Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of Nativity School,
Last Friday was our Dad’s and Kids Sleepout. The weather could not have been better and there was great excitement from the students about pitching tents and sleeping under the stars. Many thanks to Sam Larwood for her enthusiasm for and organization of this event and to all the families who attended and made it a night to remember.
The 3rd – 9th May is Catholic Education Week and a great opportunity to highlight the wonderful things that are happening in every Catholic school across the state. At Nativity School we are particularly excited that our play space concept and vision is coming to life in the coming months. Please take some time to have a look at the plans by Brown Falconer Architects and Design Well Landscape Architects on our website or displayed in the Nativity shelter.
To celebrate Catholic Education Week, we will be hosting Community Prayer on Tuesday at 3pm. Please join us if you can.
In other good news Caden from 6/7 will be representing South Australia in the National Gymnastics competition in Queensland during May. Caden will compete in Bars, Beam, Floor and Vault categories. Congratulations on being selected Caden, the 21 hours per week you spend at training and the persistence and commitment to your sport is inspiring to us all. Good Luck!
Next week the students in year 3 and 5 will be participating in NAPLAN. NAPLAN tests give parents information on how your child is progressing against national standards. This information can be used to identify areas in which your child may benefit from additional assistance. NAPLAN does not replace, but rather complements assessments run by your child’s classroom teacher throughout the year. The NAPLAN tests are constructed to give students an opportunity to demonstrate skills they have learnt over time through the school curriculum, and NAPLAN test days should be treated as just another routine event on the school calendar. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to simply do the best they can on the day. Schools generally receive NAPLAN reports from mid-August to mid-September and we will notify you prior to the reports being sent home. Meanwhile should you have any concerns about next week please speak with your child’s teacher.
Catholic schools across South Australia now offer a mid-year Reception enrolment intake for students who turn five on or before October 31. All Diocesan schools, including Nativity, will offer the 2021 Term 3 Reception intake to parents free of charge. The free intake includes tuition fees and compulsory charges. It will exclude uniforms and extra-curricular costs. If you know of families with a child who will turn 5 before October 31, please encourage them to come for a tour of our great school and make the most of this opportunity.
Finally, this Friday is our Mother’s Day Stall, thanks to all the parents who will make this special acknowledgement of Mums for our students. Wishing all the mums and mother figures in our lives a wonderful Mother’s Day and thank you for all you do!
“She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instruction with kindness” Proverbs 31:25-26