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

08 November 2019
Issue Seventeen
Message from the Principal
Important announcements
Important Term 4 Dates
In praise of ...
Parish News
Religious Education News
Learning Space Update
Family Engagement in Learning
Physical Education Update
Wellbeing Update
Alfred Street ELC
House Team Building
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 6 and 7

Dear Parents,

 

I hope that your long weekend was filled with great activities with your family and friends. I know that some days off for our staff were very welcomed in yet another busy term. Our teaching staff are immersed in report writing at present and are putting in lots of extra hours to ensure that the formal reporting requirements are met for the end of semester 2.  We thank everyone for the efforts of Walktober and joining us for breakfast on Friday morning.

 

We welcomed our new Preps on Wednesday. The Prep space was alive with wonder and everyone was brimming with excitement. I loved being in the space to meet everyone and welcome them to our beautiful school. As you can see Xavier, Steveland and Scarlett were all smiles and busy as bees.

 

 

At this time there is a lot of work going into ensuring adequate staffing for 2020. As our enrolments continue to decrease each year, this has an impact on funding and staffing. Thankfully we have 38 Preps enrolled for 2020 which is the same number of Preps we welcomed for 2019. With 56 Year 6's leaving this means we drop down again.

 

We will always continue to ensure the best teacher to student ratios and expert educators. As far as we can tell, the decrease in enrolments in the area is due to the changing demographics of Noble Park and surrounding areas, growth in house prices and affordability of a new home with many families taking the opportunity to build and move out to growth corridors such as Cranbourne, Clyde and Narre Warren.  This of course means that schools in those areas are growing and schools in areas such as Noble Park are shrinking. Catholic Education Melbourne are working with all schools to try and implement measures to ensure enrolments are maintained.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to farewell several staff members who will not be returning in 2020 and many who will be taking up new opportunities. We farewell Miss Ellen Fitzgerald who has been on extended leave this year.  Ellen is travelling and living abroad and will continue to do so in 2020. We farewell and thank Miss Marnie Newbound, who has been with us for the past 18 months and has been an important part of the 5/6 learning spaces. Marnie  takes up another teaching role at Holy Family Doveton and we know she will be a great asset as she nurtures relationships with her learners so beautifully.  To Sue Brown, our Home and School Liaison who has forged significant partnerships and opportunities over the past 9 years in collaboration with our SMAG schools and become a very valued and respected member of staff at St Anthony's, St Gerard's and St Mary's. Sue cannot be replaced and Sue's passion and expertise in the area of family engagement has enriched our school community and enabled many opportunities for staff, families and students in multiple ways.  We wish Sue all the very best and we will miss her greatly. Mrs Kirsty Platon begins her Maternity leave at the end of the year and for the duration of 2020. We hope to see Kirsty again in 2021. We wish all of these wonderful people much happiness in their future endeavors and thank them for being an important part of the St Anthony's community.

 

Enjoy the next couple of weeks and we journey closer to Advent. 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

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/fee will remain the same. The majority of the student levy/fee 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 levy/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.

 

The school Advisory Group will meet again on the 18th before our annual AGM to finalise and 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.

 

Patrika Rowley

Important announcements

AED Automatic External Defibrillator

We were recently presented with an AED to be stored in our first aid from Club Noble. Mick and Trish from Club Noble Presented us with this life saving device at Assembly in week 1. You will see this green sign that alerts anyone on Parish/school grounds that the device is  available. We will make sure that signage is displayed in Parish and School. Staff recently updated their first aid qualifications which included the use of the AED.

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 Governance Update

As you may already be aware, Catholic Schools are in the process of changing over to governance from parish Priests to a governing body. This is the first of a regular series of messages  from Catholic Education Melbourne so that we can all be kept informed on the governance reform road we are walking together.

 

The following thought from Archbishop Peter’s message at the outset of the process expresses an important consideration in our current endeavours: ‘Our parents and families of Catholic school students deserve the best and the safest learning environments we can offer for their children, and good governance is one of the ways we can ensure the future of Catholic education in the years ahead.’ A commitment to mission and the strong relationship between parishes and their schools were important themes in Archbishop Peter’s address and continue to be prominent in the consultation that has occurred thus far.

We have already held two of our four regional forums for clergy, and the word cloud that appears below graphically represents some of the issues that were raised in those forums. The Steering Committee will use word clouds, reports, surveys and other strategies to interact with you as we work together to shape the governance arrangements for the future of Catholic education in the years ahead.

The two remaining regional forums for clergy will occur in the coming weeks along with similar forums for principals. These forums are proving to be very effective in terms of drawing out the issues that the Steering Committee will need to ensure are adequately addressed as the process unfolds. Already we know that we will need to produce clear statements and protocols to ensure that the relationship between the parish and its school is protected and fostered by any change in governance. This will be a key task that will involve active input from clergy early in the process.

 

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.

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.  There are still one or two outstanding Camp payments for this year. Please make your payment as soon as possible.

Patrika

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.  

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.

f 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

 

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.

Important Term 4 Dates

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

For all upcoming important dates/events click here

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 second session in on Thursday 14th 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 Patrika's official Welcome. Our Year 5 leaders will be ready to meet you at the front office.

 

Thursday November 14th - Transition morning 2 9.30am – 10.30am. 

Parent Information session topic: Principal’s welcome and meet and greet

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. 

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. 
 

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 - 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
 

 

School Closure Day

 

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of ...

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of

These two legends! Lisa and Deb. For ensuring that our students were well fed and congratulated after a month long walk fest. Walking to school and being fit and active is such an important message to spread. Deb is always looking for new ways to involve our students and families in active and fun activities (Friday active after school sports are always well attended).

 

Lisa is in the process of investigating a Breakfast Club for St Anthony's together with Deana Portia. We have surveyed our students and we have discovered that many do not have breakfast.

 

We look forward to making this club become reality in 2020. Thanks Deb and Lisa for everything you do for our community every day.  

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.

The five New Saints

Pope Francis declared five new saints at the beginning of a festive Mass in St. Peter's Square, on October 13, attended by more than 50,000 people from all continents. Each of these saints bear different stories. One of them is Cardinal Henry John Newman (1801-1890), the famous intellectual and theologian, baptised Anglican but later decided to be admitted into catholic faith at the age of 45 and became a priest, then bishop and then Cardinal in England. The other four saints were women; Italy's Giuseppina Vannini (1859-1911), founder of the Daughters of Saint Camillus; India's Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876-1926), founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family; Brazil's Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes (1914-1992); and Switzerland's Margherita Bays (1815-1879), a laywoman. The first three spent their lives working for the poor. Giuseppina Vannini, lost both her parents by the age of seven and grew up in an orphanage near St. Peter's Basilica run by the Daughters of Charity. She wanted to join that religious congregation, but after being rejected due to her poor health, she then went on to found the Daughters of St. Camillus to care for the sick. Her order has today 800 sisters working in 22 countries.

St. Mariam Thresia, was an Indian mystic who cared for the poor, the sick and lepers. She experienced visions and ecstasies and received the stigmata at the age of 33. Five years later, in 1914, she founded the Congregation of the Holy Family to care for families. Today it numbers some 1,500 sisters in communities around the world that care for families and run hospitals and schools. St. Dulce Lopes Pontes, often referred to as the Brazil's Mother Teresa of Calcutta because of her great care for the poor, was born into a well-off family. She felt attracted to minister to the poor from an early age and joined the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God and devoted herself to the education of workers and care for the poorest. She founded the largest charitable organization in Brazil that today includes a teaching hospital and educational centre which provides free education for very poor children. The fourth woman, St. Marguerite Bays, was a laywoman mystic from Switzerland. She was a seamstress and dedicated herself to work in a parish and care for her family. She was miraculously cured from bowel cancer, but went on to suffer for Christ as she had requested and regularly experienced the stigmata during the rest of her life

 

Have a good week, Vicki, Brian and Martin

VCE

VCE Prayers (Res & StA) Please keep our students in your prayers as they begin their exams this week. The parish have sent an individual letter to each student nominated assuring them of our prayers for their exams.

Social Media

Social media of our parish (StA) We have our presence in three important social networking platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Facebook - St. Anthony's Parish, Noble Park,  Instagram - stanthonysnoblepark, and  Twitter - Stanthonysparishnoblepark Please follow and like our pages to get more information about parish programs. We would like to get some help from qualified persons to facelift parish website. If you can help us please contact the parish office.

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 541or Suzan Gerreyn on 0497 478 662. Don't forget to keep an eye out on the facebook.com/stanthonysnbp for updates.

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 5/6

This term in Faith Based Inquiry students have focused on how Jesus impacted his community and how they could impact theirs. In October we celebrated the 110-year anniversary of Noble Park. This gave students the opportunity to explore the past and present and its interconnections. Students explored how significant members of the community made an impact to the development of Noble Park and how the Catholic Social Teachings were visible in their actions. Students also spent time exploring how Jesus impacted his own community by reading and reflecting on various Bible stories. Students have worked hard to create a display in each of the neighbourhood classrooms of their learning. 

 

 

Family Engagement in Learning

Family Engagement in Learning

 

Physical Education Update

Physical Education Update

This term in Physical Education, we have been focusing on:

 

Prep: Skipping and Bouncing

One/Two: Punting and Soccer

Three/Four: Basketball

Five/Six: Sofcrosse and Badminton

 

Emily Prato

 

Wellbeing Update

Wellbeing Update

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.

Calming Techniques

Sometimes school can seem overwhelming. Your child might come home anxious after a disappointing day, a schoolyard squabble or even a lost library book.

 

Here are some techniques you can do with them to help calm them down:

 

Discuss the problem

If your child walks in the front door upset, the first thing to do is find out what has happened to upset them. Sit down with them and keep eye contact. Let them talk and try not to interrupt. If your child is upset, even if it is about something that seems trivial to you, let them know that you care that they are upset. Name the feeling they are expressing. For example, ‘I can see that you are feeling disappointed that you were not picked in the team’.

 

Breathing techniques

Now your child has shared with you the reason behind their anxiety, help them to calm down. This breathing method will replenish their oxygen. Ask them take a deep slow breath and hold it while you count to five. Then ask them to exhale slowly through their mouth. Repeat this five times.

 

Adapted from learningpotential.gov.au

Alfred Street ELC

ELC Update

 

House Team Building

House Team Building

 

Community Announcements

Community Announcements

 

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