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Newman News Term 3 Week 8: From the Leader of Early Childhood

10 Sep 2020

There has been a great collection of celebration events over the course of Term 3 and this past fortnight has been no exception. One of the many limitations we have been faced with throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been the limitations around community events. Therefore, it is even more special when we can come together as an Early Childhood community with our families in celebration. We acknowledge that families are a child’s first educator and constantly reflect on the very important role that families play in the life of our school community.

Fathers Day Sausage Sizzle and Liturgy

Thank you to the Fathers, Grandfathers, Father-figures and other significant people that attended our sausage sizzle breakfast and Liturgy last Thursday. We were grateful that the weather was good to us and allowed staff and students to celebrate the incredibly important role that the men in our lives play.

Research by The Fathering Project, shows us that:

  • Fathers have a significant impact on the academic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of children having lasting influences into their adult life
  • Children do better in school when their fathers are involved in their school, regardless of whether their fathers live with them or live apart
  • Children whose fathers participate in school activities, meetings and events also enjoy school more, are less likely to have behaviour issues and are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities
  • Fathers’ involvement has been shown to have a stronger influence on the children getting high grades than does mothers’ involvement

I extend my thanks to the Marian staff who cooked and served the sausages for all to enjoy and the Year 1 teachers and students for the beautiful Liturgy in celebration of our Dads.

Kindy Fathers Day Celebrations

There were lots of laughs and smiles as the Kindy Dads and students enjoyed some favourite dances and songs together in their Kindy rooms. An abundance of fun and laughter was shared as Dads showed off their dance moves and made some special memories with their children.

Marian Assembly

Thank you to Year 1 Green for the marvellous assembly today. It was great hearing about the learning in your classroom.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following students who received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 7 and 8:

  • Hugo Taylor, Year 1 – For being such a beautiful example of St Marcellin during the STEM Festival Buddy activities. The manner in which you led the Ocean Habit activity with your Kindy Buddy demonstrated the Marist characteristics of Presence and Simplicity. Keep up the great work!
  • Billie Wyeth, Year 2 – For the dedication you have been displaying towards your learning. Billie, you have been a living example of the Marist Characteristic “Love of Work” in the effort and energy you have applied to your daily school work. Keep up the excellent effort!

The Marcellin Award at Marian Campus is drawn from submitted nominations each Wednesday morning at Prayer Assembly.

The Great Book Swap

Wednesday 2 September was National Indigenous Literacy Day and to celebrate we held a Great Book Swap on Friday 4 September at the Marian Campus. The event was made possible by all the generous book donations from the parents. The event was a wonderful opportunity to help support literacy for indigenous children in remote communities who don’t have access to quality literature. It was also a fun occasion for our students to enjoy selecting a book to take home to read and keep, while at the same time promoting sustainability. I am proud to announce that we raised a total of $407 that will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation on behalf of Newman College.

Save the Date – Primary School Committee Dad’s Golf Day

Save the Date – Marian Athletics Carnival

Parents are warmly invited to join us for the Marian Athletics Carnival on Friday 25 September. Pre Primary – Year 2 students should be dropped off at Lavalla Campus from 8.30am. The Carnival will be held on the Lavalla Oval.

A coffee van will be available for purchases throughout the day. Parents are asked to please remain in the spectator area at all times throughout the carnival and not approach your child in their faction tent.

Children are welcome to join their family in the spectator area during the lunch break.