Term 1 Week 4
Beginning of year school mass
Tuesday morning we celebrated our beginning of year school mass. Fr Peter led the celebration in Cooinda with the support of students, staff, families and our fabulous choir and Super Uke group. This mass was a celebration and welcome to all our St Augustine’s community. This gathering reinforced us as a community, coming together with our differences, yet united as one in faith and learning.The morning was also a celebration centred on leadership and service. Towards the end of 2019 our year 4 and 5 children explored and discussed leadership, culminating in nominations and voting for our positions of leadership and positions of responsibility. The leadership positions are: School and Vice Captains, House Captains, SRC Leaders, Music Maestros, Tech Wizards, Toddler Time/Library Liaisons, Cooinda Crew, Social Justice Advocates, Environmental Warriors and Fire Carriers. Congratulations to all our Yr 5/6 students on their positions. I look forward to working with them and watching them develop their skills and dispositions as leaders of St Augustine’s school. Throughout 2020 we will continue to offer and encourage leadership opportunities to all our students. Please go to the ‘Student Leaders 2020’ page to read the names of our 2020 St Augustine’s student leaders. The Staff at St Augustine’s were also recognised at mass with a blessing. It was a proud moment standing up with this talented, committed and joyful group of people. This year we will also be having a staff commissioning mass at St Augustine’s church on the 1st of March at 9.00 am mass. All families are welcome.
On Monday Bishop Terry Curtain came to visit the Year 6 children in preparation for their Confirmation at the end of the year. Bishop Terry is a great supporter of our school and has confirmed our children over a number of years. I ask you to keep the Year 6 children in your prayers as they continue to guide our senior children as they learn about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit while preparing for Confirmation.
Thank you to all families who attended the Parent/Teacher Conversation night last Wednesday evening. It was a great night to discuss your child’s needs, meet the classroom teacher and open up the line of communication between home and school. We look forward to the continued partnership we have with you and your children in 2020.
Each year and at the start of enrolment we ask you to read and sign a photo permission form. I am once again sending this form home. The form details the types of photos taken and where these might be published. This permission will apply for the duration of your child’s enrolment at St Augustine’s. The main areas we publish photos are on the newsletter, seesaw and website. At no time do we publish photos to social media. It is also a child safe requirement that no one publishes a photo to social media unless you have direct permission from the child’s parent. This would include a photo of your child running in the twilight sports where inadvertently you had other children in the background. I ask that you only take photos of your child and never publish a photo to social media if you do not have permission from each parent of children in that photo. Click here to download a photo permission form and return to your child’s teacher: Photograph permission form
Last year I informed you of three grants that I was applying for. They were the Australian Government Capital Grants Program, the Victorian Government Capital Funding Program and a smaller grant from our local Federal Electorate called the Local Schools Community Fund Application. Unfortunately I was informed late last year that we were unsuccessful in all three! This is disappointing particularly to be told the submissions were rated highly and we just missed out. I will be applying for the second round of the Victorian Government Capital Funding Program for refurbishment of the internal classrooms and staff area, student toilets and an infill build between rooms 3 and 4 to act as an art room. The grant is for two million dollars with the school contributing $200,000. We will find out the result in term 4. So fingers crossed!
This week our Yr5/6 and Year 1/2 children have been immersed in the learning about Carnevale during their Italian classes. Yesterday they made ‘castagnole’, a traditional Carnevale sweet. On the 4th of March at 3.00 pm the children and staff will take part in a ‘Carnevale Mask Parade’. All are welcome to view the parade. Thank you to Signora DiLorenzo for organising this experience with our children.