WEEK 1, TERM 4 2019
Dear Parents, Staff and Students,
Welcome to Term 4! Hoping that everyone has had a restful Spring break. The calendar is packed and we are all primed and ready to go!
This week we welcomed many new students to our school community. We hope that Brandon (Prep A), Hyeyong (Prep H), Hyunjin (3A), Alijah (4C) and Niklas (4D) all settle in well over the weeks ahead. Next week we will also welcome a new student to Year 6, Mia. Our current enrolment is sitting at 403 students. This is a wonderful result of your word of mouth as many new families often talk of knowing a current or past family that has recommended our school. Thank you for your support.
We have certainly hit the ground running this week with various activities. The staff gathered for professional development on Tuesday night engaging in unpacking the Enhancing Catholic Identity Survey and learning more about the importance of sustaining our Catholic Identity in our school and parish community. Staff will also be engaging in first aid courses over the next two Monday nights, as well as many staff accompanying our Year 5 and Year 6 students on school camps over the next few weeks and the extra time that our Arts teachers have given to ensure our school musical is a great success. Today we hosted and welcomed our 2020 Prep students and their families. All of these events are integral to the strong culture of hospitality and welcome we have here at our school. We are certainly blessed with the dedication and commitment from all staff here at St Saviour's Primary School.
Students again have worked with STEM PUNKS in readiness for Term 4 STEM projects. The students and teachers are excited about the next journey in the Design Approach to thinking and learning. Watch this space for their end of term presentations.
This month we look forward to:
Year 5 Camp on Tuesday - Thursday October 15th - 17th
Year 5 students, Mr Luck, Mrs Wagner, Mrs Jarrett, Mrs Jackson and members of the Leadership Team will travel to Murphy's Creek to camp for two nights and three days. The students will have plenty of opportunities to participate in acitivites that they many not usually be able to access. It is a great learning experience both academically, physically as well as socially and emotionally. We know we will all have the best time.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission Visit -Tuesday October 15th
Next Tuesday our School alongside the College will host 20 visitors from QCEC and the Executive Directors of the Queensland Dioceses. We will be showcasing the learning that has taken place in the area of Reading and STEM. It is also a great opportunity to promote the educational and strategic priorities of our school over the next few years.
Combined School and College Musical - Wizard of Oz 18th - 19th October
Three performances will take place in the Callaghan Centre (St Saviour's College):
Friday Midday performance: 12pm - 2:30p.m.
Friday night Performance: 6pm - 9pm.
Saturday afternoon performance: 5pm - 8pm
School Choir at Parish Mass - St Pat's Cathedral 9a.m. 20th October
The school community is welcome to join together and celebrate Eucharist. Members of the school choir are invtied to attend this mass to sing at the Parish mass. Mrs Cosgrove, Mrs Smith and Ms Sleba will be there to assist the students.
PUPIL FREE DAY - Monday 21st October
Each year all schools across Queensland will have a pupil free day. This is an annual pupil free day for professional development for staff. Our staff will join with four other schools at Sacred Heart Primary School, Toowoomba where they will showcase their learnings in the area of STEM.
Parents and Friends Meeting - Wednesday 23rd October
All parents are welcome to attend the P & F meeting on Wednesday 23rd October at 6:30p.m. Please consider coming along, we need your support and this is a great way to meet new families and make a difference to the children's education.
WORLD TEACHERS' DAY - 25th October
Every day, teachers are making a positive difference – creating opportunities for their students, empowering minds of young people and proudly teaching our future leaders, innovators and influencers.
World Teachers' Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and thank teachers for the important role they play inour Catholic Schools – inside our classrooms and out in the community.
Year 6 Camp - 29th October - 1st November
Students in Year 6 will attend their camp at the Gold Coast accompanied by Mrs Harkins, Mrs Harlen, Mrs King and Mrs Smith. A great opportunity for our school leaders to give thanks for their freindships and primary years in readiness for their next step in their educational journey to secondary school. We wish them all the best during this week.
Thanks for reading.
Welcome to Term 4!
As usual, we are preparing for a busy end to the school year and so far, after 3 days, everyone has settled pretty well back into school routine. As Madonna has already mentioned we are delighted to welcome another 5 new students to the wonderful SSP community. No doubt at events in the coming weeks, the families will get an opportunity to meet some of you. I know the students are always very excited to have a "new friend" in the midst!
Years 5 and 6 students started the term early (on the public holiday) for a rehearsal for the upcoming Wizard of Oz Musical (see message from Mrs Spalding further in this newsletter). From what we have seen, you will be very proud of what your child has achieved and presents on stage. What an azazing experience for everuone involved.
A reminder (another) that there is a FULL DRESS REHEARSAL (make up/ hair etc) on Sunday from 10am.
Term 3 Award Winners: Congratulations to all those listed below who received their awards at the end of last term.
Years 5 and 6 Camps
This term the Year 5 and 6 students will attend their respective school camps.
Year 5 will be going to Murphy's Creek Escape from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 October and Year 6 will be going to the Queensland Recreation Centre on the Gold Coast.
We wish all of the students the best for their respective camps.
Woolworths Earn and Learn
Thanks again to all of the parents and families who supported the school by collecting Earn and Learn stickers this year. Another special mention to Mrs Sam McKenzie who co-ordinated the program for us.
We were lucky enough to receive a variety of equipment to use in the classrooms at St Saviour's with some drones and spelling and maths activities ariving today.
Friday Night Basketball
Friday night basketball will commence tonight for the year 5 and 6 students. There will be no basketball in week 2 due to the musical.
Thanks to Mrs Conway and Mr Luck for coaching the students.
ACARA Parent Update for September
Each month the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority release a parent update. Please see the below link for some interesting information on parent engagement in student learning, an Australian Parent Council Survey and some new research into education and parenting.
Congratulations to Dom Seaby
Recently Dom competed at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Darwin. He represented Queensland and managed to place first in the under 10 years boys' high jump with a jump of 1m 42cm.
Congratulations on your fantastic results Dom!
World Squash Day
Please see the below information on World Squash Day.
Please see below information regarding Pop Dickerson's basketball supercamp in January.
Term 4 in the Library
More great reading opportunities await our students across the term with a readers bingo game, weekly browse and borrow and lunch-time access each Tuesday and Wednesday. Our older students will be encouraged to use their reading power to access information that connects them to real world issues of sustainability and caring for our living planet. All students are expected to engage in reading for pleasure, to use the power of reading for joy and relaxation.
This morning we welcomed our Prep 2020 families to St Saviour's Primary School for their official Orientation morning. It was lovely to see so many happy smiling faces. The next Parent Information night for Prep 2020 will be held on 11th November from 5.30pm - 6.30pm followed by the Prep Transition Morning on 4 December from 8.45am - 10.30am.
The school uniform shop is open each Friday from 2.30pm in the Parent Community Room. The Uniform Shop will be closed the following Friday. Please contact Dan Eagleson on 0481 318 398 to arrange alternate times.
Term 3 school fees are now overdue. Thank you to those families who have finalised their school fees for the year.
Direct Debit forms for 2020 will be sent home over the next few weeks for those famlies wishing to start direct debiting next year. Please keep an eye out for this information.
CAMP PAYMENTS YEAR 5/6:
Camp payments for Year 5 are now due!! As our Year 5 campers leave next Tuesday it is imperative that camp is paid for before they depart. Year 6 Camp payments are also now due. Please contact the office if you wish to discuss camp payments.
FREE PLANT VOUCHERS:
Any families who are not wanting to use their free plant vouchers that came with the Rates notice please feel free to drop them off to us at school so we can use them. Many thanks.
Term 4 catalogues are being sent home today. Orders are due back by FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER. Credit Card payments are preferred.
WIZARD OF OZ - Thank you!
Thank you so much to the families who cut their holidays short and brought their wonderful Year Five and Six students to school on Monday for a full rehearsal of 'The Wizard of Oz'. We are also grateful to Mrs Smith who came along to help take the roll in the morning, and Mrs Sleba who spent most of the day with us supervising and seeing just how talented our children are! We are also grateful to Mrs Daniels who also stayed with us for the whole day, and organised a wonderful team of helpers to sort out and iron the costumes we will be using for the performances.
It was a long, hot and tiring day and the children had to spend much of their time sitting silently in the hall while the senior college students ran through their scenes. We are grateful to them for their patience and cooperation as well as their brilliant onstage work. Our chorus numbers are starting to look just fantastic. We are sure they are going to be highlights within the show.
Next Rehearsal Sunday 13th October 9.30/10am to 3pm
This is a full dress rehearsal where we will also be using sound and lighting. It will be great to really get an idea of what the final show will be like. Year Six students need to arrive at the hall from 9.30am to change into their costumes before rehearsal commences. The Year Five students can have a bit of a sleep in if they like and come at 10.15am, as their number is later on in the show.
The students have a good idea how the day will go now - so bring along some lunch and snacks and a water bottle. It could be a good idea to bring along a simple board game, hand ball, UNO cards or a puzzle/colouring book for some additional entertainment. Please don't send along anything that is valuable as we move in and out of different spaces through the day and things could go missing.
Students can be picked up at 3pm. They will need to ensure that their costumes are rehung carefully on their named hanger so that we are ready for the next rehearsal.
Once again - we are very grateful to our students for their commitment - and to their families for their support.
Get your tickets soon - it's going to be great fun.
QUEENSLAND FIRE AND RESCUE INFORMATION
Queensland has recently experienced significant bushfires in many parts of the State, reinforcing that preparation is key to survival.
There are simple steps you can take like clearing gutters, reducing vegetation around the home and ensuring there is adequate access to your property. It’s also important that you complete your Bushfire Survival Plan so you and your loved ones are prepared if bushfire strikes.
During bushfire season, it’s important to know what’s going on in your area. Even if you don’t live anywhere near bushland, make sure you tune into warnings, local media and QFES social media.
Visit the Rural Fire Service website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au for more information on preparing for bushfires. For up to date bushfire information visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map/Pages/default.aspx.
It is common for young people to be curious about fire. However, this curiosity can become risky if it leads to unsupervised play with matches or lighters; lighting fires; or experimenting with aerosol cans and homemade bombs. If you have any concerns about your child’s involvement with fire, contact your local fire station, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or visit www.qfes.qld.gov.au/fff.