Issue 19 | 4th December 2018
St Michael's Primary School, Blacktown South
We acknowledge the Darug people, the traditional custodians on whose land we educate.
Dear Parents, Carers, Students & Friends,
Media advertising and the shop displays remind us the season of Christmas and gift buying is fast approaching. How well do we prepare our children for a season of giving rather than receiving, of showing thankfulness for what they have and of generosity towards those who are not as fortunate?
It is normal and natural for young children to believe everyone in the world exists exclusively for their benefit. Thankfulness is just not part of their job description. Part of our role as parents, is to lead our children out of their internal gazing and continually prompt them into a ‘concern for others’ attitude towards the people around them.
Modelling thankfulness to our children is an important way to have them learn about living with and for others. We might need to project an attitude of thankfulness with our possessions, our clothes and appearance. Do we see the bigger world of need around us or is our focus simply on ourselves?
Just last week we enrolled another refugee family and are reminded of the continued suffering of our human families and the refugees losing their lives in an attempt to escape from other countries for a better life. The lives of millions of people have been devastated leaving them homeless and with many children orphaned. Once the conflict ends we know that it will take years to restore homes, schools, hospitals and roads so that the people may resume their normal lives.
Thankfulness and caring for others is a major part of wellbeing as focusing on others creates an inner harmony of contentment and peace. As we begin the season of Advent the challenge is to balance preparing for the delights of celebrating the birth of Jesus with encouraging our children to focus on the needs of others.
Over the past few weeks our Kinder Orientation and Transition Program has been underway with a combination of whole group and small group visits along with a parent information session. It has been wonderful to see these new little faces and to have the opportunity to begin building relationships with the children and their families. The purpose of the orientation and transition program is for the children to become more familiar with their new school, to get to meet some new friends and to begin building relationships. We know that this time will be of great benefit at the start of the new school year. Each of our new students brings with them a wealth of experience, understandings, gifts and talents to share with their new class and with the St. Michael’s community. We welcome all new families joining our school and hope that they feel the warm and supportive community that we pride ourselves on.
I would like to thank our teaching staff who have spent many hours including weekends preparing your child’s end of year school report. This is one of the opportunities we have to share with you the academic and social successes of each individual student and to celebrate a year of great learning. We know that learning is a continuum and using a growth mindset is to always look at how we continue to grow and learn. I look forward to reading each student’s report this week.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fr Peter and Fr Luis for all they has done for Mary, Queen of the Family Parish and St. Michael’s School and for sharing their ministry with us. It was announced recently that Fr. Peter will be retiring and Fr. Luis will be moving to Seven Hills after a visit to Columbia. Please keep them in your prayers. A farewell Mass for Fr Peter and Fr Luis will be held at St. Patrick’s Church on 7th December celebrated by Bishop Vincent.
Bishop Vincent has appointed a team of priests to serve our parish including Fr. Regie Lavilla MSP as moderator, Fr. John Paul Escarlan and the recently ordained Fr Jack Green. Fr. Regie will arrive on December 8th for handover and will start his ministry at the end of January 2019. Let us pray for Fr. Regie, Fr John Paul and Fr Jack as they prepare to join our community.
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 85.3%, which is well below the CEDP target of 90%. No class has reached the 90% level this week. However, Year 5 and Year 2 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.
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
READING RECOVERY GRADUATION
Congratulations to Ms Speed, Ms Long and Ms Cassar who graduated as a First-Year Trained Reading Recovery teachers last week. Full accreditation comes after a second year of training. I wish to thank Rebecca, Kathryn and Paula for their commitment to this specialised position that is fully supported by CEDP. It is the students of St. Michael’s that benefit from their expertise.
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.
ST. MICHAEL’S PARENTS & FRIENDS COMMITTEE 2019
At the recent AGM, the following P&F committee was voted in for 2019. Congratulations to:
P&F Executive Members
President: Mrs Jackie Coleman - Emily (Yr 3); Harrison (Yr 6)
Vice President: Mrs Kristen Gardoll – Libby (Yr 5); Sophie (Yr 3)
Treasurer: Ms Jennifer McWhinnie – Evan (Yr 1)
Secretary: Miss Debbie Faulkner – Joshua (Yr 3)
Social Media Administrator: Mrs Leanne Cash – Maddison (Yr 5); Rhys (Yr 1)
P&F Committee Members
Mrs Liz Fenech – Mikaela (Kinder); Sebastian (Yr 5); Xavier (Yr 3)
Mrs Catherine Saliba – Jordan (Kinder 2019)
Ms Elizabeth Haim – Charlotte (Yr 4); Olivia XXX
Mr Anthony de Vos – Claire (Yr 2); Timothy (Yr 4)
Mrs Karen Regner – Peyton (Yr 3)
CHANGES TO THE SCHOOL UNIFORM – SCHOOL HATS
As St. Michael’s is a member of the National SunSmart Schools Program, it is important that we are following the national guidelines.
Our students are at school when daily ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are at their peak. It is our responsibility to educate about sun protection behaviour, minimise UVR exposure and ultimately reduce a student’s lifetime risk of skin cancer.
Evidence suggests that childhood exposure to UV radiation contributes significantly to the development of skin cancer in later life. With this in mind, once the school cap stock is sold out at the uniform shop ONLY THE SCHOOL BUCKET HAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE. This hat covers the neck and ears for harmful UV rays. The school cap will be gradually phased out. New Kindergarten students starting in 2019 will only be offered the school bucket hat.
Educating school children and reducing their UV exposure is expected to have a major impact on the future incidence of skin cancer in Australia. I know as parents you will support the school it our decision to protect your students.
BOOK CLUB COORDINATORS FOR 2019
St. Michael’s is after one or two parents who would like to coordinate the Scholastic Book Club in 2019. Full training and support will be provided. Book Club orders are completed on-line and occur approximately once a term. If you are interested or would like to find out more details, please contact the office.
CELEBRATING OUR STUDENT’S GIFTS & TALENTS
A special congratulations to Isabella Pezzano in Year 6 who participated in the AASCF 2018 Nationals (Cheer and Dance) last weekend. Her team Inferno Cheer and Dance Junior 1 were named National Champions and came runner up as Grand Champions.
ASSIStant PRINCIPAL REPORt
ICAS - ENGLISH
Thank you to all of the students who participated in the ICAS English competition.
Year 3 Year 4
Diya Brahmbhatt - Credit Chloe D'Sa - Credit
Eamon Dizon - Participation Timothy Devos - Participation
Josiah Jackson - Merit Joseph Ghattas - Merit
Sidhi Oruganti - Participation Tanmay Gupta - Participation
Bhavrit Sidhu - Credit Nicole Hathi - Participation
Shreeya Singh - Participation George Hatziandreou - Participation
Amelia Korczowski - Participation
Beau Mazzitelli - Participation
Tanush Oberoi - Participation
Jared Ragasajo - Credit
Year 5 Year 6
Aiden El-Khoury - Participation Ronash Alves - Participation
Raija Punjwani - Participation Adam D'Sa - Distinction
Sahej Singh - Participation Isabelle Grills - Participation
Rubal Sraw - Participation
PARENT HELPER MORNING TEA
A reminder that our parent helper morning tea is on tomorrow at 11am in the staff room. Come and have morning tea with our teachers, and be thanked for the support you have given to our school community as a parent helper this year.
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 5th Dec Step Up Kindergarten 2019 - 9.30am-11.30am
Wed 5th Dec Parent Helpers Morning Tea - 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 Guard of Honour from 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
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
ENROLMENTS FOR 2019
We understand that family circumstances alter and that children sometimes need to change schools. If you know that you will not be attending St Michael’s in 2019, please advise Mrs Veling and complete a "Notification of Leaving" form that is available from the school office. If you know of anyone considering a Catholic School education for their child at St Michael’s from 2019, in any grade, please encourage them to contact the school as soon as possible to assist us with our planning.
CLASS LISTS AND TRANSITION
We will be having transition day on Tuesday, 18th December for 2019 classes. This will be an opportunity for the children to meet their teacher and classmates. We will not be able to notify families of your child’s teacher until after this date. We are in the process of finalising staff and class lists currently.
PBS4L - Mascot Competition Finalists
Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (which we call PBS4L) is an initiative that we are starting at our school. To help us all remember our school expectations, we invited students and members of the community to create a mascot for our school.
St Michael’s School Expectations
We are Safe
We are Respectful
We are Learners
Our mascot will be a central part of our PBS4L work as it will be used on all of our signage and posters.
Thank you, to all the people who entered the competition. We had an overwhelming response. Finalist designs were shared and voted on by the school staff.
We congratulate our top five finalists
Archie Griffiths 4B
Misha Trinidad 3X
Joseph Ghattas 4B
Sofia Chahine 5D
Mrs Finucane - Teacher
Parts of these designs will help make our PBS4L Mascot for St Michael’s. We look forward to sharing the final design with you all in 2019.
Where to Next for PBS4L at St Michael’s Primary School?
Continuing the essential foundational planning and implementation of PBS4L
Selected teachers have devised lessons that directly relate to our three Expectations;
We are Safe
We are Respectful
We are Learners
These lessons will be taught by all teachers in Term 1, 2019 and connect with outcomes from our PDHPE Syllabus
The three Expectations along with the expected behaviours (Matrix) will be displayed around the school as reminders to all students.
ALL students, ALL staff and ALL settings
SEMESTER 2 SCHOOL REPORTS
Semester two reports will be sent home on nest 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 of 2018. If you wish to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher, please arrange a time by contacting the school, or speaking to your children's teacher directly.
We are looking forward to our Christmas Concert next Tuesday 11th December. It starts at 6pm but we invite you to come along for the BBQ that the P & F have organised. Bring your chairs or picnic blankets and get into the Christmas spirit. Our Christmas concert will happen even due to wet weather, ans we have booked the Nagle Hall in case of wet weather. ( Please check date and time)
Love One Another
Sunday was the First Sunday of Advent. We are, perhaps, used to thinking of the season of Advent as a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. But this week’s readings, and the readings of the next few weeks, remind us that the notion of preparation extends well beyond the celebration of the birth of Jesus. We are reminded that we are, in fact, living in an ‘in-between time’. From this week’s first reading we are reminded that the expectation of a Messiah was a very long-standing hope for Israel. The earliest Christians began to see that the ancient prophecies could all be applied to Jesus and they began to regard Jesus as the promised Messiah – the fulfilment of prophecy. However, Jesus also promised that he would come again, and the expectation of the first followers of Jesus was that his return would be in their lifetime. In our second reading from the letter to the Thessalonians, we can see the growing realisation that perhaps Jesus’ return will not occur within the current generation. This realisation had a dramatic effect on the life and faith of the community. Imagine living with the belief that the end of time was going to occur not just in your lifetime but literally any day now. Slowly, they realised that Jesus’ words were not that specific and the time of return had not been identified. What Jesus had called for was a state of readiness, a state of preparedness. This didn’t mean he was coming immediately; what it meant was that there was need to get the house in order because he would be coming at some time. Advent is a time to remember that we still haven’t really got the house in order.
All about Advent in 2 minutes worthwhile watching
This Thursday we celebrate and give thanks for 2018 at St Michael’s with a whole school Mass at 9.30am in the Church. Please feel most welcome to attend.
ST VINCENT De PAUL SOCIETY CONFERENCE CHRISTMAS APPEAL
As part of our Outreach activities each year we collect non-perishable items for St. Michael’s – St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference Christmas Appeal. Each class member is asked to bring in the item listed for their class before tomorrow, Wednesday, 5th December 2018. We ask that you support this worthwhile appeal so we can help the members of our community who are less fortunate than us to celebrate Christmas in a special way.
Kinder Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding
Year 1 Lollies, nuts, chips
Year 2 Biscuits (sweet or savoury), fruit mince tarts
Year 3 Long life milk and custard, tea or coffee
Year 4 Soft drinks, poppas
Year 5 Canned fruit, salad items such as beetroot, asparagus, corn, bean mix etc, canned ham.
Year 6 Condiments such as pickled onions, gherkins, mustard, pickles and sauces such as cranberry,
apple etc., gravy
Mrs Anne Easton
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
TWILIGHT SWIMMING CARNIVAL - FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER - CHARLIE LOWLIE LEISURE CENTRE, 35 JERSEY ROAD, EMERTON - 4pm arrival, first event 4.30pm
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we had to postpone last week’s scheduled date for the Twilight Swimming Carnival due to the extreme weather we were experiencing.
We are all very excited to be running the event this Friday and look forward to supporting our students and sharing the event with our parent/carer community members. At this stage the weather is looking like perfect swimming weather, if anyone has any questions please get in touch with Mrs Budd throughout the week.
It is a school expectation that ALL students attend school each day with a school hat. Over the last few weeks several students have had to miss out on their outdoor PE lessons due to not having a hat at school. This time of year, gets extremely hot along with very strong UV rays and we need to protect all students throughout the school day.
Please ensure your child has their school hat with them each day, especially on their sport day. We thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping your child sun safe.
Why eat fruit and veg every day?
Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, as well as being rich in antioxidants. Research shows that people who eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables everyday can help prevent:
* coronary heart disease
* some forms of cancer
* overweight and obesity
* high blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
* help improve control of diabetes.
Aim to eat fruit and vegetables everyday - the greater the variety, the better health benefits.
What is a serve of fruit? One serve of fruit is equal to one medium piece of fruit, two smaller pieces or one cup of chopped fruit.
What is a serve of vegetables? One serve of vegetables is equal to one medium potato, half a cup cooked vegetables (including legumes) or one cup of salad vegetables.
Yours in Sport
Mrs Cristy Budd/ Mr Joe Ng
The last day of trade for 2018 will be Wednesday, 19th December - 8.00am-10.30am
HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS
Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 - 8.00am-11.00am
Thursday, 24th January 2019 - 8.00am-10.30am
Wednesday, 30th January 2019 - 11.30am-2.00pm
Normal trading hours will resume on Monday, 4th February 2019
St Michael's Primary School
ST. MICHAEL’S MISSION STATEMENT
St. Michael’s is a Catholic community that reflects, engages and empowers to educate the whole child - academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually”.
Recommended daily intake for children
Age of child (years)