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Newman News Term 4 Week 8: From the Leader of Wellbeing Early Childhood

05 Dec 2019

One of the greatest joys of Early Childhood is the wonder, awe and magic that young children take for granted in their everyday lived experience. This is especially apparent during the Christmas season as they excitedly exclaim all the magical moments that they share during this time. With the story of the birth of Christ at the centre of our Christmas story, children are very eager to engage in the true meaning of Christmas. This year at Marian, we have a ‘Giving Manger’ in our foyer. Throughout the Advent period, our students will be given pieces of straw to add to the Giving Manger, whenever they perform a kind deed or act of service. By Christmas Day, the manger will be filled with service, love and joy ready to receive baby Jesus.

Primary Christmas Concert; Miracle on Bethlehem Street

Wednesday evenings performance was a true showcase of our PK-Y6 community coming together in celebration of our children, our faith and our talents. A huge thank you goes out to the staff who prepared the students so thoroughly for their songs and dances. The children were absolutely beautiful and certainly let their light shine. Thank you to the families for your efforts in dressing your children in costume for their role also. Click here to see more photos from the night.

Pre Primary Christmas Nativity

The Pre Primary students led us in a beautiful Christmas liturgy at St Cecilia’s Parish today. The students retold the Christmas story through their beautiful song and performance. I extend my thanks to the Pre Primary teaching staff for the time and preparation of the liturgy, and to Father Kaz for leading us in prayer. We also thank Mrs Nehez for allowing her beautiful baby boy, Sebastian to take on the role of Baby Jesus in the liturgy.

Year 2 Transition to Lavalla Assembly

Our Year 2 students celebrated their final assembly at Marian Campus last week, sharing with their families and Marian students their special memories from their time on this campus. They will participate in their Lavalla Transition Day on Monday 9 December, and embark on this new adventure as Primary students from 2020. We wish them the best of luck as they navigate new experiences and learning opportunities.

Years 1 and 2 Classroom Spaces – Contemporary Learning Environments

To support the play-based educational philosophies of Early Childhood education, along with the transition to more structured learning environments across the curriculum, Year 1 classrooms will be placed in the current Year 2 classroom spaces from the commencement of the 2020 school year. This change will enable more effective transition programs for our students across the primary years.

We would like to offer current Marian Campus families the opportunity to attend a Contemporary Learning Environments Parent Information Session on Monday 9 December from 5.30pm – 6.30pm in the Marian Library. The information session is particularly suited to our current Pre Primary families who will have children entering Year 1 in 2020. However, as a College we are committed to contemporary learning spaces across all year levels, so any parents with an interest in how this is facilitated, are encouraged to attend.

2020 Marian Canteen Review

We have recently undertaken a review of the Marian Canteen offerings, with the view of ensuring that children are offered a good selection of items that meet the Australian Canteen Guidelines traffic light system.

From 2020, all items available to students for purchase from the Marian Canteen (those they purchase directly, not via Flexischools) will be sold for $1. Students will be limited to purchasing 2 items on any given day. Our Canteen Manager is currently compiling the items which will be offered in 2020.

We would like to run a competition for students to name our new Marian Canteen menu (e.g. Canteen Crunchies). Students can submit their entry by clicking here by Wednesday 11 December. The winner will be announced on Thursday 12 December with the prize being 3 x $2 canteen vouchers.

Lost Property

Next week is the final chance to reclaim any lost property. Please see the lost property as there is an enormous amount of clothing and equipment there.

Marcellin Award

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

  • Will Rose, Pre Primary Blue: For always guiding younger children with care and encouragement at Running Club, even when it means he runs slower so they can keep up
  • Billie Wyeth, Year 1 Green: For being a kind friend and lending her spare hat to someone who didn’t have one.

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

Swimming Lessons

Yesterday saw the conclusion of our Year 1 and 2 students swimming lessons. The reports from our teaching staff indicate that the students were fantastically behaved and thoroughly enjoyed their lessons – especially on the very hot days we experienced this week.