The school continues to provide feedback to the students through our Student Learning Questions. These questions provide prompts for the students to talk about their learning and ‘dig deeper’ when developing their knowledge and understanding of the concept being taught. They are on display in the classrooms and the students are familiar with them. These questions that are often used at the end of a lesson, enable teachers to gain instant feedback from the students about how they feel about their learning and their level of understanding. This in turn directs the teacher for future teaching and learning.
The Student Learning Questions include;
- What are you learning?
- How are you doing?
- How do you know?
- How can you improve?
- Where do you go for help?
Just as conversations about learning and feedback from teachers is vital to a student’s future learning, so too are conversations at home about what learning is happening in the classroom. You might like to try some of the following conversation starters with your child. Here are some questions that you might like try at the evening family meal:
- What made you laugh today?
- What did you do that was friendly?
- What did you try hard at today?
- What was something that made you think hard today?
- What was something tricky that you figured out how to do better?
- What was something helpful you did for someone?
- What was a problem you had to solve today?
- What was something you were grateful for today?
- How did you bounce back from something that went wrong today?
- What was something you enjoyed in the classroom? Out of the classroom?
We’re All In This Together
The school year has been underway for just over a month, and already a great number of parents have rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help around our school. Volunteers have supported the school at School Board, Parents & Friends, cooking at the Welcome BBQ, on the Parent Network, managing our pile of Lost Property, providing Care Meals, and assisting at our Swimming Carnival. I extend a sincere thanks to each one of these parents. Many hands make light work.
Who’s At The Front Door?
Most of us would expect visitors to our home to let us know they were there. It is even more important here that we know at any given time who is in the school. For that reason, ALL visitors are expected to sign in at the front office before going to the classroom and sign out again when leaving. The extra few minutes it takes you helps us to ensure the safety of each child. Parents and Carers dropping off or picking up students after school do not need to sign in at the front office. If at this time you intend on staying on the school grounds longer than 10 minutes, you MUST sign in using the Canberra App.
I thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Parents & Friends Committee
Following the message in last week’s newsletter regarding P&F vacancies, I would like to thank Andrew Jones (Oliver, Year 6) for volunteering to take up the position of Secretary for 2021. Every Parents and Friends Committee meeting is open to all parents to attend. They are held on the Tuesday of Weeks 3 and 7 each term. Reminders will be through the Newsletter, Schoolzine app and on the School Calendar on the website. Children are most welcome to attend if childcare is a problem.
You are no doubt aware of our “no hat, no play” policy which is in place for most of the year. We also take other measures to ensure our school is sunsmart:
- Children eat (recess and lunch) under shelter
- Outdoor assemblies are under shelter
- Children are encouraged to bring and use sunscreen (sunscreen is available in each classroom and the front office)
- Sporting activities are moved to cooler parts of the day when extremely hot
- Children are allowed to wear sunglasses at school
- Playground equipment is covered and inside areas are provided for use during lunch time
Third Sunday of Lent
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus drives out the money changers from the Temple and says that he will destroy the temple and raise it up again. Sometimes things seem pretty unbelievable. In the temple Jesus becomes angry and says something unbelievable to the people. Jesus didn’t really mean to knock down the Temple and put it back together again in three days. He was referring to himself as the Temple. When Jesus died on Good Friday, he knew he would come back to life in three days. The people didn’t understand. But when he rose from the dead, they saw for themselves, and many believed.
As a family, pray this prayer together to ask God and the angels to be ever present with you-
Angel of God,
My guardian dear
To whom God’s love commits me here.
Ever this day,
Be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide.
Sacraments- Important Term 1 Dates
First Reconciliation Parish Preparation
Date & time
First Reconciliation Prayer/Information Evening
Thursday 11th March
St Benedict’s Parish Greg Collins Wing
Candidates and at least one parent/carer
Sacrament of First Reconciliation
Wednesday 31st March
St Benedict’s Church
Candidates and their parents/carers
Thank you to 5/6 Blue for leading our school in Mass last Friday. It was lovely to have the opportunity to gather together to celebrate our faith as a school community.
Mini Vinnies Social Justice Workshop
Thursday 11th March 2.10-3.00pm.
Students will participate in a Social Justice Workshop at school run by our St Vincent de Paul Youth School Liaison Officer. This workshop will be an introduction to current social justice issues that face our local community through the lens of the Catholic Social Teaching. No permission required.
Congratulations and Welcome to Laura and Jack!
Last Saturday Laura and Jack were welcomed into the Catholic faith through the Sacrament of Baptism. We congratulate Laura and Jack on this significant step in their faith journey.
Who lives all children
Bless you with His love and grace
today and always.
Important dates to note for this term are:
11 Mar First Reconciliation Prayer Evening 6-7pm
12 Mar Yr 5/6 Excursion
16 Mar Parents & Friends Meeting ,6.30pm
19 Mar Whole School Assembly, 2.30pm
25 Mar Learning Showcase
26 Mar Yr 5/6 Blue Palm Sunday Liturgy, 10.30am
Ways of Being Award Ceremony, 2.15pm
28 Mar Palm Sunday
31 Mar Sacrament of First Reconciliation 5:30 - 6:30pm
1 Apr Holy Thursday
1/2 Gold, 3/4 Blue and 5/6 Gold
Holy Week Liturgy, 10.00am
Outdoor Education day
Term 1 concludes
A LENS ON LEARNING
Year 1/2 Gold have been very active in their learning. They have been exploring how to gather data relevant to a question and create displays of data to interpret them. Students represented data using tally marks and bar graphs.
As they have been getting to know each other, 1/2 Gold created portraits of themselves. They also used symbols to create a Bioglyph diagram.
Netball Shout Out
Well done to the amazing students their team that represented St Benedict's in the Rep u11 Canberra South Netball Association a couple of weeks ago.
They played 8 gaames in extreme heat particularly in the afternoon, playing against teams from Canberra and the surrounding interstate districts. The team was undefeated in all 8 games (often holding the other team to nil) and won their Division.
Well Done - Ruby S, Ava W and Mia T.
Kindergarten: Elijah M and Oscar Q
Year 1/2B: Nicolas C and Viola H
Year 1/2G: Roseleen K, Pragna L, Naite H and Alisha W
Year 3/4B: Laura K and Hector V
Year 3/4G: Nathan W, Frederick H, Gurasees G and Diana N
Year 5/6B: Alec C and Ruby S
Year 5/6 G: Clancy B and Joanna D
Parent Representatives needed
We are in need of some more volunteers for parent representative throughout all the year groups. The role of parent representative is important (but not time consuming) within the individual classes as an avenue of communication between teachers and families and also a connecting point between families. This role does not require attendance at any Parents & Friends meetings (unless you choose to) nor attendance at school events. We need parent representatives to touch base with your classroom teacher from time to time to find if there is any information that may need to be distributed amongst families, coordinate morning tea for class Masses, distribute information about school/P& F events and organise and out of school class catch ups. As Parent Representative Co-ordinator I will help you in your role. If you are interested please contact Belinda McRae in the front office. Please consider volunteering for this role within our school community.
Hannah Norgrove (Parent Representative Co-ordinator 2021)
Cookie Dough Fundraising
In our transition out of the COVID-19 restrictions we ask for your support in social distancing, logging onto the CBR App and signing in at the front office. Until we are able to confirm the new clothing pool arrangements we ask that you please email the school firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mrs McRae with a list of items required. We will endeavour to fill your order and reply to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD/REN'S CLOTHING IS LABELLED WITH THEIR NAME.
Please check that your child/ren are bringing their uniform home as it is an easy mistake to pick up someone elses uniform. Please place the incorrect uniform in the lost property box or return it to the student.
Our school tuckshop is still currently closed.
We will let you know as soon as it is open and students are able to order from the tuckshop.
A reminder that when the tuckshop opens counter sales only occur at Recess time and lunch orders must be ordered in the morning. Don’t forget to use the Qkr! App to place your child’s order. Volunteers are always welcome. No amount of time is too small.
Apple slinky Tuesdays
We would like to thank the wonderful parents that have offered to come and do slinky apples for students each Tuesday morning. There is no cost, we just ask that students bring their own apple to be slinkied for fruit break.
Fr Rembert Fernando MGL
Fr Baiju Thomas MGL
Monica Nulley-Valdes and Cathy Schneider (Parish Secretaries)
Saturday Vigil - 6pm
Sunday - 9am
- 6pm Charismatic Mass
Youth Mass every 4th Sunday (6pm)
Baptisms: 11.00am, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the Month.
If you can place the following information in the upcoming newsletter parents will be up to date on how to join a Tennis Canberra junior program.
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