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District Swimming - article by Mr Tim (PE Teacher)
On Monday, the following students from years 4-6 represented MMPS at the Berwick District Swimming Carnival.
Joel K, Jake, Rahul, Josh S, Jayden C, Isaac, Jovan, Kade, Dennish, Noah C, David P, Madeline H, Addison B, Adiel, Dior, Imogen, Clara, Chloe F, Fleur, Coral and Layla. All students showed great effort, courage, sportsmanship and represented the school with pride.
Special congratulations to Joel, Jake, Rahul, Josh, Jayden, Isaac, Kade, Dennish, Dior, Fleur, Layla, Coral and Chloe who qualified for the Division Swimming Carnival on March 8. Our very best wishes to them as they represent our school in this high level of competition.
Thanks also to our parent helpers Mrs Sorabazo and Mrs Fuentes who assisted at both the swimming trials and District carnival. Here are some photos of the team and their relay teams.
Our Foundation students will begin their first full week of schooling next week (beginning Monday 27 February). For the past 4 weeks, Foundation students have enjoyed ‘rest’ and ‘test’ days each Wednesday. We are so proud of our Foundation students and how they have settled in so well to our school community. They are a beautiful and joyous addition to our school and we are very fortunate to have them join us in their learning journey. We look forward to being on their learning journey with them and watching them grow, learn and develop.
2024 Student Enrolments
Enrolments are now open for Foundation 2024. If you know of any new families who would like a guided tour by our Year 6 Student Leaders, please call the office 8794 5777 to arrange a time. This year's Open Days / Evenings are on 28 & 30 March.
Student Learning Conversations (Parent Teacher Interviews)
The beginning of the year Student Learning Conversations will be held on:
- Tuesday 7 March, 2023 from 3.40 pm - 6.20 pm
- Wednesday 8 March, 2023 from 3.40 pm - 6.20 pm
The purpose of this time is to acquaint yourself with your child’s teacher and for your child to share their learning data, goals and strategies for the Term. As a school we value the opportunity for students to be active in their learning, to meet with parents and to establish a positive working partnership for the 2023 school year. Bookings are made via your child's PAM profile.
Important Dates, School Events and Student Free days
Yesterday, the season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
The theme of Project Compassion 2023 is ‘For All Future Generations’ and reminds us that the good we do today extend to impact the lives of generations to come. It invites us to make the world a better place by working together now and finding long-term solutions to global issues. We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through prayer, fasting and almsgiving in support of Project Compassion. During Mass yesterday each classroom received a Project Compassion box for student donations or you can donate online via the Caritas Australia website at: www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion
Your support is greatly appreciated.
First Sunday of Lent, Cycle A
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Jesus fasts for 40 days in the desert and is tempted by the devil.
Sometimes we are tempted to do things that we know are not right. We all experience many kinds of temptations. When we are tempted, what helps us resist temptation?
Jesus also faced temptations. The Gospels tell about a time when Jesus went to the desert to pray and fast, and the devil tempted him.
Jesus trusted God’s word in Scripture and was able to resist the temptations of the devil. Scripture can also help us resist temptation. When we read the Bible, we learn about God and what God wants of us.
Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Information
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 SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM 2023
Click on the link to access a copy of the 2023 Sacrament Program Booklet
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Child Safe Standards
Our school is safe, student centred and animated by our school values.
We aim to Inspire Hearts and Minds.
"Children are the future of the human family: all of us are expected to promote their growth, health and tranquillity." Pope Francis 2021
MMPS Child Safe Standards - CODE OF CONDUCT
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
Here is the latest weekly insight - Transitioning to High School. View the attached article
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Monday 27 February - How To Help When School Sucks
8PM AEDT | Check my time zone
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Sometimes school sucks... or should I say sux? Anyone who's been there knows how awful it is to be sent to what feels like prison. Every day. Friendships fail. The work is hard, or boring, or irrelevant, or all of the above. Sometimes teachers don't understand. Anxiety, ADHD, autism, or jiggly wiggly legs make school feel like torture. And it seems like it will never, ever, ever end.
Parents struggle for solutions when school is a trial for their children. How do we help our children feel positive about learning, experience a sense of belonging, and do the work that can set them up for future success?
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- 5 BIG IDEAS to change the way your kids see school
- Tools to help you work with your child, teachers, and the school community
- Strategies you need to set your child up for a better school experience