Issue #11 19th July 2023
Welcome back to Term 3! I hope you had an enjoyable break, the weather was perfect, I've heard many stories from the children already obout their busy and fun adventures.
Go Red! Well done to everyone for particiapting so well at our carnival. Thank you to our amazing parent helpers and St Brigid's helpers who ensured the day ran so smoothly, and also to Mrs Bain for organising such a fun day. Children, your behaviour and attitude were outstanding, you should all be congratulated, the teachers were all so impressed by you.
Next Friday 28th July, we celebrate Grandparent's Day. An invitation has gone home, and is also attached later in the newsletter. Due to the numbers of people who attend our school for the day (250+ grandparents in addition to our 540+ students) it has become impossible to share a liturgy together in the church - we simply don't fit. This year, our liturgy will be live streamed into every classroom. Children will stay in their own classroom and grandparents will be able to choose a grandchild's classroom to attend for the 15 minute liturgy (12.00pm-12.15pm). At the conclusion of the liturgy we will have Open Classrooms (12.15pm-1.00pm), children will be able to share their learning and do some colouring with their grandparents at this time. At 1pm, we invite grandparents to share lunch with their grandchildren. Grandparents are invited to bring a sandwich to have at lunchtime. Our PIP team will also be providing a 'light lunch' of sandwiches and slices that grandparents are also welcome to enjoy. The day will conclude at lunch time. If a grandparent is taking their granchild home early, the children will need to be signed out at the office and should have written permission from a parent that this can occur. Please note, in the event of wet weather, the day may need to be cancelled.
We are still needing more helpers to provide food for the 'light lunch' for our grandparents to share, and particularly to help set up and serve the food. If you can assist in any way please sign up using the link. If you are able to help with catering, please use the ‘sign up’ link to register your
support. LINK: https://signup.com/go/CwcXNGQ
If you are able to help with serving our Grandparents lunch during this special event
please use the ‘sign up’ link to register your support. LINK: https://signup.com/go/ahuAXUs
Our school concert is coming this term! The children are very excited to be performing to you all at the Art House in just 8 short weeks. More information will be sent home next week, outlining the process for buying tickets and details of the times of shows. We can't wait!
Kinder: 100 Day Brighter!
As our Kinder children arrive at their 100th day at school, they will be celebrating being '100 Days Brighter' next Thursday 27th July by wearing bright clothes and completing some fun learning activities.
Flu and sickness
With a lot of illness, Influenza and general sickness in our community at the moment, please remember that if your child has a runny nose, sore throat, headache or fever, the best place for them is at home until they are symptom free. This ensures that germs aren't spread to others in our school community.
Athletics Carnival Presentation
Our presentation of age champions will be held at 2.45pm on Tuesday 1st August in our Undercroft area. Parents are welcome to join us, please sign in at the office on arrival.
Year 1 Excursion
Year 1, we hope you have a great time this Friday on your excursion to Hunter Wetlands! All Year 1 children must be at school at 8.30am for the buses to leave shortly after this.
Next Thursday afternoon at 1.50pm, 3 Gold will be sharing their Sacred Space during assembly. Parents are welcome to attend.
Term 3 Calendar
Towards the end of this newsletter is our Term 3 Calendar. Please note, events can change days or times, or additional events included. Please always monitor our newsletter and Compass for accurate information.
Our next Playgroup is in a few weeks, on Tuesday August 1st at 9.15am. If you have a child beginning Kinder in 2024 or know someone who does, please let them know about the morning. Our final playgroup for the year will be held on Monday September 4th.
Year 4 Sunday Parish Mass
Next Sunday Year 4 will be leading the ministries at our 9am Sunday Mass. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with other families and connect with our Parish. Please bring a plate and share morning tea after mass.
Grandparents Day Friday 28th July
Next Friday we will celebrate our Grandparents. This will begin at 12noon. Grandparents are invited to join us for a special liturgy in our classrooms. This will be zoomed so all can participate. Following our Liturgy, we will have Open Classrooms till 1pm. At 1pm our PIP Team has organised sandwiches and slices for our Grandparents. Children and Grandparents can share lunch together on our playground.
Footy Jersey Day
Last term we held a "footy jersey" day to support the wonderful works of Mary Mac's down at Woy Woy. They do an amazing job in feeding the homeless and needy at the Southern end of the Central Coast. We raised over $500! Thank you to all our families who supported this initiative. Early next month to coincide with St Mary of the Cross MacKillop's Feast Day we will hold another fundraiser to support this charity. We will be encouraging the students to wear beanies.
This week is the final week to purchase ICAS Assessment for this year. The orginal ICAS letter is attached with the link and parent code. You may choose to do all the tests, a couple of them or none at all. The tests range in price from $19.25 to $23.65.
The tests will not be held in class time. They will be held before school in the library. Students will be asked to be at school by 8am on the testing days. Ms Gray will administer the assessments. The ICAS tests will take place in Term 3 from Week 4 till Week 7, please refer to the letter for the exam timetable.