3 April 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
How quickly things can change in such a short space of time. It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of Term 1. We started the term with excitement and hope for the year ahead and we are finishing the term with many unknowns.
I firstly want to thank you for your support in working with us to keep everyone as safe as possible and contribute to flattening the curve of COVID-19 by keeping your children home if you are able. I also want to thank our staff for the work they have done over the past few weeks in very unusual times. Lastly I want to thank our students who have been at home and at school, life is not easy to understand right now, but your smiles keep us going every day.
I wish that I had a crystal ball to tell you that we will be back to normal ready for Term 2, but at the moment it looks like we could be continuing much the same as we are ending Term 1. Of course things may change between now and then, but we want to be ready in case we are not back to normal.
Attention: the moment we are working towards having our online learning platform up and ready to trial from next week. There will be no new work added for this term, but it will give you and your children a chance to have a look at our new learning environment in preparation for next term. I would particularly like to thank Mrs Monkley for her work in creating this web page in an easy to navigate format.
Our online learning platform will be accessible from Monday the 6th of April. This platform will continue to develop as time goes on, but we felt it important to give students and parents a chance to get used to the page before the beginning of next term.
You can find the page at this website:
Welcome to our home learning page. This has been developed by staff at St Joseph's Primary School, Wingham to provide all the necessary information, learning tools and curriculum to support our...
Those families that have advised that they don’t have internet or computer access will be provide with hard copies of the learning activities that are provided online.
As home learning continues to develop over time we will keep you up to date with changes, some of the changes we are planning to implement include the way that teachers will touch base with the students in their class once per week. We will provide more information on this next term.
This is a time of learning for all of us, our teachers are learning how to change their style of teaching and move to an online world and as a parent I know how daunting things are feeling right now. At the end of the day we want you to know that every staff member at St Joseph’s is here to support you in trying to adapt to having your children at home and trying to continue with their learning.
Please keep the learning at home realistic for your family. There are going to be days where things don’t go to plan and that is ok, some days it might be just better for your own sanity to let your children play and spend time doing things they enjoy.
Please make sure you can access Compass. This is the only platform that the CSO is using to send out letters of information for parents, you can also find this on the CSO website. We will continue as a school to use Compass, Email and Facebook.
I know that many teachers have touched base with our families this week and we are at school if you need us, please feel free to call or email with any questions you have.
All parents would have received a notification from the Catholic Schools Office regarding School Fee Relief. In order to assist the Catholic Schools Office is taking the following measures:
Part A –Defer Payment of School Fees until July 2020
To access this deferment, we refer you to our website where you can click on the link called ‘COVID-19 School Fee Deferral’. Please complete the form and submit it. Please ensure you complete all relevant fields thereby enabling us to monitor your postponed payment.
Fee payer’s postponement of school fee payments will include:
- CDF direct debit – contact the CDF (4979 1163)
- Centrelink - parents will need to contact Centrelink directly.
- BPay – suspend payment from your bank account.
- Acknowledgement of postponement of fees will be recorded by the school as soon as practicable.
Part B – Request for COVID-19 School Fee Concession
In instances of ongoing financial hardship, fee payers can apply for a fee concession. This concession is accessed via the CSO website by clicking on the link called ‘COVID-19 School Fee Concession’.
Families are encouraged to complete this form if they require financial assistance.
For ease of access we have attached the CSO website;
I truly hope that you have a blessed Easter, it may not look like what you planned, but being able to spend time with your loved ones is a true gift. Please join me in a prayer for all of those who are working to keep our community safe and functioning, without them life would be so much harder.
Just a re-cap of Term 1…………
Easter Raffle winners
Thank you to all family and friends who entered the Easter Raffle. Congratulations to;
1st Prize Winner: Nate
2nd Prize Winner: Mark Hilton
Students were very creative when drawing out the lucky winners. Have a look on the following link.
What’s happening in Year 4
Year 4 have been busy working hard this term. We have enjoyed incorporating technology into our learning and enjoy working cooperatively in groups. In Religion we have been learning about Jesus’ ministry and how we can follow his example by showing love and compassion for people, particularly during the Lenten Season.
In English Year 4 have been developing their use of rich language to develop and describe characters in a text. The students were able to create their own narratives with a focus on using descriptive language.
In History we have enjoyed completing group research tasks in Library and class lessons and have been learning about European colonisation in Australia and what life was like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans.
In Science we have enjoyed looking at Earth’s relationship with the Sun. We have spent time on the computers researching ways to make a sun dial. This would make a great home learning project for any keen scientists!
Year 4 love a Maths challenge! We have been working hard to develop our problem solving skills and are learning to apply a variety of mental and informal written strategies when solving problems.
We used Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ series as an inspiration for our own artworks. They were a colourful addition to our classroom.
Last week our Primary students had fun making puppets with Mrs Lapi-an and were able to develop their sewing skills.
School Calendar of Events
Thurs 9 April
Last day of Term 1
Term 2 Commences Monday 27th April, 2020
Happy Birthday Wishes!
Caitlin Lyon and Aubrey Rees turn 6; Wil Robinson turns 8; Sam Raison turns 9; Maharlia Minns turns 10; Nicholas Blanco, Winmalee Hollis and Leyna Sheather turn 11; Rose Nattress, Emma Letheren and Gabriela Swierczynski turn 12.