Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
Welcome back to Term 3. The buzz of the school with children arriving this morning and greeting each other was a lovely way to start the day. We hope that you all had an enjoyable school holiday break.
We have a lovely resource at the school ‘Our Mob, God’s story’ in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists share their faith. As last week was NAIDOC week I have chosen a favourite picture from the artist Margaret (Margy) Adams to include which tells the story from Luke’s gospel which sums up a part of the essence of Catholic Education .
“But Jesus called the children to Him and said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” Lk 18:16
In this depiction Margy illustrates a gathering of women and children around the central figure of Jesus, showing how people were drawn to Him and how He loved children.
We had confirmation during the holidays that the Blessing and Opening of the Foundation building will be occurring this term. It will be lovely to see this completed after being delayed last year due to COVID.
Just a friendly reminder: If you don’t receive an email receipt from CDFpay when you make your lunch order purchase, then the purchase hasn’t gone through. Please keep this in mind for future events. If you have a Credit Balance on CDFpay please use this for your next purchase.
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.
Means-tested concession cards must now be valid on either:
- the first day of Term 1 (Wednesday 27 January 2021)
- the first day of Term 2 (Monday 19 April 2021)
- the first day of Term 3 (Monday 12 July 2021).
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:
- school camps or trips
- swimming and school-organised sport programs
- outdoor education programs
- excursions and incursions.
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 10 the School Wide Expectation focus was Resilience:
I view mistakes as a learning opportunity.
I persist through challenges and difficulties in my learning.
The award winners for Week 10 are:
|Harrison Loraine||Ruby Lawn||Harper Wurlod|
|Hayden Rawson||Finn Hourigan||Jayda Field|
|Kyan Hopman||Riley O'Mara||Harry Wight|
|Indee Ross||Bun An||Matilda Lockwood|
|Mila Campbell||Lily Ogg||Jack Webber|
|Liam Thomas||Ruby Kus|
We are called by God to be apostles, to go out and share the Good News of God’s love for the world. In today’s Gospel we hear about some of the challenges that go along with “this job”. When we prepare to go on a long journey we pack all of the things that we might need: clothes, shoes, food, toothbrush, maybe a coat in case it rains….. Jesus told his apostles to take only the clothes on their backs, nothing extra. The most important thing that they carried was the message that they were sent out to share. The apostles didn’t know how their message would be received or whether they would succeed on the journey. All that they could do was to place their trust in God and hope that He would guide them on their journey. Are you ready for the challenge to be an apostle for the Lord? What would you be prepared to do to share the gospel with those around you?
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 45 students registered
529 books finished
75 Book Reviews
10 Students Completed
67 days left until it finishes on 17th September 2021
News from the Parish
R.C.I.A.: These letters stand for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the ancient Rite of welcoming people into the Church.
St Michael’s Parish warmly invites anyone interested in discovering more about the Catholic faith to attend our meetings on Thursdays, in St Michael’s Parish Centre. We start at 7.30pm sharp, and finish by 9.00pm sharp. This year’s starting date is July 22nd. IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED, ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONTACT EITHER Susan Grout (0412 671 308) or the Parish Office (5174 2060). We need to know who is coming for Covid regulations.