PRINCIPAL UPDATE
WISDOM UPFRONT “Once you replace negative thought with positive one, you will start having positive results”   INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE On Saturday 21 September we acknowledge International Day of Peace.  The United Nations (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on this day each year to recognise the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.  The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political.   The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Climate Action for Peace” and draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. The salinization of water and crops is endangering food security, and the impact on public health is escalating. The growing tensions over resources and mass movements of people are affecting every country on every continent. Let us continue to reflect on this year’s theme and continue to promote peace throughout the world.   PREP INTERVIEWS Interviews conducted for the 2020 Year Prep intake continue to take place and we look forward to welcoming these children to St. Peter Chanel next year.  If you are aware of potential enrolments (siblings) for 2020 please notify the school immediately.   SCHOOL FEES AND EDUCATION LEVIES Thank you to those families who have already finalised their school fees and levies for 2019.  Unless you are on a Direct Debit payment plan all fees and levies are now overdue and should be finalised as soon as possible.   A reminder that direct debit instalments can be taken directly from Centrelink or CentrePay.  If you are interested in accessing this service, please contact the school office.  If you have any concerns regarding accounts do not hesitate to make an appointment to discuss the matter.   SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS Please note that school will be closed on Monday, 4th November and Tuesday, 5th November.  A parish closure day has been allocated for the Monday, to precede the Melbourne Cup. There will be no school for students on these days.   Please note that the school will also be closed on Thursday 12th December.  The school will be conducting learning conversations with parents and students. More information will follow in due course.   END OF TERM 3 As Term 3 draws to a close I would like to acknowledge the work done by so many of our students, staff and parents in our school community and wish everybody a safe, happy and restful holiday break.   We reflect on the many wonderful opportunities we have been blessed with as a school.  These opportunities may be on an academic, physical, spiritual or emotional level.  In the busyness of our day it is important that we take a moment to consider all that there is to be grateful for – family, health, friends, community and more.   I wish each and every one a safe and restful break and look forward to another exciting and productive term ahead.  School will resume for all children on Monday, 7 October.   DIARY DATES TERMS  4 - 2019   Term 4   Friday, 11 October                                   Cybersafety Workshop for Parents 9.00 to 10.15am   Monday, 4 November                               Parish Closure Day   Tuesday, 5 November                               Melbourne Cup – Public Holiday   Wednesday, 6 November                         Japanese Day   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   FATHERS DAY RAFFLE:                                                      Congratulations to the following:   1st Tony Princi, 2nd Chloe Tran PVP, 3rd Ryelle H 1D, 4th Elom Kouma 3K, 5th David Zoke, 6th Jobe 6A, Makayla Attard 4L, 8 Carl Timitiman PVP, 9 Sienna Gattellaro 6GA, 10th Jordan Henderson 1D, 11th Elisha Araya.   Thank you to the following organisations for their donations: Zoos Victoria, The Club Caroline Springs, Bunnings and Woolworths.   MINI FETE:                                                          On Friday, 13 September our school community enjoyed our Mini Fete.  The staff and students did a wonderful job in preparing and running activities.  Special thanks to our parents and grandparents who volunteered their time to help prepare and who assisted on the day. The Mini Fete raised $5013.00 which will be used to complete resurfacing of our school yard during the holidays.   We thank the following organisations who supported the fete: JP’s Pizzeria, Krispy Kreme, Daniel’s Donuts and Bakers Crust.   DOBSONS:                                                         School Uniforms   It’s begun, Dobsons annual Buy Early & Save Sale is on NOW! Save on selected uniform items when you shop with Dobsons online or in store from now until the 3rd of November 2019. Beat the back to school rush and save on a range of selected items, including: Blazers • Pullovers    • Summer Dresses Summer Shirts           • Bags      • Sportswear   With a pain free returns policy, now is the time to plan ahead. Whether your child finds a few extra centimetres over the holiday break or not as many as you’d thought, Dobsons Uniform Shop has you covered with free returns and exchanges*. For further details or to book a professional 20-minute uniform fitting please call the Uniform Shop on: 8348 5477.   *Terms & Conditions apply. Sale available online and in store.   Yours sincerely, Mr Armando Gagliardi PRINCIPAL  UPDATE
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  Creation is a project of love given by God to Humanity Pope Francis   September is the month of prayer for the Care of Creation, which calls on "every person living on this planet" to care for our shared Earth.  As stewards of creation we need to thank God for the wonderful gift of our world and pray that the Holy Spirit guides us to care for our world and live in ways that are mindful of the environment and all living things before it is too late.  Pope Francis calls us to recognise God’s presence in creation, for us to become aware of the impact our actions are having on creation and is calling for us, as a community of faith, to become a voice for the Earth and to take the necessary steps to care for the tremendous gift God has given us.   God of all creation, your spirit dances throughout the earth. You give drink to the trees, shade for the birds, bread for the hungry. You bring life and make all things holy. Flood our hearts with your grace, so we may sow seeds of love, justice and beauty, and reflect your kingdom here on earth. We ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.   Sacrament of First Reconciliation   Through Reconciliation we come to know ourselves more and develop a relationship with God.  When we accept our mistakes, weaknesses and limitations we grow and develop honest and sincerity. When we examine our behaviours we allow ourselves to reflect on what we can do to be closer to God.   The Children in Year 3 have celebrated their First Reconciliation, the first Sacrament of healing.  Here are some of their reflections of their experience.   Chol 3T The Sacrament of Reconciliation is special because it is about forgiving others and to be more like Jesus.   James 3AC The Sacrament of Reconciliation is special because you get to say sorry to God when you do something wrong.   Angelina 3K The Sacrament of Reconciliation is special because you can speak to the priests about your sins and feel free once you finish because God forgives you.   Religious Education Term Three Dates   Whole School Masses    Feast of St Anthony Mary Claret              Wednesday, 23 October       9:30am in the church   Important Dates in the Church Calendar   Feast of St Vincent De Paul                       Friday, 27 September Social Justice Sunday                                 Sunday, 29 September   Have a restful break and may God bless you in all that you do.   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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