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NEWSLETTER - WEEK 1, TERM 2 Tuesday May 1 Dear Parents,Teachers and Students, Term 2 begins and I trust everyone had a relaxing holiday. This term we have moved the St 3 students back into the classrooms, as the refurbishment work has been further delayed by at least another 6-8 weeks. This is a result of further requests from Sydney Water regarding sewerage mains running beneath the school property. We require this approval to proceed with the refurbishment. Gonski Review - Report on Education in Australia Yesterday the 'Gonski Review Report on Excellence in Education' was released and following is the response from our Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools. "Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) Executive Director, Dr Dan White has measured and optimistic praise for the newly released report from the Gonski Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools. The 23 recommendations across the report’s five areas of reform include a range of strategies aimed at achieving student learning growth and approaches to the curriculum that are currently supported and promoted by Sydney Catholic Schools. Dr White stated that whilst an ‘individualised approach to the curriculum that will connect students in an authentic manner to their learning is vital. Any attempt to test students online to determine their level of achievement must encompass a broad range of student knowledge and understanding’. “Whilst data analysis is critical, any instrument designed to measure student performance must be done, in context, taking into account student need,” he said. The vast majority of Sydney Catholic schools already demonstrate a

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differentiated approach to the curriculum that ensures mandatory content is Past Issues delivered in a manner that engages students at the most appropriate level based on their need. Tracking and supporting individual student learning growth also underpins the approach to quality teaching that is supported through expert teacher professional learning. Dr White stated that a current example of this is ‘the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program, a selective stream for gifted learners that also supports their social and emotional wellbeing’. He also cited the strong NAPLAN performance particularly in the SCS primary schools and a 9.5% growth in students gaining Band 6 in the HSC last year, that has eventuated from deprivatising the classrooms and providing quality professional coaching directly into a classroom setting. Whilst the specific details of the review are yet to be realised, Dr White is optimistic of a positive outcome for teachers and students in all of the Sydney Catholic School’s 152 communities."

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At Blessed Sacrament School the teaching staff have benefited from substantial professional learning opportunities to support the learning needs of individual students through differentiation of the curriculum. Sydney Catholic Schools have provided professional learning (e.g. Quality Literacy Teaching and Gifted Education Online) which have enabled teachers to provide for individualised learning for students in the classroom. Using individual student data, adjustments are made to learning so that students are challenged in their learning whether they are in need of extra support for mastery of concepts or require extension to challenge them in their learning. Within each classroom we have extra support staff who assist the teacher in supporting the learning needs of individuals and also groups of children. We also have in place programs to support the needs of students both socially and emotionally. This term we will commence our peer support program led by St 3 students on Friday afternoon. The focus of each session responds to needs identified by the teaching staff e.g cyber bullying, making friends, how to play fairly. CWF Appeal - Mufti Day and Yr 6 stall - this Friday May 4 This Friday May 4th, we are having a mufti day and toy sale to support the Charitable Works Fund Appeal. For wearing mufti a gold coin donation will be collected from each student. The Year 6 students will be holding a toy and book stall (at recess and lunchtime), as part of their community service for Confirmation. So students are encouraged to bring money to make a purchase from the stall. All proceeds from the day will go to the CWF appeal which supports many Catholic charities such as CatholicCare, Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry.

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Assembly Past Issues Assembly will be held tomorrow morning Wednesday at 8.45am in Lochinvar Hall. All parents and friends welcome to attend.

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Numeracy and Literacy Workshop As advertised last term we are presenting a Numeracy and Literacy Workshop tomorrow Wednesday, May 2 at 5.30pm - 6.30pm. It is designed to give parents practical ideas to help support the consolidation of learning in Numeracy and Literacy (especially reading) at home. If you are attending please RSVP by email to [email protected]

Reflection A prayer for the beginning of term: Lord God, At the beginning of this new term teach us to be your hands and feet where we are, At the beginning of this new term teach us to love as you love us At the beginning of this new term teach us to pray for those in need So that You are honoured and glorified Amen Quote for the week as we start a new term of the school year.

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Enjoy the term ahead. Louise O'Brien Principal

WINTER UNIFORM Children are wearing their Winter school uniform. Please ensure that all clothing items are clearly marked with their name.

COMBINED CLUSTER CROSS COUNTRY The Combined Cluster Cross Country will be held this Thursday, May 3rd. We congratulate the following students who will represent our school in the event: Oliver Allsopp, Beatrix Cadman, Benjamin De Laet, Harry Francis, Thomas Gocher, Charlotte Helyar, Hugo Helyar, Scarlett Holding, Ava Keating, Arabella Keating, Alex Kerr, Ella Nolan, Xavier O'Hea, Emily Paynter, Abigail Smyth, Andy Tsakalos, Max Vlaeminck.

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We wish them the best of luck!

DEEPEST SYMPATHY Our prayers and thoughts are with Lisa McPherson, John Bertolini, Ellie Yr 5. Lisa's mother, Carol McPherson passed away during the school holidays. May she rest in peace.

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It would be appreciated if you could please RSVP to Past Issues [email protected] if you are attending our Mother's Day Breakfast and Mass. Looking forward to seeing you there!

SCHOOL FEES - A reminder that the Second instalment of School fees for Term 2 is due on 15th May. Thank you.

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Please see link below to register your interest in bidding prior to the event.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MWRHNCH

RAFFLE TICKETS!

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If you have sold your raffle tickets please return them to the school office. More raffle tickets are available.

TUCKSHOP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - TERM 2 Volunteers are needed for the tuckshop in Term 2. It opens on Mondays for morning tea and at lunch for 1. If you are interested in volunteering at the tuckshop. We need two parents per shirt and two bakers each week. 2. or able to bake some cupcakes, biscuits etc. for the tuckshop please email your availability (the dates and shift you wish to do) to [email protected] Tuckshop in Term 2 commences on Monday 7 May and finishes on Monday 2 July. Many thanks

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CALENDAR (Please check the School Calendar on COMPASS for all school events for 2018) Term 2 - MAY Tuesday 1 - Students commence Term 2 Wednesday 2 - 5.30pm- 6.30pm Numeracy and Literacy Parent Information session Thursday 3 - Cross Country Tuesday 8 - 8.00am Mother's Day Breakfast and 9.00am Mass

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH WELCOME ROSTER FOR 10am MASS Families on the roster each week to welcome from the Front and Rear entrances. Sunday 6 May - Sequeira family Sunday 13 May - Whittingham family

CLOTHING POOL (Second hand uniforms) The uniform shop will now be open Monday mornings (under the ‘Big House’ behind the Reading Room) If you require any uniforms please contact Jenny Schmidt [email protected] and they will be sent home with your child.

PRIVATE TUITION Contact Numbers or email for :-

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Piano Tutor—Past Christine Light 9975 4925 ; 0432 550 823; email: Issues [email protected]

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Tennis—Program for K to Yr 3 : Primrose Park Tennis –David Chapman 9908 2366 Double Dutch Skipping—Mark Saunders: Available for Years 1-6 to enrol go to www.trybooking.com/7787 or contact [email protected] if you have any questions. Arena’s lunch ordering on-line (after registration) Order Online @ arenasdelicafecucina.com.au

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