An important take home message to all parents from the conference that Stuart and myself are attending.
How many good books are in your home? Do you encourage book borrowing from your local library?
Some good food for thought.
A couple of reminders:
We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night and trust that you will enjoy a wonderful opportunity to affirm, thank and encourage your children!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon! 🙂
A webinar is a great way for you as parents to access some excellent speakers and content without leaving the comfort of your own home!
Below is a free VOUCHER CODE for you to access this webinar called Managing Video Games and the next Digital Craze.
VOUCHER CODE = BALANCE
All you have to do is type in the code once you have pressed the ‘Buy Now’ tab and you get to watch the webinar for free this Thursday night the 13th September.
We will be advertising more excellent webinars as they become available and really urge you to have a listen!
A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to all our wonderful dads, and special grandfathers for making the time to pop in to our Father’s Day breakky on Friday!
There is really nothing better than having you all in our school at the one time! Looking out over a sea of smiling faces, enjoying their children’s company is simply magical!
Thank you very much for re-organising your busy lives to be able to attend our important Parent Meetings throughout the day today.
Your time, enthusiasm and engagement with your child and their teacher is greatly appreciated and such a special opportunity.
We all thrive on a little positive encouragement and it was so lovely to see Mums and Dads supporting their children, by talking about their learning and listening to valuable teacher feedback.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our classroom teachers for their hard work in preparing for the interviews and for their warmth and professionalism across a very busy day!
Well done everyone!
From Kindy to Year 6, children will be exploring what ‘goodness’ looks like and feels like in action.
The scriptures are a great place to start ….
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians 4:6
May we teach our children to trust in God’s great goodness and to hand over our worries to Him.
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” -1 Timothy 4:4
May we teach our children to trust in God’s great goodness and to show respect and reverence for all creation, especially themselves.
“The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” -Psalm 145:9
May we teach our children to trust in God’s great goodness by modelling mercy, forgiveness and starting afresh.
“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalm 100:5
May we teach our children to trust in God’s great goodness by modelling a deep love that is abundantly generous, unconditional, wise, mature, authentic and life-long.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
May we teach our children to trust in God’s great goodness by modelling simple prayers of praise, thanksgiving and petition. Pray as a family! Pray together at Mass on a weekend! Pray in times of joy and in times of sorrow.
Going into our day doing all the good we can, wherever we can, whenever we can, means that everyone is the better for it, especially our children!
Yesterday our Year Four students joined their class teachers, along with Mrs Harvey, Mrs Aroozoo, Mr Munro and myself on their First Holy Communion Morning Retreat in the school hall.
It was such a special experience for us all and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Mrs Chaves and Miss Corkhill for all their hard work in preparing such a meaningful day for their students. The children were fully engaged, respectful and they made excellent contributions. Parents, you can fee very proud of your beautiful children!
We sang a song together called ‘Be Strong and Courageous’ and talked about how the Eucharist gives us the strength we need to face the ups and downs of everyday life.
We then worked through six different rotations. We listened to staff members reflect on what Eucharist means for them via a flip grid; we created some word art; read scripture readings and responded with drawings and much more!
Fr Jean Noel, Fr Giovani and a visiting priest joined us for Reconciliation and we made the most of the beautiful weather by sitting together outside.
Families are wished all the very best as you prepare for your child’s First Holy Communion over the next fortnight.
As parents, the role we play in helping our children see the relationship between faith and life is pivotal.
God calls us to daily ‘growth’ and a maturing of our faith commitment, rather than striving for ‘perfection’. As adults, this requires us to honestly reflect on how we are going aligning our words, thoughts and actions in all areas of our life.
Sacramental times challenge us to slow down, to take stock, to reconnect to our prayer life, to make sure that we are learning from mistakes and growing in goodness, so we can be the best role models to our children as possible!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 🙂
Early this term every student went home with a folder containing:
The School Colour Run is to be held on Friday, 19th October.
Each child is to collect sponsors over the school holidays (with parent help) and all families are asked to come along on the 19th October to either join in or cheer from the sidelines, as children walk, jog or sprint around our Colour Run course!
At different spots along the way entrants (children, mums, dads, staff) will be showered with colours (unless they opt for the ‘no-colour’ run).
After/during the colour run families can bring their own picnic or enjoy some tasty food, a drink and an ice-cream from one of the food trucks!
In addition to raising funds, we hope that this community event will be a great opportunity to catch up with friends, to meet and greet new families and relax after the working week.
This is our one major fundraiser for the year and with your support, we really hope it will be a great success!
In the meantime, please read the instructions in the pack provided and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve together!
Thank you everyone! 🙂
Time certainly flies, so let us all make the most of the time we have in this second half of the year. Here at school, we are continually challenged to use our time as wisely and as effectively as we can, for the good of each child’s learning and wellbeing. Teachers have spent much time planning the learning opportunities ahead and we are all looking forward to supporting your child to aim high this term, in all areas of school life.
As a Catholic school, we continue to support children to look at the world through eyes of wonder and awe. May we strive to be the very best people and role models we can be to the children under our wing and may we be sustained in our vocation as parents and educators, by our faith in a God of great love and goodness.
Learning to ‘step back’ from the busyness and flurry of daily life and to reflect; taking stock of where we are heading; reassessing our priorities; and reinvesting in the really important areas of family life, especially in regard to our spiritual journey and relationships, has the potential of bringing our family much joy, peace and well-being.
Family life has a number of challenges to navigate. The stronger our community, the more authentic our genuine care and regard for one another, the greater the support for families navigating their way through a time poor, tech challenged world of mixed and competing values.
It has been wonderful catching up with children after their holiday break and despite the drizzly conditions, they all appear to be very excited and happy to be back at school, ready for another ten weeks of learning and fun!
As always, we will be monitoring their academic progress and their social and emotional progress throughout the semester, to support their growth as positive, confident, cooperative, creative, kind and responsible students in our school. When this is mirrored at home as well the child has an amazing opportunity to really FLOURISH!
Staff are also rearing to go after a good rest. Over the holidays we had some exciting news – Miss Fee, one of our Education Assistant’s in Year 2 was proposed to! An Engagement is of course always cause for much celebration on staff and we wish her and her new fiance a lifetime of happiness ahead!
Term Three is Performing Arts term – a time for our students to showcase their wonderful talents in the Arts Learning Area! We are very much looking forward to watching our : school choir; school band; Christian dance troupe; contemporary dance troupe; speech and drama students.
Parents are asked to please check the Term Three Planner
Our school cross country is to be held this Friday – please look out for a web post from Mr Davis regarding details of this event!
Thank you to all families for:
A huge THANK YOU to those families that came along to support the 2018
PARISH FOOD FAIR
held in the school grounds on Sunday.
Whether you bought food, cooked food, served food, bought or sold raffle tickets, or simply turned up, bought a meal and and joined in the fun, your efforts were very much appreciated.
Days such as this really reinforce the power of
a COMMUNITY EFFORT!
The Parish community (of which we are all a part) really did a fantastic job harnessing everyone’s collective gifts and encouraging them to work hard as a team.
All money raised will help the parish realise their goal of building a new presbytery and office and this will include creating more parking bays , which the school will also benefit from.
are forged and strengthened on days such as this and much fun is had along the way.
A huge congratulations to Derek Holmes and Darryl DeSouza on their fantastic coordination and planning of the event – a job very well done! They both multi-tasked on the day – Derek, behind an electric guitar and Darryl behind some giant pancakes!
Check out this movie clip where Darryl gets a surprise visit from Derek!! 🙂
It was very special to see Father Chien and his sister and Father Jean Noel and his father at the fair!
And a HUGE BRAVO to Father Giovanni on his superb PAELLA made in the most HUMUNGOUS paella pan and delicious SPAGHETTI, which all sold out very quickly! (He got up at 5am to get it all organised!)
A sense of ‘community’ comes from our individual and collective efforts and involvement. It is something built from a shared vision and generous hearts and hands. Here at St Emilie’s school and parish, we continue to applaud those who build community through –
Happy St Emilie’s Day everyone and may we all continue to aspire to be like St Emilie, whose deep faith was reflected in the way she helped others – especially those experiencing difficult times.