Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of Nativity School,
This week we welcome our Term 3 Reception Students, Hunter, Aerin, Scarlett and Ben for their first transition visit with Mrs James on Thursday. We are looking forward to you joining our learning community and getting to know you.
On Monday 30th May Sally Paparella and I attended a day of Professional Learning with our colleagues from the Southern Region schools on Catholic Education SA’s “Learn Well” Framework. “Learn well” outlines foundations for learning through wellbeing. This Framework will support our school community in continuing to develop a sustainable wellbeing ecosystem, through enhancing existing programs and practices and building strong foundations for future renewal and transformation. Last week our students completed their Pulse Surveys, which provides our staff with a snapshot on their wellbeing. In the Early Years more than 85% of students reported that they have a positive relationship with their teacher in the Upper Primary Years this was more than 80% of students. In the Early Years more than 85% of students said they felt safe at school and in the Upper Years more than 75% of students said they felt safe at school. Following the survey completion Sally Paparella follows up with individual students in regard to their results if they have entered a response which indicates a student requires wellbeing support and implements strategies in conjunction with the student’s class teacher where this is required. Our wellbeing program incorporates, Counselling (Kyra Mc Mahon) Mentoring (Alex Matalone) and tailored programs to support individuals and classes along with social skills groups, groups that learn skills to reduce anxiety and more (Sally Paparella. Please contact Sally if you would like further information about the Wellbeing programs offered at Nativity.
Children’s University Australia continues to build momentum at Nativity. Students have engaged in activities at the Adelaide Zoo, the Maritime Museum and the University of Adelaide Rover Space Challenge. Some students have even taken their passports interstate, visiting Learning Destinations in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. Students can participate in a weekly Children’s University Art club which is also a time for students to share what they have been doing via the Portal or Learning Destinations and have their Passports stamped. Commitment to the programme is high because we already have 10 students with over 30 hours and have already reached the Bronze Award! Students and Parents can access the Portal on https://cuaportal.com If you have any questions please contact Mrs Wynes or Ms Harms.
The much-loved Dad’s and Kids Sleepout has been rescheduled to Friday September 2nd, please pencil this date into your diaries, we hope you can come. Thanks to Daryl Hocking for his work in coordinating this event for our families.
Finally, Thankyou for supporting our Pyjama Day last Friday to raise money for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Lismore. We raise $279 which will help to meet the needs of families who have lost everything in the recent devastating floods. Be a gift of love and compassion for one another (St Mary MacKillop)