‘What is the Kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like the mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches’.
Congratulations to our Year 5 & 6 Team on an outstanding Australian History presentation last night. The performance was a culmination of their learning over the semester covering identity and diversity within Australia. Special thanks to Kathy Moir for the amazing script, it was a very moving and inspirational storyline. The children were fabulous.
School reports went home on Wednesday. Second copiers were posted to families where children live between two homes or were away this week. Thank you to the teachers for the time and effort given to the preparation of the reports
A reminder to families that Andras Toth will be taking 3/4 C for the first 3 weeks of Term 3 and that Monika Richards will also be away for the first 2 weeks of the term.
Families Leaving St Monica's
This week we say farewell to the Karofillis family (Maria - 4H). We wish them all the best.
God bless and have a very safe holiday if travelling.
We thank you Lord, for this term. For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others. To be peacemakers in our family. Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us. May we always be conscious of you in our lives. Amen
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Feast Day
Wow! What an amazing day was had by our parish schools last Friday. St Monica’s Kindergarten - Year 2 students headed off to St Michael’s early in the day for a day of gathering, prayer, fun and lots of jumping! St Michael’s Year 3- Year 6 arrived at St Monica's at 9:50am and headed straight out to Morning Tea. Following the arrival of Fr Loi, Mr Ellis and Ms Maguire the Year 3- Year 6 students of both schools gathered in the church for our special liturgy. Then, we all moved down to school for our activities. Years 3/4 and Years 5/6 participated in a variety of activities from meditation, human noughts and crosses, “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John’- a clapping game, colouring-in, team building with tent poles etc, etc. All students participated whole heartedly and spent time getting to know our friends from St Michael’s. Many thanks to all the teachers who prepared and ran the rotations on the day!
Sacramental Program -Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
Sacrament of Confirmation
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation will commence for Year 6 students next Term.
Confirmation Enrolment Form and Parish Invitation have been sent home with Year 6 students today.
Please find below the timetable for the Sacrament.
Focus 4: Create a schoolwide approach to analysing purposeful data and student voice to challenge all learners and achieve improved outcomes.
The specific focus areas for this goal include
Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) to conduct action learning on deepening teacher skill and knowledge in use of data in Mathematics, Conceptual Inquiry and English so that a schoolwide approach can be articulated for the future and student growth evident.
In 2019 Catholic Education introduced the Child Safe Advocate role in all of their schools. The role has been put in place to ensure the safety of all children in our schools is maintained and to support schools with the administrative tasks that now exist, such as Working With Vulnerable People checks. As the Child Safe Advocate, I have attended meetings outlining best practice in the teaching of Protective Behaviours for students, been introduced to the Child Safety Standards that are currently being launched nationally and had an opportunity to look at policies in place to ensure the safety of all students.
In Term Three our school will be teaching Protective Behaviours to our students using current resources from Educate to Empower Publishing. We understand that the content of Protective Behaviours can be confronting for some students and are therefore keen to ensure there is ample opportunity for our families to engage with the content before lessons are taught. To achieve this, we will also be sending out an overview of the program including links to videos of the books so that families can preview the content well in advance. The school will then elaborate on the overview by providing home lesson information each week in the newsletter with the plan to have students receive the lesson the following day or Monday of the next week. That way parents will have the opportunity to discuss the program and specific lessons with their children in advance or each Thursday night.
We hope this will ensure our students are given the greatest opportunity to learn about protecting themselves in a safe, comfortable environment.
NAIDOC Week is celebrated each year in July to acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
NAIDOC Week’s theme for this year is Voice, Treaty and Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.
As NAIDOC Week falls within the holidays this year St Monica’s will be celebrating NAIDOC Week in the first week of Term 3. Throughout the week we will be having multiple events occurring. On Monday 22 July we will be having a guest presenter visiting our school. Philip Green will be presenting a visual and tactile experience on traditional technologies used by Indigenous peoples across the varied environments of Australia.
K – 2 will visit at 9:30am
Yr 3 – 4 will visit at 11:30am
Yr 5 – 6 will visit at 1:30pm
Later in the week a group of students who have Indigenous backgrounds have been invited to attend a NAIDOC Mass organised by Catholic Education, Canberra & Goulburn.
Thoughts – Future orientated thinking about something bad happening
Feelings – Fear, worry, stress, scared or afraid
Behaviour – Avoidance, crying, acting out, clinging or running away
Internet based therapy is not new anymore. Many studies have shown great success with online cognitive behaviour therapy. It is convenient, cost effective, confidential and easy to access for busy families. The BRAVE Program is an interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety. The programs are free, and provide ways for children and teenagers to better cope with their worries. There are also programs for parents. Please visit https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au for more information.
Change and loss affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At St Monica’s we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. Seasons for Growth is an Australian program that provides opportunities for students in Years 1-6 to integrate the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and cope with change, loss and grief, using the symbolism of the four seasons.
Beginning early in Term 3 we will be offering the Seasons for Growth program. Mr Bob Fletcher, a trained ‘Companion’, will spend time with small groups of students who are dealing with some aspect of change, separation, loss or grief. The sessions do not provide counselling or therapy and are not designed to prepare children for imminent grief or loss. Instead, the program aims to specifically assist children who have had a change in their lives through death, separation or divorce. It does this through encouraging the expression of thoughts and emotions, educating about the grief process, developing a peer support network and drawing on extensive research in developing a sound educative response to loss and grief.
Seasons for Growth is an eight session program and will be conducted during school hours with children being withdrawn from class. It is recommended that at least six months passes after the loss, as children are then in a better position to cope with the program.
If this is the first time your child/children will be participating in the program, it is essential that you have this information in order to ascertain if the program will meet the needs of your child/children. Please indicate on the return slip if you would like to personally discuss the program or require more information in print.
Please contact Bob Fletcher, our program co-ordinator if you would like more information.
The following table provides an overview of the way in which Season for Growth integrates the grief tasks with the program contact.
Overview of Program and Content Topics
Seasons for Growth Tasks
Accept the reality of the loss
Acknowledge the reality of change and loss in life
Session 1: Seasons
Session 2: Change
Work through the pain of grief
Learn about possible reactions to change and loss and how each has experienced these
Session 3: My Story
Session 4: Reactions
Adjust to an environment in which the significant person is no longer present
Develop skills to assist in processing their grief
Session 5: Feelings
Session 6: Memories & Forgiveness
Emotionally relocate the person and move on with life
Term 2 School Fees payments should now be finalised. If you have not yet paid your fees, please settle your account as soon as possible.
If you have a Direct Debit arrangement in place no additional payment is required. However, please ensure you have sufficient funds in your account for the debits to take place successfully. In the event one of your debits is refused, you are required to make a separate payment to cover the missed payment.
As always, please contact the School Finance Officer should you need to discuss your school fees account.
Thank you to all the amazing helpers who gave up their time to help yesterday on Special Lunch Day - Leah Platts, Renee Fleming and Kaye Solari. Thank you to Brett Welsh who did a fantastic job barbequing all the sausages.
St Monica's Annual Trivia Night is planned for Friday 2 August. We strongly encourage you to come along, get a table together and ready yourself for some laughs. If you don't have enough for a table - never fear our awesome organisers can accommodate. It is a great night and a great opportunity for parents to get together and have some fun!
Community Council Meeting
Last week the Community Council met. Council discussed a number of issues including student safety concerns due to parents using the staff carpark as a thoroughfare, quotation for an outdoor classroom, the review of the home learning policy and the success of smoosh's recent accreditation process.
Community Council Open Meeting
Our next meeting on Wednesday 7 August will be an open meeting. We encourage everyone to attend. Drinks and nibbles will be available on the night.
Our Annual Chess Tournament is on again on Friday 2 August (Week 2, Term 3). This tournament is free for anyone who would like to enter and is open to all students who can play chess from Year 1- Year 6. Refer to the entry form for further details. Don't forget to polish up your chess skills or learn how to play chess over the school holidays!
Holiday Coaching Camps - Monday 8 July - Friday 12 July
Holiday Coaching Camps at Melba provides a week of intensive tennis coaching from our award-winning coaches.
Red Ball Camp Ages 3-6
With special low compression red balls that bounce lower and slower and genuine 'Hot Shots' mini courts with lower nets, the youngest champions will have fun learning to play. Time - 9am - 10am, Cost - day rate - $17, full week - $60.
Junior Tennis Camp Ages 6-14
Older kids will develop strokes and game skills in a fun and challenging environment. Time - 9am - 12pm, Cost - day rate - $45, full week - $180.
Thank you to all the families who have sent in Earn and Learn stickers. Earn and Learn has now finished so if you do have any stickers at home please send them in to school by Friday 5 July. We need to have our final count submitted by Sunday 7 July.