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

03 May 2019
Issue Six
Message from the Principal
Deputy Principal News
Dates for Term 2
Prompt payment of Fees
Enrolment information for Government schools for year 7 2020
Important announcements
In praise of ...
Parish News
Learning and Teaching News
Learning Space News
Religious Education News
The Arts News
Sports News
Community Garden News
Community Announcements
Celebration of learning
Road Safety at St Anthony's
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.

Principal's Message

 

Dear Families and friends,

 

This week we pray for the Sri Lankan community and the people in our own community who have been deeply affected by the tragedy on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.  During this time of uncertainty in the world we seek comfort from one another and continue to use our strength in prayer and strength in our own community to support one another.  Our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to all the victims, their surviving family, friends and their communities. There are no words to describe the pain and suffering of so many people. We hope that our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters will find comfort in each other and strength in all the good memories and lessons their loved ones had gifted to them.

 

Welcome back to Term 2. The children came bouncing through the gates last week with enthusiasm and great spirit as did the staff. We are looking forward to another great term working with you on the very important task of educating your children.

 

We are looking forward to making our school movie this term with Andy Druit. We hope that it will capture the essence of learning and the complexity of the work that we do here every day. We look forward to sharing this with you. Below is a little bit from our website about our learning spaces. We celebrate what we do.

 

Learning spaces at St Anthony’s are flexible which means they are sociable, changeable, built for movement, interaction and small focused teaching ‘Learning diversity in Catholic schools is enacted through an inclusive pedagogy and a commitment to uphold the rights of all to be: welcomed, valued, acknowledged, and actively engaged in education.’ (Horizons  of Hope Diversity Foundation Statement CEM)

 

Our vision is to integrate life and the Catholic Faith through the inclusive and holistic development of students. In partnership with the wider community, our students will strive for excellence and acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that ensure lifelong learning, empowering them to contribute to the global community. Because our students are immersed in a rapidly changeable, globalising world where scientific and technological growth dominate, we cannot keep educating our children according to past pedagogical models and methods.

 

‘As technology advances, we are challenged to collaborate with schools and lead new pedagogical models for learning and teaching, incorporating new technologies in the classroom and providing new learning spaces to meet the needs of students.’ (Horizons of Hope CEM)

 

At St Anthony’s in order for every person to flourish and be known, we are journeying to re-imagine our learning environments and pedagogies so that personal and social learning, critical thinking, ethical understandings, creativity and initiative are the common dispositions across the school. Where purposeful data is the only data. Our student vision of high expectations means that our students know the purpose for their learning, what success and failure looks and feels like and how persistence, courage and grit can drive their learning forward.

 

Student led 3 way learning conversations are the most empowering way for our learners to articulate this to family and educators. Dojo as our family engagement, positive behaviours sharing tool and e-portfolio tool also articulates learning into homes.

 

Go gently and as always, if you have any feedback, questions or ideas we’d love to hear about them. Positive feedback drives our work forward. Positive interactions drive our work forward.

 

God bless

Patrika Rowley

Photo: EVERY LEARNER EVERY DAY

Deputy Principal News

Photo: EVERY LEARNER EVERY DAY

Deputy Principal News

Harmony Day 2019

On Thursday 4th April we had a wonderful Harmony Day celebration. It was the first time we used multi age groupings throughout the day. The purpose of the multi age groupings was for students and teachers to build positive relationships with each other to truly live out our mantra of ‘Every Person Flourishing & Known’ . The morning parade was 100% organised and facilitated by the SRC and they did an amazing job!

 

We would like to thank Shabba from African Drumming, Aaron from Asia Raya and Kyle from Zumba for running some incredible activities.

 

A special thanks to Miss Lim, Miss Portia, Debbie and Lisa for all their hard work and planning to make the day enjoyable for everyone!

Our video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwhqTUY19hM&feature=share


James Gow

Dates for Term 2

Dates to remember

 

Prompt payment of Fees

Payment of Fees

The setting of fee levels and other compulsory charges in Catholic schools is the responsibility of the school, taking into account the allocation of government funds. The school offers a number of methods for paying fees to reduce any financial burden and to assist financial planning. If you have difficulty in meeting the required fee payment, you are welcome to discuss this with the principal of the school.

 

The fees must be paid for your child to enrol and to continue enrolment at the school. The school has discretion whether to allow a child to participate in optional or extracurricular school events, such as paid school excursions or extracurricular activities, while fees remain due and payable.

 

All families sign an agreement upon enrolment to pay set fees. There are some families with outstanding fees at present. We ask that you please settle your account promptly to avoid any jeopardy to your enrolment or enjoyment of programs at St Anthony's. Thank you to those of you who have promptly responded to reminder messages or have come in to speak to me about unpaid fees.

 

It would be a very difficult task to have to pay left over Primary school fees in addition to Secondary school fees at the completion of enrolment at St Anthony's via debt collection. We are currently in this process with families who have finished their enrolment with us and who have left a large debt.

Thank you in advance

Patrika Rowley

Enrolment information for Government schools for year 7 2020

FROM THE DEPARTMENT - PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS COMMENCING YEAR 7 IN 2020

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/going-to-school/Pages/year-6-to-7.aspx


Dear parents and carers,
As your child is now in their final year of primary school, it is time to decide where they will begin secondary school.
Enrolling a child in Year 7 is an important choice. To support your decision making, the Department has
launched a new website to help you locate your local school, and give you transparency of choice in public schools across the Victorian public school system.
Your child is guaranteed a place at their local designated neighbourhood school, however you can choose to request enrolment at another school if you prefer. The school will use the Placement Policy to consider the application.
What you need to do
1. Read the Department’s Placement Policy including the permanent address guidelines and the priority
order of placement at:
www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/participation/Pages/placement.aspx
2. Locate your designated neighbourhood school or preferred secondary schools using
www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au
3. Complete the Application for Year 7 Placement form and return to your primary school by Friday 17 May 2019.
Year 7 placements are determined by secondary schools. You will be sent notification of Year 7 placement for 2020 on Wednesday 7 August 2019.
If information on the form changes, notify your primary school immediately. All communication about the transition process must be in writing and lodged through your primary school until Year 7 placement is confirmed.
International students
Fee-paying international students are not required to complete this form. For enrolment in a public school, make an application online at: www.study.vic.gov.au. Contact independent and catholic schools directly for enrolment details.
More information Contact your primary school if you require more information about the application process, Year 6 to Year 7 transition arrangements, or if you require assistance completing the form.
We wish your child well and trust that secondary schooling will be a richly rewarding experience.

Important announcements

St. Anthony's Important Announcements

School Photos

School photo packs will be coming home next week (week 3). Please ensure you have selected your photo package.

 

 

Canteen

Please remember from Term 2 our school canteen will only be open for lunches and counter sales on WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. This means no canteen on MONDAY or TUESDAY. Canteen sales on these days are minimal and there is no need for us to be open on these days anymore. It will also mean that we can have Eileen working with our students in the learning spaces more often supporting everyone.

 

ABSENTEES

If your child is going to be absent from school, can you please call the school office on 95460044 before 9.00am.  Alternatively, you can email the school to notify of your child’s absence at  [email protected], 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 new regulations to message you at home or work to follow up the absence. Please notify the school of all absences.

 

 

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.

Learning at Home - A new tab on our website to engage you with home learning

This is a new tab on our website to engage you with your children's home learning. We will post links and useful sites and videos that will enable you to support your child's learning. Please send us feedback via DOJO to enable us to post useful links.

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

In praise of ...

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

Praise

Our fabulous 1/2's for creating and making the Easter egg baskets to give to our charity organisation. What an amazing effort! Thanks to our gold coin day, we raised plenty of money to be able to do this wonderful act of giving.

As part of our Term 1 Faith Based Inquiry, the Level 1/2's learnt about Human Dignity and people in the community who are less fortunate than themselves.

The students, with help from the school’s ‘Social Justice Team’, held a free dress day to raise money to make and provide Easter baskets for the St Vincent De Paul Soup Vans. These baskets were given to people in the local community over the Easter season.

The students raised $413.00. Thank you to all the parents and students for supporting a great cause and helping the 1/2's with their learning.

Students were able to make over 160 Easter baskets and were also able to provide another 12kg of eggs to be distributed.

 

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

 

Photo: St Anthony's Catholic School in the Parish of St Anthony's Noble Park

Parish News

Photo: St Anthony's Catholic School in the Parish of St Anthony's Noble Park

What’s happening in the Parish

This week, we are reminded how fragile the gift of peace is. On Thursday, we honoured Anzac Day, a day when we remember all those who have served and continue to serve our country in times of war and as peacekeepers throughout the world. … In addition, as we celebrated Easter, the people of Sri Lanka and our world were shaken with the news of the bombings in Sri Lanka and the loss and devastation they caused. Like the victims of the shootings in Christchurch, we are outraged that atrocities like these happen in our world. We all know that some dogs are vicious and have the capacity to kill and maim. We rightfully feel outrage when we hear of these attacks that harm people or other animals. However, we do not judge all dogs by the behaviour of a few, the small minority. Human beings are the same. We read that 79 women have died at the hands of their partner in the past year. Again, we cannot judge all men by the appalling behaviour of a few. Since the recent disclosures, some people have branded all priests as paedophiles, and again we know this is far from the truth. Our fight and disgust is directed at terrorism, no matter who the perpetrators are. An Australian was responsible for Christchurch and we as a Christian people abhor his actions, done in a misguided sense of what it means to be Christian. We, as Australians, should not be judged by the actions of this man. Evil does not have a race, religion, gender or colour. We need to hold to the goodness of the majority of people. Evil cannot be allowed to divide us… it will challenge us but we pray that like Jesus on Good Friday, suffering will not overcome us or change us. As we grieve, we long for and pledge ourselves to be people of the Resurrection, people of new life. On Friday night, the Resurrection Sri Lankan community organised a most beautiful memorial mass, gathering in support of Sri Lanka and each other. Many dignitaries and people outside our parishes attended. Well done to the teams of people who worked during the week in the organisation of this Mass. During the week, we received hand delivered, flowers and cards from the local Turkish, Islamic and Cultural Centre Group sending: their deepest condolences and prayers. We stand as one! Terrorism has NO religion. In this week's newsletter, we have printed a copy of a letter of solidarity and condolence circulated by the Archdiocese that they received from the Islamic Society in Australia immediately following the atrocities in Sri Lanka.

 

We pray for peace and healing. Vicki, Brian, Martin & Garry

Photo: Small, focused intentional group teaching, self directed people, learning what they need. People not data.

Learning and Teaching News

Photo: Small, focused intentional group teaching, self directed people, learning what they need. People not data.

Learning and Teaching Update

SMART spelling is an engaging approach to teach spelling. Teachers start by teaching the meaning of words to expand vocabulary then break each of the words in syllables, sounds and letter patterns which we call graphs, diagraphs and trigraphs. It is a simple routine that was developed by Michelle Hutchinson who was an inspiration to listen to when our educators in level 3/4/5/6 attended her spelling workshop this week. We can’t wait to start incorporating all that we learnt during our professional development session and put that into our classrooms to see more growth and confidence in all our spellers! #everyoneflourishing#teachersarearnerstoo

 

Learning Space News

Spotlight on Year 1/2
Our 1/2's have been role playing biblical stories in our outdoor learning spaces and using the program Maker's Empire to explore 3D printing concepts. Flourishing!

 

Religious Education News

RE News

“Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.'” (John 20:21) Peace – the first gift of the risen Lord. Just as Jesus sent the apostles out into the world, so too, He sends us. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be grateful and generous. Look for opportunities to share His peace, not only within our local parish boundaries, but outside of them as well. In giving, we receive the peace of Jesus Christ.

 

Children from St Anthony’s Sacramental program will be receiving their First Eucharist this weekend (Saturday 6:30PM, Sunday 10:30AM and Sunday 5:30PM).

 

This week we pray for and congratulate: Eauan V, Henish L, Yaneesha L, Jonathan D, Raffaele C, Elizabeth V, Sheoli D, Nishali F, Gemma D, Lydia R, Shawn N, Sebastian E, and Nicole N on celebrating their new milestone in life.

 

May they always know the peace of Jesus, the light of his love and the joy of his life within them. Amen.

 

The Arts News

Performing Arts Update

Term 1 in Performing Arts has been full of mindfulness, acting skills and performing to our friends.

In Term 2 we will be getting ready for our school Production Alice in Wonderland Disney Jr, which will be in term 3 on Thursday 13th September at Nazareth - Look out for more news as it comes in!

 

In Term 2 we will hold auditions for 5/6 pupils - all children interested in auditioning already have an audition script and song to learn over the school holidays. Any child interested in auditioning for either a principal role or backstage/technical role must audition in term 2.

I’m really looking forward to sharing more news about our creative and mindful learnings in the PA room through Dojo and Newsletters.

 

Ms Victoria Gelberg

Performing Arts Teacher

Visual Arts Update
5/6

Level 6’s ‘Leave Your Mark’ Project this year, is based upon the School Theme, ‘Every person Flourishing and Known’.

Students have begun investigating what this means and how it relates to our school community as well as to themselves. They are also exploring some of the ways in which it may be depicted as a large community visual arts wall piece, as a mural. The mosaic will be designed to be placed on the quad wall closest to Ms Doyle’s classroom.

Our Pictures will keep you all in the loop from the beginning design stages to the end product – a mystery to us all!!!

Ms Anisah Furness

Visual Arts teacher

Visual Arts Update Prep

In Visual Arts, Foundation students have been discovering in wonder and fascination, the properties of watercolour paint as they explore the colours of rainbows. 

 

Ms Anisah Furness

Visual Arts teacher

 

Sports News

Sports News

Cross Country trials will be taking place on Thursday afternoon in week two, with District Cross Country happening on Thursday May 30th. If your child is unable to make trials and would still like to try out, please have them speak with Miss Prato or send a message via Class Dojo.

We will also be beginning our Athletics trials in the later half of term 2 for the upcoming District Athletics in term 3.

Community Garden News

Community Garden News

My name is Kirsty and I’m looking after the garden program this term. It has been a delight to meet so many students who tell me they like growing food and trees. In the community garden we’ve been getting it back into shape after summer. We’ve been watering, weeding and learning how to tell plants apart by looking at their leaves, shovelling and moving mulch, patting chickens, sharing stories about our gardens and what we do outdoors in our environment. Many students have had enjoyed making envelopes from reclaimed paper to store seeds we’ve saved from the garden.

 

Community Announcements

Community Announcements

 

Celebration of learning

Please join us

Celebration of Learning

Please join us on Fridays in the Hall or Padua building for our weekly celebration of learning. Each week one class have the opportunity to share their learning and present with their peers in front of the school. Come along and support us!

Today we celebrated with 3/4CH and next week we celebrate with 3/4FI. In Week 4 we welcome Prep GR for their very first Celebration of Learning.

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