- Andrew Fuller at St Catherine's
- News from Lynda
- Big Green Schools Conference
- Maths Anxiety
- Fortnightly Maths Challenge
- P & F Update
- Library / Learning Hub News
- Werribbee Open Range Zoo Excursion
- Reminder to Parents of Year 6 Confirmation Candidates
- Melbourne Zoo Excursion
- Sports News
- School Policies
- Thoughts with a Cuppa
- Walk to School Safely Day: 17 May 2019
- Year 5/6 Group enjoy baking ANZAC Cookies
- City of Kingston Art Project: Six Moments in Kingston
- Moongala: What's on in your neighbourhood house?
- Supporting Young People with Anxiety
Thanks to Julie Griffin for coordinating the Mother’s Day breakfast and stall. Thanks to the dads who supported Julie with setting up and cooking the bacon and egg rolls. Thanks also to the mums who helped with the stall. There were many smiling faces as children left the stall with their decorated bag and gift for mum.
Hope all our Mums had a beautiful Mother’s Day
Staff Professional Learning
Last Friday 3 May staff attended professional learning on the URstrong Friendology Curriculum founded by Dana Kerford a Canadian teacher. Dana’s friendology framework for supporting students to develop healthy friendships is being implemented in many schools worldwide.
The objective of the program:
“Explicitly teaching children how to develop healthy friendships and manage conflict in a positive way is at the heart of helping them flourish. These important social skills are the key to bullying prevention, creating safe, caring learning environments, and inspiring kinder, happier children”
Later in the term our school will adopt this program as part of our student wellbeing program. The key messages in the lessons link to our school values, The Victorian Capabilities Curriculum and Catholic Education Melbourne Religious Education Curriculum. We will continue to provide parents with more information in the weeks ahead.
The URstrong website does have some free resources for parents. There is a parent membership available however Dana informed us that URstrong are currently working on making this membership free for parents. We will let you know if this will be available.
Click on the link to view more information. URstrong Friendology- Video
New Parent Engagement Platform- Enews
73% of our subscribers to our newsletter opened and viewed our new Parent Engagement Platform. It would be great to see this increase to 100%. If you were previously receiving newsletter emails, you will continue to receive a link via email to access our parent engagement platform. The parent engagement platform supports parents with accessing newsletters, important dates and information. If you have changed your email address or have not received the newsletter previously, please contact Cate in our school office so as she can add your email to the list of subscribers.
Don’t forget to install our new school app called SZapp. Information about the school app can be located http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp go to the app store / google playstore and search SZapp and download. You will need to select a region and type in school name. We will no longer be sending messages via FLEXIBUZZ.
We are hoping this new platform will support effective communication. The Schoolzine products have been specifically designed to support schools with communication and are used in many schools Australia wide.The feedback we have received so far has been very positive. Many parents have indicated that information is easier to access. If you have any feedback please email email@example.com or speak to a member of our school board. The names of the school board members are located on our parent engagement platform and are on display in our school office.
Chicks free to a good home
The foundation and year 1-2 students have had chicks hatching in their classrooms as part of their Integrated work this term. We are looking for new homes for the chicks and if you are interested could you please contact Deb Wilson (Foundation teacher). The chicks need to be collected by Thursday 16 May.
As part of our school protocol we always phone parents to let you know if your child has reported a knock, bump or blow to the head. We always ensure we make contact with parents in case there is any follow up needed. In all cases we follow first aid procedures and most incidents rest and ice-pack is all that is required. A slip indicating that your child has visited the first aid room will be sent home.
Teachers often talk with the students about the harm of gossip, deliberate put downs and being mean on purpose can cause to others. Students are still learning about how their words and actions can impact others and often need support from adults with understanding this.
As adults we too sometimes need reminders about the impact our words and how we deliver messages can have on others. I have heard many teachers and parents say to their children, “treat others how you would like to be treated”
Pope Francis speaks quite frankly about the effect of unkind words/gossip can have on others.
“Gossip destroys community because it is inopportune or careless.”
Pope Francis, Rome, 14 November 2018
Pope Francis also talks about gossip destroying the reputation of others and the gossiper walking away calmly.
I hope in our school community we can be mindful of how we interact with each other and apply our school principles of Respect to all in our school community. Last year our school board worked on the Federated Parent Code of Conduct Guidelines. I encourage all parents to familiarise yourself with these guidelines. There is an expectation that parents agree (as part of their child’s enrolment at the school) to these guidelines.
Please see link below or you can find a copy of these guidelines in the school policies located on the left hand menu of the Parent Engagement Platform.
In a world where people have the impression that they are either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at maths (with no inbetween), this article shows how we can all enjoy success in this area. Jo Boaler is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and is involved in promoting mathematics education reform and equitable mathematics classrooms.
MATHS FORTNIGHTLY CHALLENGES
Entries close Wednesday 22nd May
Sally saw 15 rabbits in the field. 7 rabbits hopped away. How many are left in the field?
Yesterday, Tara had $10.67. Today she spent $1.30. Her Mum then gave her another 0.60 cents. How much does she have now?
AGE 10 upwards
A netball team is made up of 7 players. If 212 children turned up to a netball tournament, how many full teams could you make?
REMEMBER TO INCLUDE
● Your name
● Your age
● Your class
● ALL of your workings out
● Any units of measurement if the answer needs it.
Answer (showing my working out)
Answer (showing my working out)
This term, the students in Years F-2 are focusing on the concept Life and Living. As part of this concept, we are exploring the needs of living things and investigating different habitats.
On Monday 29th April, we travelled by bus to Werribee Open Range Zoo. The students were very excited to explore the different types of animals that they have at the zoo and the different habitats they live in. We enjoyed an exciting safari bus tour in which we got to see many animals up close and learn some interesting and fun fact about them. Read below some of the interesting facts that the Foundation students learnt.
During our education session with Georgia, we learnt all about being Habitat Heroes. We focused on learning about animals habitats, exploring the wallabies habitat and ways in which we can help to look after these habitats.
We would like to say a special ‘Thank You!’ to the parents that joined us on the excursion; Jess Wilson, Lisa Anstee, Olivia Slupecki, Karen Glancy, Tina Orfanos, Kristian Arnaoutis, Darren Forner and Jose Carapeto.
Interesting Facts that we learnt:
The hippopotamus can hold its breath for up to half an hour under water. Alexis
I learnt that every animal needs shade, water and food. Leila
A baby wallaby is called a joey. It lives in its mother’s pouch. Benjamin
We need to respect all the animals at the zoo. Leona
Camels store fat in their hump. They can last for three weeks without eating or drinking. Duke
On Wednesday the 8th of May the 3-6 students took part in education programs at the Melbourne Zoo.
Here is what the students had to say about it.
“My favourite animal was the spider monkey because they are cute, funny and love to climb. They were black and white with long tails. Their habitat has ropes, trees and branches.” - Sabine Willmot. Grade 3.
“We went to learn about the Local Legends.. My favourite local legend was the helmeted honeyeater. The helmeted honeyeaters story goes like this, it is known for feverishly protecting its nest but people are cutting down trees and destroying its home! We can help them by using toilet paper made from recycled paper.” -Linus Hupfeld. Grade 4.
“I liked the Melbourne Zoo because there are cool animals like tigers, tasmanian devil and australian fur seal. The tassie devil is the best. I learned that the tassie devil has sharp teeth to eat meat.” - Miki Nowak. Grade 3.
“My most favourite thing was seeing the seals. I saw that they were so excited to see us all and they were absolutely adorable.” - Alexa
“On Wednesday 3/4s and 5/6s went to the Melbourne Zoo. My favourite bit was seeing Diamond the corn snake. We got to touch him! - Alexandra
“There were monkeys, giraffes, penguins, snakes and meerkats at the zoo!” - Chiara
“My favourite part was seeing the monkeys and the seals.” - Elise
Netball Interschool Sports Report
By Jess Lee
During Netball this week St Joseph Black Rock came to our school to play netball. There were two teams, the “A” team and the “B” team. A team scored 4 goals while St Joseph’s got 1 goal. B team scored 1 goal and St Joseph’s scored nothing. Although the netball teams had to go into the hall we still had fun. Many thanks to the OLSH girls who came to help umpire us and thanks to St Joseph Black Rock for playing games with us!
Footy Interschool Sport Report
By Ollie McDonald
Round 1:St Catherine's vs St Joseph Black rock.
The rain was pretty heavy but settled.
Our Captain Emlila Fode did a great job leading the team to victory. Our umpire Mr. Fisher did a great job keeping the game fair and encouraging everyone during the game.
Goal Kickers: 1.1 Oscar Bowen, 2.1 Jack Thorp , 1.0 Ollie McDonald
Behinds - Peter Kokkalos, Charlie Grainger and Emlila Fode.
B.O.G Charlie Grainger.
Key B.O.G= best on ground
Goals= first number points=last number
Final score St. Catherine’s 4.6 total 30 St. Joseph Black Rock 2.2 total 14
Interschool Sport Report
Jack Thorp 5/6SS
The rain was pouring but then it settled. Our first match was against St. Joseph’s Black Rock. Our Umpire was Mr. Fisher and our captain was Emilia Fode. Goal Scorers were Oscar Bowen with 1 goal 1 behind, Jack Thorp with 2 goals 1 behind, Ollie McDonald 1 goal, Peter Kokkalos 1 behind, Emilia Fode 1 behind and Charlie Grainger 1 behind. Best on ground was Charlie Grainger. Final Scores for Round 1: St. Catherine’s 4 goals 6 behinds, 30 points to St Joseph’s Black Rock 2 goals 2 behinds, 14 points.
Congratulations to all children, it was a difficult start to our competition but I was happy we at least got to play for a period of time. A huge thank you to Adrian Fisher who umpired the football and the OLSH girls for umpiring the netball.
Good luck to all children in our Cross Country Squad who will be competing next Friday 17th May at Bald Hill Park.
There will be no Interschool Sport next week due to this event.
Thank you to those parents who have provided some really positive feedback on the new Parent Engagement Platform. We will continue to add to it as we receive that feedback. You will notice on the side bar of the eNewsletter we have added a tab – ‘School Polices’ as parents have asked where to find them. We have only put the relevant ones for parents but if there is something not there that you think should be added please just email me and we can upload it if needs be.
We have begun to use the App and will increase the use in coming weeks so I urge all parents to download it. You will receive notification from us when the eNewsletter is published and when other important items or events need to be communicated.
If you haven’t yet I ask that all staff download the app for St Catherine’s - http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp - all the instructions can be found here or just go to the app store / google playstore and search SZapp then download and pick region and type in school name.
St Catherine’s, St Paul’s & St Peter’s
Will this enhance God’s love or enhance the notion of hatred?
Last Friday I participated in a Professional Development day on the framework Friendology. This is a program/framework to assist children in dealing with their friendships and relationships. Am I in a healthy friendship or am I in an unhealthy relationship. It was a very thought provoking day.
The day continued to help me reflect on how we as a community relate to one another.
In many ways people today are no different to people of yesterday. People continue to say nasty things about other people.
The big difference today is that social media creates an immediate response.
I ask myself the questions, Are we a more accepting community than we were 50 years ago? 20 years ago? 5 years ago?
What we do have now is the immediate apology response of, “I apologise if I offended anyone with my statement. I did not mean to offend anyone”. Well the fact you made the statement means you may offend. Apologising does not get you off the hook.
Recently we have had Israel Folou supposedly quoting the bible. His social media piece basically offended every person on this planet. Folau’s supporters say he was just quoting from the Bible, but this is no excuse for spreading such hatred.
My major problem with Folau’s statement is that he is NOT quoting the bible. Nowhere in the bible does his statement exist. Folou is NOT a theologian and would have been better off leaving such statements to those who know and understand the bible.
Then yesterday we had this piece in the Herald Sun. A very powerful article but also a very sad article.
What we have now is anonymous behaviour. People hide behind anonymity to post their true thoughts of hatred.
Mark Robinson on AFL 360 has said that he has become disillusioned with humanity. I would tend to agree with him. But my difference is that I believe we are better than this.
The three motto’s of our Federation are: In God we Live, Inspired by Faith and Where two or three are gathered in my name there I am in the midst of them.
These three motto’s are summed up in the statement, Welcome, respect and support all people as unique individuals.
One of my biggest worries for our children is that we instil in them a love of others and an acceptance of others. What hope do we have when they hear and read the opposite?
I can only control what I see, hear and say. One way we can assist our children is by helping them to understand that they are made in the image and likeness of God. That all people are made in the image and likeness of God. We must teach that we all have a choice in what we say about another people. Perhaps the reflective questions for us all is that before we say anything ask ourselves, Will this enhance God’s love or enhance the notion of hatred?
I know I am not perfect but I know that I always want to enhance God’s love in our world.
Edward Dooley (Mission and Faith Leader)
‘Downright disgusting: The comments I face daily’
May 6, 2019 1:58pm
‘Go play a women’s sport if you can’t handle the attention.’
‘You wanted equal rights sweetheart don’t cry when it’s too even.’
‘Sorry girls, men do it better.’
These are just some of the belittling, misogynist and downright disgusting social media comments that sportswomen face daily.
And as a female footy player, migrant, and woman of colour in a same sex relationship, I have copped quite a bit of nasty abuse online — and nothing in the snippets above are out of the ordinary.
According to new research released by Plan International, 23 per cent of all negative comments towards sportswomen were sexist in nature, while 20 per cent demeaned women’s athletic abilities and skills. I’d love to say that I was surprised by those findings, but unfortunately, online abuse directed at female athletes has become par for the course.
Richmond AFLW player Sabrina Frederick has copped horrible abuse since her career first began. Picture: David Crosling
I was just 19 years old when I was first drafted to the Brisbane Lions for the inaugural AFLW season.
Fresh faced, optimistic and with a new-found platform, I was excited that someone who looks like me could share positive messages on social media with other aspiring young female players.
I was excited that young girls from all cultural backgrounds would continue to see themselves reflected in the AFL dream and I felt and continue to feel, incredibly privileged to be doing my bit.
For the most part, I enjoy engaging with my fans on social media — sharing the highs and lows of my life and career, and inspiring others to follow their dreams.
What I wasn’t prepared for was the disgusting underbelly of the social media world — the one where keyboard warriors who don’t know you, choose to post the most horrifically vile stuff without fear of consequence, and often with the comfort of anonymity.
Sabrina Frederick was just 19 when she first began playing in the AFLW professionally. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning
In the beginning, I would monitor each post and read every single negative comment about me. I would spend hours scrolling and then contemplating on whether or not I should respond.
When a troll would come to my account and comment that women were ‘useless athletes’ on one of my images, or that we were ‘too fat and slow’, or that we should ‘get back in the kitchen’ — it hurt. All I ever tried to be was the best version of myself. To be ripped to shreds by complete strangers certainly felt disempowering.
Although the internet has permitted online trolls to multiply hateful, sexist and uninformed information, it can also be a powerful tool for good.
After Tayla Harris copped a barrage of sexualised and misogynist abuse on a photo of her doing her job, she also received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, teammates and the broader online community. Not only did Tayla’s image go viral, it has become a symbol of change. It is bigger than Tayla and bigger than the sport itself.
Carlton AFLW player Tayla Harris copped a barrage of abuse after a powerful image of her performing on-field was shared to social media. Picture: Michael Willson/AFL
While the moment is still fresh, together we need to channel our outrage and work to address what is driving these negative attitudes and behaviours.
What we know from the research is that all women can be the target of abuse and it is not always confined to the internet. Regardless of where it happens, these disrespectful attitudes and behaviours don’t occur in a vacuum.
They’re perpetuated by a culture that allows gender inequality and harmful gender stereotypes to continue, which means we all play a role in cutting it off at the source.
As an ambassador for national youth campaign, The Line, I want to encourage young people to be true to themselves and not be deterred from chasing their dreams.
Yes, there is still a long way to go but it’s definitely something to keep striving for.
Sabrina Fredrick plays for Richmond in the AFLW and is an ambassador for The Line.
We are taking it in our stride on Friday the 17th May 2019
Well it's that time of year again when our school seriously starts talking about walking!
Not only is walking a wonderful way to get you where you want to be, but it also gets your health and your child's health on the right track too. So that's why this year our school is participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday the 17th of May 2019.
Walk Safely to School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. On this day walking all the way to school isn't realistic for many of us who live too far from school therefore, it has been arranged that Ms Armour will meet students at the Bricker Reserve oval in Rowans Rd at 8:30 am sharp to walk together to the school as a group. Students who live close to the school are encouraged to walk with their guardian from their home.
Remember active kids are healthy kids so get planning on your walk safely to school journey for the 17th of May!!
In the spirit of ANZAC day, the year 5/6 classes spent a session baking ANZAC cookies. Students learnt that ANZAC biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I.
The students were interested to learn that the biscuits were sent by wives and women's groups to soldiers abroad because the ingredients did not spoil easily and they kept well during naval transportation.
Part of their historical study of our ANZAC soldiers was to explore the famous escape from Gallipoli. Students wrote interesting dialogues during English class, explaining their understanding of the event and demonstrating their use of direct speech punctuation.
Jack Griffin of Year 5/6 SS writes:
One day Grandpa Jeff was talking to his grandson, Johnny.
”Grandpa, how did the Army leave Gallipoli beach?” questioned Johnny.
“Well, we had buckets full of water with a hole. So the water dripped into a bucket that had a piece of string around the trigger and as it got heavy it pulled the trigger.The gun shot and we ran to the boat.”explained Grandpa Jeff quietly.
“How did you escape on the sand?” asked Johnny.
“We put towels on our feet to muffle the crunch of the sand,” replied Grandpa.
“Thanks Grandpa.That was an amazing story!” sighed Johnny.
“You are very welcome Johnny. The war was a very scary time. I’m glad you were interested to ask.” stated Grandpa.
Six Moments in Kingston is a multidisciplinary public art project unfolding across the City of Kingston, led by six contemporary artists with over 200 local participants. Six extraordinary local stories drawn from the period 1976-1981 form the genesis of six installations, each set in the site of the original story. The project is experienced via a public art bus tour, with on-board broadcasts and the occasional stop to interact with the artworks. Artists are drawing from multiple arts disciplines including performance, video, animation, sculpture, music, textile art and craftivism.
- The mysterious disappearance of pilot Fred Valentich and his plane following sightings of a UFO
- The story of Julie Cooper, Moorabbin’s first female mayor
- A celebration of local Parkdale rocker Rick Springfield’s worldwide number one hit, Jessie’s Girl
- Two local protests that mirrored national and international protest movements
- The infamous headbutting incident between troubled VFL footballer Phil Carman and umpire Graeme Carbery
- And the contentious demolition of historic manor, The Grange
Artists: Field Theory, Laresa Kosloff, Shane McGrath, Spiros Panigirakis, Steve Rhall, Tal Fitzpatrick
Sat Sun 18 19 25 & 26 May 2019
Tours depart Kingston Arts Centre, 979 - 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin VIC 3189
9:30am | 11:30am | 1:30pm | 3:30pm
Wheelchair Accessible Tours available Saturday 25 May 11.30am
Tickets: Full $10 | Conc. $7.50
Book online at smik.melbourne or 9556 4440