Welcome to Week Five of Term Two.
How wonderful it is to be reaching out to you all via our usual Newsletter, in contrast to the formal CEWA communications that had replaced these, during the Covid-19 Remote Learning period in the earlier weeks of our term together.
Our teachers are very happy to have returned to their classrooms with all of our boys and girls present, and many happy hours of learning and play continue here at Sacred Heart!
I wish to extend my thanks to the many parents who have expressed their gratitude and support for our teachers and education assistants for their thorough preparations, delivery and planning of learning. Their professionalism has allowed our students’ learning to continue in this very unprecedented times.
In addition, we as a staff, have been very grateful to you all as parents, for your hard work in maintaining productive learning environments and support for your children, be they learning at home or here at school. Managing your children’s understandable unrest and anxiety has been an additional task for you all, whilst also attending to personal concerns we all share about ongoing health, safety and economic challenges- well-done everyone. I’m sure the upcoming midterm break that commences tomorrow for you all as families is very welcome, and will provide the opportunity to recharge and rest well, in preparation for the downhill stretch of the remaining weeks of term together.
This week’s wintery showers and cold weather brings a reminder about the need to stay warm at school- red jumpers and tracksuit tops are not optional items and must accompany all children to school each day. The Sacred Heart Winter jacket is the only extra layer of warmth that is permitted for outdoor wear at school. Orders for these can be placed through the School Office. The children continue to look smart and well-groomed in their Winter Uniform. Thank you to all parents who have responded positively to reminders about ensuring the children are wearing their correct uniform items. Please remember that the Uniform Shop is not currently able to operate here at the school, but items that are needed can be ordered and collected via the Co-ordinator directly.
Mrs Vilma Spence…. Phone 9271 4479
Learning: Learning from our experiences
This week, we have celebrated the commencement of National Reconciliation Week, with very poignant Sorry Day activities, stories, songs and prayers in classrooms, instead of our usual Sorry Day Liturgy that is celebrated in our Hall. Our students have been enlightened about the plight of our Aboriginal brothers and sisters, (The Stolen Generation) and their past suffering as a result of government policies of the time, that saw children forcibly removed from their parents and families. Thank you to our staff for co-ordinating these activities within our school.
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) in Western Australia has updated the Assessment and Reporting section of their website, recognising this Covid-19 period that has seen normal teaching and learning progression interrupted:-
“Learning that takes place beyond the classroom”
When delivering the curriculum in a Remote environment, the use of formative assessments to maintain continuity of your teaching and learning program is important. Students will benefit from receiving feedback from their teacher.
Appropriate feedback to students includes:
- identifying gaps in their understanding
- advising how they can improve their learning, rather than listing only what they got wrong
- teaching skills so that they can monitor and take responsibility for meeting their learning goals
- helping to identify their strengths and weaknesses
- giving examples of high-quality work along with opportunities for them to review and correct their own work.
Teachers were asked to consider flexible ways for students to complete formative assessments, particularly in a modified learning environment. These may include one or more of the following ways:
- photographic, video or audio evidence of the task being completed
- a discussion with the student about their understanding of the assessment task
- simulated, live online assessment
- personalised feedback via email or telepresence
“The Authority is taking a flexible approach to meeting emerging issues and is relying on schools to be similarly responsive in ensuring continuity of learning and delivery of assessment to students.
We will continue to update you with advice and support that will enable teachers and school leaders to respond to the challenges, as required.”
This recent challenge to classroom learning has necessitated changes to our traditional Reporting and Assessment schedule of procedures, meaning things in our, and indeed all schools will be slightly different this Semester.
Over the next few weeks, I will enjoy the privilege of reading the modified Semester One Reports and I hope that as parents, you gain a greater insight of your child’s strengths, skills and achievements over this first Semester. The Semester One reports will be issued online on Friday 3rd July.
Our obligations as a school, and our “core business,” is a commitment to individualised learning, acknowledging each child’s uniqueness.
Normally during this time of the term, I enjoy the real pleasure of meeting with many parents to review Curriculum Adjustment Plans and Individual Education Plans (CAPs and IEPs) – the opportunity for the school and parents to communicate and plan for children’s learning needs is a very necessary part of our “business”, however, at this time, meetings such as these are unable to take place, and as such, Teachers will forward the appropriate Term Two plans, recognising progress towards goals set in Term One, to parents during Week 8 of this term.
As parents, you will receive your child’s Work Sample Folders in Week Three of next term – thus ensuring you will have the chance to explore achievements in each of the Learning Areas, and celebrate with your child, areas of positivity and also identify areas to continue to work on. Parent Interviews via phone, are scheduled for after receiving the Folders, in Week Four of next Term.
Engagement: The promotion of positive relationships with our students/staff/parents
The Parents and Friends Association is a hard-working body within our School, and both their fundraising, and community building and celebrating efforts, are planned to benefit all our children and their families. However, at this current time, we are unable to meet to plan for friend and fundraising events. I do hope that as restrictions begin to ease, our Class Reps are able to reach out and plan to re-connect with parents at this time.
Accountability: Taking responsibility for the quality of our work
Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to offer a Pre Kindy (Three-Year-old) Class and Kindergarten (Four-Year-old) Class in 2021. In coming weeks, we hope to undertake the 2021 Pre Kindergarten and 2021 Kindergarten Interviews.
Three-year-old and Four-year-old education programs operate at schools as part of an education course. Catholic Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten programmes provide rich learning environments that cater to children’s development across the physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional and spiritual domains. Learning occurs through planned and spontaneous play experiences that are based on the strengths, interests and needs of each child. Each child participating in our programmes in their Catholic school is encouraged to develop a positive self-image of themselves and others as they begin to live the gospel message.
Parents of siblings, and those in the wider Parish community who are seeking a position in either of these classes for 2021, are encouraged to contact the School Office and submit their downloadable Enrolment Forms. Places are strictly limited to twenty students for our “Little Hearts” Pre Kindy Class, and thirty students in Kindergarten.
Discipleship: Living out the teachings of Jesus
We are unable to continue our sacramental celebrations within the school at this time, however, Religious Education classes, and learnings about these celebrations continue.
At this time of the year, we would normally attend the launch of our Archbishop’s LifeLink Appeal. Our commitment to this wonderful appeal that sees the most vulnerable in Perth society supported by the Catholic agencies of the Archdiocese continues and our Year Six leaders have determined that a Pyjama Day planned for next Wednesday 3rd June, will be a welcome event and one that provides fun and excitement, whilst also raising much-needed funds- I look forward to sharing with everyone what I look like at bedtime! A special thank you is extended to everyone in anticipation of their gold coin donation to raise funds on Wednesday next week- these funds will be directed to LifeLink agencies within our Archdiocese.
In closing, can I thank everyone for their continued efforts to contribute to all that is Sacred Heart! Term Two is a full and busy one and through everyone’s hard work and organisation, our children’s learning experiences have been positive and productive. When we combine our strengths and talents, we are able to provide a wonderful educational experience for our boys and girls and build a sense of community for all families and staff.
I look forward to sharing even more positive experiences for all, over the remaining weeks of this term.
Many thanks and God Bless
Mrs Tanya McGuire