Issue 13 | 28th August 2018
St Michael's Primary School, Blacktown South
From the Principal
We are fortunate to provide many learning opportunities for the children at St Michael’s. Over the last weeks we have watched children participate in Sporting Events, Captivate 10th Anniversary Showcase, Voice of Youth Public Speaking, ICAS Assessments, Eisteddfods and accept the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We continue to celebrate the children’s achievements in the wider community such as travelling Internationally for Dance, Cheerleading, Cycling, Soccer, Netball and musical achievements.
There are many ways that children reach their learning goals.
Last week 15 students in Year 6 performed in the 10th Anniversary CAPTIVATE Showcase which was held at the Quaycentre, Homebush. The students are to be congratulated for their ongoing commitment to attend rehearsals. There were 1800 students from both Primary and Secondary who performed at the CAPTIVATE Showcase in Dance, Drama, Instrumental, Choir and Voice.
Our students showcased their verse speaking and acting talents. I would like to thank Mrs Camilleri who supported the students through rehearsals and arranged transport to and from the venues.
Congratulations to Joshua and Adam in Year 6 who recently represented St Michael’s at the Cluster final. Joshua won the Cluster Final for Voice of Youth on that day. We wish Joshua well as he now represents our Cluster at the Divisional Semi Final.
ASSISTANT Principal REPORT
Congratulations to our students who particapted in ICAS Digital Technologies and Writing. We are proud of you all.
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES WRITING
Year 3 Year 3
Credit: Diya Brahmbhatt Distinction: Diya Brahmbhatt
Merit: Sidhi Oruganti
Participation: Shreeya Singh Bhavrit Sidhu
Year 4 Participation: Anne-Marie Saba
High Distinction: Jared Ragasajo Shreeya Singh
Credit: Tanmay Gupta Year 4
Tanush Oberoi Credit: Nicole Hathi
Merit: Archie Griffiths
Participation: Joseph Ghattas
Participation: Beau Mazzitelli Tanmay Gupta
Year 5 Tanush Oberoi
Participation: Raija Punjwani
Sahej Singh Year 5
Rubal Sraw Credit: Sahej Singh
Year 6 Merit: Raija Punjwani
Credit: Keyan Patel
Participation: Rubal Sraw
Merit: Ronash Alves
We will continue to celebrate our ICAS students in the coming weeks.
Our Survivor-a-thon is fast approaching and there are a few important reminders and information. Children will need to bring recess and lunch to school on our a-thon day. As we are staying on site, students can bring their school bags.
We need parent helpers!
We need parent helpers on the day to assist us moving between activities and to run activities at the different areas. Please complete the return slip if you can help.
All parent helpers need to do child protection training and undertaking!
There will be an opportunity for children to get their hair coloured with hair spray, nails painted or temporary tattoos. Each of these things cost $1 each. This proved to be a huge success last year, so we have decided to continue it again this year. Students will also get to design their own buffs and partake in guessing competitions, all to raise money for our school!
The Survivor-a-thon is all about community building but the other reason is to raise money for resources for all our students. We encourage you to raise as much money as you can. There are great prizes for all students, and this year we wanted to give all our students an incentive to fundraise.
So here are our school goals!
By the end of Week 9 if we raise…...
$5,000 - All students will be able to have a crazy sock day on Monday of Week 10.
$10,000 - All students will enjoy a movie afternoon at school in Week 10.
$20,000 - We can have a Mufti day in Week 10!
There will be prizes for the students in each class who raise the most money. These children will receive a movie voucher.
Those students who bring their money in by Tuesday morning of week 9, will receive an extra 15 minutes play time with Miss Cox and Mrs O’Rourke in Week 9!
There will also be other great prizes to win! Our goal is to work together and raise as much as we can so we all are able to enjoy the rewards and then be able to buy amazing playground equipment for our students!
Get yourself fundraising and let’s beat our $20,000 goal!!!
"Love One Another"
Today, I took 10 year 5 students to participate in the Presentation Schools Retreat Day at Australian Catholic University, Strathfield. They will participate in a day of learning and reflection about Nano Nagle. We will join other Presentation Schools from across Sydney. The students attending are Jessica, Sommer, Carmilla, Jan, Maddison, Raha, Lily, Alyssa, Athalie and Eliza.
Nano Nagle was born in 1718. Which means if she was alive today it would be her 300th birthday at some stage this year! We are a Presentation School, we follow the traditions of Nano Nagle. Today, we will celebrate and remember her birth, her legacy as a leader in Catholic Education and her role as a disciple of Jesus. As part of the day the students will plan how they can bring the spirit of Nano and Presentation People back to St Michael’s.
On Friday we will celebrate Father’s Day at St Michael’s with a BBQ breakfast at 7.15am followed by a Liturgy at 8.15am. All fathers, grandfathers and those who are father figures to our students are invited to attend.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
BLACKTOWN ZONE ATHLETICS - St Michael’s students had a wonderful day at the Blacktown Zone Athletics Carnival. We had students competing in a variety of events with some wonderful results on the day. We had 15 students successfully make it through to the Diocesan Carnival. Congratulations to Michelle Otim who was awarded the 11 year girl Age Champion and Gloria Kuri the Junior girl Runner Up on the day.
Thank you to Mr Clarke and Mrs Chahine who volunteered their time to fulfill our parent helper duties. A big thank you to Mrs Foxe and Miss Cox for ensuring all our students competed in their events.
DIOCESAN ATHLETICS - Last Thursday we had 15 students compete at the Diocesan Athletics Carnival. The competition steps up a whole level at this event. Our students represented our school with pride and had a great day. We were successful in getting 3 students through to the MacKillop Athletics Trials in September. We wish these children the best of luck at this event Bankrasio Burris - 100m, Michell Otim - 100m and Kairi Pope - High Jump.
STAGE 2 TOUCH FOOTBALL GALA DAY - These trials have been held at school and notes will be coming home today. Please return these permission notes ASAP to Mrs Budd or Mr Ng.
STAGE 3 TOUCH FOOTBALL TRIALS - will be held this Wednesday during school time.
Yours In Sport
Mrs Cristy Budd / Mr Joe Ng
P&F Parents & Friends Association
FATHERS DAY STALL:
Our Father's Day stall will be held on Thursday, 30th August, 2018.
We have many wonderful gifts, (including Grandfather Items) ranging in price from $1.00 to $8.00.
This year we have enough for each child to purchase up to 3 gifts each so they can buy for Grandfathers, Uncles etc. Unfortunately IOU's will not be offered.
Our next P&F meeting will be held on Wednesday, 5th September in the staff room. The meeting will begin at 6.30pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Come along and hear about the things that have been happening at the school. We were so happy to see so many new faces at our last meeting so it will be great to see you all there again.
If you have anything that you would like to add as an Agenda item please send us an email or message Leanne or Kristen.
St Michael's Primary School