Photo: EVERY PERSON FLOURISHING AND KNOWN. Respectfully acknowledging the original custodians of this land in the City of Greater Dandenong, The Wurundjeri people.

St. Anthony's School

22 November 2019
Issue Eighteen

Our vision is to integrate life and the Catholic Faith through the inclusive and holistic development of students.

In partnership with the wider community, students will strive for excellence and acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that ensure lifelong learning, empowering them to contribute to the global community.

 

High Expectations:

Respect Yourself; Respect Others; Respect Your School

Message from the Principal
Important announcements
Important End of Year Dates
In praise of ...
Religious Education News
Learning Space Update
Family Engagement in Learning
Performing Arts News
Wellbeing Update
Parish News
Community Hub
Community Garden News
Community Announcements
St Anthony's Noble Park
95460044
90 Buckley Street
Noble Park, VIC 3174,
AU

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

Message from the Principal

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

Welcome to week 8 and 9

Dear Parents,

 

We came together on Monday, led by the SRC team and Christelle to acknowledge Remembrance Day. Our community gathered to honour and reflect on the impact of war and to remember the supreme sacrifice made by so many so that we enjoy freedom today. Every student created something special on Monday and two of our leaders, Adam and Alika joined the locals at Noble Park on Sunday to lay a wreath and honour the fallen. I was most proud of our student leaders for attending on behalf of St Anthony's on Sunday. Thank you Adam and Alika and families. 

We welcomed back our new Preps on Thursday together with their parents and guardians. We are so proud of our new little pre-preps. They are transitioning from Kinder to prep with such wonder and curiosity and they are very settled and sociable.  It was lovely to have lots of time to chat with all parents and carers in the staffroom and enjoy morning tea and questions with many of our current parents. Thanks to Suzan, Krutisha, Annie, Thanh, Nga, Maria and Sokhom for joining us.

 

We shared a great video about transitioning to school. It has some really good reminders about school as a new environment for our little ones.

 

 

Enjoy the next couple of weeks as we journey closer to Advent and our Year 6 students prepare to leave us. Please go gently as the end of year can bring anxiety and worry with the transition to new schools, levels and new challenges. It is a time to look after each other more carefully and mindfully. 

As always if you have any feedback, ideas or you need any assistance at all, you are always most welcome to see me, Mr James Gow, Mrs Glennis Kerr or any member of the wider school leadership team. 

God Bless,

Patrika Rowley

 

Important announcements

It is that time again when we open our school for tours in 2020

Tell your friends and join us in 2020!

We have our eSmart status and we are now an eSmart School

We are very excited to announce that all of the hard work over the past couple of years has paid off and we are officially eSmart.  Thanks to Ellis Warrener , Helen Nguyen, Ellen Fitzgerald and all staff for the amazing work in getting us eSmart. It is a team effort to keep our children and families safe online.

https://www.esmart.org.au/what-is-esmart/

 

Why the need for eSmart?

While the internet is great for learning and socialising, at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation we hear stories every day about its pitfalls. These range from children being exposed to inappropriate content, fraud and scams, and being bullied – which can and does contribute to anxiety, depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Yes, that’s the extreme outcome, but tragically, it’s also reality. And it happens more often than you think.

 

As a nation, we should all be working to ensure we invest time and resources into raising a generation of smart, safe and responsible children, who are capable and compassionate – both on and offline.

 

What is eSmart?

Smart, an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, helps teachers, librarians and the greater community to best manage cyber risks, bullying and cyber bullying issues so students feel safer and supported.

It is a Framework that sits across the entire community – teachers, students, parents and the library community.

eSmart is a long-term change program designed to educate, track, monitor and prevent bullying and cyber bullying. eSmart Schools and Libraries are tailor-made and designed to effect change in that specific environment.

eSmart also supports schools and libraries to embrace the benefits of technology while reducing childrens’ exposure to cyber risks, such as cyber bullying, online sexual predation, sexting, identity theft and fraud.

It is not a band-aid or a quick fix, and, based on documented evidence, it was created to address cyber risks and help schools meet their duty of care.

Our goal is to keep children safe from bullying, cyber bullying and violence. eSmart is a way to achieve this.

New Library Concept ready for stage one of the Master plan

We are excited to share the first stage of the Masterplan with you. Just one of the results that our Capital fee in 2020 will bring...

 

Supervision of children before 8.20am

Reminder! Students should arrive at school at or after 8:20am - not before. Teachers do not start actively supervising until then. The gates are not open until 8.20am. We are finding more student s arriving and being left unsupervised as early as 8.00am. Any student arriving before 8:20am is encouraged to stay with an adult parent/carer until the gates are opened. Please make sure your child is looked after properly until the staff on duty can do so. Please also note pick up only after school from the Quad. Please do not let your children walk through the front parish carpark without you.

School Fee Structures 2020

In 2020 the fee structure at St Anthony's will undergo some changes that will bring us into line with the Catholic Education Melbourne Diocesan Policy and allow us to meet the financial demands of the growing needs of the school . St Anthony's fee structure has remained unchanged for 10 years and can no longer sustain the increase in the cost of providing adequate resources and opportunities.

 

It is compulsory for Catholic Schools to supplement Commonwealth and State Grants as part of the General Recurrent cost incurred in the running of the school. Hence it is necessary to have school fees and student fees as well as fund-raising efforts to raise money on the local level. 

 

It is important to mention that no student will be excluded because of an inability to pay fees. In these cases a suitable fee structure will be negotiated with the Principal.

 

However, it is the expectation that all families make every effort to meet their financial commitments. It is a matter of justice to all students and families that the financial burden is equally distributed.

 

Overall a significant increase is in the process of being approved for 2020 in the form of a capital levy to ensure that we can continue to meet the requirements of running our school, improving the physical environment and resourcing it properly for our students. 

 

In order to grow and improve our school we need to introduce a Capital Levy which will help maintain and grow a school with excellent resources, facilities and infrastructure. All services have increased such as electricity, water, phone, cleaning expenses, staff salaries etc..  2020 will see the introduction of a capital levy/fee to enable us to provide the best educational opportunities for our students and improve facilities. 

 

The family/tuition fee remains the same. This goes towards payment of tuition and covering the cost of everyday costs of running a school. We generally spend significantly more in these areas than we collect in fees. 

 

The student levy will remain the same. The majority of the student levy goes to supplying our classrooms (students) with materials for them to work with on a daily basis, (including books, pencils, stationary, paper etc…). The student fee is also used to resource curriculum areas such as RE, Numeracy, Literacy, Art and Craft, Science, Japanese, PE, Library and to subsidise excursions. All money collected through the student levy/fee directly provides for the students in the classroom. In fact we generally spend significantly more on the children in these areas than we collect in fees. 

 

The Capital fee will be a new fee. This assists in meeting loan repayments for building works, equipment purchases that we have to borrow money for and leasing of up to date technology for all students. As we know technology has a limited time that it remains current and our learners today need access to current technology. We value our facilities and grounds that provide optimal learning environments for our students and we want to maintain these standards for some time to come. 

 

The school Advisory Group will ratify these changes. The Advisory Group have already been a significant voice in this process and I thank them for their advice and advocating for all families.

Nude Food School

Our student leaders are environmentally determined to make our school plastic wrapper free. Many of you already pack nude food lunches - THANKYOU! This means that we need parent support in not packing any plastic wrapped food. We want you to use nude food carriers and containers. The wrappers in our playground are at a crisis point and our students are concerned. In 2020 we will be completely plastic wrapper free. Please start this now and support your children to be wise in packing their nude food lunches. This includes WATER ONLY.

Nuts at school

Please try to avoid food products with nuts especially if the product comes wrapped in plastic. We have several student with nut allergies so sending in nut free lunches is always preferred.

Every day counts - School Attendance

Each day of school missed makes a difference,
with the effect on learning accumulating over time. From an early age, if children are taught that they need to 'show up' for school and make a
commitment, this positive mentality aids academic and career success and brings benefits in adulthood.

 

TO MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR POTENTIAL NO CHILD SHOULD MISS MORE THAN 2-3 DAYS OF SCHOOL PER TERM.

 

If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the school office on 95460044 by 9.00am.  Alternatively, you can email the school to notify of your child’s absence at  office@sanoblepark.catholic.edu.au, or log the absence via the link on the website.

If we do not receive notification of an absence by 9.30am we are required under regulations to message you at home or work to follow up the absence. Please notify the school of all absences. Please note that prolonged absences without notification will be followed up. Many days absent from school does impact on student learning and programs designed to support students.

 

Come and join us today - A place where young minds are set alight! Spread the news if you know anyone looking to enrol for 2021!!!!
 

 

CALL 9546 0044 TO BOOK YOUR UNIQUE TOUR TODAY

We welcome you to be part of our Catholic community where multi-faith and multicultural people enrich learning. A Catholic School's purpose ensures learning is an adventure of discovery, possibilities and friendship where young minds are set alight. 

 

Where children grow academically and as caring young people. Each lesson is the pursuit of a new frontier. Our mission is much more than to help your child pass a test. It is to help shape their hearts and minds for a lifetime of success. We are focused on educating your children in the fullest sense. It is the success of our students that makes it all worth the effort. For us each day is an adventure too. When they leave our care we want to know that they are best equipped to leave their mark on the world.

It is within this community where we believe everyone has the opportunity to flourish and be known as who they are.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v9nAqcQpouQAakhGs76Q4WxhaHHtUqjH/view

 

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline - Anytime Any reason

https://kidshelpline.com.au/

The Kids Helpline has an online help domain now. Children who are not comfortable to call the 1800 number can go to the website (see the link above) and enter the age appropriate link to get mental health and wellbeing support.

Important End of Year Dates

Please follow this link to view all dates via our school website

For all upcoming important dates/events click here

Final dates for the end of year

Thursday December 5th: School Learning Expo - ALL LEVELS 2.30pm onwards

Saturday December 7th: Christmas Carnival and Children singing carols on the oval 5pm-6pm. All families

Tuesday 10th December 9.30am-11.00am: 'Going up Day' All students meet their teacher and classmates for 2020

Wednesday 11th December 2.00pm:  Prep Bear Hunt

Thursday 12th December 6.00-7.00pm: Year 6 Graduation Mass and cupcakes afterwards with a cuppa.  All families welcome

Friday 13th December: Year 6 Big Day Out - Gumbaya World

Tuesday 17th December: All students finish for the year at 3.20pm

Wednesday 18th December: Staff planning day School office open

Thursday 19th December: Staff breakfast School office closes for the holidays at 11.00am

Prep 2020 Transition dates:

We welcome you to join us for Stage 2 - Getting to know us, getting to know you and we cannot wait to see you all again

 

Please note that our third session in on Wednesday 20th  November at 9.30am. We look forward to welcoming all parents in the staff room/community room after dropping off children in the Prep space to connect with current parents, ask questions, have a cuppa and enjoy wellbeing and learning updates from James and Glennis. Our Year 5 leaders will be ready to meet you at the front office.

 

Wednesday November 20th  - Transition morning 3 9.30am – 10.30am. 

Parent Information session topic: Learning and Teaching/Wellbeing

For children who will be joining our school next year. Parents are invited to meet with the Principal and other school leaders for an information session and a cuppa. Morning tea made by our Year 5’s. Opportunity to register for your working with children check and sign up to Dojo.
 

Thursday November 28th - Transition morning 4 9.30am – 10.30am. 

Parent Information session topic: Uniform ordering - we will look after you and have lots of experienced mum's to help you order.

For children who will be joining our school next year. Parents are invited to meet with the Principal and other school leaders and community leaders for an information session and a cuppa. Morning tea made by our Year 5’s. Uniform ordering and samples available to try.

 

November - St Anthony’s Prep (Foundation) Teachers visit Kindergartens to talk to Kinder teachers and get to know children in their familiar environment.

 

Stage 3 - Step into Prep

Tuesday December 10th – Prep (Foundation) Orientation Day 9.30am – 11.00am. Prep (Foundation) students will meet their teacher, future classmates and spend time in their new learning space. Parents are invited to stay for a cuppa. All classes P-6 will be taking part in orientation at this time.

 

December 7th - All new families are invited to join our Christmas Carnival on Saturday 7th December from 12 onwards and Christmas Carols from 5-6pm (bring a picnic rug and picnic dinner) followed by Mass at 6.30pm.

Christmas Carnival 2019
 

 

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of ...

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of

Ella from 5/6 neighbourhood DO/HA/NE who really stepped up this week to save the day with getting our bins back to functional. Ella wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and help me clean up the build up of rubbish (mostly plastic food wrappers) that were in all of our playground bins. Ella showed kindness and great leadership. 

We urge you to please stop sending in plastic packets. The amount of wrappers was astounding. 

Thanks Ella, I really appreciated your commonsense and hard work.

Mrs Rowley

 

Photo: ”Encourage one another and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ‘In a Catholic School young people are empowered to develop as optimistic global citizens capable of articulating their beliefs and worldview in light of the Catholic faith and tradition’. Horizons of Hope. Wellbeing in a Catholic School.

Religious Education News

Photo: ”Encourage one another and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ‘In a Catholic School young people are empowered to develop as optimistic global citizens capable of articulating their beliefs and worldview in light of the Catholic faith and tradition’. Horizons of Hope. Wellbeing in a Catholic School.

RE Update

 

Photo: “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.” Saint Anthony of Padua

Learning Space Update

Photo: “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.” Saint Anthony of Padua

Focus on 1/2

On Friday the 15th of November, in the morning, the 1/2s and Preps went to Legoland for an excursion. We took the bus.

 

The first activity we did was to go on a ride that the faster you peddled the higher you got. The thing that really annoyed me the most was that I had to be patient and wait for my turn. I felt excited when it was finally my turn to go on. I got bored from going on the spinning ride so I thought I should go on the playground. When I got there I raced Marielena on the slide. I got bored again so I went on the spinny ride for a second time. 

 

By the time it finished we went to watch a 4D movie with glasses. After, we went on a shooting game where we had to shoot the monsters to save the princess. We ate, got on the bus and head back to school. I loved science and technology Legoland excursion!

 

Family Engagement in Learning

Family Engagement in Learning

 

Performing Arts News

Alice in Wonderland Jr. Video on Sale!

I'd like to thank Kevin Franke for his many years of commitment to filming all of the St Anthony's Productions over the years. Kevin is dad of Keanu and Keira, he has always very kindly volunteered his expertise in media technology and spent many hours and resources to produce life long memories for our community. This year Kevin has created a digital download, you can purchase a high quality download of the production Alice in Wonderland Jr. You will get a one off code and download the video, there is no limit to how many times you can watch and enjoy this wonderful production.

Victoria 

Wellbeing Update

Wellbeing Update

Dear parents and guardians, 

 

Below is a diagram from the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework. The website has fantastic resources for parents/guardians, students and teachers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

 

 

https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/  

 

jgow@sanoblepark.catholic.edu.au

 

Kind regards,

 

James

Wellbeing Services

Kids Helpline - Anytime Any reason

https://kidshelpline.com.au/

Kids helpline has an online help domain now. Children who are not comfortable to call the 1800 number can go to the website (see the link above) and enter the age appropriate link to get mental health and wellbeing support.

Please remember that we take the wellbeing and safety of all of our children and community members very seriously. We are a Childsafe School. If at any time you have any concerns, please remember that we are here to listen and work out the best outcome for all and all matters can be handled in a calm and reasonable manner. The Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct is very clear about the manner in which everyone should be treated with equal respect. Please see the Policy in the Wellbeing section of our newsletter and on our Website. You will also note some more new signage going up this week that clearly articulates that we are a child safe school.

 

 

Encouraging good behaviour

Through our positive behaviour practices we try to focus on making good choices and doing the right thing. This helps prevent conflict and deal with conflict. Often children know when they have done the wrong thing.  Talking about it helps them process poor choices that often happen in a moment of anger.

 

We look at any instance of conflict or a poor choice at St Anthony's or in our community as a 'teachable moment', stopping right in the moment to role play a different scenario and model the right approach to deal with something.  There are often many teachable moments available to us if we stop to think when reflecting on choices made and other ways we could have responded. 

 

We use the term safe hands, hands off at St Anthony's because we do not tolerate any physical violence towards any human being, hands off means no hitting, no kicking, not punching, no tripping, no pushing no hands or feet. 

Sometimes children make mistakes and forget to use safe hands and this is a good time for a teachable moment. The more opportunities we have for teachable moments, the more our children will respond to conflict with the right choice. 

Photo: We are committed to the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children and vulnerable adults.

Parish News

Photo: We are committed to the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children and vulnerable adults.

Welcome

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness….and not only to me, but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Tim 4:7-8) This message from St. Paul assures us that those who endure hardships and sacrifices, yet devote their lives to the service of God and others, will be taken care of. Stewards always place their trust in God.

St Anthony's Christmas Carnival

ST. ANTHONY'S CHRISTMAS FAIR Our Carnival for 2019 is taking on a new look. St. Anthony's Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, 7 December 2019. As church renovations will be well on their way, we are making a few changes to the setup and adding some new flavours to the mix. We are hoping to have a plant stall: jam, chutney and pickle stall; and even fruit and vegetables from your own backyard stall. So this is an early notice to those interested to get your plants blooming and jams boiling in time for the Christmas Fair. Anyone interested in running a stall or have any ideas for stalls please feel free to email us at StAnthonysNPEvents@gmail.com, call Glen D'Cunha on 0422 892 541 or Suzan Gerreyn on 0497 478 662. Don't forget to keep an eye out on the facebook.com/stanthonysnbp for updates.

Altar Servers

Altar servers training (StA) Altar servers training and end of the year gathering will be held at the gathering area of the church on 28th of November from 5:30 to 7. All Altar servers ministering in our parish must attend. Please RSVP parish office on or before 27th November

Mercy Connect

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ASSISTING REFUGEE STUDENTS MERCY CONNECT MELBOURNE – Mercy Works Ltd. is currently recruiting volunteers to support Refugee Students and Asylum Seekers in Primary and Secondary schools across the Melbourne Archdiocese. The volunteer commitment is approximately half a day per week for four school terms. Experience working in an educational setting is preferred but not limited to. Please contact Sr. Mary Lewis RSM for an application form and further information. Training Day for new volunteers end of November 2019. Email: somml@bigpond.com (preferred for contact) Website: www.mercyworks.org.au Mercy Connect Melbourne Tel: 9326 1895

Community Hub

Playgroup

On Thursday November 21 playgroup visited Tatterson Park.  It was a very windy and hot day but everyone still had a wonderful time on the playgroup and enjoyed a sausage sizzle. The children had fun blowing bubbles in the windy weather. 

Adult Learning Classes

Adult English Language Classes are on Friday's 9.30am-1.30am

Contact Lisa or Debbie if you are interested in attending -  9546 0044

 

FREE Driver Education Program for Women

 

Community Garden News

TERM 4 IN THE COMMUNITY GARDEN

Firstly a very BIG thank you to Nithin and family for looking after our chickens and watering the garden over the holidays- you've done a great job!

This term we have enjoyed harvesting and tasting fresh carrots and lettuce,  and making traditional lemonade with our lemons.

Now we are busy pulling out weeds and getting the garden ready for summer. We have planted some corn and  beans and we'll soon be adding tomatoes, cucumbers and zuchinni.

Joanna Temme
Cultivating Community Garden Educator

 

Community Announcements

Community Announcements

 

Walk against Family Violence

Walk Against Family Violence webpage: https://greaterdandenong.com/walkagainst?fbclid=IwAR3IGccb1tSxGlsFCE4mFQuPovrnFRIFW8X0mL2N0uXaTmW4oNW4pkB9FTo

You are invited to join Greater Dandenong in the Walk against Family Violence.

The walk will begin at the Dandenong Market at 11.30am, and proceed through central Dandenong finishing in Harmony Square to hear from the guest speakers.
By participating in the Walk Against Family Violence, we can show that our community stands united in opposing violence against women and children, and in supporting those who have experienced such violence.

Guest speaker:
Susan Berg - a survivor of domestic violence

Location:

Starting at Market Square at the Dandenong Market (corner of Clow and Cleeland streets, Dandenong), and walking to Harmony Square (corner of Walker and Lonsdale streets, Dandenong).
For more information on the walk contact Council.

For more information on family violence and what you can do visit the family violence page of this website.

International Kamishibai Day
Special Storytime @ Springvale Library
 
7 December 2019
 

 

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