Junior School News - 17 October 17, October 2019
Junior School Assembly
Thank you to Mrs Gravestein, Miss Hirst and the City Stars and Year 3 students for their beautiful presentation about our School’s Buddy program on this week’s Junior School Assembly. Congratulations to the students who received Brainways Education as well as Merit Certificates for the great work they have been doing in class. The next Junior School Assembly will be held on Wednesday 30 October at 8.30am. The students from Year 2 will be making a presentation and Merit Certificates will be awarded to selected students from each class. All parents, grandparents and friends are encouraged to join the students from the Junior School at this assembly.
REMINDER: Loud Shirt Day Fundraising Event
The Student Representative Council’s are conducting a Loud Shirt fundraising event this Friday 18 October to raise funds for The Hear and Say Centre. The aim of the Centre is to help hearing-impaired children achieve life-long social and economic independence. All students are encouraged to wear their brightest shirt with their sports uniform and raise money to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf children. Students are asked to bring along a gold coin donation on the day so the SRC can assist in raising much-needed funds for a very worthwhile charity.
Student Free Day
The Term 4 Student Free day is Monday 21 October. On this day the staff will be involved in planning for 2020. Our Vacation Care service will be operating between 8am and 6pm on this day. Places for the day are filling quickly and we have a waitlist, so if you require care please contact administration.
Day for Daniel
This year the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is holding it’s annual Day for Daniel on Friday 25 October. The Foundation sees its role in the community as assisting educators and parents in the education of children about their personal safety. To continue to raise awareness for this very worthwhile Foundation, students are encouraged to wear something red to school (hair band, ribbon on shirt, wristband etc) on Friday 25 October. The School will not be collecting any donations, however, if your family would like to contribute you can visit the Foundation’s website.
P&F Halloween Disco
On Friday 1 November the P&F will be hosting the final School disco for 2019. Students are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes. There is more information from the P&F in their report in this newsletter. Parents are reminded that this is not a drop off event. Parents are invited to stay and socialise on the grassed area of Senior School and share in the sausage sizzle. Please bring your own chair and/or picnic.
Kindergarten and Prep 2020
We are currently making arrangements for the Kindergarten and Prep Orientation mornings, which are being held on Thursday 7 November (Kindergarten) and Friday 8 November (Prep). The mornings provide your child with the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates while participating in orientation activities within a classroom setting. Invitations to these events have been sent out this week. If you are yet to enrol your child for the 2020 school year and they are either turning 4 years old by the 30 June 2020 (Kindergarten or 5 years old by the 30 June 2020 (Prep), I would like to extend an invitation for you to make an appointment to tour the school and learn more about the Kindergarten and Prep programs offered at Caloundra City Private School. Please contact Sally Simm on 5437 5800 or by emailing her to make an appointment time.
You Can Do It! Program
Our focus for the next two weeks of this term is on the ‘I Do the Right Thing’ Character Kid. Students will be involved in discussions about what strategies and behaviours help us do the right thing. They will be reminded that doing the right thing is achieved by behaviours such as:
- When saying you will do something, doing it
- Making good choices when someone wants you to do the wrong thing
- Doing the right thing even when no one is watching
It would be appreciated if you could support this program at home as it helps reinforce the importance of these social behaviours that are central to all young people acquiring the social and emotional capabilities they need to be successful in school, experience well-being and have positive relationships.
Class News from 4KC
What a way to start the week! On Monday, both Grade Four and Five visited the Queensland Museum to view their collections and to visit the Sparklab. Once we arrived, both classes split up to better view both the ‘Lost Creatures’ and ‘Wild State’ exhibitions.
Jayden Enderby, our on-site palaeontologist, led the tour of the ‘Lost Creatures’ dinosaur showcase on Level 2. His expertise was highly regarded as he was able to guide us through the exhibits, passing on his own in-depth knowledge and information of the displays. It was here we saw some of our State’s inhabitants from millions of years ago with the highlight being the 7 metre long Muttaburrasaurus.
Next was the Wild State gallery on Level 4. Here students were able to explore a brilliant representation of Queensland’s flora and fauna with live, interactive and visual showcases. The gallery shows students through five different environments – the arid outback, iconic eucalypt forest, tropical rainforest, sun-drenched coastal zones and teeming marine environments. Each was very unique with different exciting and interactive features to find and explore. Like the ‘human burrows’, where students could crawl through, microscopes to view shells and live animal displays with snakes and insects inside.
Our main attraction was the Spark Lab, which was far greater than anyone could have imagined. Here students interacted with a mix of 40 interactive exhibits specifically focused on science technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Students were mesmerised, as they moved excitedly from one activity straight to the next. The Spark Lab proved to be a fantastic approach for students to get hands on with STEM and learn about our world in an incredibly fun and engaging way. Some highlights included the ‘Science Bar’, there students saw some ‘toothpaste explosions’ and the ‘Maker Space’ where students were able to create functioning inventions using plungers.
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