Term 1 Week 4 | 19th 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,
“We are currently preparing our students for jobs that don’t exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” -Karl Fisch-
What a huge responsibility our teachers have in educating your children for an unknown future! At St. Michael’s, we are trying very hard to set your children (our students) up for success. Our current Kindergarten students will finish their High School education in October 2031.
We are ensuring our students have the key skills and competencies to undertake any work challenge in 2032 when they start their tertiary education or enter the workforce. Your children need to be creative problem solvers, collaborative and articulate team members that can think critically about the issues being presented. This is the world we are living in. This is not the future; this is what is happening right now.
These words of encouragement were given to one of our teachers last week from a student - ‘That’s O.K. you’re still learning!’ How wonderful that our students are growing this capacity to recognise that learning something new takes lots of opportunity, mixed with failure and supported by encouragement. The teachers are constantly reminding the students about having a growth mindset approach to all their learning and in fact to life in general.
Here are some of the important messages that we focus on:
We can treat our brain like a muscle that can grow stronger;
Challenging and hard learning improves our brain;
Everyone learns in different ways;
It takes time, effort, persistence, and willingness to ‘have a go’ when we are learning something new;
We learn so much from our failures and mistakes;
Other people’s success is something to be learned from;
Feedback provides the opportunity to implement new and better ideas for learning from others.
There is powerful and conclusive evidence found in educational research, (2007, pg. 1) Every Parent Matters, 2007 UK.) that parents and the home environment created, are the single most important factors in shaping children’s achievements and prospects.
With this in mind, teachers recognise the significant contribution that parents make to the nurturing of a growth mindset in children.
To support your child’s learning development at school, we would like to share with you some Growth Mindset responses that you can use instead of saying ‘you are smart’ to encourage your child at home when they are learning –
Your hard work has really paid off.
I’m proud of you for giving it your best effort.
You never give up even when it is hard.
You are not afraid of a challenge: I like that!
You showed great perseverance reaching your goal.
You have such a positive attitude.
I am happy that you figured that out for yourself.
At present, the teachers are working with their students to set ‘Personal Learning Goals’ in literacy, numeracy and learning behaviours that will be monitored, evaluated and reported on with the students having the responsibility of providing evidence of their success. Personal Learning Goals allow your child to become an active participant in the learning process, empowering them to be independent learners, and motivating them to achieve their full potential. These goals will be presented to you at our Goal Setting Conferences in Weeks 4 & 5, so please make sure you attend with your child. We are after a 100% turnout! Online bookings have now closed. However, you can make a booking by ringing the office. If you haven’t sent in the questionnaire, please bring it to the meeting.
Mrs Sue Veling
REMINDER - SCHOOL PHOTO'S ARE NEXT MONDAY, 25th MARCH -
ALL STUDENTS ARE TO WEAR THEIR FULL SUMMER SCHOOL UNIFORM
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 2 & 3.
Elissa Layous, Isaiah Celeste, Asreet Hallanhill, Isaiah Dagher, Sophia Azar, Armaan Dave, Chris Leke, Lorian Aquilina, Oliver Sequeira, Lily Nilon, Avi Pawar, Amelia Hadiwidjaja, Jaxson Stevenson, Amrit Atwal, Edwards Abrahams, Amelia Ventrice, Callum Dixon, Konstantina Koutchavlis, Savannah Elia, Antonio Capeski, Rayansh Patil, Misha Soni, Eshaan Dave, Antonia Duque Gaviria, Mila Stribl, Joshua Ghattas, Sebastian Vrljic, Tina Geu, Olivia Cousens, Jade Thompson, Oliver Smith, Patrick Agon, Delinda Thompson, Preston Young, Dooree Chung, Diya Brahmbhatt, Allison Attard, Anne-Marie Saba, Georgia Roberts, Thomas Clarke, Sidhi Oruganti, Maddison Porter, Rojeh Salama, Ericka Brillo, Archie Griffiths, Jared Ragasajo, Jessica Waligora, Dante Rubbo, Veneet Brar, Mackenzie Lillia, Daniel Cinya, Camilla Aquino, Lilli Cumbo, Cooper Hurst, Ayak Bol, Samantha Goyena, Simma Alizadeh.
Aarah Parikh, Eddie Amper, Nevaeh Landrelli, Christopher Makdesi, Fredrich Brillo, Alyssa Vilathgamuwa, Harry Bajada, Robin Zaidan, Riley Sant, Elena Amper, Luca Totaro, Krishna Brahmbhatt, Braxton Fernandez, Elora O’Neill, Joel Gordon, Niam Derrick, Haarsini Rajeevan, Joseph Muratore, Kiara Kothari, Kenisho Patel, Shimmer Ghodke, Estelle Fong, Shrevin Shrestha, Jessica Fernando, Alezander Koufos, Abram Shenouda, Sophie Ackroyd, Jayden Lattouf, Madison Rendon, Christian Barrs, John Dawood, Sienna Cataldo, Aaron Nogueiro, Johnny Pavlovic, Carmella Aquino, Aditya Puthran, Emily Stevenson, Jacinta Estrada, Peyton Regner, Lila Banjanac, Amelia Korczowski, Julianne Lemi, Mikayla Hayes, Cienna DeLuca, Jocelyn Moreno, Gabrielle Walsh, Alyssa Dunn, Lilly-Grace Ingram, Clara Mavloudi, Navneet Benipal, Samara Serra, Declan Naughton, Adam Attard, Georgia Langshaw, Rubal Sraw
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, please send an Absentee Form through Skoolbag app to email an absence or reply to the SMS text message that you will receive on the day that your child is absent. If you are unable to do the above, please send a note explaining your child's absence which required within 7 days of returning to school. If no note is received the absence is recorded as ‘unexplained’.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MR JOHN CINYA
Congratulations to our St Michael's
parent, John Cinya (Daniel in Year 6
and Simon in Year 4) who will be
ordained as a Deacon on
22nd February at St Patrick's Church.
ANAPHYLAXIS AND FOOD ALLERGIES
A large number of St. Michael’s students have severe allergies, including 8 students with Anaphylaxis, which is a life threatening condition. St. Michael’s, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Policy has been developed to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to minimise the exposure of students at risk of an allergic reaction to known allergens within the school environment or while attending an official school excursion.
At St. Michael’s School we ask for everyone's cooperation in minimising the risk to our students by not bringing nuts to school, limiting the amount of Nutella spread and eggs and asking all students NOT TO SHARE, SWAP OR TRADE THEIR FOOD.
The CEDP’s protocols stipulate that staff receive training in the management of anaphylaxis. The school follows the protocols set out in the document Anaphylaxis Training, Guidelines, Procedures for Schools and Children's Services.
SCHOOL PHOTO DAY
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 have been sent home with every student. Please return these envelopes on PHOTO DAY. If you would like to have a family photo please collect envelope from the office.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2019 - CELEBRATIONS OF LEARNING
As part of Catholic Schools Week, on Monday 4th March the classroom doors will be thrown open after our school assembly for Celebrations of Learning between 9:30-10:30am. 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! A coffee cart will be available on the school grounds between 8:30-10:30!
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.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
OPENING SCHOOL MASS
On Friday we celebrated our Opening School Mass, which included the blessing and presentation of medals to our Year 6 Leadership Team and a welcome to all new staff and students. It was great to see and meet so many parents, friends and grandparents. This was a beautiful mass led by Fr. Regie and I was so impressed with the children’s reverence and the confidence in which they responded to the prayers.
ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
Registrations are now open for boys and girls who would like to train as altar servers. The training is open to anyone who has made their First Eucharist. To register your child, please call the Parish Office on 9622 1125.
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 & students in Years 5 & 6
Term 3 - Confirmation for Year 5 students & students in Year 6
Term 4- Reconciliation for Year 3 students & 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.
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 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.
Blacktown Zone Swimming Carnival – Last Wednesday we had 18 swimmers represent St Michael’s at the Zone Swimming Carnival. The weather was superb and our ‘super fish’ all had a fantastic day at Mount Druitt Pool. A big thank you to Mrs Gardoll and Mr Clarke for volunteering to be our parent helpers on the day. We appreciate your time and support. Thank you to Mrs Azar who ensured all our children made it to their events and cheered on our students on the day.
CONGRATULATIONS to: -
August Cyreszko – Junior Boy Runner Up
Libby Gardoll – Senior Girl Champion
Sebastian Fenech – Senior Boy Champion
Diocesan Swimming Carnival – Blacktown Pool Friday 22nd Februrary 2019
This Friday we will have 16 swimmers attending the Diocesan Swimming Carnival at Blacktown. All 4 relay teams were successful in getting through to the Diocesan Carnival. We wish them all the best for Friday.
To our swimmers who are competing in individual events we wish you good luck and look forward to sharing your news in the next newsletter.
2019 Diocesan Swimming Representatives:
Delinda Thompson, Maisy Cyreszko, Gabriella Azar, Peyton Regner, August Cyreszko, Thomas Clarke, Marko Vidovic, Xavier Fenech, Libby Gardoll, Taylor Norman, Genevieve Allen, Maddison Cash, Sebastian Fenech, Rafael Vidovic, Jared Ragasajo, Francesco Tabone
School Cross Country and Fun Run – Wednesday 27th February 2019
Last week a general information sheet was sent home with all students, providing information about the upcoming Primary Cross Country event and the Infants Fun Run. This was NOT a permission note, Parents/carers only fill in the bottom section of the Primary Cross Country note if you are volunteering to act as a helper on the day. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered. We are still in need of more parents to assist on the day.
Thank you to those Year 2 students who turn 8 in 2019 for returning your notes in relation to the cross country/ fun run option. If we could have all of these notes returned ASAP it would be greatly appreciated.
School hats and drink bottles - Please ensure your child has their school hat and a drink bottle filled with water each day. At St Michael’s we are a sun safe school. ALL students must have a hat to participate in their weekly PE lesson. We strongly encourage students to bring a water bottle to their PE lesson as hydration is very important especially in these warmer months.
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.
The swimming questionnaire and permission note sent home two weeks ago is now OVERDUE. Swimming lessons are compulsory for all students in Years 1-6 at St. Michael’s.
Yours in Sport,
Mrs Cristy Budd/ Mr Joe Ng
Kindergarten have made a great start to their primary school journey! They are learning and settling in well to new routines and responsibilities. Kindergarten have engaged enthusiastically in learning through play to explore letters and sounds and counting collections accurately. Our year six buddies paid us a visit and joined in our learning. The children were paired up with their buddies and chose a book for their buddy to read to them and then created portraits of each other. We are all excited for the year of learning ahead!
aSSIStant PRINCIPAL REPORt
STUDENT GOAL SETTING - The Parent/Teacher/Student Goal Setting meetings have begun and we have received positive feedback from families and teachers. We hope you have found them helpful in getting to know your child’s teacher as well as getting to know what learning goals your child has in order to help support them at home.
AFTERNOON DISMISSAL - Dismissal is progressing well. Thank you for your patience and support in helping us get this right to promote safe dismissals. From next week - Week 5 Kindergarten students will begin to walk up to Orwell Street Parent Pick (orange tag) to meet parents.
UNIFORM - Our school uniform is a symbol of our entire school community. We are asking for your support to ensure that your child comes to school in the correct uniform, worn appropriately every day.
SPORT UNIFORM: Sports shoes are to be predominantly white, with white laces. Sports socks are white ankle socks.
SCHOOL BAGS: Your child should be using the St. Michael’s School backpack with the school crest on the flap.
HAIRCUTS: Haircuts are to be in a sensible and conventional style. No extremes of fashion in hairstyle cut or colour.
JEWELLERY: In the interest of safety and security no jewellery should be worn. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings at school or at any school activities. Girls may wear small sleeper earrings or studs.
Over the next fews weeks we will be ensuring our students are coming to school wearing full school uniform. A big thank you to all families who have been ensuring their child comes to school wearing the correct uniform.
KINDERGARTEN DISCO AND FEEDBACK - We had a huge turnout of new families for our Kindergarten disco and Parent Information Evening We have received also some wonderful feedback on how informative this evening was. We are loving having you as part of our community!
Love One Another
Mon 18th Feb to Friday, 1st March - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
Wed 20th Feb Years 1 and 3 - Minibeats Incursion
Fri 22nd Feb Diocesan Swimming Carnival
Mon 25th Feb School Photos - Full Summer Uniform
Tues 26th Feb School Assembly - 9.00am
Wed 27th Feb School Cross Country - 9.00-11.00am
Wed 27th Feb Infants Fun Run - 11.30-12.30pm
Wed 27th Feb P & F Meeting 6.30-7.30pm
Mon 4th Mar to Friday, 8th March - Catholic Schools Week
Mon 4th Mar Year 6 - Swimming Lessons
Mon 4th Mar School Assembly - 9.00am
Mon 4th Mar Celebrations of Learning - Open Classroom - 9.30-10.30am
FROM THE LIBRARY
Book Club - Brochures for Scholastic Book Club are being sent out now. There are a wide range of popular books available at reasonable prices but there is no obligation to make a purchase.
Please note that the last date to order online or receive orders in school will be Wednesday 27 Feb not Wednesday 20 Feb as stamped on the brochures. I apologise for the error.
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. Remember to send back the whole order form, not just pictures of the items you wish to purchase.
Borrowing - All classes have started their reading journey for 2019 with lots of enthusiasm. Please remember that children need to have a cloth library bag to take their books home and bring them back.
Missing books - Unfortunately there are still quite a lot of books overdue from 2018. If you find any books at home with a St Michaels barcode on the front cover, please send them to the Library. It does not matter how late they are, we are always glad to get them back. Often they are books that other students would like to borrow.
Parents & Friends Association
Facebook: St Michael’s Blacktown South P&F Email: email@example.com
kristen Mobile: 0409 952 852 Jackie Mobile: 0414 775 082
President: Jackie Coleman (Emily - Year 4) Vice President: Kristen Gardoll (Libby - Year 6, Sophie - Year 4)
Secretary- Debbie Faulkner (Joshua - Year 4) Treasurer- Jennifer McWhinnie (Evan - Year 2, Flynn - Kinder)
Social Media Administrator- Leanne Cash (Maddison-Year 6, Rhys - Year 2)
Parent Representatives: Liz Fenech, Elizabeth Haim, Karen Regner, Catherine Saliba, Anthony De Vos
PRC: Parents Representative Council – Web: http://www.prc.catholic.edu.au/home
School Representative: Michelle Williams
2019 Calendar of Events:
February March April
27th - P&F Meeting Crazy Sock Day TBC 5th - Disco
12th - Easter Raffle
PRE-LOVED UNIFORM SHOP is open on WEDNESDAY mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am
Due to unforeseen circumstances School Fee Statements have not been posted. We will keep you updated.
St Michael's Primary School