Around the Primary

Welcome back for term three. I trust you had the opportunity to enjoy the break from school routines and spend quality time with your children. It is pleasing to see the children returned refreshed and enthusiastic for the busy term ahead. On Monday the staff participated in various professional development workshops with teachers from regional Catholic schools. The workshops looked specifically at the Australian Curriculum and also the implementation of iPads into the curriculum. This term we welcome Mrs Raelene Palmer who will be replacing Mrs Brenda Meredith while she is on long-service leave and we also welcome back Education Assistant, Miss Mia O'Sullivan.

We have a range of activities and events taking place in the primary school in term three. Our term calendar outlines the major events which will take place over the next ten weeks. Any changes to the calendar will be advertised via the weekly newsletter. Please keep the calendar in a prominent place in your home and refer to it on a weekly basis.

Our first week has progressed very smoothly with routines being resumed well. On Tuesday and Thursday some Japanese students visited our kindy and preprimary classes. They are completing early childhood studies and spent some time observing our wonderful teachers and also completed some activities with the children. This was also an opportunity for all involved to develop greater understanding and appreciation of our different cultures. Also on Tuesday some of our students enjoyed a football session run by the West Coast Eagles. It was a great way to kick start the new term.

As you aware the primary school held its very own "Olympic Opening Ceremony" this morning. All classes enjoyed parading around the Junior Primary oval to the tunes of the various National anthems. It was great to see the staff and students come to school dressed either in national dress or in the colours of their allocated country's flag. Each class proudly represented a country.

PPB: Australia PPG: Great Britain
1B: China 1G: Italy
2B: Canada 2G: Germany
3B: New Zealand 3G: Brazil
4B: Spain 4G: France
5B: Argentina 5G: Netherlands
6B: Russia 6G: Japan

It was great to see so many parents and friends supporting this event. Special thanks to Mrs Gardner, Mrs Aghdasi, Mrs Reside, Ms O'Connor and Mr Edwards for coordinating our John XXIII Opening Ceremony. A big thank you to Mr Stuart Reside (Mrs Reside's husband) who is a past Olympic rower who came along to show us his medals and tell us about his Olympic adventures in Athens and Sydney. We also received the message below from Ms Katrina Porter to share with students at our opening ceremony. Katrina is a past student of the College and a current ParaOlympian swimmer who is currently training in London.

'I remember being a part of it (John XXIII Opening Ceremony) when I was in Year 7 at JTC. It was the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and I was representing Greece with four other class mates. It is difficult to remember back that far, but I remember it being an incredible amount of fun. We played lots of sports, and all wanted our own countries to win. We learnt a lot about the country and culture of Greece, and from memory we also cooked some yummy food from all of the different countries, which we all shared amongst the class. It really is like being at the real Olympics, where we have so many choices of what we would like to eat - European, American, modern, Asian, South American, and even African! There is even a free McDonalds, 24 hours a day. We aren't allowed to eat any McDonalds before we compete, but afterwards I always treat myself to a cheeseburger… very naughty! Anyway, I want to wish all of the students good luck for their mini-Olympics. I can't wait to hear how it goes!!'

Next Friday 3rd August is our first Mass for the term and Ms Rattenbury and Year 5B students have been busy preparing this liturgy. All parents and friends are welcome to join us at 9am in the chapel.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

NEXT WEEK'S IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Monday 30th July
Notre Dame medical students visit Year One

Tuesday 31st July
Years 3-6 Cross Country Training - 7.30am start
Bishop's Literacy Testing for Years 3 & 5
Notre Dame medical students visit Mary Ward

Thursday 2nd August
Years 3-6 Cross Country Training - 7.30am start
Holy Communion Parent Information Meeting - 7pm in the Chapel

Friday 3rd August Primary Mass - 9am

The Olympic Games 2012 comes to John XXIII College

Football session run by the West Coast Eagles