WOW, so much to be grateful for!
This week is officially the “halfway mark” of Term 2, and what a term it has been so far! I am in awe with the number of activities and events our students have been able to take part in so far this term, despite the many challenges COVID has brought on us.
So many of our Primary staff have unfortunately been unwell and yet they have soldiered on to ensure that our students wouldn’t miss out on opportunities such as; the fun-filled 2022 Cross-Country, our beautiful ANZAC Day Service, our amazing Early Years Mother’s Day celebrations, the return of our “Buddy Sessions”, our 2022 first Assembly (thank you Year 1s!), NAPLAN delivery, our fantastic Yr2, 4, 5 and 6 Day Camp experiences, many incursions, the “full-swing” preparations for our much anticipated Arts & Academic Festival, our many Service Learning opportunities, and the many rich teaching and learning experiences that have taken place so far… and we are only half way through the term!
I have recently read an article in the Harvard Health Publishing revealing that “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity ,and build strong relationships”. I have never been so grateful for the amazing Carramar Primary Team we have at our school! This semester, particularly this term, has probably been one of the most challenging times I’ve ever experienced in my thirty years in education. I wish to thank every member of our Primary Team for their tireless efforts, hard work, support, resilience, collegiality, flexibility, and adaptability to ensure our students’ school experience remains “as normal and rich” as it can be through these challenging times. I would also like to thank our families for their understanding and support in these unprecedented times. Together, we have ensured that our beautiful students continue to experience an engaging quality education that they will remember over the challenges COVID has brought in 2022.
Here is to a successful Term 2 so far!
Our Year 6 Captains are excited to be organising the annual Donut Day Fundraiser.
Donuts can be pre-ordered via the classroom teachers – CASH ONLY- and orders close on Thursday 9 June.
Cinnamon Donut $2 each
Rainbow Donut $3 each
Donuts will be available to collect from the Primary Forum on Thursday 30 June.
Scholastic Book Orders – any uncollected orders are available at the Library Main Desk
Create a “Bucket of Love”
Starting Over Support (SOS) are an offshoot of People Who Care. They do not receive any funding and rely on volunteers and donations. They support individuals and families who have suffered domestic crisis. Once the consumers have been granted housing, SOS provide essential items for a functioning household, from the front door mat through to the back door mat. This year our school will be supporting them through the WACD program to purchase single mattresses and second-hand fridges.
We would love for each Primary class to fill two buckets. Our Captains have already distributed buckets to all classrooms and we would appreciate if our generous community could donate any items from the suggested list . This fundraiser will close on 28 June. We thank you in advance for your donation.
Creating your “Bucket of Love”
Fill it with any of the items listed below:
• Micro Cloths
• Toilet Cleaner
• Toilet Brush
• Sponges and Scourers
• Laundry Liquid
• Dishwashing Liquid
• Spray and Wipe
• Dustpan and Brush
• Mops and Brooms
Year 6 Science Experience
The Year 6 classes are continuing to enjoy their time up in the Secondary Science laboratories. This term they are learning Chemical Sciences. So far they have looked at the properties of matter, states of matter and changes of state. While learning about changes of state they melted chocolate chips and then watched them solidify, made a cloud in a jar and made butter by shaking cream in a jar. At the end of this lesson they had sore arms from turning cream into butter but walked out with a smile on their face at the prospect of eating their solid chocolate chips!
Arts & Academic Festival 2022
A reminder that this week is entry week! Students can submit their completed entry forms to the Arts & Academic help desk between 8:15am – 8:45am each morning this week.
A few things to remember:
- Students can collect their entry forms from the Arts & Academic Help Desk in the Primary Forum
- Read carefully the specific instructions on the form
- Parents need to check and sign the entry forms
- Entry forms are to be submitted to the Arts & Academic Help Desk and they will be checked before acceptance
- For team entries, a form for each team member (signed by their parent) is required and the forms are to be submitted together
- All team members need to be from the SAME House as this is a House competition. List of students in each House are available at the help desk
- All entries are to be submitted complete with music, lyrics etc as specified on the entry form
- Entries close on Friday 3 June and late submissions cannot be accepted
Please see the A&A special Blog post for more information.
We already have one student who has qualified for graduation in November and a few well on their way!!! I have loved seeing all the learning that has been happening outside of school.
Why not do some more over the long weekend?
Explore the online portal at cuaportal.com/cu-login/ or maybe try and make your own bioplastic at home. I have attached the instructions for this activity from the Children’s University portal below. For two hours towards your graduation bring in your plastic creations or a photo of your bioplastic to a passport stamping session – every Tuesday morning in the Primary Forum from 8.15am. Make Your Own Bioplastic at Home
Australian Girls Choir June Open Day
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