PRINCIPAL UPDATE
  WISDOM UPFRONT “If your cannot do great things, do small things in a great way”   ADVENT As we approach the end of the school and church liturgical year, we note that Advent is almost upon us. It is a time of irony in many ways. Schools are extremely busy with the many activities and arrangements that the end of the year entails. For all of us, life seems busier and busier. Yet Advent calls us to make time for quiet reflection and prayer, to open our heart and mind and spirit to the knowledge that God loves us and invites us to share the love with others. It is a time to reflect on how well we have responded to that invitation as individuals and as a community, and to renew our commitment to God’s love in the world.   Let us all reflect on the significance of Advent and how we can support one another as we come closer to the conclusion of 2018.   SCHOOL FEES AND LEVIES School fees and levies for 2019 have been finalised and all families will receive a letter outlining financial expectations for next year shortly.  There is currently over $35,000 in fees still outstanding.  Statements have been sent home and all amounts are now OVERDUE.  Parents who have yet to finalise accounts will be contacted to further discuss the matter.   Thank you to all parents who have finalised their fee and levy payment for 2018.  Your support with this matter is appreciated.   LOST PROPERTY As we rapidly approach the end of the year it is important that you check the Lost Property area (located in library area) for any missing items of clothing. At the end of the school year all contents of the box will be washed and stored if they are not labelled.   GRADUATION MASS Our Graduation Mass will be held on Thursday, 13th December at 7.00pm at St. Peter Chanel School Church. All families are invited to attend this special Mass.  It is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the talents of our Year 6 students and reflect on their journey at St. Peter Chanel School.  We will also ask God’s blessing on each one of them as they begin another important stage of their life journey.   END OF 2018 SCHOOL YEAR A reminder to all parents that the end of the 2018 school year will conclude on Friday, 14th December at 1.00pm. Students are able to wear casual clothes on this day.  The After School Program will be in operation as per normal on this day.  Year 6 students will finish on Thursday, 13th December to coincide with their Graduation ceremony.   Please note that students are finishing slightly earlier, as Occupational, Health and Safety guidelines do not allow students to be on school site whilst the transitioning and moving into our new administration takes place.   Staff will conclude the year the following week and be involved in supporting the transition to the new administration which is due to be completed by the end of the year.   SCHOOL RESUMES School resumes for all students on Friday, 1st February, 2019.   STAFFING 2019 The students were introduced to their classroom teachers for 2019 today and had an opportunity to interact with them and ask questions as required. The students enjoyed this opportunity and are excited leading into next year.   As we almost bid 2018 farewell, we also await 2019 with much anticipation.  The new year will see the following framework at St. Peter Chanel School:   Positions of Leadership Deputy Principal:                                     Luisa Parissis Religious Education:                              Angela Giordimaina Mathematics:                                          Michelle Perceval   Literacy: Year Prep – 2                                         Adelina Elzeine Year 3 – 6                                              Adrian Schultz   Student Wellbeing:                             Jackie Rushen Student Services:                                Carmel Bortolotto   Specialist Staff 2019 – (Extra Curricular) Visual Arts:                                             Melinda Evans Performing Arts:                                   Joanne Scalise Physical Education:                             Jonathon Shein Language - Japanese:                        Vy Nguyen Science:                                                 Louise Griffith Outdoor Education:                           Carole Ahrens Digital Technologies:                         Gracie Polidano Social & Emotional Learning:          Jackie Rushen Technology Administrator:              Maurie Sullivan New Arrival Families                         Suzanne Goessler School Counsellor:                             Peter Folidis   Resources & Communication:        Claire Decelis   Education Support Officers                     Kerry Bellin Michelle Formosa Christine Grogan Rowena Murraylee Sheryl Payne     Classroom Teaching Staff   Year Prep:          Mariana Stanisic, Madonna Stow, Melissa Vona & Michelle Perceval   Year One:           Amanda Davey, Janelle Eskandar, Stephanie Mammoliti   Year Two:           Jenna Broadhurst, Rebecca Keenan, Bianca Zammit   Year Three:         Katie Ash & Chantell Cassar, Jessica Kotevski, Fran Thorn   Year Four:          Rachel Goldie, Simon Lafranchi, Nadia Tartaglia   Year Five:           Karyn Callaway, Sheri Whillas, Michelle Young & Adrian Schultz   Year Six:             Carole Ahrens, Angela Giordimaina & Mary Attard, Luisa Rubino     Administration   Business Manager:                                  Denise Shead School Operations:                                  Louise Carayannopoulos Administration & Reception:                Cheryl Mc Bride & TBC School Accountant:                                  John Coppini   Groundsman & Maintenance: Andrew Rushen Jose Suyat   We have been fortunate to obtain the services of Madonna Stow and Bianca Zammit in a full time capacity as classroom teachers. We hope that Madonna and Bianca have a long and wonderful association with our school.   We also welcome the return of Chantell Cassar and Mary Attard on a part time basis.  Chantell returns after the birth of her first child, whilst Mary returns after leave.   With new staff arriving, it also means staff departures. We farewell Ann Dressler who has been associated with our school for 15 years. Ann has been the school’s Business Manager overseeing the many aspects involved in her role. Ann’s professionalism, expertise and management in this area has truly been outstanding. Her commitment to the role, trust and loyalty of leadership has been exemplary and of the highest order.   We farewell Rachel McMurtrie after 8 years at the school, who is leaving to explore other opportunities. Rachel has worked both in Junior and Senior School and we thank her for her contribution to the school. We also acknowledge Rachel’s role in leading the Outdoor Education & Environment area, to include Nature Play, Sustainability and Camps.   We also farewell Alyssa Celestino after 8 years at the school. Alyssa has worked in many areas of the school as a classroom teacher always trying to improve student learning and outcomes. Alyssa has also supported students in her Literacy Intervention role using specific programs and practises to accelerate student learning.   We farewell Alicia Sullivan who has been in a part time classroom teaching role in Year 3 this year.  Alicia always presents with a smile, putting the children first in everything she does.  Alicia will have a short break from teaching next year.   Finally, we congratulate Tamara Manski and her husband Dan on the upcoming birth of their third child. We wish them all the best of happiness. Tamara will be on maternity leave for a period of time and we look forward to her returning in the future.   We wish the above staff the very best of health and success in the future and thank them all for their contributions.  May the Holy Spirit guide them all as they continue in the next phase of their journey.   Yours sincerely, Mr Armando Gagliardi PRINCIPAL  UPDATE
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  Advent: Preparing for the Coming of Jesus Sunday, December 1st marked the first week of Advent - The week of Hope.   Advent marks the beginning of a season where we wait and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas.   God we ask You to guide us as people of hope this Advent.  We pray for our sisters and brothers around the world who are hungry, lonely and in need.  May they come to know that they are not alone at this time and that they continue to be people of Hope in their communities.  May we all continue to share the message of hope this season. Amen   Social Justice Christmas Initiative On Wednesday, December 5th, the school will be having a casual dress day.  All children are invited to donate a gold coin to support St Vincent De Paul, The Make A Wish Foundation and the RSPCA   I would like to thank the SPC Social Justice Leaders of 2019 for their dedication and support in promoting Social Justice in our school community and for working towards making a world that is more Just for those less fortunate.   School Liturgies On Friday, December 6th, the school will celebrate the end of the school year giving thanks to God for the amazing community we have here at St Peter Chanel.  Mass will begin at 9:30am and all families are invited to join us as we reflect on the blessings of the year.  At this mass, our school community will also bid farewell to the Year 6 students and they hand over their leadership roles to the Year 6 students of 2019.   On Thursday, December 13th at 7.00pm, the Year 6 children will be celebrating their Graduation Mass.  This will be a celebration of their journey here at St Peter Chanel School as well as an insight into what they hope for in the future.  We wish our Year 6 students all the very best as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey and remembering that their dreams are the world they are going to make!   Reminders Children in Year 4, please remember your Love in a Box donation. Thanks to all families for donations made so far!   I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support in the faith development of your children.  I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas and look forward to continuing this journey of faith with you all in 2019.   Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader
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Student Welleing
  Mindfulness Monday During Term Two, the school introduced Mindfulness Monday as a whole initiative. At 11.50am each Monday, all students and staff take up to 8 minutes to pause and take a moment by experiencing guided mindfulness. Mindfulness comes from a researched based program Smiling Minds, created by co-founders Jane Martino and James Tutton.   Mindfulness is a skill for life. Mindfulness practices have been proven to be one of the most effective ways to lower stress levels, cope more effectively with stressful events and prevent stress build up and burn out.  (Georgina Manning Psychotherapist and co-founder of Peaceful Kids Program).   Mindfulness can calm the mind, focus our attention and help us make the most out of life.  Mindfulness is about focusing attention on the here and now, rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Good mental health in childhood sets young people up for the future and their career. (Smiling Minds Mindfulness Program).   Jackie Rushen Student Wellbeing Leader
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