This week’s Kids Speak comes from St Joseph’s School, Nagam­bie Big first term launches the school year

Seymour Telegraph - - KIDS SPEAK - Cheer­ing at St Joseph’s swim­ming car­ni­val are (back from left) Crys­tal Grib­bin, Tom Ma­son, Annabelle Hoskin, Darby McClaren, Sophie Fletcher; (mid­dle) Hugh McKe­own, Si­enna Ed­wards, An­thony McKe­own, Bryce McClaren, Holly Boyer, Jack Fletcher, James McKe­own

What a busy term we have had, start­ing with our swim­ming car­ni­val, which saw some stu­dents con­tinue on to dis­trict then re­gional level.

The year 5 and 6 stu­dents had a great lead­er­ship day in Shep­par­ton, with a range of amaz­ing speak­ers. One of the speak­ers was el­der Un­cle Leon Saun­ders from the Yorta Yorta and DjaDja Wur­rung clans.

We are de­lighted to hear Foun­da­tion stu­dents, as well as new stu­dents and fam­i­lies, have set­tled into the school com­mu­nity with­out stress.

Our new Foun­da­tion stu­dents have en­joyed learn­ing how to use tech­nol­ogy as a learn­ing tool in their class­room.

St Joseph’s has pi­o­neered its own ra­dio sta­tion, which is run by the stu­dents and guided by Bren­ton Noye (tech­ni­cal sup­port). This has been a huge suc­cess.

Through­out the term, the chil­dren have worked on their re­li­gious knowl­edge.

From Shrove Tues­day, when the Year 6 stu­dents cre­ated and served pan­cakes to the whole school, the chil­dren have been fo­cused on the sea­son of Lent.

On Ash Wed­nes­day, the first day of Lent, year 1 and 2 stu­dents locked away the word ‘Al­leluia’, which is not used dur­ing Lent.

Then in the last week of term they fo­cused on the events of Holy Week, which be­gan with Palm Sun­day and in­cluded Holy Thurs­day and Good Fri­day.

The chil­dren por­trayed these events in a liturgy held just be­fore the hol­i­days.

The whole school came dressed in green for St Pa­trick’s Day, and fun ac­tiv­i­ties with the buddy groups were en­joyed in a cel­e­bra­tion of St Joseph’s Day.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the stu­dents who ac­cepted their sacra­ment of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion dur­ing the term.

This term we in­tro­duced a new ini­tia­tive to the whole school reading pro­gram. This is where the whole school spends the first 10 min­utes of ev­ery day reading ei­ther qui­etly to them­selves, to an adult or to an­other stu­dent.

This has been an amaz­ing suc­cess, with many par­ents stop­ping af­ter drop-off time to read or lis­ten to reading.

Cheer squad:

Stand­ing tall:

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