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.
This year, St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School formed their first Mini Vinnies group. The response was fantastic, and over 80 students from Years 4-6 participated in Social Justice activities throughout the year.
Every Thursday during lunch, the students volunteered their own time to meet and discuss ways in which they could help others in need. They chose social justice issues that are important to them and reflected their personal values, and they engaged in initiatives to help others. Participating in the Mini Vinnies program has allowed students to learn how their actions, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in the wider community.
A big thank you to all the families who generously donated to the Winter Appeal. The clothes you donated made a huge difference in people’s lives, as the winter months are always a difficult time for those less fortunate.
This term, children worked hard sorting the donated food into Christmas hampers that will go to families in need this Christmas time. During the Christmas season, we reflect on what it means to follow Jesus’ teachings and help those in need.
Our students and parents can be very proud of children’s efforts – it is wonderful seeing our school community come together for such an important cause.
All the best
Miss Simone Hilton
Georgia Curulli from Young Vinnies (High School Program) addresses our students
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.