PRINCIPAL UPDATE
  WISDOM UPFRONT “The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into the room is indeed Blessed”.   Dear Families 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.   Again, this year, we will continue to 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 2019 journey.   Enrolments Enrolments for Prep 2020 are soon to open.  To be eligible to commence school next year, children will need to be five years of age by 30 April, 2020.  Enrolments will also be accepted for other year levels.  Enrolment Packs will be available from the School Admin in March.   Assembly School assemblies for 2019 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, 15 February          Year 6A Friday, 1 March               Year 6R Friday, 15 March             Year 6GA Friday, 29 March             Year 5W   School Photos School photos will be held on Friday 22 March.   All students are to wear their summer uniform.   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.   Anaphylaxis If your child has Anaphylaxis or Allergies, please ensure that a 2019 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.   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.   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.   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   Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) A Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund application form is attached for you to complete if you have a current health care card. The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses.  The amount is $125.00 per student.   Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) A Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund application form is attached for you to complete if you have a current health care card. The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses.  The amount is $125.00 per student.   Consent and Asthma Forms - Updating Family Records To ensure that our school data is recent and accurate, a Parent Consent and Asthma form was issued last week, please return as soon as possible.   TERM DATES FOR 2019   Term 1         Friday, 1 February – Friday, 5 April   Term 2         Tuesday, 23 April to Friday, 28 June   Term 3         Monday, 15 July to Friday, 20 September   Term 4         Monday, 7 October to Friday, 17 December   SCHOOL CLOSURES & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2019   Term 1 Thursday, 7 March                                   Professional Learning Friday, 8 March                                       Professional Learning Monday, 11 March                                  Public Holiday – Labour Day   Term 2 Thursday, 25 April                                    Public Holiday – ANZAC Day Monday, 10 June                                     Public Holiday – Queens Birthday Thursday, 27 June                                    Learning Conversations   Term 3   Term 4 Monday, 4 November                               Parish Closure Day Tuesday, 5 November                               Melbourne Cup Thursday, 12 December                            Learning Conversations     Yours sincerely, Mr Armando Gagliardi PRINCIPAL  UPDATE
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  Welcome to the 2019 school year as we begin a new journey together with God by our side. The excitement the year has in store for us is felt throughout the school.   The St Peter Chanel community is part of the Catholic community that encourages the children, staff, families and all those in our parish to live like Jesus taught us. The rituals we participate in when we pray, go to mass or celebrate the sacraments allow us to strengthen our faith and learn the Gospel values that guide us in our everyday lives in the way we act, the choices we make and the way we treat others. We learn how and why we do this through scripture.  This is our Catholic Identity.  This is what makes our school unique.  Our Catholic identity is seen; is felt; is heard; is lived.   This term the children will be inquiring about our Catholic Identity. Take the time with your family to think about how your family expresses their Catholic identity through the way you live life, pray and celebrate.   Our Catholic Identity is who we are so let us ‘Love One Another’  and walk with God and strive to live more like Jesus each day.   Beginning of the School Year Mass Friday, February 8th, the school community gathered in the church to celebrate mass to welcome in the school year. The mass was celebrate by our Parish Priest Fr Rowan Luza CMF.  It was a beautiful celebration of the year ahead.  Thank you to all those who participated in the mass and to all the families and parishioners who joined us in this Eucharistic Celebration.   Ash Wednesday Wednesday, March 6 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 March 6th at 9:30am.   Although Prep students will not be attending Ash Wednesday Mass, Prep parents and families are warmly invited to join our school community at this mass marking the beginning of Lent.   The Parish Masses for Ash Wednesday will be held as follows:   8.00am:      Parish Mass 7.00pm:      Parish Mass   Altar Servers Children who have celebrated their First Communion 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 6 March                9.30am Holy Week and Easter Liturgy                       Friday 5 April                          9.30am   2019 Sacramental Program   Confirmation Family Evening                        Tuesday 26 February                 6:30pm The Sacrament of Confirmation                    Saturday 16 March                   11am and 2.30pm   First Eucharist Evening                                 Monday 20 May                       6:30pm The Sacrament of First Communion              Saturday 15 June                     11am and 2.00pm   First Reconciliation Family Evening                Monday 19 August                   6:30pm The Sacrament of First Reconciliation            Thursday 5 September              5.30pm Thursday 12 September            5.30pm Invitation! If you would like to participate at any of these masses, please see your child’s teacher or come and see me.  You may like to do the Offertory with you child/ren or do a reading! We would love you to participate with us.   Important Dates in the Church Calendar   Shrove Tuesday, March 5 Ash Wednesday, March 6   Jesus be with you all this year as we embark on a new journey together to develop our faith.   Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader    
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Student Welleing
It has been wonderful to see our students so settled at the beginning of the year. The staff and students continue to revisit our school expectations:                          Be Safe                          Manage my Behaviour                          Respect Ourselves and Others                          Follow Instructions   Expectations have strong links to the Social and Emotional Learning in our school.   At St Peter Chanel, we have a whole school approach to Social and Emotional Learning.    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (CASEL: Educating Hearts, Inspiring Minds)   There are five Social and Emotional Competencies that align with our school expectations: Self-Awareness                       Self -Management                       Relationship Skills                       Responsible Decision Making                       Social Awareness   By promoting Social and Emotional knowledge and skills in our students, we are helping them to learn essential life skills that can have a positive effect on their wellbeing now and in the future.   SEL Focuses for 2019:           Building Positive Relationships Safety (Including Cyber safety) and Resilience Resilience (Growth Mindset) and Transition   For further information, please contact your child’s teacher or myself.   Jackie Rushen Student Wellbeing Leader
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