Celebrating 20 Years: 1997 to 2017

Primary


About Primary

Meet Our Head of Primary School

Orr, CarolineMiss Caroline Orr has been associated with Emmaus over many years. Caroline has  an excellent understanding of education within a Christian worldview and is thoroughly professional, caring and committed to the academic success of every child in the Primary School.

If there is anything that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to email Miss Orr ( carolineo@emmaus.act.edu.au) or book an appointment to discuss any matters at hand.

 

 

Welcome to Kindy W

Dear Kindergarten parents,

Welcome to Kindergarten at Emmaus! I hope you all had a wonderful summer break. We have an exciting, busy term ahead and I hope the following information makes routines and events clearer.

Small groups

On Monday to Thursday, Kindy will have small group activities for the first 15-20 minutes straight after line-up. This is a great opportunity for parents to come and help in class with their child, and others, in doing fine motor activities from a programme called ‘Fingergym’. There will be a rotation of activities designed to strengthen your child’s fine motor skills to help with writing and cutting. These will commence in Week 2.

Investigative play

This is a time where a range of informal learning environments will be provided for students to explore and learn. During these sessions I will have an opportunity to observe and work with students’ one on one or in small groups.

News

Each child is encouraged to share news about things done at home or at school. In Week 4 we will start this process. Your child will need to have something to share and show. I encourage you to allow your child to practice before their news day. News should go no longer than a minute.

Homework

There will be no official homework in Term 1. Please encourage your child to continue with the Phonics Hero program and to continue exploring their world around them through play. I will send home a Family Homework Grid if you’d like to take some time to work through this. It could then be used for news if you wish.

Miss Orr, Mrs Brown and Mrs McClure
Miss Orr will be teaching Kindy for one period on Tuesday where she will teach Science. Mrs Brown will teach Japanese for a period on Tuesday and Mrs McClure will teach Music to the class on Wednesday.

Sports day:
Our sports and House day is every Thursday. All children need to wear their sports uniform and their joggers. House is a time where students form into their HOUSE groups and compete in team-building events.

Library

We are scheduled to go to the library on Wednesday after lunch. Students may borrow if they have a waterproof library bag. These can be purchased at the front office. Other library bags may be used as long as they are water proof. Please help your child keep track of the library books they borrow. All damaged and lost books will need to either be replaced or paid for.

Lunch

We encourage healthy eating at school (such as fruit and sandwiches) rather than junk food. Eating at recess and lunch is supervised for Kindy children and we ensure they eat enough food before playing. Children are encouraged to have a bottle of WATER (not frozen) in the classroom to drink throughout the day (no juice or cordial is permitted in the classroom). If you are concerned about what your child is (or isn’t) eating, please contact me about it. If your child has special dietary requirements please tell me ASAP.

We have a few children in the Primary school and one in the class with severe food allergies to nuts, egg and dairy products. Two important school rules are that we do not share food, and we wash our hands after touching nuts, dairy products, and egg. Please note that your child may eat these items at school if they follow the rules. Could you also discuss this with your child? The importance of this issue is strengthened when a child gets the same message at home as they do at school. Thank you! It is much appreciated . Please also note that unlike preschool, school children do not need to bring in two lunch boxes.

This year we have introduced a ‘fruit break’ in the morning session. Students will need to bring in cut pieces of fruit or vegetables in a container to eat during this time.

Birthdays:
Birthdays are exciting times. In Kindergarten I like to make each child feel special by celebrating birthdays in class. One way that you can help me do this is to bring in ‘treats’. It is much easier if you send cupcakes or treats in patty pans, rather than a whole cake. If you are having a party and would like to invite some or all of the children please encourage and assist your child to hand out invitations at the end of the day to avoid hurting the feelings of those not invited.

Labelling and belongings: Ensure that your child’s name is on all belongings. Please also keep practising tying shoelaces with your child. It is helpful to have a change of undies and socks in a labelled bag, in case of accidents.

PIP (Parent Involvement Program):
I love any type of help with PIP!! If you have time, the next few weeks are a treasure trove of PIP jobs. Covering books with contact is needed as well as taking some photos of Kindy with their buddies. The school camera is available. There are some more regular jobs like listening to children read and language groups which are a huge help. I look forward to seeing you!

PIPS Testing (Performance Indicators in Primary Schools testing)
You will have received an email regarding the PIPS testing that will occur on Wednesdays of Week 1 and 2. Please ensure you fill in a time slot for your child to be tested. The sign-up sheet will be located at the front office.

Wipes & Tissues
It would be great if every child could bring in a packet of baby wipes (for cleaning tables & faces) and a box of tissues to share in the classroom.

Dates to note:
Week 3 – Wednesday – Parent Meeting
Week 3 – Thursday – School Photos
Week 4 – Thursday – Swimming Carnival
Week 7 – Monday – Canberra Day
Week 9 – Wednesday – Cross Country Carnival
Week 10 – Thursday – Crazy Hair Day

Parent Meeting
All parents are encouraged to attend our Term 1 Parent Meeting. This will be held on Wednesday 15th February from 7pm. Mr. Hofsink will speak on the Strategic Plan for the school and it is a good opportunity to meet other teachers and parents.

Buddies
Kindergarten children are very excited about having Year 6 buddies. Emmaus Christian School has created a fantastic opportunity for Kindergarten children to spend programmed time with a ‘buddy’ from Year 6. During the first week, Year 6 buddies will take your child on a tour of the school, look after them at recess, make welcome cards and read stories to them. It is a great opportunity for all involved.

Class liaison person
Our class is looking for a class liaison person. Their task is to coordinate a social event approximately once a term. The aim is for the class and their families to meet together to relax chat and have fun. Please come and see me if this is you!

My Email address & Absences
Here is my email address: tamara@emmaus.act.edu.au
Please feel free to email me any note or information to keep me up to date. Please provide me with a note or an email for all of your child’s absences. An absence email will also need to be forwarded to absences@emmaus.act.edu.au . This is a government requirement.

School Hours
There is a teacher on duty from 8:30am. The first bell will ring at 9:52 to signal for students to make their way to the line-up area. The second bell rings at 9:55 ready for announcements. Following this, students will go directly to class and begin small groups. It is important for your child to be on time to minimize disruptions and for them to gain the most out of the activities prepared for them.

Hats
Emmaus has a ‘no hat, no play’ policy during the months of September-May. Please ensure your child always has a hat so they can participate in all aspects of school.

Class culture:
Our classroom is a place where students can be safe and have fun, can make choices and experience success. The classroom rules are based on respect for God and others. If your child has been upset in the night or in the morning and it may affect their behaviour, please let me know. A quick note, email, or a brief chat alerts me and I can be aware of their needs. Often a quiet word or a quick cuddle is all that is needed to help them settle.

Thank you so much for trusting me with your special child. It will be exciting to learn, grow and discover as a class this year. Finally, please tell me about any concerns, or any funny, happy or cute things that you hear from your child. I also regularly pray for our class, and would love it if you did too!

Thanks and kind regards,
Tamara Wilkinson

Welcome to Kindy H

Our class name is Awabakal named after the Aboriginal Tribe from around the Newcastle area where I grew up. Do you know what Awabakal means? It means “people of the plain or flat surface”. We will learn more about the Awabakal people throughout the year.

There are lots of things to learn and do, we will spend time learning letters and sounds that will help you to read and spell. We will also be doing Maths, Fitness, Singing & Music, Art, Science, ICT and even sometimes playing together. There are so many fun things to do in Kindy!In our class there are 16 students. You will each have a Year 6 buddy who will be there if you have any questions or you need help during recess and lunch. You will meet your buddy on the first day and they will give you a tour of the school.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. It would be great if you could bring in a photo or a drawing of something you did on your holiday to share with the class, which we can then display in the classroom. During my holiday I spent some time camping near the beach, which was very relaxing.

You are also welcome to bring in something special from home that might help you feel comfortable. This could be a special teddy or photo or toy.

Our first day of school is Monday 30th January. The bell rings at 8:55am and students line up in the Primary Courtyard. For the first 3 weeks, you will only be coming on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a rest day.

It is important to remember a healthy morning tea and lunch, a sun safe hat and a drink bottle. We will have a “fruit break” each morning. Ask your Mum or Dad to send some cut up fruit or veggies in a separate container.

I am looking forward to teaching you.

Mrs. Harper

(nicole@emmaus.act.edu.au)

 

Welcome to Year 1

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new school year!

The Dharugs have already been busy at school, playing with old friends, making new friends and settling into their new room.

Classroom Rules

Our classroom rules are based upon respect for God and others. This means we listen carefully, don’t interrupt when it is someone else’s turn to speak and use good manners at all times. 

Class Email

Please check your email on Monday afternoons. I will send home an email with news of the week, with any notes that have been sent home and with a brief summary of what we will be covering in class that week. Late Thursday I will notify you via text message if your child is to receive a merit certificate. Merit certificates will be presented at Friday morning line-up.

If at any time you have concerns or comments please speak with me; appointments can be made through the office, or you can usually catch me for a few minutes before or after school.

Class Timetable and subjects

Attached is a copy of the proposed weekly timetable. Core learning times for English and Maths are before lunch. If you need to make an appointment for your child at the doctor, dentist etc., afternoons are preferable as this will mean minimal disruption to learning.

Our topic in HASS this term is “Past and Present Family Life.”

In Science our topic is ‘Schoolyard Safari,’ which will look at insects and bugs and will be taught by Miss Orr.

In Literacy we will focus on correct spelling and use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We will also learn to sequence events in our writing using the ‘Talk 4 Writing’ program. 

In Maths we will concentrate on place value, basic operations and problem solving when working with numbers to 100.

Mrs Brown will teach Japanese to Year 1.

House and various sports clinics will take place on Thursday and your child will be required to wear their complete sports uniform.

Library is on Wednesday beginning this week. Please ensure your child has a waterproof library bag (a sturdy plastic bag is fine) or you may purchase an Emmaus library bag from the front office. Please help your child keep track of their library books as lost and damaged books need to be replaced or paid for.

Homework

Year 1 students will receive homework on Monday (beginning in Week 2) and it is to be returned each Friday. (Please let me know if you prefer to take the homework over the weekend, so I can ensure your child’s homework is marked on Friday so you can take it home again on Friday afternoon). Homework is an opportunity for you to observe your child’s learning and share school experiences. No doubt there will be occasions when children are unable to complete homework for some reason; when this happens please send a note in the homework folder. The most important part of homework is the book sent home for reading. If your child is struggling with his/her reader, please let me know, as it is very important that reading aloud is a tension-free experience. Positive experiences during reading lead to enthusiastic readers. 

Phonics Hero and IXL

In the next week or two we will send home login details for your child to access ‘Phonics Hero’ and IXL Maths at home. It would be helpful if your child is able to access Phonics Hero and IXL, at least once a week, as part of their homework. IXL Maths is a wonderful web based maths program that we will be accessing in class and is available for you to use at home. The relevant sections will be listed in each week’s homework so that your child is able to revise the skills we are doing in class. You are able to use any level of the program, which enables you to work on various levels of the same topic to consolidate or extend your child in each area as needed.

Please check your child’s homework whenever possible to help them correct reversals of both numbers and letters. 

School hours

There is a teacher on duty from 8:30am. The first bell will ring at 8:52 to signal for students to make their way to the line-up area. The second bell rings at 8:55 ready for announcements. It is important for your child to be on time to minimise disruptions and for them to gain the most out of the activities prepared for them.

Stationery

All stationery is provided for students so please don’t send pencil cases or special stationery with your child.

Lunch

We encourage healthy eating at school (such as fruit and sandwiches) rather than junk food. Eating at recess and lunch is supervised for Year 1 children and we ensure they eat enough before going out to play. We have a few children in the Primary school with severe food allergies to nuts, seeds, egg and dairy products. Two important school rules are that we do not share food, and we wash hands after touching nuts, eggs and dairy products. Please note that your child may eat these foods at school if they follow the rules. Could you also discuss this with your child? The importance of this issue is strengthened when a child hears the same messages at home and at school. Your cooperation is much appreciated. If your child has any special dietary requirements I would appreciate you letting me know as soon as possible.

This year we have introduced a “fruit break” in the morning session. Students will need to bring in cut pieces of fruit or vegetables in a separate small container or bag to eat during this time. 

PIP (Parent Involvement Program)

Parents are always welcome to help. Please let me know if you are available to help out in the classroom on Monday afternoons for Art or on Thursday mornings for language groups. I will also have art to mount and books to cover if you would prefer PIP jobs to do at home.

Birthdays

If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, cupcakes or treats in patty papers are easier for us to handle. Children with specific dietary requirements benefit from a stock of suitable treats at school to allow them to participate in the celebration – so they do not miss out. If you are having a party and would like to invite some of the children please encourage your child to hand out invitations at the end of the day to avoid hurting the feelings of those not invited.  We are happy to assist or supervise.

Labels

Please ensure all of your child’s belongings are clearly labelled and that your child is practising tying their shoelaces. It is helpful to have a change of undies, shorts and socks in a labelled bag, in their school bag, in case of accidents.

Water

Children are encouraged to have a bottle of WATER in the classroom to drink throughout the day (no juice or cordial is permitted in the classroom).  Each child is asked to bring a family-sized box of tissues and a pack of non-allergenic baby wipes (for cleaning desks and hands).

Network Technology Agreement

A ‘Primary Student Network Technology Agreement’ was sent home with your child. It has been drafted with an aim to encourage and support students to be responsible and kind in their technology use. Please read this carefully and discuss this with your child. Students will not be allowed to use technology at school without receipt of a parent and student signature

Notes

All notes will be sent home with your child and a soft copy of the note will be emailed home in case the notes are lost in transit.

Class liaison person

Our class is looking for a class liaison person. Their task is to coordinate a social event approximately once per term. The aim is for the class and their families to meet together to relax, chat and have fun. Please contact me if this sounds like you.

Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school please email me and absences@emmaus.act.edu.au 

Parent Meeting

All parents are encouraged to attend our Term 1 parent meeting. This will be a good opportunity to listen to our Principal, Mr. Hofsink speak on the strategic plan for school as well as being a great chance to meet other parents and teachers. It will be held on 8th March at 7pm in the gymnasium. 

News

Our focus in news is on speaking clearly and with purpose. Each news presentation will be marked. Please help your child prepare for news by having them practise at home. They have one minute to present their news. The attached table outlines the news topics for each week.

 

News Topics Term 1 (These topics come from our HASS and Science topics for this term)

 

Week 1 Share with the class what you did in your holidays
Week 2 Draw a picture of your family tree, including you & any brothers & sisters, your parents & your grandparents.
Week 3 Free choice
Week 4 What is your favourite insect or spider? Tell us 2 interesting facts.
Week 5 Free choice
Week 6 Draw an insect or spider and label 6 parts of it.
Week 7 Create a timeline of your life and share it with the class.
Week 8 What is your favourite season and what things do you enjoy doing in that season.
Week 9 What is your favourite toy/or form of entertainment? What was your grandparents’ favourite toy/or form of entertainment when they were your age?
Week 10 Easter – Share what your family does at Easter time

Dates to remember

Week 3 – Thursday 16th February – School photos

Week 4 – Thursday 23rd February – Swimming Carnival

Week 6 – Wednesday 8th March – Parent Meeting

Week 7 – Monday – Canberra Day

Week 9 – Wednesday 29th March – Cross Country Carnival

Week 10 – Thursday 6th April – Crazy Hair Day

Finally, please encourage your child to be responsible for remembering such items as correct sports uniform for Thursdays and their sun safe hats daily.

Please feel welcome to visit our classroom at any time. I am looking forward to a great year with the Dharugs.

 Regards,

Wendy Kerma

Year 1 Teacher

wendyk@emmaus.act.edu.au

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Year 2

Dear Year 2 Parents,

It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to teach your child. Your support and communication are welcome and valued.

Our class name is Gandangara, after an Aboriginal tribe in the south-eastern part of New South Wales – a beautiful location. The tribe were also referred to as Burringilling, which means ‘walking together’. With respect to the Aboriginal people of Australia, I look forward to walking together with you, your child and the Emmaus team.

About Me: I have been a part of the Emmaus team since 2013, when I commenced my first year of teaching in Grade 2. Over the years I have taught Grade 5 & 6; however, Grade 2 feels like home. I absolutely love coffee and dark chocolate and enjoy cooking for friends and family. My favourite part of teaching is the relationship you develop with the students. Seeing how far they’ve come and what they’ve achieved at the end of the year is remarkable.

Information:

Absences: absences@emmaus.act.edu.au  If an absence extends beyond a week or your family will be away for a prolonged period, please email me and call the Front Office to notify them of your situation in advance.

Late Slips: Please sign in at the Front Office if arriving after 9am.

Appointments: If you have to pick your child up early, please notify me via email at your earliest convenience and sign out at the Front Office.

Our Subjects:

Maths: All students will progress through the units within Go Maths, engaging in directed, group and interactive lessons. In Term One students will explore and revise concepts in Number and Place Value.

English: The Daily Five is a framework for structuring literacy time using five distinct stations that cover reading, writing, speaking and listening. I will introduce each station gradually with the aim that students understand and learn to rotate through each activity independently by the end of term.

LEM: Students will continue this spelling program in combination with grammar activities to memorise spelling rules and multiple phonograms.

H.A.S.S: In Term One our unit is the ‘Past in the Present’ – an exciting unit that develops inquiry skills and historical knowledge. We also have an excursion to the National Museum with Kindy and Year One!

M.A.D.D stands for Music – Art – Dance – Drama. We will begin with Singing / Music, joining with Kindy and Year 1 after H.A.S.S on Wednesday afternoon. Art will remain a part of our class timetable on Tuesday afternoon and will have a focus on colour, line and shape.

Sport / Fitness: Students will develop the basic fundamental movement skills of running, kicking and skipping through cooperative games with Mr. Behrendorf on Monday. Black joggers can be worn on this day or coloured runners brought to school in their bags.

ICT will take place on Friday and will be integrated into Literacy, as students create a story using Book Creator. Library: Borrowing and Library time will occur on Tuesday with Mrs. Morris and I.

Science: Our lovely coordinator, Miss Orr will take Year Two for Science after Devotions on Friday morning.

Japanese: Sensei Brown will continue her engaging lessons with Year Two after Science.

Parent Helpers:

Thank you for your ongoing support and contribution to the Emmaus community. To help get the year off to an excellent start, may I please ask for volunteers in the following areas (NB: WWVP will be required if you are assisting with children):

  • Excursion to Museum
  • Reading with children (Mornings 9 – 10.30am for 10-15 minutes)
  • Mounting artwork & assistance in Art (Tuesday 1.30-3.00pm)
  • Tech savvy mums and dads for ICT (Friday after Recess till Lunch)
  • Book covering (URGENT – as little or as many as possible!)

Please email me for further details for any jobs of interest to you .

“More hands make light work!”

Miss Michelle Dempsey

michelled@emmaus.act.edu.au

Welcome to Year 3/4 ED

Dear Year 3/4 Parents,

Welcome to the beginning of 2017. I am very excited to be teaching Year 3/4 Yolngu class.  

As you are aware, we have two composite Yr3/4 classes at Emmaus this year. Our classes will regularly combine for Health, PE and Art. The Year 4s will also be combining with Year 5 to study HaSS (Humanities and Social Science) topics and all three grades will combine to study Science with their own class, changing teachers each term.

On the back of this note I have included a class timetable. If you would like to help out during the day please make sure the front office has your WWVP number as we need to comply with the ACT regulations.  If you don’t already have this I really encourage you to get a WWVP card and, upon receipt, to give the Front Office your card number.

Year 3 has a timetables challenge that will last for the whole year. The challenge is to learn all twelve timetables. When they can recite all of them they will receive a bag of lollies as a prize. Year 4 have the timetables speed challenge test – testing how quickly they can recall their timestables.

As a general rule homework will be sent home online via Edmodo. More information about how to login will be sent home next week. At the beginning of each week (Monday) homework tasks are sent out and should be completed by the following Monday. Regular homework tasks will include Maths, reading and spelling and may require access to the internet through an iPad/tablet or computer. I encourage students to work for approximately 20 minutes each day on homework activities. Please monitor your child’s progress and assist as required; one-on-one help from parents can often address potential problem areas very quickly. Homework will start next week.

A ‘Primary Student Network Technology Agreement’ has been sent home. Please read it carefully with your child.

Please send in a box of tissues and package of wet-wipes and /or hand sanitizer for the classroom. These benefit the whole class and assist in keeping all students healthy throughout the year. Thank you to those who have already sent them in.

A pencil case and stationery are provided by the school. Students may bring in their own small pencil case and stationery, but will only be allowed to bring their small pencil cases into the classroom when instructed to. All other items are asked to stay at home for personal use.

Students are encouraged to bring labelled water bottles into the classroom to drink throughout the day. Please fill these with water only and do not freeze them as the condensation can create a mess on their desk.

This year, again, we will not be supplying a student diary. We have noticed that diaries have been utilised less and less, with parents and staff communicating through electronic means. Should parents feel that a diary would assist their child, students are very welcome to purchase and bring their own diary to school.

Kind regards,

Elissa de Vries

elissa@emmas.act.edu.au

 

Welcome to Year 3/4 AM

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2017 school year and the Pitjantjatjara class!  I consider it a privilege to be part of the Emmaus Christian School community and look forward to getting to know you all a little better as the year progresses.

As you are aware, we have two composite Yr3/4 classes at Emmaus this year. Miss Elissa deVries and I will be working very closely throughout the year and our students will combine for a number of lessons each week as we endeavour to establish a strong and supportive student cohort and teaching team. Our classes will regularly combine for Health, PE and Art. The Year 4s will also be combining with Year 5 to study HaSS (Humanities and Social Science) topics and all three grades will combine to study Science with their own class, changing teachers each term.

Homework
As a general rule homework will be sent home, or set online, at the beginning of each week (Monday) and should be completed by the following Monday. Regular homework tasks will include math, reading and spelling and may require access to the internet through an iPad/tablet or computer. I encourage students to work for approximately 20–30 minutes each day on homework activities. Please monitor your child’s progress and assist as required; one-on-one help from parents can often address potential problem areas very quickly – the interest you demonstrate will encourage your child to do their best.

Other ‘Housekeeping’
I encourage all students to take books home for covering. I understand that this can be an expensive & time consuming task, but coving the books makes them last longer, with an added bonus of looking better too.

Please send in a box of tissues, baby wipes and/or waterless hand sanitizer to help keep students noses & classroom desks clean! It also helps reduce the spread of any diseases, which means we are all healthier throughout the entire year.

Students may bring in their own small pencil case and stationery, however, pencil cases with essential stationery will be provided. Students will only be allowed to bring their small pencil cases into the classroom when instructed to. All other items are asked to stay at home for personal use.

Students are welcome to bring labelled water bottles into the classroom to drink throughout the day. Please fill these with water only and do not freeze them as the condensation can create a mess on their desk.

This year, again, we will not be supplying a student diary. We have noticed that diaries have been utilised less and less, with parents and staff communicating through electronic means. Should parents feel that a diary would assist their child, students are very welcome to purchase and bring their own diary to school.

Primary School Sports Association
If your child excels at a particular sport, please check the Primary School Sports Association website for sport trials which may be of personal interest http://www.schoolsportact.asn.au. Students participating in these trials may be selected to play for North Gungahlin and/or ACT Primary School teams. Please keep the school fully informed of your child’s involvement. Students MUST have the Head of Primary and the Principal sign the downloaded permission slip to allow them to attend. Students are expected to make their own way to and from these extra-curricular events.

Finally, thank you for the opportunity to work with your child this year. Please pray for them, for their fellow classmates and for myself, that this year will be fantastic and full of fun and learning.

Please bring your questions and any concerns to me whenever you feel it is needed. (Email is the best form of communication for me.)

In the meantime, I pray God’s blessing on you and your family.

God bless & kind regards,

Mr Andrew Miller

andrewm@emmaus.act.edu.au

 

Welcome to Year 5      

Hello ‘Larrakia Mob’,                  

No surprises here but I am delighted to tell you that I will be your teacher this year J

For 2017, our Emmaus classes have been named in recognition of our nation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Did you know that the Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region? Today, the Larrakia people are a vibrant Aboriginal nation numbering around 2,000 people. Larrakia are broadly recognised for their strengths in performance, music and art. Many Larrakia have achieved mainstream success as doctors, lawyers, sportsmen and hold senior positions in government and other organisations. The major totem for the Larrakia people is dangalaba (Crocodile). I decided that Larrakia would be a great class name because I lived in Darwin for twenty-one years and taught there for over nineteen.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have been a teacher for quite a long time and have taught in four different schools around Australia. This is now my fifth year at Emmaus. I love reading my Bible and learning about Jesus. My favourite subject to teach is MATHS!

I moved to Canberra from Darwin eight years ago, and love the much cooler weather here. I like the Northern Territory a lot too and still visit as often as I can to see my children Amy, Steve & Sarah – and grandsons, Gideon and Arlo. Soon I’ll have a third little grandchild to love. I live with my husband Mr McArthur, my son Ben, two adorable little dogs, Scooter & Letty and four chooks. My favourite sporting team is the Adelaide Crows (AFL) but I have also been known to occasionally support the GWS Giants – as long as they are not playing the Crows! I sometimes cheer for the Canberra Raiders and on State of Origin night can often be seen fully decked out with all my QLD Maroon gear.

I looking forward to our year together,

God bless!

Mrs McArthur

Welcome to Year 6

Dear Year 6 Parents,

Welcome to the final year of primary school!

I know for many this will come with excitement and nerves and a realisation that your child is getting ready to make the jump from Primary to Secondary School. And that is exactly what this year will be for them; a preparation for Secondary School. This begins with the change of class location into North, as well as the timetabling of multiple teachers for different subjects. This is designed to ease the students into the Secondary setting and make the transition smooth. 

Your children are now the leaders of the Primary School, and we do expect them to live up to that challenge. This is supported by Caroline Orr who will be working with them on leadership skills Thursdays, to help with the change in role and responsibility. As I always say to Year 6, “You have the opportunity to shape the culture of the Primary School at Emmaus, for the good or the bad.” I am already impressed with this year’s Year 6 and it’s wonderful culture and I am sure that they will have a strong positive affect on Emmaus in 2017.

Now the specifics:

Teaching the majority of subjects will be me, Luke Behrendorff. I am teaching Mathematics, English (in-part) HaSS, ICT, Devotions and H-PE. I will go into more detail below.

Teaching English is Marcia Melville. Marcia is a very experienced teacher and currently teaching the Year 7’s as well. I will also be teaching English, in collaboration with Marcia, throughout the week.

Teaching Science is Peter Willis. Peter is currently one of the Secondary Science teachers and has the ability to use the laboratory and expand on the curriculum in ways we cannot do in the regular classroom.

Teaching Japanese is Jo Brown. Jo is also an experienced Secondary (and Primary) teacher, will have the students for two periods a week.

More detail:

Mathematics: We will be continuing to work through the four operations and strengthening each area, as well as moving deeper into fractions, problem solving, area, perimeter and measurement.

English: We will be working through a class book (Rangers Apprentice) with writing tasks that Marcia will set, as well as looking at spelling, grammar and oral presentations.

HaSS: This term we will be looking at the Aboriginal culture and history in Australia. We will go into some deeper detail with sensitivity and respect.

ICT: We will be looking at cyber safety and how to be safe on the internet, especially with the BYOD being a part of the curriculum.

Devotions: Will focus on leadership within the Bible, looking at the courage that some of the people had and their trust in God.

Health/PE: This term we will be looking at healthy eating and skill development in the fundamental skills particularly looking at jumping, running, dodging, two handed strike, throwing and catching.

Homework: Students will receive English homework as well as Mathematics homework. Students are also encouraged to practice their spelling words from the provided lists and extra homework may be given on a week to week basis.

Camp:

In Year 6 we go to Vision Valley in Sydney. It is a mix of activities run by the staff there and by myself. We will have the opportunity to relax and get to know each other better. The camp days will be on the 8th-10th of March. I am really looking forward to going and I hope the students will enjoy every moment of it as well.

I look forward to more wonderful conversations and work throughout the term and year.

God Bless,

Luke Behrendorff                                                                                                           
Year 6 teacher  

lukeb@emmaus.act.edu.au

Primary Bandband

The Primary Band Program at Emmaus Christian School is run through Years 4-6. It is a Concert Band Program and we currently cater for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Snare/Glockenspiel Percussion. Every week, students meet in small sectional groups to learn how to play together before meeting in two combined bands. Private lessons are also available on request. Currently the program finishes in Year 6 and we hope in future to direct these graduating students into the Secondary Band.

Greeniacs

Emmaus Christian School Primary students have a volunteer organisation known as “Greeniacs” which is involved in keeping the school running to a ‘clean and green’ standard. The students are responsible for collecting the daily food scraps, clean paper and co-mingled materials (glass, foil, rigid plastics etc) from a variety of different sites around the school and depositing them in collection bays for appropriate recycling. If you are interested see Mr Andrew Miller for more details.

Chess Club

Every Tuesday after school, see After School Activities or Mr Miller for more details.


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