High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!
High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!
Last week we celebrated National Science Week and students across both campuses were engaged in many activities throughout the week. I would like to thank Miss Serena Jordan-Munro for arranging the week’s activities and in particular for organising the incursion from ‘Scientifically Speaking’, this was a wonderful experience for all involved. Thank you to all the staff for ensuring students were engaged in the activities and for taking us on the journey themed ‘Destination : Moon’.
Book week is upon us and the students of both campuses are already busy ready books from the 2019 Book of the Year Awards list and organising their costumes for our parade. I am really looking forward to seeing all our students and staff dressed in their Book Parade costumes tomorrow, Friday 23 August, which will commence in the Padua Pavilion at 9.15am. All families are welcome to join in.
Mrs Marina Russo has organised the activities that will take place during the day, in particular inviting children from the Early Learning Centre who will join us in the morning. Thank you Mrs Marina Russo.
Of course a special thank you to Mrs Kathy Sansalone who always makes sure that the library not only looks appealing, but ensures that the books and novels are current and engaging for our students.
On Thursday 29th August some students from Years 3-6 will be competing in the District Athletics Day at Duncan McKinnon Reserve, Murrumbeena between 9.30am and until approx. 2.30pm. They will be participating in a range of events across the day and we encourage and welcome families to attend the day and cheer the students on. They will compete against other Schools in the District. A CareMonkey form has been sent out to those students participating in the day so please ensure you have replied to that form so your child is able to participate. We wish these students all the very best and hope they have a fun-filled day. If you have any questions please contact Mr Simon Addicoat email@example.com
Fathers’ Day is being celebrated with a special Breakfast on Friday 30th August between 7.30 and 8.40am. We hope to see as many dads, grandads and special friends as possible. I understand the PFA have arranged for a Coffee Cart to be made available this year as well as a mystery musical guest so it looks to be a wonderful morning.
The other event to mark Fathers’ Day is the annual Fathers’ Day Stall. There will be items between $1 and $5 for the students to purchase for dad, grandad or that special friend, so don’t forget to bring your money on Friday 30th August to buy that special gift for Fathers’ Day.
I would like to thank the PFA Presidents, the Class Liaisons and their parent helpers for their tireless efforts in organsing both events. There is a lot of forward planning, preparing and work done on the day so that these events are always a success and enjoyed by all.
Happy Fathers' Day to all our dads, grandads and special friends.
I am pleased to report that 20 parents were able to complete the survey that was sent out in the last week of Term 2 seeking feedback regarding our semester school reports. Below I have included the graphed results which indicate that the majority of those parents responding find the reports useful in communicating aspects of their child's learning and believe that the majority of information included is relevant.
Note: 1 = Strongly Disagree to 5 = Strongly Agree
Note: 1 = Strongly Disagree to 5 = Strongly Agree
Parents also made comments about:
The majority of parents also found the online portal easy to access. These results are presented below as pie graphs.
I would like to thank all of the parents who were able to take time to complete the survey. The Leadership team have already begun to analyse the data and look at how we can use this feedback to improve the content of our reports. Next we will consult with a representative group of students to seek their voice regarding the school reports.
Congratulations to our top 5 fundraisers for JRFH! They are:
If you have not signed up yet it is not too late to do so. Just follow this link: https://www.jumprope.org.au/parents
This cause is as important for everyone today as it has ever been because:
If I can assist in any way with this, or anything else at all, please don't hesitate to ask.
St Anthony’s School students along with Sunday School children and De La Salle College students will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 12th September, 2019 at 7pm at St Anthony’s Church, Glen Huntly. These candidates will be attending a Retreat Day in preparation for their Confirmation. Also in preparation for Confirmation, the candidates with their family and sponsors will celebrate mass on Saturday 7th September, 2019 at 6pm followed by a practice and a shared supper in the Padua Pavilion.
Confirmation is the second of the Sacraments of Initiation. It is closely related to Baptism and leads to the Eucharist which expresses full belonging to the Church, the body of Christ. Hence it is called a sacrament of initiation. While Confirmation is often spoken of in relation to the Holy Spirit it is important to realise that the Holy Spirit is alive and active in all the sacraments. The Holy Spirit is called upon the waters of Baptism, the oil (Chrism) of Confirmation and the bread and wine of the Eucharist but each of the sacraments of initiation have their unique emphasis:
What actually happens at a Confirmation ceremony?
The actions of the sacrament of Confirmation are two-fold. Firstly the bishop extends his hands over the heads of those to be confirmed and calls the Holy Spirit upon them. Then the candidates come before the bishop who anoints each one’s forehead with Chrism (which is consecrated, perfumed olive oil) and pronounces the words: ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’.
It is usually administered by the local bishop or his delegate, except during the Rite of Christian Initiation of adults when the priest who baptises the candidates, confirms them immediately afterwards. At other times, Confirmation is usually celebrated in the context of the Mass. It is preceded by the Liturgy of the Word and Renewal of Baptismal Promises (to show the relationship with Baptism) and leads into the Liturgy of the Eucharist (which shows how the Eucharist brings to completion the sacraments of initiation).
What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Catholic Church believes that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given at Confirmation.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are:
Wisdom : The ability to see God in everyone and everything everywhere.
Understanding: The ability to comprehend that we are followers of Christ.
Right Judgment (Counsel) : The ability to know right from wrong and to choose to do what is right.
Reverence (Piety): The ability to have deep respect for God and the church.
Knowledge: The ability to understand the meaning of God.
Courage (Fortitude): The ability to overcome our fear and to stand up for what is right in the eyes of God.
Wonder and Awe (Fear of the Lord): The ability to be aware the God is all-powerful, all-loving, all-perfect.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are:
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a very important event in the life of a Catholic and we pray that the Confirmation candidates will be filled with the Holy Spirit and given courage and strength to understand the significance of this sacrament in their lives.
Religious Education Leader
Children are hardwired for independence. Sometime around the age of fifteen months, give or take three months, most children will make a strong case for self-sufficiency. They demand to do things their own way.
This demand is soon backed by a strong voice – “NOOOO!” – and then more articulate cries of “I can do it!” as their third birthday approaches.
This is the time to harness your child's push for independence and self-sufficiency. Their desire for independence and mastery over their immediate environment will see most children take incredible physical risks in the form of play and exploration of that environment. Concerned parents will naturally minimise risks by moving furniture around, keeping doors closed and hiding sharp implements, to name a few protective measures.
But parents can’t eradicate all risks. Kids will fall and hurt themselves ... but they’ll also get up and go again. In time, they’ll learn to assess situations, stare down their fears and test themselves out in new situations. Falling down, brushing yourself off and trying again is part of the natural learning experience for most young children. Parents don’t have to do much more than assess a situation for real dangers, then stand back and allow their kids to explore their environments, pulling them up only when their play and explorations transgress the rights and peace of others.
So what’s this got to do with resilience? Well, everything really. Independence is the pursuit of mastery over one’s self and one’s environment and rarely happens without mishaps and mistakes. It nearly always involves hurt, hardship, frustration and fear. That’s where resilience comes in. Resilience is the art of bouncing forward after experiencing these hurts, hardships, frustrations and fears. Resilience is what comes from seeking out self-sufficiency and independence.
The language of independence
The fact that there’s a whole genre of language devoted to resilience (mostly cloaked in cliché) is no accident. Terms such as “Get back on the bike/horse when you fall off”, “Come on, brush yourself off and get on with it” or “What doesn’t kill you makes you strong” are built into the pyche of past generations. Many parents today will cringe at these terms as they appear a little callous and out of touch. Conversely most current parents' relationship with risk and adventure – both required for independence-building – is very tenuous at best, non-existent at worst.
Therein lies the challenge. I haven’t met a parent, carer or teacher who doesn’t want the children in their care to develop resilience that will last a lifetime. Yet many of those same adults will block the pathway to children’s resilience by over-indulging them, solving their problems and not giving them real responsibility. In doing so they deny kids the sense of mastery that comes from sorting out their own problems, getting themselves out of jams and getting up after a fall.
You can never love your children too much, but you can love them helplessly. That’s what happens when we deny kids the opportunity to become truly independent and self-sufficient. Deny self-sufficiency and you block a child’s resilience. Develop real independence and you open a pathway to resilience that will last a lifetime.
Michael Grose is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 10 books for parents including 'Thriving!' and the best-selling 'Why First Borns Rule the World' and 'Last Borns Want to Change It', and his latest release 'Spoonfed Generation: How to raise independent children'
On Wednesday 14th August, the students gathered in the Padua Pavilion to watch an entertaining
performance by Perform Education called ‘Big Dreams’.
Big Dreams featured a selection of the Children’s Book Council 2019 shortlisted books, while
teaching students not to be discouraged by negative messages in order to follow their heart’s desire.
Filled with humour, suspense and student interaction this educational musical adventure
encouraged students to pursue their ambitions. If you’re going to dream, let them be Big Dreams!
Don’t forget to come dressed up as your favourite book character for our Book Week Parade tomorrow starting at 9:15am in the Padua Pavilion. All adults and siblings are welcome to dress up.
Last week, St Anthony’s School celebrated ‘National Science Week.’ Our students engaged in many activities around the theme ‘Destination: Moon.’ Here are some of the highlights!
Stephanie, from ‘Scientifically Speaking’, ran an incursion per class:
Each year level participated in a STEAM ‘Rocket Building’ activity:
What a fantastic Science Week for 2019! Remember, STEAM is an approach to teaching and learning - not a separate subject. As such, there will be many more open-ended activities to come. The sky’s the limit when we consider all that our students can do!
The Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019 closes on 6th September 2019.
All students have been registered to participate. In order to complete the challenge students in Years Foundation - 2 must read thirty books, including twenty challenge books. Students in Years 3-6 must read fifteen books, including ten challenge books.
Please ensure that the books your child has read have been entered online at the reading challenge website before 5th September 2019 so that their reading list can be verified before the challenge closes.
If you have any questions please contact Kathy in the school office.
On Monday 12th August, Year 3/4 TD was host to an incursion regarding “Space”. Stephanie from Scientifically Speaking, who is a geologist and avid space watcher, shared her expertise and knowledge of space. Stephanie guided the students through the naming of the planets in our Solar System, discussing their unique features and quizzing the students about their distances from the Sun. The students were taught about our Solar System in relation to the Milky Way and the Universe, Asteroids, Asteroid belts, dwarf planets etc. The students discussed how Pluto was renamed as a dwarf planet and the reasons for this discovery. They were absolutely fascinated!
The students were involved in a few small experiments that taught them about our Solar System, how day and night is created, the seasons and the rotation of the Earth’s Axis, as well as its revolution around the Sun. They experimented with how a rocket is plunged into space using a test tube, water and aspirin. These hands-on experiments were a great way for the students to learn about the science of rocket propulsion.
On Wednesday 14th August Year 3/4MR class were given the same lesson regarding “Space” which they thoroughly enjoyed. Both classes were very excited and very willing to take part in all the activities. Great Work Grade 3 and 4 students!
Toni Dent, Helen Hardman
Marina Russo, Marie Georgiadis
Year 3/4 Teachers
Congratulations to the following students for being presented with their Class Awards at Assembly this week.
Friday 23 August
Book Week Parade, Padua Pavilion (9.15am)
Monday 26 August
MFB visit for Foundation (9-10am)
Tuesday 27 August
MFB visit for Year 5/6 (9-10am)
Thursday 29 August
District Athletics Day, Duncan McKinnon Reserve, Murrumbeena (9am-3pm approx.)
Friday 30 August
Fathers’ Day Breakfast, Padua Pavilion (7.30am-8.45am)
Fathers’ Day Stall for Students to purchase gifts (9.00am)
Sunday 1 September
Saturday September 14th 2019
Port Phillip Estate Winery
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Foundation – Jo Jeans
1/2EC - Simone Mitchell
1/2MC - Kim Davie
3/4TD - Ali Clohesy/Sharon Stewart
3/4MR - Michelle Kelly
5/6VN - Lina O'Byrne/Donna P
5/6EA - Megan Affinita
St Anthony's Fathers' Day and Special Friends Breakfast for 2019 is being held on Friday August 30 between 7.30 and 8.40am.
There will be breakfast provided for all dads, grandads and special friends and this year we are lucky enough to have a Coffee Cart.
We also have a special mystery musical guest appearance!!!
You will today receive in school bags and via email raffle tickets for some amazing prizes. With a special prize for the student who sells the most tickets.
We will be holding our very first Annual St Anthony's Dad's Paper Plane Competition, so start your folding!
What a very proud moment for one of our students, Sophie in Year 5/6, who received the Junior Bear of the Year Award 2019. Not only is Sophie the first St Anthony's current student to have won the award but she is the first female in the history of the Club to have won the award.
So a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Sophie on an award well won and for pioneering the way for other girls playing junior football.
Dear Families, remember, if your child has an extra curricular hobby and should receive an awards such as Sophie's, please email the office with the details and a jpg photograph, and we would be proud to share the news with the school community. Email address : firstname.lastname@example.org