Term 3 Week 3 2022 (5/8/2022)
What is On?
Monday 8th August - Parent Night (flyer below)
Wednesday 10th August - Dio Athletics - Coffs Harbour
Monday 15th August, 100 Days of School- Kindergarten
Friday 19th August - Awards Assembly - ES1 & S1 9-9:30am, 9:30-10am S2 & S3
Save the Date - Monday 22 August- Informed Consent Parent evening offered by the Diocesan
Monday 22nd August to Friday 26th August - Book Week
Monday 22nd August - Book Week Character Parade
Wednesday 24th August - Reconciliation
Saturday 27th August - First Holy Communion
Tuesday 6th September - Stage 3 Soccer/Netball Carnival
Friday 9th September - Polding Athletics - Newcastle
Thursday 15th September - Meerkat Performance, 2pm -3pm
Friday 16th September - Touch Carnival S2 & S3
Thursday 22nd September - Last Day Term 3 for students
Friday 23rd September - Staff - Professional Learning Day
Sacramental dates 2022
Reconciliation- Wednesday 24th August, 11:40am in school hall.
First Holy Communion- Saturday 27th August, 5:30pm at St James Church, Yamba
Sport Dates 2022
-Dio - Coffs Harbour, Wednesday 10th August
-Polding - Newcastle, Friday 9th September
Dear Parents and Carers
Next Monday night Janita Thompson from the Catholic Schools Office is presenting the way forward for our previous parent assembly model.
The Diocese (as a company) has two options to consider. It is expected that every school must have one of the two options going forward. Janita is seeking feedback from our school as to which direction we would like to go and the opportunites this provides. Babysitting will be provided as will dinner. At this stage we have about 6 parents attending and would love to have a bigger group. I know that you all care deeply about this agenda and recognise the importance of voice and choice in this formation time. All school communities will be involved in this change and all school communities will be asked to make these choices in the near future. Of course once this consultation period is over the planning will go to the Diocesan Education Board who will make the final decisions.
We would love to see you there on Monday. If you miss booking in (below) just ring me Monday.
Have a lovely weekend
As mentioned in last week's newsletter, we had a team of around 30 students represent our school at the Zone Athletics carnival in Coffs Harbour last Thursday. Some fantastic individual and team results were achieved on the day, and as a result we had 16 students from our school qualify for the Diocesan carnival to be held back in Coffs Harbour next Wednesday, 10th August. Well done to all students who competed on the day, and in particular to Will Hutchinson who was named the Senior Boys Champion.
Zone Athletics Results
-Iyla Towner, 8yrs 100m
-Jake Seivers, Jr 1500m
-Will Hutchinson, 12yrs 100m
-Heidi Van Leest, Sr 800m, 1500m
-Jake Seivers, Jr 800m
-Levi O’Shea, 11yrs 200m
-Will Hutchinson, Sr 200m, Shot Put, Long Jump
- Rashad Rice, Clarry Dougherty, Ashton Miller and Alfie Ison- Jr Boys Relay
-Sailor Short, Isabel Duckett, Lola Dougherty and Zoe Edwards- Jr Girls Relay
-Will Hutchinson, Levi O'Shea, Kydan Jones and Finn Brossman- Sr Boys Relay
-Ashton Miller, 9yrs 100m
-Levi O’Shea, 11yrs 100m
-Willow Bews, 11yrs Shot Put
Scholastic Book Fair
What a huge success once again!
Many thanks to all our families who supported the book fair.Our commission was $990 which went towards books for the library. Thanks to our staff who helped with the setting up, packing up and selling of books and stationery.
New date for Meerkat Performance
The Meerkat performance has been postponed to Thursday 15 September, 2022, (2pm -3pm) due to circumstances beyond our control.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Reading at home should be a positive experience and crucial to developing attitudes as well as practising and applying reading skills and knowledge. The texts should be a few levels lower than texts used in the classroom in a guided reading session. 'When children are sent home with books they can already read, they have opportunities to develop appropriate expression, to practise chunking and pausing and most importantly to build their confidence'.
We are very excited that ES1 has some new investigations.
All About Forces is where we will investigate push and pull forces and test out our ideas and knowledge just like Scientists do. A Commonwealth Games space has also been created where we will investigate the events that our Australian athletes are currently competing in.
We have already done some writing about our favourite sport and we cheered the Aussie swimmers on when they won the relay!!
We are also in the process of changing our WIRES space into The Peach Farm.
ES1 have been busy at WIRES “releasing the animals back into the wild” as they have all recovered
Here is some action from the classroom….
Photo 1: Kindy Comm Games
Photo 2: Noah - scientist searching for answers
Photo 3: Grace is using a pull motion to rescue the lamb from the "well"
Photo 4: Watching the relay
Photo 5: The Peach Farm
Photo 6: Forces in action
Photo 7: Exploring forces through art
Stage 1 News
Stage 1 has finalised some new investigation spaces this week. Students have expressed their thoughts and ideas for different spaces and together we have finished bringing them to reality. We have a putt putt space, where students can design, make and play their own putt putt course. A McCafe and McDonalds drive through for dramatic play (thank you for the McDonald carton donations!) Box construction, where many students are building cars for the drive through, as well as many other creative pieces (another big thank you for the incoming donations!)
Stage 2 News
As part of Stage 2’s Science unit on Forces, this week the students conducted an experiment to try and show how Magnets can act as a non-contact force. There were some great predictions and ideas on display and the students thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with different weights to try and find a result.
Stage 3 News
Stage 3 - Radio
This week Stage 3 students Millie and Fin were our radio announcers at local station TLC FM.
Tune in on 93.5 FM on Fridays from 11am to hear the latest news from St James School.