Dear SCA Families,
Congratulations to Mrs Bianca Breen and her husband, Taylor, following the addition of Lina to their family. Lina entered the world last Friday. May the years ahead bring many blessings and joys to their family.
Vinnies CEO Sleepout
It was cold, but it could have been colder. Just before 3.00am the temperature at Canberra Airport Hangar 47 dipped to -4.7 (felt like -7.8) but at least there was no frost. And at least it was just one night. It’s tough enough to do it one night year. I can’t imagine living this way every night.
We did it to raise funds to support the battlers in our city. And with your help, almost three quarters of a million dollars has been raised locally, with all of it earmarked towards items, programs and other forms of assistance for people regularly sleeping rough. Thanks to my supporters for helping me to contribute $6160 towards this figure.
Poverty and homelessness sadly weren’t eradicated and there remains much to do, but they were assisted.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
My grandmother was renowned for using this old saying. Having worked in schools for 30 years now, I can see how true it is. I’m certainly not saying that our kids are monkeys (though my second son can be quite a clown!), but it is amazing how much they pick up from their parents and elders.
If children see their parents:
Then children think it’s okay to:
- ignore rules when they don’t like them;
- break the rules when they think no one is looking;
- put their own wishes ahead of the needs or safety of others;
- ignore the rights of others;
- ignore a teacher’s directions;
- argue with and be rude to teachers;
- believe they are more important than any other person in the same situation.
I could go on, but the point is simple. Removing 500 children from the one driveway will take time. Please; be patient, follow the rules, and be polite.
And thank you to the majority of drivers who do this day in and day out. You make it easier to do our job, which is not to enforce road rules, but to care for and educate children.
Next Wednesday (3 July) we will hold our Awards Ceremony at which we recognise the efforts of students during this semester. These awards recognise achievement, school spirit, commitment to improvement and consistency of effort. Within each class there are four distinct awards that can be received by students:
- School Spirit - awarded to students who always: display manners and show respect to others; obey class and school rules; have a positive attitude towards school; willingly volunteer for extra duties; and try to do their best on most occasions.
- Academic Achievement - for exceptional achievement across all or specific areas of the curriculum.
- Effort - commitment to learning through excellent work habits and behaviour, and completing homework and set tasks to the best of their ability.
- Most Improved – for commitment to improving across all or specific areas of the curriculum.
Parents of award recipients have been advised and all other parents are more than welcome to attend the assembly (Wednesday 3 July at 2.00pm).
Term 2 fees are well overdue. Thank you to the parents who made time to come and meet with me if they are experiencing a problem financially. If you have not paid your Term 2 fees, please attend to this as a matter of urgency. We too have bills to pay– especially our expensive electricity and water bills.
Individual reports will be taken home by your child or children on Tuesday 2 July.
When reviewing the report with your child you may wish to use the following language. Though the grade indicators are printed on the report, the following may be more meaningful to children.
An E is a starting point, rather than a fail. It means a child is working on the same tasks as everyone else, but is finding Everything in that area a challenge.
A child receiving a D is Developing skills but needs some more support and Direction.
The child who receives a C in a given area is Consistently Coping well with work he or she Can do by themself.
A B is Brilliant because he or she can do a superb job, all By themselves, all the time.
To get an A is Absolutely Amazing because a child’s work would have to be Awesome All the time.
I am sure that each child will be able to celebrate their successes as well as set goals for next term and beyond.
We will celebrate the “grand-folk” in our children’s lives on Friday 2 August, which is the second Friday of next term. Please let all grandparents and “grand-figures” know they are invited to St Clare’s for this occasion.
It was once said…
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” – Victor Hugo
Blessings to you and your family.
Be the Light of… Leadership
Leaders we Know, Jesus as Leader, Qualities of Leaders, We are Leaders
St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal
This year St Clare of Assisi will again be supporting our local Vinnies Chapter during their Winter Appeal. As in past years we are calling for your generous support to help provide donations of winter woollies to help out families and individuals within our community who are doing it tough at the moment.
On Thursday 4 July a member of our local Vinnies chapter will be visiting our school and collecting our donations. We ask that families donate any of the following items:
Packet and tinned soup
Savoury and sweet biscuits
Tinned salmon, tuna, baked beans
Packets of microwave pasta and rice
Tinned fruit and vegetables, spaghetti
Tinned fruit and long life custard
Tea and coffee
If you wish to give other than these suggestions such as blankets, scarves, beanies, gloves, other food items etc. all donations will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your support.
COMMITMENT SUNDAY FOR FIRST EUCHARIST:
There are only two commitment Masses remaining; both you and your child will be called to make a commitment to the program of preparation and to seek the prayerful support of the parish community.
6pm Saturday 29 June and 10am Sunday 30 June
ONLINE BOOKINGS: www.ccparish.org.au
Open - 9am Wednesday 3 July 2019
Close – 3pm Tuesday 23 July 2019
Once Online Bookings close no late enrolments will be accepted.
PARENT FORMATION NIGHT 7:30pm Thursday 25 July
Class Mass this Friday 28th June:
5 Red and Kinder Red
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at this Friday's assembly.
|Kinder||Caitlyne Manikka-Baduge, Jade Merriman|
|Year 1||Luka Exposito, Evie Flask, Adam Reid, Jaxyn Rourke, Jackson Williams|
|Year 2||Isabella Bowman, Ania Kisiel, Hazel Logan|
|Year 3||Aiden Bates, Lucas Bryant, Mayson Highmore, Phoenix McCormack, Liam Saxon, Grace Weir|
|Year 4||Peyton Elphick, Parker Rose|
|SHIFT||Thu 27th June||
Fri 28th June
Mon 1st July
|Tue 2nd July||Wed 3rd July|
|Afternoon||HELP NEEDED||HELP NEEDED||HELP NEEDED||HELP NEEDED||HELP NEEDED|
Lolly Day this Friday 28th June.
Woolworths Earn & Learn 2019
With all of your hard work we have exceeded our target of 58,000.
The Earn and Learn promotion has now finished so please send all of your stickers to the school as soon as possible so we can finalised our total and get some great educational resources for our school.
I apologise for the box being removed early from the Woolworths Lanyon however this was on advice from the store that they had run out of stickers.