Dear St Michael’s College Community,
The start of the year at the Primary Campus has been very exciting with the introduction of co-education and an additional Reception class. There has been a real buzz in the school community and we look forward to the continued growth of our Early Primary team with two further midyear Reception intake classes in Semester 2.
The focus for the Primary students in 2021 is to develop an understanding of what gratitude is and what we should be grateful for. There are strong links between understanding gratitude and a person’s mindfulness and resilience. At the Primary Assembly I talked about how parents can support their child’s growth mindset by framing questions more positively:
- What are three things that went well for you today?
- Who am I most grateful for today and why?
- What am I most looking forward about tomorrow?
We all have days that are better than others and we need to teach our children that everything is not always going to turn out the way they want. It is about being able develop a ‘tool box’ of skills to work through times that are more challenging than others.
On Thursday 4 February, the Primary Campus gathered for the start of year Welcome Liturgy. As a community we reflected on being grateful for the wonderful facilities, resources, and people, both staff and family, that support us all to Be The Best We Can Be.
The 2021 Sacramental Program was launched at the Parent Information evening, held in Founder’s Hall, at the Primary Campus on Tuesday 9 February. The Sacramental Program is a family centered, Parish based, school supported program offered primarily in Year 4, but also available to Year 5 and 6 students. Candidates in the program will celebrate Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion over the next three terms. Preparation for the celebration of sacraments include parent/student evening workshops, whole day student workshops, as well as in-class preparation as part of the Religious Education curriculum. Registrations for the 2021 Sacramental Program are now open and close on Friday 26 February 2021.
Celebrating Learning & Leadership
We welcomed our new students to the community and were able to do so in the presence of their parents as the Academic Award Assembly which was held over two mornings (R-2 and 3-6). The recipients and their awards were recognised in last week’s newsletter. Our 2021 Primary Campus Leaders and House Leaders were formally announced to the Primary community at the 3-6 Assembly and were presented with their leadership badges and ties.
The roles of Primary Campus Leader and House Leader are prestigious honours for students at the Primary Campus and carry with them significant responsibility and expectation. The roles require elected students to be positive role models for the students at St Michael’s College.
Primary Campus Leaders 2021:
Oliver Van Dommele
Primary House Leaders 2021:
St James (Green): Arthur Killoh and Harvey Harradine
St John (Yellow): Marcus Waye and Sonny Consalvo
St Paul (Blue): Riley Bell and Will Modra
St Peter (Red): Mitchell Stephens and Robbie Mazzone
Lifelong Learning & Play based Pedagogy
Can you remember how and what you played as child? It was probably imaginative, something you chose, active, messy and adventurous? And without realising it you were learning a lot! As Lasallian Educators our teachers at the Primary Campus are committed to the vision that for our students to flourish, they need to know who they are and be encouraged to explore. As part of the College’s ethos, we are also charged with ensuring we continue to learn ourselves.
Throughout this year, our R-2 teachers will be working with Lisa Burman, an Educational Consultant, with national and international experience, specialising in Early Childhood Education, Literacy and Playful Learning. This Professional Learning will strengthen our approach to play based pedagogy. Our journey began this week with a Book Making workshop and teachers designing a pedagogical inquiry focused on the needs of their students. To find out more about Lisa you can visit Early Childhood Education & Playful Learning.
We have wonderful new spaces such as the East Avenue Nature Play, Innovation Centre, garden beds, as well as our existing Nature Playground, Wetlands and gardens, and soon we will have an Enchanted Garden! These areas will encourage the students to develop their identities as learners, readers and writers.
We look forward to sharing our learning with you.
Podcast Introduction and Workshop
Great things happen when we seize the opportunity to be curious. On Wednesday 10 February, the Year 5 learning legends gathered in the Innovation Centre to work with James Meston from CESA on an “Introduction to Podcasting” workshop.
Our students learned what a podcast is, how to develop an idea and pitched their ideas for a podcast they would like to create. Students learned that podcasting helps us connect, they can be about anything and we can feel part of a unique conversation. There is a podcast on just about everything.
Each of the Year 5s were given an opportunity to take their learning further and apply to be part of the first podcasting project at our College. On Tuesdays, after school, the first group of 18 will be ready to start next week and we are planning to broadcast mid-year. We are fortunate that not only do we have excellent facilities in the Innovation Centre, but with James Meston and the Arch D team by our side, we can’t wait to hear what the students create.
Since starting in 2011, the Arch D radio show has grown its audience to more than 30,000 listeners each week. It can be heard on 1079 Life every Wednesday at 9:00pm and every Saturday at 10:00pm. Click here to listen to the Arch D School Life podcast.
If your child is in Year 5 and is interested in the second round of training that starts in Term 2 on Tuesdays, please do not hesitate to contact me.
And if you’ve never listened to a podcast – give it a try. 33% of Australians can’t be wrong, can they?
Mr Damian Patton, Deputy Principal – Primary