What's Coming Up?
- Wed 24 March: P&F Meeting via Zoom - see details inside newsletter
- Fri 26 March: Year 1 & 2 Tocal Homestead Excursion
- Fri 26 March: CANTEEN CLOSED FOR END OF TERM CLEANING
- Mon 29 March: St Patrick's Day Celebrations - Out of uniform day, $2 donation. Liturgy at 9:15am in the School Hall
- Wed 31 March: Parent Engagement Meeting 6.30pm in the library
- Thurs 1 April: Last day Term 1
- Fri 2 April: Good Friday
- Mon 19 April: Students and Staff return for Term 2
From the Principal
Unfortunately, the wet weather forced us to postpone for a second time our St Patrick’s Day celebrations. We are now planning to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Monday next week – 29th March. Each student’s $2 donation - as well as the money raised from the sales of green food - will be split evenly between two worthy causes: Rare Cancers Australia and Project Compassion.
For over 50 years, Caritas Australia has worked alongside vulnerable communities with the generous support of Australians. Caritas Australia has responded to natural disasters, conflicts and crises, helping vulnerable people to gain access to education, health services and agricultural training. Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s primary fundraising program, and it coincides with the Season of Lent each year.
Thank you in advance for your support of this fundraising event. Thanks also to those generous people who have prepared green food which you may have had to prepare several times due to the postponements.
Stay safe in this wet weather, especially on the roads.
Have a good week.
FROM THE REC
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Jesus said, “I tell you truly, a grain of wheat remains no more than one grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. Then it produces many grains. Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal.”
When we selfishly seek our own happiness, we risk losing our eternal life. But if we ‘die to ourselves’ by giving to others, we will have eternal life. Many of the saints gave everything, including their lives. Like a single grain of wheat that dies and then produces a great harvest, the example of the martyrs has also produced many more believers.
Father, help us to be like Jesus. Change our selfishness into self-giving and bring us to eternal life. Amen.
A reminder to all families that your Project Compassion boxes are due to be returned to the school office by the end of next week. If you prefer to make an electronic donation, please contribute to the St Patrick’s Project Compassion fund raising page at https://lent.caritas.org.au/t/st-patricks-school-team-page
Religious Education Coordinator
A GOOD NEWS STORY
Last Thursday, Alivia (Year 6) found a note in her classroom tray. The sender of the note, who obviously wishes to remain anonymous because she/he did not sign the note, wanted to wish Alivia and her family “happier times” after the recent loss of two of Alivia’s great-grandparents. Obviously, Alivia’s spirits have been lifted by this thoughtful gesture. I am so proud of our students and I feel privileged to work in this school community.
All families should have received a book of raffle tickets. Books are due back by Wed 31 March and the raffle will be drawn on Thurs 1 April. GOOD LUCK!
P & F Meeting
The next meeting of the P&F will take place tonight (Wed 24th March). The meeting will take place via Zoom, beginning at 6.30pm. It has been scheduled to run for 1½ hours. Meeting via Zoom will enable you to contribute your ideas without leaving home.
If you plan to attend next week’s meeting:
- Make sure you have downloaded Zoom to your device.
- Use this link or copy it into your search bar: https://mncatholic.zoom.us/j/91563629084
- Click on ‘Open Zoom meetings’.
- Click on ‘Join with computer audio’.
- Click on ‘Start video’.
- If you are prompted to type a password, the password is 797939.
Please consider joining us next week to support the work of our Parents and Friends Association.
2022 KINDER ENROLMENTS OPEN
Collect an enrolment pack from the School Office or download one from the school website!
PARENT ENGAGEMENT MEETING
On Friday this week, you will receive an interim report via Compass. This report will not give an assessment of your child’s progress in the seven Key Learning Areas, but it will describe your child’s efforts in respect to his/her personal and social development and work habits throughout Term 1. In addition, the students in Years 2 to 6 will undertake a self-assessment based on the same criteria that the teachers will report on. Those self-assessments will be sent home as hard copies with the students.
At the end of each report, the teacher will either request an interview with the parents or will indicate that he/she does not require an interview at this stage. If the teacher indicates that an interview is not required, but you wish to meet with the teacher, please feel free to contact the teacher for an appointment.
Please use the interim report and the self-assessment as a discussion starter with your children. Affirm them for their achievements and discuss ways in which they can improve in those areas that require attention.
ATTENTION: PARENTS OF KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
During Term 2, our school, along with thousands of others across the country, will begin preparations for the fifth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). The AEDC gives us a national picture of the development, health and wellbeing of children in their first year of full-time school (Kindergarten). Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools and governments plan services and develop better policies to target support for children and families.
The Kindergarten students will not miss any class time, and parents/carers do not need to supply schools with any new information for the census. The AEDC gives us data at a school and community level - it is not an assessment of individual children. Some teachers have also noticed that completing the assessments made them more aware of the needs of individual children and the class as a whole, and that the census results are useful in planning for transitions to Year 1 and developing class programs.
Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers do not need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children’s data in the census. If you do not wish to have your child’s data included in this census, please let me know by emailing me at email@example.com.
To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website: www.aedc.gov.au.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
YEAR 5/6 Overnight CAMP
On Thursday 11th and Friday 12th November this year, the students of Years 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to attend an overnight camp at Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre at Gwandalan. Although we have been unable to get an exact price of the camp for each student, we have been told that it will be around $249.00. We understand that this price will be confirmed in the next few weeks, and we will keep you posted. This camp fee is not included in your school fees account, it will be billed separately, hopefully early in Term 2.
A reminder that there will be a pupil-free day on Monday 3rd May.
To attend this webinar please register using the link below
SELF-ESTEEM PROGRAM FOR OUR YEARS 5 & 6 GIRLS
As we have previously advised, we have organised the ‘Top Blokes Foundation’ to facilitate a social education program for our Years 5 and 6 boys in Term 2. The program will cover topics that include alcohol and other drugs, peer pressure, risk taking, anger management and online behaviours.
Running parallel with that program, our Year 5 teacher, Layne Wiseman, will run an 8-week program for the Years 5 and 6 girls. This program, called the Dove Self-Esteem Project, aims to ensure that young girls are given the skills to maintain a positive relationship with their bodies and the way they look, by raising their self-esteem and recognising their full potential. The girls will learn about body positivity, positive thinking, body image issues, and how to recognise and form healthy relationships. The broad aim of the program will be to encourage the girls to love themselves for who they are. For more information visit https://www.dove.com/au/dove-self-esteem-project/our-mission.html
Both the Top Blokes Program and the Self-Esteem Project will run on Wednesdays during class time.
SAFEGUARDING OUR STUDENTS, PT 7
In any investigation into misconduct or abusive conduct towards a child, the Diocese is committed to promoting the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children. The local leadership of diocesan entities has an obligation to ensure that children involved in an investigation are given particular care. Counselling and additional support may be arranged for a child if the process makes them anxious or distressed.
Any allegation that a diocesan worker is targeting or discriminating against a child because they reported allegations of misconduct, or because of their participation in an investigation, is taken very seriously and the Office of Safeguarding will investigate. If it is established that a diocesan worker has been a party to such discrimination, they are at risk of serious disciplinary action.
The Office of Safeguarding will protect the identity of child witnesses and will only reveal them if legally compelled to do so. The diocesan worker under investigation has the right to know who he or she is alleged to have abused, but not the identity of child witnesses.
For more information about the role of the Office of Safeguarding, visit https://officeofsafeguarding.org.au/.
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