NEWSLETTER 37 - 22nd November 2022
In our school environment we are lucky to be immersed in children’s literature. I admire the craftsmanship of the authors who, with ingenious language and characters, entertain and inspire their readers. The author JK Rowling became a household name with her series of Harry Potter adventures. She was invited to speak to students at their Harvard University graduation. The two main ideas in her speech were the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination.
After experiencing significant personal challenges in her life she believes that the benefits of failure allowed her to direct her energy to work that mattered to her. It taught her things about herself, made her more capable and self disciplined. She believes that she was wiser and stronger from set backs and that we know more about our strengths when we experience diversity.
Resilience is the ability to “bounce back” from stressful or challenging experiences. Being resilient doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t experience difficult life events, but rather that they are better able to cope with them when they do occur. Often resilience is built through the experience of failure. It is not necessarily a fixed trait, but something all people have the potential to develop.
JK Rowling’s second point was not in using your imagination to produce literature but the importance of imagination in trying to understand what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes. Empathy is also a skill that can be developed. It is about understanding that others have different thoughts, feelings and experiences than our own. Empathy is the ability to imagine how someone else is feeling in a particular situation and respond with care.
There are many formative experiences that shape our students and us each day. These may be through messages in literature or everyday interactions with each other. Developing the qualities of resilience and empathy helps us build relationships and develop meaning in our lives.
Acting Deputy Principal
|Wednesday 23rd||Hot Chip Day - Fundraiser Lego League Team|
|Thursday 24th||All Schools Triathlon Mersey Bluff (Yr 3-6) *Registrations closed|
|Friday 25th||Devonport Show Public Holiday|
Prep Nativity Play - Family and Friends Performance 10.30am
Lego League Fundraiser - Casual Clothes Day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) theme - Gold Coin Donation
Prep Nativity Play - Whole School Performance 9.15am
Year 4 - Camp Clayton Excursion (TBC)
LHS & SBSC Year 6 Orientation Day
St Patrick's Transition Morning K-5
|Thursday 8th||Year 6 Big Day Out - Launceston|
|Monday 12th||Year 6 Graduation and Leavers Dinner 5.00pm|
|Tuesday 13th||Year 6 Leavers Award Assembly 9.00am|
|Thursday 15th||Last Day for Students|
Term 1 - Thursday 3rd February - Thursday 14th April
Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - *Friday 8th July
Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September
Term 4 - Monday 17th October - Thursday 15th December
*Student Free Day Friday 8th July 2022
Term 1 - Friday 3rd February - Thursday 6th April
Term 2 - Wednesday 26th April - Friday 7th July
Term 3 - Monday 24th July - Friday 29th September
Term 4 - Monday 16th October - Thursday 14th December
*Student Free Days
Monday 24th April, Monday 24th July,
Monday 16th October.
Congratulations to the following students who have received Student of the Week.
Prep: Eliza Bowkett for her enthusiastic and diligent participation in our Nativity Play.
Year 1: Elsie Tueon for your pleasing engagement of set tasks and positive ability to persevere and work hard towards goals.
Year 2: Angus Anthony for an improved growth mindset towards challenges which demonstrates a developing resilience.
Year 3: Henry Jones for improved application towards completing his tasks.
Year 4: Zita Omogbai - Musa for her positive application to learning tasks and her improvement with reading and comprehension tas
Year 6:Connor Anderson for the positive teamwork, effort and creativity he has been applying to Drama.
Congratulations to our House Raffle winners this week:
Dooley - Nate Crump Martyn - Claire Simpson
Byrne - Indiana Bowkett
Congratulations to the following students who received their medals in yesterday's morning assembly.
Advent Mass Volunteers
Children and Families to attend an Advent Mass on the 3rd of December at the 6.00 p.m Our Lady of Lourdes Church Mass or 4th December at Sacred Heart Church at 9.30 a.m. The children will be reading at the Mass and if there are enough children we will also be singing. If your child and family are able to attend would you please let your classroom teacher know as soon as possible. Thank you!
Calling all Angels, Kings and Shepherds!
If you would like to be in the annual Christmas play on the 24th of December at 6.00 p.m Mass please let your teachers know as soon as possible to secure your role!
Vinnies Christmas Appeal
The St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal are in desperate need of items of food in particular special Christmas food items such as bon bons that would make a family’s Christmas Day special and different from an everyday meal. St Vincents would also like any donations of non-perishable food items to restock their pantry for the Christmas and holiday season. In order to support those in need we are collecting food for those who are not as fortunate as we are this Christmas season. Collection boxes are located in the school foyer. Thank you!
Advent Family Mass
On the second Sunday of Advent on the 4th December, there will be a School/Family/Parish Mass to celebrate together.
We are also celebrating Christmas with a School/Family/Parish Mass on Christmas Eve so keep this date in mind also please.
Please pop these dates on your calendar as we would love you to attend.
A reminder to players in years 3 – 6 that the last roster game will be played this Thursday 24th November and not Friday 25th due to the Show Day public holiday.
We have been advised by DBC that the Meerkats have forfeited against the Shamrock's this Thursday night.
Student End of Year Reports will not be printed this year and instead will only be available via Compass. Reports are easy to access via Compass and instructions for this will be made available in future newsletters. We will however print reports if requested by parents/guardians. This can be requested after the reports have been made available on Compass. Please note the reports from previous years and the Mid Year Report from this year can also be accessed via Compass (either in the App or the web version).
Please contact the school office if you are unable to access Compass or do not know your login details.
Parents are welcome to contact Mr Atkins, Mrs Marshall or Mrs Badcock at any time to discuss issues relating to their child’s education. It is important for parents to always make contact with the leadership team (Mr Atkins, Mrs Marshall & Mrs Badcock) or their child’s teacher if they require elaboration or clarification on any issue. Contact to the school can be made by either phoning the office between 8.00am - 4.00pm (after-hours phone calls will now go to the school message bank) your child's diary, or by making an appointment.
Excavators will be brought in and fencing erected in front of the hall following the verandah and also across from the fire hydrant at the front of the school to the corner of the front office.
We ask that Families are mindful of these works and depart the school grounds straight after pick-up. Students are not to play near the fences or equipment. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this important safety issue.
‘Inquiring Minds’ Birth to 5 program - a ‘Set-Up for Success’ Catholic Education Tasmania initiative.
Our ‘Inquiring Minds’ birth to 5 program operates each Friday during school term time from 9.00am to 10.30am;This program involves a considerable focus on communicating to parents the learning intentions of important activities that are associated with early years learning. Mrs Klug will be working to engage parents in early years learning experiences that will ensure children who are enrolling in Kindergarten, will be informed in regards to developing key social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills and understandings.
Our school community is special in many ways - dedicated staff, supportive parents, and cooperative students. Our Mercy Charism provides us with key values that, I believe, are real ingredients for our uniqueness - Compassion, Hospitality, Respect and Mercy. We try hard to live out these values and one way of displaying compassion is for us to be a support to those in our school community who have undergone a loss.