Newsletter-Term 2-Week 3-Friday 13th May 2022
This week our Year 3 and 5 children participated in their NAPLAN assessments. These assessments can provide valuable feedback to our school to inform areas of great success and areas in need of improvement. Through the analysis of individual and cohort data, we can determine future directions in Literacy and Numeracy programs to ensure we are providing the best possible educational opportunities for all students in our school. I know this can be quite a daunting experience for some children (as it would be for many adults) so I congratulate all of our children for their participation and wonderful efforts this week.
We held our first Confirmation Parent Meeting on Tuesday night. It was really nice to see so many children participating in this final stage of their initiation program through the Sacrament of Confirmation. As the children learn more about the Sacrament in class and through the two evening sessions with their parents, they develop a deeper understanding of how the Holy Spirit works through each of us to bring the message of Christ to the world. We keep these children in our prayers as they make their way through the program, leading up to their celebration of the Sacrament on Thursday evening, June 9th.
Yesterday, 12 of our Year 6 students participated in the Catholic Schools Office’s spiritualityretreat, Incitare at Tullera Hall. The children engaged in a range of activities with children from other Catholic schools from within our region, and on all accounts they were exceptional ambassadors for our school. The children were all presented with a Proclaim badge as a symbol of our Diocesan spirituality program. I congratulate them on their engagement in the program and know they will wear their badges proudly.
On Wednesday morning, I met with Leanne Robbins, Parent Assembly Cluster Coordinator and our SFX parent representative, Kristie Pettit to discuss ways in which we can better support our parent community this year. In addition to next Wednesday night's Parent Evening, a number of wonderful suggestions were made to provide opportunity to build greater community within our respective year level groups which we hope to share with you all next week. We really appreciate the need to provide greater opportunities to connect with each other given the requirements around distancing ourselves over the last couple of years. Our school is only as strong as our relationships with our families and our commitment to the mission of Christ. By strengthening our relationships we aim to ensure our school is a place where all feel welcome and safe.
With our school photos on Tuesday next week, please ensure your child is in full correct school uniform. This includes completely black shoes and correct hairstyles. Consistent with all previous years, children who don’t meet the school’s expectations around school uniform will not be photographed. For clarification of the expectations, please refer to the school’s Student Uniform Policy. If your child is unable to conform to the policy due to financial hardship, please email me confidentially so I can offer necessary support. Incorrect hairstyles simply need to be rectified before Tuesday. I don’t perceive this will be a major issue, but to eliminate any upset on the day, and to ensure fairness to all students, please ensure your child meets the school’s uniform expectations.
Peace in Christ
School Calendar-Term 2...
|Week 4||Tuesday, 17th May||School Photo Day|
|Wednesday, 18th May||Zone Cross Country-Goonellabah|
|SFX Family Night-5pm to 7pm|
|Thursday, 19th May||Whole School Mass-2:30pm to 3:15pm|
|Friday, 20th May||Back Up Date-Zone Cross Country|
|Assembly-Year 4 Prayer|
|Week 5||Tuesday, 24 May||Diocesan Cross Country-Grafton|
|Friday, 27th May||Assembly-Year 2 Prayer|
|Week 6||Monday, 30th May||Kinder 2023 Interviews|
|Tuesday, 31st May||Back-Up Diocesan Cross Country|
|Kinder 2023 Interviews|
|Wednesday, 1st June||Kinder 2023 Interviews|
|Thursday, 2nd June||Whole School Mass-2:30pm to 3:15pm|
|Kinder 2023 Interviews|
|Friday, 3rd June||Kinder 2023 Interviews|
|Assembly-Year 1 Prayer|
Assistant Principal Mission News...
Term 2 Whole School Masses
With the restrictions now lifted, this term we will be conducting two whole school Masses on Thursday, 19th May and Thursday, 2nd June. The masses will begin at 2.30 pm and Father Peter would like to warmly invite any families who wish to attend to join us in the church.
2022 Sacramental Program
We would like to warmly invite your child to take part in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The preparation for each sacrament has recently changed to a Parish based program facilitated through the schools.
The following information is for parents who would like their child/children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2022. Confirmation is available for baptised students who are in Year 3 and above. Due to interruptions as a result of COVID-19, the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist will occur in Term 3 and Term 4 respectively.
Important Confirmation Dates
Weekend Masses During the Weeks of Preparation
14th and 15th May, 21st and 22nd May, 28th and 29th May, 4th and 5th June
The Mass times are:
- St Francis Xavier Church Ballina - Sat 6:00pm / Sun 9:00am and 11am
- Holy Family Church Lennox Head - Sat 5:00pm / Sun 7:30am
Confirmation Family Session Two
- Tuesday, 24th May 5:30 - 6:30pm at Holy Family Hall or
- Tuesday, 24th May 5:30 - 6:30 at St Francis Xavier Library
Sacrament of Confirmation Reflection Day
- Thursday, 9th June 9:00 - 2:30pm
Sacrament of Confirmation
- Thursday, 9th June 5:30pm
Assistant Principal Mission
Parish Mass Times
|SFX Parish||Lennox Head Parish|
|6pm Saturday Vigil Mass||5pm Saturday Vigil Mass|
|9am Sunday||7.30am Sunday|
Assistant Principal Learning News...
Dear Parents and Families,
Parent Evening - Wednesday, 18th May
We hope you can join us next Wednesday for our parent evening and dinner in the School Hall from 5-7pm. It’s an opportunity for you to connect with other families and staff, share a meal and listen to a short session on managing ‘big feelings’ associated with changes and challenges. For details on how to register, please see the poster in this newsletter. Please register by Monday May 16th. Please see our flyer at the end of our Newsletter for more information
Our Year 3 and 5 students have been completing NAPLAN this week and we congratulate them on their effort and application in these assessments! Catch-up sessions will continue to be held over the next week.
NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process which alongside ongoing classroom assessments, can provide parents and teachers with additional information about students’ progress. A NAPLAN individual student report will be provided to you later in the year.
How are NAPLAN results used?
- Parents/carers may use individual results to discuss progress with teachers.
- Teachers use results to help identify students who need greater challenges or extra support.
- Schools use results to identify strengths and areas of need to improve learning and teaching, and to set goals in literacy and numeracy.
Year 3 - All About Bees
Year 3 have been learning all about bees in Science and Technology. They have researched facts, threats, effects of these threats and information on how you can help to save our bee population. When our research was complete, we created visual posters and then used Makey Makeys to make them interactive. The students used a coding program called Scratch to create code for their poster, then at the touch of a button their posters came alive.
Our Year 3 families had the opportunity to visit the interactive displays last Friday and celebrate the great learning and thinking.
Mrs Bateman & Miss Kearney
Year 1 - Building Their Vocabulary
We welcome Miss Jemma Eather to our Year 1 classroom as a 3rd year practicum teacher. Our Year 1 authors have been learning about using ‘better’ words in their writing. Working in groups, they brainstormed synonyms for some common adjectives and verbs so that they can use these more expressive words in their own writing.
Assistant Principal Learning & Teaching
Year 1 & Year 3 Learning Photos
We Need Volunteers for our School Canteen
Tammy is looking for volunteers for the canteen. If you are able to spare a couple of hours, between 9am and 11:30, once a month please contact the school office on 66863370 or contact Tammy in the canteen and let her know what day suits you. Please note: to volunteer in the canteen, you will need to be double vaccinated and upon signing into the school, the office staff will need to sight your COVID vaccination certificate.
Canteen Roster Term 2 -Week 4
|Monday, 16th May||HELP NEEDED|
|Tuesday, 17th May||HELP NEEDED|
|Wednesday, 18th May||Tamara Ward, HELP NEEDED|
|Thursday, 19th May||Barbara Jones, HELP NEEDED|
|Friday, 20th May||Lousie Tyrrell, Sue Keough|
Diocesan Rugby Union Trials
Last Friday, 6th May Rab Downie travelled down to Grafton to participate in the Diocesan Rugby Union Trials. There were 52 boys at these trials this year, a testimony of the growth in this sport especially in the Tweed zone where numbers are increasing annually.
On the day, all of the boys participated well and showed pleasing development with their rugby union skills. 19 boys were selected to attend the Polding Trial in Forbes at the end of this term. Unfortunately Rab was not selected, however, he has another 12 months to develop his skills and strength before the next Winter Sports Trials in 2023.
FREE AUSKICK PROGRAM WITH THE BALLINA BOMBERS!
- For local primary school students K-4
- Monday afternoons at Fripp Oval, Ballina
- Starts 16th May 4-5pm.
- Enter code at payment section – 9306196C
- 7-week program run in conjunction with AFLQ development staff.
- Limited spots so register now!
NRL Rugby League Skills Sessions for Kindergarten
On Tuesday this week, Kel Menchin came to St Francis Xavier to run skills sessions with the Kinder students. Kel read a story then played some fun games aimed at developing their skills in Rugby League. We are looking forward to Kel coming into the school again to visit other classes.
Richmond Zone Cross Country
The postponed Richmond Zone Cross Country is now on Wednesday, 18th May at Hepburn Park Goonellabah. The bus will be departing the school at 9:15am sharp. The back up date is Friday, 20th of May at the same venue.
The following Tuesday, 24th May is the Diocesan Cross Country at Grafton (WET WEATHER BACK UP DATE - Tuesday, 31st May). There will be regular updates over the next 5 days regarding this event particularly with rain forecast over the next few days.
Please provide sufficient food and drinks for your child for the day. At this stage The Rescue Helicopter BBQ trailer will be available next Wednesday to purchase lunches, money going towards a very important cause.
Thank you to parents for their continued patience, support and understanding.
Term 2 - Week 3
Congratulations to all our students who were this week's award recipients.
|Isla Wilcox||Owen Williams||Hannah Morley|
|Lily Ross||Elliot Rohn||Anders Fletcher|
|Jack Judge||Ben Girardi-Paciello||Mac Downie|
|Oscar Washington||Rafael Samaradellis||Georgia Rule|
|Taylah Wooldridge||Reef Molyneux||Frankie George|
|Alex Twiname||Michele Ciccia||Marlee Atkinson|
|Jasmine Davis||Ella Rule||Coco Fuhrmann|
|Natalia Arias||Marlee Balcombe||Hayley Geddes|
|Holly Tyrrell||Louis Rosenbaum||Kai Colegate|
Happy Birthday News...
Friday, 13 May to Thursday, 19th May
Wishing everyone a wonderful birthday!
|Aliyah Gerada||Kace Peachey|
|Maddison Mikaere||Marlee Balcombe|
|Oliver Church||Violet Hansen|
Kinder 2023 Enrolments...
Enrolment packs are available from the school office or on the school website. If you need more information, please contact us on: 66863370 or visit www.balplism.catholic.edu.au