St Pius X Dubbo
St Pius X off to a flying start
St Pius X got off to a flying start for 2018 with our Opening Mass and Induction Ceremony in our first week. Father Greg Kennedy celebrated our Mass with the theme, “We Walk in Faith, Hope and Love”. During the Mass, we acknowledged our school leaders and class members of the Student Representative Council for 2018.
Kindergarten commenced on some very hot days, but settled in beautifully with very few tears. Even the mums and dads were very brave! We are looking forward to a great 2018.
The fantastic future focus at St Pius X!
There is a fantastic contagious buzz evident from the moment you walk into the St Pius X school community in Dubbo. The teachers are on fire with enthusiasm. The students are greatly engaged, focussed and eager for learning. The recently renovated, renewed and re-energised classrooms are being carefully adapted to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. These lucky students are being given every opportunity to develop the skills needed to be successful in a future beyond our wildest imaginings.
St Pius X accepted the challenge put forward by St Patrick’s at Lithgow to help our struggling farmers affected by drought. On March 6th the students and teachers arrived at school decked out in their best interpretation of Australian farmers’ clothing.
The students were treated to a shearing demonstration, wool classing, hayrides, yabby racing, bush dancing, finding the ‘needle’ in the haystack and Blind Man’s Bluff with Fred the Scarecrow.
Y2 parents and students provided an amazing cake stall that contributed substantially to our fund raising efforts on the day. Students lunched on a fabulous BBQ with sausages and buns generously donated by Woolworths Ltd. Another highlight of the day was the raffle and we were very excited when one of our farming families won the fuel prize.
On March 21st students at St Pius X celebrated Grandparents’ Day in conjunction with Harmony Day. The Grandparents were welcomed with a beautiful liturgy prepared by Y2 where all the students blessed the congregation by singing “The Irish Blessing Song” by Andrew Chinn and presented their grandparents with a bookmark. The liturgy was followed by a huge morning tea and open classrooms.
As part of Literacy and Numeracy week our school decided to showcase some of the wonderful rich tasks that take place at St Pius X Primary School. All children from the School participated in lots of interesting activities on our enrichment day. We have lots of photos and video clips thanks to Miss Morris, who was appointed as photographer for the day.
Kindergarten's theme was 'School' which was part of their HSIE unit about 'School Days'. The activities on this day included learning about what a school is and places in our school community. They read a book called Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark which they then used as a basis for other activities. On the day the students also participated in a range of activities including building a school, developing a school uniform, naming their school and inventing a school logo and rhyme, just to name a few.
The theme for Year 1 was 'Weather' in conjunction with their science unit. They did a variety of activities all day in the different K.L.A.'s. The highlight was creating a wet weather outfit for their favourite teddy bear using scrap materials. The teddies looked fantastic!!
The theme for Year 2 was 'Transport'. After all that they learnt and did, this day was based around designing and building transport for the future. There were some beauties. These children could patent their models.
Years 3 and 4 combined and had a 'Bushrangers' theme. They learnt about life in the early 1800's and generated a list of famous bushrangers, designed a Wanted Poster, constructed games/toys used in the era of bushrangers and created a percussion score for Wild Colonial Boy. They had a fabulous day and now know all about bushrangers.
Years 5 and 6 read a big book called A Week in the City and then created their own town. Various Valley is a 3D town independently designed and constructed by the students. The students had to form a council, vote for a Mayor (town planner) and nominated themselves for the various jobs needed to complete a functional model of a town. Math's came into this day big time as they had to select and use the appropriate unit and scale, calculate area, etc. The detail that was put into this town was absolutely astounding.
The teachers and students thoroughly enjoyed the day.