Over the past year at Holy Family we have been working as a Global Action Team with Apple Distinguished schools in America and Mexico.
As a result of this our students have been working together and sharing their learning with each other.
Recently, the two American schools in the group from Arizona and Missouri created presentations for our students on their climate and what they have been learning about.
Our students were very grateful to receive these presentations that were created for us.
The Holy Family students are now working on adding their own learning to share with the schools in America.
At Holy Family Catholic School we have three house groups:
The Saint Mary Mackillop House
The Pope John Paul II House
The Saint Vincent DePaul House
Each of the houses are made of classes who will work together on various aspects of mission.
We look forward to sharing more learning and experiences!
I’d like to welcome all students, staff and families in our learning community back for the 2019 school year.
I’d especially like to welcome our many new students who have seamlessly transitioned into our school.
It has been great to hear all the wonderful stories from the new students about how they have made new friends, enjoyed the learning opportunities and the resources available to extend their learning.
The teachers have done and fantastic job of setting up the learning spaces with flexibility, engagement and curiosity in mind.
On Sunday February 11th as a part of the Salisbury Parish Multicultural Carnival the Year 2 and 3 students participated in a Soccer match against St Augustines.
The two games were extremely successful with a range of goals scored and great teamwork on display.
I’d like the thank the Mr Stramare who coached and the parents who supported this event.
Yesterday a group of 30 students nominated to visit Fluid Solar House.
The group was shown around the amazing three story commercial building which is ecologically friendly and runs ‘off the grid’ to support its own electricity needs.
The children had many ideas regarding the engineering aspects of the building and came up with ideas to make our school more ecologically friendly. One idea was to get a bicycle which could create energy to charge a laptop.
Today the whole school participated in ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’ which is a global event for children around the world to learn in the outside environments. Some of the activities the students participated in included:
Fishing and Angling
Recently the Year 4 and 6 students at Holy Family Catholic School participated in the NAPLAN online readiness tests. The school is one of only a few schools to undertake this venture in preparing for the testing to go online in future years.
This year the staff and students have been engaging in learning to develop aquariums for a range of fish and underwater creatures. What started off as small tanks for goldfish has evolved to bigger aquaponics areas using waste from yabbies to grow plants and herbs. This week children assisted in the creating a new tank for a class turtle. Overall it has been great to see the learning that has evolved from introducing barramundi, silver perch and murray cod. Feel free to come have a look!
Last Friday Holy family invited four classes of students from St Thomas Goodwood for the inaugural Pope Francis Cup.
The events of the day included sharing our assembly, Soccer, AFL, netball and the day concluded with learning on ‘National Sorry Day.’
The reception / Year 1 students shared in learning investigations with the visitors.
Overall the children had a great of sport and learning whilst making many new friendships. The first event ended in a draw with the visitors sharing the cup.
On Wednesday last week a team of staff at Holy Family including Mr Gary Snell, Mr Hansen Kosowski, Mrs Emma Finos and I led a workshop for over 35 different families on various aspects of Information Technology. The workshops stemmed from parent interest pertaining to the new 1-to-1 laptop initiative for all students from Years 2 to 7 this year. Parents were able to learn from the experts, being the children, about software and how to use the technology to enhance learning. It was great to see the children sharing their learning with their parents. Specifically, the workshop focused on safety, security and software with information on learning programs such as Active Inspire, Photobooth, Rainforest Maths, iMovie, Keynote and Photos. Overall we will continue to aim to hold similar workshops as the software develops to share our learning as a community.