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Assistant Principal News Issue 20

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. This week, St Luke’s took the opportunity to participate in a number of activities at school. We are proud to be able to support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Our week began with a smoking ceremony performed by Daniel and his son Johnny, a poster competition, making hands to surround our NAIDOC cross display and damper making. Lots of activities have been evident in classrooms.
Next term, our years 3-6 students will be involved in the creation and design of an art mural project with a focus on aboriginal artwork. Students will work in conjunction with Mater Dei art students. We look forward to this amazing project.

Early Reading Habits

‘One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/02/16/why-its-important-to-read-aloud-with-your-kids-and-how-to-make-it-count/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6e29f525d109

Please view the article to read which explains the importance of when to start reading to your children but more importantly to continue the process beyond 5 years old. This interaction is vital in forming strong bonds with your child but developing excellent pre-reading habits.

 

What an amazing term it has been. Proud to be part of this incredible community. Thank you all for your ongoing support. Have a fantastic rest and enjoy the break with your beautiful children.

God Bless,

Mrs Maura Killalea
Assistant Principal

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