- Principal's message
- Religious Education
- 2021 Family Discount & Diocesan Pastoral Contribution Form / Direct Debit forms
- Year 6 Incursion by Yr 6 students
- Primary Coordinator Report : Year 5 Camp
- Student Representative Council
- Pastoral Care
- Shining Holy Name students
- Road Safety
- Holiday Piano lessons
Dear Parents and Carers,
This is definitely the business and busy end of the year, with student reports being finalised, the final preparations for the online Christmas Concert taking place, Yr 6 students taking part in their ceremonies of farewell, and plans enacted for the successful transition of students to their 2021 classes. Next week, all students will spend two sessions with their peers and teacher (where possible) in their 2021 classes.
On Wednesday we held a beautiful Graduation Mass for our Yr 6 students. Although our parents could not be there with us, it was important for our other students to farewell this amazing group of leaders in our school. When Fr Greg asked the Yr 6 students at the end of mass what they will remember or are grateful for from their time at Holy Name, we started to see the realisation for some students of their time at Holy Name coming to an end. We are looking forward to the Graduation Dinner and Awards night on Monday which will be a little diffferent but equally special for our Yr 6 students and their families.
This week we received the news from Mr Haire that he will be retiring midway through 2021. This was obviously a big decision for Mr Haire but he is feeling like it is the right time for him. We will organise a special celebration as the time draws near and the students in his Yr 5 class next year will benefit from being the last pupils he will teach in a full-time capacity. Mr Haire assures me he will continue to work as a casual teacher in our school and continue to have that relationship with our staff and families. We will advertise and organise a replacement teacher in the coming weeks.
Miss Nolan has been appointed to work alongside Mr Hassett in Yr 3/4H in 2021 each Wednesday and Miss Gregory will work alongside Mrs Monks and Mrs Praschinger in Kindergarten. We welcome Miss Gregory as a new member of our staff.
Miss McKinnon, Miss Redding, Miss Sullivan and Mrs Cusack will complete their temporary appointments at the end of this year and hopefully remain connected with our school through other positions and to replace teachers when necessary. We thank them for their commitment to our school and for the energy and professionalism they have brought to our school during their time with us.
At our last P&F, one of our main points of discussion was the notion of composite classes and what this will mean for the students in each of the classes. This is a great question to ask because we haven't had composite classes at Holy Name for some time. I am still working on a visual to explain this concept, however, I would like to make the following points about a composite class:
1. The Australian and NSW Curriculum is set out in 'stages' of learning for each subject. Each stage of learning has a set of outcomes for students that guide the content, skills, values and understandings for students in that stage. When you look at the stages of learning below, you can see that in Year 1 and 2 for example, the students are working towards achieving a set of stage-based outcomes. The teachers assess, plan and teach lessons based on the same outcomes across Years 1 and 2. You can imagine that even if the class is a straight Year 1 class or a straight Year 2 class, that students would be assessed at different levels and require the lessons to be adapted and adjusted for different students. This is what happens every day in a school. In effect, every class in a school could be considered composite.
Early Stage 1 is Kindergarten
Stage 1 is Year 1 and Year 2 (teaching programs cover the same outcomes)
Stage 2 is Year 3 and Year 4 (teaching programs cover the same outcomes)
Stage 3 is Year 5 and Year 6 (teaching programs cover the same outcomes)
Stage 4 is Year 7 and Year 8
Stage 5 is Year 9 and Year 10
Stage 6 is Year 11 and Year 12
This link will take you to a page on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website and includes a description of the curriculum requirements for K-6 and information about how the outcomes, content and stage statements are connected and covered by teachers. Parents can explore other pages on this site to gain further insight into the expectations of each syllabus and how teachers assess, plan and implement teaching and learning programs to meet the highly diverse needs of students in every class, whether composite or not.
2. In the development of the class compositions for 2021, the school leaders and teachers have consulted with parents and one another, to draft class lists that we believe are in the students best interests from an academic and social emotional perspective. It is absolutely in our best interests to get the composition of classes right because this is the pathway to acheiving what we also want for the students in our care - at least 12 months growth for 12 months learning. We have planned the transition opportunities next week as one way of determining whether the thought and careful planning that has gone into this process has hit the mark. If after the transition visits, we feel that we need to make some changes, we will make them. We are also always happy for your proactive input into this discussion. Your positive support and energy goes a long way to supporting your child's positive approach to this change.
If you have any questions, please make contact with the school.
Thank you to those families who have finalised their school fees for the year. It is your contributions that support the resourcing of our school. I would like to remind our parents who have entered into an agreement with the school or pay weekly or fortnightly, to continue the payments through the holidays as this is part of the agreement made to continue payments for the 52 weeks of the year. When payments cease, families commence the year with outstanding amounts that are often difficult to repay.
I had the pleasure of accompanying 10 of our Mini Vinnies crew with Mrs Banham out to KMart today to purchase gifts to put under the Giving Tree we have created in the foyer at school. It was amazing to witness the care and thought put into spending the dollars they raised through World Children's Day to brighten the lives of children and families in our community. So many shoppers took an interest in their presence and were so impressed with the good works of this amazing group of Holy Name students. It was a proud Principal moment!
Wishing you a great fortnight ahead,
What Social Justice looks like at Holy Name
In line with our Josephite Charism our social justice actions are targeted to respond to identified needs, both within our community and abroad. The school responds to these needs within the Catholic model of social justice of See, Judge, Act (Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, 1882–1967).
We believe that our social justice actions allow us to participate in the mission of the Church and educates our students to develop an understanding of the pillars of social justice as outlined in Catholic Social Teachings and defined through the Gospels.
Let us look back on the year that was 2020, a year where there has been stress, anxiety, worry, unpredictability, fear and concern for our families, community, country and the world to remind ourselves that the one constant that never changes is the presence of a loving and comforting God. Our Religious Coordinator Mrs Genevieve Williamson and Pastoral Care Worker Mrs Kristie Banham have worked closely to ensure Holy Name has responded to the needs of our community and abroad. Guided by Mini Vinnies each term, our school has participated in social justice initiatives and have educated students to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Social Teachings of the Church. Put simply, our students become Jesus people when they fill the buckets of others by doing kind acts for those in need.
Click on the PDF of our Planned Social Justice Actions for 2020
Advent is a special time in the church year when we prepare and get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. From Pope Francis: The season of Advent, which we begin again today, restores this horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful! He does not disappoint! Let us think about and feel this beauty.
Year 4 celebrated the first week of Advent with a Liturgy on Tuesday. In the Gospel the students were told to prepare for the coming of the Lord and to be ready because we do not know when that will be. While we are waiting, we are called to continue to do God’s work and bring the message of God’s faithfulness to all we meet. We must stay alert and focus on what is important.
Let us cast our attention to supporting those in need this Christmas. A Christmas Giving Tree is now placed in the foyer of our school. Rather than give gifts to teachers this year, families are asked to take a tag from the Giving tree. Each tag has a description of a person you can buy a gift for. The gift can then be placed under our Giving Tree. Mrs Stephens will then give these gifts to those in our community who are in need.
Thank you to all our families for their generous donations of food items for our Christmas Hampers that will also be distributed to families in our community. These will go a long way in helping families enjoy the spirit of Christmas as we do.
Year 6 Graduation Mass
Together with staff and students, Fr Greg on Wednesday led our Yr 6 Graduation Mass. This mass was videoed for our parents, carers, and wider community to watch due to our COVID restrictions. Fr Greg talked to the children about trusting in God for peace, reassurance, hope and courage as they move forward from Holy Name into the world. Our Yr 6 students prayed for our Parish Priest, Fr Greg, their families, friends, and teachers who have offered them encouragement, support, and love in their years at Holy Name. The children were sent from this mass with the knowledge that God will give them the strength and courage they need to face any hardship or adversity and the hope and optimism they need to celebrate the joys and blessings of life. Thank you Mrs Loring, Mrs Russell and Mr Pomplun for preparing a memorable and fitting Graduation Mass for our wonderful Yr 6 students and their families.
Luisa Bowie, our Senior Clerical Officer has requested that families who have not returned the 2021 Family Discount & Diocesan Pastoral Contribution Form do so next week so that the information can be included in our planning for next year. Thank you to all of the families who have returned the forms already.
This week Luisa and Kerry sent out Direct Debit forms for 2021. Please be aware that the forms need to be in by next Wednesday 9 December 2020. If forms are not returned we may need to recalculate your amount.
Charlotte Cooper from 5H has been chosen to represent the Maitland- Newcastle Diocese as part of the Polding Girls basketball team. This is a wonderful achievement by Charlotte and I know she puts in many hours training and playing locally. Congratulations to her parents, Gordon and Nicky as well as I know they spend a lot of time transporting Charlotte to her much-loved sport.
We are in the midst of planning for our Sport Carnivals for 2021. The Holy Name Swimming Carnival will be held on February 4th at the YMCA. Entry notes will come out very early in 2021. At the moment all Sport Trials will also recommence in 2021.
On the first day of our camp, no camp, we started looking at a virtual Parliament House tour. After that we acted like we were in the Parliament House and passed a bill. Then for lunch we had meat pies from the Forster Keys bakery. After our lunch we talked about our Grad Mass and Grad Dinner and made some plans for these events. We then had some free time until 4.00pm then watched the Karate Kid and ate burgers and an ice cream.
On Tuesday we came to school and did a cultural walk with Lee and Crystal. We learned lots about the Aboriginal Culture and what they ate and how they used plants for healing. After that we came back to school and had really yummy sandwiches. Then we planned our theme for our Grad Dinner. We had some free time and some nice cool ice blocks before going home.
Wednesday was a day of Art. Mrs Loring took us on an art walk around town to look at some of the wonderful Indigenous art in our town. We looked at art from Tobwabba at the bus stop, near the lake and in the town park we there is a great mosaic depicting some of the history of our town.
We then walked to main Beach where we had a splash and a delicious lunch of Fish and Chips from Beach Bums. Back at school, we did a virtual tour of the National Art Gallery. We focused on the Sidney Nolan and Ned Kelly series which we studied back in Term 1. Mrs Banham then led us through a great art activity involving collage and Ned Kelly’s mask. Then Mrs Russell showed us how to tye dye and we each created our own tye dyed shirt and they looked awesome.
We then went over to Forster Bowling Club and played Ten Pin and Laser Tag. We were fed pizza by Ross and Jason and we had a really fun time.
On Thursday we went for a swim at The Bullring and had a delicious BBQ brekky there as well. We then walked back to school and had a virtual tour of the War Memorial. We then had lunch which was delicious barbecued kebabs and rice. That afternoon we walked down to the Amaroo and Matt and Kerry took us on a great tour of Wallis Lake where we learned about our local marine environment, the fishing and oyster industries and saw lots of local wildlife on the land, the water and the sky.
On Friday we went to the Big Buzz - it was very fun. We stayed all day and Mr P and Mrs Loring went down the slides. For lunch we got a sausage sandwich and some snacks throughout the day. We caught the bus to school and got dropped off and went home at normal time. The highlight of the day was talking to people up the hill you usually don’t talk to.
We had a great Camp week at school and would like to thank our teachers for organising a great week for us.
This week I had the pleasure of visiting our Year 5 students on camp at Adventure Land Forster. Traditionally, Year 5 hold their annual camp at The Aussie Bush Camp however this year due to the implications of Covid19, we needed to find a new location.
Each time I visited the camp I was struck by how incredibly enthusiastic, kind, and polite our Year 5 students are. They were supportive of each other, cooperative with the teachers and camp staff and encouraging to those who found some of the challenges difficult. Parents and carers can feel proud of how well Year 5 represented Holy Name School and we can look forward to them being confident and mature school leaders in 2021.
We asked Year 5 to share their reflections about the camp and this is what some of them had to say:
“My favourite bit about the school camp was all of the activities like water slides, flying fox, mud world. The food was delicious, and we had really good cabins” Zsa Zsa
“Things I love about camp; ramp building (because our team won!), the zip line that was so high and soooo fast and game night. The inflatable game was the highlight of the trip! I loved the water slide because it was SO SCAREY, but it was fun. The treetops were soooo fun but the people in front of me were so slow. The food was cool too. “ Sophia
“On the first day we went to Mud World and on the flying fox. Mud word was so very exciting @ On the last day of camp we did archery and treetops. When it was time for home everyone was so sad and so tired. The food was the best because we got something every hour” Georgia
“My favourite thing about camp was Mud World. It was the best because there was a slide that went into the mud. The water slide was much more fun because the instructor fell down the slide. The food was brilliant, and the instructors were nice and funny” Elyse
“My favourite thing about camp was the archery. Archery is the best on my opinion” Logan
“ I basically loved everything but the best was treetops, the waterslides, Mud-World, the cabins and the food…. Oh and the flying fox!” Lashara
“The main things that I liked about camp was that the food was good. I loved mud world too.” Emilia
“I really enjoyed camp at Adventure Land. It was so much fun! The instructors were really nice, the activities were awesome” Abby
“At camp I had so much fun. The activities were wild! There are things like water slides, mud world and treetops. The cabins are spacious and filled with comfy bunk beds. The instructors are kind, fun and nice to be around.” Nash
“ At camp there was a really nice lady who stayed awake all night in case we were sick or sad” Emilin
“ During camp I enjoyed doing al of the activities. I don’t have a favourite because they were all so much fun” Maddie
Thank you to Mr Haire and Miss McKinnon for providing this amazing opportunity for our Year 5 cohort.
Primary School Coordinator
Next week we will vote for our 2021 Student Representative Council members. There has been information in the past 2 newsletters regarding the change to our SRC in 2021 and we are really looking forward to a new direction.
On Monday, I will speak to the Year 5 students about leadership and the expectation of being a leader at HNS. Tuesday morning Year 4 and 5 children will meet in the Hall to nominate for an SRC position. The Leadership Team will count the votes and narrow the field down to the top 5 boys and 5 girls who will become our 2021 SRC. These 10 children will then prepare a speech to be given to the students and staff on Friday morning. Following this, the year 4 and 5 students will vote for their choice of captains using the Preferential voting system. The successful candidates will be informed at the Monday Assembly in Week 10.
On Friday November 20 we supported World Children’s Day. It is a day for children around the globe to celebrate the rights of children everywhere. Together we raised $314, Mini Vinnies have decided to use this money to support children in need in our local community via our school Giving Tree this Christmas and will go shopping this week to buy these gifts.
Lots of children have joined us on the verandah before school to help make and colour our giving tree cards to collect, it’s lovely to see such kindness in action. The children know that they are helping others and that small actions make a big impact. It’s also a beautiful way to start the day.
We have busy in Art Club as well, we have been painting some Christmas themed table runners to donate to the Catholic Care Kitchen for their Christmas lunch. We will be sewing some decorations in the final weeks of school to donate as well.
The following videos are the ideas of our students for how they will change the world.
Pastoral Care Worker
We know of the timees within school that our Holy Name students shine - through their kind actions, generosity, academic, sporting or creative abilities. It is awesome to hear when our students shine outside of school too in many different areas. It was lovely to hear that 3 of our younger students have been part of a team of nine 5-10yr olds with Great Lakes Cheerleading who have been undefeated at 3 virtual competitions this year. Great Lakes Cheerleading is new to Forster and this is the first year together as a team. Congratulations to Aubrie Jiminez, and Roxy and Zero Hitchcock, I'm sure we will see some great performances in the future!
Last week, Charlotte Cooper was selected to trial at Polding level in Basketball. This is an outstanding achievement and I congratulate and wish Charlotte well in the next stage of the competition. To get to this level, Charlotte goes through the school, regional, and diocesan trial process. She made the top 8 and therefore trials at Polding. The next level is State...go Charlotte!!
Hamish Carmichael recently competed in the North Coast swimming championships. This event is hard to qualify for and therefore Hamish was already a winner having qualified for 6 events! Hamish won medals in 5 events including 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. He got personal best times in all of his events and was runner up age champion. The event includes 25 clubs and 300 swimmers from north of Newcastle all the way to the QLD border. Well done on this outstanding achievemnt Hamish!
If you have any good news stories about your children, please share them with us as we would love to promote the talend that exists within our school community.
Our children are so important to us. Please note the following road safety tips:
- Teaching children to Stop, Look, Listen and Think every time they cross the road
- Walking with children to cross roads (do not call children across the road)
- Crossing roads away from parked cars