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30 July 2017 Principal’s News WISDOM UPFRONT   “No one needs a smile, as much as someone who does not have one to give.   CAPITAL WORKS   It is with great excitement that I inform you that school improvements have continued during the past few months, continuing to provide for all members of our school community.   Improvements include: updating junior area of school (completed for the beginning of term 4) new synthetic turf installation of new playground upgrading of teepees and gardens additional parking bays new fencing for entry and perimeter of the car park       PREP INTERVIEWS   Interviews conducted for the 2021 Year Prep have been completed. If you are aware of potential enrolments (siblings) for 2021 please notify the school immediately as the school is at student capacity.   SCHOOL EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS   As we continue to work our way through restrictions and regulations, the following is an update of school events and celebrations scheduled for term 4.   Sacrament of Communion                                 rescheduled for 2021 Sacrament of Reconciliation                             rescheduled for 2021 Swimming (Year Prep – 4)                                 cancelled Life Saving Program (Year 5 & 6)                    pending approval Camps                                                                            cancelled   The school has booked an extended day, outdoor camp experience for Years 4, 5 & 6. This is subject to approval.   End of Year Mass                                               pending approval Graduation                                                            pending approval     SCHOOL PHOTOS   School Photos for Years Prep, 1 & 2 are scheduled for Monday 19 October. A date for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 is to be advised.   SCHOOL FEES & LEVIES   All parents received a letter outlining their school fees & levies account for 2020. Adjustments have been made to reflect programs that did not take place for students. Example, swimming, excursions, etc…If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact the school.   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 -www.staysmartonline.gov.au   RETURN TO SCHOOL   Subject to advice from the Chief Health Officer and as announced by the Victorian Government, Victorian Catholic Schools will commence a phased transition back to on site learning during Term 4.   The staged return will be as follows:   Remote learning continues for all Year Prep to Year 6 students Term 4, week 1 beginning Monday 5 October There will be no remote learning for Years Prep, 1 & 2 students on Friday 9 October - Teachers will be planning and preparing for the following week Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students onsite from Monday 12 October, 2020 Students in Years 3 to 6 continue remote and flexible learning program Students in Years 3 to 6 whose parents qualify as permitted workers will be supervised onsite with continued remote and flexible learning program   All students in the year levels returning to onsite learning in term 4 are expected to attend school.  Schools are not expected to provide a home-based learning program for students in these year levels where parents elect to keep these students at home.   More information will be shared with families, once confirmed by the government and Catholic Education, Melbourne.   END OF TERM 3   The school term for all students will conclude on Friday, 18 September at 1.00pm.  The After School Care Program will be available from 1.00pm on the day.  Parents of onsite students are encouraged to use this service as required.  Additional information will be provided for families regarding the return to school for students.   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 during these unusual times making it such a successful one in spite of all the challenges.   Our students have continued to learn and grow. They have found very creative and alternative ways to demonstrate their learning. Congratulations to all students!   I thank all parents & guardians for your ongoing commitment and support to Remote Learning.  Your willingness and ability to partner with the school and educators in making it possible is greatly appreciated. I thank all staff for their professionalism and commitment. Their willingness to support your child in all aspects of their wellbeing and learning continues to be of the highest order.   I wish you all a safe and restful break and look forward to seeing you all in term 4.   God Bless Armando Gagliardi         Read More
29 June 2017 Religious Education 2020 ‘Bear a Son’   Alyssa Stephenson 6A   Heavenly Father, I am a Person, I am Powerful, I am Supportive, Just like Mary. Mary was to ‘bear a son’, I can bear emotion, love, kindness, just like Mary. I carry like Jesus was carried. As a person of awe and wonder I imagine. We as a community carry and bear our lives through highs and lows but remain the same people with changed hearts. Our love is shared and spreads to all humans of bearing. We support. We comfort. We carry. We bear. Just like Mary. I ask for your love, Thank you, Lord, thank you Mary, thank you to all, Amen             June 2020- Compassion for the World All around the world, many people suffer due to difficulties they are facing.  With loving hearts and compassion, we can comfort and support them just as Jesus did.  It brings them to the heart of Christ which welcomes and loves us all. Friday, June 19 was the solemnity of the Feast of the Sacred Heart. On this day we celebrated the great love Jesus has for each and every one of us.  A love so great that he even died on the cross for us.  Each class celebrated this feast day in a variety of ways including a class liturgy, meditative prayer and even prayer through art.   His Sacred Heart shows us not only how much we are loved but how much we must love others.  On this feast day, we reflected on our welcoming, loving and comforting heart.  A heart that not only gives us life and love but allows us to give life and love through our actions.   This year, we pray especially that those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the heart of Jesus through their experiences of love and compassion.   A Blessing May God bless us with listening ears and open hearts to the world’s needs May God bless us with responding hearts that care for the sick and marginalized May God bless us with hearts that create communities of love wherever we are May God bless us with the fire of love on our journey. Amen   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 do not need to rely on charity. It provides less fortunate children and those with disabilities to buy school supplies, provide structures to be built, 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 total of $237.35!   Thank you for the sacrifice you made in order to give to others who are less fortunate.   2020 Sacramental Program Below are the dates and times for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.   Dates for the Sacrament of Reconciliation have remained the same.  The students will be prepared for this sacrament in class through an engaging unit.  There will be opportunities for family engagement as the children prepare for this sacred Sacrament of Healing.   Dates for First Holy Communion and the Parent Information Evening have been rescheduled.  Dates and times are specified in the table below.  The children will be preparing for this Sacrament during Term 3 and opportunities for family engagement will be provided.   Please note that all dates are tentative and are subject to potential change in the event of changing government directives.   The Sacrament of First Reconciliation Tuesday 15 September Wednesday 16 September 5.00pm   First Holy Communion Information Evening facilitated by Fr Elio Capra Tuesday 8 September 6:30pm   The Sacrament of First Holy Communion Saturday 17 October 11am and 2.00pm   May your Term holiday be blessed with love and laughter in the comfort of knowing GOD’S GREAT LOVE.   Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader     Read More
House Spirit Leaders 2020 St Peter Chanel has engaged in the ‘Our House Spirit’ model. The ‘House Spirit’ house system is a unique opportunity for our students and families to further enrich our school culture, elevate student wellbeing and create valuable connections. Within the structure there are four coloured teams. These teams are referred to as ‘Houses’ and offer students opportunities where they experience a true sense of belonging. These experiences are fun, diverse, inclusive, vibrant and engaging opportunities. To help guide these houses there are three Year 6 House Spirit Leaders for each house. Overall 35 Year 6 students applied for a leadership role, they all reflected on their own leadership qualities and an initiative they would like to lead as part of the House Spirit model. We are excited to announce the House Spirit Leaders for 2020.    Blue House Spirit Leaders - Alyssa, Brayden and Cristofer                                                                Green House Spirit Leaders - Anton, Emmanuel and Ayene                          Yellow House Spirit Leaders - Chiara, Makayla and Anton                                                                                                                                    Red House Spirit Leaders - Holly, Talisa and Tobechi     Read More
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