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Week 1 - Term 3, 2013: JUNIOR SCHOOL
JUNIOR SCHOOL

Mrs Webb

Head of Junior School – Mrs Linda Webb

Welcome to T3
Grandparents Day
National Tree Day
K – 6 English Syllabus
T2 Accelerated Reader Results
House Points
JS Upcoming Events

Welcome to T3

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term 3 and I hope you all had a wonderful, restful holiday. We have such a busy term ahead with Athletics Carnivals, Grandparents' Day, Junior School Production and the Spring Fair to name but a few events! I have visited many classrooms today and talked to the children about their holidays. As I entered each classroom, it was wonderful to see the students working so quietly and happily. The rooms were very colourful with beautiful displays of the students' work. It was great to see playgrounds full of energised, enthusiastic students today in correct school uniform.

Infants Mothers Day Stall

Thank you to all who supported this year's Infants Mothers Day Stall. We are very happy to announce that this year $870 was raised to go towards new readers for the Infants.

A huge thank you also to our wonderful K-2 parent reps for all of the hard work and planning that goes into this stall. Your efforts are very appreciated by all – especially those benefiting from the new readers!

Student Council Representatives

I was very impressed with the excellent initiative our Student Council Representatives made last term. At recess and lunch, they watched students in the Prep playground playing sensibly and fairly, as well as being kind and caring to each other. There were so many students demonstrating these positive qualities daily while playing their various games and interacting with one another. It was a very difficult decision, however, a number of students were chosen by two SRC members for a special playground certificate and prize. Special thanks to Jatin Panwar and Anna Battersby for their work and Mrs Vallis for coordinating the SRC.
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Grandparents' Day

Notes are coming home this week for the 2013 Grandparents' Day – one of the highlights of our school calendar. It is a time when all grandparents of our Junior School students can experience our wonderful school and see their grandchildren in the classroom. Please note the date, Friday 16th August, in your diary and  please return your RSVP as soon as possible for catering purposes. If grandparents have any mobility issues or other special needs, please phone the Junior School Office on 4367 6766.
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National Tree Day

As a part of Central Coast Grammar School’s commitment to educating our  students about environmental issues, this year we will be participating in not one, but two environmental initiatives.

Firstly, we will be participating in the Planet Ark Schools Tree Day for the third consecutive year.  Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will be joining 200 000 other Australian students to participate in events related to National Schools Tree Day on Friday 26th July. This important event is a wonderful opportunity for our students to increase their level of environmental awareness, to take pride in the school’s natural environment and to actively participate in the environment while having lots of fun and learning at the same time.

The second program we will be participating is the Gosford City Council Greenhouse Program. This year’s theme is ‘Wise about Waste’. This program endeavours to raise awareness of reducing, reusing and recycling with the aim of decreasing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.  The theme 'Wise About Waste' is helping children to explore alternatives to landfill such as composting, worm farming, recycling and reusing.  It is looking at serious waste issues like marine debris, methane production from food waste and the overuse and disposal of plastic.

Kindergarten: will be participating in activities with their Year 6 ‘Buddy’ classes.

Stage 1: Using old recyclable items to create a waste mascot.  On a piece of paper attached to your mascot explain how your mascot is going to help your school reduce waste. Recyclable products you may like to use: Tissue boxes, toilet rolls, milk bottles, and scrap paper or scrap materials. Remember to include your full name, class and school name as well.

Stage 2: It’s your job to design and create a waste poster! Research one of the following waste issues: marine debris, landfill use, plastic bags, food waste or reduce, reuse, recycle. Use recycled materials to make a poster promoting your chosen topic. Add facts about your topic to the poster, use lots of colour, photos and drawings. Remember to include your full name, class and school name as well.

Stage 3: Write a short story about the theme ‘Wise about Waste’. Include interesting characters, descriptive words, a sizzling start and illustrations. Story ideas: worms, composting, recycling, general household waste, E-waste, marine debris, food waste, landfill, or a waste mascot. Remember to include your full name, class and school name as well.

All entries are due Wednesday 24th July 2013. 

The two winning entries from each class will have their work displayed in the library, and the school newsletter. These students will also contribute to creating a more sustainable future by participating in a special Schools Tree Day event. All entries from years 1-6 will also be judged by representatives of Gosford City Council in a separate Wise about Waste event.

Rita Boys-Smith
Junior School Teacher
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K-6 English Syllabus

Throughout 2013 teachers in the Junior School are undertaking professional development in preparation for implementation of the new English Syllabus in 2014.

Teachers are finding there are some similarities between the new and old syllabuses.

Students will continue to:

  • Be actively engaged in the development of skills through speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing
  • Engage with a variety of different types of texts for different purposes and different audiences
  • Develop a clear range of skills required to be literate through explicit teaching, a clear continuum of learning and using a variety of strategies.

Differences for teachers and students will be:

  • An increased emphasis on the teaching of literature through clearly defined content and text requirements.
  • Content is organised in a K-10 continuum, which clearly describes processes and skill development.
  • The text requirements include experience of contexts, such as intercultural experiences, Aboriginal histories and cultures, Asian perspectives and environmental sustainability.

Class teachers, in consultation with our Librarians, are reworking units to ensure all outcomes and literature genres are included in yearly programs. Teachers are enjoying the focus of including a range of quality literature in its various forms (books, digital, spoken) and ensuring our students enjoy and learn from the cultural mix mandated by the NSW Board of Studies.

For further details view the link: syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/about

Wilma Vallis
Deputy Head of Junior School
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Great Term 2 Accelerated Reader Results!

During Term 2 we had ten students earn over 100 points in Accelerated Reader. On average a student would need to read approximately 25 books to reach this goal, a huge achievement considering it was such a short term. Please join me in congratulating the following students…

  • Toby Kitchen (4J)
  • Samuel Martin (4J)
  • Jenna Watkins (4M)
  • Storm Whittaker (4M)
  • Isaac Chase (5V)
  • Timothy Duff (5V)
  • Bailey Eccleston (5V)
  • Charlie Mann (5V)
  • Charles Crowley (6B)
  • Paige McBain (6B)

A special acknowledgement to Charlie Mann for earning 349 points – amazing! All students were rewarded with a Dymocks voucher from the Library.

The challenge is now on for Term 3, to see how many students can achieve this milestone…good luck!

Natalie Phillips
Teacher Librarian
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House Points

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Upcoming Events

Prep Disco – Save the Date!

Please save the date for a great night of fun! The Years 3-6 Disco is being held Friday 2nd August. Times are below:
Yrs 3 and 4: 5pm – 6.30pm
Yrs 5 and 6: 6.30pm – 8pm

A note will be sent home this week with further details and we hope to see you all there!

Year 1

The Y1 bowling day on 11th August has been cancelled. Parent reps are organising a family picnic day at Long Jetty playground on 18th August instead. More details to follow in a flyer.

Upcoming Events

~ 16th July – Term 3 Commences
~ 23rd July – Kindy Parents Morning Tea, Aromas Cafe, Terrigal
~ 23rd July – Y5 Parents Morning Tea, The Sanctuary Cafe, Ken Duncan Gallery
~ 26th July – K-6 Assembly, RLC
~ 26th July – Kindy – Responsible Pet Education Day
~ 26th July – Y6 Parents Morning Tea, Hive Cafe, Erina Fair
~ 31st July – ICAS English Competition
~ 2nd Aug – Prep Disco
~ 2nd Aug – Infant's Athletics Carnival
~ 6th Aug-  Prep Athletics Carnival – Day One, Mingara
~ 7th Aug-  Prep Athletics Carnival – Day Two, Mingara
~ 9th Aug – Infant's Assembly I7
~ 16th Aug – Grandparent's Day
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Contact Us

Email:
info@ccgs.nsw.edu.au

Website:
www.ccgs.nsw.edu.au

MyCCGS:
my.ccgs.nsw.edu.au

Address:
Arundel Road
Erina Heights NSW 2260

Phone:
4367 6766

 
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