2021 Term 2 Week 6
STAGE 1 Newsletter
We are out of this world in Stage 1!
It was National Simultaneous Story Time last week. The book, ‘Give me some space’, was read to us in a live stream from the International Space Station, out in space! The students were fascinated by the lack of gravity and how the astronaut floated away at the end.
In week 3, a lifeguard visited our school to give a beach safety presentation. We were reminded that we need to swim between the flags and other safety rules. The students had many questions, especially about sharks.
Year 1 has been learning about the Ascension and Pentecost in Religion. The students have created some wonderful Pentecost models for display. We are just starting our 'Nourished by God' unit this week. Year 2 students have been discussing the different symbols and rituals of Pentecost. We are now beginning the unit, 'The Signs of God’s love.'
In English, we have been learning about traditional fairytales and how to adapt them to suit a modern audience. We have begun to adapt the well known fairytale Little Red Riding Hood.
The fairytale theme continued into drama this term with the students acting out parts of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale. The students have loved swinging their ‘axes’ like the woodcutter and growing like trees. We also gathered around a pretend bonfire like Hansel and Gretel did in the story. Much laughter can be heard from our rooms on a Monday afternoon.
In PE, we have been ninjas on our warrior obstacle course and have just started practicing how to do shot-put and long jump ready for our athletics carnival.
In Mathematics, we have been discovering 2D and 3D shapes. Year 2 created their own 3D shapes with toothpicks and sultanas. We then talked about all the different features of 3D shapes. In year 1, we have been placing objects into equal groups and arrays. It was fun placing chocolate into rows this week and then eating these rows! The EMU maths program has started in stage 1 and the students are enjoying heading off to this 4 days a week.
What a busy term we have had so far for sport and it's not over yet!
In week 1, we took a team of 24 students to the Zone Cross Country Carnival held at McAuley Catholic College. Students had a great day participating with other students from schools across the valley. Students participated with great sportsmanship (as usual) and tremendous effort to run up and down those massive hills and very rough country. On the day, four of our students, Braxn Nipperess, Max Lobsey, Kane Patricks, and Steffany Nudo all made it through to the next level. Steffany Nudo won her race and was crowned carnival champion. Three of these students competed at Diocesan Cross Country this week, which was again held at McAuley. Again, all students participated to the best of their ability and did us all very proud.
Winter Sports Trials
The Polding Winter sports trials were held in Bathurst earlier this term with 6 students from our school trialing in soccer and hockey. Stephanie Nudo and Kane Patricks trialed for soccer, while Jack Cheney, Max Lobsey, Charlie Gosper and Georgia Skeels trialed for hockey. This is a huge achievement and wonderful experience for these students as the teams they were selected in were comprised of students from Catholic Schools from Tweed Heads, all the way to Port Macquarie. Max and Jack were successful at the trials and chosen to be part of the Polding boys hockey team.
Both boys travelled to Newcastle this week for the Catholic Schools NSW Sports Trials where their team made the grand final, however went down 2-0. Congratulations boys on a fabulous effort!
Netball NSW Schools Cup
On Wednesday, a group of 13 students from years 5 and 6 headed to the Grafton netball courts to participate in the annual Netball NSW Schools Cup. Our team, most of whom have never played netball before, played four games throughout the day against other Clarence Valley schools teams and went through the day undefeated! All students had a wonderful day and may have even been converted to future netball players! Congratulations on a very successful day.
This term, students have been spending their sport time preparing for our annual athletics carnival. Trials for long jump and shot-put for students 8 years and older begin next Wednesday 2nd June, and our official carnival day is on Friday 4th June.
On Wednesday, students from Year 2 through to Year 6 will come out in their sport time to trial for long jump and shot-put. The top 6 placings for both boys and girls in each age group will then go into the finals which will be held on Friday at Terry West Oval, Junction Hill. Unfortunately, it is not feasible to invite parents to spectate at school on Wednesday as we are unable to provide a definite time for when these events will be held. Students in Kindergarten and Year 1 will still be able to have a go at both long jump and shot-put at the carnival on Friday.
A permission note about travelling by bus was sent home last week and needs to be returned to school no later than Thursday 3rd June. Please also remember to send in $2 for the bus.
If you would like to take your child directly to the Athletics carnival next Friday, please ensure you advise your child's teacher as soon as you arrive so that they know to mark them as present on the roll.
A sausage sizzle order form has also been sent home and needs to be returned to school by Tuesday 1st June. A coffee van and cake stall will also be available on the day.
If you are available to volunteer in assisting with the bbq, cake stall or timekeeping on the day please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you all there!
eSafety's Guide to Parental Controls Free Webinar
This eSafety free webinar will look at how parents and carers can set up devices and apps to help kids and young people stay safe online. It is designed for parents and carers of children aged 4-13.
It will cover:
- the benefits and limitations of parental controls
- how to set up iOS and Android devices for safety
- how to set up popular games and apps like YouTube and Roblox for safety
- using family tech agreements and other parenting strategies to manage online risks
- how eSafety can help when things go wrong.
This webinar will include practical tips, demonstrations and advice.
Choose from one of the following dates/ times:
- Tuesday 8 June 12.30 to 1.30pm
- Wednesday 16 June 7.30 to 8.30pm
Parents/carers can register at https://register.
As part of our studies in Science and Technology, students in Years K-6 will be participating in workshops run by UNE Science outreach and engagement program on Tuesday 8 June and Wednesday 9 June at school.
Payment of $5 per child is due by Friday 5 June 2021. Please send the money to the school office in a labelled envelope.
If you have any questions please email Trish Niethe on email@example.com
Last week we commenced our HPL. On Friday the school photographer visited St Mary's Primary. A message will be sent on the SZapp of the expected delivery date of photo packs. On Monday we celebrated Our Lady Help of Christians feast day. This was also the day we celebrated 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia with our school captains travelling to Lismore for a National Mass.
Tonight there is a social evening for our Stage 2 parents at Roches Family Hotel commencing at 6pm.
In the next few weeks we will commence Kindergarten 2022 interviews for parents, carers and future students.
The planning for our Athletics Carnival is well in hand. Please check the school calendar regularly for updates.