What a week it has been! I feel very proud and enormous gratitude to the staff, students and parents at St Paul’s.
Last Thursday night we celebrated our school Concert and I would like to thank those parents who have sent emails of appreciation to the staff for the amazing effort that went into producing such a wonderful school event. Every child had the opportunity to shine as they worked together over many weeks rehearsing dance steps and songs to produce a memorable experience for all. Thank you to Anne-Maree Kolodziej our extraordinary performing arts teacher, to the creative Mrs Fitz who prepared props, to Cath Knights our tech wizard who worked on sound and lighting, to our classroom teachers who demonstrated their creativity and flair for creating amazing choreography, to our Specialists and LSO’s for their continued support and encouragement and help backstage and to OLSH who generously provided us with a great venue. Thank you also to Anna and Mary who organised tickets and communication and were always available to help with organisation. School concerts build memories that will stay with students for many years to come and give us the opportunity to celebrate music, dance and performance. Congratulations to all our talented students and to our parents who are always there to support us!
What a wonderful example of what can be achieved when a community generously work together. We were certainly blessed with great weather and lots of eager shoppers, fabulous stalls and happy children and families. Another huge success.
The 2019 Fete Committee headed up by the amazing skills and generosity of Chrisa Anastasio ensured the success of the day.
A special thank you to the following people:
Treasurer: Narelle Pesavento
Art and Design/online Advertising: Donna Campell
Fundraising: Sarah Logan
Raffle: Gill Brady
Stall Coordinator: Lisa Benedek
Entertainment: Carol Mathias
Rides: Kath Payne
Food Safety Supervisor: Mel Pope
Food and Supply: Sonia Porcino
Advertising and Communication: Alice Woloshenko
Logistics and Equipment setup: Matt Regos
Collection Days: Libby Dewar, Claire Stanley, Bernadette Hyland
Environment and Sustainability: Georgie Davoren and Marissa Manakis
Essential Bookings: Jenny Moore
John Lindsay: Trash and Treasure
Chris Manakis: electrical
John Hicks: Security
Stall Coordinators: unbelievable!
Danny Maher: amazing!
Anna Williams: amazing!
Staff: thank you for coming and supporting our fete
Parents: thank you for generously giving your time to work on stalls.
Courtney Miller has done a tremendous job this year, with her skill set and persistence she has raised $10,100 from our community sponsors. Courtney’s aim was also to build a longer relationship between us and the sponsors which I believe she has achieved. Not only did our platinum sponsor (Jellis Craig) provide financial support, they also included a Gelato Cart (worth $1500 and colouring competition prizes worth $300).
We are certainly seeing the benefits in our efforts in revamping and refining our sponsorship package. Thank you Courtney for taking on the sponsorship role.
The fete this year raised an outstanding $48,000!
Prep Information Night 2020
This Thursday night 31st October is our Prep 2020 information night. It begins at 7:30pm and will be held in the junior multi-purpose area.
Classes for Next Year
Term 4 brings with it a wonderful buzz as we draw closer to the end of the school year. The warmer weather is here and the excitement of new class groupings and opportunities for the year ahead have begun. Teachers are in the process of allocating students into classes for 2020. For many students change can bring about anxiety and concern of the unknown. However, it is also a wonderful opportunity to build resilience and a growth mindset which often starts at home.
As you can imagine, many hours go into planning class groupings so that students are supported and given the best opportunities to learn and grow.
If you have any particular concerns about your child’s transition or placement next year please contact me via email this week. This does not include requesting teachers.
Thank you for your continued trust and support.
World Teachers Day
Today we will be celebrating World Teachers Day with the staff of St Paul’s. I would like to invite parents and children to make a card ‘Let Gratitude be Your Attitude’ for a staff member or teacher who has made a difference in the life of their child. This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of our staff to the students and families. Cards can be left at the front Office.
Intentions for 2020
If your child is not returning to St Paul’s in 2020 please contact me via email as soon as possible. We are currently working on class lists and have a waiting list in many classes.
A reminder that the long weekend is coming up with Monday 4 November a School closure Day and Tuesday 5 November, Cup Day.
The Aqua Star Learn to Swim Schools Program begins in Week 6 for the Yr 4-6 and in Week 7 for the P-3 students. Today you will receive a form to be completed on your child’s swimming ability which will be used as a guide for initial groupings. Further assessment will take place on the first day. Students are asked to come to school dressed in their bathers underneath sports uniforms for the week. A Caremonkey notification will go out this week with further details.
Enjoy the long weekend!
WE ALL HAVE A CHOICE
Last Sunday’s Gospel is one of my favourites. The Pharisee and the Tax
Collector is a great Gospel read with a wonderful message. Like many of
Jesus’ stories it always has a message to do with CHOICE.
The choice in this story is whether we allow the Eucharist to affect us and
change us or whether we tick the box of having done our so called duty.
The Pharisee did what he had to do and was probably more contented in
knowing others saw him who were sitting in the temple. On the other hand the
poor tax collector was present to his heart and in humility and asked the Lord
When we come to share in the Eucharist we are invited to open our hearts to
receive the graces God has for us. Being present in this case is not about patting
ourselves on the back as if we are superior to others.
This Gospel is a wonderful Gospel to stop us in our tracks and to assess our
motives for why we live the Christian life.
Perhaps these quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Monk, will help us
reflect further on this short but incredibly insightful Gospel.
‘If you are not yet able to love yourself, you will not be able to love your
enemy. But when you are able to love yourself, you can love anyone. When you
do this, you will see that your so called enemy is not more or less than a human
being who is suffering.’
‘When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within
himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he
needs help. That's the message he is sending.’
‘Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can
be the source of your joy.’
‘To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others.
You need to accept yourself.’
‘Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of
‘When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce.
You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water,
or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our
friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care
of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at
all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my
experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation
‘Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you
are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.’
‘Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.
If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we
cannot be free.’
‘Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the
present moment I know this is the only moment.’
‘Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to
bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.’
‘Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world
earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.’
In conclusion, after reflecting, which person are we in this Gospel passage?
Are we the Pharisee in this Gospel?
Are we the Tax collector in this Gospel?
Or, are we both?
Edward Dooley (Mission and Faith Leader)Read Less
As the fete co-ordinator I’m truly thankful to everyone who volunteered their time at the fete.
An event like this would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of each and every person involved in the committee and the set up crew for their amazing work and ideas throughout the year to bring to the community one of the best fetes in Bayside.
The committee devote many hours preparing, discussing and deliberating ideas to keep the fete going strong and it’s really inspiring to see. Everyone brings their own skillset, knowledge and ideas to the group, making it fun and fresh each year! I want to thank you all for taking time away from your other commitments and your hard work. I also want to thank our new committee members this year – Sonia Porcino and Courtney Miller, both have done an amazing job.
Thank you to our major sponsors who have been extraordinarily generous this year.
A big thank you to the parents and kids who volunteered to help on a stall. Without your continued support, we would never be able to put on an event like this.
Catherine, Anna, Claire and Libby thank you for your support and guidance throughout the year.
To everyone who is involved in the fete in whatever capacity, well done for another awesome and successful day!
Sex Ed 4 Schools
With Cath McCallig
Cath McCallig is delighted to offer her Family Program to Primary School Communities. Cath has worked in schools as a teacher, theatre in education presenter, and more recently, as a sexuality educator with Family Life Victoria. Cath is now branching out on her own and offering both Family Evenings and School Programs. With four children of her own, Cath understands and fully support the role families have in the sexuality education of children.
Below is a quick rundown of what is covered over the 2 sessions of the Family Program. These sessions are attended by children and their adult(s) and are an opportunity to discuss the topics listed. The sessions are designed to be fun and informal. Families can choose to attend one or both sessions. Each session runs for an hour with a 15 minute break in between.
Session 1 Families, Bodies and Babies.
*Ideas of what makes a family are shared. *Similarities and differences in male and female bodies are looked at. *Body parts are named and the term ‘private parts’ discussed as a lead-in to keeping ourselves safe. *Conception, foetal development and birth are discussed. This will include a brief and basic explanation of sexual intercourse.
Session 2 Puberty: Growing and Changing
*The Who, What, When and Why of Puberty (including the pituitary gland and hormones). *A quick recap of body parts and their names for those who didn’t attend Session 1 *The physical, social and emotional changes of puberty are discussed allowing time for students to talk with their attending adult(s) about management strategies. *The gender specific changes are explained and again, students have the opportunity to discuss management with their adults.
Cost: $20 per family for one session, $25 per family for 2 sessions.
Date: 20 November 2019
Times: Session 1 FAMILIES, BODIES AND BABIES 6 - 7 pm
Session 2 PUBERTY: GROWING AND CHANGING 7:15 - 8:15 pm
Venue: School Hall
Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BGDTR
A minimum of 10 families is required for the sessions to proceed.
HAVE YOUR CHILDREN OUT GROWN THEIR BATHERS OVER THE WINTER?
KEEP THEM OUT OF LANDFILL AND DONATE THEM TO THOSE IN NEED INSTEAD!
Mrs Moore, teacher at St Catherine's is keen for donations of children’s bathers that have become too small for your children over the Winter. In January 2020, these bathers will be delivered to Thailand where they will be cleaned and donated to the Special Needs School, Samui and local disadvantaged Thai children.
The National Institute for Child and Family Development (NICFD) data states that five to seven Thai children drown each day. This is a staggering statistic and one that my friends are personally working on to reduce.
Rather than send your old bathers to landfill here in Australia. Please think before you throw as these simple items will be used by local Thai children with the intent of them not becoming another statistic. Environmentally, it is also a plus-plus!
Any queries, please contact Megan Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are able to donate please drop your donations to the school office at St Paul's