PRINCIPAL UPDATE
  WISDOM UPFRONT   “We may think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is the letting go”   Dear Families   The message of Easter is one of hope. Jesus died on the cross but rose from the dead on this great day in the Church’s Liturgical Year.  I hope the Risen Christ is able to live in your hearts this Easter season and throughout the year.   The Easter season consists of four significant days:   Holy Thursday commemorates Christ’s total giving of Himself to humanity. Through the washing of the feet, it also recalls in a dramatic way the new commandment to love one another.  The day concludes with Eucharist adoration in memory of Our Lord’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.   On Good Friday we listen to the account of the Passion and contemplate Christ on the Cross. God gives His very self, in order to raise us up and save us.   Holy Saturday is the day in which “The Church is spiritually united with Mary, praying by the tomb of the Son of God who lies at rest after completing His work of redemption.”   At the solemn Easter Vigil, the joyful Gloria and Easter Alleluia rise forth from the hearts of the whole Christian community because Christ is risen and has defeated death.  The celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ gives us the certainty that we need, supported by this certain knowledge we can commit ourselves with greater courage and enthusiasm to creating a fairer world.                     SCHOOL FEES AND LEVIES School fees and levies for 2019 have been finalised and all families have received a letter outlining financial expectations for this year.  If you did not receive this letter, please ask for documentation from the school administration.   Statements have been sent home and all amounts for term one are now due. It would be appreciated if all accounts are paid promptly to ensure that the school can meet its payments. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please make an appointment to see me.   Thank you to all parents who have finalised their fee and levy payment for 2019.  Your support with this matter is appreciated.   TWILIGHT SPORTS EVENING & FAMILY PICNIC A reminder to all families that the school will having our annual sports event and family picnic on Thursday 4 April at school. The evening will commence at 5.00pm and conclude at approximately 6.30pm. All families and friends are welcome to join in the fun and celebrate a wonderful term one.   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 RESUMES A reminder to all parents that the end of term one will conclude on Friday, 5 April at 1.00pm.  The After School Program will be in operation as per normal on this day.  School for term two will resume for all students on Tuesday, 23 April.     CONGRATULATIONS! It is hard to believe that Term One has come to an end. The Staff have applied themselves with professionalism and commitment, planning and organising curriculum and related aspects, not only for Term One but for the remainder of the year.  Their efforts have been greatly appreciated.   The students have worked diligently in class and achieved some terrific results. I would like to congratulate them all for their efforts.   I would also like to thank all the parents, families and friends who have helped at school this term. Without your help, we would not be able to achieve so much.   I hope you all have a happy and Holy Easter and enjoy your time as a family.   ENROLMENTS   Enrolments for Prep 2020 are now open.  To be eligible to commence school next year, children will need to be five years of age by 30 April, 2020.  Enrolments are also being accepted for other year levels.  Enrolment Packs are available from the school administration.               SCHOOL TOURS   All school tours commence at 9.30am Please confirm your attendance by contacting the school administration.   School tour 2                  Monday, 29 April School tour 3                  Thursday, 23 May School tour 4                  Monday, 17 June School tour 5                  Wednesday, 24 July School tour 6                  Thursday, 22 August School tour 7                  Monday, 2 September School tour 8                  Monday, 21 October     SPC COMMUNITY CENTRE   As most of you are aware our School Community Centre continues to be a place of activity for parents, students and staff. With varied opportunities available in this location, such as playgroup, community conversations, parent learning in areas of curriculum as well as an opportunity for parents to meet and converse a have a coffee, tea etc…  I encourage all parents to visit this area if you are yet to do so.   Annual Report to the School Community As part of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) accountability requirements, schools are required to provide the following information to community.   PROPORTION OF STUDENTS MEETING THE MININUM STANDARDS NAPLAN TESTS 2016 % 2017 % 2016 - 2017 Changes % 2018 % 2017 - 2018 Changes % YR 03 Grammar & Punctuation 100.0 95.2 -4.8 96.6 +1.4 YR 03 Numeracy 95.7 96.8 +1.1 100.0 +3.2 YR 03 Reading 98.6 93.7 -4.9 100.0 +6.3 YR 03 Spelling 100.0 96.8 -3.2 94.9 -1.9 YR 03 Writing 100.0 100.0 0.0 98.3 -1.7 YR 05 Grammar & Punctuation 98.4 98.6 +0.2 97.1 -1.5 YR 05 Numeracy 100.0 97.2 -2.8 100.0 +2.8 YR 05 Reading 100.0 97.2 -2.8 100.0 +2.8 YR 05 Spelling 100.0 98.6 -1.4 98.6 0.0 YR 05 Writing 98.4 97.2 -1.2 95.8 -1.4     STAFF RETENTION RATE Staff Retention Rate 83.8%     TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS Doctorate 0.0% Masters 16.7% Graduate 20.8% Graduate Certificate 12.5% Bachelor Degree 87.5% Advanced Diploma 50.0% No Qualifications Listed 0.0%    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 Tuesday, 17 December   SCHOOL CLOSURES & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2019   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
  “The future does have a name…  and its name is hope.” Pope Francis   We are now in the holy season of Lent.  Lent is a time to grow closer to God and to be mindful of how God is present in our lives today.  During this Liturgical season we  fast to remind us that we depend on God and to be mindful of the less fortunate; we  Pray to grow closer to God; we Give  to those less fortunate as what God has given us is for us to share. This Lenten season think about how you may give hope to others for the future.   Project Compassion   Caritas is an organisation that helps  people in need in Australia, Asia and Africa.  Project Compassion is an annual Lenten fundraiser for Caritas as well as an awareness- raising appeal.  This appeal encourages our community to promote justice, help end poverty and uphold human dignity.   Each class has a Project Compassion Box to encourage children and families to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate so that they may have hope for a better future by making a donation to this appeal.  You have the power to make a difference.  We will be collecting donations until the end of term. I thank you in advance for your support.   Confirmation   Sacraments are a visible sign of God’s presence.  It is at this sacrament where the children grow closer to God and, as adults of the church, promise to be His presence in our world.   On Monday, 26 February Maria Forde facilitated an evening with Confirmation candidates, their family and sponsors. It was a night of conversation, song, ritual and reflection in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation on 16 March where the Year 6 children.  Thank you to all those who attended this evening.   The Year 6 children then celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, 16 March.  Bishop Mark Edwards confirmed the children. It was a very special and sacred occasion.  Here are some reflections from the newly Confirmed children.   ‘As I stand and feel my sponsor’s warm hand on my right shoulder I take a deep breath to renew my Baptismal Promises… I feel God’s hands wrapped around me like a warm blanket and the Holy Spirit coming in me. I know my parents are looking and being so proud of me as I hear Bishop Mark Edwards’ powerful, loud voice filling the church.’  Arianna Descallar 6GA   ‘Kneeling in front of the Bishop, feeling his thumb covered in the Sacred Chrism Oil and feeling my sponsor’s hand on my shoulder makes my insides feel different and cleansed. There is no music, just silence and the feeling of having the Gifts of the Holy Spirit kicks in.  The crucifix, altar and the Bishop is all we see before returning back to our seats.’  Milana Bruno 6A   ‘I’m standing in my pew listening to Bishop Mark Edwards ask me to renew my Baptismal Promises. I am shaking nervously. I hear all of my friends saying I do to rejecting Satan and all his empty promises. I can tell I am being nurtured by the Holy Spirit as I am becoming a better person with every reply. I see pride in the sponsors standing in front of me - they are standing tall. At this time all I can feel is total respect for Bishop Mark Edwards.’  Jacob Matthews 6R   Sacrament Of Communion   The Year 4 children will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion on 15 June.  You will be given information shortly regarding the Sacrament in which you will be able to book you preferred time.   Please note that the Communion Parent Information Evening, facilitated by Fr Elio Capra, will be held on Monday, 20 May.  This is part of the Communion program so that parents can support their child in the preparation for this sacrament in partnership with the school.   We look forward to your attendance on this evening.   Religious Education Term One Dates   Holy Week and Easter Liturgy                     Friday 5 April                             9.30am   2019 Sacramental Program   First Communion Evening                             Monday 20 May                          6:30pm The Sacrament of First Communion           Saturday 15 June              11.00am & 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 either of these masses, please see your child’s teacher or come and see me.  You may like to do the Offertory with your child or do a reading! We would encourage you to participate with us.   Important Dates in the Church Calendar   Palm Sunday                  14 April Holy Thursday               19 April Good Friday                   20 April Easter Sunday                21 April   God Bless you all as you renew your faith in God and work towards bringing hope to others this Lenten season.   Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader    
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Student Welleing
  Mindfulness Monday Last year SPC introduced Mindfulness Monday as a whole school initiative.   Mindfulness Monday will continue again this year.  Students and staff are encouraged to take a moment to be present, centered and grounded, in readiness for their learning and work throughout the week.   This term, we are taking the opportunity to tune ourselves back into the purpose and benefits of Mindfulness.  We continue to explore techniques used in mindfulness meditation.   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). For further queries, please feel free to contact me or talk to your child’s teacher.   Jackie Rushen Student Wellbeing Leader
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