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

14 June 2019
Issue Nine
Message from the Principal
Important Term 2 Dates
Important announcements
Student Voice and Student Leadership News
Learning Space News
Wellbeing News
In praise of ...
Learning and Teaching News
Parish News
Religious Education News
Sport News
The Arts News
Social Justice News
Alfred St ELC News
Community Garden News
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.

As we Draw a close to the Easter season through Pentecost. We move to Ordinary Time

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (John 14:26) The materialism of our society lures us to concentrate more on what we want than on what God wants for us. The relativism of our world tells us that we should be tolerant of all things, that there is no absolute truth. Pray to the Holy Spirit to transform our lives and to guide our thoughts, words and actions.

 

This past week we have been very busy at school. The pace of life at St Anthony's never slows down! Family week was a wonderful way to celebrate our own families and our school family, create inspirational posters that celebrate our children and be thankful for  the loving relationships that keep us safe and help us to be known.

Teachers have been busy writing reports and gathering assessment and reporting data in preparation for Student led conference time in a couple of weeks, our sandpit play space has been a huge success, the Year 6's busy themselves in the art room  creating their mosaic piece and 'leaving their mark' at St Anthony's, the production is well underway with casting, songs and costuming coming into place for Alice in Wonderland, the student leaders have been busy with House Spirit promotion under way, our 3-6 athletics carnival is approaching and Emily Prato has organised an authentic athletic event for our students for the very first time at an athletics track, our 3D printers have been busy printing student designs, we have had St Johns students out for soccer clinics with 3/4's, the Music Bus had started lessons on Tuesdays and Wednesdays due to the large number of students interested in music lessons, the Preps have been to Healesville Sanctuary and the 5/6's have been all over the place, even to a live filming of Australia's Got Talent!!! And that is just a few of the things that have been happening in the past few weeks. As always, our educators are always seeking to find authentic ways to engage our learners beyond the classroom and to enrich their learning with as many real life experiences as possible. We are very grateful for all of the big and small things they have done with great love.

Over the last few weeks we have welcomed so many new families to St Anthony's through Prep 2020 enrolment interviews. So many little faces from our Alfred St ELC and Playgroup, many siblings and friends. We look forward to getting to know each and every one of our new families.

Bible and Pyjama Night- a beautiful night filled with great love

Last week we gathered together for what has become a beautiful family tradition at St Anthony's, Bible and Pyjama night and this year we had a great turn out with over 50 families attending. It was a a chance to spend time together, share stories and activities about Creation, The Last Supper and Global Citizenship.  Our children loved being at school in their PJ's sharing time with teachers, friends, parents and loved ones.

 

Promotional video

This week we welcomed back Andy Druit. Andy is responsible for the beautiful images we have been using recently on our website, social media and newsletter. Andy is creating a Promotional video for our school based on a Narrative that tells the unique story of our school community and the vast array of educational opportunities we offer.  With the enrolment numbers of Catholic Schools in the South and East of Melbourne flat-lining due to the growth of the outer east corridors, established Catholic schools are seeking many ways to celebrate and promote who they are and what they do. We look forward to having this video to share with you soon.

 

As always, go gently about your week and if you have any ideas, opportunities, feedback or just want to pop in and say hi, please do.

Patrika

Important Term 2 Dates

Important Dates

 

Tuesday 25th June

Please also note school finishes at 1pm on Tuesday the 25th of June due to Interviews.

The bus will leave at 1pm.

Friday June 28th

Please note that in the last week of Term 2, school will finish at 2.30pm on Friday June 28th . The bus will leave at 2.30pm.

For all upcoming important dates/events click here

Important announcements

How we are resourcing our school new devices in our school and programs they will support.
 

We have recently purchased many new devices to support the learning programs at our school. Resourcing our school and upgrading our technology is an ongoing process and it is important for you to see how we are spending the money that you all contribute to through the payment of fees. We have 50 new iPads in our junior school that will be a shared resource and will support creative digital learning programs. This has enabled the chrome books to spread across to 3/4 and 5/6 so every learner has their own chrome book to be responsible for. This has made a big difference to our learning programs.  

Student Led 3 way  Learning Conversations

Hi Parents/Guardians,

Parent Teacher & Student Interviews will be held on the 25th &26th of June. Our school interview booking portal is now open and can be accessed via this link:

https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code?code=majfd

-Enter your details
-Select the teachers you wish to see
-Select the appointment times that suit your family best


When you click FINISH your selected bookings will be emailed toyou immediately. If you do not receive your email, please checkyour junk-mail, or enter the link above again and check your emailaddress spelling. Update your details if email address is incorrect.
DO NOT DELETE the email you receive. Keep it somewhere safe.You may need to refer back to it later.
Bookings must be finalised by 23rd of June at 4pm.
If you need to view, cancel, change or print your bookings:
Click on the link in the confirmation email you received after you made your bookings
OR
Return to https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code?code=majfdand enter the email address you used when making yourbookings.

If you having difficulties please feel free to approach the office orschool staff or call us on (03) 9546 0044 and we will assist youthrough the process.

Please also note school finishes at 1pm on Tuesday the 25th ofJune due to Interviews.

Families intending on leaving before the end of 2019

If you are intending on moving house to another area before or by the end of the year please inform the office as soon as possible. It is important that we know as it will affect our funding. This will help us to plan for the financial future of the school. 

Architect news and funding news

We have recently engaged a  new architect firm, Crosier Scott Architects who will be working closely with all stakeholders in the development of our 5-10 year Masterplan. This will mean we can focus on the upgrading of many of our facilities and applying for potential government grants since the election.  Crosier Scott will work with our children, parents and teachers to understand our needs. We look forward to planning the upgrades for physical spaces and buildings so that they will reflect and accommodate the unique programs that we currently offer. 

School Uniform

Term 2 and 3 are colder months and so the winter uniform should be worn. Please ensure that the correct St Anthony's uniform items are worn. This means correct colours and shoes. Children may wear runners on their designated sports days but not with their daily uniform. Black school shoes should be worn. Black leggings and brightly coloured tights are not part of our uniform.  If girls are wearing the tunic they need to have navy tights or navy socks, not leggings. There are many items for purchase that can keep the children warm such as the vest and raincoat, tracksuit pants and long pants. The uniform shop is open every Monday and Friday from 8.30am-9.30am

Thank you for assisting us to maintain respect for self and school by wearing the St Anthony's uniform.

Student Voice and Student Leadership News

What's your house?

 

Learning Space News



Article by our Year 5/6s

 

Wellbeing News

Wellbeing at St Anthony's

Recently we celebrated Family week. It was a week to celebrate the goodness of family and the goodness of our school family. It was also a good opportunity to emphasise to students the many and varied ways that we keep everyone safe at school. If we have these discussions often and make known the ways we aim to keep our children safe then they will come to realise that sometimes things do go wrong at school and sometimes others can be mean/angry/cross/upset but there are many measures in place to ensure everyone is listened to and everyone is safe.

 

Most of the population of our school understand and articulate high expectations but there are some students who need a little more layering to understand this. It is good for them to know that they are children and learning the ways of relationships. We have teachers on duty every morning, afternoon and during recess, in the car park and at the gates, teachers on first aid, canteen, teachers and LSO's in the learning spaces at all times to ensure everyone is listened to and safe, Teachers and LSO's who listen to them and try to understand their side of the story and help them to solve problems,  the leaders of the school work to understand issues and help students and mums and dads, we have protocols and procedures that come into place if there is something unsafe that occurs at school, we have locked gates and entries to school all day to keep everyone safe, we have mindful moments and mindful corners and spaces for students to calm down when they need some time to be calm, we have ways of adjusting learning for students who need extra support, we have alternative lunchtime activities for everyone if they do not want to be on the playground every day such as Lego club and thoughtful Thursdays, we have special programs like Art Therapy and counseling that children can attend to help them feel happy and safe at school and with friends, we have SEL lessons to enable them to continually learn how to be good friends and to solve problems, the teachers keep careful track of any incidents in class or on the yard where someone is hurt or upset or has done the wrong thing and that we call this wellbeing tracking and we always work to help individuals and families. Sometimes people come to school not feeling happy and we also have things we can do to listen and help anyone who isn't feeling happy or safe.

It is important that our students know that their school is a safe and happy place. They must know that when something does go wrong they know there is a process and way to make sure they feel safe. Many of the learning environments that our educators create for their students are comfortable and calm like a home and many of the ways they work together in their neighbourhoods and with their learning support educators model good relationships and interactions and promote a home like feeling. Many of our educators make themselves available to all children in their neighbourhood and share responsibilities for each others children. New parents on tours notice and comment on this feeling.

We thank all staff for creating safe and trusting relationships with our students and for telling their students this often.

In praise of ...

In praise of

All of our lovely and excited cast of Alice in Wonderland. Congratulations on your hard work and on receiving your roles this week. We cannot wait to see you blossom and grow through music and Performing Arts.

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.

Australian Maths Competition

Dear students and families

 

The Australian Mathematics Competition will be held on Thursday, 1st August

The competition aims to be accessible to all students from Year 3 to 12, not just the mathematically gifted. There is an emphasis on problem solving, a valuable life skill, and the questions are designed to be fun.

 

The entry fee is $6.50 and each student will be provided with a certificate and detailed report showing how they performed on each problem.

 

If you would like your child to enter the competition, please sign the form sent home and include $6.50 in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name on it. Please return both form and money to Mrs. Kerr by Friday 14th June, 2019.

 

Glennis Kerr

Teaching and Learning Leader

Student Led 3 Way Conferences

Student led 3 way conversations will be held on the 25th & 26th June. Here is everything you need to know about the process of the 3 way conversations.

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

Pentecost

Pentecost is a wonderful feast of our Church celebrations. It draws together the closure of our Easter Season. The Church’s season of Ordinary time is the longest season, where the Church is ordinary and normal and the colour used to decorate our church is green. The Priest wears a green Chasuble or green stoles in honour of the season. Easter is then the next longest season in our calendar. We have our Lenten season which prepares us for renewal and realigning ourselves to God. This goes for forty days and takes us up to Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, which then climaxes with the Paschal Triduum, where we walk the steps of Jesus in Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. This is where death is defeated and we, like the early Christians, become the Resurrection people. From Easter our Church is adorned in white and other life giving colours, reminding us that we are called to be people of light and life. Our whole church rejoices at this time in welcoming newly baptized adults, children and infants into our communities. We have our new Sacramental Oils, new Easter Candle and have welcomed many to our Table for Eucharist for their first time. Resurrection Parish has over these six Sunday's of Easter, Ascension and now Pentecost, have been honouring their Parish feast time both within their Parish and school community. We give thanks for the forty five years that Resurrection Parish has been a source of blessing and life to the people in our district. Pentecost is the celebration where the love story of God to us is fulfilled and commissions us to be at the service of God's Creation. God out of love for humanity and creation, sent his son Jesus into our lives, one like us, fully human yet Divine. In Jesus' death and Resurrection, He appears to his disciples, having defeated death and continues to live among us. Jesus returned back to the Father through the Ascension and their love for each other and us, and gifts us the HOLY SPIRIT, the Spirit of God's love with us until the end of time. Monday begins the ordinary season again, while the weekends give us some major celebrations of Trinity and the Body and Blood. We celebrate the love of the Trinity into which we are baptized and then the gift of Eucharist where Jesus is our source of life and nourishment. In the midst of this ordinary time we are to peruse and celebrate the love of God and to be signs of hope and joy for the world. This Thursday is the Feast day of St Anthony of Padua. We celebrate the gift of Anthony that he was inspired by his knowledge of God and Jesus and that he was open to the gift of the Holy Spirit which inspired him to serve God and God's people so generously. For over sixty years St Anthony's Parish Noble Park has been an inspiration, of hope and joy to many in our district. Please join us for our celebrations this Thursday and next weekend. Please see this newsletter for further details. As the Easter people now filled with the Holy Spirit may we be inspired to serve our God, humanity and God's Creation with love and reverence. Have a good week Brian, Martin, Vicki and Garry

Finance Team

St Anthony's Finance Team meets a few times each year to look at how our finances are going and to make suggestions for how we might spend our parish income most efficiently. Numbers on this team are low, and if you are interested in joining the team, please contact Fr Martin or Joseph in the office as soon as possible. Thank you.

RCIC – RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR CHILDREN (StA & Res)

RCIC – RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR CHILDREN (StA & Res) This program is for school aged children who wish to be baptised. Our program will run during the next school holidays. Please fill in a form at the back of the Church and return it to the Parish Centre by 18th June 2019. After you have enrolled your child, you will be advised of the program dates. Please note for children under 16, that one parent must be Catholic or preparing to be Catholic by participating in the RCIA program for adults. For further information, please contact Marj at Resurrection Parish on 9701 5899 or Garry at St Anthony's on 9546 8276.

St Anthony's parish Prayer

St. Anthony, patron of our parish, loyal servant of God, faithful follower of Jesus: You taught by word and deed, the message of the Gospel. Teach us to live the Gospel values as you did. Enlighten our minds in search of God's will. Inspire us to be a prayerful community, ever reaching out to and cherishing our neighbour. Help us proclaim God's love and live what we proclaim. AMEN.

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.

Sacrament update

 

Sport News

Athletics Carnival at Ross Reserve in 2019 3-6

St. Anthony’s is running their own Athletics Carnival this year! This carnival day involves all students from grade 3-6 competing against each other in a series of athletic events. These events include Discus, Shot Put, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Sprints, Relays and Competitive Games. When competing, students will be earning points for their house (Nicholas, Theresa, Andrew and McKillop) and the points shall be combined with the P-2 Sports Day in Term 3 to decide the Champion House for 2019. Students shall be dressed in their house colours in support of their team. Students shall bring a small bag with their food, water and jumper. They shall carry it with them from event to event so that they can eat and drink when they feel like it.

 

The Arts News

Production-Alice in Wonderland Disney Jr Update.

The grade 5/6 students have been busy this term with auditions and choosing areas that they would like to work in such as tech/back stage/ ensemble!
Auditions have been of a very high standard and the audition panel have been working hard assessing all participants! It’s going to be a tough job choosing who plays which role! Today I visited Nazareth to start planning all the technical aspects of the show. There is so much going on already behind the scenes.
Stay tuned as news unfolds!

Ms Victoria

 

Social Justice News

Social Justice News

Fundraiser

Photo: Alfred Street Early Learning @ St Anthony's

Alfred St ELC News

Photo: Alfred Street Early Learning @ St Anthony's

ELC Update

Over the last few weeks, a lot of wonderful learning opportunities have been occurring within our classroom that have been initiated through the children’s interests and ideas, and some of these learning opportunities have even evolved into small units of inquiry! This is currently occurring within the classroom as we have just begun a small inquiry unit on Space and Rocket Ships. This was sparked from children beginning to create rocket ships with Janet at the collage table which resulted in most of the children wanting to create their own!

To extend upon this teachable moment about space and rocket ships, we learnt how the rockets go up into space using books to guide us and even conducted our own balloon rocket experiment to simulate.

This simple learning experience piqued the children’s curiosity and interest and sparked more questions on the topic. As a result we have recorded all of their questions, and throughout our unity of inquiry we will in conjunction with the children resource our own learning and discover all the answers!

 

As well as beginning this unit of inquiry, we have also continued to celebrate each child’s unique qualities, culture and self-esteem throughout every aspect of our learning program. However last week through the help and the wealth of knowledge of our families and our wonderful educator Bibi, we celebrated Eid at kinder. We taught the children about the traditions of this holiday and created an interest table for the children to explore as well as watching a YouTube clip to help us in this process.

We have also been working collaboratively with the Monash Men’s Shed over the last 2 terms, and we finally received a very special delivery. They have been working very hard to make the kinder a beautiful mud kitchen which the children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring, with many creating their own restaurants and cafes within our outdoor learning environment.

 

From next week the ELC and its students will become regular visitors to St Anthony’s and will visit classrooms, playgrounds, ovals and even attend some specialist classes. We will keep everyone updated with all of the amazing experiences we have with the wonderful staff and students at St Anthony’s.

Community Garden News

Community Garden News

We have been having a great time in the garden and have seen some wonderful team work. Some worked well together to weed the overgrown grasses out of the mulch and to build structures from plants like mini houses. It was great to see the creativity as they planned and constructed from plant prunings.

Kirsty Bishop-Fox

 

We received some great news this week thanks to Lisa Occhietti who applied for a Garden Grant through Victorian Schools Garden Program. Where every school is a garden and every garden is a classroom. The amount is for $500.00 and we look forward to using these funds to grow our garden program to reach more people in our community. Watch this space!

 

Community Announcements

Announcements

 

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