Dear McAuley Families
I had to drag myself away from the concrete trucks and pumps to write this week’s newsletter. There is a little boy in all of us who still love to see diggers and trucks, formwork and lovely mud!
The good news is that progress is being made on the Primary Campus building program and all are very happy with the work so far. I continue to be grateful to our students and staff for their flexibility around the displacement and change they have faced so far. I am excited at the end result which will make our school a much more modern and attractive place.
Semester Reports: Teachers are busy assessing and testing to gather data for reports. I need to notify Primary Parents that there continues to be no written comments on Primary Reports.
Reporting Semester 1: Our teaching team has begun the process of creating each student’s Semester 1 report.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations).
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the NSW Common Grade Scale.
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, PDHPE and Creative Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary).
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently).
- Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Primary Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. The Semester Report in this format encourages parent engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for parent-teacher interviews where we can engage in genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort and areas for growth.
You are encouraged to attend Parent Teacher Interviews to speak honestly with your child’s teacher about their progress and to set some goals for the future. Details will be sent home requesting that you book online for interviews early next term.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress in consultation with Catholic Education.
NAPLAN: National testing in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 commenced this week. The early sessions were smooth and the use of technology went well. This testing provides us with important “point in time” data on a number of areas. I encourage parents to be sure their children are well fed and well rested over these days so they can participate fully in the tasks allocated to them.
Wellbeing Week: Keep an eye out for our Wellbeing Week Parent Session “Managing Big Emotions” which will be held in the McAuley Hall Classroom on Wednesday 2 June at 5.30pm. Please feel free to come along and participate in a practical and interactive session with Rebekah from KidsExpress.
Enrolling Now for 2022: We are in enrolment period and I know that all our families will be encouraging those seeking a Catholic education grounded in literacy and numeracy skills with a strong values base to consider McAuley for their children. McAuley is an excellent school with highly skilled and committed staff who work for strong academic and personal outcomes.
We have vacancies in many year levels and especially seek enrolments in Kindergarten and Year 7, 2022. It is a joy to begin Kinder interviews this week and meet such happy and excited pre-schoolers keen to come to McAuley next year.
We will host Information and Orientation Sessions (details below) and welcome any enquiries people may have.
2022 Information/Orientation Sessions:
Tuesday 15 June:
- Kindergarten 2022: Parent classroom visits from 10.00am
- Year 7, 2022 Parent Information session 5.00pm
Friday 18 June:
- Year 7, 2022 Orientation Day 1 (All current Year 6 students and interested students from other schools) 9.00am – 3.15pm
Uniform: There was good discussion at last week’s Community Council Meeting around uniform. We continue to work with Swans to rationalise our uniform and bring about one which is comfortable and affordable. Please continue to use Swans as the main supplier. Any change in uniform will be phased in over a long period of time. We hope that new uniform will be announced in the next few weeks.
If Swans do not have available stock then items which are similar can be purchased elsewhere or students should wear the current sports uniform (polo shirt, blue shorts/pants/skirt, white socks & black shoes (joggers on Fridays).
Hoodies are not part of school uniform and can only be worn by Year 10 students who have purchased the McAuley Hoodie. Again we will offer warm alternatives in the new uniform.
I am grateful for your support in upholding the uniform expectations of the school and again apologise for the uncertainty we have faced due to supply and delivery of certain items.
Mary our Mother… Look after us.
Prayer In the midst of conflict and hatred, we offer love to one another.
When we are met by despair and loneliness, we offer love to one another.
Where uncertainty and apathy are found, we offer love to one another.
When haste threatens to cloud our judgement, we take time to love one another.
When it is hard to forgive and forget, we will keep the struggle to love one another.
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: love one another, just as I have loved you”.
We have heard and we will obey. We will love one another. Amen.
Whole School Photo Day - Thursday 3rd June 2021. Students are asked to wear full school WINTER UNIFORM please. Family envelopes will be sent home soon. Please ensure you follow the directions as stated on the envelope. All students should have their OWN envelope which should be returned to school whether photos are ordered or not.
Term 2 school fees were emailed out to families on Tuesday, 27th April. Fees can be paid via BPAY, Direct Debit, Qkr! app, EFTPOS, Cash or Cheque. If paying by the Term, fees are due to be paid by 01/06/2021.
If you need to update your direct debit payment amounts or commence direct debit payments, Direct Debit Request forms can be found via the following link:
Please complete and return the form to the school office as soon as possible.
To assist you with working out required payments, see the McAuley School Fee Calculator on our website:
Yr 5/6 Mortimer Shield Competition - Tuesday 18th May at Twickenham Rugby League Oval, Tumut. All students should have now returned their permission note and $3.00. All students should come to school as usual and will be transported to and from the venue by Goodes Coach. Students should bring all their recess, lunch, snacks and a water bottle. A folding chair is also a great idea to sit on when not playing.
Yr 3-6 Netball Schools Cup Tumut - Wednesday 26th May at the Tumut Netball Courts. This is the rescheduled date after being 'rained-out' in March. All students participating will need to be transported to and from the Tumut Netball Courts - arriving at 8:30am.
Archdiocese Cross Country Championships - Tuesday 25th May at Stromlo Forest Park ACT. Best wishes to our team of Primary and Secondary students representing us! This is a selection trial for the Arch team to compete at the Combined CPS and CCC Cross Country to be held at Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney on Tuesday 8th June. The first 6 places in each event will gain selection in this team.
Congratulations to Yr 6 student Aidan Turnbull on his selection in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Boys Touch Football Team. Aidan will now play at the MacKillop Trials on Friday 28th May in Sydney. Well done Aidan and best wishes in Sydney.
A great day was had at the Secondary, 'Small Schools League Competition' at Twickenham Oval last week. Our boys played really well, with the strong combined Under 16's (with Gundagai) progressing to Round 2 after two very convincing wins.