Term 4 Week 10 (10/12/2021)
What is On?
Tuesday 14th December- End of year Awards Assemblies for each stage
Tuesday 14th December- Year 6 Graduation dinner (Tavern booked but restricted numbers)
Wednesday 15th December - Last Day School term 4 for students -Grafton Pool Day
First Day for S1-S3 Student 2022 - February 1st.
First Day for ES1 ( Kindy ) - February 7th. ( Best Start is in the week before)
Sports Dates 2022:
Carnival Dates 2022
-School - Yamba, Friday 4th Feb
-Zone - Maclean, Wednesday 16th Feb
-Dio - Murwillumbah, Wednesday 23rd Feb
-Polding - Sydney - Tuesday 22nd March
-School - Yamba, Thursday 7th April
-Zone - Grafton, Wednesday 4th May
-Dio - Grafton, Tuesday 24th May
-Polding - Tuesday 7th June
-School - Yamba, Friday 24th June
-Zone - Coffs Harbour, Wednesday 20th July
-Dio - Lismore, Friday 12th August
-Polding - Newcastle, Friday 9th September
2022 School Term Dates:
Term 1: 1st February (for S1-S3) (ES1 -07/02/2022)- 8th April all chn
Term 2: 26th April - 30th June (1st July - Staff PL)
Term 3: 18th July - 22nd September (23rd September - Staff PL)
Term 4: 10th October - 16th December
FINAL ASSEMBLY Tuesday 14th December.
Unforunately we are unable to host families onsite for the Final Assembly. We will send out a zoom link on MONDAY for each stage. Mrs Jeffrey has contacted the families of children who are receiving awards.
End of Year Awards Assembly ONE PER STAGE- Tuesday 14th December
The COVID plan is as follows...
ES1 Awards Assembly - 9:30am until 10:00am- the Zoom link will be emailed on the Monday for families.
S1 Awards Assembly -10:30am until 11:00am- the Zoom link will be emailed on the Monday for families.
S2 Awards Assembly -11:30am until 12:00pm- the Zoom link will be emailed on the Monday for families.
S3 Awards Assembly -12:30 until 1:00pm- Only double vaxed family of children in Year 6 onsite. (each set of 4 family seats with a 1.5m distance between sets) and zoom link will be emailed on the Monday morning for who cannot be here.
Incoming Captains' parents can attend (double vaxed) and will have set seating.
Spirit of St James Run -Year 6 parents are invited to remain on site for this event.
School Captains 2022: Owen Mortimer and Heidi van Leest
Sport Captains 2022: Finn Brossman (Angourie), Jack Carolan (Turners) and Jorja Fuller (Pippi)
Dear Parents and Carers
Monday was a fabulous day for Saint James as a school community.
To hear the children speak to their peers regarding their aspirations for leadership at the school was a lovely way to begin the week. If you have not seen the video yet it is worth a moment or two of your time. The children see the life of the school in a very different way to parents and staff and this is a great opportunity to hear the student voice.
I sent Mr Dougherty a text 1/2 way through asking him if he intended to vote informally as the children spoke at length about balls over fences and balls needing to be pumped up. I wondered if he might tick all the children who saw that the balls on the field and over the fence as an issue! All jokes aside it is important that we continue to engage with "What is important with our senior students as they are a voice for all." (A new pump had beeen ordered as our current captains have spoken to us about this.)
I have been asked about the style of school reports which we offered in Semester 2. These are in line with the Diocesan guide lines due the interrupted second semester.
What does this mean?
As we report on the outcomes taught over the full semester of 20 weeks, we need to have assessments finalised and notes collated by the end of Week 7,Term 4. Due to COVID we had Blended Learning for 4 weeks. This means we had a maximum of 12 weeks to compare the students learning against outcomes where the teaching programs contained lessons for the full semester. As you can appreciate the blended learning required a shift in the teaching style and access to content.
As such the reports contain learning progress comments for the semester and the engagement of the children in Blended Learning.
See you in Kiss and Drop with fingers crossed for a dry day on Wednesday for the Pool Day.
As we come to the end of another huge year, we are graced with time to rest, recover and reconnect with God’s creation, looking for hope-filled signs of God’s love, care and attention. Let’s delight in finding signs of God’s love in all things, especially in surprising and unexpected places. May all of our families have a blessed, holy and happy Christmas and a restful break over the Christmas season.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.
Joy to the World (Phil Wickham) - A classic carol that celebrates the joy and sovereignty of God. Let us rejoice in God’s faithfulness and how Jesus’ birth delivers salvation to the earth.
Leader of SEACs
Early Stage 1
Please watch and enjoy our ES1 Nativity Play, love from Kindergarten 2021.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
This week we have included some fun Christmas activities to our learning, filling our classroom with festive cheer. Students have shown off their dance moves with Just Dance Christmas, composed their own Christmas songs and poems, constructed 3D shapes and created decorations.
We wish all our families a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Rachelle and Anne-Maree
Elly Day - 11th December, Oscar Cranston - 14th December, Darcy Riley - 17th December, Miss Dawson - 15th December, Benson Smith - 18th December, Ella Gilbee - 20th December, Mrs Hollington - 21st December, Mrs Cole - 21st December, Rhaya Brash - 22nd December, Sunny Seivers - 22nd December, Lily Fleming - 24th December, Mrs Hamilton - 24th December, Archer Madge - 30th December