Important dates 2017

Brainstorm Production 3-6 - Tuesday, 21st February
Ash Wednesday - 1st March
Catholic Schools Week - 6th-10th March (Week 6)
End of Term 1 - Friday 7th April
Good Friday - 14th April
Easter Sunday - 16th April

From the Principal

  • Did you know that it is a myth that you only use 10% of your brain?

    In order to engage the learner in learning, we need to ensure that the brain has opportunities to engage in thinking, memory and testing activities throughout the learning process.  In order for memories to be formed, that is short term memory consolidation, sleep is required. The research clearly indicates that in order to build strong networks in the brain (synapses) the brain needs sleep to convert those. How much sleep is debatable as this varies for individuals, but the average is 10-11 hours for children and 6-8 hours for adults.  Then in order for the memories to move from short to long term memory, they need reconsolidation- that means testing to reconfigure the memory, hence why it is important to reconnect with the learning and ask those questions that prod the learner to recall those memories, reconfigure them and then place into long term memory.

    Dr Pankaj Sah from the Queensland Brain Institute explains that there are three main factors that are important in memory formation:

    Emotional impact- events that have an emotive impact are stored faster and better remembered

    Attention- the brain has attentional mechanisms so that it can focus on various aspects at one time and filter out others. Dr Sah equated this to being at a cocktail party- you are well aware of the movement around you, the noise, the people, but you are still able to focus and engage in conversation.

    Repetition during consolidation- although this is dependent on the individual as some need this more than others.

    However the factor that is reinforced continuously is the importance of feedback during the learning process. Feedback needs to be specific and directed at the task, the process the learner took to engage with the task, the learners ability to self-regulate during the task as well as looking at factors such as did the learner have breakfast, or enough sleep before they engaged in the task.

    St Joseph’s is committed to helping our students learn. “Our Ready To Learn” time each morning is about providing the opportunity for students to self- regulate and have the right disposition to start the day.  It is also about connecting with students in conversation about their goals and how they are progressing through those goals and how they know they are being successful or not. And finally, it allows students to eat if they feel they need to. This is an observation the teachers have been quite surprised with- just how many students are wanting to munch on a snack, quite early in the morning. 

    Posted 3 Mar 2016, 19:36 by Anna Cindric
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About St Joseph's

Founded by the Presentation Sisters in 1953, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is characterised by a positive, nurturing, learning environment that strives for excellence in all facets of education; and fosters the confidence, self-worth and integrity of each child.

Our Nano Nagle Values

At St. Joseph's, each grade adopts a specific Nano Nagle vakue for the year and integrates shared understanding and practical application of this value developing catholic social justice teachings.

These values are:

Kindergarten - Welcome

Year 1 - Kindness

Year 2 - Forgiveness

Year 3 - Relationships

Year 4 - Respect

Year 5 - Justice

Year 6 - Service

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