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

25 October 2019
Issue Sixteen

Where everyone flourishes and is known!

Message from the Principal
Important Term 4 Dates
Important announcements
In praise of ...
Learning Space Update
Wellbeing Update
Learning and Teaching Update
Religious Education News
Family Engagement in Learning
Parish News
Visual Arts News
Physical Education Update
Alfred Street ELC
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.

Coffee with the Principal

Please join me next Friday November 1st at 2.30pm in the staff room for coffee and an opportunity for me to share stage 1 of our school building Masterplan with you. I'm seeking your feedback, ideas and thoughts as we plan for the future educational opportunities and community needs for all people at St Anthony's. I look forward to seeing many of you and having the opportunity to share visual images of planning to date so you can spread the news!

We welcome new families

A very big welcome to all new a current prep families who filled the Prep space on Tuesday night. It was wonderful to meet with  all parents and carers again and sign everyone up to our 2020 Prep Dojo group. Everyone is now connected and can share our school story events and news. Welcome to our community.

 

Welcome to week 4 and 5

Dear Parents, What a beautiful beginning to Term 4 with so much spring weather in the air and the promise of sunny days to come. This is the time of year where we are well and truly in the planning process for 2020. It is often a difficult thing to do; have your head thinking of a new year when the present one is still so significantly happening around you. 

I'd like to congratulate all of our children and educators for their continued efforts with Walktober over the past few weeks. I've loved walking alongside the children on many mornings and hearing about their news and wonderings. It is a lovely way to start the day.  It was terrific to see our story in the paper again. Thanks to Lisa and the community team for ensuring this newsworthy event was captured so well. We will finish with a shared healthy breakfast at the end of October.

Planning is well under way for a brand new Christmas Carnival in partnership with the Parish. This will take place on Saturday December the 7th. Please save the date as this event will finish with our annual Christmas paraliturgy on the oval with all children singing carols (we even hope to have a stage set up). We will be inviting you to bring along a picnic blanket and there will be many food stalls for you to order a picnic dinner. We will share more details with you very soon.

 

As always if you have any feedback, ideas or you need any assistance at all with anything, you are always welcome to see me. I look forward to seeing many for coffee and chats on Friday November 1st.

God Bless,

Patrika Rowley

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 Swimming dates

Prep parents would have received swimming correspondence by now. Please take note of the following dates at AquaStar, Haileybury from 11-11.45am. Both classes will travel together.

Week 4: Monday October 28th, Wednesday October 30th, Thursday October 31st, Friday November 1st

Year 1-6 Transition Program

This week we started out Transition Program for all current students in Prep-Year 5 to go into their areas for 2020 and join in with some fun wellbeing activities in their 2020 peer groupings. These groupings will change every week over the next 4 weeks as educators allow time for them to get used to their new environments in a safe and nurturing way. This program was very successful in 2019 and ensured that moving buildings and groups was a gradual and positive experience. 

 

Prep 2020 Information Night and 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

 

Wednesday November 6th - Transition morning 1 9.30am – 10.30am. 

For all children who will be joining our school next year. Parents are invited to stay with their children for this first session, share stories and songs and be part of our community in action.  It is a great opportunity for you all to get to know new parents, teachers and students.

 

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: Healthy lunch boxes and good oral health, Uniform ordering

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

 

School Closure Days

 

Important announcements

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 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.

Confirmation Candidates

Congratulations to all of the children from the parish of St Anthony's upon making the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday with Fr. Brendan Hayes.  It was a beautiful ceremony organised well by the parish Team. Thank you to the Parish team and to all staff of St Anthony's for attending and preparing our students so well. A very special thank you to Mrs Helen Nguyen for her careful preparation of our children.

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.

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

 

Attendance is Important - every day!

If 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.

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.

Cyber Safety

Cyberbullying and our responsibilities

I’d like to remind everyone about the serious nature of cyberbullying and in fact any bullying. We are required to take this matter very seriously and as such we have strict codes of conduct and expectations of our staff and students around respectful and responsible use of technology. We also have a system that allows us to monitor student usage. If we find any of our students misusing technology there are serious consequences. This will mean a loss of privileges in using technology for some time and communication with parents. For your information  I include our Acceptable Use Policy Document which all children and parents sign. There is a new link on our website to report any cyber bullying behaviour of any kind or anything that you think breaches this code of conduct in any way. It is our responsibility to make sure our children know when they are not using technology respectfully. Thank you for your ongoing support in working with us on this important matter.

 

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of ...

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of

In praise of Shraysth Chauhan-Patel, for receiving a prize on the weekend at the Noble Park Art Show for one of his beautiful artworks. We are very proud of you Shraysth. What an achievement! We hope that you continue to explore your creativity and share it with everyone. We hope to continue to inspire your creative potential. Well done!

 

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

Prep Update

We had a very special visitor in Prep last week! Father Martin came to speak to us and described his role as a Priest in our Parish community. He showed us the special clothing Priests wear and what each item means. We also spoke about the colours of the Liturgical calendar and what they represent. 

We also went with Father Martin so visit our Church and spoke about the pews, the stained glass windows, the Tabernacle and the Alter. 

 

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.

Transition to High School

The later years of primary school are a good time to start preparing your child for high school. You can help them with these tips  

 

Listen and acknowledge their concerns

Discuss with your child what they think going to high school will be like. What do they think their classes will be like? What are they most looking forward to? How many kids do they know from their primary school who will be going to their high school? Listening to your child talk may give you some indication of their concerns. If they have concerns, let your child know that you take them seriously, and together work out ways to address them.

 

Begin or increase focus on time management

Help your child to start scheduling their study and extracurricular activities on a calendar or wall planner, so they appreciate the power of time management.

 

Taken from Learningpotential.gov.au

Learning and Teaching Update

Positive Parenting

Dear parents and carers,

 

I often wonder about the right balance for children and the amount of screen time they have each day.

 

The following is an interesting article I would like to share with you from POSITIVE PARENTING by Martine Oglethorpe

 

Creating healthy digital habits in your child

Surveys have consistently shown that children are being exposed to increasing amounts of screen time each year.

 

As parents we’re often concerned about the connections children and young people are making and the subsequent impact on their wellbeing. The time they spend online, scrolling, searching and swiping which could be spent doing outdoor activities is also concerning.

 

Digital devices are here to stay, so it’s imperative to look at how kids can remain in control of their screen use, and ensure the time they’re investing online is adding something helpful, positive and meaningful to our lives.

 

Here are four tips to help kids develop healthy digital habits. Being mindful of how time is spent on devices, is certainly not just reserved for young people.

 

1. Encourage creation not just consumption

Is your child more of a consumer or creator when they’re online? Check to see if they spend time online time in creative mode such as making things, creating own videos, editing photos, writing posts, coding a video game or composing a song. Encourage them to be creative rather than mere consumers of digital content.

 

2. Discuss who they are following

The digital world encourages leaders and followers. It places people and individuals from all walks of life in close contact with your kids. They can follow companies, musical icons, sports stars as well as friends. Encourage your child to follow people and companies that can fuel their passions.

For instance, if they love space, search for NASA and related accounts. If they love photography, help them find great photographers sharing their work online. When they’re following people that teach, inspire and ignite their passions, they’re less likely to spend valuable time with energy zappers.

 

3. Digitally de-clutter regularly

Many kids collect apps on their devices in the same way that former generations collected football cards or swap cards. Encourage them to delete the apps they no longer use or apps that offer no benefits to their lives. Could there be better games to play? Are there better videos for them to watch than the ones that the YouTube algorithm believes they want to see?

 

4. Show kids good practises

Most kids learn much more from what they see and experience, rather than from what they are told. As a parent be intentional with your screen time.  Do you:

 

  • Follow people that support you, challenge you in helpful ways or inspire and lift you up?

  • Interact in positive ways?

  • Give people your attention rather than scroll whilst others are talking to you?

  • Put your digital devices away in order to fit all the other important things into your day?

  •  

Setting your kids up with healthy digital habits will help make these practices the norm. If you don’t want your children falling prey to the harmful and unhelpful experiences online, you need to be sure that they are focusing on positive and helpful screen time pursuits.

 

Glennis Kerr

Teaching & Learning Leader

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

 

Family Engagement in Learning

Family Engagement in Learning

 

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.

Extraordinary Missionary Month - Baptised and Sent

On the occasion of the centenary of Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter, Maximum Illud (November 30th,1919), on the mission of the Church, Pope Francis has just written a particular message for the World Mission Day which will take place on Sunday, October 20th, 2019. This annual day was instituted by Pius XI in 1926; its goal is to encourage the faithful to pray for the missions and to get involved personally when possible. This day also recalls the essentially missionary character of the Church and of every baptized person who is part of it. The message of Pope Francis, for its part, leads us to consider the whole month of October as a time for reflection on the missionary role of the Church and on our personal call to mission. The Pope stresses the strong points of Maximum Illud which he considers visionary and prophetic, and he translates them into understandable words for our present context. He reminds us that our faith is not something private whose dynamic extends up and down between God and oneself alone; the movement of an authentic faith also spreads horizontally to all human beings, our brothers and sisters, all from the same Father. Faith was given to us free of charge at our baptism. It is a gift that puts us in perpetual communion with the Trinity. This divine life within us must be shared, communicated and proclaimed; it cannot remain buried in the storeroom of our inner life. Moreover, it is our responsibility to share it and to communicate it to all. We just finished celebrating St. Thérèse whose feast day was October 1st. She was chosen to be the patroness of missions precisely not because of a great ability to preach or a great apostolic influence. She never left her convent and she died at a very young age. However, each day that she lived, her whole being was intensely turned toward others, in faith and charity. Therefore, mission is for each one of us whether we are in good health or disabled, whether we have obvious or hidden talents; all of us are called during this month of October to have a personal encounter, live that and involve ourselves in the missionary works of the Church. For more information visit, https://catholicmission.org.au In the notice boards you will find how our archdiocese is celebrating this month, where there are formation sessions, and times to pray together.

Parish Holy Land Pilgrimage

Parish Holy Land Pilgrimage The parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land sets off on October 27th which is fast approaching. This weekend we have message slips and pens on the back table. If you have a special intention/ prayer you would like Fr Brian to make on your behalf while in the Holy Land please complete one of the message slips and leave it in the box provided.

St Anthony’s Charismatic Prayer Group

A St. Anthony’s * Charismatic Prayer Group meet in the Small Hall every Monday at 8.00pm. * St Anthony's Novena every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Church * Novena - Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 7.20pm in the Church on Wednesdays. * Knitting Group meet in the Gathering Space every Friday from 10-12am. * Legion of Mary meet at the Gathering Space at 10.15am on Saturdays. * RCIA at 10.30am Mass

Visual Arts News

Visual Arts News

Foundation students are studying the shapes, textures and lines of our natural world.

 

Yr 6 are preparing their 'Leave your Mark' mosaic for display: Grouting day! Proud and happy students never afraid to use a bit of elbow grease to make it happen.

 

Physical Education Update

Physical Education Update

 

Alfred Street ELC

ELC Update

 

Community Announcements

Community Announcements

 

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