St Benedict’s School

Kindergarten to Year 6, Applecross WA

Important Dates

  • 23 November

    Buddy Week

  • 25 November

    Piano Excursion

  • 25 November

    2021 Leadership Speeches

  • 23 November

    Buddy Week

  • 30 November

    KB Christmas Concert

  • 02 December

    Transition to 2020 classes

  • 03 December

    Edudance

  • 03 December

    Concert & Presentation Night

  • 05 December

    Graduation Dinner

  • 07 December

    KW Christmas Concert

  • 08 December

    Nativity Ass {PP) & Morning Tea for Parent Helpers

From the Principal – Term 3, Week 4

Dear Parents and Guardians

Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven is explained as the bodily taking up of Mary, the mother of Jesus, into heaven at the end of her earthly life. This day is celebrated on 15th August each year and is one of the Holy Days of Obligation we must respect.

As stated, the Assumption signals the end of Mary’s earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. While the bodies of both Jesus and Mary are now in heaven, there is a difference between the Assumption and the Resurrection. Where Jesus arose from the tomb and ascended into heaven by his own power, Mary’s body was taken up to heaven by the power of her Son.

On Wednesday, the whole school attended Mass to celebrate this important Feast Day. A big thank you to our Year 5 classes for running the Mass and special thanks to the parents for attending.

 

Science Week

National Science week commences on 15th August through to 23rd August across Australia. To celebrate Science Week at St Benedict’s we have a number of special events organised for our students.

  1. Our Weekly Science classes will be focused on the theme Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans, in line with the National
  2. On Tuesday, Scitech will be delivering an incursion looking at Chemical Science with our K-3 students’ theme being ‘Mix and Make’, and our 4-6 theme being ‘Element of Surprise’.
  3. On Wednesday during lunchtime, Mrs Christian will be holding a Reptile display where students will be able to get up close and personal with
  4. On Thursday, Mr Miranda will do two Weird and Wacky Science shows for our students.

As students arrive on Tuesday, they will receive a What’s On Science Week Activity Sheet with a few competitions and a calendar of events.

We look forward to an exciting and engaging week ahead.

 

Yours sincerely
Steve Miranda

Assistant Principal News

Dear Families & Friends,

Valuing Children Initiative

Across 2020, our staff have been exploring how we support the wellbeing of our students at St Benedict’s. This process began at the beginning of the year when our staff worked with Claire Orange to define what Student Wellbeing is.

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with a not-for-profit organisation called the Valuing Children Initiative (VCI). Dr Vicky Absalom-Hornby from VCI met our staff this morning and following a professional development session led by Steve and myself we are all in agreement that we will be working closing with VCI to ensure that we actively support the wellbeing of our students as a community.

I encourage families to visit the VCI website and I look forward to providing you with more information in the coming weeks.

 

Michelle Christian
Assistant Principal

School News

Sports News

 

 

Italian News

Ciao a tutti,

The children enjoyed the topic il Cibo (food). They especially enjoyed discussing the Italian foods that they like to eat at home, at their Nonna’s house and at the many Italian Restaurants we have here in Perth. The children learnt the names of many fruits, vegetables and foods, the words for the different mealtimes and discussed whether they like a food or not using the sentence starter Mi piace… (I like…) and Non mi piace…(I don’t like).

The children enjoyed many hands-on activities when learning about Italian foods. They kept a weekly food journal, role played making wood-fired pizza with dough, parts of plants and a pizza oven, they created pasta art, paper plate pizzas and played in the Gelateria (ice-cream shop).

Ciao Signora S

 

Year 2 Blue

Our class have recently completed our narrative unit and looked at elements of some well-known Fairy Tales. We used them as our inspiration to write and illustrate our own fantasy/fairy tale-based narratives. After our draft copies had been edited, we compiled the good copies into books, complete with interesting titles and eye- catching cover pages.

A few excerpts from our stories…

Sinking in the Sand by Charlotte

“Oh no”, said Ray. “We are sinking in the sand, what will we do? Look there is some light. We can get out. But we have to find a way out!”

The Big Polar Bear by Sienna

The penguin said, “Should we play a game?” ‘Ok”, said the snow wolf. Then a very big polar bear scared everyone away and they hid in the ice. The penguin was all alone.

Villains by Alison

She said, “Tell us where the treasure is, or the snake will squeeze venom into your mouth”. Back at the castle the prince wondered where the princess was, and then he realised that the old lady was the witch.

Dark and Light by Christian

One day, Darky turned all of the chickens into dragons! The animals were horrified, and they ran away, but before they knew it, they were stone. Darky ate all the stones with the animals inside!

In Visual Arts, we have been looking at warm and cool colours, and how the element of line can be manipulated to create a sense of movement. We have just finished a project called ‘Unbelievable Umbrellas’ and the pictures show us working on stormy weather backgrounds using cool colours. We selected warm coloured wrapping paper and used it to cut out umbrellas to add to our designs.     These are on display in 2 Blue if you’d like a closer look!!

 

Year 4 White

In Year Four, we complete weekly class meetings. It provides children with the opportunity to discuss and learn about the community and world issues outside of their own world and to expand their capacity to understand and accept the views and perspectives of others. It also helps in creating a more tolerant and respectful community.

We have a roster within our class. One child per week sets the agenda for the topic in which we will discuss the following week. The students have the option to explain the agenda item or use BTN (Behind the News) to post on our class ‘Teams’. We use ‘Teams’ as a digital platform to promote the student’s digital citizenship. The students also rotate the chairperson, who is in charge of running the class meeting and facilitating the meeting. Class meetings are a safe place in which allow students to open up about world issues.

 

Drama

Term 3 started off with a change of classes – our new Performing Arts room and a change from the Blue classes to the White classes who will now have Drama until the end of the year.

For Pre-Primary it is the first time that they have had Drama – we started by imagining that we were teddy bears who went on a picnic, to do this we got into character by putting on our teddy bear costumes (pretend) and then thinking about what we would take on a picnic if we were a teddy bear.  For the last couple of weeks, we have looked at emotions and the way our faces change depending on how we feel. Today we showed our emotions by opening pretend gifts – each of us reacted in a different way.

Year 1 found out how important it is to use a loud and clear voice when talking. If we don’t speak clearly the message might change as we found out when we did Chinese Whispers. Today our imaginations took us to different places, we went to the ocean and thought about different things in the sea and then we went to the fair and thought about the fun things we do there.

Year 2 have looked at different characteristics of people and to do this we used Disney Headbanz. We have also completed some Frozen Moment Nursery Rhymes by acting out the beginning, middle and end and our audience had to guess what the rhyme was.

Year 3 have started looking at the art of telling a story without using any words – they are looking at miming! They have worked in groups to act out a small scene and the rest of the children had to work out what they were doing. It is hard when there are no words to help us!

Year 4 are looking at puppets and have found that there are many different types of puppets. We are currently using the iPad to make a mini puppet show before we begin to make our own sock puppets.

Year 5 have used skills previously learnt such as movement and voice to produce a Basketball Rap! Now we are reading through a script and will be getting into character and hopefully, we will be able to perform to an audience.

 

Talent Show Update

I am so excited to announce that we raised a grand total of $465.20 for the Leukaemia Foundation of WA. Thank you to everyone who performed in the show, and everyone who brought in a gold coin donation for St Benedict’s Feast Day. All performers will now have received their certificates.

Mrs Higgs

 

P&F News

DISCO TIME – Ready, Set, Glitter, Glow! | FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER | Tickets are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions

For the guys and gals of St Benedict’s, it’s time to get your glitter, glow and groove on as the dance floor is calling!

St Benedict’s School Disco Friday 18th September 2020

St David’s Hall (2 Bombard St, Ardross)

$5 entry* Tickets available online: CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE Session 1: 4K – Year 2 | 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Session 2: Year 3 – 6 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

This event is for St Benedict’s students only. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, tickets are limited and only students who have pre-purchased an online ticket will be allowed entry.

Parents will not be permitted to stay for this event due to restrictions. Brought to you by the St Benedict’s P&F

 

Environment Club

 

The MS Readathon is all about kids helping kids! Throughout August we’re going on a magical quest filled with adventure and mystery…. And it’s all for one incredible cause. We’re reading as many books as we can in August to raise funds for kids who have a parent living with Multiple Sclerosis. Money raised through the MS Readathon will help fund vital support services, like special Family Camps. These camps provide an opportunity for kids who have a parent affected by MS to learn more about MS, bond with other kids and have fun with their family. Thank you for supporting our MS Readathon adventure!

To Register with our “Bennies Bookworms” Fundraiser please follow the link; https://www.msreadathon.org.au/fundraisers/benniesboookworms

If parents would like assistance with completing these registrations please feel free to give MS Readathon support a call on 1300 677 323.

Find us on Facebook v https://www.facebook.com/msreadathon/

 

https://www.msreadathon.org.au/home

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