Newman Newbies: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary

Faction Cross Country Carnival

The Years 3-6 Faction Carnival was a great success, with students engaged all day in track and field events as well as novelty events and ball games. Students showcased their athletic skills and celebrated the achievements of their team. Click here to see more photos from the day.
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STEM Festival

Earlier this term, the Lavalla Campus was abuzz with energy and engagement as our students were challenged to think outside the box and create arcade games from recycled materials as part of our STEM Festival. The day was a celebration of student creativity and collaboration. Reflections from staff were glowing as the students’ projects continued to amaze with their levels of innovation. At lunchtime the students were treated to a Science show by Mr Spriggins from the Marcellin Campus. They watched with eager anticipation as he set off ‘bombs’ and rockets for his curious audience. Click here to see more photos from the day.

The students’ hard work was celebrated in a wonderful way as a selection of the arcade games were featured on Channel 9 News as part of their coverage of Science Week. Occasions such as this deserve to be highlighted in the wider community as the STEM Festival is another excellent example of how we continue to live out our Vision for Learning. Click here to see the Channel 9 live cross.
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Lavalla Parent Workshops

This Term, we welcomed parents to join in a variety of learning and wellbeing workshops being offered at the Lavalla Campus. Our dedicated teachers worked hard to formulate workshops in literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and growth mindset.

Workshops offered were:

Growth Mindset – building resilience through the development of a growth mindset
Digital Literacy – the place and use of iPads at school and home, digital citizenship and online safety
Middle Primary Mental Maths – strategies and games for Years 3-4
Upper Primary Mental Maths – strategies and games for Years 5-6
Manga High – utilising Manga High for the development of mathematics skills with Years 5-6
Literacy – decoding text and comprehension strategies and their importance in literacy development

Book Week

Book Week at Lavalla was a wonderful celebration of reading and literacy across Years 3-6. Students enjoyed a variety of rich experiences including visits by authors, illustrators, storytellers, and embracing their creativity and love for books and characters with our annual Book Week parade. It was wonderful to see each of our students (and teachers!) display and share their costumes with the campus. Click here to see more photos from the Book Week events.
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Year 5 Leadership Workshops

Students in Year 5 hoping to be considered for nomination to Year 6 Student Council in 2020 have enjoyed partaking in three Leadership Workshops this Term. The sessions were themed as follows:

  • Vision for Learning
  • Wellbeing and Team building
  • Servant Leadership and Faith Formation

The student leadership process will continue moving into Term 4 as we work towards the election of the Year 6 Student Council in 2020.

It has been wonderful to see the students embrace this extra-curricular opportunity, attending before school weekly and participating with enthusiasm.
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Life Education Van

This Term, all classes have enjoyed visiting the Life Education Van in support of their classroom learning in Health Education. Students have explored the following modules:

  • Year 3 – Bcyberwise – focusing on cybersafety and exploring issues around security, sharing information and communicating respectfully.
  • Year 4 – Mind Your Medicine – developing students’ understanding of medicines and their safe use, as well as strategies for dealing with stress and conflict.
  • Year 5 – Decisions – exploring the decision-making process by looking at choices, consequences, responsibility, facts and influences; particularly in preparing for making decisions about the use of drugs and alcohol and their health impacts.
  • Year 6 – Relate Respect Connect – exploring the importance of building positive, safe and respectful relationships both online and offline, as well as strategies for responding to unsafe or disrespectful situations.

Our annual visit from the Life Education Van is an invaluable inclusion to the Health curriculum and social-emotional learning taking place in classrooms.

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