Newman News Term 4 Week 4 2020: From the Leader of Early Childhood

There are many misconceptions around the term ‘play-based learning’, mainly the idea that it is simply free-play where learning is purely incidental. However, play-based learning is intentional and meticulously planned learning experiences for students, that enable them to explore, investigate and consolidate their learning in a play-based setting. Our Early Childhood teachers have perfected the balance of offering explicit teaching experiences coupled with hands-on, play-based and child-centred learning opportunities. Through this, we are constantly observing students with a passion for learning and high engagement levels.

Pre Primary Green Assembly

There were lots of laughs as Pre Primary Green showcased their learning in English at last week’s assembly. Our campus has recently begun the introduction of a Writing program called “Talk 4 Writing” that places a very strong emphasis on oral language as a precursor to the writing process.

Pre Primary Green students have innovated the original story of ‘The Three Little Pigs” and instead dramatised and retold their story “The Three Little Dingoes”. It was a fantastic (and often hilarious) performance, that demonstrated their excellent learning this year.

Arts Festival Highlights

Last Tuesday saw the launch of our PK-12 Arts Festival in the Marist Auditorium. The showcase of student work was amazing, as was the attendance of Marian families. A big thank you to Sarah Spencer for her ongoing commitment to the Visual Arts learning area at Marian Campus and for all her time and effort in the display of student artwork. Multiple families commented to me on the high standard of artwork that was produced by our Early Childhood students, which is a credit to Ms Spencer’s pedagogy in this learning area.

For more information and images from our 2020 Arts Festival click here.

All Saints Liturgy

Thank you to the Year 1 teaching team and students for the reverent liturgical celebration that they shared with us last Thursday morning, in celebration of All Saints and All Souls Day. It is also a special time when we gather as a faith community and celebrate together.

Better Beginnings Incursion

Kindergarten students participated in a Better Beginnings Incursion in the Library recently. The Better Beginnings program aims to foster a love and joy of reading in young children. The children were all very excited to receive their take-home story book as part of the incursion.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following students who received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 3 and 4:

Addison Proctor, Y2: For the kind and considerate way that you always assist your peers and
the polite manners you display in your interactions with everyone. Addison, you are a shining example of St Marcellin in our school.

Olive Mollet, Year 2: For the huge effort she has been putting into her learning in the English learning area. Olive displays the Marist characteristic “Love of Work” in the dedication she shows to her schoolwork.

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