|11 November||WSPT: Remembrance Day (3/4)|
|13 November||Class Assembly Items (via MSTeams)|
|25 November||Kinder 2021 Orientation Day|
|27 November||Arts Showcase|
|30 November||WSPT Advent 1 (Kinder)|
|3 December||Sacrament of First Eucharist Info Night (Year 4 2021)|
|4 December||Awards Assembly|
NOTES GONE HOME THIS WEEK
- Unexplained absence note
- Year 6 Graduation note
- Overdue library book slips
Please remember that copies of notes sent home are available on our website. https://www.stmichaelsps.act.edu.au/notes
Welcome to Week 5
I cannot believe that we are half way through the Term already. It is certainly going fast! It is important that everyone is able to enjoy this time of year and reflect upon the challenging times that we have all faced. It has certainly been a year of growth and development for everyone and the challenges of 2020 have certainly shone a great deal of light on the strength and character of our amazing school community.
At the end of this week, all classes will have finalised an assembly item to be published on our ‘Remote Learning Website.’ Sadly we have been unable to have the company of parents and families within the school for class assemblies. It is important that we are able to showcase the learning, skills and talents of our wonderful students and acknowledge the support and guidance that is shown to them by our fantastic staff. Students will be watching the videos created by all the other classes on Friday of this week.
I hope that everyone is able to hop online and enjoy the show!
There will be more details sent out via Schoolzine and Seesaw with the details of these videos and how to access them.
Teacher Placements for 2021
I am happy to announce that our wonderful teaching staff will all be continuing in teaching rolls for 2021. We are still in the process of firming up class lists. A reminder that all students will be given the opportunity to spend some time with their new class and classroom teacher in our ‘Step Up’ session which will occur on the final day of the term, Friday the 18th of December.
The class teachers for 2021 are as follows:
Kindergarten – Miss Nadia Farhadi
1/2 -Mrs Shannon Blakey
- Ms Jessica Hallahan (3 days) and Mr Damien Webb (2 days)
3/4 -Ms Meaghan Younger (4 days) and Mr Damien Webb (1 Day)
- Miss Jessica Lewis
- Mrs Sarah Anderson (4 days) and Mrs Jane McKeough (1 Day)
5/6 – Miss Natasha Kapantais
-Miss Laura Frogley
We are very blessed with a wonderful staff here at St Michael’s and no doubt will continue to grow our wonderful school, setting high expectation for next year and beyond.
Sustainability Action Group
If any parents and families are interested in joining the Sustainability Action Group, there will be a meeting next Friday, the 20th of November at 3:15. We will be meeting at the school’s greenhouse, Miss Jordan’s Garden, in order to discuss ways that families can be more involved with the running of our wonderful resource. If you are interesting in attending and learning about helping on weekends and holiday periods, please email Esther Coghlan at email@example.com
Once again, I’d like to thank the community for their ongoing support. Have a lovely week!
Damien Webb - Principal (Acting)
Religious Education Curriculum
3/4 have been learning about who Jesus is. Students created questions that they had about Jesus and then sorted them into ones that were easy to answer and others that were more challenging. They then recorded all the different names they knew for Jesus for example teacher, healer, Saviour and King.
We are now exploring the idea and definition of Messiah and locating references to Messiah in the Bible to develop our understanding of this word.
Religious Life of St Michael’s School Community
WSPT NAIDOC Week
Thank you to Kindergarten for your beautiful WSPT for NAIDOC Week last Friday.
WSPT Remembrance Day
What a beautiful moment of silence today as we paused to remember the sacrifices paid by all in war. Thank you to 3/4 for your leadership of our WSPT for Remembrance Day.
What a beautiful celebration of Confirmation in St Michael’s Church last night. Thank you to the candidates and their families for their prayerful participation in this special sacrament. We keep Helena and Billy in our prayers as they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation over the coming evenings at St Monica’s Church.
Dear God, we pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. May these students always feel the presence of the Holy Spirit directing them and guiding them. May they use the gifts that the Spirit offers to help others who struggle with decisions in their own lives. May they do all this in love and service to you, O Lord. Amen
St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal
This year, Christmas will be like no other. After the year that no one saw coming, many families are without jobs and are under increased financial stress, some for the first time in their lives. With more families facing uncertainty, no one knows what to expect for Christmas Day.
Vinnies is committed to making Christmas a time to renew hope. But we need YOUR help.
Your school community can play an important part in renewing hope for the thousands of people who face an uncertain Christmas. Together, we can continue to bring Christmas gifts, Christmas hampers and smiles of love and laughter to the people who need it most this season.
From everyone at Vinnies, the staff of St Michael’s and the people we assist, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please give all food items and gifts to your child’s class teacher to collect by December 9th 2020. THANK YOU!
Hampers are received by individuals and families in your local community who have been recently visited by conference volunteers from the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn. Our Christmas Hamper shopping list is a suggestion only. A few things to keep in mind:
- To uphold the dignity of those receiving the goods, please ensure that all food items are not due to expire for 6 months. All items must be nonperishable.
- If you would like to donate perishable food items such as chocolates or ham it is best to do so by donating a gift voucher so that families can select what they would like during the holidays.
Christmas gifts are given to a range of individuals and families and can include children we support in our Youth programs, families being supported by Special Works or by local conferences. By giving a gift to the Society, we are able to help others regain hope and bring joy to them at Christmas. Please note:
- We can only gift new items still in packaging.
- We also request that gifts are not wrapped as we try our best to match presents with the individual. If you would like, you can donate wrapping paper and/or gift bags along with your gift so they can be wrapped at a later date.
Bridgette McCann (Acting REC)
Congratulations to the candidates celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation this week on:
Tuesday 10 November in St Michael’s Church at 6pm
Wednesday 11 November in St Monica’s Church at 6pm
Thursday 12 November in St Monica’s Church – 2 liturgies at 5.30pm and 7pm.
Please arrive at the church/liturgy that you have booked for, at least 15 minutes prior to commencement of the sacrament.
For further information please contact the Sacramental Program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Overdue notices came home with students today. If families could all take a few minutes to round up any library books and return these as soon as possible, your assistance is appreciated. From time to time a title will remain on a student's borrowing record after it has been returned. If there is a book on your overdue notice that has been returned, please just return the slip with a note indicating the book has already been returned. We can then update the records.
End of Year Library Dates
As we approach the end of the year, we start planning for our library stocktake to take place. While library lessons will continue to take place until the end of term, this week was the last week of student borrowing. In order for the stocktake to take place, we ask that all library books be returned by the end of Week 7, Friday 27th November. Books can be returned at anytime, there is no need to wait until your child's library day. Stocktake will commence in Week 8.
Congratulations to the following students who achieved a Harmony Award in Week 5. Awards will be presented at Friday morning's assembly (weather permitting).