The ten weeks of Term One have certainly flown by because they have been purposeful and busy right to the end. Thank you to our students, staff and families for your contribution to community life and learning this term. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some good quality family time in the next couple of weeks (in cooler conditions too).
Easter, though still two weeks away, is such a special time for all people of faith. While an Aussie Easter has become equated with camping and quality family time, I hope that while you are sitting fishing or sharing a meal with family & friends, you might take a moment, pause and realise deep down that you are truly known and loved by the God who created you - and give thanks. The best way to assist your child to know and experience the story of Jesus' death and resurrection at Easter is to have them join with your faith community for the Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Holy Week and Easter liturgy times in are included in this newsletter.
School Swimming & Cross Country Carnivals
Thank you to all staff and parents who assisted with our School Swimming and Cross Country Carnivals during the last week. The carnivals have been enjoyable experiences for the children. Special thanks to Mrs Weston, Mr O'Leary & Mrs Mellon who coordinated these events and thank you to all who contributed to their success.
OHSC Building and Landscaping
The new OHSC facility will be completed during the Easter holidays. We will also complete some landscaping work in the area directly outside the new space which will be a great addition to the school site. The outside area, which will be levelled and covered with artificial turf, will be enjoyed on Sunday Funday, our joint Feast Day celebrations with San Sisto, our end of year concert as well as by the students every day of the year. This is wonderful news for our school community!
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2019
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year in May. This year students in Years 3 and 5 at St Martin's will participate in these assessments with the use of electronic devices.
NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or 'domains') of:
NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.
Detailed information can be found on the NAPLAN website: http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support . If you are interested in looking at sample test questions follow this link: http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests
Good reading skills provide a solid foundation for learning. Once children learn the essential skills to read, they require regular practice for reading to continue to develop. Reading is like anything else that requires practice to develop such as running long distance races, riding a bike, playing a musical instrument or painting a masterpiece. Children of all ages benefit greatly from reading each day. Please encourage your child to read as much as possible during the holiday period. The NSW Department of Education has produced an excellent website to provide advice in all areas of learning including reading. Please refer to: www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au
ANZAC Day Ceremonies
The school will gather for an ANZAC Day Assembly Wednesday 24 April at 9:00am in the Dominic Centre.
The school will participate in the local ANZAC Day March and Ceremony in Camp Hill on Thursday 25 April. We will assemble in the Camp Hill Hotel car park at 7:30am and March at 8:00am to Camp Hill SS for the ANZAC Day Ceremony. Students will need to wear their full, correct school uniform including their school hat. Prep and Year 1 students will need to be seated near their parents during the ceremony. The ceremony should conclude by 9:30am.
Thank you again to all members of our school community for your contribution to what has been a successful and enjoyable term at St Martin's. Term 2 commences for students on Tuesday 23 April.
Best wishes for a safe and happy Easter break with your family.