Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of Nativity School,
Last week we had a number of students who attended the Southern Metropolitan Music Festival at the Hopgood Theatre. Congratulations to Ally Cunningham for leading the Campus Choir and our Nativity students who participated Mason, Abigail, Maddie, Ava, Caitlyn, Hailey, Ciara and Lewis. Congratulations also to Maddie (Yr5) for completing her first music exam and receiving an Honours in Flute comprehensive from Adelaide University.
On Tuesday we had 36 students attend the Catholic Schools Athletics Carnival from year 3-6. Nativity had a very successful day! We won the overall percentage pennant, and the year 5 girls were overall champions for our section. Congratulations Jessica (Yr 5) who was the individual age champion. The girls were runners up over all and the boys came third. Well done to all the participants who represented our school showing great sportsmanship. Thanks to Scott Baldock and Angela Pike for attending the day with the students and to Bianca Henderson for her organisation of the event.
This week students from year 2-7 have participated in the PAT (Progressive Achievement Testing) which is another tool we use to monitor student progress and learning growth over time. Along with our NAPLAN Data we use this to identify students who require greater challenges or extra support, identify strengths and areas of need in teaching programs and set goals for the school in literacy and numeracy through our Annual Improvement Plan.
On the 1st of November we celebrated All Saints’ Day which is also sometimes called All Hallows Day. In Australia and the United States, the day before All Saints Day is Halloween and is usually celebrated by children dressing in costumes or trick-or-treating. This has meant that this day has now lost much of its connection to its religious origins. Traditionally on All Saints Day the Catholic practice celebrates all those who have entered heaven, including saints who are recognized by the Church and those who are not. So, what does this mean for us today? For those of you who have loved ones that have passed the Catholic Church commemorates them and the work God did in their life. It recognises that they too have a place in the liturgical calendar, alongside the more famous saints and it provides a way for us to celebrate what they meant in our own lives too. It is a time of reflection and celebration.
A reminder that Friday is Casual Day. The student Leadership Team are raising money for Serveh and her family from the Nativity Parish who are beginning a new life in Australia after fleeing Iran. Thank you for your support of this family as they navigate the challenges of beginning again.