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16 November 2020 What a wait: 100 days smarter Thanks to COVID-19, our Preps have been waiting a long time to celebrate this momentous occasion. The magical 100 days were notched up during remote learning, but only celebrating at home wouldn't have been as much fun. Instead, the Prep Learning Community waited a little longer to celebrate in person. Surrounded by 100 balloons, 100 cups and 100 fingerprints on their brightly decorated t-shirts, our Year Preps celebrated being more than 100 days smarter with a day full of fun and festivity. [foogallery id="2444"] Sometimes things are worth the wait! Read More
10 November 2020 Mission: Sock it to poverty Since the middle of Term 3, our Year 4 learning community has been engaged in learning about how to be people of service and mission. Even though everyone was learning at home, learners continued inquiring into the question "What can I do to be of service to others?". This unit of work provided learners an opportunity to explore Catholic Social Teaching and how this social teaching impacts decision making. With a focus on the principles of Human Dignity, The Common Good and Preferential Option for the Poor, Year 4 explored what Catholic Mission does to be of service to others. This learning was supported with Socktober resources from Catholic Mission, which were developed in response to the need for accessible materials for learning at home. Learners were invited to set up their own fundraising page and share their learning throughout the program with their families. This learning culminated in the Socktober Event Day, which allowed all members of our community to contribute to the work of Catholic Mission. Over $3000 was raised by Year 4 and the wider school community. [foogallery id="2430"] Principal Mary Abbott was overjoyed with the result, saying "I'm really proud of what our Year 4s have done, how much they've managed to raise, and what they've learnt about their call to mission. Today is a celebration of everything that they have achieved in their learning, their advocacy and their fundraising. Crazy Sock Day is a celebration of our commitment to mission here at St James." For the full story, visit the Catholic Education Melbourne website. Read More
22 October 2020 Book Week 2020: When the crayons don’t give up! In the middle of a strange year, we were excited to be able to celebrate Book Week! Our special celebration day was based around The Day The Crayons Quit, a book by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (published by HarperCollins). We all came dressed as crayons. After a challenging year, we've shown that we don't quit! Our Virtual Assembly on Friday 20 October will feature the fun we had for our celebration day. Make sure to join us at 2:15pm. This post will update with photos and news. [foogallery id="2376"] Read More
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