23 Nov WSPT - KL @ 2.15
26/11 - 30/11 Swimming K-2
28 Nov Kinder 2019 Orientation Session 2
30 Nov WSPT - 1/2M @ 2.15
3 Dec - 7 Dec Swimming K-2
7 Dec Arts Showcase Assembly
11 Dec Family Christmas Spectacular @ 6pm
14 Dec Yr 6 Farewell/Final Awards Assembly @ 2pm
18 Dec Graduation Mass & Celebration @ 5.30pm
NOTES GONE HOME THIS WEEK
- 2019 Camp note
We are half way through the last term of 2018. Wow, the year has flown by. Looking forward to the last few weeks of the year to have fun and celebrate the huge achievements that have occurred this year.
Goals for 2018
You may recall at the start of the year we indicated three specific areas we were focusing on for 2018. Firstly, improving the data we collect on student's achievement and ensuring we use that data and information to inform our teaching practice. Secondly, ensuring that resourcing within the school is targeted and student centred and lastly, building the leadership within the school of both staff and students.
I am pleased to inform you all that we have made huge headway in these three areas. We have created a electronic data wall which assists us to track student achievement and ensures we are focusing on individual needs. We will continue with this next year, allowing significant amount of time for staff to analyse student achievement as a staff group ensuring all students are being supported and challenged.
We have changed much of what we do at St Michael's to ensure both inside and outside spaces are well-resourced and engaging for students. We have also changed our approach to the additional support that classes and students receive to ensure it is used more effectively.
Lastly, all staff have taken on leadership roles within the school in specific areas and we have developed a stronger student leadership program, something we will continue in 2019. Thank you for all for your continued support and providing feedback. It is much appreciated.
One particular area of focus this year has been to develop a culture of sustainability at St Michael's centred around Miss Jordan's Garden. A key part of this was the creation of Sustainability Leaders. On Tuesday, Damien Webb and two representatives from the sustainability group attended the ActSmart Schools Leadership Awards at the ACT Legislative Assembly. Congratulations to our Sustainability group who were nominated.
Governor General's Sport Day
Tomorrow, Damien Webb and various students across Years 3-6 will attend the annual Governor General's Sport Day. This is a great active day of fun. Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tonight, our Year 3 students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. An important step on their Sacramental journey with quiet reflection and strengthening their relationship with God. Thank you to Meaghan Younger and the Year 3 teachers for supporting the students through this journey. Thank you also to the parents and family members for your support.
We will farewell Rima Kemp at the end of the year. Rima is currently our Indonesian teacher and she commenced at the start of this year. Rima also works at another school and she has decided to finish up and focus on other things that might present leading into the new year. We thank Rima for teaching and promoting the Indonesian language and culture this year. We congratulate and welcome Jacqueline Ramesh to St Michael's who will be taking over as Indonesian Teacher for 2019.
I am hoping to have all the pieces of the staffing puzzle completed in the next fortnight, where I will annouce what grades teachers will be on and other roles. Thank you for your patience regarding this.
Christmas Carol Spectacular Night
This night is fast approaching and so far we have over 170 people rsvp'd (please pray for great weather). As mentioned, this night is about celebrating the festive season and spending time together. The staff and community council would like to say thank you for all your support this year. There will be a free BBQ. Thank you to everyone who has rsvp'd for catering purposes. Could I please ask that you add to the list whether you would be wanting a burger or sausage sandwich. We want to make sure we cater appropriately and have minimum waste at the end of the night. This just gives us a rough idea of what to order. Remember, you are most welcome to bring your own food also for the outside picnic.
Also, information will be coming home shortly regarding providing something for our Christmas Bake Store. In the Christmas spirit, money raised at this store will be donated to some local charities in need at this time of the year.
This night is about celebrating, having fun, giving back and spending time with our amazing school community. This is not a fundraising night, this is solely a community celebration night. We would love to see you all there!
Just a reminder to our school community that we are phasing out the Skoolbag app. In 2019, we will be only using the Schoolzine app (which is linked to our website). The Front Office has more information regarding downloading that app.
In line with our new approach to our newsletter, and being more sustainable, we will also be phasing out printing copies of our newsletter. At present we print some newsletters for the note stand, Parish and some families. In 2019, we will not be printing any newsletters. These will be only available online. Anyone can subscribe to our newsletter and they will receive an email link to access the newsletter and print it yourselves if you like. Thank you for your support with this and promoting a sustainable school.
Enjoy the week ahead.
Congratulations and well done to the following children who were the 'Junk to Funk' winners: Isabella KL, Stella 1/2F, Dylan 3/4W and Sarah Ba 5/6B
All artwork is on display in the library, please drop by and have a look.
Congratulations to the following children who achieved a Harmony Award in Week 6 and will receive their award at our next assembly on 7 December.
We keep in our prayers the students that will receive their First Reconciliation tonight. The Second Rite of Reconciliation celebrations will be held at St Michael’s Church tonight (Thursday 22nd November) beginning at 6:00pm.
Whole School Prayer Time
We look forward to Kindergarten’s Whole School Prayer Time this Friday 23rd November. All families are welcome to join us for this celebration from 2:15 in St Michael’s Church.
Advent is our season of preparation for Christmas in the Catholic Church. Advent begins on Sunday 2nd December this year. At St Michael’s we will pause after morning assembly on the last four Fridays of term for a short Advent prayer service. Families are most welcome to stay with us for these special liturgical season celebrations. Advent prayer celebrations will be led by the following classes:
Friday 30th November
Friday 7th December
Friday 14th December
Friday 21st December
St Vincent de Paul Giving Tree
As in previous years at this time of the year, we like to think of those less fortunate than ourselves. Starting Monday 3 December our Christmas Tree will be set up in the foyer to place unwrapped gifts or non perishable food items under the tree. These gifts will be presented at our Giving Mass on Tuesday 11 December at 9.30am, a reminder will come home next week.
Swimming lessons for all students in K-2 begin on Monday. Please remember that the bus is leaving at 9:30am. We are looking forward to attending lessons each day for the next two weeks.
The students are to wear their swimmers to school and bring their uniform, including shoes, socks and underwear (all labelled) in a plastic bag. Students will change into their uniform when they return to school after their swimming lessons.
Don't forget your towel!!
Saturday 16 March 10-2pm
Upcoming dates for your calendar
Term 4, 2018
- Friday 30 November - Uniform Free Day (please bring an item for the silent auction hampers) - see previous note regarding class themes for hampers
Term 1, 2019
- Friday 8 February (Week 1) - Uniform Free Day - please bring in a packet of lollies for our Tombola stall
- Friday 15 February (Week 2) - Uniform Free Day - please bring in blocks of chocolate for our Chocolate Trailer
- Friday 22 February (Week 3) - Uniform Free Day - please drop off a bottle of wine for the Tombola stall (adults only draw)
If you have some jars that can be donated, please send those to the front office. These will be used for craft/cake store.
Any craft items you could donate including made items, please send to the Front Office. Some suggestions include:
* harry potter knitwear, e.g. gryffindor scarves
* other knitwear e.g. beanies
* bath bombs
We will be asking in Term 1 next year for second hand books to be donated (in good condition). Watch this space.
In the week before the fete, information will come home regarding baking items for the cake store.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to two parents, Pepe Kish who has donated a 'Wills and Estate planning package to the value of $2,000' from her firm, Adero Real and Mike Harrington who has donated 3x$150 vouchers from his restaurants Sage, Akiba and Kokomo’s towards the silent auctions. Also a thank you to the Daly family for their recent donation back of the computer won from the Walkathon raffle. Very much appreciated. We will put that back into the silent auctions also.
If any parents are in a position with their business or company to be able to donate any vouchers, services or products, we would be very thankful. At the start of next year we will heavily promote these businesses/companies throughout the Term via our Facebook page, newsletter and website.
Any support you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
This week, Kindergarten had a surprise visit from the Fire Brigade. The students had a great time with the firefighters, learning the importance of what to do in the event of a fire. They were also thrilled to see the fire truck and spray some water around.
Charlize 1/2M, Sophie 3/4YM, Oliver 1/2F, Peter 5/6R, Phillip 3/4YM, Ben 5/6R and Frazer 3/4W
We hope you have a great day!!
Please ensure that your children's belongings are clearly labelled. If you are missing an item, please remember to check the bins, any unclaimed items at the end of Term will be disposed of.