Sunday, 17 March 2019

Parent Teacher Interviews and more.

The poster below will be on display in the classroom from Tuesday.
Please write on the poster.

It is expected that all parents will attend a parent teacher interview however if you have had a parent teacher meeting between weeks 5 and 8 then you may wish to put your next interview off until week one of term two. 

Parent Teacher Interviews.  PP1B.  Week 9.  Term 1.
Please put your full name on one of the time slots below.
It is important that you write this time and date in your diary so as not to miss your time slot.
Where possible do not leave gaps in the timetable.  IE Fill all the earlier time slots first.
Thank you J
Monday 1st April, 2019.
Tuesday 2nd April, 2019.
Wednesday 3rd April, 2019.
Thursday 4th April, 2019.








Preprimary Reminders. 

We have been working really hard on our counting skills.  This means counting to 10 and beyond using 1 - 1 correspondence.  Extra practise out of school always helps and we encourage parents to complete simple counting activities with their children as they arise.
How many pieces of carrot have I cut to put in the steamer?
How many windmills between Bunbury and Perth?
How many eggs are left in the egg carton.?
How pieces of lego in this creation?
Ensure that your child is, where possible, touching each object and moving it to show they have counted it. 
Good mathematicians always check their work too!

All children should now be recognising the number symbols 0 - 10.
What number is this?
Can you write a number 7?
We have little rhymes to help remember number formations.  Ask you child if they know them.
3 - Around the tree and around the tree, that's the way we make a three.

The chidlren are getting very good at recognising sound symbols.  It is very important that they can hear the sound at the beginning of words.
Try asking some questions like....
Can you find something on the table that begins with a 'm'?
I have a muffin.  What is the first sound in muffin?
Playing I spy is always a good game for initial sound recognition.

I spy with my little eye something that begins with a p. 

Year One Reminders.

It is swimming lesson week.  Please go back to previous blog to read important details if you have not done this.
Mrs Sorgiovanni will travel with the children to swimming lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Mrs Birch will go with them on Friday.
Please pack a morning tea that the children can eat quickly while at swimming lessons.  There is not a very long break for them to eat.

The Year One' were busy earlier this week making number pic collages on the iPads.  How clever!

Our Pres enjoyed some great indoor play sessions. 

Friday, 15 March 2019

Year One Swimming Information

Good afternoon parents, 

Swimming commences this Monday 18th March to Friday 22nd of March. 

We are very lucky to be heading to the pool for the morning session leaving OLC at 9.40 am and we will return to OLC by 12.30pm This year the children will have 2 x 40 min lessons within this block, with a 10 min break between each lesson. Within this break, the children will be eating their recess and sip and crunch to keep them sustained for the double lesson. 

Please bring their towel, goggles and a spare plastic bag (for wet bathers) in either a separate sports bag or plastic bag which will hang outside on their bag hook until our swimming time.

 We ask that your child come to school in bathers and sports shoes but pack their thongs in their bag to wear to the pool. 

I would ask that you bring your child's recess, sip and crunch and drink bottles that are clearly labelled and place it in the lunch order basket at the front of the room on Monday.

Please place everything that your child needs (eg. goggles, towel/dressing gown) in a separate swimming bag (plastic or material) along with another plastic bag to put their wet towel and bathers in when they return from swimming at 12.30pm.

If you have any questions, please email us.

Mrs. Birch and Mrs. Sorgiovanni

Monday, 11 March 2019

Preprimary. PLD Comprehension Packs

Dear Preprimary Parents,
 It has come to my attention that some Preprimary parents are unsure of what to do with the PLD comprehension packs.  These are the clear plastic packs with story books and question cards in them. 
Your child will receive one of these each week.  
We ask that parents read the story to their children and then use the question card to discuss the story.  These cards give parents an insight into the different levels of questioning that you can use to extend a child's thinking or comprehension of a story. 
Post reading discussion and analysis of a story is very important to developing comprehension skills.  Comprehension skills are vital to future learning.... so please complete these packs each week.  You may keep the pack form Tuesday to Tuesday and revisit the book during this time. 

Year One STEM project for week 8

STEM Project (Monday Week 8)

Over the next two weeks the children in year one will be asked to design a sun chime as a part of our unit in Science related to sound and light.

The children will work in teams of three to plan and design a sun chime (a mixture of a wind chime and a sun catcher). This project will then be hung in the tree in the ECC area and the children will be required to video record their sun chime and then reflect on their design at the end.

We have posted this project a little bit early so you can start collecting materials for your child's design (all help would be appreciated!). We are planning on making the sun chimes on Monday 25th of March (week 8) between 1.30pm and 2.45pm. If you are able to help in any way, we would love you to come in to get on the hot glue gun/ thread some beads!

Below are some of the examples that we will be showing them:

Some items that we would love you to bring in for our sun chimes could be:

- Bottle tops
- Fine craft wire
- Old coat hangers
- Buttons
- Gem stones
- Old sun glasses
- Old CD's
- Unused keys
- Mirror tiles (mosaics)
- Old spoons/forks
- Twine
- Shells
- Plastic plates

or any other recycled materials!

Thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any questions, please email me.

Many thanks

Year One Teachers

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Ash Wednesday Lent and More.

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Religion- PP and One
Today we celebrated Ash Wednesday with a prayer service for the Pre primary students and a mass for the Year One students. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. On Ash Wednesday blessed ashes are put on your forehead in the shape of a cross. These ashes are made by burning palm leaves which have been saved from last year’s Palm Sunday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent we make an extra special effort to say sorry for anything we do that may be a bit wrong. We need to show that we are really and truly sorry.   We do this to improve our relationship with God and others. The Church suggests three ways to show you are sorry during Lent:
Pray- go to Mass more often, pray more often. In class we talked about jumping into bed and having a chat with God before we go to bed.  Tell God about your day.  The good things that make you smile during the day.  The things that make you sad and that you need help with.
Fast- going without something. It can mean giving up a certain food or treat. However many of our little people need encouragement to eat well so rather than give up food it may be preferable to give up something that they enjoy doing... like playing video games or using iPad apps.  It is important that they choose to give up these things for themselves.
In class we talked about 'Being like Jesus' when we make these tough decisions. 
Give - means doing good for others. This might mean helping friends in the playground.  Making an effort to find any children looking lonely or sad and helping them.  Helping the teachers to pack away. Helping a friend to pick up the items they have just dropped etc  We do have Caritas boxes on our prayer tables.  If your child would like to put some of their pocket money in these boxes they are more than welcome. 

English - Preprimary
This week we are reviewing the sounds we have already learnt: s, a, t, p, i, n, h, e, r. We need to be able to recall each sound symbol with speed and accuracy.
We are using these sounds to make small words and are practising the skill of blending using onset and rime.The "onset" is the initial phonological unit of any word (e.g. c in cat) and the term "rime" refers to the string of letters that follow, usually a vowel and final consonants (e.g. at in cat).  Similar to teaching beginning readers about rhyme, teaching children about onset and rime helps them recognize common chunks within words. This can help students decode new words when reading and spell words when writing.
We are looking at words based on their 'word family' and are learning to listen to the onset and rime and blend them to make a word. Today's word family was 'at' eg: b-at, c-at, m-at. You will see posters and work around the room that demonstrates their learning.
English - Year One
The Year One's have been working to strengthen their recount writing. When modelling, the teachers have used different colours to map out the WHEN, WHO WHERE and WHAT and they have encouraged the children to use three words from desk mat prompts in their writing.
There is a success criteria poster on our side wall for PP1B children to refer to.
The students have also been asked to identify verbs/nouns/adjectives in the big book texts they have explored during shared and modelled reading sessions.
This week in writing they will work to innovate on the text.
Comprehension skills in reading are very important. By engaging in detailed discussion post shared and modelled reading sessions the children are learning to THINK about the text. This week they have completed cloze activities to support their learning.
Maths - Preprimary
We have so far worked on recognising and forming number symbols from 1-10.
This learning includes counting with 1 - 1 correspondence.  We are also  beginning to investigate patterns and pattern making. 
Maths - Year One. 
Numbers, numbers, numbers!  The Year Ones are looking at numbers to 120. We are checking to see if your child can count to and past 100.  Can they change decades ...  39, 40, 41... ?
Which is greater?  45 or 54 
What comes before...  What comes after.... 
The children are using lots of games to explore and consolidate this learning. 
HASS - Preprimary
We have almost finished our History unit about families. We are currently completing our fabulous family tree's which will soon be up for you to see. 
Science - Year One.
The year ones have been exploring sound.  They have completed experiments based on sound.  Today we had fun with visual arts based on the concept of sound vibrations. 
Year One Swimming Lessons. (NB Preprimary students do NOT do swimming lessons)
Our swimming lessons are in Week 7. The children will depart school on the bus at 9.40 am and return at 12.30 pm. 
Please stay tuned for  a blog with more information about swimming lessons next week. 

Have a wonderful week, 
Mrs Birch and Mrs Sorgiovanni 

Parent Information Night
If you were unable to attend the PP Parent Information Night then please read through the following information. This is what was presented on the night.

Parent Information Night: Pre primary 2019
PP Teachers and EA's
PPB Teachers:
Mrs Julie Birch: Mon-Thurs
Mrs Gemma Sorgiovani: Friday
Mrs Deb Young, Mrs Rachel Sweeny,
Mrs Lynn Peacock

PPL Teachers:
Mrs Kristie Leahy
Ms Mel Kent

Specialist classes
Library: Tuesday with Mrs Amie Myer
Music: Tuesday with Mrs Maureen Horrocks
PE: Thursday with Ms Mandy Sinclair
FMS/PMP: Thursday with Ms Kathy Holt
Indonesian: Wednesday with Mrs Melinda Kartana

Library: Tuesday with Mrs Amie Myer
Music: Tuesday with Mrs Maureen Horrocks
PE: Thursday with Ms Mandy Sinclair
FMS/PMP: Thursday with Ms Kathy Holt
Indonesian: Tuesday with Mrs Melinda Kartana

PP Uniform requirements
Summer uniform terms 1 + 4
teal school shirt/coloured faction shirt on Friday
black shorts; white socks; white, black or grey sneakers; school hat

Winter uniform term 2 + 3
teal school shirt/coloured faction shirt on Friday
black tracksuit pants; white socks; white, black or grey sneakers; school rugby jumper
school hat
Hair longer that the collar must be tied up. Jewellery is limited to one pair of studs or sleepers and one chain with religious medal.

Lunch and Recess
Recess: No cut/shared fruit in PP.  Please pack fruits/vegetables, crackers, cheese, yoghurt etc. Both PP classes will eat together. PP students don't access the canteen on order days.
Lunch: Sandwiches/wraps etc. Both classes will eat together
Nude food: Nude Food is food without excess packaging. This reduces the amount of 'stuff' that needs to go in bins to be sent to landfill. Durable, reusable containers are a great way to bring food, as they may last from pre-school through to high school and beyond, providing long term cost savings and environmental benefits.
Lunch order days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Canteen food is amazing and made from scratch by the lovely canteen ladies. Sara is always looking for new helpers in the canteen so please volunteer your time.
PP's are unable to access the canteen at recess and milk is suppiled in a cup and is difficult for us to access.

Email: Teachers can be contacted via email however be aware that they will not be checked during the day.
Phone messages may also be left with the front office
Class Blogs : will be regularly updated with class information, events, learning celebrations and photos
SMS/Email: teachers will use these as a way of communicating with parents
Newsletters: published each week via the school website
Absent Notes: to be given to the class teacher on the returning day. These may be emailed.
Filing boxes (PPL): for any notes you may have missed
Drawers (P1B): for any notes you may have missed
Parent Help roster: located by the door in each classroom. Please find a replacement if you are unable to attend. Any student observations or information gathered while on parent help is to remain confidential.

Emailed absent note must include:
parent and child's full names
reason for absence
class roll group (eg: PPL)
dates absent
name of parent at the bottom of the email

The curriculum is directed by the Australian Curriculum (SCASA) which directs ‘what’ we teach and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which guides as to ‘how’ to plan developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
We believe that play is an integral part of the Early Childhood setting. The children will engage in intentional play, teacher directed play and free play to explore their world and make sense of new concepts and ideas.
Learning Intentions
Learning intentions are brief statements that explicitly describe what students should know, understand and be able to do as a result of the learning and teaching.
Success Criteria
Success criteria summarise the key steps or the ingredients the student needs in order to fulfill the learning intention – the main things to do, include or focus on.

English  Literacy, Language and Literature
Scaffolded learning which begins with mastery of alphabet sounds,
blending sounds (onset and rime, CVC), segmenting sounds (CVC)
all precursors for reading and writing
Diana Rigg
PLD - Promoting Literacy Development
PLD is dedicated to Promoting Literacy Development through our resources which deliver outcomes across 3 core areas; Literacy, Oral Language and Movement & Motor.

Number and Algebra
At Standard, students count to and from 20 and order small collections. They make connections between number names, numerals and quantities up to 10.
Measurement and Geometry
Students compare objects using mass, length and capacity. They explain the order and duration of events. Students connect events and the days of the week. They group objects based on common characteristics and sort shapes and objects. Students use appropriate language to describe location.
Statistics and Probability
Students answer simple questions to collect information and make simple inferences.

Science + HASS
In Pre-primary, Humanities and Social Sciences consists of Geography and History.
Science Understanding
At Standard, students describe the properties and behaviour of familiar objects. They suggest how the environment affects them and other living things.
Science as a Human Endeavour
Students share and reflect on observations.
Science Inquiry Skills
Students ask and respond to questions about familiar objects and events.

Religion + Social/Emotional
Religion: Religious education units for PP are followed each term along with 'Making Jesus Real' which is a program to help make Jesus real and relevant in the lives of people so they can flourish.

Social/Emotional: Keeping safe curriculum
The Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection experts, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals.

Kimochis: Kimochis are a playful way to help children (and adults!) learn how to identify and express feelings. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in all aspects of life.

Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are necessary for performing everyday academic, play, and self care skills.
In early childhood years, being able to cut with scissors, colour with crayons and pencils, paint using a paintbrush and play with small objects such as lego, beads and puzzles, are essential to your child’s development. Your child needs to use their hand and finger muscles accurately in order to keep up with peers in these activities

Reporting to Parents
Term 1: Parent/teacher interviews
Term 2: Formal semester 1 report
Term 3: Learning Journeys
Term 4: Formal semester 2 report

School Values
As a learning community centred on the example of Christ, the following core values underpin our approach; Compassion, Appreciation, Respect, Excellence
Each term the school focuses on one particular value.
Term 1: Compassion
Term 2: Appreciation
Term 3: Respect
Term 4: Excellence

OLC has a whole school Discipline with Dignity approach. This policy can be viewed on the school website.
Positive reinforcement of the correct behaviour is used within the Pre-primary classrooms. Teachers may use stickers, WOW charts, stamps, certificates etc.
Incorrect behaviour is dealt with as it arises. Students discuss with the teacher what has happened and how it can be done differently next time.

Assemblies are held each Friday in the hall from 8.50am.
Each class will host a general assembly and a prayer assembly.
Merit awards are presented at each assembly and you will be notified by your class teacher when your child is to receive one.

Star Citizen Awards are presented at the Week 5 and Week 10 assemblies of each term and they are based on students displaying the OLC Value of the term.
Term 1: Compassion
Term 2: Appreciation
Term 3: Respect
Term 4: Excellence

Parents and Friends

Meetings are held monthly on a Tuesday in the Library at 7.00pm; dates are listed on the term planner. These meetings are an open forum for discussion regarding fundraising, social events and the schools needs. We are very lucky to have a representative from each year to attend our monthly meetings. The role of the P&F is to organise and provide social and fun activities for the school community.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Harmony Day

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Harmony Day.  March 29th 2019.

Dear Parents,
We need you…..
On the 29th of March the students of Our Lady of the Cape Primary School will celebrate Harmony Day. 
It is our aim to support the development of respect and appreciation for cultures other than their own in the students. To do this we would like to immerse the children in a rich variety of experiences that include food, music, visual arts and the development of a knowledge base of the cultural traditions of others.
Information is always best coming from those who have experienced the learning first hand so we are asking parents help out on the day.
We would love parents to lead an activity as part of a rotation between 9 am and 11 am on the day.  There would be no more than 20 children in each group. Each session would last 15 minutes and you would repeat this activity up to 6 six times.
If you were born in another country you may wish to present some photographs, samples of traditional foods, clothing, games etc. and tell the children about how you grew up. How is was different to here… and the same as here.
If you can play a musical instrument you may like to share your skills.  The children would love to listen. 
Perhaps you can write some great haiku… or fold some tricky origami. 
Those of you who teach dance, karate or craft may like to come and share your talents.
Children always love to cook.  We would love to have someone making pasta, pizza or some other cultural delight (remembering that you only have 15 minutes).
So… if you can help please email Julie Birch.