Term 1 Week 2 | 5th February 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,
Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019 and a new year of living, loving and learning in Christ. As we begin this year, the parish community welcomes our new families and staff who are joining our school. I wish them a rewarding and fulfilling experience at St. Michael’s School.
115 of our newest and youngest members of the community began school on Monday. Their happy faces and excitement bubbled over as they walked through the gates carrying their school bags and wearing their hats with such pride. The children are settling into the school routine very quickly and they have embraced the learning agenda like a fish to water. Well done to our Kindergarten students.
As we embark on a new year let us be challenged to use our special gifts to:
Laugh often at the joys of life
Pray daily, giving thanks for what we have received
Never turn away someone in need
Continue to read and learn throughout life
Pass on the stories of history and life with those we love
Take time to enjoy God’s creation through gardening, bushwalks, ocean swims
And of course...always be ready to greet someone, shake hands and smile!
May 2019 be a year of fulfilment and joy for our community as we love one another not only with words but with actions. Be secure in the belief that we will continue to build God’s kingdom here at St. Michael’s School.
Mrs Sue Veling
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. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT FOR KINDERGARTEN & DISCO
A meeting for Kindergarten parents will take place on Wednesday 13th February at 7:00pm in the Kindergarten classrooms. This meeting will fill parents in on the learning, routines and everyday running of Kinder. We encourage all Kindergarten parents to come along and join us, even if you have attended in the past.
While parents are in this meeting the Kindergarten students are invited to a disco from 6:30-8:00pm on the same evening. Parents can drop their children off on the Infants Playground. School Staff will supervise your children so you can go to the Kindergarten Meeting in the Year 2 Rooms.
PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT - CONFERENCES FOR YEARS 1-6
The formation of a positive school and home relationship is important for your child’s well-being and development. With this in mind, St. Michael’s will begin the year with individual Parent-Teacher-Student-Conferences in Weeks 4 & 5. These conferences are compulsory and we ask all parents and students to attend so learning goals can be presented for each child.
These conferences will occur for students in Year 1-6 in between Monday 18 February and Friday 1 March. The online booking system will open for bookings next week.
ATTENDANCE - EVERY LEARNER - EVERY DAY
At St. Michael’s, we 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.
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 or just reply to the SMS sent to you.
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.
MAY SHE REST IN PEACE
Our prayerful sympathy is extended to the El-Khoury family - Aiden in 6 Green and Tia in 3 Blue - following the recent passing of their grandmother, Lisa El-Khoury.
Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon her.
May her soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
OPENING SCHOOL MASS
Our Opening School Mass will be held on Friday, 15th February at 9:30am. Everyone is welcome to join us as we celebrate the coming year and welcome our new staff and students and commission our new school leaders.
The Readings next Sunday have a theme of ‘being called’. The first reading is the call of the prophet Isaiah (Is 6:1-8). Demonstrating a complete conversion of heart and mind, Isaiah replies to God when he is called, ‘Here I am, send me!’
In the Gospel, Jesus is being closely pressed by the crowd when he asks a nearby fisherman to take him just off shore to preach without the crowd. Seemingly at random, he has selected the boat of the fisherman Peter. Having finished preaching for the day, Jesus tells Peter to set out into deeper water and pay out his fishing nets. Peter agrees to go through what he thinks is a futile exercise and is overwhelmed by the enormous catch of fish. Like Isaiah in the first reading, Peter is suddenly acutely aware of his own short comings – ‘Leave me Lord; I am a sinful man’. Like Isaiah, he recognises that he has just seen the glory of God revealed and he feels unworthy to be part of the experience. But Jesus reassures him, ‘Do not be afraid,’ and calls Peter to follow.
We are all called to follow in some way. Do you take up the call readily or with hesitation like Peter?
Every class is learning about Nano Nagle in Religious Education for the next few weeks. Why not ask your children what they know about Nano? or What is a Presentation Person?
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE AT THE PLENARY COUNCIL 2020
Submissions to the Plenary Council 2020 close on Ash Wednesday – 6th March. YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Make a personal submission now or join a small group. One question is for everyone: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” To make a submission or to find out more about the Plenary Council 2020 visit: https://parracatholic.org/haveyoursayplenary2020/
Mrs Anne Easton
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
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.
MATHS ASSESSMENT INTERVIEW
Thank you to all parents who brought their children in last week to complete their one-on-one Mathematics Assessment. This is a time-consuming process and very difficult to complete during school hours. The information gathered is invaluable in getting to know your child’s level of competency in Counting, Place Value, Addition & Subtraction and Multiplication & Division by using an interview process rather than a standardised test under test conditions.
A big thankyou to the staff who have given up two of their Staff Development Days to complete this task. For those students who missed out, teachers will need to complete the assessment this week.
PUPIL FREE DAYS FOR 2019
In Term 1 there will be no additional pupil free days.
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.
The 2019 school photos are scheduled to take place on Monday 25th February. This year the children will wear their full SUMMER UNIFORM. Pre-paid envelopes will be sent home soon.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2019 - CELEBRATIONS OF LEARNING
As part of Catholic Schools Week, on Monday 4th March the classroom doors will be thrown open for Celebrations of Learning between 9:15-10:15am. This will be a time for the children to reflect upon their learning and achievements for the term and share it with their family and friends. Celebrations of Learning will be an interactive time for you to join in with the learning. Come and be an active participant in a 21st Century classroom!
Welcome back to all our existing families and a very big welcome to all the new families joining the St. Michael’s community in 2019. The P.E. team hope you all had a wonderful summer break and we look forward to the year ahead.
Please ensure your child has their school hat, sport shoes and a drink bottle filled with water on their allocated P.E. day. As our school has a no-hat, no-play policy it is important that your child has a hat for their outdoor Sports lesson.
We encourage students to have a drink bottle each day filled with water. Water is the best liquid to ensure your child remains hydrated throughout the day. All drink bottles should be plastic, NO GLASS drink bottles should be bought to school.
If your child is unable to participate in a P.E. lesson due to sickness or injury, please send a note in with your child on their sport day to be given to the P.E. teachers.
Please label all children’s belongings and we strongly encourage you to apply sunscreen before leaving home in the morning. Term One can be extremely hot. The weather is monitored and decisions are made as to whether sport is conducted outdoor or indoor as required.
ZONE SWIMMING TEAM
Congratulations to the following students that have made it through to the Zone Swimming Carnival on 13th February at Blacktown Swimming Pool.
Delinda Thompson Marko Vidovic Maisy Cyreszko
Thomas Clarke Isabella Dabit August Cyreszko
Peyton Regner Xavier Fenech Gabriella Azar
Jared Ragasajo Genevieve Allen Francesco Tabone
Georgia Taktak Rafael Vidovic Taylor Norman
Sebastian Fenech Maddison Cash Libby Gardoll
2019 SWIMMING PROGRAM TIMETABLE
Swimming lessons will begin at St. Michael’s in 2019 for students in Years 1 to Years 6. This 5-day intensive compulsory swimming program will be conducted at the Aquatic Safety Training Academy in Seven Hills operated by Royal Life Saving, Australia's leading water safety educator.
The program involves 60-minutes of daily instruction by qualified teachers. The cost of the lessons is included in the 2019 school fees. This program is undertaken in order to further develop the students’ swimming and water safety skills in a structured environment with professional instructors.
Each grade will attend in a different week during Term 1. Each class will go at a different time during the day.
Year 6: Term 1 Week 6, March 4th – 8th
Year 1: Term 1 Week 7, March 11th – 15th
Year 3: Term 1 Week 8, March 18th – 22nd
Year 2: Term 1 Week 9, March 25th – 29th
Year 5: Term 1 Week 10, April 1st – 5th
Year 4: Term 1 Week 11, April 8th – 12th
The program caters for non-swimmers through to accomplished swimmers who will be able to gain experience in stroke techniques by participating in the coaching clinic. The class sizes are kept to a minimum with the ‘least able’ classes attracting smaller numbers to provide the individual attention required. Qualified Austswim Swimming Teachers will teach all children.
Please complete the swimming questionnaire and permission note sent home last week by this Friday 8th February. The swimming pool requires this information ASAP so they can organise their staff.
2019 ST. MICHAEL’S CROSS COUNTRY – WEDNESDAY 27TH FEBRUARY
In Term One we conduct our school cross country event, this year we will be running both a K-2 and 3-6 Cross Country on the school grounds. The 8, 9 & 10 years’ age groups will run 2km with the 11 and 12 years’ age groups completing 3km. Students in K-2 will participate in a Fun Run on the school oval ranging between 400-800m. Cross Country is a compulsory school day event and all students will participate. Primary students run in the age that they will be as at 31st December 2019.
An information note will be sent home soon that will also be requesting parent helpers for the event. NOTE: To volunteer you must have completed the Building Child Safe Communities – Undertaking for Volunteers as well as the online training modules. We look forward to sharing the first whole-school sporting event with our community.
2019 PARRAMATTA TEAM TRIALS Expression of Interest Nominations closing soon for the following sports:
AFL, Cricket, Football (Soccer), Hockey, Netball, Rugby League (11's & Opens), Rugby Union, Softball, Touch Football
Registration must be completed by Thursday 7th February 2019. Please ensure that all sections are filled out appropriately including 'Rep experience' where applicable.
These trials are generally for those children who display an above average ability in their chosen sport. While teams are open in age it is strongly recommended that only children of a representative standard in Years 5 & 6 in 2019 be invited to attend.
Students must be attend the selection trials to be eligible for selection.
Selections will be made based on performance at the trial. Selectors will be appointed based on their experience and background in a particular sport.
Please note that this online registration is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ONLY and MUST be approved by your child's school principal. This will occur after the closing date whereby schools will be emailed their school nominations. Notification to the students will be via the school sports coordinator after the closing date.
The final selection of students to attend the respective sport Diocesan team sport trials is based on the Representative Experience and/or Playing History of the student by the school principal and sports coordinator.
Parents are responsible for organising their child’s transport to and from their respective sport trial and their child’s supervision at the trial
If nominating for more than one sport, a new form must be completed for each sport.
Mrs Cristy Budd/ Mr Joe Ng
PARENT NEWSLETTER & CALENDAR
All school newsletters, school events via the parent calendar and notes sent home are accessible on our website:
OR through the school communication app SKOOLBAG. This app can be downloaded on any smartphone. Our Facebook page (St. Michael’s School, Blacktown South) is also a great way to keep in touch with what is happening at school on a day-to-day basis.
If you would like the newsletter automatically emailed to you each week all you need to do is register through our website. Go to http://www.stmichaelsblacktown.catholic.edu.au/newsletters and enter the relevant details under ‘Subscribe to Our Newsletter’.
KISS AND DROP ZONE – Reservoir Road in the morning
Thank you to everyone for helping to make the Reservoir Road Kiss and Drop in the morning work smoothly. We again ask parents and relatives who are dropping children off to:
· Use the designated area off Reservoir Road;
· Move forward along the driveway until it is your turn;
· DON’T PARK in the Staff Car Park
· Children should stay in the car until you reach the volunteers;
· Be patient and wait for the vehicles to move on;
· The driver should stay in the car;
· Children should use the kerb-side door when getting out of the car
· Please kiss your children before they get out of the car.
· Volunteers are on duty from 8:30am and they will open the car door and help your children alight.
YEAR 2 NEWS
Year 2 have jumped into their learning this year and are settling into their new agile learning space well. They are getting to know the routines and expectations of being a Safe Learner and Respectful Learner. Students are learning about who Nano Nagle was and the importance she is in our lives today. We are all excited for the learning journey ahead, and look forward to working together.
aSSIStant PRINCIPAL REPORt
Welcome back to all of you for this exciting year ahead. We warmly welcome any new families to our community.
This year we are excited by the introduction of new Religious Education and Science and Technology Syllabus. These are ‘inquiry based’.
What is that you ask? Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than mere information delivery. Through the coming year, we will be learning more about inquiry and sharing with you what it looking like at St Michael’s.
This year we will be running many workshops with parents to help you learn more about 21st century education. We hope these workshops will engage, and empower you to be able to help your children at home. We will have the dates for Term 1 workshops shortly.
St Michael’s is now registered as an official sunsafe school. This means we are in the process of creating a policy to ensure we limit the exposure to the UV exposure ( when levels are higher than 3) where possible.
Our policy will be based on the following categories:
● Scheduling (where possible) outdoor activities- Working closely with our PE team as to the location of
PE lessons on hot and high UV days.
● Shade- We have invested in a new shade cloth in Infants which protects from UV rays.
● Hats - The introduction of more sunsafe hats - i.e. phasing out caps and only having bucket hats as our
● Informing the school community
Children are to wear their school hats everyday. When purchasing hats in 2019 and beyond, you will only be able to purchase the broad-rimmed bucket hats, which protect the face, neck and ears whenever they are outside. ( Morning arrival, playtimes, outdoor learning, afternoon dismissal)
School hats are compulsory. If you are unable to purchase one due to financial hardship please come and see me. Those students who do not bring a hat will be required to not play during break times.
Crunch and Sip:
What is Crunch and Sip? Crunch & Sip is a time, each day, when students in primary schools can ‘refuel’ on vegetables and fruit and ‘rehydrate’ with water.
Crunch & Sip aims to increase the consumption of vegetables and fruit and promote them as a delicious snack food for students.
Most classes have begun Crunch & Sip at 10am everyday.
We are encouraging all families to supply crunch and sip snacks each day.
This is an initiative run by NSW Health and we are proud to be associated with our students living a healthier lifestyle. There is research that suggests those students who are not hungry and are well hydrated perform better in the classroom, show increased concentration and are less likely to be irritable and disruptive. This is our aim for all of our students.
Love One Another
A message from our School Captains:
Hello Parents/Guardians, Students and Teachers,
We are going to discuss some things about our school starting with the rubbish. Every recess and lunch we need to remember to put our rubbish in the bin because that is where it belongs.
Next, school uniforms: All boys should have their shirts tucked in every single day. All of the infants children need to wear bucket hats. This is because it blocks out the UV rays from around their heads. Make sure that you have black polished shoes, Blue socks for girls and navy blue with yellow stripes for boys.
Our school hats are a part of our uniform so it is unacceptable for children to be wearing a different hat. We will be checking and reminding students this week.
Kind regards, Sean, Adam, Genevieve and Marli
Mon 11th Feb 9.00am School Assembly
Mon 4th Mar Catholic Schools Week
Wed 13th Feb Blacktown Zone Swimming Carnival, Mt Druitt Pool
Wed 13th Feb Kindergarten Disco and Information from 6.30pm
Mon 18th Feb to Friday, 1st March - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
FROM THE LIBRARY
Welcome back to another exciting year of exploring, reading and learning.
All children can borrow from our extensive collection of print books, eBooks and audio books. Students will come in with their classes on set days to borrow from the library. We strongly encourage all students to borrow books every week for their leisure reading. All books will be borrowed for a period of 1 week.
Could you please ensure your child has a cloth bag to bring their books to and from school. This could be the school library bag, a home-made or store bought cloth library bag.
These are the borrowing days for all classes for Term 1.
Mondays: K Gold, 1 Gold, 1 White, 4 Gold, 4 Green
Tuesdays: K Green, 4 White, 5 Blue, 5 White, 6 Blue, 6 Green, 6 White
Wednesdays: K White, 1 Blue, 1 Green, 2 Gold, 2 Green, 4 Blue, 5 Gold
Thursdays: K Blue, 2 Blue, 2 White, 3 Blue, 3 Gold, 3 Green, 3 White, 6 Gold
Brochures for Scholastic Book Club are sent out once a term. There are a wide range of popular books available at reasonable prices but there is no obligation to make a purchase.
The first brochure will be sent out shortly. There are two ways to place your orders:
Online –You can place your orders and make your payments online via the LOOP ordering system. You will find details on the order form included within the brochure.
School – fill in the order form with your child’s details, clearly mark the books you wish to purchase, tally and send in correct money in a sealed envelope marked Book Club. Please send in forms before the closing date, which will be stamped/written on the order forms. Remember to send back the whole order form, not just pictures of the items you wish to purchase.
All orders will be despatched as one delivery to the school and they will be then sorted and distributed to the classes for the students. Late orders and incorrectly filled order forms will be sent back.
If you have any queries or need any clarifications, please send me a note and I will be very happy to help.
St Michael's Primary School
OPEN TIMES FOR NEW PARENTS FOR 2020
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.
● All fresh vegetables
● All fresh fruit Frozen vegetables and fruit without other additives such as sauces or coatings
● Tinned fruit in water or natural juice on limited occasions
● Tinned vegetables without sauces (preferably no added salt) on limited occasions
● Dried fruit in small amounts and on limited occasions
● Plain water
● ‘Fruit’ products (e.g. fruit leathers, fruit roll-ups, fruit straps)
● Fruit jams or jellies
● Fruit pies or cakes
● Tinned fruit in syrup
● Vegetable or potato crisps
● Hot potato chips
● Olives, Vegetable pastries (pies, pasties)
● Baked vegetable breads
● Vegetable cakes, fritters quiches or similar
● Popcorn Flavoured and/or carbonated water
● Fruit or vegetable juices
● Fruit cordial
● Any drink other than plain water
Healthy Canteens Australia has won the tender to be St. Michael’s Canteen supplier for 2019. Attached is their latest menu. Online ordering is available through Flexischools.com.au OR by placing an order through the classroom basket each morning OR by placing an order at the canteen before school.