Prep/ Yr 1/ Yr 2/ Yr3

P/1/2/3

We have started our Math learning cycle on shape. We are learning to name, sort, describe and recognise 2D shapes. We are learning some challenging shapes from the quadrilateral family including rhombus, parallelogram and trapezium.

During English we have been learning to read and write narratives. A narrative is a made up story. The author's purpose when writing a narrative is to entertain the reader. Our mentor text is The 27th Annual African Hippopotamus Race. We have been using the text to write a character description.

In Science lessons we've been exploring matter. We've learnt about solids, liquids and gases. We have considered how melting and freezing changes the state of particles. We are excited to investigate more on our messy science day on Friday.

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MIDDLE LEADER

CURRICULUM  COORDINATOR 

Today, I thought I would share why there has been a bigger shift to phonics and decoding when we teach students to read. There's only one way to work out words.....decoding! Gone are the days of guessing words, picture cues and context cues. We need to teach and support students to use their letter/sound knowledge and blending skills. To have a skillful reader, the student needs to orthographically map the word. This means that the student needs to see the word, and know by sight, what that word is. But how we actually achieve this, is not through whole word memorisation. What we actually do in our brain is part to remember parts of the words, to the whole word. The student has to know what sound matches each symbol (the letter).  

Our Preps and Year Ones have been doing a great job to learn what sound each letter makes, and then they have been manipulating these sounds to turn them into different words. When you learn the sounds of s, a, t, p, i, n, you can make many words- sat, pin, in, sin, tin, nit, sit pat etc. When we teach reading, we are reinforcing these sounds and practicing writing the letters as well. The linking of reading and writing is essential!  

Even in the upper grades, we link our phonograms to our writing. When we learn a trigraph ‘igh’ we write these in words in our spelling. Did you know that ‘igh’ is sometimes followed by a t. That way, we read them and write them. We also discuss any relevant rules and the origin of our words. For example, in the word ‘dance’ the letter e makes the c say the soft sound of s. however, in the word ‘little’ the e is placed on the end as little has two syllables and each syllable must have a vowel.  


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SPORT

PE with Mrs Malbon and Mr Red

Cross country practise and tennis skills have continued this week. Hopefully you can see a difference in the students’ energy levels and overall fitness. All the very best to the St Francis Swim Team who will compete at the Central Downs Swimming Trials this Thursday.  



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STUDENT PROTECTION CONTACTS

Feeling Safe- All students have a right to feel safe and be safe.

If you are concerned about any form of abuse that is immediate, you should call 000. A significant risk or harm to a student, whether or not you have formed this belief on reasonable ground, should immediately be raised with one of our Student Protection Contacts.

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PEN UNIFORM SHOP

Uniform Shop Co-Ordinator: Kylie Hay

Contact Details: kurlz@live.com.au or 0487 582 107

Uniform Shop Days: MOST Thursdays & Fridays

If you would like uniforms, please fill in the updated Invoice Sheet and email or text Kylie to either arrange a time to meet or for the order to be sent home with your child. If you have an old invoice copy, please bin it and replace with our updated one. This can be found on the Facebook page or request one from me directly.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

  • We have some good quality second hand winter uniforms and also summer uniforms available for $5 per item if you’re looking for an extra jumper, shirt, shorts etc. Please note that only limited sizes and items are available but you are welcome to request second hand if available.
  • We are no longer stocking the following items however we still have limited stock available for a discounted price if you would still like to purchase them.
    • Green Fleece Vest $10
      • Sizes 4,6,8,12 & 14 available
    • Long Sleeve Boys Polo Shirts $15
      • Sizes 4,10,12,14 & Small available
    • Girls Green Long Formal Pants $10
      • All sizes except 10 available
    • Girls Green Long Sports Pants $15
      • Sizes 4,6,8,10 & 16 available

If you urgently require uniforms on a day other than Thursday or Friday, please let me know and I can arrange this with the staff at St Francis De Sales. Please note I do work and will get back to you as soon as I possibly can.

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ADMINISTRATION

School Fees:

We do recommend the setting-up of a direct debit facility to pay regular amounts into the school account. This alleviates overdue bills.

SCHOOL Bank Details

BSB: 064786

A/C: 100023789

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Year 4/5/6 News

Year 4/5/6

Can your child tell you some of our wonderful vocabulary we have discovered in our reading unit? It has been so much fun to locate different words and write a ‘friendly meaning’ for each of them.  

In Religion, students have responded to the focus question:  What is faith? The students were able to give their own definition of faith and an example of how the school is a faith community. As our unit progresses, we will review what students know about the psalms. 

In English, we created a joint story about a lady who fell down a hole. In the upper grades, the students are encouraged to ‘show’ not ‘tell’ the story. This means, when they are writing, the student will show us how their characters are feeling by using the five senses. For example a ‘tell’ story would be: 

Rita went walking along the streets of Clifton one day.  

She was so busy looking at the specials at Binny Bow’s that she tripped and fell into a hole.  

 A “show” story would be: 

Rita pushed back her greying hair and adjusted her sunglasses as she walked down the main street of Clifton. Her calf muscles screamed at her as she rushed by Binny Bow’s. “Surely,” she thought, “my calf muscles can’t be sore, I only did 20 minutes of gardening yesterday.” Glancing at the beautiful pink floral dress hanging on the discount rack, she lost her footing and with a thump, fell into a large hole in the footpath.  

In Mathematics, we have begun learning about time. The Year 4s are learning to read the clock with minutes to and minutes past. Year 5s are learning about 24 hour time and learning to calculate durations between two times. The Year 6s will be reading timetables and calculating durations between times.  

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGES

Welcome to Week 4 – How are you fairing so far?

Quite often I receive many positive comments about the standard of behaviour of St Frannies kids, especially at events outside of school such as carnivals, excursions etc. Whilst it is reassuring to receive such comments, it should not come as any great surprise. We place high regard on regular check-ins with students on our expectations of behaviour, manners, and how to act in different contexts. I suppose you could call it “fence” or “boundary” maintenance. Children have an innate ability to detect a weak boundary and failure to maintain boundaries sends a wrong message, expectations fall, and strong culture diminishes.

There is an adage that school should be an extension of the home. One challenge for parents and schools is in this area of permissible behaviours and the establishment of appropriate support to ensure children’s potential can be developed and nurtured during these important formative years. “When must lights go out? When is homework to be done? Amount of screen time? When must you say please and thank you? What is the proper etiquette when entering a Church, theatre, friends’ house etc? Sportsmanship? And a host of other battlegrounds that can lead to the premature whitening of hair!

Some parents get exhausted by the warfare. Worn down by pester power and intimidated by their children’s growing physical strength and ability to have the last word, some parents capitulate. Others prefer to be their children’s best friend rather than their best parent. Kids need boundaries within which to operate. If the fences are weak and undefended, kids will break through. Repeatedly asking them not to lean on the fence is about as useless as playing the flute and expecting the rats to follow. It only happens in fairy tales. If a fence is weak as some parental and academic fences can be, many young people run the risk of crossing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

A weak fence tells a young person that this particular expectation is not thought very important by adults…I wonder why it's not worth defending…I’ll give it a little nudge.

I have often said that primary school is the training ground for life. Kids won’t know what permissible or acceptable behaviour is if they are not taught to know what the boundaries are and experience regular reminders and consequences if the fence gets lent-on or at times jumped! There of course is no expectation of perfection. School is the training ground for becoming decent human beings. There will be times of trial and error. Kids will make mistakes and overstep the boundaries but how we respond will determine the success of turning these times into learning opportunities.

If we take the trouble to build a strong fence and expectations that will withstand the odd bump or two, the boundaries become both known and respected. Young people generally admire strength. The teachers who are strong are the ones who are remembered with genuine fondness. Care needs to be taken not to confuse the setting of boundaries with oppressive restrictions. The strong teacher and firm parent need not be strangers to compassion and sensitivity.

One particular area I always struggle to understand is weak boundaries around the uniform code and acceptable haircuts. Parents have a perfect ally in the school rules and Mr Red when it comes to ensuring the correct standard of uniform is worn or the most recent haircut fads is a cause for argument. School expectations and rules provide a clear boundary. Unfortunately, some parents may think…it's just a haircut or no big deal if they have different socks…why make a big deal about it? What this thinking fails to understand is that choosing to be a member of a community means that sometimes we have to accept things that we may not like, and that is a part of life. Most of us work out that we cannot just do what we want to do all the time.

Your ongoing effort in maintaining strong boundaries and supporting school expectations will greatly assist the ongoing success of the school community.

From a P&F to a PEN (Parent Engagement Network)

Thank you for your attendance for our First Parent Engagement Forum last week. In the coming weeks, we will advertise topics and dates for term 2 – if you would be interested in a particular topic for discussion/more information or are just interested, please email Mr Red – Brendan.redinger@twb.catholic.edu.au . Topics of interest could include Cyber Safety, Zones of Regulation, Connection with our Children etc…

I am sure you will join me (and when you see them next) in welcoming our roles in the PEN for 2024.

Chair – Ms Kylie Hay

Secretary – Mrs Kate Patterson

Principal – Mr Red

Co-ordinators for our Working Parties:-

-              Uniform Shop – Ms Kylie Hay / Mrs Ellen Bridge

-              Tuckshop – Mrs Carmel Stace

-              Chip Van – Mrs Angela Skillington

-              Bull Sales – Mrs Kate Patterson

-              Show n Shine – Mrs Jess Johnson

-              Pie Drive supervisor – Mellisa Nolan

(if you are interested in assisting with future events please let one of our amazing committee members know – we are always in need for helpers)

Cross Country Training – starting in week 6 – Tuesday 27 March

One particular fitness activity we have on offer for our students is cross country training on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:00a.m on our beg. These sessions are not just for those interested in cross country running but a great way to improve fitness and train with your mates. In previous years, it has been great to see the increase in numbers in attendance. Spread the word as it would be great to see even more show up for a run on the oval on these mornings. A reminder that our annual cross country carnival will be held on Friday 22 March on our oval.

Prep 2025 -

Please continue to spread the word and promote this wonderful school. If you can direct interested families to enrol via our website, I would be sincerely grateful.

School Fees – Term One

Families should have received their first school fee invoices for the year this week. Please double check your emails and if you have not received one, contact the office asap. We have several options for families to pay these fees. Please do not hesitate to contact the offices should have you any  questions or need assistance. It is vital that all families meet their financial commitment to the school. Not only is regular payment of fees a condition of enrolment, but school fees are also a major source of income. Consequently, our ability to continue to provide the best possible staffing levels and student resources relies heavily on your timely payment of school fees and levies.

Why do school fees exist?

They exist because Catholic schools, only receive 74% (Federal 58.4%; State Gov 15.6%) of the total cost associated with per student funding compared to 96.8% (76.3% State Gov; 20.5% Fed Gov) which Ed. Qld schools receive. School fees and levies exist to bridge the government funding shortfall. As you can see from the above figures, Ed. Qld schools’ main source of funding is received from the State Government while the majority of funding for Catholic Schools is sourced from the Federal Government.

Where do school fees & levies go?

As mentioned before, the fees and levies you pay are a major source of income and are directed towards additional teacher and support staff wages, classroom resourcing, capital projects, IT upgrades, building & grounds maintenance, library and curriculum resourcing and of course general operating expenses such as insurance, rates, electricity etc.

Families also need to keep in mind that the school has always strived to keep fees and levies to an absolute minimum. School fee amounts are reviewed at the end of each year and any necessary increases are discussed at length. When you consider the resourcing levels and amount of free of charge opportunities available for students here at St Francis de Sales, the level of fees is extremely reasonable. Of course, we do understand that from time to time, families fall on financial hardship. Our fees and levies are not designed to be a burden on any family. All we ask is that you contact the office to make an appointment to come in and discuss alternative payment options or concessions.

Thank you for reading and your continued support.

Project Compassion Started this Week with Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

Written by Michael McGirr – Project Compassion

Nelson Mandela said that education was the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. There are plenty of people who would agree with him, one of them is Oprah Winfrey. She said that education was the way to move mountains, build bridges and to change the world.

Each week during Lent, Caritas Australia asks us to think about a special story. We pray for all involved in the ministry of education. Like Jesus may they be clear, courageous and strong as they pass values of compassion and justice to future generations. May our support for Project Compassion continue to make education more widely available.

Amen.”

This week, each family would have received a project compassion box to begin our community’s compassion through action appeal. Each week the school will explain and put a face behind the money that we raise. Our students will be made aware of where their contribution goes too and what significant change they are in acting for people all over the world.

Changes to Calendar Events:

The list of school events are located on the school’s webpage – https://sfdssclifton.schoolzineplus.com/calendar

This is a great way of keeping up to date with upcoming events. Emails, notifications and Facebook posts will also occur throughout the year to inform and remind you of upcoming events etc. Please see the next couple of events happening very soon:-

Week 4

13 Feb – Shrove Tuesday – Pancakes at St Francis de Sales

14 Feb – Ash Wednesday Liturgy – 9:00am; Valentine’s Day

15 Feb – CD swimming – Allora

17 Feb – Clifton Show

Week 5 – Family Week – No Homework

20 Feb – SD Swimming – WIRAC

21 Feb – Tennis CD noms due

22 Feb –

23 Feb – CD – B&G Soccer – Clifton; CD – Netball – St Pat’s Allora; CD – RL 11/12 yrs – Clifton – 12pm; Prep Screening here

25 Feb – Family Sunday Mass – 9:30am

Week 6

26 Feb – School Photos

27 Feb –

28 Feb – DD Swimming – Gatton

29 Feb – SD B&G Soccer – Warwick; SD Netball – Warwick; SD RL – Warwick 

1 Mar – Tennis – CD – Clifton

Week 7

4 Mar – Basketball SD; Marty Visit 9:00am; Cricket DD trials – Harristown

5 Mar – Cricket DD Trials – Harristown; Touch SD Warwick Scots

6 Mar –

7 Mar –

8 Mar – Nobby Triathlon

Week 8 Newsletter Week; NAPLAN ONLINE BEGINS

11 Mar – Netball – DD – Glennie; Tennis SD noms due

12 Mar –

13 Mar – NAPLAN Testing

14 Mar – NAPLAN Testing

15 Mar – NAPLAN Testing

Week 9 - NAPLAN ONLINE; Parent Teacher Interviews

18 Mar – NAPLAN Testing; St Patrick’s Day

19 Mar – NAPLAN Testing;

20 Mar – NAPLAN testing period; Tennis SD – Clifton

21 Mar – NAPLAN testing period; Softball DD – Kearney Springs; Harmony Day

22 Mar – NAPLAN testing period; St Francis Cross Country;

23 Mar –

24 Mar – Family Sunday Mass – 9:30am / Palm Sunday

Week 10 – Newsletter Week Holy Week Celebrations; NAPLAN ONLINE; Parent Teacher Interviews

25 Mar – NAPLAN testing period

26 Mar – Basketball DD – Twmba; Swimming State – Chandler

27 Mar –

28 Mar – Easter Liturgy – 2pm; Holy Thursday

29 Mar – Good Friday 

Looking forward to seeing a great turn out for our Parent Information Sessions this week.

Regards,

Brendan


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Prep/ Yr 1/ Yr 2/ Yr3

P/1/2/3

Welcome to the 2024 school year! In P-3 we have taken the time to settle in an establish expectations, routines and transition. We have read the mentor text "Old Friends, New Friends" written by Andrew Daddo and engaged in activities around friendship, zones of regulation, goal setting and langauge conventions. The children a putting on their best "please face" to persuade me to read a surprise wrapped book in the classroom. 

With the Clifton Show approaching we are preparing handwriting, art works and decorated biscuits. This is a wonderful community event which we at St Francis love to support each year. 

During Religion lessons we are learning about the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Our school was founded by the Good Samaritan Sisters over 100 years ago. The Benedictine Values of stewardship, love, justice and peace are strongly embedded in our school culture. We have discussed ways we can be Good Samaritan's at home, school and in the community.   

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MIDDLE LEADER

CURRICULUM  COORDINATOR 

The start of a new school year often stirs a whirlwind of emotions for children as they navigate the transition from old to new.  Adjustment to a new school year involves becoming familiar with new routines, teachers, classmates, and academic expectations. Children may feel a mix of excitement and nervousness as they step into the unknown territory of a new classroom. As all students have a new teacher this year, we understand that it takes time to settle in to the ‘newness’, and this is perfectly ok! 

Additionally, academic challenges may arise as children adapt to different teaching styles and curriculum expectations. Some may thrive in the new academic environment, while others may require additional support to catch up or adjust to the pace of learning. 

Overall, the process of adjusting to a new school year is a journey of growth, resilience, and self-discovery for children as they navigate 2024. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher via email. You as parents, know your child best. When home and school work together to form a partnership, children grow and flourish.  

Thank you for choosing us as your school in 2024. Please remember that in Week 9 and 10, we will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews. The Parent Teacher Interview times slots will be open in Week 6. 


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PE with Mrs Malbon and Mr Red


Last week kicked off the very first whole school PE sessions with Mrs Malbon and Mr Red. Mrs Malbon taught the Year 5/6s and worked on their Forehands, Backhands, game awareness and fitness skills at the Cliton Tennis Courts (thank you to Clifton Tennis for the hire of the courts).

Mr Red introduced a series of new and fun fitness skills to prepare our Prep/1/2/3/4 students for their upcoming cross country event on Friday 22 March. We worked on foot speed, balance, coordination and skill awareness.

Next week will see the continuation of these groups and the necessary skills respectively – tennis and fitness.


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STUDENT PROTECTION CONTACTS

Feeling Safe- All students have a right to feel safe and be safe.

If you are concerned about any form of abuse that is immediate, you should call 000. A significant risk or harm to a student, whether or not you have formed this belief on reasonable ground, should immediately be raised with one of our Student Protection Contacts.

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P & F UNIFORM SHOP

Uniform Shop Co-Ordinator: Kylie Hay

Contact Details: kurlz@live.com.au or 0487 582 107

Uniform Shop Days: MOST Thursdays & Fridays

If you would like uniforms, please fill in the updated Invoice Sheet and email or text Kylie to either arrange a time to meet or for the order to be sent home with your child. If you have an old invoice copy, please bin it and replace with our updated one. This can be found on the Facebook page or request one from me directly.

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS

  • We have some good quality second hand winter uniforms and also summer uniforms available for $5 per item if you’re looking for an extra jumper, shirt, shorts etc. Please note that only limited sizes and items are available but you are welcome to request second hand if available.
  • We are no longer stocking the following items however we still have limited stock available for a discounted price if you would still like to purchase them.
    • Green Fleece Vest $10
      • Sizes 4,6,8,12 & 14 available
    • Long Sleeve Boys Polo Shirts $15
      • Sizes 4,10,12,14 & Small available
    • Girls Green Long Formal Pants $10
      • All sizes except 10 available
    • Girls Green Long Sports Pants $15
      • Sizes 4,6,8,10 & 16 available

If you urgently require uniforms on a day other than Thursday or Friday, please let me know and I can arrange this with the staff at St Francis De Sales. Please note I do work and will get back to you as soon as I possibly can.

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ADMINISTRATION

School Fees:

We do recommend the setting-up of a direct debit facility to pay regular amounts into the school account. This alleviates overdue bills.

SCHOOL Bank Details

BSB: 064786

A/C: 100023789

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Year 4/5/6 News

Year 4/5/6

What a fantastic start to the Year! The classroom has been so very lovely. All of the students have been doing their best and learning our classroom rules and expectations.  

In Religion, we have been learning about the school prayer. We broke it open and discussed its meaning. We then moved onto St Francis de Sales and learnt some facts about his life.  

In English, we have been reading some excerpts from Alice in Wonderland. We discovered that this is a really old book, so we needed to research and discuss some of the vocabulary. Students worked in class on their Superhero talk for their Speaking Presentation – you can find a copy of the roster in your child’s homework book.  

Homework is due in on Friday! Students can work towards a ‘homework free task’ where their homework is reduced. The students found this very exciting.  

In Mathematics, we have been learning to read bar and column graphs. We have been estimating amounts of objects and studying place value of numbers.  

I am very excited for the year ahead.  

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGES

An impressive beginning….

I would like to officially welcome all new and returning staff, students and families to the beginning of the school year for 2024. It has been a tremendous start to what will be a great 2024. I am very impressed with the students, on how well they have come back and fallen into the school routines and procedures. Way to go students and all the best for the remainder of the year.

What are we about in 2024 :-.

Roll out of our Strategic Plan for 2024-2027 which will include our big focus items for the next 4 years – this will be shared next week at our Parent Information Night, BBQ and Disco – 5:00pm Thursday 8 February – all most welcome to attend. Our finer goals for 2024 are:-

  1. Become familiar with the new diocesan approach to reading – based upon the Australian Curriculum Version 9 through the teaching of Language Comprehension and Word Recognition.
  2. Provide updated reading resources and professional learning with Decodables Reading Australia (phonics based reading resource that aligns to the Australian Version 9 Curriculum)
  3. Develop and publish, the expected learner qualities and a common language of successful learners.
  4. Embed our redeveloped Benedictine values into our community and foster a deeper connection with being a Good Samaritan through Service Learning
  5. Revise our current behaviour management system and embed strategies to support well-being
  6. Implement the effective use of our communication method for our community – Parent Portal, Sentral and Teams/Emails, Right to Disconnect Protocols

 

Reminders

  • For the safety of our community could we please make sure the front gate (located on Meara Place) is closed at all times
  • PE takes place on Wednesdays at 2:00pm for all students – Mrs Malbon and Mr Red teaching, with the assistance of Mrs Langan and Mrs Pingel
  • Parent Portal to be used for all absenteeism and some permission forms – please contact the school if you have any questions
  • Communication through Parent Portal, Sental messaging (email/sms), Facebook (SFDS site)
  • School Fees issued in week 4 (prompt payment is very appreciated – please speak with the school if you require an understanding on payment, invoicing etc)
  • New computers to arrive shortly for our Year 4/5/6 students
  • Opening School Mass – 9:00am Monday 5 February
  • Parent Information Night, BBQ and Disco – 5:00pm Thursday 8 February

Changes to Calendar Events:

The list of school events are located on the school’s webpage – https://sfdssclifton.schoolzineplus.com/calendar

This is a great way of keeping up to date with upcoming events. Emails, notifications and Facebook posts will also occur throughout the year to inform and remind you of upcoming events etc. Please see the next couple of events happening very soon:-

Week 3

5 Feb – Opening School Mass – 9:00am

8 Feb – Parent Information sessions starting from 5:00pm – Welcome BBQ and Disco;

9 Feb – Allora Show

Week 4

12 Feb – Show display completed this week

13 Feb – Shrove Tuesday – Pancakes at St Francis de Sales

14 Feb – Ash Wednesday Liturgy – 9:00am; Valentine’s Day

15 Feb – CD swimming – Allora

17 Feb – Clifton Show

Week 5 – Family Week – No Homework

20 Feb – SD Swimming – WIRAC

21 Feb – Tennis CD noms due

22 Feb –

23 Feb – CD – B&G Soccer – Clifton; CD – Netball – St Pat’s Allora; CD – RL 11/12 yrs – Clifton – 12pm; Prep Screening here

25 Feb – Family Sunday Mass – 9:30am

Week 6

26 Feb – School Photos

27 Feb –

28 Feb – DD Swimming – Gatton

29 Feb – SD B&G Soccer – Warwick; SD Netball – Warwick; SD RL – Warwick 

1 Mar – Tennis – CD – Clifton

Week 7

4 Mar – Basketball SD; Marty Visit 9:00am; Cricket DD trials – Harristown

5 Mar – Cricket DD Trials – Harristown; Touch SD Warwick Scots

6 Mar –

7 Mar –

8 Mar – Nobby Triathlon

Week 8 Newsletter Week; NAPLAN ONLINE BEGINS

11 Mar – Netball – DD – Glennie; Tennis SD noms due

12 Mar –

13 Mar – NAPLAN Testing

14 Mar – NAPLAN Testing

15 Mar – NAPLAN Testing

Week 9 - NAPLAN ONLINE; Parent Teacher Interviews

18 Mar – NAPLAN Testing; St Patrick’s Day

19 Mar – NAPLAN Testing;

20 Mar – NAPLAN testing period; Tennis SD – Clifton

21 Mar – NAPLAN testing period; Softball DD – Kearney Springs

22 Mar – NAPLAN testing period; St Francis Cross Country

23 Mar –

24 Mar – Family Sunday Mass – 9:30am / Palm Sunday

Week 10 – Newsletter Week Holy Week Celebrations; NAPLAN ONLINE; Parent Teacher Interviews

25 Mar – NAPLAN testing period

26 Mar – Basketball DD – Twmba; Swimming State – Chandler

27 Mar –

28 Mar – Easter Liturgy – 2pm; Holy Thursday

29 Mar – Good Friday 

Looking forward to seeing a great turn out for our Parent Information Sessions this week.

Regards,

Brendan


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Prep/ Yr 1/ Yr 2

P/1/2

As we are now in the final days of the 2023 school year, I’d like to share some of the notable classroom and school highlights through the eyes of the Prep/1/2 students. Students were asked to name two or three learning activities that they consider to be the ‘highlights’ of the 2023 school year.

Blake – technology time, Georgia bringing her puppies to school, art and craft.

Bryce – designing and constructing a troll bridge, our excursion to Toowoomba to see Mr Stink and swimming lessons.

Hunter – technology time, Georgia bringing her puppies to school and art.

Charlie – swimming lessons, classroom co-operative learning time and our excursion to Toowoomba.

Isaac – silkworms and reading.

James – designing and making projects and our excursion to Mr Stink.

Georgia – dancing with Nell and Zarah at the Father’s Day Liturgy and bringing my puppies in for show and tell.

Hunter – making our zipline in science, learning about Georgias puppies, having a classroom shop to learn about money.

Nell – dancing at the Father’s Day Liturgy, swimming lessons, our class excursion to RAFF and the park.

Tommy – making a zipline in science, learning about and seeing Georgia’s puppies, having a classroom shop to learn about money.

Zarah – making a zipline in science, Georgia’s puppies, swimming lessons.

On behalf of the Prep/1/2 staff, I’d like to acknowledge and thank our families for your continued support and commitment. It has been a pleasure to be a part of your child’s learning journey,  watching them grow and learn socially, emotionally and academically, in an environment where they feel connected, engaged and challenged.

We look forward to working with you and your children again in 2024. Have an enjoyable and safe break!

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MIDDLE LEADER

CURRICULUM  COORDINATOR 

The last two weeks have been filled with students trying new experiences. From the Year 5/6 Camp, Swimming lessons and the School Carols/Musical, it has been wonderful to see the students have a go at new skills and learnings.  

 Friday Night  

Tonight, our Year 5/6 students will grace the stage to lead our School Musical/ Christmas Carols. The students have been busy creating the props and learning lines and actions as well as learning new songs! A reminder that the students need to come dressed in Christmas gear, or a Christmas coloured shirt for the night. We will then proceed into the 2023 Awards before sharing dinner. Please bring a salad to share if your eldest child is in Year 5/6 or a dessert to share if your eldest child is in a lower grade. Please remember to bring along drinks for your family. It will be a great night.  

 Camp 

The Year 5/6 Camp was held at Tallebudgera last week. The students joined with the Year 5/6 students from St Patrick’s Allora, to participate in some fun and new activities. Paddle Boarding, Archery, High Ropes and The Giant Swing and Beach Games were among the favourites. Camp is always a wonderful time for students to try new activities and be encouraged by their classmates when they are challenged. It is always wonderful to reinforce skills involving organisation, time management and listening. Please see below some pictures from the camp.  


Camp

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SPORT

PE with Mr Red

 Swimming 

Our recent swimming lessons and carnival were a tidal wave of success, and we couldn't be prouder of each and every student. In swimming lessons, we witnessed incredible growth and development. From conquering that first nervous splash to confidently gliding through the water, the progress has been nothing short of spectacular. It was a joy to hear teachers praising the improvements in skill and confidence.  

And let's not forget the grand finale – the Swimming Carnival! The pool echoed with cheers as students showcased their newfound swimming prowess. We saw sportsmanship that would make dolphins proud! Whether students were the fastest fish in the pool or they cheered on their friends from the sidelines, you were all champions. 

Past Students Caitlin and Madeleine Lucas – St Francis de Sales Graduates become NET Missionaries 

In January next year, past St Francis students Caitlin and Madeleine Lucas will be leaving paid work to become full-time volunteers with NET Ministries Australia. NET, which stands for National Evangelisation Teams, seeks to fulfil its mission of encouraging young people to love Jesus and embrace the Church by running retreats called Encounter Days, youth groups, young adult discussion groups, university ministry and a variety of other activities that seek to meet the needs of the young people. 

 Caitlin and Madeleine are raising $6500 each to go toward food, accommodation, and other essentials across the year. To assist in fundraising efforts, the girls are holding a trivia night on the 2 December 2023 from 4-6 at O’Shanley’s Irish Bar and Restaurant.  There will be a Christmas raffle and a stall at the next Clifton markets.  If any of these appeal to you, the ladies would appreciate your support at these events. 

 Caitlin and Madeleine also ask for your support in the form of intercessory prayer for the sisters, their teams, and for the young people they will be ministering to. Caitlin and Madeleine will send updates throughout the year to the parish and school to let you all know what life as a missionary looks like and all the exciting things we will be sharing with young people all over Australia and New Zealand.   

 

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