May this holiday season be a special time to invest in being the very best role model we can be for our precious children.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Many of you in the school community are aware that we have two Southern Boobook Owls living in the school bushland. In February Mrs Cogger took these photos of the owls.
In early November Mr Cogger found a baby owlet at the base of a tree.
He climbed a ladder to put it back in the hollow of the tree and then found two more babies.
Over the next 3-4 weeks we were all aware of the baby owlets in the tree hollow. An adult owl kept watch on a branch in front of the hollow day after day.
Mr Cogger was very interested to find out what went on in the hollow in the night so he set up the schools ‘night activation camera’. This is the same camera that we use to get coverage of the bandicoot when he/she visits.
Here are a few video clips of the owlets at night.
The baby owlets have grown up and this week we found that the hollow is now empty. We are happy that this family of owls found our school bushland to be a safe place to breed and hope that they’ll return to St Emilie’s next year.
If you are interested in reading more about Southern Boobook Owls follow this link
supporting your children, our staff and our whole school/parish community by attending our Family Concert on Friday night – it is always so very special to simply just be together as a whole school community! Thank you very much for making this effort – I know it is a really big ask for families to juggle babies, children, teens, work commitments and more …
supporting Father Giovanni and all the hard-working parishionerswho prepared our food. They told me that parents were particularly generous, patient and complimentary on the night, and this can make us all feel really proud of our community. I am relieved that families put patience (our current fruit of the Holy Spirit focus) into action, and grateful that the evening was a happy one for all involved.
Below are a few concert pics … we will post a link to some more early next week!
All the best everyone and may this Advent season be a special time for you and your families.
As we prepare to welcome the Season of Advent in just under a week, may we all try hard to support our children to appreciate the little things we are ‘gifted’ with each day, and to find the real Christmas message in the small acts of kindness we do for others.
I cannot thank enough the very special parents in our school who have reached out with such practical kindness to individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious and confronting health challenge – you are a gift to them and to our whole community. These small acts of kindness are done very quietly, with little fuss or fanfare – please just know that you are a shining example of goodness to us all.
Thank you also to all families who have generously donated food items for our SVDP hampers for local families in crisis situations – every little bit helps those in need to know, they are not alone.
To the families who have gone the extra step and responded to the stars on the office Christmas tree – many thanks. These gifts will certainly brighten the life of a child and make a day that should be a time of hope, joy and love be realised.
It is only through giving, that the true Christmas message can be fulfilled – giving our time, our care, our patience, our prayers, our love – giving the very best version of ourselves to others.
May we continue to support each other and our children in these last two busy weeks of school, to be a real ‘gift’ to one another.
As you can see it is just three weeks until our End of Year School Concert on Friday 30th November!
Please make sure you have circled the date on your calendar and read the details below so that you and your family can enjoy what we are sure will be a really great night for everyone!
This year Father Giovanni and the parishwill be cooking, selling and serving delicious food for our families on the night.
FOOD AND DRINKS YOU CAN ORDER
Sausage Sizzles $ 4.00
Spring Rolls $ 5.00 for 3
Samosas $ 5.00 for 3
Satays $10 for 5 sticks
French fries $ 2.00
Scoop of yummy gelato icecream – $2.00 (nut free)
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW:
For catering purposes, we need you to let us know WHAT food /drinks you PLAN on purchasing, by replying to the Skoolbag app notice asap, but no later than Friday 16th November.
You need to purchase your $10.00 family ticket for the concert – through the Office
You need to purchase your food vouchers ($10.00 per voucher) -through the Office
TIMING OF THE NIGHT
4.15pm – Food being served from this time (to cater for hungry children and adults before the concert).
5.00pm -Children need to be delivered to their classroom
5.15pm – children to sit with class on the oval
5.20pm – school band to play
5.30pm – Concert commences
7.00pm – Concert concludes
WHAT TO BRING:
Your food vouchers and some extra cash
Very low beach chairs or beanbag
comfortable casual clothing (a windcheater in case it is cool)
plenty of patience, goodwill, and a great attitude!
THINGS TO TAKE NOTE OF:
We are expecting that all children and their families will be attending and staying for the whole concert, however if you know that you will be away or unable to be there, it is VERY IMPORTANT to let us know well before the concert, for planning purposes and as a courtesy to staff organisers.
Parking is always at a premium at events such as this one – please share cars and lifts where you can, walk if you can and please be VERY considerate when parking (especially in regard to neighbours)-
Please do not park in Church Car park area as there is Mass on at 6pm
The concert is to be held on the big oval with school aged children from Year 1-6 sitting with staff at the front of the stage area until the end of the concert.
Kindy and PP children will sit with their teachers until their item concludes. Once they have presented their item they will return to their classrooms to be collected by their parents. After this they can sit with parents, however all children are to be very well supervised by parents and consideration for others throughout the concert is of paramount importance.
It will be best to try and arrive by 4.15pm, get a picnic spot and some food for the children, take them to teachers at 5pm, then adults can go and get some food.
Any rubbish generated by your family is to be bagged and taken home.
Families are reminded to model consideration, respect and good listening courtesies as children are performing.
Some parts of the concert are loud and fun, other parts are quiet and reflective – please come ready to ‘add’ to the experience by clapping loudly and by talking softly.
As one of the last whole school opportunities for being together, we hope the night will be fun, meaningful and memorable for all.