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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
09 June 2020 Welcome back! It has been great to welcome students back to school in line with the state government's plan for a phased return to onsite learning in Victorian schools. Principal, Mary Abbott, said the teachers and staff were very much looking forward to the students' return. "Tuesday will be an exciting time as our students reunite with their friends, peers and teachers, and our school begins to return to being a vibrant Catholic learning community." "Our parents and carers have been incredibly supportive of remote learning over the past several weeks, but I know many will join me in looking forward to the return to the school routine and face-to-face teaching," Mary said. "The period of remote learning, while challenging in some ways, has strengthened the sense of partnership we have with our parents in the education process." "I am very proud of our team here at St James the Apostle School, who have done an enormous amount of work to keep our students progressing with their learning and then preparing for their return." "Our teachers are also very aware that some students will need extra support when they return and we will monitor each child’s progress closely," Mary said. St James will operate within the Victorian Government's recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines, including around hygiene practices, social distancing and restricted access to the school site. "I also remind any parents and guardians who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 to please contact me to discuss fee relief arrangements," Mary said. During the period of remote learning, the school provided communication via sjhcn.catholic.edu.au/remote. With face-to-face teaching resuming, this page will no longer be updated, except for the fortnightly Virtual Assembly. The next Virtual Assembly will be at 2:15pm on Friday 19 June. Read More
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