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Around the Schools: St Joseph’s Primary

By James Arbuthnott

One hundred days of school at St Joseph's

ONE hundred days in the life of an adult is a short period, however 100 days for a small child can feel like a lifetime.

So it was for the foundation students at St Joseph's who recently celebrated their 100 days of school milestone.

Foundation teachers Jess Carmichael, Lauren Sortino and Olivia McEvoy planned to ensure this was a memorable event for the children and their families.

Teachers said the theme '100' was widely used to create a fun and inspiring learning environment. The students all brought something to share that depicted 100.

Evie Simms spent considerable time and effort creating a 100-legged caterpillar. Other ideas included 100 sweets, Lego blocks, coffee beans, jigsaws and many more innovations.

Every student designed a 100 day smarter crown to mark the occasion. They painted using 100 dots, took selfies of themselves and transformed themselves with the 100 year aging booth app.

"We have a wonderful group of students with a myriad of personality, each child contributes something special through their unique gifts and talents," Lauren Sortino said.

"It's important we recognise their contribution at St Joseph's."

Jessica Carmichael, who has taught the students both in the St Joseph's Little Joey's transition program last year and again in foundation this year, explained the impact of those in the students lives, "a shared lunch with families, their year six buddies and teachers ensured that all those who have supported the students were a part of the celebration".

"We are fortunate to have such a large number of foundation students this year," principal Peter Teggelove said.

"The early years of learning is such an important time for students so we opted to have two foundation classes with small numbers in each.

"The students have flourished in such a short time. I put this down to having a good working relationship between the family and school."

Mr Teggelove said the students still have a long journey ahead of them. Rest assured they in good hands at St Joseph's.