Dear St Michael’s community
Parent Welcome Evening
On Tuesday evening, the Primary Campus hosted the annual Welcome Evening for parents of students commencing in Reception at the start of Term 3.
Referred to as our ‘Lasallian STARS’ (Student Transition And Readiness for School), these students are our youngest learners and will participate in a tailor-made learning program for a full semester, prior to commencing Reception in 2022.
Although the Lasallian STARS program begins formally in July, students are supported prior to commencing at the Primary Campus through Kindergarten visits from our key staff and by attending four Transition mornings.
The Lasallian STARS will also be recognised by their unique T-shirts created to enhance their sense of belonging to our community. This extensive transition process, coupled with the Primary Campus moving to co-education at the start of this year, has gathered significant interest and has resulted in increased enrolments across two mid-year intake classes for next Semester.
The Welcome Evening provided an opportunity for our Primary Leadership Team, Mid-Year Intake teachers and key staff to introduce themselves and the roles they undertake in a relaxed environment. It also provides our families a valuable meet and greet opportunity with one another prior to their children beginning their first transition morning in Week 9 this term.
Through a play-based curriculum our students will discover, take risks, build confidence, negotiate, problem-solve, create, learn to get along with others and develop self-awareness. Our Lasallian STARS classes offer a significant head start for students and cater more explicitly for individual learning and wellbeing needs through a smaller, supportive play-based environment. This ‘head start’ provides a valuable steppingstone between Kindergarten and Reception.
During the formal part of the evening staff provided an overview of our Lasallian traditions, such as welcoming visitors to the classroom by saying: “Good Morning, May God Bless You”; what our Primary Values mean to our school community; what parents and students can expect from our transition visits; and an insight into teaching and learning for students of this age.
Parents and staff were treated to a selection of delicious canapés, hot finger food and sweets that were catered for by Ms Liesel Dunstan our Food Technology Teacher and students from her Year 10 and 11 Certificate II Kitchen Operations class. This course provides students with skills in food preparation, hygienic practices and food and workplace safety. This qualification provides a pathway to work in kitchen operations in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafés and coffee shops and institutions such as aged care facilities, hospitals, and schools. We sincerely thank Liesel and the students for not only the work and effort that they put in to the preparation for the event and the delicious food, but also for their professional and friendly manner as they waited on and welcomed the guests.
Nature-based learning has lessons for all
On Tuesday, 15 June the Advertiser/Sunday Mail ran an article from an interview with Mr Damian Basso, Teacher and Mentor to our Youth Environmental Leaders on our expanded outdoor learning areas, including the school garden, wetlands, chicken enclosure, the new Early Primary Nature Playground and our existing Nature Playground and Amphitheatre. The published article was only a snapshot of our Nature-based learning. Here is a full read of the questions and responses.
Mr Damian Patton, Deputy Principal – Primary