Are we a welcoming community - how do we greet, treat and speak to each other??

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1 TERM 3 Tuesday August 05, 2014 Newsletter No: 14 ST GABRIEL S PARISH PRIMARY SCHOOL 237 SPRING ST, RESERVOIR Website: Ph: Fax: Address: Dear Families, Are we a welcoming community - how do we greet, treat and speak to each other?? During the month of August our four newsletters will reflect upon our mission to be a welcoming community - not just to the many visitors who drop by but most importantly how welcoming we are to one another throughout every moment of the day. Our Religious Education Program, Making Jesus Real, Buddy Seat and School Prayer are all practical strong signposts/road maps to help us achieve happiness through welcoming. I will be popping into the Yr. 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 classrooms weekly, during August, to explore how we treat ourselves and one another. Staff will reflect at staff meetings and we will source a survey for all of us, students, staff, parents to complete in order to gather information and share our ideas and thoughts... (The timing of this "welcoming survey" will be influenced by a current survey completed in August every year by some students, staff and parents commissioned by Catholic Education Office Melbourne - we do not wish to confuse the two: see p.2) We begin our journey reflecting on the thoughts of Pope Francis. As recently as August 1 this year, the Pope presented his "10 Points for Happiness". One of his points urged people not to be negative. Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down'. He added that it is healthy to let go of negative thoughts quickly. For a copy of Pope Francis' 10 points for a happy life go to: Brian & Staff ** Thanks to our Parents & Friends and tradesmen John, Dominic and Jonathan for erecting the Blackboard for students to use in the playground Important Dates: Term August Saturday 16 B.B.Q. Bunnings Thomastown Friday 22 Yr. 5/6 Basketball Hoop Time Wed day 27 Mad on Music Concert St Gabriel s 7:30pm St Margaret Mary s Nth Brun. Friday 29 Italian Cultural Day All Day September Wednesday 3 Advisory Education Board Meeting 7:30pm Presbytery Thursday 11 St Gabriel s School Concert Hall Matinee & Evening Tuesday 16 School Closure Day Staff unpacking Australian curriculum Friday 19 End of Term Three 1:00pm 1

2 MJR Awards 2014 July Prep: Emma Milis, for always using her manners so beautifully and making eye contact when she talks to others. Year 1: Kartik Kartik, for always being so willing to help others, for naming the 'God moments' he witnesses and for his honesty, even when he's done the wrong thing. Go Kartik! Year 2: Cathy Chen, for always being a happy chappy and inviting others to play with her. Year 3: Ethan Laurence because he is always a happy chappy who respects his classmates and the classroom. Well done Ethan on all your kind words to others and keep up the hard work!! Year 4: Alfred Banh for being a very good listener. The MJR saying is, Interesting people are interested in people. Alfred shows that he is an active listener interested in the children in his class and all at St Gabriel s. Year 5: Aleena Jimmy for always being a very generous and compassionate person. We can see you are a really happy person inside. Year 6: Rory Toronis: You take on personal challenges with determination, striving to do your own personal best. We think you are a true HERO. Insight SRC SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM Today we are sending home School Improvement Surveys to approx. 40 families. If you did not receive a survey and wish to complete a survey please let Brian know via note, , phone or in person!! We would be very happy for you to receive the survey. They must be completed hard copy and returned to school by August 22 or completed online. Thanks for your participation, - Staff and Students 2

3 PARENTS AND FRIENDS COMMITTEE NEWS: HOT FOOD LUNCH ORDERS WILL CONTINUE ON WEDNESDAYS IN TERM 3 Pies, pasties and sausage rolls only 2 weeks left, then the menu will change Please include the following clearly written on a brown paper bag: 1. NAME 2.CLASS/ROOM NO 3.ORDER AND 4. TOTAL $ AMOUNT (in this order) - Please enclose the correct amount of money. - Bags will be collected by teachers first thing in the morning. $1.50 $ cents 50 cents 5 cents Pie Pastie (vegetarian) Party Pies Party sausage rolls Paper bags Next P&F Committee meeting: This Wednesday 6 th August, 9am in the P&F room. New members and volunteers always welcome. Saturday 16 th August BUNNINGS, THOMASTOWN Thank you to those people who have volunteered already. We are still looking for more helpers. Please us at or please complete and return the form below: BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLE: VOLUNTEER FORM Name/s: Contact No: Preferred session to assist, please tick/circle: 8am 9.30 am pm 2.00pm 9.30 am am 2.00 pm 3.30 pm am pm 3.30 pm 4.30 pm Other preferred time: I am able to assist for more than one session: Yes / No 3

4 We would like to say a great, big THANK YOU to all the wonderfully generous families who donated food for our 100 Days of School celebrations. We collected well over 100 items which will now be passed onto people in need within our local community. Mrs Colistra & All the Preps St. Gabriel s Tuesday Play Group: - Parents & Friends // Playgroup Room For babies and pre-school children and their Mums and Dads, Every Tuesday between 9.00am and 11.00am in Student Welfare Centre Enter through single gate beside vegetable garden Cost is $1 per child per week. Bring fruit or snack. An opportunity to make new friends, share experiences and faith. Activities, Toys & Refreshments are provided, but your creativity and ideas are vital! Further Information: Lisa Please enter School via gate on Viola Street 4

5 ACARA PRIVACY NOTICE Information required to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage {ICSEA) for schools This notice is from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), to advise you that ACARA has requested your child's school to provide ACARA with information about you and your child. Your school may disclose to ACARA information such as your child's gender, date of birth, country of birth, background language, residential address, parental occupation and parental education. This information is disclosed to ACARA under the ACARA Act 2008 for one or both of the following purposes: * formulating national reports consisting of aggregated data on school performance; and * assisting government to formulate policies in relation to education matters. ACARA will not disclose this personal information to any third party. If you do not want your school to provide this information to ACARA, please advise your school within seven (7) days of receiving this notice. Further information about ACARA can be obtained from the ACARA website at Teachers at Professional Development Mrs Larraine Miller will be attending a Professional Development session on Wednesday August 6 th. The topic is Leading Mathematics Professional Learning. The purpose of this meeting is to develop professional learning resources for schools to use in school based mathematics professional learning. Mr. Eamon Spillane will be attending a Professional Development session on Wednesday August 6 th re Information Technology. Agenda includes use of Google, Google Docs and Google Communities. St Gabriel s Cultural Immersion Day On Monday August 4 th we all celebrated the diverse cultural backgrounds of St Gabriel s families. Thank you parents for celebrating this day by sending your child along to school in their wonderful costumes or dressed in the spirit of their country colours. Many children enjoyed a specially prepared lunch that was a favourite recipe from home. The children spent the day with their Family Groups completing activities such as learning all the words to our National Anthem Advance Australia Fair, completing an India craft activity, learning songs from around the world, painting a watercolour dragon, and activities related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children s Day. A very special thank you to our volunteers who spent the morning working with different Family Groups and then enjoyed a culturally flavoured morning tea with all the staff! Thank you to: Sofia Pougios (Zoe Yr. 5 & Abbey Yr. 2) baking Greek biscuits, Gracie Lolicato & Santo Lolicato (Luca Delaney Yr. 1) Two-Up & storytelling, Josie Tramontana (Tiana Prep) teaching an Italian song that she learnt in kindergarten in Italy, Rose Callerame (Tanysha Yr. 5 & Jayda Yr. 3) watercolour painting, Jessica Nieva (Jaivalee Prep) talk about Chinese New Year, Paige Calcagno (Isabella Yr. 5 & Sam Yr. 2) Auslan teaching students how to sign a number of different animals, and Maria Barillaro (Vincent Yr. 3) teaching an Italian card game. Thank you and tonight children make sure you say, Thank you to your family in all your different languages including Auslan! (pp. 6,7,8,9 feature photos from yesterday. View via our website to enjoy colour) 5

6 6 A few shots from our Cultural Immersion Day

7 7 National Tea Towels!!!

8 8 Heads and Tails (Two-up!!), Baking, Card Games & National Costume

9 9 More National Costume