Dear Parents, Students, Staff and all associated with St Joseph’s Community
Want to give your children a gift that will last a lifetime? Then encourage them to read for pleasure. Those who read for pleasure have active imaginations and enjoy learning; indeed, reading is a gift that will last forever.
Reading is the avenue through which children learn just about everything; it is reading that will broaden children’s horizons and take them into new and exciting worlds that are paved with endless wonder and imagination. Reading is an interactive activity, for when children read they are involved with the book, imagining the characters and scenes and painting images in their minds which enable them to be creative and to think for themselves.
Of course, there are academic benefits as reading allows children to see words in different contexts which can assist comprehension, the correct use of grammar and correct sentence structure. The more children see how a word is used, the more likely they are to use the word correctly in their own vocabulary. Seeing words spelt correctly will help children to be more correct with their spelling. Likewise, writing skills will benefit by reading well-formed sentences and observing how paragraphs link together.
In addition to academic learning, reading offers a wide range of life skills as children learn about the world around them. Although reading is mostly a solitary activity, it encourages an understanding of how people relate to each other as the book characters form relationships and deal with questions of morals, friendship, love and family. Also, reading can help cope with stress and anxiety as it provides a form of relaxation and escapism.
Way back in 1700 the poet and dramatist, Joseph Addison, wrote; Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. More recently, Marla Herrick gave us this insight: I’ve travelled the world twice over, met the famous – saints and sinners, poets and artists, old stars and hopeful beginners. I’ve been to places of great wonder, beauty as well as terror. I’ve learned secrets from writers and cooks and all with one library card that gives me access to the wonderful world of books. How true is the statement of each of these people! So, do you want to give your child a gift that will last a lifetime? Then, maybe Book Week is a great time to restart or perhaps continue.
Lord, we give thanks for the gift of Your love and for the gifts we have that distinguish each of us as a unique person. We are grateful for the gifts of sight and touch that enable us to experience the joys of books and reading. Amen.
Book Week Celebrations: A reminder to parents that next week is the celebration of Book Week. Children (and adults) are invited to come dressed for the Book Week Parade to be conducted on Monday 20 August in the gym at 9:15am. Students may come dressed as their favourite book character or in character that reflects the 2018 Book Week theme of Find your Treasure. Our Grade 5/6 Bake a Book will also be on display in the front foyer for parents and children to view after the parade.
Staff News: I wish to inform the community that:
● Jenny Watts has begun a 2 week period of leave, until Monday August 27.
Kerry McCall will be teaching Prep L in a full time capacity during this period of leave.
● Trish Martin will remain on leave and will return at the beginning of Term 4.
Upon Jenny Watts’ return from leave, both Jenny and Kerry McCall will continue
teaching of Prep L.
● Joanne Coldebella will be taking four weeks of long service leave from next Monday. Replacing Joanne in the Learning Adjustment role will be Tracy Allan firstname.lastname@example.org for Prep - Year 2 and Leigh Granger email@example.com for Years 3 - 6.
Yours in Catholic Education
Quote for the Week
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the Shadows.