PRINCIPAL UPDATE
WISDOM UPFRONT “Make someone smile, it will make you smile.”   Dear Parents A warm welcome to all families for another term.  I trust the holidays were an opportunity for relaxation and you have returned to school healthy and well.  Term 3 always seem particularly busy and long, but while it starts out in the cold of winter, it ends in the beginning of spring.  Let us embrace the term as one, full of possibility and hope.   ENROLMENTS 2020 Enrolments for Prep 2020 are near to closing with few positions available.  To be eligible to commence school next year, children will need to be five years of age by 30 April, 2020.  Please notify the school administration immediately if you are yet to enrol your child.  Enrolment packages are available from the school administration.   ASSEMBLY School assemblies for 2019 continue to be held fortnightly on Friday afternoon’s beginning at 2.40pm.  In the event of inclement weather or extreme heat, assemblies will be broadcast over the interactive whiteboard or rescheduled.   Assembly for term 3 are as follows: Friday 26 July                  Year 4T Friday 9 August               Year 3A Friday 23 August             Year 3K Friday 13 September        Year 3T   SCHOOL FEES Thank you to those families who have finalised their Term 3 accounts.  It is important that all overdue fees are paid as soon as possible.  Those families with outstanding amounts will be contacted and are asked to rectify the matter.  Please contact the school immediately if you have any further queries.   SCHOOL TOURS All school tours commence at 9.30am Please confirm your attendance by contacting the school administration. School tour 6                  Thursday, 22 August School tour 7                 Monday, 2 September School tour 8                  Monday, 21 October   CHILD SAFETY A reminder to parents that student toilets throughout the school are not to be used by parents & families at any time.  Failure to adhere to this request is a breach of the schools child safety provision.  Parents who are on school site as a parent helper are asked to use the staff facilities located in our administration area or alternative facilities located in the Year 3 & 4 as indicated by school signage.   SUPERVISION BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL The school yard is supervised from 8.20am every morning.  Parents are asked to not send their child before this time if possible.  The Out of School Hours Program is available each morning in the parish hall from 7.00am if required and from 3.15pm to 6.00pm each afternoon. Teachers are at school but are unable to supervise students, as they are preparing for the day.  A reminder that all students finish school at 3.00p.m on Wednesdays and 3.15pm each of the other days. Unless the school is notified of your delay, students who have not been collected by 3.30p.m may be taken to the After School Program and parents will be charged accordingly.   Due to safety reasons, playground expectations for before and after school are as follows: No children on playground equipment or in any other unsupervised areas including courtyards Down ball and passive activities only, before school Students should be seated under shelter whilst they wait to be picked up after school   We thank you for your support in ensuring the safety of all students and community.   DIARY DATES 2019   Term 3 Monday, 12 to Wednesday, 14 August        Year 6 Camp – Phillip Island Friday, 23 August                                            Father’s Day Breakfast and Mass Wednesday, 28 to Friday 30 August           Year 5 Camp – Arrabri Lodge, Warburton Friday, 6 September                                       School Fete Friday, 20 September                                    End of Term 3   Term 4 Monday, 4 November                                Parish Closure Day Tuesday, 5 November                               Melbourne Cup – Public Holiday Thursday, 5 December                              Christmas Carols Thursday, 12 December                            Learning Conversations Monday, 16 December                             Year 6 End of School Year Year 6 Graduation 7.00pm Tuesday, 17 December                             School Concludes for 2019 Year Prep to Year 5   Yours sincerely, Mr Armando Gagliardi PRINCIPAL  UPDATE
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  Building a World of Love During Term Two, as a part of our Big Question ‘How can we continue to build a world of love?’ the Year 2’s explored all aspects of God’s creation.  We made personal and class terrariums as a reminder of our role in caring for and giving thanks for the beauty in God’s creation.   In taking action with this across our school, we made and delivered mini terrariums for each class to add to their prayer table.  We even made one for Mr G and Mrs Parissis!   St Vincent De Paul’s Winter Appeal This year, the Year 3 children are taking the lead in supporting the St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal in order to take action on their learning by raising funds through their fundraiser, “Sports Wear If You Care!”.   On Friday, 28 June the last day of term, the Year 3 students organised a fundraiser for the St Vincent De Paul Society as part of taking action on their learning.  This fundraiser was called “Sports Wear If You Care!”   The students and teachers came to school in sports clothing wearing clothes that reflected the teams they followed from a variety of sporting codes including A League, AFL, NRL, Basketball and netball.  All teachers and children were asked to donate a gold coin to support those less fortunate in our local community this winter.  It was a fun day where we all got to show off our favourite sports and teams and support our local charity of St Vincent De Paul.   Together, our school community raised a phenomenal $600!   A HUGE thank you to the Year 3 students for coming up with such a fun way to help those in need and thank you for your contribution to assist the less fortunate and make a difference in the lives of others.   SPC Chocolate Collective  In term 2, the year 2s were learning about our big question “How can we Build A World Of Love” which meant how we can care for all of God’s creations.   As a way to show love for others we organised a chocolate collection. It was called the SPC Chocolate Collective. We asked for chocolate donations from the SPC Community.   We filled three overflowing boxes with chocolate bars, chocolate blocks and small paper bags with fun sized chocolates.   We then gave the chocolates to Mr A and Ms Whillas who handed out the chocolates as part of their soup van.   We are so excited to have made a difference and cared for God’s creations. Thank you to everyone who donated a chocolate. From the Year 2s.   Religious Education Term Three Dates   Whole School Masses    Feast of the Assumption                                  Thursday, 15 August        9:30am Father’s Day Mass                                              Friday, 23 August            9:30am   2019 Sacramental Program   First Reconciliation Family Evening                      Monday, 19 August         6:30pm The Sacrament of First Reconciliation                 Thursday, 5 September     5.30pm Thursday, 12 September    5.30pm   Feast of the Assumption Mass   15 August is the Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary, our Mother, into heaven.  Mary was a faithful and trusting woman who loved God.  This day is a holy day of obligation in the Church.  We invite you to join us on this day to celebrate at mass at 9:30 am.   Father’s Day Mass- Save the date! Sunday, 1 September is Father’s Day! On this day, we celebrate the wonderful gift of our fathers and thank them for all they do for us.   On Friday, 23 August at 9:30am we will be celebrating a whole school mass celebrating the gift of our fathers who do so much for us, teach us and love us.   We invite all fathers, grandfathers or special men who are father figures in our lives to join their child/ren at this Eucharistic celebration.   We look forward to seeing you on this day.   Invitation! If you would like to participate at either 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   The Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop       Thursday, 8 August The Feast of the Assumption                                         Monday, 15 August   Parish 2019 Feast of Santa Maria Thursday, 15 August is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven.  Our parish of St Peter Chanel has been celebrating this feast day in a Maltese tradition for the past 35 years.  Over this time it has become a religious celebration that embraces the many cultures that make up our community today.  The program for this holy celebration is outlined below.  I hope that you can join in some of the celebrations with our Parish community. Thursday, 15 August 6:15pm Rite of Reconciliation English and Maltese 6:30pm Rosary and Presentation of flowers 7:00pm Solemn Mass to be celebrated by Rev. Fr Rowan Luza CMF, Parish Priest   Saturday, 17 August 6:30pm Annual Dinner Dance at Luxor Function Centre   Sunday, 18 August 2:00pm Pontifical High Mass celebrated by His Lordship The Most Rev. Bishop Mark Edwards O.M.I. 3:45pm A procession of the Statue of Santa Maria Assunta 6:00pm Festivities continue in Parish Hall with food, drinks and music from the MMG Concert Band and the DJ JO-JO.   May God bless you always.   Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader    
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Student Welleing
  REFLECTIONS FOR PARENTS                                                       Michael Grose      Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. His latest release Anxious Kids, was co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson.   Your child has the potential to be a leader given the right circumstances and environment. The following five leadership skills have been observed in student leaders in Australian primary schools and can be promoted by parents at home.   Responsibility Being a leader means that your child is willing to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions. Personal responsibility is shown when your child is accountable for their behaviour, for their belongings and for others. Practical ways to develop responsibility include: Giving them responsibility for part of their day Encouraging them to restore relationships with others when they mess up Taking responsibility for household chores   Communication While most leadership positions require your child to speak publicly their communication skills can be developed through regular one-on-one or small group experiences at home and at school. Practical ways to develop your child’s communication skills include:   One-on-one conversations with adults Regular discussions at the meal table Encourage your child to participate fully in speaking activities at school   Organisation Personal organisational skills and the ability to organise others are important for effective leadership. Practical ways to develop organisational skills include encouraging your child to:   Keep their personal space tidy and organised Use a diary to help manage their time Organise a weekly chores roster including all members of the family   Teamwork Cooperating, encouraging and accepting others are essential qualities of an effective leader. Practical ways to develop a sense of teamwork include:   Play team games where children work together Encourage siblings to cook and do other chores together Focusing on your child’s contribution to a team or group rather than individual achievement     Jackie Rushen Student Wellbeing Leader
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