Issue 18 | 20th November 2018
St Michael's Primary School, Blacktown South
Dear Parents, Carers, Students & Friends,
Jesus said that people would recognise us as His disciples by the way we love one another:
“And now I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples”. (John 13: 34,35.)
John also said: “Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth”. (1 John 3:18.)
One of the main ways in which love is expressed is in forgiveness and forgiveness is the way in which we demonstrate Christ’s presence and the way in which Christians make a real difference to the welfare of the world’s people.
Forgiveness is not an event; it is a process. This is an important concept for children to understand. When they have been hurt their feelings are going to take time to process. Their emotions are healthy and they, like us, need to experience the full range of emotions when they have been hurt before they can get clear about what they need to do next
As parents we can show our children that with each hurt, they have the opportunity to turn a grievance into a success. We must show them their emotions are natural, and that they grow the most by being more human (feeling emotions), not by being less human (acting like they don’t care).
Forgiveness is an important way in which the hatred between people and nations can be absorbed, neutralised and brought to nothing. More than ever the world needs the message of Christ’s ‘new commandments’ to be proclaimed through the lives and influence of Christians – Christ’s disciples. Forgiveness can be infectious; the impact of our act of forgiveness towards another person can make them rethink their circumstance and perhaps lead to further forgiveness. Of course, like most things, forgiveness begins ‘at home’; firstly, within ourselves to clean out the ‘baggage’ we have been carrying around for perhaps years, then to our family, extended family and farther out.
Might it be said that if everyone were to practice forgiveness what a splendid vision the world would offer. So let’s dismantle our structures of bitterness, resentment and hatred, bring out our forgiveness and be Christian in deed.
“Spirit of God, through the witness of our Christian lives,
May we spread the warmth of Your love and the fire of Your forgiveness. Amen.”
Let us remember all our students that made their First Reconciliation last week; that they too will practice forgiveness and learn to turn sorrow into happiness through Christ Jesus.
Mrs Sue Veling
ATTENDANCE - EVERY LEARNER - EVERY DAY
At St. Michael’s, we continue to promote positive student attendance. Thank you to our parents for the support and value that you place on your child being at school each day. Regular school attendance plays a critical role in ensuring that every student has access to the same learning opportunities. When students are not at school, are late to school or leave school early, they are missing out on so much that can impact on their future learning.
Our school average this week is 86.0%, which is well below the CEDP target of 90%. No class has reached the 90% level this week. However, Year 5 are very close.
We love seeing all our students at school. Let’s see which grade will win next week!
Absence Explanation Note: If your child is away from school, a note explaining their absence is required within 7 days of returning to school. If no note is received the absence is recorded as ‘unexplained’. Parents can use the Skoolbag app to email an absence note to school.
Partial Absences (PA) are recorded for each child every time they are late to school or leave early from school. Partial Absence from school does add up to time away from learning, settling into routines of the day or saying goodbye at the end of the day. It is important that all children are at school by 9am when our school day starts. A Partial Absence is recorded from this time and an explanation is required by parents or a carer to be signed in through the Office.
WORLD KINDNESS DAY 2018
Last Tuesday we celebrated World Kindness Day. The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, the boundaries of our country, our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world. In the busyness of today’s world, simple acts of kindness can be few and far between, or perhaps we are less aware of those around us. We can also be less kind to ourselves, caught up in taking care of others or ticking off the endless list.
Below are six simple self-kindness tips:
1. To care for others we also need to be kind to ourselves. Carve out time for yourself to do something that feels good – go for a coffee, have a bath, read a good book; do something that brings you joy.
2. Notice your self-talk and cut yourself some slack. Everybody makes mistakes and nobody is perfect. Speak to yourself as you would a friend.
3. Discover the Joy of Missing Out and give social media a miss for a while. Everybody posts their best selves and it can make us feel bad that our lives don’t match up. Be kind and have a day free of social comparison.
4. Acknowledge your successes. We’re always quick to do that for others, so why not take a few minutes and consider all you’ve achieved. Well done you!
5. Spend time with the people who uplift you and support you - the ones that fill your tank.
6. Take your daily ‘MEDS’ (Mindfulness, Exercise, Diet and Sleep). Looking after your mind and body is a great form of self-kindness.
As we are planning classes for the 2019 school year, to help us with this please let the office know if your family will not be continuing at St. Michael’s next year. A reminder to families that a term’s notice (10 school weeks) in writing MUST be given to the principal before the removal of a student or a full term’s fees will be payable. The notice can be given any time during the term for the next term and where appropriate notice has been received, a prorata credit will be calculated. Where a term’s notice has not been given to the principal, the term’s school fees will be charged for your child/children.
PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE SKOOLBAG APP
Skoolbag is a free app that can be downloaded to your phone, iPad and computer as a form of communication with the school. Skoolbag IS NOT a social media app. It is available from iTunes and Google. Just search for St. Michael’s Blacktown South and you will see our school crest. All school notes, notices and newsletters are updated onto this site and you will receive an alert when something is uploaded or there is an important or urgent announcements
SEMESTER TWO SCHOOL REPORTS
Semester two reports will be sent home on Monday 10th December. In the envelope there is a letter explaining the A-E grading system used in Years 1-6. Please take the time to read through the report with your child, discussing their successes and goals for 2018.
Year 5 Parents – You will need to keep your child’s report handy, as they are required for high school enrolments for 2020.
Teacher Interviews – Interviews are available for any parent who has concerns or questions about any aspect of their child’s report. Please make an appointment via the office to see your child’s class teacher.
IS MY CHILD GETTING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SLEEP?
Sleep deprivation is a problem for a lot of Aussie kids. Sleep deprivation has significant consequences in many areas of our children’s lives such as:
Learning and academic performance: Sleep helps concentration and motivation along with consolidation and strengthening of new information and memories.
Emotional and mental health: Studies show children who are sleep deprived are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, negative body image and low self-esteem.
Behaviour and decision-making: Sleep deprivation affects decision-making capacity, has a negative effect on behaviour and relationships, and increases risk of accidents.
Body systems: Sleep deprivation affects children’s physical growth, brain development, immune system and plays a key role in weight gain.
The sleep needs of children change throughout their development and the Sleep Health Foundation recommends the below as a guide:
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years old): 10-13 hours
Primary School Aged Children (6-12 years old): 9-11 hours
Teenagers (13-17 years old): 8-10 hours
The good news is that if your child is experiencing sleep deprivation, there are some strategies you can implement now to help address the problem. Click on the link below for some tips on simple sleep smart habits.
assistant PRINCIPAL REPORT
We are in the process of putting children into classes for 2019. Unfortunately, we can not take requests for teachers. If you have any concerns that we may not be aware of, please put it in writing to myself or make an appointment to see me in the next two weeks. Our teachers spend a great deal of time making sure the classes are balanced and are in the best interest of all students.
Save the date! - Christmas Concert
Our CHRISTMAS CONCERT is on Tuesday, 11th December 2018. Children will wear Christmas colours and families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or chairs and enjoy the spirit of Christmas. We hope you can join us!
SCHOOL UNIFORM - It is so pleasing to see so many of our students wearing their correct school uniform with pride. Letters will continue to go home for those students who have incorrect uniform. Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our uniform requirements are met.
School dress with crest Short blue socks Black polishable school shoes
Unisex Sports Uniform:
Sports shorts with crest Sports Tracksuit pants Sports Jacket with crest
Sports polo shirt with crest White socks Sports shoes
Library/Excursion bag School Bag with crest Girls hair accessories
Please note: It is school policy that if a child does not have a hat they will not be able to play at recess or lunch time.
SCHOOL HATS - At St Michael’s there is a strict “NO HAT NO PLAY” rule. Please ensure that your child always wears their hat to school. The school logo is screen-printed on the front and are available from the Uniform Shop.
SCHOOL BAGS - The most appropriate school bag for your child is a backpack – preferably Navy Blue in colour with your child’s name clearly marked on it.
Please note, school bags can be obtained from the Uniform Shop. Navy school bags with school crest on flap.
LIBRARY BAGS - Library bags are available from the Uniform Shop. Your child must have a library bag to borrow from the library.
HAIR - Hair styles should be appropriate to the school setting, e.g. no colours or shaved cuts, rats tails, mohawk are permitted. Shoulder length hair or longer must be tied back with a navy blue scrunchie/hair elastic. The St Michael’s Uniform Shop has the school approved and appropriate hair accessories available.
JEWELLERY - Children are allowed to wear a watch and chain with cross. One pair of sleepers or small studs are the only earrings to be worn.
LOST PROPERTY - Lost property is a source of great distress to a young child starting school, and a source of frustration to parents. There is a lost property bin located in the student foyer in the office.
Please ensure that all of your child’s property is clearly labelled (tracksuit tops as well as bottoms). The chances of the lost item finding its way home are significantly increased if there is a name attached.
We are fast approaching the end of the year so there are some important event dates to put into your diary for 2018/19:
Wed 21st Nov Nano Day
Wed 21st Nov P & F AGM - 6.30pm
Thurs 22nd Nov Year 1 Excursion to Wannabees
Fri 23rd Nov St Michael's Rides Night
Wed 28th Nov Twilight Swimming Carnival - Charlie Lowles Leisure Centre, Emerton - 4pm-6pm
Thurs 29th Nov Year 5 Leadership Day
Thurs 29th Nov Year 4 Grade Mass in classroom - 11.30am-12.30pm
Wed 5th Dec Step Up Kindergarten 2019 - 9.30am-11.30am
Wed 5th Dec Parent Helpers Morning Tea - 10.30am-11.00am
Thurs 6th Dec End of Year Mass - 9.30am-10.30am
Mon 10th Dec Semester 2 Reports sent home
Tues 11th Dec BIG DAY IN - Year 6 Fun Day
Tues 11th Dec Christmas Concert - 6.00pm
Wed 12th Dec Step Up Kindergarten 2019 - 9.30am-11.30am
Wed 12th Dec Parent organised Year 6 Dinner - 6.00pm-10.00pm - Atura Prospect
Fri 14th Dec Year 6 End of Year School Assembly - 2.00pm
Mon 17th Dec Year 6 Graduation Mass - 7.30pm-9.30pm
Tues 18th Dec Meet the Teacher and Orientation for new students - 11.30am-1.30pm
Wed 19th Dec Final day for students
DATES FOR BEGINNING OF 2019:
Mon 28th Jan PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Tues 29th Jan Years 1-6 MAI student testing - 1/2 hour appointment - Compulsory
Kindergarten 2019 Early Years Assessment - 1 hour appointment
Wed 30th Jan Years 1-6 MAI student testing - 1/2 hour appointment - Compulsory
Kindergarten 2019 Early Years Assessment - 1 hour appointment
Thurs 31st Jan Years 1 - 6 commence school
Kindergarten 2019 Early Years Assessment - 1 hour appointment
Fri 1st Feb Kindergarten 2019 Early Years Assessment - 1 hour appointment
Mon 4th Feb 1st day for Kindergarten - 9.30am-2.30pm
Tues 5th Feb Kindergarten whole school day begins - 9.00am-3.00pm
Tomorrow we will celebrate the 300th birthday of Nano Nagle. So who was Nano Nagle?
Honora “Nano” Nagle, Sister John of God, founded the Sisters of the Presentation the Blessed Virgin Mary in Cork, Ireland in 1775. Her recognition as one of the greatest women of Ireland derives from dedication to the poor and oppressed. Her mission between the cutting edge of the gospel and the miseries of her day inspires the Presentation Sisters to minister in joyful service, responding to current needs throughout the world in faithfulness to the gospel.
The Universal Church recognized Nano on October 31, 2013, as a woman of faith, hope and heroic virtue by declaring her Venerable.
Born to a wealthy family in Ireland in 1718, Nano Nagle’s parents sent her to France to be educated since strict penal laws barred Catholic children from attending school in Ireland. She returned to Ireland after her father’s death in 1746; her mother died soon after. Prayer and reflection led Nano back to France to become a sister.
Even as she began her new life as a sister, Nano’s thoughts often returned to the children of the poor families back in Ireland.
At age 32, she left the convent in France and returned to Ireland, where she secretly gathered the children of the poor and taught them catechism, reading, writing and mathematics. As Nano spent her days with the children, they would tell her of their sick friends or family members. Nano began to visit the sick and the elderly after school, bringing them food, medicine and comfort.
She often made visits late into the night, carrying her lamp among the alleyways. Before long, Nano became known as the Lady of the Lantern.
Nano decided to open a convent where women could share the mission of Jesus through prayer, teaching and care for the sick and needy. Nano and three companions opened the first Presentation Convent in Cork, Ireland, on Christmas Day in 1775. In 1784, at the age of 65, Nano died.
She left her compelling vision of service to a growing community of Presentation Sisters. Her final words are emblematic of her timeless legacy, and they remain a guiding principle for the Presentation Sisters today:
‘Love one another as you have hitherto done.”
The Presentation Sisters came to St Michael’s in 1964. We continue the work of the Presentation Sisters today as Presentation People who share the spirit of Nano Nagle by making the love of Jesus present in our world. We will continue the mission of Jesus to make God’s love real in our world as we care for our Earth and people in need by offering our hospitality, compassion and respect for all of God’s creation.
Mrs Anne Easton
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Twilight Swimming Carnival
Thank you to all the students who have nominated for the upcoming twilight swimming carnival to be held at Charlie Lowles Leisure Centre (formerly Emerton Leisure Centre) on Wednesday, 28th November 4-6pm (week 7).
At the event, due to some events having small numbers, some races will be combined. If this is the case each age group will be timed and placed separately.
The order of events will be as follows: -
Just a reminder there is qualifying times to enter our swimmers into the 2019 Zone carnival, placing in top 2 does not automatically qualify your child for the Zone event.
Importance of having a drink bottle at school during Term 4!
Tap water makes the best drink!
Not only is it thirst quenching, but also contains fluoride which helps make teeth stronger. Here’s what water has to offer:
* it is cheap and readily available
* it doesn’t contain any kilojoules or sugar
* it encourages optimal function of the body
We should all aim to drink between five to eight cups of water a day. In the warmer months, it is important to keep well hydrated. Always have water available when children are active. Encourage them to drink water regularly, even in cooler months.
Yours in Sport
Mrs Cristy Budd/ Mr Joe Ng
Chess Competition - Congratulations to the finalists and runners up who competed in the St Michael's Chess Competition.
Year 3 Year 4
Finalist - Keanu Freitag-Finau Finalist - Francesco Tabone
Runner Up - Marko Vidovic Runner Up - Riley Eato
Year 5 Year 6
Finalist - Sebastian Fenech Finalist - Nathaniel Predescu
Runner Up - Ethan Ahmed Runner Up - D'ta Dunkley
Overall School Chess Champion - Congratulations Sebastian Fenech from Year 5!
Library Book Returns - this is the final week of borrowing books for students from the library for the year. From next week all students are to return books on their usual library day. Please check at home for any books that may have been misplaced or are overdue.
Mrs Christine Ciccone
St Michael's Primary School
COMPULSORY - JANUARY 2019 MATHEMATICS TESTING: YEARS 1-6
As in previous years, all students in Years 1-6 will be assessed using the Mathematics Assessment Interview (MAI) on Tuesday, 29th January and Wednesday, 30th January. St. Michael’s staff will be taking two Staff Development Days to assess the students. This is a one-on-one interview style assessment directed by a teacher. Each assessment takes a minimum of 30 minutes.
Our COSHC will be providing full day-care on 30th January. Arrangements can be made for children attending COSHC to be tested during the day.
School will resume for students in Years 1-6
on Thursday 31st January
THE ON-LINE BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERVIEWS (YEARS 1-6)
WILL BE SENT HOME SOON
2019 LITERACY & MATHEMATICS TESTING JANUARY: KINDERGARTEN 2019
Kindergarten students will have a separate testing schedule for literacy and numeracy and this will take place from Tuesday 29th - Friday 1st February.
Kindergarten will begin school on Monday 4th February (9:30- 2:30);
then full days from Tuesday 5th February (9-3pm).
THE ON-LINE BOOKING FOR INTERVIEWS (KINDER 2019)
IS ALREADY OPEN