School Newsletter

This morning 13 incredibly confident Year 5 learners delivered a leadership speech in front of the Years 4-6 students, their teachers and parents.  Over the next few days, the students and teachers will vote for the positions of School Captain, Vice Captain, House Captain and the various Councillor positions.  The recipients of these leadership positions will be announced at the final Mass on Wednesday 24 November at 9am.  Also at the Mass, all of the Year 5 students will receive their leader badge for 2022.  We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at this event.

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Seasons for Growth offers children and young people a safe space to come together, and share their experiences of change and loss.

The Children and Young People’s Program has a safe and engaging curriculum structure that incorporates a wide range of age-appropriate activities involving drawing, role-play, stories, discussion, playdough, music and journal activities.

There are four different levels of the program. Each level includes eight weekly sessions, a final celebration session and two subsequent reconnector sessions (that range from 40 minutes to an hour depending on age). Each weekly session explores a concept theme such as, Life is like the Seasons, Change is Part of Life, ‘Valuing My Story, Caring for my Feelings, Making Good Choices.

All four levels of the program have flexibility to cater for participants with different learning needs or preferences. The learning processes reflect a deep respect for children’s capacity to cope, problem-solve, make good choices, set realistic goals and connect with others. Such learning develops best in supportive social contexts with peers and a caring, skilled adult ‘Companion’. Children’s learning is documented in a personal ‘Seasons for Growth’ journal so that participants can re-visit their insights in the future.

Seasons for Growth groups will begin in Term 1 2022 to support a small number of students who have experienced change and loss – which may include divorce, family breakdown, death or illness in their families and/or their life.

Please let me know if you feel your child may benefit from these groups via email at christina.peak@twb.catholic.edu.au and I will begin to compile lists.

Find out more at Seasons for Growth Children and Young People's Program | Good Grief

If your child has been accessing support from the School Counsellor and you haven't received any emails, please check your junk mail as it appears this is where some of the emails are ending up. Please also don't hesitate to let me know if you have concerns or just want to check in with how counselling is going.

Ms Christina Peak
School Counsellor

Parents, thank you for overseeing the return of all library loans by this Friday.

Students with leased Surface Go devices will be notified of the return procedure to follow. Parental assistance with these task is appreciated by the Library Team.

Regards

Mrs Anderson

Teacher Librarian

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It is hard to believe we are coming to the pointy end of the year! With only 2 weeks left of school, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for warmly welcoming me into this school community. The way I have been invited in so warmly has made the transition to St Saviour’s Primary School such a positive one. I truly feel blessed to belong to such an exceptional school community. I have enjoyed getting to know the students, staff and parents. I look forward to continuing to share in learning and fun with everyone in 2022.

I thought I’d share with you a few ideas about how you continue to foster a love learning over the school holidays - it doesn’t need to be dull! Some ideas have been taken from 5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning During the School Holidays (melbournechildpsychology.com.au)

  1. Go to museums

Cobb and Co have some incredible holiday activities! Cobb+Co Museum (qm.qld.gov.au). If you are up for a bigger day of learning, the science centre in Brisbane is a great place for some hands on activities. | SparkLab (qm.qld.gov.au)

 

  1. Let them be bored!

Give children time to escape the hustle bustle of the world and just be! Allow them time to use their imagination and make their own fun. Often getting outdoors can be great to help with this. Remove all technology and see what happens.

 

  1. Read Read Read

Make reading part of the daily routine. A book before bed. Read a section of the paper together in the morning. Read some Christmas cards together. Gift your children books for Christmas every year. Reading is one of the best forms of learning for ALL children – which includes reading to them too.

 

  1. Have fun and play some games

Set aside some time to play board games with the kids. Monopoly will help with mental maths. The game ‘Sequence’ will help them with some strategic thinking. Reading the rules of games will help children develop their comprehension skills. Lastly, participating in games will help develop their social skills.

Have a wonderful time learning with your children over the Christmas break!

 Warm Regards

Nicki Prentice

IGNITE LEARNING - Learning Dispositions

During the Year 5 Teaching and Learning Meeting this week, the teachers discussed with the leadership team the importance of the St Saviour’s Primary Learning Disposition of Be Determined.  It was described as the hardest one for the teachers to teach and for our learners to grasp. 

At the beginning of 2021, a parent survey was conducted around the following question: What are the barriers that you see in your child’s learning when they are faced with a challenge at home?

Some of the responses included:

"He gets sidetracked and needs encouragement to continue "

“Lacks confidence to try first before asking for help, feels overwhelmed with new tasks”

“Waiting for adult help and not knowing where else to go for help”

“ becomes overwhelmed when certain things become challenging and finds it difficult to “keep going” when he can’t do something the first time”

As educators and parents it is important for us to reassure our learners that struggle, frustration and confusion are a normal part of the learning journey.  In fact, the best learning often occurs when stepping out of our comfort zone.  Many people are often hesitant to take this important step due to fear of failure, making mistakes or revealing weakness.

At St Saviour’s Primary, many teachers are using the concept of a Learning Pit  to encourage and reassure learners that taking risks, asking questions, and trying new things can help them develop their abilities and deepen their understanding.

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Certainly, the St Saviour’s Learning Disposition of ‘Be Determined’ can help learners exit ‘the pit’ and achieve success.  I would also argue that our other dispositions (and many more) can also help our learners achieve success in learning and life. 

If you can relate to some of the quotes from parents above, why not turn to the St Saviour’s Primary dispositions of Be Determined, Be Adventurous, Be Collaborative, Be Curious, Be a Communicator and Be Creative and help your child (your learner) realise that struggle and confusion is how we learn.

Source: https://www.challenginglearning.com/learning-pit/#introduction

 

SEMESTER 2 REPORTING

As previously mentioned the Semester Two report cards will be sent home in the last week of school via the Parent Portal in Sentral.  The only reports that will be printed will be for students who are leaving the school and not attending another Toowoomba Catholic School and for the Year 6 students.

EALD Comment in the Report Card

If your child has an EALD comment on their report card, here is a brief description as to why.

EALD stands for English and Additional Language or Dialect. 

EALD learners generally speak languages other than Standard Australian English (SAE) as their first language or they speak another language within their household.  They are able to bring rich and diverse languages and cultural knowledge to the classroom to share with their peers.  EALD learners may require additional time and support to assist them with their classroom learning and access to the curriculum.

At St Saviour’s this support is either within the classroom setting or in small or individual groups.  The content of the support, for the most part, is the same as the classroom teacher is teaching however, the EALD learner may need some assistance with time needed to complete the task, pre-teaching of vocabulary or subject matter or comprehension of skills.

The Bandscale levels provide a map of the EALD learners progress in learning within the school environment.  They enable the classroom teachers to assess appropriate language and if learning support is necessary to assist EALD learners to access the curriculum.

Dear Parents

The school leadership team and school administration pride themselves on keeping our community informed about school events.  Teachers are also kept up-to-date with event times, venues etc. and share these in their weekly communication notes with families. It is most disappointing that parents are not reading school communications and then phoning reception and venting!  Please access all communication which is sent through several avenues: SENTRAL, Schoolzine and Facebook.  We are always willing and happy to help you when you need.  Please be respectful to the staff at all times.

With only a few weeks left of Term 4, there is much to be accomplished by the last day on Friday 3rd December.  Preparations are in full swing for final year events and activities. 

Upcoming events:

Week 8:

SSPS and P & F (FACE) Christmas Concert: 

Saturday 20th November 3:30 p.m. onwards

Year 5 Fun Day:

Tuesday 30th November

School Board and P & F thanksgiving dinner:

Tuesday 23rd November  

End of Year Mass:

Wednesday 24th November; All welcome to attend 9.00 a.m. in the Cathedral Centre: Presentation of Leader Badges to all Year 5's and elected positions announced. 

Year 6 Fun Day:

Friday 26th November

Year 4 Soccer Gala Day:

Friday 26th November

Week 9:

Transition morning for current and new students:

Wednesday 1st December 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • All students will spend this time with their 2022 class teacher and classmates.
  • All new students to gather in the Mercy Centre; a member of staff will escort new students to their classes.
  • Thanks to our Pastoral Care group who will have refreshments set up outside the Mercy Centre.
  • Uniform Shop will be open during this time as well.

Final Assembly:

Thursday 2nd December 9.00 a.m. in the Mercy Centre

  • Academic Awards, Adopt-A-Cop Awards, Cornerstone Awards, Sporting Awards, Cultural Awards and the Spirit of Catherine McAuley Award will be announced at this assembly.

Last Day of School:

Friday 3rd December: Year 6 Graduation 9.00 a.m.

  • Year 6 parents/guests must use Try booking to secure seating for this event.
  • Students attending on this day will be supervised by class teachers at the graduation.
  • School finishes at 1.00 p.m.
  • Toowoomba Catholic Care and Kindergartens (Outside School Care) is available for service from 1.00 p.m. Parents wanting to access this service must enrol for the afternoon. 

Haircuts and Uniform

Could I please ask parents to be aware of both haircuts and school uniforms as we get closer to the holidays. On the whole, most children arrive at school neat and tidy each day looking great. In a few cases, some children need to get their hair cut and some uniforms need minor repairs, such as polish on shoes and buttons replaced on shirts. If you could please assist your child with these two important issues, I would really appreciate it, as we aim to finish the year strongly in every area, especially important areas like attendance and appearance.

Building Update

Demolition of the 'old' administration and staff facilities has been in full swing this week.  We have adapted to the noise and dust as best we could. Final day of building and handover is January 20th, 2022, just in time for school.

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Many thanks for all your time and support of the staff and children here at SSPS.

Madonna Sleba

Dear Parents and Carers,

Another reminder about some of the significant school events taking place in the next two weeks:

Week 8: Wednesday, 9am @ the Cathedral Centre: End of Year Mass, which will include Thanksgiving, Farewells and Leadership Presentations to current Year 5 students  (note, this is NOT in the Cathedral)

Week 9: Wednesday, 9am- whole school Transition Morning

               Thursday, 9am- Final Awards Assembly (Mercy Centre)

               Friday, 9am- Yr 6 Graduation (Mercy Centre)

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM for 2022

Tomorrow I will be visiting  the Year 3 classrooms to hand out a letter and an Enrolment Form to those students who are Baptised and may be interested in participating in the St Patrick's Cathedral Parish Sacramental Program (Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation) next year. Parents are asked to keep an eye out for these forms and to contact me via the school office if you do not receive any paperwork or you are after further information. 

Please note that students from outside of SSPS are welcome to join in this Parish Program with communication shared/ gathered via the Parish Office.

MINI VINNIES' APPEAL

Year 5 Mini Vinnies' Christmas Grocery Gather is well underway. You are invited to send donations of non-perishable Christmas food items into school by Week 8. The Christmas Hampers will be presented to St Vincent de Paul Society in Week 9. Your generosity towards helping those in need is very much appreciated.

Thank you for all your support throughout the year.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday! Mrs Spalding and Mrs McVeigh are delighted with how the preparation is going for the Christmas Concert.

See you Saturday!

Judy

Last day of Term 4:

The last day of Term 4 is Friday, December 3.  School will finish at 1.00 pm on this day.  If you require care through OSHC please see information on how to book below.

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Office relocation:
For the remainder of the term, the office will be located in the Library.  
Direct Debit forms 2022:
Please remember to return your completed 2022 direct debit forms by tomorrow for processing.  
Year 6 Graduation:

The following link is now open for bookings to the Year 6 Graduation ceremony for Year 6 students.  Please click on the link below to secure your seats via try booking.

https://www.trybooking.com/831023

Lost Property:
Plese ensure you check Lost Property which is located outside the Library for any items of uniform that may have become lost or misplaced during Term 4. 
Medication:
All Medication that is kept in the office will need to be collected by a parent in the last week of this term.  This also includes asthma medication that is currently kept in the classroom.  A reminder will be sent home via the Parent Portal in the last week.  
Thank you.
Parking reminders:
  • Please refrain from parking on the footpaths in Perth Street.
  • Please cross at the pedestrian crossing to cross safely with your children in Perth Street and Lawrence Street
  • Please do not park or block residents' driveways in Perth Street
  • No parking in the bus zones (Neil Street and Perth Street)
  • Prep carpark is out of bounds

Ice-Blocks:

Please note that during renovations we are unable to store ice-blocks as the office does not have a fridge/freezer.  We appreciate your understanding through these last few weeks of Term.

Swimming Stars 

Over the weekend Mia, Emma, Harper and Sophia competed at the Toowoomba Open Swimming Carnival at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre in Toowoomba. The girls had a great day with many achievements. Emma received seven medals on the day for 3rd in 100m breaststroke 1st in 100m freestyle, 1st in 100m butterfly, 1st in 50m butterfly, 1st in 200m IM, 2nd in 50 backstroke and 1st in100m backstroke. 

Emma also took out age champion for the 11-year-old girls. Harper placed 3rd in 400m freestyle, 1st in 200m backstroke, and 3rd in 50m backstroke and achieved 12 years and under long distance champion. 

Mia placed 2nd in 100 backstroke and Sophia came 1st in 50m breaststroke, 3rd in 50m butterfly, 3rd in 50m backstroke and 3rd in 50m freestyle. All four girls said they had a lot of fun and there was decent competition on the day (Picture Below).  

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Indigenous Games 

Over the last four weeks of term students in Year 3 to Year 6 will be participating in traditional Indigenous games. Students will not only have a lot of fun in these games but also learn about Indigenous culture. Last week students started with a hunting game called ‘Gorri’ where they hunted for different Australian animals using tennis balls as spears. Next, they played a game of ‘Thepan’ which is a sword play game where students needed to hit their opponent in the legs to get them out (Picture Attached).

Lastly, students participated in ‘Tha,an’ which consisted of students working in groups of three. Students would be on either end of a pole and would need to push their opponent out of the marked area, similar to tug of war but pushing instead of pulling. Students had a blast playing these games and are looking forward to playing and learning more traditional games over the remainder of Term Four. 

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Zone and Darling Downs Trials 

All Zone and Darling Downs trials will be placed on Parent Portal. Please check Parent Portal regularly or set up notifications on your phone if you wish for your child to be eligible to trial for Zone and Darling Downs sporting teams as you will be required to obtain paperwork from myself. Any questions, please contact me at brendan.luck@twb.catholic.edu.au. 

Cheers 

Brendan Luck 

PE Teacher 

brendan.luck@twb.catholic.edu.au  

Congratulations to our Week 6 and Week 7 Award Winners.

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Year 5 Mini Vinnies Christmas Grocery Gather

Every year St Vincent De Paul help hundreds of families throughout the Christmas period. The St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal provides food hampers and financial support for families doing it tough at Christmas.

To help with the Appeal, Year 5 will be holding a Christmas Grocery Gather. They are asking for donations of Christmas food, pantry staples and non-perishable food items that will be used to make much needed food hampers.

Donation boxes will be located outside of 5C and 5L and you can drop off your grocery items each morning. Posters are up around the school to remind you of the items we will be collecting.

It would be wonderful if we could bring a little Christmas cheer to families who need it. Please donate to our Minnie Vinnies Christmas Grocery gather.

“Lets fill up the ute again!”

Mrs Cooper (Year 5 Teacher)

Friday Lunch Mindfulness Sessions 

We have explored Body Mapping which involves drawing our body sensations and feelings onto a body outline.  We are so used to paying attention to the outside world that it can take significant practice to turn our focus inwards. 

First, we relax as much as we can and take some deep breaths. Then we can begin to scan the inside of our bodies for various sensations. Starting with actual sensations such as cold/hot, tight/relaxed can be useful for children as they get used to this new skill.  We can then also look for angry, sad, scared, happy feelings and draw them. 

Identifying body sensations is the first step to being aware of our feelings. It is linking our body with the emotional part of our brain with the thinking part of our brain. 

When we are aware of our feelings, we have greater capacity to make choices about what to do with our feelings.

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This takes time………brains are not fully developed until the early to mid 20’s!! 

From Kid’s Helpline Helping kids identify and express feelings | Kids Helpline 

Here are some of the ways you can help your child learn about and express their feelings: 

  • Tune into cues - Sometimes feelings can be hard to identify. Tune into your child’s feelings by looking at their body language, listening to what they’re saying and observing their behaviour. Figuring out what they feel and why means you can help them identify, express and manage those feelings better. 
  • Behind every behaviour is a feeling - Try to understand the meaning and feeling behind your child’s behaviour. You can help your child find other ways to express that feeling once you know what is driving the behaviour. 
  • Name the feeling - Help your child name their feelings by giving them a label. Naming feelings is the first step in helping kids learn to identify them. It allows your child to develop an emotional vocabulary so they can talk about their feelings. 
  • Identify feelings in others – Provide lots of opportunities to identify feelings in others. You might ask your child to reflect on what someone else may be feeling. Cartoons or picture books are a great way discuss feelings and helps kids learn how to recognise other people’s feelings through facial expressions. 
  • Be a role model - Kids learn about feelings and how to express them appropriately by watching others. Show your child how you’re feeling about different situations and how you deal with those feelings. 
  • Encourage with praise - Praise your child when they talk about their feelings or express them in an appropriate way. Not only does it show that feelings are normal and it’s ok to talk about them, it reinforces the behaviour so they are likely to repeat it. 
  • Listen to your child’s feelings - Stay present and resist the urge to make your child’s bad feelings go away. Support your child to identify and express their feelings so they are heard. When feelings are minimised or dismissed, they will often be expressed in unhealthy ways. 

 

 

Dear Parents,

The Tuckshop is in urgent need of helpers for the remainder of this term.  In particular every Friday (the busiest day) and in 2022 as the new school year commences.

The Tuckshop as you know operates on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

However, for the viability of sustaining the operation for 3 days a week has raised concerns.

In order to keep the Tuckshop operating  over 3 days your help is needed.  Our Tuckshop convenor requires at least 2 volunteers every Friday for the rest of the school term.  This can be for as little as 1-2 hours in the morning to help with labels on bags, or over the lunch period to bag up orders. 

If you can help please contact Natasha Biggar on 0408 986 317.  

Please consider helping in the Tuckshop if you can.

Congratulations to our Weekly Awards from Week 4 and 5

Week 4

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Week 5

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Last day of Term 4:

The last day of Term is Friday 3rd December.  This is also the Year 6 Graduation ceremony. 

Year 6 Graduation:

The Year 6 Graduation ceremony is being held on the last day of Term, Friday December 3.   Information will be sent home via the Parent Portal on Monday about booking seats for the Graduation.  A link will be sent from TRY BOOKING - all families will need to book allocated seats for Graduation.  Six tickets per family. (not including your Year 6 child)  Please keep an eye out for this link and book your seats as soon as possible.

Direct Debit forms 2022:

Please return completed Direct Debit forms for next year to the office ASAP for processing.

Use of Device Agreements:

These forms are due back by the 22nd November.

Prep 2022:

Prep Information Night for parents is coming up on Wednesday 17th November from 5.30pm - 6.30pm to be held in the Mercy Centre.  All parents are asked to attend this evening.

Prep Transistion morning - December 1. 

Last Day of Term:

St Saviour's Primary OSHC will be providing care for families from 1.00 pm on this day. Bookings are essential. Children who are already enrolled at OSHC can book directly via the xplor app.  Families do not attend OSHC will need to enrol by Friday 19th November.  Please email Brooke Chittenden at Brooke.Chittenden@tckc.qld.edu.au for all enrolment information and enquries.

To enquire/book please phone 0429 381 561.  

Perth Street parking:

It has come to our attention that quite a lot of parents are parking on footpaths in Perth Street.  Please refrain from parking on the footpaths of residents who live in Perth Street.  We understand it is difficult to find parks particulary as the building works are happening, however it is important that parking does not occur on the footpaths.

Also if you are parking in Perth Street PLEASE use the crossing. We need to teach our children the right way to cross a road - not to J walk.  

There have been several reports of young mothers with children gathering on Perth Street and crossing mid way down the street.  Visibility can be quite dangerous and cars come at speed around the corner from Ruthven Street at peak time.  It is only a matter of time before an incident occurs.  Please take an extra 5 mins and drive to where you can cross safely or find a park on Lawrence Street and walk your child in.  We cannot stress the importance of this enough.

Office Furniture - FOR SALE:

The office has several pieces of furniture/chairs that we are selling off.

If you would like any of the items (see pics below) please come and see us and make an offer.  These items will need to be collected by Wednesday of next week.

LIST OF ITEMS:

Coffee Table x 2

Small side table x 2

Black couches (2 seater and 3 seater)

Black Futon Couch  (used in sick bay)

Assortment of office chairs 

Black Dining Chairs 

Tables (round white and rectangle) 

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