Issue 20 | 18th December 2018
St Michael's Primary School, Blacktown South
We acknowledge the Darug people, the traditional custodians on whose land we educate.
The staff of St. Michael’s wish each and every family
a happy and Holy Christmas.
May the New Year bring you great happiness and health.
Thank you for your generous support of our school.
Dear Parents, Carers, Students & Friends,
This has been an amazing few weeks at St. Michael’s. Our children were recognised for their learning throughout the year, our 2019 School Leaders were announced, we celebrated our Thanksgiving Mass, showed our appreciation to our parent helpers and we all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Concert celebration.
As 2018 comes to a close, we reflect on what a busy year it has been, filled with learning and opportunity.
Joined children across the diocese in the choir programme, sporting carnivals and gala days, Chess Competition, ICAS Testing, Voice of Youth, Celebrated ten years of Captivate; Mission Mass and Expo;
Cared for the vegetable gardens;
Attended a number of excursions and incursions related to their units of work;
Celebrated Nano Nagle’s 300 year of birth and learnt how to become Presentation People;
Reached out to those in need using some a-thon money - farming families in NSW, communities in the Philippines, and CARITAS.
Celebrated the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation
All the while the students have been enthusiastic and appreciative of how fortunate they are to be cared for and loved in such wonderful families and by such dedicated teachers. The teachers would especially like to thank the children for their hard work and enthusiasm.
The staff at St. Michael’s is a committed and energetic group of professionals and I would like to thank each of them not only for what they do as part of their role as teachers in a Catholic school, but all the extra little and big things that they do to make each and every child’s experience at St. Michael’s wonderful.
At St. Michael’s we have a dedicated and friendly support staff – from the ladies in the office and teacher assistants to our maintenance staff and trainees. Each of these staff members are the face of our school to the students, parish and wider community and are known for their compassionate and energetic manner. We are so grateful to them.
Finally, to our parents. On behalf of all the staff, I thank you for your energy, encouragement, support and challenge. We have worked together this year to achieve great outcomes for the children – we witness this each and every day. I would once again like to thank the Parents and Friends Association for their support. It is through the many celebrations that the P & F organise that the parents and students at St. Michael’s feel so welcome, acknowledged and involved. We now look forward to a fantastic holiday and to returning full of enthusiasm and energy in 2019. Merry Christmas and May the Peace and Joy of the Christmas season fill your hearts and homes.
Mrs Sue Veling
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”.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2018 :
Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients
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 85.4%, which is well below the CEDP target of 90%. No class has reached the 90% level this week. However, Year 1 and Year 2 are very close.
We love seeing all our students at school.
It is hoped that in 2019 ALL students will attend school every day
so no learning is lost.
I ask all parents to make this a priority in 2019.
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 HE REST IN PEACE
Our prayerful sympathy is extended to the Hadden-Cruz family - Maya in Year 2 - following the recent passing of Maya’s grandfather, Mr Jose Cruz.
Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING AS YOU PREPARE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
We want St. Michael’s to be a waste free school and we ask the students and families to minimise the waste brought/sent to school. Please provide your child with a reusable lunch box and drink bottle.
All students are expected to wear the St. Michael’s uniform with pride throughout the school year. This includes having an appropriate hair cut for the boys and wearing the correct hat, socks and shoes. This helps to keep students focused on their learning whilst also keeping a consistent atmosphere across the school.
Please note the following uniform expectations from Kindergarten to Year 6:
Students are expected to wear the school socks.
School shoes are black leather lace ups/velcro.
White fold over socks must be worm with sport shoes
Sport shoes are to be predominantly white, with white laces - not coloured shoe laces.
No slip on ‘Raben’ type shoes nor coloured joggers, runners or basketball boots.
Thank you for ensuring that your child upholds the uniform code.
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.
Over the next year the school cap will be phased out and replaced with the bucket hat.
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.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Have you entered the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? Haven’t heard about it? Well it’s on now! The Summer Reading Challenge is all about discovery and new ideas - whether it's a new book, character or genre that you enjoy, we want to hear about your love for reading. This year, we're hoping to see more entries than ever before!
Entry is easy. Simply go to http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au to find out how you could win a mini iPad. You have all summer to enter and the more times you enter the more chances you have to win. Entries close 5pm on 4th February 2019.
ST. MICHAEL’S STAFF 2019
Principal: Mrs Sue Veling
Assistant Principal: Miss Deborah Cox
Religious Education Coordinator: Mrs Anne Easton
Kindergarten Coordinator: Mrs Karen Foxe
Stage 1 Coordinator: Mrs Natasha Pullen
Stage 2 Coordinator: Miss Kirsty Reynolds
Stage 3 Coordinator: Mr Luke Baddock
Well-Being Coordinator: Miss Josephine Galea
Instructional Coaches: Mrs Natasha Pullen & Mrs Elizabeth Carrington
Kindergarten Green: Miss Janine Bocason
Kindergarten Gold: Miss Jemima Said
Kindergarten Blue: Miss Natalie Franklin
Kindergarten White: Miss Courtney Cavaleri
Year 1 Green: Mrs Emma Moore
Year 1 Gold: Miss Jenny Khazen
Year 1 Blue: Mrs Maria Finucane
Year 1 White: Miss Hayley Hewitson
Year 2 Green: Miss Linda Haddad
Year 2 Gold: Miss Rachael Daniels
Year 2 Blue: Miss Erin Hall
Year 2 White: Mrs Stephanie Lumanglas/Mrs Amy Williams
Year 3 Green: Mr Luke Xuereb
Year 3 Gold: Mrs Anne Easton/Mrs Tina Barbuto
Year 3 Blue: Miss Nicole Edwards
Year 3 White: Miss Lillian Horish
Year 4 Green: Mr Peter Spicer
Year 4 Gold: Miss Kirsty Reynolds/Mrs Charlotte Mott
Year 4 Blue: Mrs Christine Ciccone
Year 4 White: Miss Sue Bodle
Year 5 Gold: Mrs Anne-Maree Abrahams/Mrs Michelle Mastrosa
Year 5 Blue: Miss Maryrose Estepa
Year 5 White: Mrs Norma Eid
Year 6 Green: Mrs Julia Reaidi
Year 6 Gold: Mrs Harlane Petersen
Year 6 Blue: Mr Luke Baddock/Mrs Sandra Russo
Year 6 White: Mrs Siobhan Boje/Mrs Lisa Sebelic
Diversity Coordinator: Mrs Karen Foxe
Diversity Support: Mrs Karen Valeri
Reading Recovery Teachers: Mrs Colleen Walsh; Miss Paula Cassar;
Miss Rebecca Speed; Miss Kathryn Long
EMU Specialists Year 1: Miss Paula Cassar; Miss Rebecca Speed,
Miss Kathryn Long
EMU Specialist Middle Primary: Miss Josephine Galea
Targeted Learning Program: Mrs Deborah Cox & Mrs Karen Foxe
ASD Specialist: Mrs Cristy Budd
Family Counsellor: Mrs Angelique Fernandes
Teacher Assistants: Mrs Danielle Rye; Mrs Renee Azar; Mrs Gai Clark;
Mrs Deidre McLoughlin; Miss Patrina Lepatu; Mrs Louise Galea
LIBRARY & TECHNOLOGY
Librarian: Mrs Annie Pinto
LTST Coordinator: Miss Josephine Galea & Mrs Julia Reaidi
LTST Trainee: Mr Ethan Morris
SPECIALIST SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Creative Arts Program: Mrs Grace Camilleri & Ms Melanie Cicchini
Strings Program: Mrs Grace Camilleri
Sports Program (K-6): Mrs Cristy Budd & Mr Joe Ng
Senior Finance Officer: Ms Madlin Aboelsaad
School Secretary: Mrs Lynne Campbell
School Secretary: Mrs Amanda Hart
School Business Manager: Mrs Joyce Lim
Grounds & Maintenance: Mr Ken Lewis
Cleaners: CHARMAX Cleaning Services & Mrs Doris White
aSSIStant PRINCIPAL REPORt
I wish to thank the parents and families for your support in my first year as Assistant Principal. This year has been a challenging year for all of us with so much continual change in our community. I am grateful for the support given to me by our community and have enjoyed working alongside you providing the best possible future for your children. Your constant support and friendship I have treasured. It has been a pleasure to work with you.
I look forward to the wonderful year of learning ahead for your children in 2019. Have a happy, holy and safe Christmas and I look forward to your return next year.
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
Love One Another
The gospel passages of the second and third weeks of Advent this year featured John the Baptist in his role of preparing the way for the coming of Jesus; the one who announces the arrival of the Christ. In next week’s Gospel, we might say that the as yet unborn John is already recognising the presence of the Christ. When Mary goes to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, the child within Elizabeth’s womb – John – leaps for joy. At the time of the Annunciation, Mary is also told that her cousin, Elizabeth and Zechariah, although very old, were to also give birth to a child. Mary rushes to visit Elizabeth, not to make sure that the angel was telling her the truth but because the fact that Elizabeth was also pregnant was a sign of confirmation to Mary that she had indeed made the right decision. Elizabeth’s unlikely pregnancy confirms for Mary the even greater truth of her own pregnancy. These two women, share a common experience of God acting in their lives to bring about unlikely events. The lives of their two children will be linked such that the one who leapt for joy in his mother’s womb will eventually baptise the other and announce the arrival of his ministry to the people of Israel.
The joy expressed by Elizabeth and her child reflects the joy of all people as we draw so close to the celebration of Christmas and the greatest expression of God’s love – to enter into the world as one just like us and share our experience.
Thank you to all our families who supported the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. As you can see the amount of food donated was amazing. How good is it to be able to help those in our community less fortunate than ourselves?
I want to wish each and every family in our community a happy and peace filled Christmas, may the joy of the Christ Child be with you and your family. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday.
Mrs Anne Easton
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Twilight Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to all our participants who attended the annual twilight swimming on Friday 7th December. It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating our talented swimmers. Thank you to all the families who came along and supported their children at the event.
To the staff who attended the event and helped make it a successful afternoon THANK YOU your contribution and time is very much appreciated. Congratulations to our students who were awarded Age Champion or Runner up in the junior, 11 years and Snr divisions.
Junior Boys Age Champion AUGUST CYRESZKO Junior Boys Runner Up MARKO VIDOVIC
Junior Girls Age Champion PEYTON REGNER Junior Girls Runner Up MAISY CYRESZKO
Junior Girls Runner Up GABRIELLE AZAR
11 Year Boys Age Champion JARED RAGASAJO 11Year Boy Runner Up FRANCESCO TABONE
11 Year Girl Age Champion GENEVEIVE ALLEN 11 YEAR Girl Runner Up GEORGIA TAKTAK
Snr Boy Age Champion SEBASTIAN FENECH Snr Boy Runner Up RAFAEL VIDOVIC
Snr Girl Age Champion LIBBY GARDOLL Snr Girl Runner Up TAYLOR NORMAN
Blacktown Zone Swimming Carnival – Thursday 14th February – Mt Druitt Pool
Permission notes and further information will be sent home in week 1 of Term 1, 2019.
Thank You - A big THANK YOU to all the parents/carers who have assisted in any way throughout 2018 at any of the carnivals or gala days, we have appreciated your assistance at the various events. Thank you to those parents/carers who have come along to watch and support your children, the children enjoy having you share these experiences with them.
Wishing our St Michael’s community, a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the summer holidays
Mrs Cristy Budd & Mr Joe Ng
St Michael's Primary School
2019 LITERACY & MATHEMATICS TESTING JANUARY: KINDERGARTEN
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)
(Please use code 3buen)
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.
School will resume for students in Years 1-6
on Thursday 31st January
THE ON-LINE BOOKINGS FOR INTERVIEWS (YEARS 1-6)
(Please use CODE w7ej3)