St. Cecilia's Newsletter

24 May 2019
Issue Seven
Upcoming Dates
Principal's Report
Deputy Principal Report
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Grandparents Day
PE News- Cross Country
Student Wellbeing
Look what's been going on..
Parent's Association
St Cecilia's Primary School
(03) 9809 2142
4 Van Ness Avenue
Glen Iris, Victoria, 3146
AU

Upcoming Dates

Monday 27th May

Foundation Woodwork incursion

 

Monday 27th - Wednesday, 29th May

Year 5 /6 Camp at Sovereign Hill

 

Saturday, 1st June

Parents Association Mid Year Function

for all parents.

 

Thursday 6th June

Coffee Van 

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- Glen Iris PS- Home

Saturday 8th to Monday, 10th June

Queen's birthday long weekend

Thursday  13th June

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- Ashburton- Away

 

Tuesday 18th June

First Reconciliation ceremony at 7:30pm

 

Wednesday 19th June 

9am til 12pm 

Whole school and Special Group photos

eg Buddies, choir, Leadership roles

 

Thursday 20th June

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- St Michael's - Home

 

 

Wednesday 26th June

Health and Well-Being day

fun activities & healthy food

 

Thursday 27th June 

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- Hartwell- Away

Parent Teacher Interviews  1:30 to 8pm

 

Friday 28th June

Last day of Term 2

Sacred Heart feast day Mass at 9:15am

Clothing collection for St Vincent De Paul

Netball match

Principal's Report

Parent Engagement

Dear Parents,

 

Recently, I sent this note home to all families...

 

One of the best parts of my role as Principal, is to lead prospective parents around our school, showing them our grounds, introducing the students and teachers and talking to them about the type of school we have. I often speak to them about the spirit of welcome, the inclusiveness, our high expectations and the culture of learning that exists in and around our school.

 

We speak about our school values:

Faith – We live faith-filled lives and give thanks daily.

Acceptance – We respect and embrace the community.

Compassion – We care and do what is right and just.

Excellence – We strive for and celebrate every success.

 

Today I am writing to you to invite you to consider ways in which you might continue to add to our story.

 

Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children thrive when parents and teachers work together.

 

Our Parents’ Association (PA) at St. Cecilia’s consists of a group of dedicated parents who work together for the benefit of the school community.

 

The Parent’s Association provides the formal structure necessary to ensure effective organisation and action. They provide some important services to the school community such as:

- Promoting a sense of community spirit within the school through the organising of      parent and community functions and social events

- Managing school fundraising opportunities

- Providing an opportunity for parents to connect, make friends and learn more about what is going on at St. Cecilia’s

- Sharing the responsibility for the management of the Uniform Shop and the Canteen

- Supporting new families to the school.

- Promoting and supporting school banking

- Organising and managing significant celebrations, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparents Day

- Supporting Grade 6 Graduation

- Looking for ways to improve the family and school partnership by meeting regularly with the school Principal

 

Please consider becoming a member, particularly if you are relatively new to our school community. We acknowledge that many of us have very busy lives and can’t commit too heavily, but on occasions through the year there will be opportunities aimed at various grade levels that require assistance. (For example, our Grade One Parents will responsible for coordinating and running the morning tea for our Grandparents day.) We will advertise and promote when these occasions are happening so that you can prepare and endeavour to contribute in any way you can. We will provide a contact person for all events that can guide your questions or offer assistance.

 

Parents Association meetings are held in the second week of each school term, usually on a Tuesday or Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the staff room. Some great friendships have been formed through PA and our students love their parents being involved in their school. Meetings are advertised via the school newsletter or on our new PA Noticeboard on the wall near the hall entrance.

 

The St. Cecilia’s Parents’ Association is a very active part of the school community. We aim to create an engaging and vibrant hub for all students and to foster a strong and supportive community spirit among the parents of the school, thereby enhancing every student’s sense of belonging.  A school that has strong parent, teacher and community engagement creates a nurturing environment and successful learning outcomes for all students.

 

Along the way, the Parents’ Association also raises funds for the school, and over recent years, we have been able to purchase a variety of items including chromebooks, a class set of drones and other technology to support our STEM program, some literacy and numeracy resources, flexible furniture in our learning space,  just to name a few. Currently we are working on a landscape masterplan to beautify the existing school grounds to create a more interactive learning and communal space. This could include an outdoor kitchen which can also serve as an environmental classroom. We are also wishing to install air conditioning to the hall, to continue to enhance our STEM resources and to enhance the Catholic Identity of our school by way of signage, art, scripture and murals.

 

In order for all of these projects to come to fruition, the Parents’ Association needs the help of the whole school community.  Becoming a class representative, lending a helping hand to organise an event, offering your knowledge and expertise in your field of work, supplying goods or services to the school or donating your time in other ways are some of the things parents can do to help.

 

Joining the committee or attending meetings are great ways to be involved in the school community and to meet parents across the various year levels.

 

It is our endeavour to be transparent around the role of the PA, the duration of time to be holding a position, the process for becoming more involved and the way in which we manage the generous funds raised by our parents to serve our students and assist our school.

 

If you have further questions, please contact me via email principal@scgleniris.catholic.edu.au

 

If you would like to join the PA, or just find out more, please contact us below.

 

Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful school.

 

Kind regards,

Marty

 

 

CareMonkey

Some parents are still encountering problems in sharing CareMonkey profiles between an organisation (sports clubs and school, etc.) You can use CareMonkey with multiple organisations eg. school, scouts and clubs. You MUST use the same email address with each organisation in order to manage everything in one account. If a second organisation is sending CareMonkey requests to a different email address, contact them to update the email address they have for you for using CareMonkey.

 

Mid Year Function

 

(Saturday 1st June - this Saturday)

 

We are looking forward to the Mid Year Function, which is fast approaching

 next Saturday night, 1st June.

 

Thank you to the parents who have purchased their tickets, we already have close to 100 parents attending for what will be a fun night of food, music and dancing!

 

There will be three Paella options available on the night - Chicken and Chorizo, Seafood or Vegetarian. If there are any specific dietary requirements or allergies outside of vegetarian please get in contact with Niki or Nikki ASAP.


The night will commence at 7pm with Sangria and grazing tables, followed by Paella being served and finishing off with a delicious dessert option. 

 

A big thank you to Boccaccio Cellars and the D'Anna family for again generously supporting our school. Drinks will be available for purchase on the night (cash or card) with wine available by the glass or bottle.

 

The PA will be running a raffle on the night so bring your coins - any proceeds raised from the night will go towards our school. 

 

And lastly, for those who are unsure the dress code is smart casual with a touch of red. You can take this as far as you like!


Be quick to purchase your tickets as the deadline is strictly Monday 28th May!


Nikki Slattery - nikkijslattery@gmail.com
Niki Judd - nikwinch@hotmail.com

 

School Concert

School Concert date has been set as

Friday 6th September (Term 3 Week 8).

We have booked the Besen Centre  87/89 Station St, Burwood.

More info to follow.

 

Australian Federal Election

As you know, last weekend's Australian Federal Election enabled St. Cecilia

to serve as a polling centre for  the very first time. 

 

It was a tremendous success for our school.!

A special thank you to the many parents and families that supported our Election Day Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall. What a great success!

 

It was fantastic to use this opportunity to showcase our school, providing an opportunity for many past students and their families to reconnect. 

 

A particular thank you to Katherine Aldcroft, who coordinated and managed this initiative from start to finish.

We will be indicating shortly how much we raised and how these funds will support our students.

Provisional Psychologist

We have secured the services of a provisional psychologist commencing Tuesday 14th May. She will be with us until November. If you wish for your child to access this service, please contact Kate Sutherland via her email: ksutherland@scgleniris.catholic.edu.au

 

Coffee Van

To celebrate Term 2, we will be having another COFFEE VAN MORNING here at school for parents on THURSDAY 6th JUNE

from 8:30am - 10:00am

Coffee:    Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White, Long & Short Black Including Decaf

Teas:       Chai Latte, Vanilla Chai Tea & 13 Varieties of Tea's & Hot Chocolate

 

Cost will be:

       - $2:00 a cup if you bring your own Keep Cup or   -  $2:50 for a regular one

Strictly adults only

Senior School Camp

The Year 5/6 students will be heading off on Camp to Sovereign Hill on Monday of next week for three days.

 

School camp is a great opportunity for the students to get to know their classmates and teachers even better and give them the opportunity to work together, learn, practise communication and compromise in a unique context.

Camp is always a very memorable time for the students and Sovereign Hill is not only an incredibly enjoyable, fun experience, but is one where the students genuinely learn a great deal about a very significant period in our history.

 

We wish them and their teachers all the best next week!

2020 Foundation Enrolements

Do you have a child starting school next next year?

Please submit enrolement applications for your 2020 Foundation child so that you don't miss out! Applications are filling quickly!

 

Have a great weekend everyone,

 

Kind regards,

Marty McKenna

 

Deputy Principal Report

Drop Off Zone 

We are pleased to say that the Drop Off Zone appears to be working better at the moment but we would still like to remind you of a couple of pointers which will help to ensure everyone's safety!

1.Everyone should park as close to the kerb as possible to allow traffic to flow freely along Hillside Avenue.

2. Cars need to move up as other cars pull out. Around 8 cars can fit- if we all move forward and do not leave too much space in between the cars.

3. You must be very careful when pulling out, as Hillside Parade is a narrow street with cars going each way.

4.  It is not OK for anyone to "hover" on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Hillside Parade.  If you are caught in this position we ask that you do  a lap and come around again.

5. Please remind all family members that they should not park the car and leave it unattended in the Drop Off Zone as this causes a great deal of congestion.

6. Families should not drive through the church circular driveway as students walk through this area both before and after school

 

Bike Education

Speaking of safety and Extra Curricular activities... the Years Foundation to Year 4 students had a Bike Safety lesson in the hall last week. This was run by the RACV and was a great initiative to teach  our younger students about being careful on the roads.

NAPLAN

Our Years 3 and 5 students recently participated in the NAPLAN national testing. They did four tests over three days: Language Conventions (Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling), Writing,  Reading and Mathematics.

We made every effort to eliminate any stress by creating a calm environment and simply asking the students just to do their best! We also remember that it is just a snapshot of their ability as it is taken in just one week and is all completed as a pencil and paper test at the moment.

Earn and learn

The Earn & Learn program is on again. For those parents who aren't aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between 1st of May and the 25th of June you can earn stickers. Our school is collecting these stickers which we'll be able to swap for new school equipment; things like art and craft supplies, sports gear, teaching aids, and more.

So for any parents who shop at Woolworths, please collect those stickers, ask your child to stick them in their booklet and drop the filled booklets in to our collection box, which is located in the school office. I am not sure if we have too many as yet so start collecting.

NB You may need to ask specifically for the stickers at the checkout.

Thanks for helping out!

Grandparents' day

Today we had a wonderful Grandparents' day!

We know that the grandparents undertook some fun activities today in the classrooms with their grandchildren. Many of the students are currently studying a History or Science unit and based their activities around these topics. One grandfather came back immediately afterwards with an historic piece- a gold sluice from Ballarat-  to share with the Year 5 / 6 class who are off to Sovereign Hill next week for a camp. If any other grandparents or parents have any expertise to share, please contact your child's teacher. We love to have guest speakers at school!

Science Incursion

As part of their Inquiry unit, the Year 1's and 2's recently experienced a Science Show which was lead by some Science educators from Swinburne. They have been doing lots of exciting experiments in class. Please ask them about these!

Historical / Indigenous Excursion

This week the three Year 3 / 4 classes went on an excursion to McCrae Homestead where they learnt about what it was like in the early days of colonisation. They made butter, did old fashioned chores around the homestead and played old fashioned games. In the indigenous activities, they did aboriginal tracking and were involved in an aboriginal smoking ceremony.

We hope to have some pictures soon!

Reports, Portfolios & Parent Teacher interviews

At St Cecilia's, we have two formal written reports per year- one in June and one at the end of the school year. The teachers have begun writing the half-yearly Reports for each student. They are also collating work for Portfolios which contain work samples across various curriculum areas. We look forward to meeting with you at the Parent Teacher Interviews which will be held on Thursday, 27th June between 1:30pm and 8pm. Appointment times will be set up closer to the date using the online booking process.

Hard Footballs & Soccer balls

Just a reminder, that for safety reasons we only allow the students to only soft footballs and soccer balls (which are purchased through the school). Please ask the children to leave all harder personal footballs at home. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The SACRAMENTS at ST CECILIA'S in 2019

The next important dates are as follows:

 

NB Parents of Year 3 students

Tuesday, 18th June from 7:30 to 8:30pm:

The sacrament of First Reconciliation ceremony will take place in the Church.

 

NB Parents of Year 4/ First Communion candidates

Monday 22nd July from 7pm to 8:30pm:

First Communion ( Year 4) Parent/ student information/ activity night

 

Sunday, 20th October at 10am:

First Communion ceremony (Year 4)

 

NB If any students are in Years 3 - 6, who are new to the school and have not yet received any of the sacraments, please contact me (Karen Whiting) at : kwhiting@scgleniris.catholic.edu.au  so we can make arrangements.

Social Justice: Project Compassion

Thank you to everyone who generously donated to our Project Compassion collection during Lent this year. We raised around $780 which has been sent to support the work of Caritas in struggling overseas communities.

Year 3 / 4 Sacramental Commitment Mass

Thank you to all the Year 3 / 4 parents who came along last Sunday for the sacramental Commitment Mass . It was dark by 5:30pm but we wanted to avoid clashes with morning sporting commitments and many families were able to attend in this timeslot.

The students and parents all made a commitment to prepare / help the students prepare... for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. The teachers are looking forward to working with you all, as the students learn about these sacraments.  

 

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day

What a remarkable event...

 

Today, Friday 24th May, we saw nearly 300 Grandparents and visitors visit our school and enjoy some of what we offer here at St. Cecilia's. 

 

When we speak about our school values:

Faith – We live faith-filled lives and give thanks daily, we often think of our grandparents.

Acceptance – We respect and embrace the community, we often think of our grandparents.

Compassion – We care and do what is right and just, we often think of our grandparents.

Excellence – We strive for and celebrate every success, we often think of our grandparents.

 

We have many grandparents that travel considerable distances to be with us on this day. It was lovely to speak with many of them today about the significance St. Cecilia's plays in their lives. Whilst we always consider ourselves to be an outward looking school with a strong vision for the future, we must always remember and honour those who have created and established this school and community before us.  

We celebrated a beautiful liturgy together, followed by morning tea and finished with visits to the classroom. Many Grandparents provided fantastic feedback about the staff, the students and the school community in general. 

 

Special thanks to Marisa, Ina, Luisa and Sarah, who together with a band of willing and able parents, produced the most remarkable morning tea. The generosity and willingness of our parents to contribute, makes these events the success they are. Many parents helped on the day, and many assisted by sending along yummy food that was appreciated by all...I assure you!

 

Please take a look later in this newsletter for some more wonderful photos capturing this special day. 

 

Thank you everyone for a truly memorable day...

 

 

 

PE News- Cross Country

Letter from Mr Johnson

 

District Cross Country

 

On Tuesday selected students from years 3-6 competed in the Glen Iris District Cross Country Carnival at Nettleton Park. Students were selected based on their strong performances at our school carnival at the start of term 2.

 

Each member of the team represented themselves and the school extremely proudly with everyone putting their best foot forward! The most pleasing part was the encouragement everyone showed each other during the races. It really lifted spirit levels and in a lot of cases made our runners gain an extra bit of energy.

 

We finished a respectable 5th in this years aggregate shield which is a fantastic effort against some really strong competition. Congratulations to all of our runners and in particular these five students who have now qualified to compete at the Division Carnival next week after finishing in the top 12:

 

Sophia R - 1st place

Chloe F - 3rd place

Millie F - 7th Place

Lily J - 9th Place

Monet A - 9th place

 

A big thank you to Mrs Galgani, Mrs Sutherland, Mr Griffiths and Mrs Hanna for assisting on the day and making it run smoothly.

 

Mr Johnson

 

 

Student Wellbeing

Parenting Strategies...

 

Disciplining your sensitive child

by Michael Grose


 

Disciplining sensitive kids is usually never straightforward. Sensitive kids, those creative, empathetic types who generally wear their hearts on their sleeve and take even the slightest criticism personally need to be handled with care.

It’s tempting to avoid disciplining them altogether to avoid hurting their feelings. But sensitive kids need also to learn to become social and likeable so they can reach their full social potential. They also like to feel safe and secure so a permissive ‘do whatever’ approach is not for this group.

If your child is the sensitive, worrying type make it a rule of thumb to check in with your child after discipline to make sure that everything is okay. You need to make peace even if you can’t see the need.

Some discipline techniques to avoid with sensitive children:

Shaming, naming and blaming

‘You should be ashamed of yourself’; “You’re a naughty girl” and “It’s all your fault!” should be left out of every parents’ armoury of responses as they often do more harm than good, and can be ineffectual with children who learn to tolerate persona affronts. With sensitive types they can have a devastating impact on their self-esteem. Such phrases uttered with emotional intensity (read anger and frustration) can more than just sting – they can have a lasting impact on kids who wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Physical discipline

This method should be off the table altogether but especially for this group.

Withdrawal of love and affection

There’s a difference between withdrawing affection and withdrawing attention. The latter is temporary and is aimed at specific behaviours that kids use to keep parents busy. The former is more permanent and can be accompanied by shaming or guilt-laden language and can be damaging to relationships and children’s sense of self. Sensitive children often confuse the temporary withdrawal of attention with withdrawal of affection so it’s probably best to keep ignoring children’s behaviour to a minimum.

Isolation

Sensitive kids usually hate the isolation of time out. They tend to fret rather than reflect, which is the main purpose of this method.

Discipline to favour with sensitive children:

Give them a chance to make good

Most sensitive kids crave adult approval so a stern look or a change in voice tone is often enough to communicate your disapproval followed by some advice about better behaviour next time. Give them the chance to make good or to pick up their game and they will generally respond in kind.

Be friendly and firm

While friendly and firm discipline sounds like a cliché it is very much a reality for sensitive kids. Move close, speak quietly and assure them your relationship is not harmed by their poor behaviour.

Use consequences sparingly

If kids repeatedly break a rule or misbehave when the limits are clear use a consequence but make sure you deliver it like a neutral cop. Watch for a shame reaction and adjust accordingly. Importantly, try to work out why she or he is behaving poorly or breaking a limit or rule.

Replace time out with time in

Place them close to you – on a chair or similar spot – when they need to calm down or spend some time pondering their behaviour. Quiet time doesn’t need to be isolating time.

Repair the relationship

It’s always good to revisit your child after discipline to re-establish good will. In a practical sense it’s not always possible. However if your child is the more sensitive, worrying type make it a rule of thumb to check in with your child after discipline to make sure that everything is okay. You need to make peace even though you can’t see the need.

Look what's been going on..

Grandparents Day.....

 

Parent's Association

Mid Year Function

 

Dear Parents,

 

We are looking forward to the Mid Year Function, which is fast approaching next Saturday night,1st June.


Thank you to the parents who have purchased their tickets, we already have close to 100 parents attending for what will be a fun night of food, music and dancing!

 


There will be three Paella options available on the night - Chicken and Chorizo, Seafood or Vegetarian. If there are any specific dietary requirements or allergies outside of vegetarian please get in contact with Niki or Nikki ASAP.


The night will commence at 7pm with Sangria and grazing tables, followed by Paella being served and finishing off with a delicious dessert option. 

 


A big thank you to Boccaccio Cellars and the D'Anna family for again generously supporting our school. Drinks will be available for purchase on the night (cash or card) with wine available by the glass or bottle.


The PA will be running a raffle on the night so bring your coins - any proceeds raised from the night will go towards our school. 

 


And lastly, for those who are unsure the dress code is smart casual with a touch of red. You can take this as far as you like!


Be quick to purchase your tickets as the deadline is strictly Monday 28th May!


Nikki Slattery - nikkijslattery@gmail.com
Niki Judd - nikwinch@hotmail.com

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