On Friday morning, we were delighted to welcome a large number of families to our Father’s day breakfast. It was wonderful also to be joined by some grandparents and great-grandparents. Thank you to the members of staff who arrived at school at 7.00am to ensure that everything was ready for our visitors. We were also blessed by beautiful weather and a lovely assembly from 2 Maroon in the church which further enhanced our morning.
New App for School communication
From this week, we will begin to phase in SZapp as the replacement to the Skoolbag app. The SZapp will be the one-stop-shop for school communication with an easy to use interface.
From this week until Week Ten, content will be duplicated across both SZapp and Skoolbag platforms to aide in the switch. When signing up you will have the ability to choose what type of content you would like to receive as a push notification. We suggest that you enable push notifications for this app to make sure you don't miss any important events or information. SZapp will replace the SkoolBag app, and SkoolBag will not be used after the end of this term.
For more information about the SZapp, please see the following links. If you need any further information, please contact the school.
Download and installation guide- http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp-installation
FAQ about SZapp- http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp
The Big Sing
Today we have many of our senior students attending the Big Sing at St John Vianney in Warramanga. Thank you to Mrs Hackwill for organising this event for our students.
3/4 White Values Assembly
Next week 3/4 White is due to present the value of Hope to our school community. With the hall being out of action, the children from 3/4W will make presentations to individual classes on Wednesday straight after recess. Parents from 3/4 White are more than welcome to come to classrooms to see their child introduce this important value to their assigned class. On Thursday we will run an awards ceremony outside where students lineup at 2:15 pm.
Try using these “What” questions when talking about school with your children. These can be used on the way to or from school and help to encourage a growth mindset. Try them out!
With the advent of spring and the beginning of warmer weather, our Lost Property bins are overflowing with discarded jumpers and hats. If you are missing any of these times please take some time to check this area in front of the canteen.
Seven senior students represented Saints Peter and Paul School in the Tournament of the Minds competition. Congratulations to Abhishek K, Anabelle S, Alex S, Dev B, Thomas W, Evie W and Tessa G. Thanks to Mrs Birch for organising and taking the students to participate in this great initiative. Below are reflections from two of our students:
In TOM’s we did a long challenge and a short challenge. We did the long challenge first at 20 to 2. It was the one that we had practised for ages and come up with ourselves. It took forever and ever to bring it together. The short term challenge was the second challenge. In that challenge we had a topic, and we as a team had to come up with answers to the questions. We had 3 questions and 4 minutes to answer the questions and 1 minute to present our answer. I enjoyed this fun activity. Dev B
In Tournament of the Minds (T.OM.S) we had 2 challenges, one was the long term challenge and a short term challenge, the first challenge we did was the long term challenge, we had to practice the long forever, the long term challenge was that there was an international committee that is holding an event where lots of countries are participating, but one country doesn’t want to participate, our challenge was to create a skit where we answer why didn’t the country join, we also had to make up a product that the committee will give to make a lasting legacy.
In the short challenge they gave us a scenario and some questions, the scenario was that there were some people gathered in a party and suddenly they went silent. The questions were, why were they gathered? Why did they go silent? What happened next? Abhishek K
Hall Renovation Update
Progress this week has again been steady with more sanding and refinishing work being completed. As you can imagine with such a large area of woodwork to redress it is very labour intensive work. The stage is nearing completion, and next week installation of the storage on the sides of the hall will begin. Over the coming weeks, there may be a need to expand the worksite into the front office area to ensure the project will be completed on time. We will communicate further as we have more information relating to this.
A reminder that during the school holidays, the renovation will move into the front office and foyer areas. The front of the school will not be accessible during this time. All-access will be via the rear of the school.
Blessings and best wishes
Please be mindful of the parking spaces used when picking up and dropping off students, and when visiting the school. The residents in the nearby Southern Cross Care facility have designated parking spaces that we are not entitled to utilise. Parking here may cause some of the residents great distress.
Sunday Gospel: Luke 14:25-33, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C
This week’s Gospel is a hard one to hear. It challenges us, as followers of Jesus, to realise that discipleship has a cost. Jesus acknowledges that it’s very easy to go with the crowd when the miracle-worker is in town and gaining popularity, but have these followers considered the consequences? Jesus speaks of the utter commitment needed to be a disciple. Far from promoting discipleship, his words actually sound discouraging. ‘Take up your Cross’ is hardly a caption that would sell Christianity to many people. But this is just the point. Jesus isn’t after half-hearted followers. He wants ‘all or nothing’ Christians, people who know what they are taking on and give a whole-hearted commitment.
Father’s Day Breakfast
Last Friday we celebrated Father’s Day as a community with a breakfast in the Kindergarten courtyard, followed by a prayer celebration led by 2M. Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the event. We hope all the Fathers in our community had a lovely Father’s Day.
Please continue to keep the Confirmation candidates in your prayers. Next week, there are two important events that form part of our Sacramental Program for confirmation, please see details below:
- The stole night will be held on Tuesday 10th September at 6pm, at Holy Trinity, Curtin, in the School Hall.
- The Confirmation Retreat (for all Year 6 students) will be held on Thursday 12th September, beginning at 9am. Permission notes must be returned as soon as possible, thank you.
While the Year 6 students are at their retreat day, the students from Year 5 will remain at school, participating in their own Retreat Day, with a focus on Prayer.
Dates for your Diary:
Tuesday 10th September – Stole Night for Confirmation Candidates, held at Holy Trinity, Curtin 6pm.
Wednesday 11th September - 3/4W Values Assembly in Classrooms.
Thursday 12th September – Retreat Day for Confirmation Candidates, held at Holy Trinity, Curtin.
Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th – Sacrament of Confirmation at 7:00pm
Blessings for the week ahead,
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
|Class||Merit Award||Spirit Award|
|KW||Ryan D and Meshari A||Harper D|
|1M||Claire H and Isabella T||Jack M|
|1W||Eliana B and Oliver L||Yianna M|
|2M||Maximo A and Jessica G||Avanthika J|
|2W||Calvin P and Niamh D||Felix G|
|3/4B||Audrey B and Isabella A||Sarah M|
|3/4M||Violet B and Yianni S||Sophie H|
|3/4W||Ava T, Josie M and Ethan G||Pantelis M|
|3/4Y||Matthew T and Kira M||Stella S|
|5/6M||Angelica H and Scarlet R||Xavier C|
|5/6W||Luke McC and Mirella C||Mia M|
In a few weeks, we will be holding our Annual Science Day event. In preparation for this day, we need your help to send in recycled materials for the activities we will be conducting. If you have any of these materials that you were going to throw out anyway, could you please send them to school with your child. Here is a list of materials that we will need to make our Annual Science Day a huge success:
- empty milk cartons (washed out)
- shoe boxes
- cardboard boxes
- cardboard tubes
- large bottle lids
- small bottle lids
- fabric scraps
- plastic jars with lids
- glass jars with lids
- old stockings
On Wednesday 11 September we will be holding our second special lunch day for the term.
Children will be able to order a bowl of pasta, drink and a treat for $6.00. Garlic bread for an extra 50c
Gluten free option is available.
Order on Qkr!
ORDERS CLOSE 9AM THIS FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER!
No counter sales or other lunch orders will be available on that day.
As always the day would not be successful without any volunteer helpers. Kindergarten will be hosting the special lunch day. If you are a Kindy parent/carer and can help out on the day (even for a short while) please contact me at Lauretta.email@example.com
The Fruit Incentive ticket winner for last week was Zoe K, 1W. Congratulations Zoe, you have won a $2.00 voucher to spend at the canteen. Please see Mrs R at the Canteen to collect your voucher.
Do you want to win a $2 voucher to spend at the Canteen? Simply purchase fresh or frozen fruit from the Canteen and be in the weekly draw to WIN!!
The uniform shop has some discontinued items, so we are selling them at a discounted price!
- Navy Bucket Hats – were $10 NOW $5
- Maroon Slouch Hats – were $10 NOW $5
- Girls Maroon Bootleg Tracksuit Pants – were $20 NOW $15 – limited sizes available
- Long Sleeve White Sports Polo Tops – were $20 NOW $15
We are gradually phasing out the white sports tops (long and short sleeves) to introduce a new maroon sports tops to our school uniform this summer. For this reason we are discounting our white sports tops (long and short sleeves) current stock supply. New sports tops will be available for purchase in Term 4.
The uniform shop is asking for no more second hand donations of white sports tops please.
Guests on the Autism Spectrum are invited to visit Questacon on Sunday 8 September from 8 - 9am for an exclusive quiet morning with their family and friends.
- Entry prices will be half price!
- All galleries open
- Autism-awareness trained staff
- An Autism friendly version of the BOC Liquid Nitrogen Show at 9am.
- 20% Questacon Shop discount
- 10% Cafe Discount
The Centre will be open to the public at 9am but you are welcome to stay until 5pm.
Tickets available for purchase on the day at the ticket desk