Welcome to the end of Wk 5. Below is the Pandemic Prayer that we pray with Fr Michael at mass.
“O Immaculate Mary, Help of Christians, Queen of heaven and earth, and tender Mother of humanity, at this time when a pandemic threatens all your children, we entrust to you our nation, Australia, and all who live in this country.
“We commit to your intercession all the members of our community, beginning with the weakest ones, from the unborn to the sick, the disabled and the elderly.
“We commit to you our families, our young and old, and all who are vulnerable, those who are quarantined or anxious.
“We entrust to your Immaculate Heart those who have lost their livelihood or employment, our pastors and other essential service workers, and our leaders at this time.
“We implore your intercession especially for the protection of doctors and nurses and those who minister to the contagious sick in this crisis.
“Reign over us Mother of God and teach us how to make the Heart of Jesus reign triumph in us and around us, as it has reigned and triumphed in you!
“St Joseph, Pray for us.”
God bless you and your families
‘When am I going to use this in real world?’
As teachers and parents, we often get asked this question by our children - most pertinently when it comes to mathematics. When we pull the veil off this question, we can see that mathematics, more than any other subject, is seen as the most difficult subject for many children. Students expect it to be difficult, and therefore it is difficult. Instilling a negative mindset from the starting line makes it easier for them to throw in the towel (and a tantrum) once they begin.
Within mathematics, there is very little room for error in the answer. This can quickly lead to frustration in children who feel like they ‘just don’t get it’. It is a cumulative subject, so setting a good foundation for your children ensures that they are able to understand the concepts that follow on. Without these precursory abilities, your children will find it difficult to grasp topics that advance beyond that. At St John Vianney’s, we strive to ensure that mathematics is built from the ground up, and wish to promote this sentiment at home and outside the school yard.
Mathematics is integral to a child’s development. It not only teaches them to become effective problem solvers, but also allows for them to reflect on their mistakes and therefore become critical thinkers. Maths produces skills not taught in many other areas. The development of spatial reasoning allows our children to process abstract information, understanding the world around them in a way that is not confined to the physical.
While extending our knowledge on the importance of mathematics, this explanation may be a bit too wordy for our children, so let’s get back to the question at hand. Maths helps us make sure our tree houses are built properly so they don’t fall down. Maths helps us know how many freddo frogs we can buy with the money in our piggy banks. Maths helps us know how long to make the footy field, and how high the goal posts. Maths helps us know how high we need to kick and with what angle to score through those said goal posts. Maths makes up the games on our phones, the way our ovens bake our patty cakes, the way our books are printed and bound, the way our cars are built. Maths can be found all around us. From the atoms in our bodies, to atoms in the stars.
And in regards to the real world, you’re in it now!
This is one of my favourite TED talks from Eddie Woo – How Maths is our real 6th Sense!
Blessings to you and your family.
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
Questacon Science Circus Pop-up Science Centre
Calwell High School, Sunday 22 August
Free science fun for everyone!
To celebrate National Science Week the Questacon Science Circus is bringing over 40 exciting science and technology exhibits to Calwell High School on Sunday 22 August! Spin yourself dizzy, test your reflexes against a Formula 1 driver, and explore your fingertips under the microscope! Spectacular science shows for the whole family will be performed throughout the day.
Pre-bookings are essential. Every person attending the science centre (including babies and young children) must have a ticket.
Grab your free ticket today at the link below, limited spots available!
Two sessions are available across the day:
10:00am - 12:00pm (arrival time between 10:00am and 10:30am)
1:00pm - 3:00pm (arrival time between 1:00pm and 1:30pm)
Admission: FREE, pre-booked tickets only
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information visit our Facebook event https://fb.me/e/ErKXUo8E
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SJV Tuckshop is open Wednesday & Friday. Orders can be made online via Qkr! A copy of the Menu and Qkr! instructions can be found on the Tuckshop Webpage.
Friday 13th August
Wednesday 18th August
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
Tuckshop Volunteers Needed
EXTRA NOTE FOR TOMORROW:-
Sorry for the short notice - tomorrow is looking like a busy day and Karen would very much appreciate some extra assistance in the tuckshop. If you are able to assist, please let me know and I can pass your name onto Karen. Many thanks.
If you can only spare a couple of hours, that would be fantastic. If you have little ones, they are very welcome to come along.
Please contact the front office or fill in the tuckshop volunteer form to let us know you are able to help and when.
Happy Birthday Mira
We have had confirmation that Floriade will go ahead this year. Our gnomes have arrived ready to paint so we can add them to the Floriade exhibit. We have also been busy growing flower bulbs to create our very own Floriade garden here at the ELC. If you have any unwanted black planting pots that you can donate, please drop them in so we can use them for them for our bulbs.
Mr Reed joined the Stingray and Turtle class on Mura Gadi this week. He joined us in an Acknowledgment of Country to begin our Mura Gadi session, helped make a ‘campfire’ to roast marshmallows and used sticks to measure various objects.
In Week 7 we will celebrate Book Week. This year’s theme is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’. On Friday 27 August, Turtle and Lobster children are encouraged to come to school dressed up as something from an old world, new world or other world, or as a character from their favourite book. Stingrays will have their costume parade on Monday 30th.
COVID-19 adjustment and changes
Thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times. It is important that we all ensure that only 6 adults (over 16yrs) are in the foyer area at any one time. Please remember to maintain 1.5m distance at all times.
We are asking all adults - staff, parents, carers and visitors to use the Check In CBR app when they enter ELC grounds. The general rule is, if you leave your vehicle or come inside the school gate, find a QR code and check in.
We are very fortunate to have access to the primary school councillor, Olivia Bowring-Greer. Olivia will be running a workshop ‘The road to resilient children’ on Wednesday 25 August (week 6). She will discuss what resilience is and how this can affect and/or benefit children. As your children are preparing for Kindergarten next year, you might find this topic particularly helpful.
As we approach August, the sun UV is getting higher. ELC staff check the UV each day, once it is three and higher children must wear hats. Please ensure your child has a hat packed each day. The uniform shop has hats available if required. Please ensure hats are clearly labelled.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's ELC