BLESSINGS TO OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO STARTED BACK THIS WEEK!
Siena Catholic Primary School
Welcome to Term 3 at Siena
This term commenced with the school celebrating NAIDOC week through prayer, art, dance, music, and literature. Annabel Warner, Support Teacher Inclusive Education & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives, planned and organised many of the cultural events to celebrate and recognise the gift of that is our first Nations people and culture.
This year the theme is ‘For our Elders’ recognising that across every generation, Elders have played and continue to play an important role and hold a prominent place in communities and families both indigenous and non-indigenous.
We pray – Gracious God, we want all peoples to live justly and peacefully together in this land. We thank you for our First Nations people who have stood proudly and confidently, wanting to promote their culture and history. May we work together to embrace and celebrate all that is similar and all that is different between us. We ask this prayer through Jesus, your Son.
Stella Maris Primary School
Whoosh! And our first week of Term 3 is done!
There was a buzz of energy and much joy on Monday morning just gone, as students, staff and families returned to school after the holidays and shared stories of their holiday experiences. New students were welcomed, the playgrounds came alive and excitement filled the air. We’re not sure, but we think that perhaps the parents’ smiles were the biggest of all as they climbed back into their cars and headed off. There wasn’t much time to ponder that though, because as soon as the bell went, everyone was straight back to a focus on learning and what lies ahead.
Next week, across the school, parent-student-teacher conferences begin. These student-led three-way conferences take the form of a conversation between the student, parents/caregivers and teacher. In these conferences, the students take the central role, giving them an opportunity to share their growth as learners and take responsibility for their learning progress and achievements from the first semester. All three parties (student, parents/caregivers and teacher), sit together and talk about the student’s learning, analysing work samples and self-evaluations and fine-tuning learning goals for the term ahead. We trust that this will be a rewarding process for all.
Siena Catholic College
The holidays seemed to pass very quickly, and we are already back in the swing of things with our usual full and busy week.
On Wednesday, we had the first of our two-day Athletics Carnival. Students donned their House colours and headed to the UniSC track for a day filled with running, jumping, and throwing events. We were very lucky with the weather, and all athletes gave of their best to attain those all-important championship points. With just one point dividing first and second place, next Tuesday promises to be very competitive.
Our Year 12 Biology classes made an early start on Thursday, as they travelled to UQ in order to extend their knowledge of genetics. Later in the morning, our Year 11 Geography students braved the wet weather as they travelled to Ocean Street to undertake a field study for their Urban Planning unit.
The College community would like to extend its congratulations to Fr Isaac on the occasion of his Ordination. We thank him for his involvement in College life and offer him our best wishes for his future ministry.