Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
Over the past weeks the images coming out of countries who are struggling to cope with the impact of the spread of COVID19 on their communities have been very hard to watch.
We know that some in our school community have loved friends and family living in this reality - you are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Bishop Greg has asked that our Parishes take up a collection to go towards helping the dreadful situation which Covid-19 has brought to India. On the weekend of May 29 & 30, the Parish will be taking up leaving collections to support the work of Caritas Australia, in the battle against COVID 19. If you wish to donate to this cause and are unable to attend Mass on this weekend you may make a monetary donation via CDFpay.
When words fail us,
let silence be our prayer.
When bereavement abounds,
send your profound comfort.
When fears become reality,
let active hope prevail.
When inequality kills,
let justice be our practice.
When despair overwhelms,
let your peace pass understanding.
After our call for helpers last week to run our hot lunch day, we were inundated with volunteers. With 397 orders it was easily the biggest hot lunch day we have had in my time at St Michael’s. Thank you so much to all who were able to give up some time to help and to our Parents and Friends group for coordinating it. What a great community we are!
200 years of Catholic Education in Australia
This year is the bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia. The first Catholic school in Australia was established in Parramatta in October 1820. This year’s theme for Catholic Education Week in the Diocese of Sale, “Faith in the future - I have come that they may have life and have it to the full,” is a combination of a quote from John’s Gospel and the theme for the bicentennial celebrations of Catholic Education in Australia.
Friday is the launch of Catholic Education Week for Sale Diocese and will be opened by a Mass celebrated by Bishop Greg for school leaders in the Diocese. Please enjoy the Clontarf Aboriginal College WA students praying the 200 years of Catholic Education National Prayer.
School crossing update
Kay St will be closed between Church & Breed Streets on Thursday May 20th between 9:30am and 2:30pm so that asphalting works can be completed on the school crossing upgrade.
We would also like to thank all the parents and family members in our
community who put their hands up to help when we needed it, it was lovely to feel that support!
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.
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
The next fundraiser we have coming up this term will be the Cookie Dough Fundraiser, please keep an eye out for more information coming soon.
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 4 the School Wide Expectation focus was Honesty:
I always tell the truth.
I am honest when reflecting on my personal performance.
I take responsibility for my actions.
The award winners for Week 4 are:
|Mehreen Gill||Anushka Hollinsworth||Alice Nye|
|Ollie Martyn||Aubrey Ross||Jack Wight|
|Lucy Steevens||Sienna Symes||Adam Hurley|
|Lakyn Lowe||Dustin Wood||Archer Mallia|
|Edwin Kornet||James Buhagiar||Sam Van Iwaarden|
|Levi Ason||Indiana Demetriou||Callan Van Der Meer|
|Olivia Wisewould||Maia Bragger||Mal Quail|
|Louis Flowers||Aoife Doherty||Beth Wallace|
|Ella Mazza||Nicolas Gilham||Max Auteri|
|Erjon San Diego||Hudson Smith||Josh Smith|
|Joel Wilson||Levi Palmer|
|Jack Owen||Sebastian Goicoa|
Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension - Jesus was taken up into heaven where he took his place “at the right hand of the God”. The time had come for Jesus to say goodbye to his friends and return to his father. We received the Holy Spirit in baptism, and so the power we need to be strong Christians is ours. We were not abandoned when Jesus ascended into heaven - instead we were empowered to proclaim the Good News to all. Speak with your children about how the Holy Spirit shines in their life. In what way can they be faithful followers of Jesus?
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 30 students registered
109 books finished
24 Book Reviews
2 Students Completed
123 days left until it finishes on 17th September 2021