Around the Primary

There was a wonderful fun-filled atmosphere at today's House Day Celebrations. Special thanks to Miss Coniglio for preparing the lovely liturgy, to our hardworking staff for planning the fantastic outdoor activities and games and, of course, thanks to all the parent volunteers for cooking lunch. Primary House Day is always an exciting day!

Last Friday the Year 3 students took part in a Retreat for their final preparations for Reconciliation. The students completed various activities related to the themes of forgiveness and love. The students enjoyed their reflective and prayerful day and particularly liked making candles for their First Reconciliation next week. I'm sure the students gained a deeper understanding about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and most importantly learnt that God loves us so much and will always forgive us. Special thanks to with Mrs Distante, Mrs Young, Mrs Vicoli, Mrs Gardner and Fr Gaetan for supporting the students on their sacramental journey.

As part of the Primary Art Program, all the children in Years 3-6 had the fantastic experience of visiting the 'Sculpture by the Sea' exhibition at Cottesloe Beach last week. The students had a wonderful time, embraced the challenges and created some interesting art pieces. For instance, the Year six students completed a sculpture workshop with exhibiting artists Richard Hammer or Elaine Clocherty. Richard Hammer's workshop gave the students the experience of creating a wind powered kinetic sculpture from recycled plastic bottles. Whereas, in Elaine Clocherty's students created small group ephemeral pieces using natural found materials.

This week the teachers commenced their Parent Teacher Interviews. As this is one of our methods for reporting student progress, it is extremely important that all parents make a time to speak to their child's teacher. If you haven't done this yet, please do so as soon as possible.

It is the National Year of Reading. This is a great time to strengthen the partnership between parents and teachers as we work together to help the children achieve to their full potential. Some simple tips for young children include:
- Read aloud to your child every day!

A story before bed is a great way of settling your child and getting them ready for sleep and a wonderful way to bond with your child. It is also of great educational value. Make it part of your daily routine.

- Keep these reading sessions relaxed and enjoyable. Encourage your child to ask questions.
- Read a variety of different materials to your child e.g. picture books, recipes, magazines, newspapers and photo albums.
- Use your child's interests to help select books.
- Talk about your own reading, even if it's about your favourite magazine or a part of the newspaper.
- Visit the library on a regular basis.
- As concentration and interest develops, try chapter books to be read over time.

Most importantly, give your child the most precious gift each day - the gift of your time!

We hope many parents and friends will be able to join us for our Holy Week Reflections in the final week of the term.

Monday 2nd April
Palm Sunday Reflection
9am in the Amphitheatre

Tuesday 3rd April
Last Supper Reflection
9am in the Chapel

Wednesday 4th April
Good Friday Reflection
9am in the Exhibition Centre

Finally, congratulations to the year six students for organising the Monster Cake Stall. A total of $1185.65 was raised for Project Compassion. Special thanks to the College community for supporting this fundraising event for such a worthy cause.

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary