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30 July 2017 PRINCIPAL UPDATE   WISDOM UPFRONT   “Be happy… not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything”   MOTHERS DAY BREAKFAST May was a busy month of learning and living.  We celebrated our mothers and all special women in our lives with a wonderful breakfast organised by staff and parents, followed by our School Mass.  A huge thank you to everyone who came along and made the breakfast such an enjoyable event.  Special thanks to Luisa Parissis (Deputy Principal) and Angela Giordimaina (Religious Education Leader) who co-ordinated the occasion along with our St Peter Chanel community volunteers who provided this opportunity to come together and celebrate the significant women we are blessed to know.    STUDENT TOILETS 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 school’s child safety provision.  Please refer to signage throughout the school. Parents who are on school site as a parent helper are asked to use the staff facilities located in our Year 3 area.   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.   STAYING SMART - ONLINE Every year, we are reminded about the importance of Staying Smart Online.  The importance of staying safe and secure online while using mobile devices – for social networking, banking, shopping and navigating the Internet is paramount.   A number of resources to promote the awareness are available from the Stay Smart Online website.  Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government’s online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and the simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online. The awareness is an opportunity to reinforce safe and responsible online behaviour with students and their families.   For more information see the Stay Smart Online website   TERM DATES FOR 2019   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 Monday, 10 June                                     Public Holiday – Queens Birthday Thursday, 27 June                                    Learning Conversations   Term 3 Monday, 15 July                                      School Closure – Professional Learning for Staff   Term 4 Monday, 4 November                               Parish Closure Day Tuesday, 5 November                               Melbourne Cup Thursday, 12 December                            Learning Conversations   SCHOOL TOURS All school tours commence at 9.30am Please confirm your attendance by contacting the school administration. 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   LOST PROPERTY The cooler mornings see students removing their layers of clothing during the day and ultimately misplacing them. This leads us to a number of dilemmas.  Firstly, the Lost Property area is again overflowing with perfectly good garments. This area located at the school library, is available for parents during school hours. Secondly, students tend to pick up the nearest piece of clothing to them…whether it is labelled with theirs or someone else’s name.  I ask that all parents check their children’s uniform to ensure that it is in fact theirs and return any articles of clothing to school not belonging to their child, so that they can be returned to the rightful owner.   SCHOOL FEES AND EDUCATION LEVIES Thank you to all parents and carers who have forwarded school fee payment this term. Fees for Term Two are now due, for those parents paying in instalments.  A reminder to all parents that a direct debit service is available if interested.   SCHOOL CAR PARK Thank you to all parents who continually follow the rules relating to the school car park. I have noticed an element of patience and support from parents in ensuring that children’s safety is paramount.   Below is a reminder of expectations regarding our school car park.   Follow direction of arrows No standing on service road or in areas that are marked 5 KPH hour in car park at all times Parking in bays only Cars must be parked and adults enter the school grounds to bring and collect children Disable parking is for families with a disability permit from the council, which should be displayed in the vehicle.   Yours sincerely, Mr Armando Gagliardi PRINCIPAL  UPDATE Read More
29 June 2017 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION   Feast of St Peter Chanel   The Feast of St Peter Chanel was celebrated this year with a School Mass held on Friday 26 April. It was great to see the school and parish community come together to celebrate the feast of our parish’s patron saint.   On this day we remembered St Peter Chanel, a missionary, who answered God’s call to spread the Good News and to teach others to live like Jesus.  He travelled to Futuna, a little Island near Fiji, where he converted many. The people admired Saint Peter Chanel’s honesty and generosity so much that they gave him the name “The man with the good heart”.   Sacrament Of First Holy Communion   The Year 4 children will be celebrating the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on 15 June.   In preparation for this Sacrament, parents attended an information evening facilitated by Fr Elio Capra on Monday, May 20th at 6:30pm.  This is part of the Eucharist program so that parents can support their child in the preparation for this sacrament in partnership with the school.  The night gave parents an opportunity to revisit the significance of the most important of all sacraments in the Catholic Faith where we gather, as a community for spiritual development, reflection and revisit the importance of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Thank you to all those who attended.   Please keep these children in your prayers.  You are welcome to join in this sacred sacrament and support these first communicants in prayer on this special day.   First communicants will receive their photo envelope soon.  This envelope DOES NOT need to be returned to school.  You need to bring this to the hall on the day of your child’s First Communion.   Altar Servers and Choirs members will be required for these masses.  A note will be sent out to any interested children in Years 5 and 6 soon.  This will need to be returned to school by 3 June.   Religious Education Term Two Dates   2019 Sacramental Program   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 any 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 invite you to participate with us.   Important Dates in the Church Calendar The Visitation of the Mary                                   Friday, 31 May Pentecost                                                                Sunday, 9 June The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity                    Sunday, 16 June The Feast of Corpus Christi                                 Sunday, 23 June The Feast of the Sacred Heart                             Friday, 28 June   Project Compassion Project Compassion is a fundraising initiative that is organised through Caritas.  Money raised from this fundraiser helps end poverty and promote justice so the world's poor will not need to rely on charity. It provides less fortunate children and those with disabilities to buy school supplies and teacher assistance, provides structures to be built to collect valuable rainwater and provides mentoring and skills programs to begin the process of generating an income.  The generous donations of all families in the school resulted in raising a grand total of $1054.45. Thank you for the sacrifice you made in order to give to others who are less fortunate.   ANZAC Day Thursday, April 25 was ANZAC Day. On Wednesday, the whole school participated in an ANZAC prayer and reflection lead by some of our school leaders, where we gave thanks for the peace and security we enjoy, which was won for us, through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war.  May the spirit of the ANZACS continue to live on in us and in generations to come. Here is a poem, Milana Bruno from year 6A, wrote in reflection of what she had been learning about the ANZACS.   WW1 Warrior Tears form in my eyes. He looks strong, courageous and unbeatable but I know he’ll come back bruised and beaten. Or will he? He’s an ANZAC and will always be one but, maybe he won't be here to share his story. He kisses me goodbye and I will treasure it forever. My heart sinks as he turns away from me and towards the battle.   Mothers’ Day Mass Following the Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday, 10 May our school community celebrated the gift of our Mothers and of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I hope that all mothers and women who nurture us had a very happy Mother’s Day.  We thank God for your unconditional love, commitment to our wellbeing, continued support and generosity.   May God bless you always.   Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader     Read More
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 Read More
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