Monday, 26 November 2018

Term 4... Coming to an end!

Only nine days of school to go! What a busy Term it has been!
Yesterday's orientation was a success with lots of excitement and a few nervous faces that left and came back an hour later with big smiles!  I'm so proud of how much these Year 2's have grown and developed in just a year.

Excursion Time!!
We have been lucky this term to have participated in the Scitech show and workshop incursion that focused on our current physical science topic on forces. 
As a part of our current HASS history unit on local history and technology unit on manufacture and process we will be going on an excursion.  Unfortunately due to having to swap dates this will now be on the Thursday next week but what a great way to end the year!  We will be visiting the shipwreck site of the SS Georgette that we have been learning about in HASS and then Millers Icecreamery to watch a milking show (and a little icecream treat).  No money or payment is needed as this is included in the school fees.  Permission notes and more information will be sent home before the end of the week.

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Monday, 3 September 2018

2T Week 8

Reminder: Sports Carnival this Friday!!!

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Congratulations to our Jumps and Throws Champions! 


Shoebox Donations - 
If you haven't done so yet, can you please send items and also the $2.50 for postage costs in by this Friday 7th September, that would be greatly appreciated. This is a wonderful OLC tradition that is so worthwhile for our children to think of others.  We encourage students to do extra jobs at home to help collect the money and gift donation for children on the other side of the world.  Please feel free to see us if you have any questions or check the previous blog post for links to the Operation Christmas Child project.

History Homework
Just a reminder that the "Each year of my Life" worksheet is due tomorrow. Please help your child to fill out the early years of their life. Also please send in photos. These do not need to be attached to the worksheet as students will use the photos to create a timeline of their life.Thank you for your help!

Learning Journey Please note that the learning Journey afternoon has been moved to the last week of school.  Parents would have received a text recently, about this change of date. Our Open Evening/ Learning Journey event is an opportunity for parents to come into their child's classroom after school to look at some of the work that they have done throughout the year so far and share their achievements and future goals together.  

Monday, 20 August 2018

2T Week 6

Upcoming Events:
Thursday 23rd August: School photos
Friday 24th August: School photos for families and siblings
Thursday 30th August: Book Week dress up day

School Photos
Our school photos will commence this Thursday 23rd and as it is usually our sports day, we are asking the children to come in full winter school uniform (including a school jumper), dress black shoes and hair accessories must be in school colours only (teal green, white or black)  and bring their sports shoes in their bag to change into after their photos in the morning. 
Photo order forms for online ordering were delivered to the children on Friday.
If you wish to have Family/Sibling photos, please collect an envelope from the office and more information about family photos can be found in the latest newsletter.

Operation Christmas Child
Over the next fortnight, the Year Two children are going to participate in an initiative called 'Operation Christmas Child' which aims to pack a shoebox to give to a child who has never received a gift before. This ties into our school value of Compassion as we are helping others who need it.
Please see below an example of the provided shoe box for Operation Christmas child last year:

Your child will be grouped with four other children to contribute and pack the shoebox. The cost to send a shoe box will be $2.50 per child.  We are asking you to encourage your child to do something extra at home to earn the money that is needed to buy the item to put into the provided shoebox.
Your child brought home a note yesterday which shows you what kind of items can be sent away in the shoebox. We are asking for all donations to be brought to school by Friday 7th September (end of week 8) please. It is very exciting for the children to share in this initiative which has been a part of the O.L.C. Community for the last 15 years.
Please see the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child website, your note or this link for some further gift ideas

Book Week
Australian Children’s Book Week falls between the 18th - 24th August, however due to other commitments this year we will be celebrating a little later on Thursday the 30th August. The format this year will be a little different, however as usual students are invited to dress up as their favourite storybook character. The theme this year is “Find Your Treasure”.

We are continuing to enjoy learning about different water sources and how we obtain our clean water.  We are learning how to read and create our own flow charts and learning the cycle of water use.  We have learnt about how different families get their water if they are not on scheme water and live on a property. We have learnt about the aquifer that Busselton Water pumps water with a bore and how our wastewater connects to pipes and is taken to sewerage treatment plants.  We are enjoying having a big Year 2 group together to learn about Earth's important and precious resource!

Here are some photos of students looking for water sources at our school. They had to mark and label them on a map. Well done 2T and 2K! It is great working together!

Monday, 6 August 2018

2T Week 4

Important Dates

Year 2 Combined Prayer Assembly: 10th August 
OLC Feast Day – Mass 9am OLOSC and Mission Markets mid-morning 15th August
School Photos: 23rd and 24th August
Jumps: 28th August
Book Week: 30th August
Throws: 4th September
Athletics Carnival: 6th September

Year 2 Prayer Assembly: 
This week, both Year 2 classes will be presenting a prayer assembly on Friday morning, 10th August.  The theme is God's love and our empowerment to love in relation to the Sacrament of Confirmation.  We have been busy learning some Auslan signs to sing a song about God's family and love.  Some Year 2s have also volunteered to read and have brought home some lines to practice.  No costumes or props needed for the assembly and we would love you to come join us at 9am next week if you can.  

Feast Day Mission Markets: Next Wednesday

The OLC Feast Day celebrations will take place on the Assumption of Mary, Wednesday August 15. This is the day on which we celebrate Mary going to heaven. Weather permitting, the day will begin with a Mass at Our Lady of the Southern Cross church at 9.30am in the morning.  You are warmly invited to attend.

As a secondary part of our day we also have our annual Mission Markets - all money raised goes to support the Caritas mission and it is always a fantastic day!  This year,Year 2T students will be hosting a,"Pre-loved Stall"
We ask each 2T student to donate either a book or a toy that they no longer want, to sell at our 'Pre-loved Stall'.
Please leave the donated items in our class! Thank you in advance!

Meet our Care Bear: Lilly!

Lilly is the newest member of our class! The students named her and they know that if there are feeling sad, sick or tired that Lilly will help look after them. Students are also aware that if a friends has Lilly for the day that we need to show extra care for that person! Welcome Lilly to 2T!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

2T Week 1

Term 3 has Begun!
Welcome back to Term 3! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and the students are feeling refreshed and renewed after their two week break! We are well into term now, and students have settled really well! 

Homework will continue as normal this term. Students are progressing well. Please see us if there are any concerns.

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Prayer Assembly
Just a reminder that our Prayer assembly is in Week 4! More information to come soon! We will be joining with 2K for this assembly!

Learning Area focus for Term 3

PLD spelling groups will continue and students will be retested towards the middle of the term.
We will cover grammar topics such as using commas in a series, revising adjectives, nouns and verbs, conjunctions, using punctuation correctly and emotive language.  
Reading groups will continue where students are going to start locating important information from texts.
In writing we will focus on persuasive texts initially and then move to poetry at the end of term. 

The two units that we are covering this term is Empowered to Love (Love and Confirmation) and Jesus Forgives (Vocation and Penance). Below are some beautiful photos of students demonstrating, showing love for one another. They came up with the ideas themselves! These photos, and more will be placed on our prayer table soon!

We will be practicing multiplication and division skills, with a focus on sharing and dividing numbers into even groups, arrays and repetitive addition. Later on in the term we will be looking at fractions, we work with eighths in Year 2 and will revise halves and quarters.

This term we will be covering some History strands. Students will be looking at how timelines can represent the past, and comparing the past and present. They be will constructing timelines based on their their own lives!
We were hoping that families could send in some photos that represent each year of your child's life. They will be used to create the time line. Also children may need some help to write something about each year of their life, particularity when they are newborns! Copies of photos would be ideal as they may get glue on them. We can copy photos if need be. Please come and see me if they are any questions. (We will  not need these for a few weeks but if families can start collecting and bringing in photos that would be great!)

This term we are covering Earth and Space Science. We will be focusing on Water. We will discuss and research uses of water, the water cycle, where water comes from and any other questions that the students generate themselves. Some exciting news is... We are joining with 2K for Science this term!

We are looking forward to a wonderful term!

P.S.Some reading books that have not been returned to class are:
-A Box can be many things
-I'm a Catterpillar
-Maddy in the Middle
-Me and my Shadow
-Newts and Amphibians
-Predators and Pray
-Sing-Song Mum
-Slugs and Snails
-The Forgetful Princess
-The Race
-Tittle-tattle Goose
-Toad makes a Road
-Where are you going, Aja Rose?
-Whoosh! The Spaceship Lands

Please send them in if you have them at home :) 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

2T Week 8

Cross Country
Congratulations to all participants in the cross country today! The students all tried their best which was great to see! There was also a good show of sportsmanship! Well done Year 2s!

Our school disco will be held in the hall this Friday evening.  The K-2 session will be from 4.30 to 6:00pm with a sausage sizzle afterwards.  Please see the flyers around school and in the newsletter for more information. 

Year 2 Family Mass
Our family mass is being held this Saturday night at 6:00pm. Please see the communication from Mrs Meyer with more information. We look forward to seeing people there!

Grandparents Mass
A reminder that Grandparents mass is next Monday 25th June. Please return the RSVP slips for Grandparents Day by the end of this week. Mrs Meyer is also putting together a slide show of our grandparents. Please email through your pictures to her on .

We have been focusing on writing narratives this term. Students know there has to be a problem and solution, and that they need to introduce the characters and setting in a creative way. They also know to include adjectives to make their writing more interesting for the readers! We are so impressed with the standard of writing that our class has produced... (Even though Mrs Tippett was an Alien, Dragon and an Electric Eel in some of the stories)!

During the second half of this term students have been practicing identifying and counting Australian notes and coins. Their skip counting skills really came in handy when counting dollars and cents. Again, they have done really well and applied their prior knowledge and skills to solve money problems. 

Students have completed constructing and decorating their letterboxes! Please come and have a look at them in our class! We will be delivering the warm fuzzies to the letterboxes next week! Students can then take them home and read the warm fuzzies over the holidays!

Important Information!
Please return all class readers to their rightful boxes in class next Wednesday (27th June).

Also please note that Mrs Tippett has been asked to attend the Year 5 camp to help out Mr Danaher. Mrs Martin will be in the class during that time which is Wednesday to Friday Week 9 (next week).

If anyone would like to discuss their child's reports with us, please arrange a time early next term.

Below are some photos of us doing some NAIDOC work with 2K! It has been another busy term but the students have continued to progress and develop. We are really proud and are looking forward to the second half of the year! Happy and safe holidays!

Mrs Tippett and Mrs Martin

Thursday, 31 May 2018

2T Week 5

Can you believe we are half way through the term already? We hope everyone is ready for the cold ahead! It has been a busy term again however the progress students have made, particularly with reading has been incredible! We are very pleased with everyone in the class. 

Friendology Focus
This week in Friendology we have been focusing on putting out Friendship Fires and talking it out in a calm and fair way. Below were some of the points we looked at in the previous week to confront the fire.
1. Find a good time to talk, just the two of you. 
2.In a calm, serious voice, retell the situation. 
3.Explain how it made you feel.     
4. Listen to their side and truly try to understand their perspective.

We have also been working on body language and how actions like whispering may make others feel. These lessons have been conducted with 2K and it has been working really well.

Next lesson we will be looking at positive reactions, saying no, using power statements and to spend less time with people if they are in the 'unhealthy zone' yet still being kind.

Constructing Letter boxes
Students have begun to construct letter boxes for their warm fuzzies. Their designs look fantastic and we will be completing them over the next couple of weeks. Below are some photos of the first construction session. The students worked really well together, shared materials and used lots of team work to help their friends.

Fabulous Readers!
Reading tests have been completed over the last couple of weeks and every single student in the class has improved. We are feeling so happy with the progress over the first semester! Congratulations everyone!
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Long Weekend
Have a wonderful and safe extra long weekend! Mrs Tippett and Mrs Martin will be busy completing reports!

Family Mass TBA
Apologies for the change of time and date. A new date has still not been set at this stage. We will let you know as soon as we know.

Turtle Art
Below are turtles the students created with Mrs Martin last Friday! They look brilliant!

Thanks everyone for your on-going support. As always please come and see us/email us with any questions, queries or concerns.

Mrs Tippett and Mrs Martin