International Day of Families
Tomorrow we recognise ‘International Day of Families’. The theme for 2020 is “Families in Development: Copenhagen & Beijing +25”. Families—both traditional and non-traditional—are the foundation of society. Founded by the United Nations in 1994, The International Day of Families is observed on May 15 every year to celebrate the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world.
Why is International Day of Families important? It highlights the importance of family in society, reminds us that all families don’t look alike and it is an opportunity to have critical conversations about some of the challenges that families around the world face. Many families are dealing with issues like poverty, lack of health care, employment, and child-rearing. It is important for our community that we promote awareness and a better understanding of some of these challenges.
Beijing +25 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. With twelve critical areas of concern, it remains the most comprehensive and transformative global agenda for the achievement of gender equality. Today, its bold vision for transforming the lives of women and girls, in families, communities and economies, holds renewed relevance.
The Copenhagen Declaration recognised the family as the basic unit of society and acknowledged that it plays a key role in the development and is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support. Governments further recognised that the family should be strengthened, with attention to the rights, capabilities and responsibilities of its members. It is important to remind us that the Declaration also recognised that “in different cultural, political and social systems various forms of the family exist”.
So let’s celebrate this year, and learn about some of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families around the world!
What an amazing start to Term 2 we are so happy to be all back together at Kindy. This term has started with a different way of getting to and from Kindy but the Kindy children have adjusted so well at walking themselves to the classroom and unpacking their bags.
Last week we celebrated our Mums at Kindy and used air dry clay to make a bead for our mums. We could choose to make a heart or a circle shape-most of us chose a heart and we painted them and decorated them with glitter and then threaded them on rainbow ribbon for our Mums. We also created a very special book all about our Kindy Mums and learnt a new song to sing them!
This term we will be focusing on writing and recognising our names and last week we painted our names using cotton buds. We are getting so good at finding the syllables in words and will commence some rhyming activities over the coming weeks. We will be looking at patterns in maths and practising finding numerals on a number line.
Every week for STEM we are experimenting with different things! Last week started with a messy fail as vinegar and water bubbled all over the desk and the floor and did not help the sultanas dance. We had another go and the sultanas danced!
We look forward to sharing more of our Kindy adventures with you!
Pre Primary News
Pre Primary have had a very busy start to the term. Whilst we were unable to have our incursion from Bunnings, they did very kindly donate plant pots, soil and plants. The Children enjoyed planting their plant in their own plant pot and we discussed as part of our science inquiry how to look after it. Once the children had enjoyed planting we then practised our artistic skills and painted the pots using vibrant colours. We hope our mums enjoyed their very special Mother’s Day gift.
Pre Primary Teacher
Year Three News
It’s been a bazaar start to term three with COVID-19 still hanging around!
Some students have been working remotely and touching base via Zoom meetings every morning. But still the learning and fun goes on. In Mathematics we have been investigating time and working with money. In HASS we have started investigating Captain Cook’s voyage and in Literacy we read a book about David Bowie. The remote learning students also enjoyed his story. We learnt it’s ok to be different and to embrace the qualities that make us individual and unique. The students also designed some fantastic Mother’s Day cards which would have been loved by all the “Loreto Mums”. Every Friday we have celebrated the end of the week by wearing crazy hats or introducing our Mums via Zoom or bringing in photos.
Year Three Teacher
This week we rolled out what feels like the first character strength for some time. We have chosen Humour as we think it can be really beneficial at the moment. Humour is not just about being funny, it is also about seeing the lighter side of things and bringing smiles to other people. It is strongly connected with life satisfaction and wellbeing. It is also connected with many health benefits which is good to know. It may not be appropriate in every situation but used correctly can help in most.
Try to include a sense of fun into what you are doing, even doing the dishes can be enjoyable with a play element involved. Instead of writing about three good things every day maybe you could write about three things that made you laugh today, or during the week. Enjoy playing around with humour.
Health, Physical Education and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
The Uniform Shop is open this Friday, 15 May, from 9am – 10am
The Uniform Shop is open next Tuesday, 19 May, from 9am – 10am and again from 1.30pm – 2.50pm. The last appointment on Tuesday will be 2.50pm. as the Uniform Shop will be closed to parents at 3.00pm. Parents must be off site before the bell rings at 3.05pm.
Parents will need to book an appointment time for the Uniform Shop. These appointments will run in 10-minute slots. Walk-ins are not permissible.
The link to book an appointment is:
No students will be allowed to try clothing on.
Alternatively, parents are able to download the order form from the Loreto Nedlands website and email this to the Administration Office – email@example.com. Parents may also ring through their order. Uniforms will be sent to the classroom.
The canteen will run on a restricted menu.
There will be no parent helpers.
Recess – No items to be ordered.
Lunch – Sushi, some meals and toasties only.
Many thanks for your assistance and patience.
Catholic Performing Arts Festival
The Festival will go ahead this year but the actual format each section will take will be advised in line with Government regulations closer to the date. Depending on numbers, some sections may be cancelled, again this will be advised closer to the date.
The Festival organisers have decided not to award Shields or other awards but to keep the emphasis on participation in the spirit of the Festival.
At Loreto, this means that our Year 3 Choral Speech item, Year 4 Recorder and Choir will continue to rehearse in preparation for performance. At this point, no decision has been made on the participation of the Jubilee Strings.
We are planning for all Ensembles to recommence rehearsals in Week 4 of this term.
Protocol for School Grounds during Covid-19
Should your child be late to school, please ensure that you do not enter the school grounds. Parents must wait at the gate with their child, telephone the administration office on 6389 9400, and a staff member will meet you at the gate to collect your child.
Parents are not permitted to enter the school grounds under any circumstances. This also applies to the Administration Office, which is closed to the public.
Administration can be contacted via telephone or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are adding some extra fun into this Friday at school. Tomorrow it’s Friday Hat Day! Children can wear a hat of their choice for the day. We look forward to seeing them and having a wonderful day.
Fortnightly Tip: Find Your Balance
With the new year in full swing, it’s a good time to check-in on your life balance.
Where are you currently spending the most time and which areas do you feel like you are missing out on?
• Think about how much time you currently spend on the various aspects of your life including family, work, physical health, emotional health, community, social and leisure activities;
• When you spend too much time in one area, other areas may suffer – ask yourself, is your current life balance working for you?
To find your balance, make some changes:
• Start by focusing on how you spend your time, and focus on areas that are most important to you;
• Create a 2020 family schedule. Block-out specific times to spend together for a meal or activity, no excuses (within reason)
• Set boundaries around your work time, switch off your phone and limit your access to emails during the downtime – learn to say no.