Arrival and Departures

A reminder that students can not be on site before 8:20am. 

Supervision begins at 8:30am and the children must sit under the big top on the seats until that time. Children who are dropped at the end of the road to walk in are not to be on site before 8:20am. The walking to school is great but the supervision is not available and I will contact families in the coming weeks as a courtesy to let you know if your child is at school beyond our school hours. 

My other reminder is that if your child is going home with another family we need an email or a call. Calling is probably the best. Sue, Baxter  and Kelly will happily take a message. The emails come to the principal email and if I am away! the message may not get through. 

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Sport News

On Monday St James was well represented at the Clarence Zone Swimming Carnival in Maclean. We had 24 students attend the carnival. All students completed well and demonstrated great sportsmanship. A big congratulations to Clarence who was named the 11 Year Boys  Age Champion. 11 Students were successful in progressing to the next carnival held in Macksville today

The following students represented the Clarence Zone at the Diosecan Swimming Championships held today in Macksville! Congratulations to Deja Little, Sanne Little, Clarence Dougherty, Lola Dougherty, Chase Towner, Remi Murphy, Aiden Johnson, Harlan Bews, Archer Madge, Bradley Haslett and Indie Wright. 

Lola, Clarence and Deja were all awarded Runners Up Age Champions!!

The following students have made it through to the Polding Swimming Championships to be held in Sydney on the 3rd April. Congratulations- Deja, Sanne, Lola, Clarence and Harlan

Regards

Tash Hancock

Sports Coordinator

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2024 Sacrament Dates

Confirmation- Monday 17th June 2024, 5pm at St Mary’s Church, Maclean. 

Reconciliation- Wednesday 4th September, 11:35 am at school.

First Holy Communion- Saturday 7th September, 5:30pm Mass at St James Church, Yamba

The order of Sacraments in the Lismore Diocese is:

Baptism, Confirmation (Year 3), Reconciliation (Year 4), First Eucharist (Year 4)

If you need more information regarding Baptism for your child, please contact the Parish Office in Maclean on 6645 1188 (Open Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday 9am-1:30pm).

If you would like your child to receive any other Sacraments, please contact Mrs Howland at school. For your child to receive any of these Sacraments they must first be Baptised. 

If your child has received the Sacrament of Confirmation last year, they will be invited to receive Reconciliation and First Communion this year. All preparation is completed at school as part of Religion lessons. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me at school.


Renee Howland

Assistant Principal- Mission

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School Photo Day - Monday 25th March


School Photo envelopes have been sent home with your child.
As each child has a unique code and only one envelope per child is provided, please ensure these envelopes are not misplaced.

Please return the envelopes to the school by Friday 15th March.

NOT ON PHOTO DAY Please.

Sibling envelopes are available at the school office if required.

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Sport Dates

Friday 8th - March 2024 -Dio Winter Sport Trials (Soccer, Netball, Rugby League)

*Monday 11th March- Zone Winter Sport Trials- Rugby Union- Coffs Harbour

Wednesday 27th March 2024 - School Cross Country

Wednesday 3rd April 2024 - Polding Swimming-Sydney

Tuesday 9th April - Zone Cross Country - McAuley Catholic College, Grafton

Thursday 11th April – Friday 12 April 2024 - PSSA Swimming

Friday 17th May - Dio Rugby Union Trials 

*Further information will be sent home with students eligible to trial for the Winter Sports closer to the trial dates.

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ES1 News

Wow, what an incredible start to the year we have had in ES1! We’re all so proud of how settled the students are; they have made new friends, adapted to new routines, and are all showing a keen desire to learn!

This week we did our first Science experiment after exploring how living things drink water. We looked at how humans and animals drink through mouths and then looked at how plants drink through roots and stems. Over the week we observed the effects of giving celery either water or no water - coloured dye helped us to see the water travel up the stem! 

In Maths we have been learning about features, and this has helped us to sort a wide variety of objects in different ways. We’ve also been practising our subitising skills for numbers 1-6, and have learnt some new games to help with this. In English we are developing a love of stories, and are learning how to make predictions based on pictures and titles, and are concentrating on forming our letters and saying sounds correctly. In Religion we’ve been practising the Sign of the Cross and learning about the symbols of our prayer space. What a busy first 4 weeks!

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Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a busy week at Saint James. I feel like I have opened gates for buses all week! I know I haven't but it is nice to have our learners out and about across the region. 
Monday was Zone Swimming, Thursday Swimming and Surfing and today we have Year 6 at Incitāre in Grafton and Diocesan Swimming.  As I wrote that, I thought "Mmm, we are going to have some waterlogged kids at school!" Interestingly, in Kiss and Drop, I regularly meet children who have been at swim training, surfing with dad/mum, at skateboard lessons or at surfing lessons. The children come in eating toast and always with wet hair! Water is a theme for us as a school. I am glad we are focusing our sport on water-based activities for this month. 


Thank you to all the families who have taken the opportunity to attend a Parent Teacher Conference this past week. Remember to jump on and book if you have missed this, as the interviews continue into next week. Click on Conferences in the COMPASS app and choose you child, a staff member to meet and a time. Easy to do and very important for us as a school. 


I am away most of next week for the Principal/CSO/Priest Gathering in Coffs Harbour, where we are continuing to look at the moving ground and changing scenery of the DLCSL Company structure. The change from an independent Parish entity to a part of a company is huge, with new legislation regarding ... most things (actually everything) except what matters most- the learning focus for the children in our care. You will notice the changes already and I expect more will come. The biggest impacts are within administration and while you will not be massively impacted, the staff are always responding to new agendas and regulations. Not a bad thing, just a change and an explanation of my absence.


I have had my” classroom fix" today visiting ES1 and S1 in literacy! S1 were reading and a few numeracy workers came for a visit as well.  ES1 were reading We are Going On a Bear Hunt. It was fabulous! Who had more fun? The children or Miss Haines?! If you know, you know! This afternoon some S2 children came down with a novel where the principal was called Mr Dawson. Not my family but we had a good laugh! 
Next fortnight I need to get in to S3 as they ramp up their learning. 


Have a lovely weekend
Ann 

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What is On?

Friday 8th March, 9:00am - Awards Assembly

Friday 8th March 2024 -Dio Winter Sport Trials (Soccer, Netball, Rugby League)

*Monday 11th March- Zone Winter Sport Trials- Rugby Union- Coffs Harbour

Wednesday 13th March to Friday 22nd March - NAPLAN (Year 3 and 5 students) 

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday 21st March -  Community Coversation #7, 5:30pm (Family games night Flyer below)

Monday 25th  March - School Photo Day (see below for details)

Wednesday 27th March 2024 - School Cross Country

Thursday 28th March - Holy Thursday Liturgy

April

Wednesday 3rd April 2024 - Polding Swimming-Sydney

Monday 8th April - Catholic Schools Week Liturgy in hall, 10am followed by open classrooms and morning tea.

Tuesday 9th April - Zone Cross Country - McAuley Catholic College Grafton 

Thursday 11th April – Friday 12 April 2024 - PSSA Swimming

Thursday 11th April- Last day Term 1, 2024 for students

Friday 12th April 2024 - Staff Development Day - Pupil Free Day

*Further information will be sent home with students eligible to trial for the Winter Sports closer to the trial dates.

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Medications

Just a  reminder -

If your child is required to take any medication please give this to the school office with a medical consent form (which can be obtained from the office). All prescription medication must be in original packaging to safe guard your child. (even over the counter medication such as Panadol and antihistamines need to be  labelled with your child's name). If we needed to give Panadol in an emergency we will contact parents for consent. 

It is policy that we are NOT allowed to administer homeopathic or other natural medication at school. No medication can be kept in school bags.

These directions are across the diocese. 

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Uniform 2024

School Uniform

Monday to Thursday the school uniform is worn. On Fridays the students wear their sports  uniform. Please ensure your child is in correct school uniform, including socks and footwear. School hats are compulsory and will affect your child's outdoor play if they are not worn.

 Girls                    Checked Blouse

                                Navy Blue Skort

      Navy Blue Fleecy Jumper or Fleecy Zip up Jumper w/school emblem

      School Jacket w/school emblem

 Boys      Maroon  Shirt

                Navy Blue Shorts

      Navy Blue Fleecy Jumper or Fleecy Zip up Jumper w/school emblem

      School Jacket w/school emblem

Footwear  All children are to wear navy socks with school uniform.

School shoes are to be fully black. (this includes laces) Sport shoes or joggers may be worn with white socks with the sports uniform.

Tracksuits  Both boys and girls may wear navy tracksuit pants in cooler weather.

 No “hoodies

Sports uniform

Both girls and boys are allowed the option of light weight navy shorts (Taslon) and the school sports shirt. Girls may wear their skorts.

No lycra shorts.

 Jewellery  

No jewellery except watches, sleepers/studs are acceptable.

Long Hair

For health and safety reasons long hair needs to be tied back. (both boys and girls)

Hair must be neat and tidy at all times.

Hair ribbons/scrunchies when worn must be maroon or navy blue.                               

Labelling

Please label everything.  Not only uniforms but also hats, drink bottles, lunch boxes etc.  The labels also have to be regularly checked to make sure they are still visible, as many tend to wear/come off over time. Small children can be overwhelmed by the whole school experience and will often lose or forget their personal belongings. Labelling everything ensures minimal upset for the child, teacher and parents.

 Uniform Ordering and Purchasing

 Uniforms are available at The Uniform Shop, 4 Stanley St, Maclean—66453778

*      A clothing pool is available at school.

* A small number of hats are available for purchase from the school office at $20

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BINGO is maths? Right?

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday 21st March -  Community Coversation #7, 5:30pm at the Golf Club. You won't want to miss it! 

The CC group of parents have arranged some fun maths games followed by BINGO. You will want to save this date as we know that the BINGO we have arranged with a caller is  great fun. (Appparently lots of families were at BINGO in the holidays and say it was wonderful fun!)  Prizes and community in a venue where you can also get dinner- What could be better!

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Sport News

The start of the year has seen many things happening in sport! 

Winter Sport Trials

This week we had 9 students represent our school at the Clarence Zone Winter Sport Trials. Students travelled to Woolgoolga for Netball and Grafton for Soccer. Two students have been successful in their selection and will play as part of the Clarence Zone teams, competing against the 3 other zones on the day. A Diocesan team will be selected at the end of the day to play at the Polding carnival later in Term 2. Good luck to those involved.

Indie Wright- Girls Soccer                                 Jake Seivers- Boys Soccer

Zone Swimming

This Monday, 26th February, 24 students will be heading to Maclean to compete in the Clarence Zone Swimming Championships. We wish all competitors the best of luck and we look forward to hearing the results.  

New Representative Sport Process

This year the Diocese is trialling a new process for students attending Diocesen and Polding events. Any student who is successful in making a representative team will now receive an event alert through COMPASS from the schools Sport Coordinator (paper notes will no longer be handed out). Consent and payment is to be made through the compass app. We understand that this is a new process so if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Regards

Tash Hancock

Sports Coordinator 

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AP Teaching and Learning

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is an initiative of the NSW State Government. It aims to encourage in students a love of reading for leisure and pleasure and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition, but a challenge to each student to increase their reading stamina. The students in K-2 will automatically participate in the challenge, however, this year students in years 3-6 will be asked to nominate themselves if they would like to participate in this year’s challenge. If your child would like to participate in the PRC for 2023 please notify your interest with Mrs Petersen.


Kind Regards

Mrs Petersen 

AP Teaching and Learning

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RE News

Christian Meditation is taught in our Catholic schools and is a simple way to practise stillness and silence and open our hearts to God. Everyone sits comfortably, with their eyes gently closed. Pray the word "Maranatha" silently and repeatedly. Maranatha means 'Come Lord' and is a simple invitation to God to enter our hearts. Allow the meditation to last 3-5 minutes depending upon the age of your children.

Our Beginning School Mass was held on Tuesday at St James Catholic Church. Thank you to the parents and family members who attended this very special Mass and helped to celebrate the beginning of another fantastic year of learning.

At the conclusion of the Mass, the Year 6 students were presented with their Leaders badges and were presented to the school community.

2024 Sacrament Dates

Confirmation- Monday 17th June 2024, 5pm at St Mary’s Church, Maclean. 

Reconciliation- Wednesday 4th September, 11:35 am at school.

First Holy Communion- Saturday 7th September, 5:30pm Mass at St James Church, Yamba

The order of Sacraments in the Lismore Diocese is:

Baptism, Confirmation (Year 3), Reconciliation (Year 4), First Eucharist (Year 4)

If you need more information regarding Baptism for your child, please contact the Parish Office in Maclean on 6645 1188 (Open Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday 9am-1:30pm).

If you would like your child to receive any other Sacraments, please contact Mrs Howland at school. For your child to receive any of these Sacraments they must first be Baptised. 

If your child has received the Sacrament of Confirmation last year, they will be invited to receive Reconciliation and First Communion this year. All preparation is completed at school as part of Religion lessons. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me at school.


Renee Howland

Assistant Principal- Mission

This year, Project Compassion brings you the stories of three resilient women from three different corners of the world. They are facing vastly different challenges, but are all united by one dream: to create a better tomorrow for all future generations.

Meet Ronita from the Philippines. Ronita lives with her husband and two children in a barangay (local district) in Quezon City, which is situated in Metro Manila in the Philippines. She went back to school to finish her education so that she could earn income to support her children.

Meet Leaia from Samoa. Not having access to a reliable source of clean water was very difficult for Leaia and her family. But, with the support of Caritas Australia, a water tank was installed at their home, improving their health and living conditions.

Meet Memory from Malawi. Memory, the eldest daughter from a rural Malawian family, trained to become a carpenter and is now a trailblazer for future generations of women in her village.  

Throughout Project Compassion, you will get to know the stories of Ronita, Leaia and Memory. Journey with them as they forge a path to a brighter future for all generations. 

Watch a short film: Introduction to Project Compassion (Primary school version) or Introduction to Project Compassion (General)

Please donate to Project Compassion.

You can donate through Project Compassion donation boxes in each classroom or office.

Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

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Sport Dates

Monday 26th February 2024 - Zone Swimming Carnival -Maclean

Friday 1st March 2024 - Dio Swimming Carnival-Macksville

Friday 8th - March 2024 -Dio Winter Sport Trials (Soccer, Netball, Rugby League)

*Monday 11th March- Zone Winter Sport Trials- Rugby Union- Coffs Harbour

Wednesday 27th March 2024 - School Cross Country

Wednesday 3rd April 2024 - Polding Swimming-Sydney

Tuesday 9th April - Zone Cross Country - McAuley Catholic College, Grafton (Note change of date)

Thursday 11th April – Friday 12 April 2024 - PSSA Swimming

Friday 17th May - Dio Rugby Union Trials 

*Further information will be sent home with students eligible to trial for the Winter Sports closer to the trial dates.

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Stage 3 News

We have had a very busy start to the school year. Our Year 6 students were proudly badged at Mass on Tuesday, however all Stage 3 students have really stepped up as leaders in our school. We have started our Buddies program with Kindergarten, we have led liturgies and a Mass, we are coordinating and running a lunch time sports competition, we are having fun at surfing and we’ve been totally engaged in all of our new learning units!

English

In English we have started our narrative unit. Our novel is ‘The Wild Robot’ by Peter Brown. Students are really enjoying this science-fiction novel about a robot called Roz! Throughout the unit students will develop a deeper understanding of how patterns in narratives set up expectations and notice when those patterns are subverted. Students will further explore narrative conventions and characterisation, then apply this knowledge when creating their own science-fiction narratives. We look forward to sharing the finished product!


Sports Competition

Stage 3 students have certainly stepped up and are running the Stage 2 and 3 lunchtime sports competition. This term Stage 3 is playing League Tag and Stage 2 are playing Netball. Students are assisting with reffing, umpiring, time keeping and scoring. The students are thoroughly enjoying learning the skills for these sports and are loving playing with their friends.

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