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Newman News Term 2 Week 4: From the Leader of Early Childhood

13 May 2021

Highlights from Past Two Weeks 

Mothers Day

I hope that all our Mothers enjoyed a wonderful Mothers Day. It was wonderful to see the excitement and love of our early childhood students as they prepared gifts and cards in class. I, like most early childhood teachers, can attest to the joy that comes from hearing student responses on why they love their mums. There are often giggles from staff too, as we hear children’s interpretation of how old their Mum’s are, what their favourite food is and what they love to do. No doubt, these memories will be cherished by mothers for many years to come and I thank our teachers for the time they put into creating these with our students.

The Year 1 Unit hosted a beautiful Mothers Day Liturgy in St Cecilia’s Church last week, focused on our role model of motherhood, Mary, Mother of Jesus. The Liturgy was well attended by Marian mothers, with a very special presentation to wish them a lovely Mothers Day. Thank you to all the Marian families who attended this celebration, and to our Year 1 students and their teachers for all their preparation.

Our Kindergarten classes hosted a special Mothers Day event, where children sang songs to their mums and other significant mother-figures. The children then engaged in a short activity with their Mum, before the Mums all headed home with an incredibly special necklace that had been made for them, with much love from their child.

Important Information For The Next Two Weeks

National Simultaneous Storytime

Marian Campus is once again participating in National Simultaneous Storytime. Mr Finneran will be reading Pre-Primary to Year 2 students the Philip Bunting picture book “Give me some Space” on the morning of Wednesday 19 May.

National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. It is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Artist in Residence Program 

The College is pleased to welcome acclaimed Western Australian textile designer Tanya Cain-Abbs as part of the 2021 Artist in Residence Program. Tanya will work with select groups of students in Years 2–12 to learn the technique Shibori, a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique which produces patterns on fabric.

This is a unique opportunity to engage with one of Western Australia’s most acclaimed artists. The artist in residence program will commence in Week 5 with students in Years 2, 5, 6 and 9 and continue in Term 3 with Year 10, 11 and 12 students in visual art and fashion and textiles. The art works will be exhibited at the Students Art exhibition opening Tuesday 26 October.

Community workshops will be held in term three inviting families and friends to share in the Shibori workshop experience. More information regarding community workshops will be posted on the College website, social media pages and in the College newsletter.

Artist in Residence 2021 Shibori Newman College