In writing the final newsletter for the term it is a time to reflect and consider the achievements of the St Augustine’s community. Term 3 has flown by. But it has been a busy and fulfilling term with the culmination of the 40th year mass celebration on St Augustine’s feast day. The children followed this with a tabloid sports event, wholly organised and run by the Yr 5/6 children. Families and invited guests spent the morning wandering through the corridors looking at the memorabilia and reading the schools timeline. The children have also spent time investigating the namesakes for their house teams. Two words were decided upon to represent their team moving forward in the form of a shield (On display in the library). A great day for all to reconnect with the charism of St Augustine and strengthen our identity and vision:
A welcoming learning community:
United in Catholic Faith
Inspired by Saint Augustine and the Gospel Values
Empowering animated life-long learners
Enabling responsible global citizens
Nurturing the potential of all.
The Art show has also been a highlight of the term with the amazing work of our talented children on show. Some of these pieces are also now on show at the Royal Melbourne Show! The children have also had the chance to participate in the school disco, fathers day stall, 100 days of Prep, excursions to the zoo, Scienceworks and the Melbourne Museum, incursions, working with Brimbank on planting around and near the oval, a smoking ceremony conducted by a local indigenous elder, robotics championships, athletics championships and so much learning and enquiring going on in the classrooms. When you begin to list all the events and experiences you realise why we are feeling tired yet exhilarated by such a full term!
Last week we were privileged to have Uncle Bill, an indigenous Elder, perform a smoking ceremony for the school on our oval. It was a unique experience only made even more special by being amongst nature, surrounded by gum trees and with cockatoos flying over head. We are in partnership with Brimbank and the Seeds For Schools program where together the children learn about the flora of the area and plant seedlings to revegetate barron areas around the oval and gully.
We have also completed the Eucharist sacramental program with the final group of children making their Eucharist last Sunday at St Augustine’s church. We thank our parishioners who have welcomed the children into the community by acknowledging them on the overhead screen and presenting them with a gift after mass. Thank you to Adele Mifsud, Olivia Boyd, Timea Stegnar and Lenore Tilley who prepared the children for their special day. Thanks also to Vanessa DalSanto our Religious Education Leader and all the staff for supporting them at each mass. May God fill these children with the Holy Spirit as they accept Jesus into their lives through hope and love.
Our 40th celebrations continue next term with a Family Bush Dance in Cooinda on Friday night October 25th 6.30pm-8pm. Keep the date free to be sure of a boot scooting, bush whacky evening with the family! The children will be practising during the day with the choir and ukes performing in the evening. A Flier has been sent home with details and a reminder to save the date. More details are provided on the Parents Auxiliary page.
For the past twenty years at St Augustine’s we have enjoyed 10 class groupings. With this comes different combinations of children from year to year. After much consultation with the Education Board, Consultative Committee and finance team I have decided to implement eleven class groupings for 2020. This means we will have 2 small Prep classes, 3 Year 1/2 classes, 3 Year 3/4 classes and 3 Year 5/6 classes next year. It also means these class groupings will be consistent from year to year as long as numbers and funding remains the same. These changes come with advantages and challenges which have been discussed extensively. However we are looking forward to the possibilities of this change!
A reminder to families who have been nominated to complete a CEMSIS survey that today is your last chance to complete this. Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey. This is your chance to have a voice for improvement at St Augustine’s.
A reminder that Before School Care will commence at St Augustine’s in term 4. If you are in need of this service please register your child. I have noticed that there are a few children being dropped off at school at 8am in the morning. There is no supervision in the yard until 8.20am so I ask that you enrol your child into before school care if you are unable to drop them off any later.Contact Big Child Care on to enrol: 1300 786 596`
Last week the staff spent the closure days exploring Evidenced Based Learning and Digital Technologies. Evidenced Based Learning is focused on John Hattie’s research and principles of Visible Learning and Teaching. It is centred on evidence based research into what actually works best in schools to improve learning. Last Thursday we began by discussing the dispositions of learning. Many of you would have already engaged with your children and completed a survey about what you thought where the top dispositions of learning. Staff and children have also engaged in this discussion. Next term we will be launching into the 6 dispositions of learning at St Augustine’s. Friday also saw the staff engage with a presenter on Digital Technologies and iPads in the classroom. We each had on of the latest iPads to explore and use including a pen and keyboard. An amazing experience and interesting to see how far iPads have come over the years and what they are capable of doing in the classroom. My favourite application was a teacher button that could switch all iPads off in the classroom when wanting the children's attention!!! I want one of those!
It is with sadness yet well wishes that I inform you that one of our beloved teachers of fifteen years is leaving us at the end of the year. We say farewell to Brenda Cheel who will retire after an illustrious and inspiring career in Catholic Education. Brenda was our Religious Education Leader for ten years and has been our Reading Recovery teacher for the past five years. She has been instrumental in striving for improvement at St Augustine’s while particularly working with our junior children to reach their potential in reading. Thank you Brenda and good luck in this new life adventure.
Thank you to all parents for your support in ensuring the children have been wearing their winter uniform in terms two and three. Summer uniform can be worn next tem. There is a two week grace period where winter or summer uniform is acceptable. All children should be in summer uniform by week 3 in term 4. A reminder that all children will also need to wear a hat. No hat, No play.
The August edition of the local paper, Star Weekly, saw an article about our 40th year celebration. Pictured are Johnny and Lauren, our school captains holding up the first school photo from 40 years ago. Lauren's mother, Cheryl, was a pupil at St Augustine's and is in this photo.
Have a great break and see yo in term 4!
Congratulations to the Alciati family, Jenny, Paul, Alanna and Selina on their new arrival, Estelle.
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