Term 1 Week 6 | 5th March 2019
St Michael's Primary School, Blacktown South
We acknowledge the Darug people,
the traditional custodians on whose land we educate our students.
Dear Parents, Carers, Students & Friends,
It is so important, that we teach our children to have a positive attitude to life and to be optimistic about themselves. We all know from experience that what we believe about ourselves affects the way we act.
Our children’s belief in their own ability to do things is of great influence on their motivation, perseverance and success. Self-belief and a ‘have a go attitude’ can motivate our children more than their actual skill level. If they truly believe that through effort they can succeed at a test or write a poem, they may be more likely to achieve it than other children who have better ability, but who don't believe they can achieve it.
The more our children believe they can do, the more likely they are to generalise that self- belief to other areas of their life. They then believe they have the ability to attempt, persevere and succeed in a whole range of activities.
Parents can help children to believe in their own ability by teaching them to take the initiative to make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen. Likewise, parents can help children to be proactive by helping them – not telling them – to think about options and solutions instead of problems and barriers.
When we, as adults, evaluate our lives, we are more likely to regret challenges we did not confront, risks we did not take and contests we did not enter as a result of self-doubt or lack of self-belief. We are less likely to regret actions we took as a result of innovative self- belief or being too optimistic or even foolish. At least we made the attempt and knew the result.
Mrs Sue Veling
Compassion is to ‘suffer with’, to feel what the other feels,
to accompany them emotionally.
Pope Francis June 2014
During this important time of Lent, as we prepare to celebrate the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ at Easter, the following reflection has the potential
to speak to each one of us:
Lent - What to give up ……..
Give up complaining - Focus on gratitude
Give up pessimism - Become an optimist
Give up harsh judgement - Think kindly thoughts
Give up gloom - Enjoy the beauty that is around you
Give up gossiping - Control your tongue
Give up sin - Turn to virtue
Give up giving up - Hang in there!!!
ST. MICHAEL’S MISSION STATEMENT
St. Michael’s is a Catholic community in which children, teachers and parents nurture
a sense of personal worth as they work together in a safe, happy, challenging
and faith-centred learning environment. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED A LEARNING AWARD in WEEKS 4 & 5
Elle Woodbine, Lachlan Ackroyd, Krishna Patel, Daniel Trinidad, Bradley D’Cruz, Teresa Thomas, Elias Marquez, Sergio Abela, Demira Parashar, Amelia Farrugia, Abdoni Tzanellis, Cooper Rowling, Vivaan Aggarwal, Wieu Ajack, Breanna Jaber, Kaiden Halagao, Arok Michael, Shruti Dube, Jolanda Williams, Florence Muyu, Insia Hasnain, Patrick Makary, Gian Evangelista, Nyajo Kor, Zoe Dionysopolous, Brian Yu, Leonel Martinez, Rihanna Abu Ganaba, Ashleen Kaur, Heath Warren, Angela Mickaiel, Julie Aboka, Dayna Sheehan, Santa Hothi, Samara Fong, Bhavrit Sidhu, Alexander Lepa, Bridie Furey, Freny Patel, Lachlan Bax, Chloe Xian, Emily McCann, Kaleb O’Regan, Flyn O’Neill, Jayden Payne, Xavier Fenech, Aie Kun Chan TunTunWin, Christine Nogueiro, Charlise Warren, Sartaj Singh, Harrison Tauro, Dennis Kositse, Barak Gok, Eliza Amper, Gabriella Miranda, George Basili, Jan Lopez, Sofia Chahine, Kaviya Fernando, Thomas Perry, Lily Sultana.
Matthew de Vos, Jacey Ragasajo, Aaira Ghimire, Thomas Krumins, Gracie Nelson, Terrance Nolan, Enje Sulaiman, Charlie Smith, Anika Hathi, Paramveer Singh, David Dhugga, Daniel Jemison, Christine Babela, Gianluca Novella, Tanisha Chandra, Christian Jbara, Ansh Shah, K Kaur, ingsley Xian, Ivy Hebden, Tejas Kaur, Gadin Rohith, Baxton Gec, Bentley Haeren-Vaz, Elaia Minas, Jeremy Mashreky, Sophia Konnecke, Louis Cao, Alan Castelino, Gianna Tabone, Patrick Agone, Thomas Korczowski, Benjamin Furiscal, Lewis Davies, Ariella Farrow, Leah Esanga, James Ingram, Jarryd Gordon, Caitlin Furey, Jasmine Vella, Leon Osborne, Chloe McNamara, Alexia Abela, Joseph Ghattas, Nicole Hathi, Gabriela Aberra, Tracy Barlahan, Nyankiir Michael, Erica Shein, Jaliyah Casipit, Sahej Singh, Jazelle Vella, Raija Punjwani, Caitlin Dixon, Daksh Soni, Joelle Chdid, Lavinia Grima, George Kairouz
ATTENDANCE - EVERY LEARNER - EVERY DAY
The following Attendance Guidelines are based on current legislative requirements, research on attendance and best practice.
Attendance affects a child’s academic achievement and their overall wellbeing.
There is NO safe threshold of absence – every day counts.
School attendance patterns are established early in a child’s schooling – research shows Year 1 attendance is a predictor of future attendance patterns.
The effects of school absenteeism accumulate over time and affect children’s development now and into the future.
Daily punctuality is important. The early part of each day is critical. Important learning is scheduled during this time when children are rested and receptive. Key concepts are built up in the time.
Sporadic absences can affect academic achievement as much as absences over consecutive days.
We ALL need to work together with our children’s best interest in mind to ensure that students are at school every day that they are well enough to attend – they only get one go at this part of their education and every day counts.
HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER?
It is essential that you notify the school, in writing, of any changes. If your child is ill, it is most distressing for them if the school is unable to contact parents because our records show an incorrect telephone number or emergency contact number. It is very important that your child's teacher and the office staff are informed immediately in order that you may be contacted in the event of an emergency.
St. Michael’s School is currently taking enrolments for KINDERGARTEN 2020. For further enrolment information, please contact the school office on 8869 6200 during school hours or download and enrolment form from our Website.
Dedicated OPEN SCHOOL times for prospective parents and their children will take place at St. Michael’s on
· Tuesday 19th March between 9:30-10:30am
· Friday 5th April between 4-5pm
· Tuesday 18th June between 9:30-10:30am
Come along, tour the school and visit our learning spaces. If you are aware of any families wishing to enrol their children at St. Michael’s please invite them to come along. We look forward to welcoming you to our School Community.
SCHOOL UNIFORM REMINDER
Thank you to the many parents that have taken great care in ensuring that their children are wearing the correct uniform. It is very difficult to conform when the fashions keep changing and children and parents are confronted with many choices. To make life that much easier, our school uniform policy has not changed greatly over the years.
Please remember that:
SPORTS SHOES are to be predominately white. No coloured laces or coloured sports shoes allowed.
Children often enjoy celebrating their birthdays with their classmates.
Should parents choose to, they are able to bring in special treats for their child to share with the class. These can include:
lolly bags (these will be sent home for children to eat)
If home made, all food must be labelled with the ingredients. We have eight students with Anaphylaxis (a life threatening disease). At St Michael's we also have many students with serious allergies. Thank you for helping us to protect these students.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
IT'S TIME TO ENROL IN THE SACRAMENTAL PROCESS FOR 2019
Is your child ready to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation?
Sacramental Programs are Parish based and in 2019 will fall in the following terms:
Term 2 - First Eucharist for Year 4 students and students in Years 5 & 6
Term 3 - Confirmation for Year 5 students and students in Year 6
Term 4 - Reconciliation for Year 3 students and students in Years 4, 5 & 6
Visit the parish website at www.mqofblacktown.org.au and click on the tab "Sacraments" to select the sacrament you would like your child to prepare for. All information is on the website or you can visit the parish office to collect the information. We look forward to journeying with you this year.
ROAD SAFETY REMINDERS
1. Reservoir Road is a VERY busy and dangerous main road. All parents, carers and relatives are urged to maintain safe practice by:-
· Using marked crossings at lights;
· Parking in signed areas;
· Not stopping or waiting in NO STOPPING ZONES outside the school. The penalty for stopping in a 'No Stopping' zone is $304 and two demerit points.
· No parent vehicles are to enter the school grounds from Reservoir Road in the afternoon unless to access the disabled parking spaces.
2. Parent Car Pickup At Church In The Afternoon – All cars are to display the child’s SURNAME on their dashboard. This is easy to make. Get an A4 sheet of paper, fold it in half long ways and write, with a thick black marker, the surname in capital letters. (Store this sign in your glove box.) This way all teachers will know the children to be picked up, ensuring a smooth and quicker pickup.
3. In the interest of safety parents accessing the ‘St. Michael’s Drop Off Zone’ from Reservoir Road in the morning are asked to obey the following procedures:
· Use the ‘Drop Off Zone’ in the morning within St. Michael’s School Grounds from Reservoir Road.
· All vehicles to travel at walking pace only;
· No stopping or parking on pedestrian ways;
· Vehicles are to remain in a single file with no overtaking;
· Drivers are not to leave their vehicles while in this zone;
· No stopping in middle of this zone. Always be mindful of vehicles trying to get into this zone from Reservoir Road;
· NO RIGHT TURN into Reservoir Road from the ‘Drop Off Zone’ between 8.00am and 9.30am.
PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OUR NEIGHBOURS IN ADJOINING STREETS AND DO NOT PARK IN DRIVEWAYS.
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.
PUPIL FREE DAYS FOR 2019
In Term 2 the Pupil Free Day will be on Monday 29th April
In Term 3 the Pupil Free Day will be on Friday 20th September
COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES
If, at any time, you find that you have a concern with the school, you are encouraged to come to the school and speak with the teacher/s, Assistant Principal and/or Principal, to find a resolution for your concern. It is our aim to work with all members of our school community to ensure that we do the very best we can to provide a productive, safe and enjoyable learning experience for our students and a professional fulfilling experience for our staff.
If you would like to raise a concern formally, the Catholic Education Office has procedures for ensuring that complaints are handled fairly. Information about how to lodge a complaint and a complaint form are available from the school office or in Complaint Handling Policy and Procedures. These documents can be accessed on the school website (http://www.stmichaelsblcktn.catholic.edu.au) or system website (http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au)
ASSISTANT principal's report
What is a home reader?
A Home Reader is a book that is part of a class library that children have seen and read before. Children are sent home books that are slightly below, their reading level.
These books can be read independently to improve fluency, expression and promote their love for reading. Students who are still reading a levelled reader will be have home readers to read everyday at home.
Readers are swapped one to two times per week. It is expected children are reading to their parents each night when learning to read.
Here are some ways you can support your children when reading at home:
The following points may be helpful: The 3 Ps: Pause, Prompt & Praise
Pause: Give your child time to: Think of & try a suitable word; Identify & self-correct errors in their reading.
Prompt: Provide suggestions on where to find help [picture, initial sound, reread etc). Ask: Does the picture help? What would make sense? What does it look like? What does it start with?
Praise: Any efforts and attempts made Offer encouragement to try again
Always be positive
Learning walks this Thursday
Thank you to our parents who have sent their RSVP notes in to be part of our learning walks on Thursday. This will be a time to put on a sharp lense and learn about what good learning looks, sounds and feels like in a 21st Century classroom.
We forward look to seeing you and receiving feedback about this experience.
"Love One Another"
Author Visit – Dr Cameron Stelzer, The Story Doctor
On Monday 11 and Friday 15 March, we have a special visit from Author and Illustrator Dr Cameron Stelzer. Dr Cameron is visiting St Michael’s Primary School to run workshops with our Year 3-6 students. Cameron will be engaging Year 3 and Year 5 students in a workshop to motivate and inspire students with their writing, and help prepare them for their own narrative and persuasive writing tasks. Year 4 students will be taking a behind-the-scenes look at creating a book, and applying their own creative components. Cameron will be engaging Year 6 students in a writing workshop exploring exciting and descriptive language. Students and teachers are looking forward to a great two days!
In conjunction with the Author Visit, St Michael’s Primary School families have a special opportunity to purchase signed and personalised copies of Cameron’s books at special prices. Individual books are $15 each and there are also exclusive book sets available. Students will receive an order form on the day of the workshops. Forms and payment can be returned the following day to the Library.
2019 SWIMMING PROGRAM TIMETABLE
Our swimming program has begun at St. Michael’s for 2019. Each grade will attend in a different week during Term 1. Each class will go at a different time during the day.
Year 1: Term 1 Week 7, March 11th – 15th
9:30-10:30 1 GOLD (Pick up at 9:15)
10:30-11:30 1 BLUE (Pick up at 10am)
11:30-12:30 1 WHITE (Pick up at 11am)
10:30-1:30 1 GREEN (Pick up at 12noon)
Year 3: Term 1 Week 8, March 18th – 22nd
9:30-10:30 3 BLUE (Pick up at 9:15)
10:30-11:30 3 WHITE (Pick up at 10am)
11:30-12:30 3 GREEN (Pick up at 11am)
10:30-1:30 3 GOLD (Pick up at 12noon)
St Michael's Primary School
Below is a table showing the thresholds established across the Diocese for student attendance and the accumulated effects over 10 years of school time lost. Attendance Rate
Days absent per year
Cumulative Absence over 10 years of school
90% or more
Low or zero
20 days or less
Adds up to 1 year or less schooling missed
80% - 89%
Between 20 - 40 days
Adds up to 1-2 years schooling missed
70% - 79%
Between 40-60 days
Adds up to 2-3 years schooling missed
69% or lower
60 or more days
Adds up to 3 years plus schooling missed
The School Locker shop is open every Monday and Wednesday mornings
from 8.00am to 10.30am for all your uniform needs.
Our pre-loved uniform shop is open every Wednesday 8.30am-9.30am
8/9 Year Boys
10 Year Boys
Ben Norman Cooper DeBono
11 Year Boys
12 Year Boys
8/9 Year Girls
10 Year Girls
Meya Kinnane Pearce
12 Year Girls
CROSS COUNTRY AND FUN RUN
Last Wednesday we held our annual primary cross country and our first infants run on the school grounds. Firstly, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our parent volunteers who arrived in droves last week to support the cross country. Your support is greatly appreciated and I am sure you enjoyed sharing this experience with your children.
Thank you to all the boys and girls for their efforts on the day participating with such enthusiasm and a positive attitude. To the St Michael’s staff thank you for your support and energy on the day.
The first 6 placegetters will form our representative team to compete at the Diocesan Cross Country at Eastern Creek on Tuesday 7th May (Term 2, week 2)
Infants Fun Run – What a wonderful turn out of parents/carers and grandparents who arrived to support to cheer on our infant’s students. Was a wonderful sight to see all the boys and girls running around the oval, the smiles on their faces when they crossed the finish line was wonderful.
Our year 6 leaders, sport captains and wellbeing team did a fabulous job supporting the fun run, we thank you all for the great job you did on the day.
On Friday 22nd February, we had 16 swimmers represent St Michael’s at the Blacktown Zone Swimming Carnival. All 4 of our school relay teams qualified through to zone with our junior girls swimming an awesome race to finish 2nd and qualify for the Mackillop Swimming Trials in Homebush later this month. Well done to Peyton Regner, Gabriella Azar, Maisy Cryeszko and Delinda Thompson.
The following students qualified through to Mackillop Swimming Trials in individual events: -
Peyton Regner - 50m Backstroke
Delinda Thompson – 50m Freestyle
August Cyreszko - 50m Butterfly
Sebastian Fenech - 100m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly
Sebastian Fenech was awarded Senior Boy Runner up at the Diocesan Carnival, huge congratulations to you Sebastian on an amazing day in the pool.
We thank Jacinta Estrada for stepping up to take a place in the junior relay team as one of the swimmers is unable to attend the Mackillop Trials. We wish all the St Michael’s swimmers the best of luck.
STAGE 3 BOYS AND GIRLS TOUCH FOOTBALL TRIALS
Stage 3 Touch Gala Day will be held at the Kingsway in St Marys on Friday 12th April (week 11). We will be holding trials at school in week 7, please note: parents/carers will be responsible for getting your child to and from the venue. Your child will need to arrive at the venue 8.15 and be collected at 2pm.
Yours in Sport
Mrs Cristy Budd/ Mr Joe Ng
Parents & Friends Association
Facebook: St Michael’s Blacktown South P&F Email: email@example.com
Kristen Mobile: 0409 952 85 Jackie Mobile: 0414 775 082
Parents Representative Council – Web: http://www.prc.catholic.edu.au/home
School Representative: Michelle Williams
General Meeting: Our general meeting was held on Wednesday 27th February. Thank you to everyone who joined us on the night. We heard about all the wonderful things that have been happening at school and look forward to the year ahead. We also discussed the many wonderful events and fundraising ventures we will be planning for the year. The minutes from this meeting will be shared on our facebook page so please be sure to have a look. We welcome any questions or ideas as well.
Disco: We are still working on the details for the disco and will confirm the date, time, location and other details for you very soon.
Shopping Bus tour: Save the date 13th October 2019 for our shopping bus trip just in time for Christmas shopping!!
We are very excited to announce that we have booked a Shopping Tour for Sunday 13th October, 2019 which is just in time to start organising yourself for Christmas lol.
Date: Sunday 13th October 2019
Tour Cost: $34 (min 40) / $37 (min 30) / $39 (min 20) /
$55 (min 15) paying passengers
Times: Pick Up: 7.00am Drop Off: 6.00pm
Pick up Address: School Bus Bay, Orwell Street
We are looking into the possibility of providing pre-paid lunch packs (salads / wraps, water etc.) instead of stopping for a Pub Lunch which will save $$ and increase our Shopping Time J I will keep you updated.
How to Book: Please contact Jackie Coleman (details below) to provide your details & number of people you have coming or to Kris at Kiss & Drop in the mornings. Based on some initial feedback we’ve had we expect this to be popular so get in quick so you don’t miss out.
Money won’t need to be collected until early August so you have plenty of time .
Don't forget to ask your Family & Friends
Jackie Mobile: 0414 775 082
Jackie Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday begins the liturgical season of Lent. There’s no better time than Lent for expressing our solidarity with our neighbours. Throughout Lent, we commit to strengthen our faith through prayer, reflection, fasting and giving.
What is Lent all about? Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday? Why 40 days? If you are looking for answers, then use the link below to watch the video about Ash Wednesday and Lent. It explains the significance of this season of prayer, fasting and giving, and how you can make the most of this time of repentance and renewal.
We will celebrated Ash Wednesday with a whole school prayer at 9.15am in the Primary Quad.
Project Compassion empowers us to put our faith into action this Lenten season, and act with compassion and solidarity with our neighbours so that, wherever we live, whatever our circumstances, whatever our level of wealth or poverty, we can share the same chance of a better future for our families and communities.
Each family will receive a Project Compassion box on Wednesday. Students will be asked to return the boxes later in the term.
Xt3 Lent Calendar
The calendar is a Catholic resource to be used for your own individual
Lenten journey. Each day you will be provided with a Lent or Easter themed multimedia feature including reflective podcasts, animated videos and more.
Go to www.xt3.com/lent