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A Hairy Day for All!

Today we let our hair hang down for a great cause – the Sisters’ Shelter House. The hairstyles were colourful, zany and a source of great mirth about the place.  The ingenuity of our families never ceases to amaze me.  Thank you all for the generous donations which will be passed on to the Sisters’ House very shortly.

Crazy hair

Extra Long Weekend

A reminder that next week we will be enjoying an extra long – long weekend.  Friday May 29 is a Professional Development Day for staff and Monday June 1 is Western Australia Day and a public holiday.  We hope our families enjoy the additional time together.

Sand Play

Many of the students have been delighted with the addition of the “big” sandbox and it is certainly a hive of activity at both recess and lunch times.  A variety of different bits and pieces will be placed in the box for students to use, with the theme of the box changing weekly to keep students engaged.  Sand play is a sensory experience that allows children to use their imagination and creativity.  It is also a wonderful way for students to collaborate, build social skills and test hypotheses. Many thanks to Nicole C. for her wonderful idea and hard work shovelling all the sand!

Sandpit

What NAPLAN doesn’t tell you!

NAPLAN commences for children in Years 3 & 5 from May 12 to 15   Results are a snapshot of a child’s performance on the testing day and they certainly don’t tell you everything about a student which I’m sure you all realise.  The test provides information on student performance in literacy and numeracy however, it doesn’t have the capacity to measure a child’s personal qualities which are equally as important.  Creativity, resilience, persistence, courage, compassion, enthusiasm, resourcefulness the list goes on …….. are essential skills, too.  If you would like the complete picture of how your child is going in class, please make an appointment to speak with their teacher.

Blogging

The class blogs have been a wonderful way to share with the school community what is going on in the classrooms.  I have been amazed by what I have read and the various formats that have been used to share information.  Last week, I had the opportunity to see our digital leaders using a programme that turned carrots into a keyboard which they proceeded to play!  All I can say is innovation is alive and well in our school!

Maggie Dent Parent Evening

Building resilience and self esteem in today’s children (10 Resilience Building Blocks)  will be the subject of a presentation by Maggie Dent in Treacey Hall on Friday, May 15 from 7-9 pm. Are you worried, confused or concerned about parenting in today’s chaotic world? Children need to have certain basic experiences to build the competencies that will help them manage life — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Popular Australian parenting author and educator Maggie Dent published her bestselling book, Real Kids in an Unreal World, to help guide parents in raising children who are happy, healthy, strong, kind and resilient. In this seminar, she will explore her common-sense, practical model of 10 building blocks for children birth-12 to build resilience. She’ll offer practical, common-sense ideas and strategies to make small changes in your home, which will make a big difference to your children’s cognitive, physical, psychological, emotional and social health later in life.  Please click here for further information.

Future Problem Solving (FPS)

In just a few short weeks, the Future Problem Solver team (FPS), will be heading off to compete on the international stage for the second consecutive year!  As National Champions, the Iona students have been invited to represent Australia in the International competition to be held in Iowa, USA, in June 2015.

In order to attain this success, the students have been working industriously, studying and researching the topic of Intellectual Property in order to prepare for the 2 hour examination. They will be competing against over 50 junior teams from around the world.  If parents are aware of any organisations who might like to assist with our fund raising efforts,  please let me know.

A message from Sr Catherine

Dear Parents,

The Great Gift of Parenthood

Children are their parents’ guests. They come into the space that has been created for them, stay for a while-fifteen, twenty or twenty-five years – and leave again to create their own space. Although parents speak about “our son’’ and ‘’our daughter’’, their children are not their property. In many ways children are strangers. Parents have to come to know them, discover their strengths and their weaknesses, and guide them to maturity, allowing them to make their own decisions.

Taken from an extract from Henri Nouwen Society.

Children are God’s greatest gift to us all so let us guide them with faith, hope and much love.

The term is quickly passing by and we are already in the Season of Lent preparing for the wonderful feast of Easter. As we prepare for Easter and do our little ‘penances’ we think of the children within our school who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation.

If your child/children are receiving one of the Sacraments it is important that you enrol them in your local Parish. The children do not need to attend the Parish Sacramental lessons as they have Religious Education lessons daily. There is no need either for them to attend the Parish retreat as retreats are held at school for each Sacramental Program.

Please remember in your prayers Sisters Albeus Fahey and Joan Burns who passed away recently, both sisters had a strong relationship with Iona Presentation Primary. Sister Albeus was responsible for the purchase of the land and the building of Iona Primary. Sr. Joan taught here in the Primary for a number of years.

In Term Two I will conduct the Seasons for Growth Program. This program is for children who have suffered significant loss in their lives. Information regarding the Seasons of Growth Program is available from the office.  If you are interesting in enrolling your child/children please fill in the form and return to me. The cost of the program is $ 25. This covers the cost of the books and materials the children need to use.

Servers for Mass

If your daughter would like to serve at class and school Masses please ask her to see me or Mrs Anderson. Children only commence serving after they have received their First Holy Communion.

I wish you all a restful break and every blessing for a happy and Holy Easter.

Every blessing,

Sister Catherine

Royal Iona Show!

Slide 2

A wonderful night was had by all those who attended the P & F Water Slide event on Friday Night.  There was a huge turnout by our Iona families and lots of fun to be had on the slides.  The mild start to Friday had us all a little worried but by 3.30pm the conditions were perfect for some fast and furious sliding!  Children showed no fear as they navigated the entry to the respective slides and some fast speeds were clocked on the way down.  It was wonderful to see some parents enjoying themselves on the slide too with their children.  The strong attendance showed great support for the work of the P & F with many parents and children asking for this to be an annual event!

Our blogging journey is under-way with the the Year 1’s being the the first of the classes to post, early last week.  They did a wonderful job and if you haven’t had the chance, please visit their page to look at their blog – http://blogs.ionaps.com/1a/2015/02/26/hello-world-2/  The students have been very excited by the feedback provided from around the world via the comments left on their posting and have been keen to answer questions left for them.  As a new medium to many of us, blogging is an easy way for you to be kept up to date about student learning. I’m so proud that  our Year 1’s are leading the way – blogs from the rest of the school will be available over the next week or two.

The long weekend has been perfectly timed so I trust you will  all enjoy a restful 3 day break and return refreshed for the last 5 weeks of term.

Year 5 campers have arrived

Camp 2015

There was great activity and excitement this morning as our Year 5 students headed off on camp.  School camps are a wonderful opportunity to promote collaboration and teamwork amongst students, particularly at the start of a new school year.  Our students will be faced with challenges that they will need to work together to problem solve.  There are some wonderful learning adventures ahead for our girls over the next two days.  As you can see, the students have arrived safe and sound and are raring to go!