Health, PE & Wellbeing
Swim trials are happening Monday 10 at HBF Arena (Challenge Stadium). Thank you to all of the families that have returned the permission slips. If you have not done so yet please have them in tomorrow, we would dearly like to have that sorted before the weekend.
Thank you to the parent helpers, I will endeavour to email you all on Friday to confirm what will be happening. Times from the trials will be used to place the students into events for the up and coming swim carnival. I hope to have that up outside the PE office by Friday 14 February.
School swim training will take place at Claremont Pool on Thursdays 7:30am-8:00am in the 25m pool. Students from Years 3-6 are welcome to attend. Parents you will need to pay for your child to enter the pool, we will cover the cost of lane hire.
If you cannot make it down to our sessions and are not doing some form of swimming I would recommend getting in the pool once or twice a week when you can. The students need to be able to swim 50m and be prepared for the need for speed.
We have nearly covered all our Character strengths, I would think by the end of this term that goal would have been ticked off. Classes will now shift towards focussing on their own allocated strengths. That is not to say that the other ones will not be discussed, there is simply more of a focus on two or three particular strengths. Over 9 years at Loreto they will hopefully know them all very well. I will post the list in next week’s newsletter so families can talk about them at home as well.
Parent Fortnightly Catch up
We will begin a Friday morning parent catch up time where a variety of topics to do with wellbeing will be discussed. It will go for roughly 30 minutes, longer if the conversation takes us that way and will be informal. Some weeks a question may be posed, other weeks a book discussed or concept critiqued. You do not need to sign up or come regularly. My parent theme for the year is “Are you preparing your child for the road or preparing the road for your child”. This concept will likely be discussed at our first catch up. I will advertise a date for that soon.
I am looking forward to another year with you all. Please know you can always drop in and ask a question about any of the things we do if you have one.
Health, Physical Education and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Sound Waves Snippets
Year One students will continue to explore the Sound Waves approach through games and oral activities.
Years Two – Five will study the consonant phoneme b, an easy start to the year as there are only two graphemes to represent this sound – b and bb.
Tips for Kids
• Make sure your lips are closed.
• Pop your lips open like popcorn.
• If you are saying /p/, turn your noisy voice on for /b/
Year Six will explore the lazy, typically Australian, vowel phoneme – ‘schwa’ heard at the end of pizza & doctor and in the middle of dinosaur and iron.
Robotics for St Joseph’s
EV3 Mindstorm Robots for St. Joseph’s Wyndham
Next Tuesday 11th February Loreto is having a STEM Day and asking all students to bring in a gold coin or small notes to raise money for EV3 Mindstorm Robots for Wyndham.
Mrs Waller and the Year 5 students will visit each class and facilitate a STEM activity with them.
In Week 3 Mrs. Waller will take the EV3 Robots to Wyndham when she visits to provide Professional Development Release time for staff.
This gift will enable the students at St. Josephs to develop their Digital Technology skills.
Your support and generosity for this project would be very much appreciated.
Year 5 Teacher
Music at Loreto
Instrumental tuition commences in Week Two. Please ensure you have handed back an Enrolment Form for your child if you wish for them to learn an instrument.
The following Instrumental Ensembles will be offered this year and will rehearse as follows starting in Week Two:
ROCK BAND Friday 12.45-1.15pm Music Room
JUBILEE STRINGS Wednesday 8.00-8.40am Music Room
PRELUDES Thursday 8.00-8.40am Music Room
CHOIR (Year 1-6) Thursday 3.10- 3.50pm Music Room
Instrumental ensembles are by invitation only. However, all children are encouraged to join the Choir.
Thursday (starting Week Two) 3.10pm-3.50pm
Children simply to attend the first rehearsal if they would like to join!
Parents to collect children from the Music Room at 3.50pm.
Mrs Rebecca Longbottom co-ordinates the Instrumental Program and all queries should be directed to the Music Co-ordinator or the Music Tutors. Rebecca.email@example.com
Successful Learning Workshops
The P&F Association is hosting successful learning workshops in March for parents of Pre Kindy to Year Two. The details of the workshops are below however in summary:
Dates of workshops: 10th and 17th March
Time of workshops: 7pm – 9pm
Facilitator: Theresa McDonnell from the WA Parents Association.
Parents are advised to attend both dates to gain maximum benefit.
Changes to Administration System
Our Administration and Finance database is currently in the process of moving to a new system. There will be changes in the way school fees are invoiced and sent out along with changes to receipting processes. As the database is in a period of transition, access will be limited until the rollover has been completed. As such queries relating to finance and administration may be limited for the next fortnight.
Thursday Coffee at Loreto!
Come and have a coffee with Darren from Rascal Events every Thursday morning from 7.45am at Loreto Nedlands. You can relax sitting under the umbrella and listening to his amazing record collection!
Fortnightly Tip: Communication
The Fathering Project
Our fortnightly tip aims to inspire and equip travelling dads.
This week, we’re sharing some tips on how you can have fun while preparing your kids for your time apart. Try these tips to familiarise your children with the idea of you being away.
- Research your destination with your kids. Use your upcoming trip as a chance to spend quality time with your kids and teach them something new. Get online and research your destination: show them where it is on a map; see how far it is from your home; find out what the weather is like there; pinpoint famous landmarks.
- Let your children help you pack. Another way to connect with your kids before you leave is to let them help you pack. You can ask them things like “What do you think I should bring?” “How many pairs of socks do I need?” Let them put things in your bag and use it as an opportunity to teach them how to pack a suitcase properly.
Welcome Picnic! This Friday!
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