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Newsletter - April 2019

1. From The Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome back to Term 2 and a very Happy Easter season to all of you.

During this Easter season we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the possibilities that new life offers to us. This is the invitation contained in the Easter story, an invitation to embrace life and to explore new possibilities that life itself presents. A necessary part of the Easter story is the events of Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. Jesus endured suffering, humiliation and death before the transformation and transcendence of the resurrection. This is true for us in our own lives too. We all go through times when life is difficult and problems seem insurmountable. The Easter story gives us hope that this is not the end of the story, that our own suffering, humiliation and trials can be overcome and transformed into something worthwhile and life affirming. We are invited to embrace challenges as a way of growing and developing in better people in communion with each other and with the transcendent other we label as God.

Easter Raffle

At the end of last term we drew the P&F Easter Raffle which was again very successful thanks to the generosity of all those who donated chocolate in many forms and to those who bought tickets. A big thank you to Miss Melanie and her mother who hampered up the 16 prizes on offer due to your generosity. The Easter Raffle raised $465 and the winners were:

1st  Jensen

2nd Wallace Family

3rd  Dabbs Family

4th Jayda

5th Allan T

6th Anyongo

7th Baden

8th Erin

9th Darcy – (Mrs Nolan’s grandson)

10th Angel

11th Klaudija

12th Miss Taylor

13th Adar

14th Cruz

15th Marian Granata

16th Baden

Mini Vinnies’ Bake Sale

Congratulations to our Mini Vinnies Social Justice Group on their very successful Bake Sale at the end of last term. Across the school, yummy goods, most home made with love, were bought, eaten and enjoyed raising money to go to Caritas Australia and the work that they do for underprivileged people in developing countries.

School Photos

This year’s school photos have now been taken and orders should be available soon. Thank you to all of our students for the way they presented on the day and for their cooperation and patience during the disruption that such as day can bring. We hope that the finished photos bring joy to our families and serve as a lasting positive memento of this year in their schooling journey.

Grandparents’ and Special Persons’ Day 2019

Yesterday we once again held our annual day of welcome for Grandparents and others special in the lives of our children. It was wonderful to see many familiar faces and some new ones also. We began the day with Mass celebrated by our Parish Priest, Fr Martin Tanti, and then moved into House Groups for a variety of games and activities. The morning concluded with morning tea thanks to the generosity of our families and coordinated by Melanie Granata. This day is eagerly anticipated by our children each year and they delight in having their special visitors with them. A big thank you to all Grandparents and special friends who were able to attend and we look forward to having you with us again next year.

Changes to Yard Duty Procedures and Break Organisation

We have made a number of changes to supervision and break arrangements that will continue through this term and on through the year with an emphasis on student safety and ensuring a positive climate on our yard. I will be sending details of these changes home to parents later in the week and welcome any feedback on this once you receive the communication.

Upcoming Events

  • Please check in with the P&F News in this newsletter. We have Mothers Day events coming up and we are again holding a Family Bush Dance in a couple of week’s time (don’t forget to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment).
  • Our Parish Priest, Fr Martin Tanti, will be officially installed in his new role on Sunday 12th May at a Mass at 10 am at St Joseph’s Church, Otter Street, Collingwood, and all are welcome to attend this Mass.
  • There is a Parent Information Session for  our Human Sexuality program for parents of children in Grade 4, 5 and 6 on Thursday 9th of May at 7pm in Aikenhead Hall, parents who are new to this program or those wanting to refresh their knowledge of what is covered are warmly invited to attend.
  • Please keep an eye on the school calendar for other events and ensure that you are receiving the weekly bulletin to stay ahead of the organisation game.

Until next time, respectfully, Daniel 🙂

3. From The P&F

Parents and Friends News and Events

Hello Parents and Friends,

Welcome back to a new term. I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful Autumn weather on the Easter break!

We are straight back into things with a busy month ahead. May sees us launching into Mother’s Day activities and our Family Bush Dance fundraiser. We will be looking for people to volunteer their time to help out, particularly for the Bush Dance. If you can spare some time to help us prepare, set up, sell or pack up please let me know.

A roster will be sent out for you to add your name to, in the lead up to this event.

Thursday May 9                     Mother’s Day Raffle- Tickets due back.

Raffle tickets will go home this week. Please return them by Thursday May 9. The raffle will be drawn at the Mother’s Day breakfast. All Mother’s are welcome. If any Dad’s are available to help out with the breakfast please contact Gina in the Office.

Don’t forget to return your raffle tickets by Thursday afternoon, so that we can draw the raffle at the breakfast! There are some beautiful prizes on offer including vouchers and bed linen.

Friday May 10                        Mother’s Day Stall.

We will again be running our Mother’s Day Stall with lots of beautiful gifts for all the mums and special women. Ranging from  $2-$10.

We will also have our Flower Stall with a selection of gorgeous fresh flowers. These will also be available by pre ordering and forms will be going home. Dad’s get your order’s in!

Saturday May 18                   Family Bush Dance.

Our biggest event of Term 2 will be the Bush Dance. This was a wonderful event last year and we hope that everyone comes along this year. It is a rare opportunity to enjoy a live band! The children will hopefully be receiving a refresher of the dances and we will be having delicious country style food available for purchase, including pork and lamb sliders.

We will be having our spinning wheel and mystery prizes, so please come along. This is truly a night for everyone.

Please note that this event will be held at St Joseph’s Hall this year, which is a fantastic venue and means the show can go on no matter what the weather does. Tickets are available for purchase from the office. $12 per person or $35 a family. We encourage everyone to bring their family and friends to enjoy this fun-filled evening out.  Please click on link for flyer bush-dance-poster

Baker’s Delight Friday Lunch Orders:

Please note that Baker’s Delight Friday Lunch Orders are up and running. Get your order in Thursday evening for a Friday delivery. You can also order ahead for your convenience

Ordering is done online just go to: to order directly.



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