This week in 3/4A we began investigating 3D shapes.
The students loved making shapes using toothpicks and blu tack, starting with common shapes such as cubes and rectangular prisms and then expanding their builds to include more obscure prisms and pyramids. We have continued our morphology focus from English into Maths by noting the Latin prefixes which indicate the number of sides in 2D shapes, such as hex- meaning 6 sides. This made unfamiliar names such as "hexagonal prism" like a puzzle to decode, where students quickly began making connections to construct their models.
There was just as much enthusiasm when it came to drawing 3D shapes on paper, including isometric dot paper which proved to be a challenge that students were passionate about mastering!
After building our models, students discussed features such as faces, vertices, and edges. This knowledge was helpful when playing games like "Headbands" and "Kahoot!"
Now that we feel more confident with our shapes knowledge, over the coming week, teams of students will design and construct geometric cities. Watch this space!
A huge and heartfelt thank you to all of you for the support you gave in preparation for, and during, our fete on Sunday. The purpose of our fete was twofold, the most important being that we wanted to use this opportunity to bring our community back together and to remind ourselves of the amazing community we have at St Mary’s. Sunday’s fete did exactly that! The gathering of our community, the way everyone worked together and the excitement for the children was quite overwhelming. The other purpose of the fete was to raise money for our school to enable us to purchase new decodable books and new computers for the children. We raised a profit of $12,000.00 which is an incredible success, particularly when the weather was so challenging. I thank you all for making this day such a great success. It was a joy to see all of the families coming together and the children having so much fun.
As we prepare for the end of the year, we are very busy creating the classes for the year ahead. This is a challenge to ensure we create classes that support the learning for your child as well as taking into account preferences, needs and special considerations. I know you will understand that we do all we can to ensure your child has the best opportunity to learn, to surround themselves with those who best support their learning and to have someone in their class that they enjoy being with. I thank you for supporting this process and assure you that much time and dedication has gone into creating all of the classes for next year. Your child will find out their class in time for the State-wide Transition Day on December 13.
A reminder that the season of Advent starts this coming weekend. Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus and we take this opportunity to share in the importance of Jesus’ birth as we celebrate the coming of Christmas. We also share with the children in our school the importance of preparing for this special time by reflecting on the joy of giving to others, bringing the best of ourselves to the lives of those around us, and in sharing this exciting time with those we love. I pray that this season of Advent brings joy and peace to your family and to your home.
Craft Group - Christmas Stall
St Mary’s Craft Group will be holding a Christmas Stall again this year on TUESDAY, 6TH DECEMBER. Your children will have the opportunity to purchase a gift for their parents. Prices will be between $1.00 and $5.00. Please send a bag for them to bring home their treasures. Thanks again for your continued support in our fundraising efforts. St. Mary’s Craft Group
Christmas Hamper Donations
In order to support those families struggling at this time of the year we make up Christmas Hampers and would appreciate any donation that you think a family would enjoy for Christmas…biscuits, cake, custard, plum pudding, lollies, mince pies, bon bons…whatever you feel is appropriate for Christmas time. Please note this is completly voluntary, it is not an expecation! Could you please provide your food item by Friday December 2nd. Thank you.
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Latrobe Valley & Districts Cricket League - All Girls Blast
Craft Group - Meet every Tuesday 9.00am in the school hall. New members most welcome.
Playgroup - Every Monday 9.00am to 10.30am in the school hall. Please bring a piece of fruit to share. New families encouraged to come along for a cuppa and a play.
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Christmas Mass Times
5pm – Christmas Vigil Mass at St Mary’s
7pm – Christmas Vigil Mass at St Kieran’s
12am – Midnight Christmas Mass at St Mary’s
10am – Christmas Mass at St Kieran’s
5pm – Christmas Mass at St Kieran’s
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Working With Childrens Check
It is a requirement that any parent who volunteers or visits the school must hold a valid Working With Childrens Check card (WWCC). You can apply for your WWCC at the below link, it is free for volunteers.
Kids Help Line Ph; 1800 55 1800
- Monday 28th - Swimming Safety Program Gumbuya World, year 3 to 6
- Tuesday 29th - Foundation Transition 11am to 12.30pm
- Wednesday 30th - Mindfull Aus Parent session 6-8pm in the Church
- Thursday 1st - ACMI Melbourne Excursion - year 5/6
- Sunday 4th - School Choir performing at Mass 9.00am
- Tuesday 6th - Foundation Transition 11am to 12.30pm
- Tuesday 6th - Craft Christmas Stall
- Thursday 8th - End of Year Concert Night 5.30pm (see information below)
- Friday 9th - Foundation Excursion Newborough Post Office
- Monday 12th - Foundation Excursion Caroling and Inflatable World
- Tuesday 12th - Foundation Nativity Play 9.00am in the Church
- Tuesday 13th - Foundation Transition 11am to 1pm
- Wednesday 14th - Year 6 Day out
- Thursday 15th - End of year Mass 9.00am and Grade 6 Graduation Dinner
- Friday 16th - Last day term 4, 3.15pm Finish
- Friday 27th - Uniform shop open to pick up orders (time to be advised)
- Monday 30th - First day for students
St Mary’s Concert 2022
This year our concert will be held here at St Mary’s and we will celebrate the end of the year with a Summer Holiday’s themed performance. This will be held outside on the oval and you are encouraged to bring along a picnic dinner to relax and enjoy this as a family.
There is no limit to the number of audience members, the more the merrier!
During the School Concert this year your child will be called when their Grade is performing, during the performances your child will be seated with you and under your responsibility. There will be no playing in the yard or on playground equipment during the performance. We expect the performance to conclude by 7.30pm.
Date: Thursday, 8th December, 2022
Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Place: St Mary’s Oval, Newborough
What to bring: Picnic Dinner, Rug, Camping chairs, Your Family!