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30 July 2017 PRINCIPAL UPDATE WISDOM UPFRONT “There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude”.   HAPPY FATHERS DAY To all the fathers or father figures on Sunday 1 September, I wish you a very warm and thoughtful day full of love and appreciation. May the day be spent with your loved ones, gratefully accepting the opportunity to be with your sons or daughters. To those fathers or father figures who we have sadly lost, we remember and acknowledge their deeds as fathers and forever have them in our heart.   NEW PARISH PRIEST We welcome Father Father Felimon Libot to St. Peter Chanel Parish and School as our new Parish Priest. Father Felimon is the director of the Claretian Fathers, who has spent the last six years serving and leading the Holy Family Parish in Karama, Darwin.   Father Felimon will be meeting families, staff and students in the upcoming months, celebrating Sacraments and Masses with our community. As always, we make Father Felimon feel part of our community and in the Spirit of Christ look forward to a positive partnership.   CAPITAL WORKS   It is with great excitement that I inform you that there is scheduled work to improve our school grounds for the betterment of student safety and activities.   Scheduled works include:   Replacing asphalt with artificial turf New aluminium seating Painting and restoration of the shelter Removal of grey block work outside year 5 & 6 area Drainage improvement   I would like to acknowledge the fundraising volunteers who have contributed to the cost of the project through fundraising efforts in recent years and the broader parent community who continue to support the school financially, contributing with school fees and levies.   Works will begin the last week of term three and continue during the school holiday period, with the anticipation of being completed early term four.   WELLBEING Dementia Awareness Month is an initiative of Alzheimer’s Australia held during the month of September each year. Its aim is to encourage all Australians to become more dementia aware, to have a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and to create communities where people with dementia are supported and can enjoy a better quality of life. Rather than a specific disease, dementia is a range of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. It affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks and while it’s more common in people over 65, those in their 40s and 50s can also develop dementia. Common types of dementia include Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington’s disease. While there is no cure for most forms of dementia, some medications have been found to help. Support from family, friends and carers also make a positive difference, which is where groups like Alzheimer’s Australia support families as required. To find out more about Dementia Awareness Month and Alzheimer’s Australia, go to Let us pray for all people and their families suffering with this illness.   Lord Hear Us   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.   END OF TERM 3 The school term for all students will conclude on Friday, 20 September at 1.00pm.  The After School Care Program will be available from 1.00pm on the day.  Parents are encouraged to use this service as required.  School will resume for term four on Monday, 7 October.   RE-ENROLMENT FORMS Re-enrolment forms for students returning to St Peter Chanel next year have been sent home to the youngest child in the family.  Please check the details, sign and return the form to school administration.  If your child is not attending St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School next year (apart from those currently in Year 6) please notify the school administration in writing as soon as possible.   DIARY DATES TERMS 3 & 4 - 2019   Term 3 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   Yours sincerely, Mr Armando Gagliardi PRINCIPAL  UPDATE Read More
29 June 2017 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION   First Reconciliation On Monday, 19 August the children who will be celebrating their First Reconciliation and their families attended a Reconciliation Family evening.  On this evening families had the opportunity to revisit the sacrament with their child in preparation for their First Reconciliation and be a part of their faith journey.  The evening was an opportunity for all to reflect, learn and grow together in preparation for this sacrament.   These children will be celebrating their First Reconciliation on 5 and 12 September.  Please keep them in your prayers.   Father’s Day On Sunday, 1 September,  Australia celebrates Father’s day.   The St Peter Chanel community gathered to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist on Friday, 23 August to thank God for the wonderful gift of fathers, grandfathers and special men in our lives that are father figures.  Our fathers show us the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.  Through them we experience joy, peace, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.  We are grateful for these lessons that they teach us and, in turn, we pray that God will continue to bless them.   Thank you to all who attended and made this liturgy special, especially fathers, grandfathers and father figures who attended.   May God bless and guide you all you special roles.   Happy Father’s Day   Feast of the Assumption Mass Thursday, 15 August was the Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary, our Mother, into heaven.  Mary was a faithful and trusting woman who loved God.  Thank you to all those who joined us on this day to celebrate at mass.   Religious Education Term Three Dates   Whole School Masses Feast of St Anthony Mary Claret                             Tuesday, 23 October       9:30am   2019 Sacramental Program The Sacrament of First Reconciliation                Thursday 5th September    5.30pm Thursday 12th September   5.30pm   Important Dates in the Church Calendar The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary                  Sunday, 8 September   May the light of God shine upon you and guide you each day!   Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader     Read More
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 Read More
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