Flying start to new school year at St Joseph's

It has been a flying start to the new school year, with many activities keeping us very busy.

Outside of the classroom, the Year Five and Six students put in their best efforts at our Swimming Carnival. As a result, we were well represented at the Western Region Swimming Carnival in Tumut. We congratulate those who will now be representing us at the Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival in Narooma. The students have well and truly been enjoying the water this term, as they have also been taking part in the Swim Safe program at the Grenfell Aquatic Centre.

The Opening School Mass, was an opportunity to commend our nominated leaders and welcome our new Kindergarten students. In the classroom, The Year Five and Six students have been enjoying the new learning experiences and challenges that have been presented to them. We have delved into our new units of work with interest.

This term, in English, the students are engaging in literacy concepts through a study of the book “Thunderwith” by Libby Hathorn. The students have been listening to the story during shared reading. Using its themes, the students are learning to construct a written exposition, using the structure and grammatical patterns typical of persuasive texts.

Our reading tasks have been aimed at developing each student’s reading skills and deepening their understanding of the text by examining specific events and settings. The students will also engage in speaking and listening tasks, which will develop their listening skills and their understanding of oral narratives, discussions and expositions.

In our Geography unit this term, the students are exploring regions within Japan. More specifically, they are exploring the culture of Japan and its regions. The students have had to locate Japan and its regions and identify facts about this, such as landforms, climate, agriculture and population.

They will also explore facts about the history, religions, foods, customs and celebrations typical of Japanese culture. The students will also work with a small group to research and explore a particular region in Japan. Their study of this complements our involvement in the Japanese language program.

Amelia, Cooper, Xanthe and Annie completing a Japanese quiz. Image supplied

Amelia, Cooper, Xanthe and Annie completing a Japanese quiz. Image supplied