Creating and Making

Hi everyone!

The Year Threes are very excited about creating and making our models for our Inquiry unit – ‘The Future Is In Our Hands… How Can I Make A Difference!’

To assist with our creating and making session tomorrow, we are asking that you bring in the materials you need to create your model.

We are also asking for donations of the following items to help others:

  • Boxes (shoe boxes, cereal boxes etc)
  • Bottle tops
  • Tubes (paper towel/cling wrap/aluminium foil tubes etc)
  • Fabric scraps
  • Paint swatches (as from Bunnings)
  • Magazines/catalogues

 

  • If you have any/all of these items, please send them into school tomorrow.

*For hygiene reasons, we will not be able to accept donations of toilet rolls.

Parent Engagement Survey

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We need YOU! Tell us what you think about parent engagement at SMCM!

Families we would appreciate your help to understand more about how we work with you to support your child and their learning. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Clink on the survey link below to complete the survey. 

This is a survey for parents, not for students to complete! 

Parent Engagement Survey Link

Digital Technology Update!

Since this year began at SMCM, we have been investigating our Digital Technology Policy and User Agreement. We have been learning about the different parts of this policy, unpacked the key words and words we were not sure about. We also discussed what the purpose of this policy is and what are expectations when we are using Digital Technology to help us with our learning.

 

We will all receive our own Digital Technology Policy and User Agreement that we are going to share with our family. A reminder that once we have read and talked out what it is telling us, we need to tick the boxes and sign to say we understand and agree to comply to it.

We need to bring the whole policy (signed and dated) back to school as soon as possible!

  • Did you learn anything knew about the way we use Digital Technology?
  • Why is it important that we understand our policy?
  • Are there any questions about our policy?
  • Are there any words that you needed to clarify?

 

Let our Strengths Shine Bright

For our last CARITAS Friday we are asking for everyone to shine a light on their strengths by wearing something shiny. We believe in the built in God-given dignity and worth of every person, and that every person has unique gifts and talents. When we focus on our strengths it reminds us to identify and build on the strengths, abilities and assets that communities already have. This leads to a better, more sustainable world that allows everyone in a community to participate in building a better future.

Our message this week is to remember that Nobody has Nothing!

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  • What are your strengths?
  • How can you help others identify their strengths?

 

Let our Strengths Shine Bright

For our last CARITAS Friday we are asking for everyone to shine a light on their strengths by wearing something shiny. We believe in the built in God-given dignity and worth of every person, and that every person has unique gifts and talents. When we focus on our strengths it reminds us to identify and build on the strengths, abilities and assets that communities already have. This leads to a better, more sustainable world that allows everyone in a community to participate in building a better future.

Our message this week is to remember that Nobody has Nothing!

 

Friday23rd March

  • What are your strengths?
  • How can you help others identify their strengths?

Reading is Brain Food

Our brains develop as we fill them with experience and new knowledge. Reading a book helps your brain to make connections with what you already know about a topic and helps you to learn about new topics. Reading provides one of the most enriching and complex brain activities available in life. Through reading we learn to recognise the sounds of words, we learn new words to add to our vocabulary and we connect written words to their real world applications.

Generally, the more time you are exposed to something and the more time you spend practising it, the better you’ll become at performing it. This is absolutely true for reading, and a great reason we take time to read everyday.

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  • What do good readers do?
  • What book are you currently reading?
  • Why should your friends read your book?

Art Smocks needed

Our Middles are now starting to use paint and oil pastels in Visual Arts sessions with Kristie. This means that we need art smocks, to keep our uniforms clean and pristine! An art smock could be anything from an old shirt/tee to a plastic pre-purchased smock. Each home group will have a tub/area in the learning space to store their super clothes protector!

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CONNECTORS – Sacramental Preparation

 
This week our Year Four students have started their CONNECTORS sessions, in preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist. These sessions are opportunities to gather as a community to listen to the Word, to pray and to spend time in quiet reflection. This week, we reflected on moments when we were connected to God. We considered how we celebrate God’s presence through the Sacraments, as well as in our everyday actions, such as during special birthday celebrations, playing a game with friends or when we are hurt. Jesus Christ is everywhere – He is our great connector!

What was a connection you made during the session?

When is a time you can recall feeling a connection to God?

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Swimming Reminder

 

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Just as a friendly reminder, the middles will be swimming on both

Thursday 15th March and Friday 16th March.

On the 15th March, students will be required to bring an additional pair of shorts and t-shirt to wear over the top of their bathers as part of the Water Safety program.

If you have any questions please contact your homegroup teacher!

Week 6 New renewable energies used in Japan

In Week 6, students in Year 4 started their learning with singing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in Japanese as a part of warm-up activity. They sang really well using the Japanese words which they always hear & say in Japanese lessons!

The students also learnt about ‘Clean Energy’ which has been promoted in Japan. In addition to other major renewable energies such as Wind Power and Solar Power, Sea Waves and Typhoons have become another sustainable sources. Natural disasters seem to bring us benefits, not only disasters!

I wonder who can explain how Waves and Typhoons make electricity and how the electricity is delivered to the city?

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