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

06 September 2019
Issue Fourteen

Where everyone flourishes and is known!

Message from the Principal
Important Term 3 and 4 Dates
Prep 2020 Transition
Important announcements
In praise of ...
Learning Space Update
Learning and Teaching Update
Religious Education News
Family Engagement in Learning
Parish News
Performing Arts News
Visual Arts News
Physical Education Update
CEMSIS Surveys 2019
Alfred Street ELC
Community Announcements
Road Safety at St Anthony's
St Anthony's Noble Park
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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.

Term 3 is nearly complete

Dear parents, carers and friends,

This will be our last official newsletter for Term 3. We count down the days to production next Friday 13th September and then all children finish Term 3 nice and early on Wednesday 18th September at 2.30pm. We appreciate your support as this enables us to meet together with our SMAG cluster (St Mary's, St Anthony's & St Gerard's) for a collaborative conference together. This SMAG partnership is a unique one. We have a shared moral purpose and we work hard to ensure that the relationship between the 3 schools is strong. This is because we believe that through working together in partnership, it does lead to improved student outcomes. 

 This conference is our own, designed by the three schools and led by the middle leaders and teachers of our three schools. Our educators have designed learning workshops that will provide professional learning to all educators. To give you a little taste of what we will be exploring, some of the workshops include,

  • Prayer Spaces in Schools
  • Sensory Processing in the school environment
  • A journey through coaching culture
  • Community Partnerships for student and family wellbeing - Playgroups in schools
  • Art therapy and Mindfulness
  • Numeracy Differentiation for learners of all levels
  • Using Provocations in the design for Learning
  • Community Partnerships for Learning
  • Religious Education Resources – Explore and analyse a variety of resources that could be used in the teaching of Religious Education
  • Grammar in Context - Sharing good practice
  • Once Upon a time we found PBL! (Positive Behaviour for Learning)
  • Family Engagement in Learning - Digital solutions - Using Class DOJO and Seesaw as family engagement tools
  • Using Provocations and the Pedagogy of Encounter in the Design for Learning
  • Architecture of the Brain - How experiences influence development of the brain from the earliest years
  • Student Voice and Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships at St Anthony’s
  • Family Engagment in Learning - What works. Unpacking the invitation. SPOTLIGHT: Bait and Hook
  • Adjustments in Action
  • Leading Languages in Learning
  • Design for Learning – Using the Teacher Dialogue Tool Part A To Plan a unit on Advent within an Inquiry Model
  • Elements of Family Engagement - Relationships

 

Our educators have met frequently, shared ideas and worked hard to ensure that everyone comes away from these 2 full days with purposeful learning to drive school improvement. I am so proud of the way that our staff have enabled this conference to come together and the way in which all educators have planned on top of already hectic teaching and learning schedules to provide this type of learning to their colleagues. 

 

I'd like to  share with you some of the data from NAPLAN which was released this week.  Naplan results were delivered this week and they will be arriving home to parents today. 

From a brief, early analysis of the data, we are very excited to share that our reading outcomes in year 5 is the highest its been in 5 years! We also celebrate our spelling outcomes in year 5 which is at par with the state. Our year 3 data have showed improved outcomes to 2018 in writing and spelling while we have maintained outcomes in numeracy.  Congratulations to all our students!

 

I thank you all - parents, carers and friends for your ongoing support throughout Term 3. I thank my leadership team for supporting me through a long and difficult recovery. I thank our educators and support staff for their professionalism and constant care of your children and I thank the children. They are at the heart of all we do! They have hearts of gold and to see them up on that stage next week will surely make all of our hearts well and truly full.

 

Go gently in your holidays and we look forward to seeing everyone bouncing through the gates on Monday October 7th (but first bouncing into our Production next Friday!). 

 

God Bless,

Patrika

Important Term 3 and 4 Dates

Important Dates

For all upcoming important dates/events

click here

ASSEMBLY/CELEBRATION OF LEARNING

Please join us for Assembly every Friday in the Padua building. Each week a class celebrates their learning and shares something from their learning space and leads the school in prayer. We welcome all parents to join us.

PARISH/LEVEL MASSES

You are also welcome to join us for Wednesday Masses. Next week at 9.30am Mass, Level 5/6 WE, St and Prep GR will be joining the Parish for morning Mass. You are more than welcome to celebrate with us.

 

 

PRODUCTION DATES TO NOTE

Please note that our Production day for Alice in Wonderland Junior is Friday, September 13th. School will finish for students at 2:30pm to allow for sufficient break and meal time for all. On this day, the students will travel by bus to Nazareth College during the Day for a final dress rehearsal. The students will return to school by 2:00 pm for the finish at 2:30pm. There will also be a bump in day the day before, Thursday 12th for the set and crew. Please be reassured that at all times your children will be well looked after, supervised carefully and encouraged to enjoy the day. It will be a long day and they will be tired but the results will be wonderful and the excitement of the night is an experience that we will all remember fondly.

STAFF CONFERENCE CLOSURE DAYS

Please note that we have 2 closure days at the end of Term 3. This is for our biannual staff conference with our partner schools. Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th. Please make arrangements for these 2 days. The after school care program will be available on these 2 days. You can contact the after school care program on 0423 766 886 to enrol or make arrangements.

 

 

 

 

LAST DAY OF TERM 3

The last day of Term 3 is Wednesday, 18th September and school will finish at 2.30pm. Aftercare is available and the bus will run at this early time.

Prep 2019 Swimming

Our Preps start their swimming lessons in week 3 on Monday 21st of October. You will receive information about this program and what children will need to bring very soon.

Prep Information Night for 2020 Families

Prep Information night for 2020 will be held in Soli Deo Building at 6pm - 7pm on Tuesday October 22nd. Please come along, children welcome. We will have babysitting available if required.

Transition days begin in November. You can see all of the details on the school website. This begins our getting to know you, getting to know us transition stage of enrolment.

  • Prep Transition 1 Wednesday, 6 November⋅9:30 – 10:30am
  • Prep Transition 2 Thursday, 14 November⋅9:30 – 10:30am
  • Prep Transition 3 Wednesday, 20 November⋅9:30 – 10:30am
  • Prep transition 4 Thursday, 28 November⋅9:30 – 10:30am
  • Prep-6 orientation Tuesday, 10 December⋅9:30 – 11:00am

 

Photo: This is who we are

Prep 2020 Transition

Photo: This is who we are

Prep 2020 Transition

Stage 2 - Getting to know us, getting to know you

Tuesday October 22nd 6-7pm – Parent Information Evening. Baby sitting available. 6.00-7.00pm. All new families receive a show bag full of welcome items and information for Transition.

 

Wednesday November 6th - Transition morning 1

9.30am – 10.30am. For all children who will be joining our school next year. Parents are invited to stay with their children for this first session, share stories and songs and be part of our community in action.  It is a great opportunity for you all to get to know new parents, teachers and students.

Thursday November 14th - Transition morning 2

9.30am – 10.30am. 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 a working with children check.

Wednesday November 20th  - Transition morning 3

9.30am – 10.30am. 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. Uniform ordering and samples available to try.
Thursday November 28th - Transition morning 4

9.30am – 10.30am. 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 Kinders’ 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.

 

Important announcements

Alice in Wonderland Junior Tickets

Get your tickets now! First in, best dressed! Nearly sold out!!!!!

Please read your communication carefully in regards to pick up times and drop off times for production day. All children will be picked up from the auditorium and we will need all parents and carers to listen carefully and follow the instructions to ensure careful exiting of all.

SCHOOL PRODUCTION TICKETS
NOW ON SALE
$15 a ticket
Visit Try Booking at:
https://www.trybooking.com/BENOM

Friday 13th September
Two sessions: 5:30pm and 7:15pm

 

School Fee Payments

Please ensure that your school fees are up to date or that you have a regular payment plan set up. If you are experiencing difficulties please make a time to see me so we can arrange a plan moving forward. Thank you to those of you who ensure school fees are paid in full. 

Patrika

Prep 2020

If you have a child starting school in Prep next year or 3 or 4 year old Kinder and you have not yet submitted your enrolment form you need to do this urgently. We are coming to the end of the enrolment period, places are being finalised and it is essential that we have numbers known in order to plan for classes.  

Congratulations

To the Ammar Yekob  family on the arrival of Christopher. A brother for  Makarios, Marilena, Christina and Valentina.

We also congratulate the Shenoy family on the arrival earlier in the term of Noah. A brother for John, Luke and Ruth. Congratulations!

Child Safe signs

You would have noticed our new signage in three different areas of the school. 

It is not only in word but in action every day at St Anthony's.  

Staff on leave in Term 3

We have a number of staff taking some well deserved leave in Term 3. Ms Jodie Bawden will be away for the first 2 weeks of Term 3. We welcome Mr Tim O'Mahoney into 3/4BA during this time. Tim is very familiar with the 3/4 space, expectations and knows the children very well. 

Andrea McFerran who is our wonderful Art Therapist will be taking 3 weeks leave so her programs will resume when she returns. If you have any concerns during this time please see any member of the Wellbeing team led by James Gow.

Ann Scott will be taking some leave and we welcome Tran Chau who will provide education support in her absence.

Ms Laraine Rodriquez will also be taking some leave. Oral language programs will resume when Laraine returns. We also wish Tamara Busbridge well as she completes her final teaching placement for her studies. Tamara will be replaced by Audrey Liwidjaja-Ly during her time away. We welcome Audrey and we  continue to ensure that everything rolls on as normal during this time with minimal disruption.

Come and join us today - A place where young minds are set alight! Spread the news if you know anyone looking to enrol for 2020!!!!
 

 

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

 

Confirmation

Confirmation notifications have been sent out. If you have not received one for your child please contact the Parish Office urgently on 9701 5899 (Resurrection) or 9546 8276 (St Anthony's). Please remember this is your responsibility to ensure you have enrolled your child for the Sacrament. 

Attendance is Important - every day!

 

Bullying. No Way!

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.

 

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.

Cyber Safety

Cyberbullying and our responsibilities

I’d like to remind everyone about the serious nature of cyberbullying and in fact any bullying. We are required to take this matter very seriously and as such we have strict codes of conduct and expectations of our staff and students around respectful and responsible use of technology. We also have a system that allows us to monitor student usage. If we find any of our students misusing technology there are serious consequences. This will mean a loss of privileges in using technology for some time and communication with parents. For your information  I include our Acceptable Use Policy Document which all children and parents sign. There is a new link on our website to report any cyber bullying behaviour of any kind or anything that you think breaches this code of conduct in any way. It is our responsibility to make sure our children know when they are not using technology respectfully. Thank you for your ongoing support in working with us on this important matter.

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of ...

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of

All of the support staff we are very lucky to have on our team at St Anthony's. We have a level of support that enables us to provide inclusive programs and individualised and group support but we have a group of people who also give of themselves in so many other ways. Currently with production, our support staff are doing extra jobs to ensure the production runs smoothly and successfully. Thank you to all of our support staff. You are highly valued at St Anthony's. 

Support staff facilitate teaching and learning. Without administrative staff, schools officers, IT officers, Science Operations Officers, Bus drivers, Maintenance officers, Gardeners, Agricultural Assistants, Unit Support Officers, Community Leaders, Playgroup Facilitators, Therapists and Business Managers, education would not happen.

School communities need expert, dedicated and skilled school support staff. This week it’s time to celebrate these unsung heroes of Catholic schooling!

Thanks to these staff, students have safe, engaging and appropriate learning environments. Everyone in the school is supported by these staff. 

 

Thanks for everything you do to make great education happen. 

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

In Level 1 and 2 we have been focusing on transactional writing. Transactional writing involves a communication of ideas between people. We have created cards, invitations, postcards, emails and letters!

We have also been enjoying beautiful springtime weather in the garden! We’ve worked hard in the garden planting seeds, weeding and tending to the chickens. 

 

Learning and Teaching Update

Expanding your child’s vocabulary

What reading experts say

Reading and talking with children plays an important role in developing their vocabulary. Typically, more words are used in written language than in spoken language. The more you read to children, the larger vocabulary they will develop. Research has shown children learn new words by:

  • Hearing a word over and over.

  • Hearing words spoken by the important people in their lives: Mum, Dad, siblings, grandparents.

  • Hearing words in a meaningful context – during conversation at dinner, in the car, while playing and while reading.

 

"Rephrase and extend your child's words, ask a clarifying question (tell me more about the man you saw), model more complex vocabulary or sentence structure (yes, I see the tall skyscraper you built with lots of windows), and ask open-ended questions," says Susan Hall and Louisa Moats of Straight Talk About Reading.

 

Word of the Day in Level 5/6 Doyle/Portia/Newbound/Harisiou

As part of our new daily routine, students in Level 5/6 are being exposed to one new word to begin their day. After hearing the word, the students think about the word and decide which group they belong to:

  • Group 1 - I have heard this word before and can explain the meaning to a friend

  • Group 2 - I have heard this word before but am unsure of the meaning 

  • Group 3 - I have never heard of this word before 

Teachers then display the dictionary meaning and students work in pairs to create sentences in context using the words. The aim of this routine is to move all students into Group 1, thereby expanding their vocabulary.

 

Student Work! 

On Halloween, the creepiest day of the year, the streets were filled with a plethora of little children devouring their candy because they adored it.  By Eauan (5/6Do/Po)

 

In the salty ocean, beneath the clean ocean waves, there was a plethora of goldfish swimming away from the great white shark.  By Eauan (5/6Do/Po)

 

On the lake, which was very still, there was a plethora of slimy fish. By Ella-Ivy (5/6Ne)

 

An echo filled the school, which would become a land of chaos, as a plethora of kids ran into the open gates. By Ella-Ivy (5/6Ne)

 

In a chaotic school, which had echoes of children talking, there was a plethora of plastic wrappings left on the outstretched hallway. By Kayla (5/6Ha)

 

As the rain was blowing softly by the wind, I picked an orchid hidden beneath the depths of the bushes. I inhaled to discover the scent of this floret; it smelled like petrichor. By Kayla (5/6Ha)

 

The proof is in the pudding with these fantastic complex sentences that our students have been creating with the latest Words of the Day! If you have any questions or would like any ideas to help you at home, please do not hesitate to contact us at school or via email: adoyle@sanoblepark.catholic.edu.au 

 

Ashlee Doyle

Level 5/6 Strategic Pedagogy Educational Leader 

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 News

 

Family Engagement in Learning

Family Engagement in Learning

Production Crafternoons

We would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all the parents and families that have helped in any way to create props, costumes, sets etc for our upcoming production. At St. Anthony’s we are so blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive school community. We really couldn’t do it without you! We are looking forward to sharing our hard work, creativity and curiosity with you all on Friday 13th September.

Learning at Home Parent/Family Sessions- Term 3

The first Learning at Home Parent/Family Session went very well last week! We had lots of fun using the iPads to investigate and explore a few different learning apps.

Our next session is on today Friday 6th September, focusing on problem solving in mathematics with Mrs Kerr and our last one for the term will be next Monday 9th September, focusing on reading with Ms Viola.

  • St. Anthony’s Staff room

  • Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided

 

Week

Day/Time

Presenter

Topic

Week 8

Friday 6th September 2:45pm- 3:20pm

Glennis Kerr

Numeracy-

 

Problem solving in mathematics

Week 9

Monday 9th September 

2:45pm- 3:20pm

Jane Viola

English- Reading

 

Introducing a new book (home reading book)

 

Prompting during reading

 

** Most suitable for Prep to 3

 

We are in the process of putting a timetable together for Term 4 as well. If you have any topics you would like covered please contact me via ClassDojo or at the front office.


 

Story Time on our website

We now have a link to some stories read by teachers on our website. This can be found by going to the Learning at Home page and clicking on the link. We will continue to add more videos of teachers reading stories that you can then share at home with your families. If any parents or family members would like to read a story for this page please let me know and I can film you reading and add it to our ever growing story collection. We would love to hear from you!

Kinder Visit Group

Our students have been wonderful role models for many different kinder groups that have visited our school over the last 2 weeks. Noble Park Kindergarten came to t. Anthony’s on Wednesday and enjoyed a wonderful visit.  This visit was supported by our Noble Park Kinder Visit Group students in Grade 5 and some friends from 5/6 WE. It is lovely to see our students being amazing representatives for our school and being actively involved in our local community. I am very proud of them all!

ClassDojo and sharing learning at home

It has been wonderful to see so many families sharing the learning and discussions about learning happening at home on Dojo. It has proven to be a wonderful link between school and home in many ways!

 

We would love for parents to continue to share the learning that is happening at home with us. This can be done by posting comments of family discussions about homework topics or photos and videos of students completing learning tasks at home. If you are not yet signed up to ClassDojo please see me and I am more than happy to help you get connected!

 

Deana Portia

Family Engagement in Learning Leader

 

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.

From the Parish

“Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed
indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you." (Luke 14:13-14)

We have a difficult time with the concept of giving without expecting something in return. Even when we give to charity
we often want something in return – a raffle ticket, a dinner, a chance to play golf or our name in print. Yet, as Christian stewards, we need to remember that the true reward for our giving awaits us in heaven.

A Father's Day Blessing

A Father's Day Blessing
We pray for God's blessing on all the men
who have "fathered" us in their role as mentors and guides.
May you be blessed for your efforts to become the best "father" you can be.

We ask for God's blessing on those fathers
who balance the demands of work, marriage, and children
We ask for God's blessing on fathers who,
despite family division, have remained in their children's lives.
We ask for God's blessing on fathers and grandfathers
who continue to give your children, now grown,
together with their children your love and support.
We ask for God's blessing on stepfathers,
who have chosen their family to nurture
We ask for God's blessing
on those men who have no children,
but who guide the next generation.
We ask for God's blessing on
those men who are about to become fathers;
may they be a source of life and love for their children.

We ask for God's blessing

on our fathers and other significant men who have died,

but who live on in our memory
and whose love continues to guide and inspire us.
God our Father, Bless these men,

that they may be always honoured, respected and appreciated

for all they are and all they do
Happy Father's Day.

Amen

ST. ANTHONY'S CHRISTMAS FAIR

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 its 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.

Performing Arts News

The excitement is mounting!

With just over a week to go, the excitement is really mounting. There is the sound of beautiful singing, laughter and creativity everywhere in the school. Here are a few pics from our recent rehearsals and the wonderful business of the set design team.

Can't wait to see you all at Nazareth on Friday, 13th September.

 

Ms Victoria Gelberg

Director and Performing Arts Teacher

 

Visual Arts News

Visual Arts Update

These photos show the beginnings of the Father's Day Cards that L1/2 made in Visual Arts. The student's careful attempts to curl the paper, shape the coils to create their card can be seen in these photos. We're sure you loved their work, Dads! 

 

The production photos show just how much of the student's creation has been going into the set designs. Level 3/4 spent quite a bit of time assisting with this, with the 5/6's happily joining in when when necessary :)

 

Physical Education Update

PE News

 

CEMSIS Surveys 2019

CEMSIS - what is it and what does it involve?

20 June, 2019
Dear Students, Families and Staff,


CATHOLIC EDUCATION MELBOURNE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SURVEYS (CEMSIS):
2-20 SEPTEMBER, 2019

 

Throughout each year, we pause to listen to our students, families and staff to gauge how our
learning community is travelling. This feedback is invaluable to our progress as effective school
communities and is backed by evidence-based research and best practices.

 

One of the more important formal ways we engage and gather data is through CEMSIS, the Catholic
Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys.
CEMSIS is a set of surveys that have been built specifically for Catholic Schools in Melbourne by
Learning Services teams at Catholic Education Melbourne in partnership with researchers at
Learning First and in wide consultation with Principals in our schools.

 

In 2019, students, families and staff are invited to participate in CEMSIS using our brand new, secure
and purpose-built online platform. The online platform is where our school leaders will access the
summary reports that visualise the results of the student, family and staff surveys.

 

The CEMSIS survey platform is operated by an independent supplier, ORIMA Research Pty Ltd. The
platform meets with the very high security and privacy standards for handling student and school
data. Participating schools are in the process of updating their privacy policy to ensure school
communities are fully informed and protected.
Students at our school will be provided with supervised sessions where teachers are on hand to help
and answer any questions. This is the video the year 4, 5 and 6 students will view before completing their survey:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRgmoWqyzHk&feature=youtu.be

 

Some Families will receive the survey letter and link in the next week via email. They will have a  three-week window to complete via a  link and password.

 

Feedback from last year’s pilot trials indicate many surveys were done across a range of mobile devices and different web browsers. Schools will be providing more information about CEMSIS throughout Term 2 and 3 via newsletters and social media.

 

Our community’s opinions are critical to understanding how our school is performing – CEMSIS is a
key data source for guiding the ongoing work to improve our school.
All participation is invited, welcomed and 100% voluntary. The surveys are not a test; they are an
inclusive way to feed the work we are already doing to improve our school. Everyone has the right
to refuse to participate, or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion
of the survey. Please notify the school if your child does not wish to participate.
If you would like more information, please contact the school.
Yours sincerely

 

PATRIKA ROWLEY
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred Street ELC

Alfred Street ELC Update

 

 

 

Community Announcements

YLV Holiday Program

 

St. Anthony's Fair!

 

Children's Festival

Now in its eighth year the annual City of Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival is celebrating a space theme.  We are over the moon to announce that this year’s theme is ‘Space Adventure’!

Families are invited to get their spacesuits ready as you journey into this year's exciting intergalactic adventure over the school holidays. Together we'll embark on our very own two week outer space exploration these school holidays with a series of free and low cost events happening across the city from 21 September to 6 October.

The festival features exciting and interactive programs, activities, performances, workshops, exhibitions and events for the whole family.

For more information please visit greaterdandenong.com/childrensfestival

Deckchair Movies

In Harmony Square at 12pm every weekday expect AFL Grand Final Friday 27 September.

  • ·Monday 23 –  ET (G)
  • ·Tuesday 24 – Astro Boy (PG)
  • ·Wednesday 25 – Zathura (PG)
  • ·Thursday 26 – Wall E (G)
  • ·Friday 27 – AFL Grand Final – No Screening
  • ·Monday 30 – Jetsons: The Movie (G)
  • ·Tuesday 1 – Escape from Planet Earth (PG)
  • ·Wednesday 2 – Muppets from Space (G)
  • ·Thursday 3 – Tomorrowland (PG)
  • ·Friday 4 – The Iron Giant (PG)

 

For more information please visit greaterdandenong.com/childrensfestival

Little Day Out

The headline event of Children’s Festival - Little Day Out will be held on Sunday 6 October at Noble Park’s Ross Reserve from 11am–4pm.

Up to 10,000 people are anticipated to celebrate this free fun day of family friendly fun.

Watch live performances, visit the pop-up planetarium or watch the Shorter Cuts Film Festival screening. Then take part in some fun science and space themed activities, visit the super-sized animal farm and enjoy the free rides, attractions and workshops.

  • Date: Sunday 6 October 
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Ross Reserve, Noble Park

Highlights

  • ·Friendly Farmer Darryl and his supersized animal farm, with nearly 100 animals to see
  • ·Stage performance with live music and acts from professionals and local artists
  • ·Meet & Greet with The Kazoos and Melbourne Transformers
  • ·Free Rides, artwork and craft workshops, science workshops
  • ·Shorter Cuts Film screening
  • ·Roving giant bubble performances
  • ·Free yoga and Zumba sessions
  • ·Spin the Wheel, colouring and survey entry competitions

For more information please visit greaterdandenong.com/littledayout

Spring Holiday Activities 2019 - City of Greater Dandenong Youth and Family Services
 
Activities will run from 23 September to 4 October.

City of Greater Dandenong Youth and Family Services will be delivering Spring Youth Holiday Activities 2019.

  • There are 11 activities and events where young people aged 12-25 who live, study, work or have significant connection to the City of Greater Dandenong can participate.
  • Activities will run from 23 September to 4 October.
  • Bookings will be opened on Monday 2 September 2019 through Greater Dandenong’s customer service offices (Dandenong, Springvale, and Parkmore) and Youth and Family Services (39 Clow St, Dandenong).

 

Flyer image is below - Spring Youth Holiday Activities’ flyer. Flyers will be available on Greater Dandenong Libraries, Customer Service Offices and Youth and Family Services Office.

 

Please  promote this to the young people or families that you work with.

Do not hesitate to contact us on 9793 2155 if you need any further information.

 

Weblink - https://youth.greaterdandenong.com/event/4516/holiday-activities-committee/23125

Community Announcements

 

Road Safety at St Anthony's

Road Safety at St Anthony's

Road Safety at St Anthony’s School

Staff have noticed recently that some families are not obeying the drop off and pick rules, putting their own children and other children at risk.

Help us keep our children safe by following some easy safety tips when dropping off or picking up your kids from school. 

 

St. Anthony's School