Dear Parent, Guardians and Carers,
The school was awash with Green and Gold on Friday in support of the Australian Olympic Team. The 1/2 children had a very enjoyable day on Friday participating in their own “mini-olympics” competition where they participated in a range of events to attain points for their grade.
After careful consideration,the concert committee has decided to postpone the school concert to the 23rd and 24th of November. With the uncertainty of numbers being able to attend and the impact of current restrictions the decision was made to move it to a later date next term. More details will be released closer to the date.
Unfortunately due to the current restrictions in place regarding visitors on site at school we were unable to hold our Official Opening and Blessing of the Foundation Building last Thursday as planned. We are awaiting a new date and will notify you all when we have one. Our hope is that restrictions will be lessened and we can invite families to attend.
ST MARY OF THE CROSS FEAST DAY
Mary MacKillop Feast Day is held every August 8th, in honour of the revered Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. She was the first Saint of Australia, and her influence in the country has spread far and wide. She is recognised for her commitment to the poor, helping those who needed it the most in any way she could.Her legacy continues today in countless ways. Education in its many facets is still a strong ministry for the Sisters of Saint Joseph who were founded in Penola, South Australia in 1866 by Mary Helen MacKillop Reverend Julian Edmund Tenison Woods.
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 3 the School Wide Expectation focus was Learning:
I set high expectations of what I can achieve.
I work hard and always try my best.
I reflect on my own learning and how I can improve.
I can receive and act on feedback.
The award winners for Week 3 are:
|Leopold Notting||Zach Seeber||Ruby Hoggard|
|Harley Synnott||Kenzy Duddington||Aleks Poursanidis|
|Ella Thornton||Aurora Buhagiar||Mia Hollands|
|Elijah Groves||Elsie Johnstone||Isabella McIntosh|
|Nicole Zhou||Penn Mason||Willow Whitwam|
|Levi Ason||Lachlan Moon||Melanie Stanistreet|
|Ashar Saini||Eden Stewart||Kennedy Ochieng|
|Sophia Robinson||Lucas Demetriou||Issy Pilkington|
|Mack Prince||Johnny Roscoe|
It is easy for us to spend our time focused on the immediate needs in life - such as providing food and shelter for our family. Now, more than ever, as we face the uncertainty of COVID-19 and lockdowns, our energy is given to the urgent and the important. It is easy to forget the promises that are given to us by God. God promised to provide the nourishment that will satisfy our needs, to fulfill our wants. In this Gospel, Jesus says
“I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never be hungry;
He who believes in me will never thirst.”
Jesus never promised that belief in God and reliance on God’s providence would free us from problems and discouragement. He did, however, assure us that God would always be present to strengthen and uphold us. By holding onto our faith in God we are strengthened in all that we do. Remember that Jesus is the “bread of life” and that we will find comfort in him.
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 50 students registered
818 books finished
116 Book Reviews
17 Students Completed
46 days left until it finishes on 17th September 2021