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Celebrating Student Learning
100 days of Learning
Congratulations to our Foundation students 100 days of learning. Monday was certainly a day full of fun activities, learning and celebrating this milestone in our students learning journey. A big thank you to our Foundation Teachers - Sally Lane, Gabby Di Biase and Claire Giles for the preparation for this event as well as the all the learning opportunities on offer throughout Semester One and a big thank you to our Education Support Officers in the Foundation Level - Terri and Terry for the support they have offered throughout the year. We have included some of the many photos taken on the day, for your enjoyment. We look forward to continuing to celebrate our Foundation students learning journey!
Feast Day Celebrations
Next week we look forward to celebrating our Feast Day Celebrations. More information on our Feast Day is included in the Religious Education section of the newsletter. Kaboom Sports will be at school on Monday after recess to engage our students in fun, team based activities. Students are encouraged to wear their sports uniform and runners as there will be lots of movement in the many activities on offer.
Australian Mathematics Competition
Today students in Year 3 to Year 6 were offered the opportunity to participate in the annual Australian Mathematics Competition. The AMC is an engaging and challenging 30 problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. Australia’s leading educators and academics actively design the unique AMC problems each year. The AMC problems encourage deep mathematical thinking and the application of multiple mathematical processes. Well done to all our students in Years 3 to 6 who participated and a very big thank you to Helen Fourna for organising this opportunity for our students.
Congratulations to the Giles Family
Our warmest congratulations to Claire & Jackson Giles on the safe arrival of Frankie Mae Giles born on 28 July. We wish Claire and her family all our love and best wishes as they welcome their little bundle of joy into their family. We are all very much looking forward to meeting Frankie Mae when she visits school.
Our annual school family mass celebration at Our Lady Help Christians Parish will be held this Saturday 6th August, at the 6.00pm Parish Mass. All families are invited to attend Mass and join together celebrating the Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Thank you to the families and students who have taken up the invitation to take on various ministries of the mass. We look forward to seeing you at the mass and joining the Eucharistic celebration as we together acknowledge the foundress of our School, Mary MacKillop.
The week ahead:
- Students will have the opportunity to participate in Kaboom Sports on Monday 8th August (Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop). All students can wear their sports uniform for the day.
- A whole School Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday 10th August, 11.15 am in Allen Hall (please note change of date)
- On Thursday lots of fun fundraising activities have been organised by the class teachers in support of the Mary MacKillop today Foundation. Please refer to the attachment which outlines the particular fundraisers taking place on Thursday 11th August. Supporting these events and donating a gold coin or two will contribute to the vital work of the Sisters of St Joseph in helping vulnerable communities in Australia and overseas to flourish.
- The students will receive a special treat to take home next Wednesday! More about this next week! Happy Feast Day to all!
Seasons for Growth Learning to live with change and loss
Parents and carers were sent an email today asking them to log onto their child's PAM account (bell icon on top right hand corner). You will find information regarding the program and we are seeking expressions of interest for child/children to be included in the program.
Social Justice Outreach Initiative – Winter Appeal
Many thanks to all those who have contributed to the Sock Appeal for 2022. Your generosity is very much appreciated. The Appeal has now closed and the donations will be forwarded to St Vincent de Paul Society.
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Sunday, August 7, 2022
In next Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that we need to be alert disciples. Let’s pay attention to learn what we need to be alert for.
Jesus wants us to be alert for his return. Jesus has saved us, but we should not just sit back and do nothing. He teaches us that we should pay attention to others and notice how we can help them. That way, when Jesus returns, he will find us acting as his loving disciples. Let’s all plan to pay special attention to how we can help our family and friends today.
Mary MacKillop Primary School is one of the three Parish Primary Schools belonging to the Parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, Narre Warren within the Diocese of Sale. Fr Brendan Hogan is our Parish Priest and Fr Ajin Albarnas is our Assistant Priest. We are grateful for their ongoing prayers, involvement and support of the students, families and staff of Mary MacKillop School.
PARISH BULLETIN - Click on the link below to download the weekly newsletter.
Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV)
The updated CECV Statement of Commitment to Child Safety - A safe, nurturing and empowering culture for all children and young people in Catholic schools, is attached to this newsletter. This statement has been updated in light of the revised Child Safe Standards coming into effect from 1 July 2022 and the supporting Ministerial Order No. 1359.
Child Safe Policies
Child friendly version of Child Safe Policy (updated June 2022)
Congratulations to our Year 6 Student Leaders on their creation of the student friendly version of the Child Safe Policy. This policy has been uploaded to our website Child Safe page and can be found in the following link https://www.marymacnarre.catholic.edu.au/child-safety-standards
Child Safe Standards and Parent use of Mobile Phones, Privacy Laws
We ask all parents to be mindful of their mobile phone usage, child safety and privacy laws when visiting our school. During such times as morning Prayer time, Mass, Assemblies and school events/gatherings, we ask parents to turn off or put away their mobile phones and to respect the privacy of all students. Photographs and video footage cannot be taken of students without parental permission. Reminders of safe mobile phone usage will be shared with the school community at morning prayer times and assemblies. On special occasions such as student awards at assemblies or student graduations, space will be made available for parents to photograph their child in a child safe way. We thank you for working in partnership with us to respect the privacy of all our students.
Child Safe Resources to support Students, Parents/Carers
- eSafety Commissioner https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents.
- CCYP - Commission for Children and Young People https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safe-standards/
- School TV https://marymacnarre.catholic.schooltv.me/category-latest-newsletter
- Bravehearts https://bravehearts.org.au/
- Parenting Ideas
It has been a very busy Term in Year 3! We have been learning about many different things over the last few weeks. Here are some of the learning highlights we would like to share with you:
There are lots of sacred objects that are used for a certain purpose during the mass. A chalice is a metal cup used to drink the wine from, the offertory table is used to put the bread on before it is blessed, once it’s blessed it goes in the tabernacle, there are lots of others too. - Lattika
I find it easy to tell o’clock and half past time. I can read time on analogue and digital clocks. This is useful throughout the day. - Gurgeet
We have all been working on reading time. In my group, we were working on reading 24-hour time. Now I know that time goes higher than just 12 on a clock. - Kade
I learnt how to recognise different 2D shapes. I learnt new words like “vertices”. I also learnt to tell the difference between shapes with lots of sides like hexagon and octogon. An octopus has 8 legs and an octagon has 8 sides. ‘Six’ and ‘hexagon’ both have an ‘x’ - that’s how I remember the name. - Katya
We have been working on writing historical narratives about Captain James Cook. First we had to research and then we wrote plans for our writing. Now we are working on our drafts and publishing. Did you know that Captain Cook was cooked in Hawaii? We found that fact very interesting! - Layla and Alexandra
I found out interesting facts about what we celebrate in Australia. We need to remember important events that happened in Australia over the years. - Wuri