PRINCIPAL UPDATE
  WISDOM UPFRONT   “Be like a lighthouse in the lives of others.  You will not only warn them about impending dangers but also guide them safely home”     Welcome to a new year of education, and a special welcome to those of you who are beginning your journey at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School for the first time. I hope your holidays were an opportunity to relax with your family and friends, and to refresh body and spirit.   This year, we will again work together to strengthen our partnership in educating your child.  By working together I believe we provide the loving, compassionate, supportive and safe environment crucial to nurturing creative and successful young adults.  It is with best wishes that we begin our 2018 journey.   Enrolments Enrolments for Prep 2019 are soon to open.  To be eligible to commence school next year, children will need to be five years of age by 30 April, 2019.  Enrolments will also be accepted for other year levels.  Enrolment Packs will be available from the School Office in March.   Assembly School assemblies for 2018 will continue to be held on Friday afternoons, as indicated on calendar, beginning at 2.40pm in the junior playground. In the event of inclement weather or extreme heat, assemblies will be cancelled.  All families and friends are welcome to attend.   Term 1 - Assembly dates:   Friday, 16 February          Year 6L Friday, 2 March               Year 6R Friday, 23 March             Year 6A   School Photos School photos will be held on Thursday, 26 April.   All students are to wear their summer uniform.   Updating Family Records To ensure that our school data is recent and accurate, a Parent Consent and Asthma form is included for your completion.   If your child has Asthma, your child’s Asthma Action Plan must be updated annually.  This can be obtained from your doctor, who must sign the document.  Please ensure your child has their own Asthma puffer/spacer with them at school.  If your child is confident with taking this, it may be kept with them in their classroom.  If not, it can be stored in the First Aid room located in the school office.   Anaphylaxis If your child has Anaphylaxis or Allergies, please ensure that a 2018 Anaphylaxis Action Plan or Allergy Action Plan is provided to the school.  These plans must be updated annually.  This can be obtained from your doctor, who must sign the document.  Please ensure that the school has a current Epi-Pen which will be stored in the First Aid room in the school office.   Hat Policy It is a requirement for all students to wear a school hat when they are outside.  For students not wearing a school hat, the school’s “No Hat, No Play” Policy will be followed.   Parking It would be appreciated if all parents observe the following regulations regarding parking during school hours.   Strictly No Parking or Standing on Service Road   Parking at all times must be done correctly – side by side or back to back and at no time must parents park and block traffic   Cars must be parked within the white lines or parking bays   Children have been instructed NOT to walk to the cars parked in the parking area. They must wait in the area between the Administration Block and the Library (covered area) for parents to come and collect them and take them to their cars.  The teacher on duty will supervise these children for 15 minutes after dismissal.  Children will then be taken to After School Care Program.   The speed limit is 5km per hour   Children who use the school crossing are asked to use the footpath in front of the Church   Obeying parking restrictions along Harrison Street   Picking up your child from school Pick up arrangements are very important for your child’s sense of security. Please ensure that your child knows who will be picking him or her up from school.  If these arrangements change, please contact the school.  All Year Prep students are to be collected from their classroom.   Food Items Unfortunately, the incidence of childhood food allergies is on the rise. Some children can have a dramatic reaction to the smell or touch of items such as dairy or nut-based products. Their reaction requires serious treatment with adrenaline prior to hospitalization.   As a result, the sharing of food items is not permitted as some items may have a trace of an allergen. This means that bringing cakes, lollies, or other party foods from home to celebrate birthdays cannot occur.  While we are aware that this is disappointing for some students, we are acting in the best interests of all.   At lunch break and afternoon recess, children are given time to eat in class before going out to play. We aim to support parents in encouraging healthy eating while at school and ask for your support in limiting chips, lollies and other snack foods.   No PETS on School Site A reminder to all families that pets/animals are not to be brought onto school grounds at anytime. Students with allergies to particular animals cannot be exposed to risk, whilst others may have a fear of particular animals. Consideration to this is greatly appreciated.   School App (Skoolbag) A reminder that the School App is available to all families and friends and can be downloaded immediately. The School App is another way families are informed and updated with school and classroom events as well important day to day information that may become available. Please contact the school administration if further information is required. Refer to the attached flyer with directions and prompts to be followed.   School Bulletin The school bulletin is electronically communicated monthly with many of the day-to-day events listed.  In line with our environmental approach we encourage families to subscribe via the school website. A variety of information is available, including an electronic form of the school bulletin.   To subscribe to our newsletter on line simply go to our School Website: www.spcdeerpark.catholic.edu.au   Click on Subscribe under E-NEWS and fill in the details. An email will be sent to you whenever a new edition is published.  Families who do not have access to the internet are asked to contact the school office as soon as possible as paper copies will be made available.  Thank you for your support to this matter and do not hesitate to see me if you have any further queries.   (Please note that this bulletin is the only edition which all families will receive a paper copy)   TERM DATES FOR 2018   Term 1         Monday, 29 January – Thursday, 29 March (Easter 30 March to 2 April)   Term 2         Monday, 16 April to Friday, 29 June   Term 3         Monday, 16 July to Friday, 21 September   Term 4         Monday, 8 October to Friday, 14 December   SCHOOL CLOSURES & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2018   Term 1 Thursday, 8 March                                  Professional Learning Friday, 9 March                                       Professional Learning Monday, 12 March                                  Public Holiday – Labour Day   Term 2 Wednesday, 25 April                               Public Holiday – ANZAC Day Friday, 8 June                                          Professional Learning Monday, 11 June                                     Public Holiday – Queens Birthday Thursday, 28 June                                 Learning Conversations   Term 3 Friday, 3 August                                      School Review   Term 4 Monday, 5 November                               Parish Closure Day Tuesday, 6 November                               Melbourne Cup Thursday, 6 December                              Learning Conversations   Armando Gagliardi Principal                                             Mr Armando Gagliardi PRINCIPAL  UPDATE
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  Communication is the key to building relationships.  We communicate with family, friends, colleagues in different ways and for different reasons. As we embark on a new year, let us try and make the time to pray.  Jesus prayed and he taught us to pray.  But what is prayer? Prayer is communicating with God.  We build relationships with others through communication. Therefore, when we pray, we are strengthening our relationship with Him. Make time to stop, listen and talk to God; anytime or anywhere.  Pray alone, with your children and with the Parish community.   Ash Wednesday   Wednesday February 14th is Ash Wednesday. It is a significant day in the Church, as it marks the first day of Lent. Lent is the time before Holy Week where we take some extra time to stop and think about what we need to change in our lives to prepare us for the Easter season.   Lent lasts for 40 days. On Ash Wednesday, we will wear ashes on our forehead to show that we too are sorry for the times when we do or say the wrong things, and we think about how we can change to become better people.  The ashes come from the palm leaves and branches from last year’s Palm Sunday. These palms are blessed and burned for us to wear on this day. During Lent, the students are encouraged to try extra hard to do and say what is right. We will ask God to help us try harder in making the right choices, through penance, works of charity, fasting and prayers. We remember that God loves us so much that He gave up His only son for us.   We invite all families to attend the school Ash Wednesday mass on 14 February at 9:30am.   As the Prep students will not be attending school on Ash Wednesday, Prep parents and families are warmly invited to join our school community at this mass.   The Parish Masses for Ash Wednesday will be held as follows:   8.00am:      Parish Mass. 7.00pm:      Parish Mass     Children who have celebrated their First Eucharist are now eligible to become Altar servers.  Notes will be sent out soon for those children who are interested.  It is a great opportunity for children to be active members of the church community.   Religious Education Term One Dates   Ash Wednesday Mass Years 1-6                          Wednesday, 14 February     9.30am     2017 Sacramental Program   The Sacrament of Confirmation:                          Saturday, 17 March        11am and 2.30pm   The Sacrament of First Eucharist:                        Saturday, 19 May          11am and 2.00pm   The Sacrament of Reconciliation:                         Thursday, 30 August       5.30pm Thursday, 6 September   5.30pm   Jesus be with you all this year as we embark on a journey together to develop our faith!   God bless Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader
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