St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
Message from the Principal – Issue 23
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,
Feast of St Mary MacKillop of the Cross – 8th August
Most loving God,
we thank you for the example of St Mary MacKillop,
who in her living of the Gospel,
witnessed to the dignity of each person.
She faced life’s challenges with faith and courage.
Inspired by her example, may we be led by your Spirit to reach out to our brothers and sisters.
Give us generous hearts to respond to the cries of those who are poor in our community and in our world.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Today is the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first Saint. St Mary MacKillop was canonised on 17 October, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. As Australia’s first Saint, and her way of living the Gospel, Mary MacKillop invites us to reflect on our own response to the Gospel call – what is your response to those most in need in our community?
As part of our school vision, we endeavour every day to encourage our students to live out their Christian beliefs which encompass the general good societal values of every Australian citizen. To support this we try to focus more clearly and regularly on the Mercy values of our School. In learning through Christ, we focus on the Mercy values of: Compassion, Excellence, Hospitality, Justice and Respect, which is encompassed in our Rainbow Values.
Assumption of Mary Whole School Mass
Next Wednesday, 15 August, is the feast of the Assumption, and we will celebrate this special feast at our Whole School Mass. This is a day of ‘Holy Obligation’, one of only two, the other being Christmas Day. ‘My soul magnifies the Lord …’ was the background to her life. As our first disciple, Mary provides a model for us in how to live a life open to God and to be ready to say ‘yes’ even if we do not understand the circumstances at the time.
We welcome back Mrs Peach to Year 3 White after being away on Long Service Leave. She was all smiles and raring to go Monday having had a wonderful time travelling. I wish to thank Mrs Fenton for looking after Year 3 White in Mrs Peach’s absence.
Last week was Book Week! Thank you to all the amazingly wonderful Year Two parents for organising the Book Fair and library displays. The passion shown by the many mums who helped sell books was fabulous and on behalf of everyone in our school, we really appreciate your commitment and hard work promoting books to our children. Thank you Mrs Simmonds for organising activities for Book Week too. Friday was our Character Parade, which was just awesome. Students and teachers came dressed as their favourite book characters. It’s wonderful to see characters that come from the great imaginations of different authors. After the parade, we all participated in various reading activities and it was lovely to see many parents enjoying the day with us.
BOOK FAIR – LAST CHANCE !! Posters and stationery will be on sale Thursday morning before school.
Students who wish to purchase please bring coins to buy from the stalls. There is no obligation to purchase!
Open Night: A Celebration of our Children
Next Tuesday, 14 August from 5.00-7.00pm we will be having Open Night. All classes are preparing their rooms with work samples. The library and artroom will be open to view fabulous displays and we will have a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation in the undercover area. Also, the SHINE Enrichment Program students will display their activities which they have participated in and the “Passion Projects” they have completed. Mrs Ann-Maree Simmonds and the Shine students will be available to tell you all about what they have been learning during Term 2 and what exciting activities have been planned for Term 3 and Term 4.
What is the main idea behind Open Night?
• A celebration of the children’s achievements and the teachers and staff who lead and support them.
• An opportunity for parents to see the progression of what the children are doing in class, rather than just individual pieces of work in isolation.
• An interaction between the child and the parents about the child’s education and an opportunity for parents to see what school life is like for their child.
• It is NOT a parent / teacher interview.
• It is NOT a time for children to run around and play on the outside play equipment.
• It helps make the children more accountable for their own learning.
We all encourage our children to “do your best”. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so their best will sometimes be high quality and at other times will not be as good; it could depend on whether they are feeling wonderful and happy or upset and moody.
When children are doing their best, it’s usually because they enjoy what they’re doing and feel confident about it, rather than doing it for a reward. They should do their best because they want to do it, not because they have to do it and not because they are trying to please someone else. When our children don’t do their best, they are somewhat denying themselves the opportunity to be who they really are. So, how can we support our children to do their best? Well, most children become what adults tell them they can become. Children take words to heart, especially words from the adults they love; they want and need to believe what their parents say about them. Through our speech and behaviour towards our children, we communicate to them the boundaries of their potential.
Sometimes, children need feedback from their parents to help guide their behaviour. When we do give feedback, we need to focus on the behaviour not on our child’s general worth as a person. To help children to do their best, we need to show a genuine interest in them and let them know how much we care about them. We need to acknowledge what’s important to them and provide affirmation about who they are and what they’re doing. We need, on occasion, to say “well done.”
Nothing worth doing is ever easy; worthwhile things always take time and effort. When the need arises, we might offer to lend a hand. If our children see that we are willing to commit our time and energy to their interests, they will be more committed to see things through and be less likely to give up on themselves.
We can ‘help’ our children by:
-Giving them what they are entitled to: your love and attention.
-Employ strategies to enable your children to take responsibility for remembering to do things. If they forget their library bag or homework allow them to experience that they will get through the day and then discuss how they can remember things next time.
-It is not helpful to be the rescuer. Let the situation play out even though it is tough and then your children will make enormous leaps in helping themselves.
-Provide plenty of opportunities for your children to wield age-appropriate control over their own lives by offering them a decision-rich environment. Control over all aspects then leads to difficulties with things such as bedtime, homework and food choices.
-Take pleasure in the little things instead of focusing on what they want. Research shows that grateful people are happier overall.
Monday night we had Paul Litherland present to parents information about Surfing the Internet, opening our eyes to what can and does go on when using social media sites. My suggestion to all parents for next year is, please make the time to attend Paul’s presentation in 2019 because those who did attend left educated and informed about what our children can and maybe have encountered when on Surfing Online. Thank you Paul for a very informative, engaging and often humorous presentation and thank you to the parents who were able to attend!
Performing Arts: Congratulations to many of our students who performed a liturgical movement at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival last Thursday, 2nd August. As I was watching, the movement and purpose in which the girls gave in the performance left me with goosebumps and a great sense of school pride. They received outstanding feedback from the adjudicator; it was her comments that highlighted how wonderful and reverent the liturgical movement was. Congratulations also must go to Mrs Muir who led the children with distinction and to Mrs Pollard for being there to help out on the day. Congratulations to our Year 2 children too who performed in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival at St Benedict’s Church today. They did an amazing job! The children also enjoyed sharing their singing in the public domain with other Catholic schools. A huge thank you also must go to Mrs Longbottom who led the children with distinction.
Conduct Statement Number 2
You give priority to students’ safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.
• You accept that you and all adults have individual and joint responsibility for the safety and well-being of students.
• You ensure the safety and well-being of students are the primary focus of your actions and decisions and take precedence over any other considerations including the reputation of the school and your own needs.
• You support the safety, health and well-being of each student, promoting and supporting decisions and behaviour that contribute to the student’s self-confidence, safety and well-being.
• You do not behave in any way that risks creating ambiguity about whether you are acting in the best interests of a student.
• You respectfully communicate in plain language and in a way the student and those supporting their education can understand so they may fully participate in that education.
• You recognise that all information about students collected by school staff is done so on behalf of the Principal and for the benefit of the student. Therefore, all information is disclosed to and accessible by all who have a need to know it in order to support the education, safety and well-being of the student.
• You disclose to the Principal any information that a reasonable person would recognise may be relevant to the safety and well-being of students so that the Principal may make appropriate decisions to manage any risk to them. This includes any relationship with any person who may have been accused of harming children or acting unsafely towards them.
As I am currently conducting Kindy Interviews for 2020, I am repeatedly informed by the parents that they wish to enrol their child at our school based on the wonderful reputation we have in the community. The love, care, respect and ‘Rainbow Values’ within our school is something that is shared with the broader community. We all have a shared responsibility to ensure that our ‘school brand’ is maintained.