Newsletter No. 24 | Term 3 Week 6 | Thursday 18th August 2022
Dear Families and Friends,
I hope you all enjoyed the extra long weekend.
I messaged the Director and said that we would be more than happy to do that every year but I’m pretty sure that won’t be happening!
I was joking of course, but I will say that feedback suggests that it was very much appreciated by both schools and families.
I hope you and your families are managing to keep well and feel rested.
Footy Gate Fundraiser
Thank you to those who have generously donated their time to work a shift or two on the footy gate during finals which will be held in the next few weeks. There are still shifts available so please feel free to add your name to the whiteboard at the front of the school.
The footy gate is a relatively easy fundraiser which brings in over $2000 for the school. Fundraisers in schools are important in helping to keep the fees down for every family. Your support is much appreciated.
We would like to invite all fathers, or grandfathers, or uncles or significant others to join us for a special Father’s Day celebration. Come along for pizza and Archery on Wednesday 31st August from 5pm - 6pm. Pizza will be $10 per family. All are welcome to come along and cheer on our amazing bowmen! Who will be St. Brendan’s number one archer?
Father's Day Photos: Could families please email a photo of fathers, or grandfathers, or uncles or significant others to the school? We would like to use them to make a Father’s Day tribute to them all.
I hope you are all getting sorted for the inaugural St. Brendan’s Book Week Parade. If you are having trouble organising a costume please let us know and we will give you a hand.
Book Week Parade: Thursday 25th August, 9.15am.
On Wednesday, our students and staff joined members of our Parish community to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. The Feast Day celebrates the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Christ from the earth, to be in the presence of God. Fr. Michael shared the story that his nephew is currently in the Greek Islands where the Assumption was being celebrated with parades and lots of festivities. Thank you to Liz McGuane for preparing our St. Brendan’s celebration and thank you to Fr. Michael for celebrating the Mass.
Last week the Yr 2/3/4s led a liturgy recalling and celebrating the life of Mary McKillop. My favourite Mary McKillop quotes are:
“Never see a need without doing something about it” and
“We must teach more by example than by word”.
It was lovely to have some community members join us. Thank you to Mandy and the students for organising such a lovely liturgy.
Next Thursday, 25th August at 2.30pm, the Prep/Ones will be leading the liturgy which will focus on Love.
All are welcome to join us and stay on for the Assembly.
Thomas Carr Cake Stall
A reminder that Thomas Carr Open Day will be held on 11th September 2022. Thomas Carr have kindly allowed us to run a Cake Stall on the Day. We are hoping that families will be able to donate some cakes, cookies, scones, biscuits etc to sell on the day. More details to follow shortly.
Have a great week!
Fun in Art with 'Flossy'
In this edition of SchoolTV - DIET & NUTRITION
We all know that diet and nutrition is vital to your child’s development and growth, but are you aware of the effects it has on your child’s brain development and how it can impact their academic achievement?
In this era of convenience, it is easy to reach for pre-packaged and processed foods to cope with busy schedules. However, these foods are usually packed full of sugar and salt which can have adverse health effects. Making a habit of reading food labels can help reduce the risks. It can also help to stabilise your child’s energy, improve their mood, maintain a healthy weight and improve their general wellbeing.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for teaching your kids about the benefits of incorporating a healthy diet and good nutrition.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to the Diet & Nutrition edition of SchoolTV
Prep/1 Classroom News
Literacy: This week we kicked off our unit on procedural writing. We have been learning that a procedure is a piece of writing that tells us how to do something. Our model text, “How to Make a Disgusting Sandwich” (inspired by the book, The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards) was a source of entertainment for all! Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at all the important parts of a procedural text and then begin to write our own.
Maths: We have started learning about time this week. We have been thinking about the order of events and why it is important to do some things in the correct order (eg. When making toast, you cook the bread before buttering it).
Religion: This week we have been preparing for our class liturgy next week. In preparation, the students have created hearts and added details (such as arms, legs and eyes) to represent actions we use our hearts for. We look forward to sharing our artworks with the rest of school.
Integrated Curriculum: This week is National Science Week! As the theme is glass, this week the Prep/1’s have been exploring the qualities of glass and will be creating their own kaleidoscopes using mirrors.
Next week is Book Week. The book parade is on Thursday. Hope everyone has been thinking about their costumes. Come dressed as your favourite book character.
Please send back any overdue library books to school
2/3/4 Classroom News
Welcome to Week 6!
It was wonderful to have a mini break mid term! I hope everyone enjoyed the break.
Literacy: In Literacy this week, we are continuing with presenting short plays to the class. The focus is on expression, volume and following punctuation cues.
Writing: In Writing, we have been designing advertisements for our products and creating a model of them for our videos.
Religion: Our Mary McKillop liturgy went extremely well and the whole school showed great respect throughout the event. Thank you to all our readers and presenters - you did an excellent job! We also appreciated seeing family and community members attend as well.
On Tuesday we celebrated the Assumption of Mary Mass with Father Michael in the Church. It was lovely to see past and present Parish members join in the celebration with us. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated and supportive people value our school and community.
Science: Our class was involved in another experiment this week that involved making crystals. The core group made them and the rest of the class will conduct this experiment next Monday. If you could please send along a glass jar for your child to participate in the experiment that would be appreciated. See some of our results below.
Maths: In Maths this week we have completed a pre-test ready for our next mathematical concept, Time, to begin.
Homework: Homework this week consists of several questions that were sent home to be answered by a parent or older sibling. The questions are: What did you enjoy in Science?
What is one of your favourite memories from Science? The children will report your answers back to the class. Thank you for your responses.
The Star of the Week award goes to Aden Coates. Congratulations on your excellent work and effort!
5/6 Classroom News
Welcome to Week 6 of Term 3! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!
Leadership Groups: We are still collecting plastic bottle lids! Thank you to everyone who has donated lids so far, our box is really starting to fill up. If you could please remember to collect milk, soft drink and water lids we would appreciate it very much. There is a Lids4Kids box near Gracesyn’s office.
Spelling: Next Tuesday 23rd August participating students will be competing in the first round of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee. To complete the spelling bee, the students will listen to 30 different words and type them into their Chromebooks. We have been practicing as much as we can!
Writing: This week in Writing we have been finishing our poetry unit. Each student chose their favourite poem and presented it to the class. We have also been enjoying practicing some touch typing using our Chromebooks. Congratulations to Lindon who obtained his pen licence this week!
Maths: In Maths we have started our next learning cycle ‘Measurement’. In the coming weeks we will be learning about area, perimeter and mass.
Integrated Curriculum: This week in Integrated Curriculum we have been focusing on the Science Week theme; glass. We have been learning how glass is made and about glass blowing.
I hope you all have a great week, please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns.
We would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to everyone who has celebrated their special day this week, including:
18th August - Abbey Campbell (12)
18th August - Davina Campbell (12)
Warrion Flower Show: Tombola Jars
Below are some ideas to help everyone with their Tombola Jars for our fundraising store at the Warrion Flower Show, which is being held on Wednesday 26th October.
It is not necessary to buy a brand new jar. Try to reuse/recycle jars you already have. Just give used jars a clean with hot water and vinegar to take the smell out of the jar.
Get the kids involved and it becomes a school holiday activity for the kids, as they decorate the jars. To have lots of jars to display for Tombola would be fantastic, as it would result in both a great looking stall and maximum fundraising potential for our school. Variety, colour, and the element of surprise is a big part of the fun of Tombola.
Ideas include, but are obviously not restricted to...
- Making a batch of jam/chutney/preserves/pickles? A jar of homemade goodness would be a lovely jar to receive in Tombola.
- You can reuse jars from the kitchen, simply wash, dry and fill.
Think pasta, nuts, lollies, lentils, mints, biscuits, spices.
- Perhaps make up a couple of biscuit/brownie/cookie mix jars (google it)
- Items do not even have to be edible.
Think pencils, puzzle, beads, buttons, screws, nails, clothes pegs, washing powder, bath salts, pot pourri, seeds for the garden.
- When at the supermarket grab a couple of extra items in jars. Job done!
- Have a family member or friend with a business to promote? Perhaps they’d like to contribute a voucher ($ value or deal offer) ...Pop it in a jar!
Last time the school collected 270 Tombola jars. Can we break the record this time?
Other ways to help with the Flower Show:
In the next month or two, a working group will be meeting to get our stalls up and running. We understand that we have new families in the school who may not know what is involved or how they can help out. There is a list below to give you an idea of what is involved.
St. Brendan’s Stalls 2022 (to be confirmed)
- Petting Zoo
- Flower Crowns
- Tombola jars
Families can assist by:
- Helping out at a working bee in the hall the day before the show, decorating the jars and doing other small jobs in preparation for the next day (the added bonus is having a coffee, a chat with other families and feeling good about working with others to do something for our school)
- Packing the trailer the day before
- Being rostered on for a shift on the day of the Show. This may be to sell Tombolas, help out with the bbq or supervise the petting zoo
- Setting up on the day
- Packing up post event
School Concert Videos - NOW AVAILABLE!
Copies of the school concert video are now available for purchase from the front office. We are selling these USB's for $15 each and all proceeds are going towards the community groups fundraising total. Perfect for grandparents and friends who may not have been able to attend on the night!
CDFNL Finals Gate Fundraiser
St Brendan's has again been given the opportunity to man the gates during the CDFNL Finals Series this year. Some parents may remember helping with this in previous years and it was a fantastic fundraiser for the school. We are able to raise significant funds and all we need to do is show up with some volunteer power!
We are looking for parent helpers to assist in covering shifts working on the gate. If you are able to help in any way please contact the office and we can put your name on your preferred shift. Thank you.
** Please note that those rostered on the first Saturday (Qualifying final) do not need to start their shift until 8am. 7.30am is the start time for the Second Semi Final & Preliminary Final as netball is starting early on these days**
Acknowledgement of Country
At St. Brendan’s Primary School we pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land, the Gulidjan people and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We will respect the land, animals and waterways, from the roots of the earth to the tops of the trees. Through the example of our first Australians, we understand that if we look after the country, then the country will look after us.
School Vision: 'For you I have a destiny and a hope.'
PARISH PRIEST: Fr Michael O’Toole PRINCIPAL: Mrs Leanne Eastman
SAC CHAIRPERSON: Ms Gayle McNabb CHILD SAFETY OFFICER: Mrs Leanne Eastman