Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
This year’s Mother’s Day is still being celebrated in the challenging circumstances of the coronavirus and we know that for some in our school community with family members interstate or overseas they are unable to physically be together. We offer a prayer today for all mothers and we give thanks for the love that they give every day of their lives. We think of those mothers no longer with us. We offer a special prayer too for mothers to be and for Godmothers and all who play a maternal role in our lives.
We usually hold our Mum and Me night in our school hall however, due to COVID density restrictions, we will again be unable to conduct it in this way this year.
Our school captains have been working hard to come up with an alternate plan and are excited to present “Mum/Special person and Me- Stay at home style”. Please check your children’s school bags on Thursday, as they will be bringing home this special version of our mum and me night for families to enjoy over the Mother's Day weekend. The pack will include a variety of activities that families can use to celebrate their own 'Mum and Me' night at home. There will also be a competition activity in the bag that families can complete and return to school for their chance to win a mystery prize. A very big thank you to our school captains who have helped with the creation of this project.
Last year, during the height of Lockdown, Drew Lane and Andrew Chinn from Butterfly House composed this song for Mothers, "You Were There", featuring images of mothers from Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada. Please enjoy this reflection.
You were there - https://youtu.be/H_tdprVjZbc
School photos will be held on this Monday, 10th May. Children will need to be in winter uniform.
Lunch Order DaysOur first Lunch Order Day is Friday 14th May 2021! Orders are already open on CDFPay and close on Wednesday 12th May at 1:00pm.
It's great to see so many people engaging with the event reminders, information and photos on Facebook. If you haven't already followed our Facebook page, head on over to St Michael's Primary P&F Events Page! This is a great way to keep up to date with school events and information.
Mother’s Day Stall
The Mother’s Day Stall is this Friday the 7th of May. The children will visit the stall with their class and be able to purchase up to two gifts each. There are lots of great gifts ranging in price from $2.00 to $8.00 each. Raffle tickets will also be sold on the day ($1 each) to be purchased with your CDFPay credit. There are some great prizes from local businesses for Mum to win.
As in previous years the stall will again be cash free. Using CDFpay, you will need to allocate an amount available for each of your children to spend. The minimum amount being $2.00 and the maximum amount being $15.00 per child. There will be no change given or credit back to CDFpay for unused money. Any money not spent will be used to purchase raffle tickets for your child. Please consider this carefully when you allocate an amount. The cut off for CDFpay is 11am Thursday 6th May 2021.
Dinkleboo Stickers - dinkleboo.com/au/
Just a friendly reminder that if you have any label requirements or are looking for personalised kids products, our school gets back a percentage of sales when you use our unique coupon code: AFRDB-VZLX-CWMTWC
In this Gospel we read that Jesus is the ‘true vine’. If we proclaim, through our words and actions, that we are believers in the Risen Lord then we are the branches of the vine. Think for a moment about a gardener: the gardener's job is to make sure that the plants which he or she tends to are healthy and strong. The gardener prunes the plant, cutting away any dead, damaged or weak branches to encourage new growth and make the plant stronger. Good pruning builds a strong framework in the vine, encouraging good growth in the branches for years to come. Jesus used this story to explain how we are all part of him and through the work of God the Father we flourish and grow strong. He prunes away the things in our lives that make us weak or stop us from growing in faith and love. Jesus is living and working in our lives, our kindness and generosity are the fruits of his love for all to see.
Each week students from each class are awarded Student of the Week certificates. These children are nominated for the example they have been within the school based on the School Wide Expectation focus for that week. The weekly focus will be from Wednesday until Tuesday the following week. Awards will be presented to students on Friday at assembly.
In Week 2 the School Wide Expectation focus was Respect:
I treat my peers, teachers and learning environment with respect.
I show appreciation for the efforts of others.
I speak kindly to others.
I show justice and fairness to all.
I listen carefully to others.
The award winners for Week 2 are:
|Violet Cauchi||Archer Conway||Ruby Campbell|
|Christopher Disisto||Leisha Poole||Kye Spiteri|
|Amaya Freshwater||Aurora Buhagiar||Taite Crosby|
|Hannah Rochstad-Lim||Jordan Marcou||Quinn Ross|
|Jackson Stanistreet||Sammi Illing||Aston Fue|
|Sophie Bailey||Oliver Sutherland||Angelica Jurial|
|Brinlee McNeill||Leila Howell||Ruby Te Paa|
|Ashar Saini||Nathan Kimani||Wil Walker|
|Edelweiss Vickers||Wynter Krausz||Matilda Lockwood|
|Nate Bishoff||Indi Bowen||Chloe Galante|
|Pearl Beckingham||Emily Lawn|
|Olivia Francolino||Kahil Hughes|
Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and St. Michael’s Primary School is excited to be participating. A new application is being used this year that offers a range of exciting features including:
- access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
- a modern user-friendly interface
- rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
- the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review
The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 17 September 2021.
Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
To see the Premier’s message, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc
Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge 2021
We have 12 students registered
25 books finished
137 days left until it finishes on 17th September 2021
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