Term 3 Week 2 2023
Lord Jesus, bless these candidates about to receive their Holy Communion. May this be another step in a life that leads them to Christ/ Give them the continual guidance, support and wisdom that leads them to full discipleship. May they extend their hands in anticipation of your sacrifice. Amen
As a community centred on the example of Christ, the following core values (CARE) underpin our approach.
We value every member of our school community and we are committed to working together to reach our shared goals through mutual support, encouragement, and celebration of our Catholic faith.
We are committed to learning at every level to achieve our personal best.
We have personal and collective responsibility to each other and to the school’s success.
We promote excellence in all that we do.
From Mr Will
Dear Community Members,
Welcome back to Term 3. I trust you had a relaxing break with your family, and you are ready to go for one of the busiest terms of the year. If you have seen the calendar or subscribed to it, you will see that Term 3, the traditionally ‘quieter’ term, is anything but.
Growth Mindset and Feedback
I love a good podcast, I am not sure if it is that my commute evaporates, or I am learning something new but when I find a good one, I really enjoy sharing the learning. I listened to a great episode of the Huberman Lab the other day, which I thought was so interesting and relevant professionally and personally. Dr Andrew Huberman presents podcasts relating to neuroscience, specifically how the brain controls our perceptions, behaviours and health.
The title of the Podcast which I found particularly useful was “How to Enhance Performance & Learning. By applying a Growth Mindset.”
I am sure you have heard of a Growth Mindset, the broad understanding is that our brains and intelligence are not set, and we can learn and grow throughout our lifetime. This is obviously highly relevant in a learning environment to teach students that despite what they believe innately about themselves, they can always grow, learn and develop.
The fascinating part of the research around Growth Mindset was centred on feedback and specifically ‘Intelligence’ vs ‘Effort’ Feedback. Intelligence feedback is related to statements such as: you are smart, you are athletic, you are a talented artist. Effort feedback is exampled as: your effort during spelling lessons was outstanding, you tried incredibly hard during that race, you have worked so diligently to learn to play that new piece of music.
According to the research studies conducted around these two types of feedback, there was overwhelming evidence to suggest that effort feedback allows for a growth mindset and therefore higher performance. Interestingly, it was also concluded that Intelligence Feedback not only halted performance, but actually caused a decrease in future performance. See the video below for a quick synopsis of the research base:
The main conclusion was that by giving intelligence feedback, people can develop a fixed mindset which innately connects their identity to their performance. They are less likely to push themselves due to a perceived fear of failure, not only in the task, but as a person.
Conversely when people disassociated themselves from their performance, they can compartmentalise their effort and use strategies to improve. They also realise that practice by making mistakes or failing is part of the process, not the end of the journey.
I always subscribe to taking the best parts out of research/information and this is no different. I do believe though that we all must have a focus of continuous growth and development and so I am mindful that my feedback must be focussed on effort, rather than intelligence. Try it for yourself and let me know how you go.
Religious Education Assessment (REA)
All students in Year 3 and 5 will participate in the annual REA this was formally known as the Bishops Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA). The test encompasses the learning of all units up to the time of the test and gives feedback to our school and CEWA regarding ongoing growth and development of students in Religious Education lessons. Year 3 students will sit this test on August 3 and Year 5 on August 4.
St Dominic’s Day
We celebrate the Dominican Tradition of our school history next week with St Dominic’s Feast Day, this will include a mass on Thursday August 3, followed by class stalls on August 4. A note was sent with all the details about this day, but if you have any further questions, please contact the school office.
First Holy Communion
Our Year 4 students along with parish members will take part in their First Holy Communion on August 6. They have all attended mass over the last weekend and selected parishioners who will pray for them in the lead up to this special Sacrament of Initiation. Their learning will continue tonight with a Parish/Child Workshop being conducted in the Hall from 6:30pm. I wish all the candidates well in their preparations and ask that you keep them in your prayers.
ySafe Cyber Safety Sessions
Please keep August 8 in your calendar. We have ySafe attending the school and conducting a student session with our Year 5/6 students followed by a parent information session from 6:30pm in our hall. ySafe are a leading Cyber Safety educator and provide instruction to 600,000 students annually. Please see more information about ySafe at the link below: https://www.ysafe.com.au/
Well, I have clawed my way back from the depths to be number 1 on the HSPS Footy Tipping ladder! I doubt I’ll be there for long and I believe the only reason was my accidental tip for Brisbane over the Cats last week! Good luck to your teams this weekend, we are so spoilt for sporting choice at the moment; AFL, The Matilda’s in the World Cup, The Ashes, The Tour… are you getting an insight into my favourite television?!
Until next time,
PP: Leo Bower and Emilia Galeano Giraldo
Yr1: Clara Causerano and Thomas Claydon
Yr 2: Alex Casella and Zachariah Koteka
Yr3: Jacob Ogonowski and David Sherlock
Yr4: Aria Cheesman and Isaac Flynn
Yr 5: Agustina Villanueva Astorga and Summer Bouwman
Yr 6: Seth Ricciardo and Miller Williams
Parish News: Heritage Appeal
P&F UNIFORM SHOP
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE P&F SHOP WILL NOT BE OPEN ON MONDAYS FROM THE 8TH MAY UNTIL 5TH JUNE. (OPEN AGAIN ON MONDAYS ON THE 12th June).
THURSDAY OPENING DAY WILL BE MOVING TO FRIDAY FROM THIS WEEK GOING FORWARD.
NORMAL OPENING HOURS
Monday 8.30am to 9am (Closed 8th May to 5th June)
Friday 8.15am to 9am
Rain Jackets and Bathers have arrived. These can be picked up from the Uniform Shop on Friday or the office after school on Friday.
We understand that not everyone can make it to the shop during opening hours, however
WE KINDLY ASK THAT YOU DO NOT ENTER THE UNIFORM SHOP WITHOUT PERMISSION.
Even if the door is unlocked, please speak with the front office before entering the store.
The P&F Uniform Shop sells good quality second hand items and some new items including:
- Homework Folders / Library Bags / Pencil Cases / Smocks
- Guild Shirts
- Bathers (NEW Design Arriving Soon)
- Hats and Socks
We welcome your donations to sell at the shop. Please just drop them at the office.
We are currently selling our OLD STOCK new bathers at a discounted price of $30. Good quality second hand bathers also available for $10.
School Lunches - Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays
Set up your account today so your child can enjoy some yummy fresh lunches.
SPIRIT NETBALL CLUB
Our Spirit netballers and supporters are enjoying all types of weather during their Friday and Saturday games!☔
After a solid start to the season, we now all enjoy a 3-week break from netball to relax during the school holidays! We hope all teams have enjoyed the first half of the season and look forward to some finer weather in the second half of the year. Games return on Friday, 21st & Saturday, 22nd July.
A HUGE shoutout to our sponsor OH SO DELHI at Woodlands Shopping Centre, for their continued sponsorship via the Player of the week cards and vouchers!
Congratulations to our Year 5 - Holy Spirit Diamonds on winning their division at the West Coast Warriors Cup last Sunday at Wanneroo Netball Association. The girls played five games in a round robin competition, finishing undefeated and at the top of the ladder! Well done girls!
After School Care and Vacation Care
Holy Spirit is delighted to offer After School Child Care
When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Times: 2.50pm to 6.00pm
Cost: $39 per session
Years: Kindy to Year 6
(Children can attend in the calendar year they are due to turn four by 30th June)
For students in Kindy and Pre-primary, OSHC staff will pick up at the classrooms as per our school policy.
Parents who wish to enrol their child in either program are encouraged to enrol their child now via our online enrolment form: https://holyspiritoshc.hubworks.com.au/
For further enquires please contact Natasha O’Neill on 0468 324 499 or email email@example.com
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Phone: 9341 2551