Our values are statements about how we think we should behave and what we believe is important. Our values are our moral map, which guide our behaviour and actions. The following values are taught in the BOUNCE BACK! program. Acting on these values can increase your child’s sense of being a decent, worthwhile person and help them to be more resilient.
The key to understanding maths is making sense of it. Many students believe that maths is a set of steps or facts that have to be remembered - this belief is associated with low achievement. Maths is a very creative subject that is, at its core, about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.
A very big and warm welcome back to all of you as we begin another wonderful year of learning. I look forward to working with you as we grow and grow and develop our relationship with God and show our children a gospel centred way of life. I would like to extend a very warm welcome invitation to our Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday 14th February at 9.30am and our Opening School Mass on Monday 26th February at 12pm. Each year we set a formation goal that allows the children to develop and grow in their faith. Our formation goal for the year is - Every student will make a connection between Scripture and Sacraments deepening their spiritual understanding through the Three Senses as evidenced by pre, mid and post classroom assessment and RLA assessment.
Over the next 6 weeks there will undoubtedly be times of boredom. Times when your child will ask, what are we doing today? Perhaps the answer should more often be nothing. Why? We need to give our children opportunities to get creative. Throw them into a time zone where we have not rescued their boredom. Let them explore time and come up with something new.
The student leadership group at St Finbar’s is expected to set the highest example in dress, attendance, conduct and involvement in school affairs. Their duties include assistance at school functions, of all kinds, and assisting with the conduct of assemblies. They are also assigned responsibilities connected to their particular portfolio. The Leadership Portfolios in 2018 are: 2 Mission/PBS4L Leaders, 1 Academic Leader (including ICT) and 4 House Captains
You may have heard your children or teacher talk about learning intentions or success criteria. Perhaps you have seen them displayed in the classroom. If you have ever wondered why your child’s teacher uses these in the classroom, hopefully I can provide a brief overview of the significance and purpose of each.
Most children occasionally get teased or annoyed by other children at school. Responding to this is one of the common challenges that children have to face at school. Being bullied is more serious. Bullying is when one child (or a group) repeatedly and deliberately uses negative words and/or hostile actions against one specific child that causes distress. So what might that look like?
Life is marbled, not layered looks at the importance of Pedagogical Content Knowledge. This article also contains a podcast by Lee Shulman titled, “I Believe”. In this podcast, he outlines the pastoral nature of learning as well as the importance of how we link ideas together. That metaphorically, life and learning is like pastrami. Marbled, not layered.
On Sunday 10 September we came together as a community to host our inaugural Amazing Race at St Finbar’s Glenbrook. The weather was amazing and the company even better. The O’Callaghan Family were our master planners and they did a wonderful job creating the event. Competitors roamed the streets of Glenbrook matching images with house numbers; they skirmished through the long jump pit at Glenbrook Oval to find a parachute man to construct and then come back on site to drop onto a target. Other challenges involved teams identifying characters from books and translating music lyrics as well as paper plane throwing. The day concluded with a bbq supplied by the P and F We thank the P and F for their generosity of time and providing the bbq. It is events like this that build community and this is why St Finbar’s is such a great place to be.