Retreat

The Year 6 Confirmation Retreat was a reflective and peaceful day providing the opportunity to think about how they have developed the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. They enjoyed the team building games and activities which helped them to bond with one another and also loved visiting the Labyrinth to reflect on their Confirmation journey.

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Art News

Last term primary school students throughout WA were invited to take part in the Therapy Focus 2016 Art Competition by creating artworks illustrating the pages of a charity storybook entitled 'Outback Jack's Great Race'.

This year's story has been written by Krystal Cotterill, a young aboriginal woman from the remote town of Leonora, and is inspired by the 2016 National Children's Book Week theme, Australia. The narrative features characters that have a range of disabilities and encourages readers to celebrate the unique talents and abilities of every individual.

During their art classes, Mrs Roche invited the Year 5 and 6 artists to create ideas depicting their chosen page of the story 'Outback Jack's Great Race' The final A3 landscape artwork was completed using a variety of mediums, which included; water colour paint, pencils, coloured pencil, pen and crayon.

All student artworks were submitted for entry into the competition, and we are delighted to announce that James Green's (6G) artwork has made it through to the final 100 selection! James' artwork will be displayed alongside the other four finalists in his page category. This year, online Voting commences at 9am on Friday 1 July and closes at 5pm on Sunday 17 July.

Please see the link below

www.therapyfocus.org.au/artcomp

Please show your support for James, by voting online to enable his artwork to be printed as a prized place in the published story book.

An exhibition of the finalist artworks will be held at Westfield shopping centres in the July school holidays as follows:

Friday 1 - Sunday 3 July: Westfield Whitford City

Friday 8 - Sunday 10 July: Westfield Carousel

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 July: Westfield Innaloo

We wish James the very best of luck. Special thanks to Mrs Roche for all her hard work.

Philosophy Day

Earlier this week Kirsten McCormick, Helena Phillips, Anthony Lam and Stella Morgan from Year 6 attended the Philosophy Day at the Art Gallery. These reflective thinkers joined with students from other schools to consider responses to a range of artworks at the Gallery and to discuss their ideas. Below is one of the group's responses to the question 'Why Things are placed where they are within the Art Gallery':

"We think that the arrangement of the gallery space reflects on the way we view the artwork. The curators of the galleries put certain works together because of their age, orientation, size colour or style. They attempt to place artworks together to complement each other. Even the placement and space between works is consider. Lighting is planned so that walls reflect it and shadows are made use of. Every corner of every room is put there for a reason."

Our students enjoyed their day of reflection and discovery at the Art Gallery. Special thanks to Mrs Magee for accompanying the students on the day.

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Keeping Safe in Cyber Space

Next term the College invites you to a Cyber-Safety information session. This information session is for all families with children in years 1-6 who have access to a mobile device and/or computer. It will focus on how to educate children at home and at school to become competent, informed, responsible digital citizens.

Wed 27th July 2016

Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre

Morning session: 8.45-9:30am Afternoon session: 2:30-3.10pm

Topics this session will cover:

  • ICT Capabilities and Curriculum links
  • Online safety tips
  • Safe search engines and educational websites
  • Managing social media and games
  • Setting up your child's mobile device (apps, settings, restrictions, ICT agreement)
  • Parenting in a digital age
  • Cyber safety resources

Please RSVP to Lauren Truscott indicating which session you would like to attend by Friday 22nd July.

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