19th May 2020
Our Juniors are having fun during an online maths lesson on litres and millilitres.
Amphibian News T1 2020
Welcome back!!! As always, we have a new vibrant group of children who are settling in well. So, a huge welcome to our new students –
Matthew, Shai-Lee, Maddie J, Elijah, Chase, Maddie Mc, Tabitha, Nilay and Oceana. Also a welcome to Maia who began half way through last term.
Keyonie and I really look forward to getting to know your beautiful children and you, their parents. Juniors usually take a while to settle in – making new friendships and adjusting to a heavier workload. Middles enjoy knowing the ropes and Seniors love the opportunity to become even more responsible and lead.
Thank you so much for your heart-warming Christmas presents and cards. And also a HUGE thank-you to the parents who, in lieu of Christmas presents, gave us classroom tea towels and books. We especially appreciate presents that we can use in the classroom. Thank you so much!
School arrival: The school policy is for students to arrive at 8.15am. We offer OSCH for families who need to arrive before this (OSHC needs to be organised prior). Our building door will open at 8.15am for students to come upstairs and enter the classroom. If you drop your child off prior to 8.15am, they will be unsupervised. This raises safety concerns so please make sure your children are with you until 8.15am.
Attendance: Please try to ensure your child comes to school every day, unless they’re ill. It makes such a difference to their learning when there’s consistency as work becomes more difficult and progresses. Children also feel a sense of community, knowing what’s going on, how to do things, manage themselves and become independent in learning when they’re at school every day.
Camp: Our class will be attending PGL Kindilan Adventure Camp at Redland Bay from the 1st to 3rd April. We are in need of a parent helper, and the office has sent out information about this. Staff attending are Elizabeth and Jai. Further information, a consent form and packing list will be sent out from the office soon.
Chickens: A big thank you to those families that helped with caring for our chickens during the holidays, we truly appreciate your community support. If each family in cycle three looked after the chickens for just one week, over the three years, the roster would be covered. The chickens provide such valuable learning, so please support this program.
Labelling: Please ask your child to label all of their belongings. Frequently hats, socks, shoes, lunch boxes and drink containers are left lying about. Your children are very ‘giving’ with their lunch containers and if they are in doubt about their ownership, they will often say that the item might not be theirs. So frequently, we have many unclaimed lunch boxes and small containers. Please name everything! Thanks!
Homework: Book reviews: Each term, your child is required to read a novel and review it. Please would you assist your child in finding a suitable book (preferably non-fiction). We always start off in term one with a ‘standard’ book review and become more creative as the year progresses. Your child will be expected to complete their review and present it to the class on Monday 16th March (week 8). The book review task sheet is attached.
Mental maths / Spelling Homework: I have sat with each child and discussed which area, maths or language, they need to improve on. So children have homework to suit. It is due each Tuesday – but never in the first or last week of term. Our new Juniors are not required to do homework.
Our work: Formation of Earth and Geology!
This term we will begin with the three year cycle again with Maria Montessori’s First Great Story. It is based on the scientific theory of the Big Bang. We will also examine the Christian story and an Aboriginal story – The Rainbow serpent. We will also discuss other ideas/views of Earth’s formation, ensuring we are respecting different beliefs.
From there we will study the Clock of Eras, Long Black strip, our Earth – core / mantle / crust, Atmosphere, Land forms and Water forms and this will lead later, into the Geology of Planets. The children will follow their own path of enquiry and prepare work from this for our 3A café event next term.
3A Café: We are excited to invite you to our annual 3A Café event which will be held on Wednesday 10th June 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Our annual 3A Café event is a time where your child will present their work and offer a class-made afternoon tea. The children will make you a hand-made invitation later on, but please book this important date in your diary.
Dance Fever: Each year, our Cycle Three’s participate in dancing lessons. The Dance Fever crew usually teach the Waltz, Hiphop, The Jive and The Tango. The children really enjoyed their first lesson and Dance Fever is part of our Arts curriculum. Dance Fever is a wonderful opportunity and we finish the term with our own special Dance Fever event, usually held at St Columban’s College. Parents are included in this event and your child will have an opportunity to dance with you and show you their moves! We are aiming to hold it one night during the week of 23rd – 27th March, usually around 6pm. We will let you know of the date as soon as it’s secured.
RSL Care: Our senior students will complete their community service at RSL care, rotated between the students, each Friday. Students are matched up with a resident and they spend time with them doing card sorts, crafts, games or art. A permission form has been sent home to travel with CMS staff. RSL care begins on Friday 14th Feb.
Sunscreen: With this incredible heat at the moment, please send your child in with sunscreen for them to use at lunch time.
How can we stay in touch?
Please feel free to contact me by sending a note or emailing me for an appointment. I am usually available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after school. I greatly appreciate staying in touch with you. It is too difficult to catch me in the mornings as I am
planning for the day. I especially look forward to meeting all new junior parents for 1:1 appointments in the next few weeks, just to check-in and see how they’re progressing. I will email you to organise a time.
Thanks parents, for your helpfulness and support. We are all looking forward to a fantastic, wonderful and amazing 2020 for our growing Amphibian family.
Elizabeth & Keyonie J