Term 1 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings
Term 1 Parent/Teacher/Student Meetings will be held face to face in your child's classroom.
Students will be required to attend as they will be sharing Term 1 Goals and Achievements.
Meetings are scheduled for:
Wednesday 13th March
Thursday 14th March
Meetings will be 15 minutes
Please click on the link to book a time. If you are new to the booking system you may be prompted to set up a password.
Toys/Games/Cards/Sports Equipment/Smart Watches
Just a reminder that toys, games, cards, smart watches and personal sports equipment are not to be brought to school. In many cases students begin to play cooperatively with these items, however issues usually arise and students bring these issues into the classroom. This takes the teacher and students away from focusing on learning time. Students who bring these items to school will be asked to put them in their bag and take them home.
Today the school participated in a practice evacuation. Students rehearsed leaving their classrooms and assembling in a calm manner on the school oval. At various times throughout the year we will practise a lock down where students remain in classrooms and/or an evacuation offsite. The offsite location may be the church, Rowans Reserve or the TAFE
Current families with siblings beginning school next year are asked to please complete an enrolment form and return to the school office as soon as possible. We have begun school tours and are receiving a lot of interest in places for next year. Please let family, friends and neighbours know that school tours are available and we have opened our enrolments for next year.
TERM 1 Reconciliation- 2024 Important Dates
Year 3 students will be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in 2024
Tuesday 20th February - 6.00pm Reconciliation Family Workshop- St Catherine’s Learning Hub (Families)
Sunday 25th February - 10.30am Parish Mass- Presentation of Candidates at St Catherine’s Mass (Families)
Wednesday 6th March - Reconciliation Reflection Day for students at school (All Year 3 students)
Saturday 23rd March - 10.30am Year 3 Group Celebrating Reconciliation- St Catherine’s Church (Families)
*An Operoo was sent to families of eligible Reconciliation candidates last week. A hard copy note and enrolment form was also sent home. Please return this to school by Tuesday 20th February.
Reconciliation Family Workshop- Tuesday 20th February
Thank you to all the families that attended the Reconciliation Family Workshop in Preparation for First Reconciliation on Saturday, 2rd March.
Reconciliation Presentation Mass- Sunday, 25th February
Congratulations to the following students who were presented at the Parish Mass last week: Alexander, Isabella, Millie, Georgia, Kimara, William, Martin, Sam & Lachlan.
Reconciliation Reflection Day- All Year 3 Students- 6th March
This Wednesday, the Reconciliation candidates will take part in a Reflection Day. Year 3 students not making their Reconciliation will be invited to also take part and support their peers. Students may wear casual clothes on the day. The Reflection Day will take place in the Learning Hub. All 3/4 students will attend the 10.00am Parish mass on the day.
Term 1 2024 Parish Mass Attendance
Parents are welcome to attend Parish Mass
- 10.00am Wednesday 6th March- Year 3/4JB & 3/4DK
- 10.00am Wednesday 13th March- Year 6MR & Foundation
Class Prayer Cloths will be blessed during class masses this term. Classes have worked together to design these beautiful prayer cloths. These will be used in class each morning as a focus during Christian Meditation at the start of each day.
Please contact me by phone or email if you have any questions or require clarification.
Carmel Donlon- Religious Education Leader
Congratulations to the following students who will represent their classmates this semester.
Six more students will be given the opportunity in Semester 2.
The Student Voice Team is a group of students who are elected to help promote school spirit and leadership among students.
They work as a team:
- To develop positive attitudes and to practise good citizenship
- To improve school morale
- To plan special events or projects
- To provide a forum for student expression and voice.
Benefits of being on the Student Voice Team:
- Gain experience in public speaking
- Learn how to make a positive impact on the school and community environment
- Develop and strengthen your confidence as a leader.
- Meet new friends and work with a other students
- Assist fellow students with having their voice heard
A good Student Voice member is:
- Goal oriented
- A good listener
- A good communicator
- A good decision-maker
- Attend regular meetings
- Help organise and set up planned activities and projects
- Report back to the class after each meeting
- Gather feedback and ideas from class meetings to bring to the Student Voice meetings.
Carmel Donlon (Student Voice Facilitator)
This year Harmony Week will be celebrated throughout Australia between the 18th & 24th March. Harmony Week is the celebration that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. As a school we will celebrate Harmony day on Thursday 21st March. On this day classes will complete activities to celebrate the many cultures at our school.
The theme for Harmony week is “Everyone Belongs”. This year we would like to invite families to complete a family project for Harmony day.This project will be included in your child’s / children’s homework for the week of the 11th March. Each family will be provided with a
numbered jigsaw piece outline. We would love families to include their family name, the word hello in their language, a flag or images to represent their families ancestry.
We would like the pieces returned to school by the 18th March so we can put the puzzle together ready for Harmony day. We are looking forward to celebrating the diversity of our St Catherine’s community.
If you have any questions please feel free to send through an email.
Have a great week,
School Choir is Back
The school choir has started again and is open to year 2- 6 students. We are meeting on a Tuesday for the first 15-20 minutes at recess. The students have been singing beautifully together in the sessions we have had so far. We are currently learning “Try Everything” by Shakira and “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor.
On Monday the 5th of February, the whole school were fortunate to attend road safety programs run by the Kingston City Council.
During the foundation, year one and two’s session, we learnt all about crossing the road safely, using the Stop, Look, Listen, Think slogan. The students learnt about safe crossing areas, such as zebra crossings, pedestrian crossings, and listening to the lollipop person to help them cross safely. They discussed why some areas were safe to cross and others were unsafe, for example, walking out between parked cars.
As a group, we created a picture on the whiteboard of different ways that we travel to school. Drawings were added to the picture as students shared what they saw on their journeys on their way to school - trucks, other cars, buses, people riding bikes ETC. Students learnt about the importance of wearing helmets and safety equipment when riding their bikes, scooters or skateboards.
We were lucky last week to have The National Theatre for children come and visit our school for a second time this term to teach us about having a 'Growth Mindset'. The students loved the humour, and the fabulous props that allowed them to help learn and further understand the difference between having a growth mindset and fixed mindset.
On Wednesday 11th of February, the entire school was lucky enough to attend a performance called Eco Guardians - Mission: It’s Possible by the National Theatre for Children. The performance was entertaining and educational. The show taught us about what batteries are, why we have to recycle them and how we can do that to save the environment.
Cooper and Duke:
When we first entered the hall they got us to name celebrities and food we hate. After that they started their show, and WOW - it was amazing! At the beginning they told us that we would be learning about batteries.
Then the play began. First there was a Kid Man Secret Agent Y who told us about Dr Neveready. Kid Man ran down the middle aisle and went crazy - it was so funny. Dr Neverready had a turtle called Taylor Swift. She got sad because Taylor Swift got sick. So Kid Man said it was because you weren't recycling batteries. The only way to save Taylor Swift was to start recycling them.
Attention Parents of Year 3,4,5 and 6 children.
Important Sporting Information regarding St Catherine’s involvement in the Holt District Sporting Association.
Students in Yr 3,4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to compete in the Holt District Sporting Association.
St Catherine’s is one of 8 schools who compete against each other in the following Sports -
- Swimming (Yr 3,4,5 and 6 children eligible)
- Soccer (Yr 5 and 6 children eligible)
- Cross Country (Yr 3,4,5 and 6 children eligible)
- Interschool Sport - AFL football and netball (Yr 5 and 6 children with some selected Yr 4’s if required)
- AFL football / netball Lightning Premiership (Yr 5 and 6 children eligible with selected Yr 4’s if required)
- Hooptime (Yr 5 and 6 children)
- Athletics (Yr 3,4,5 and 6 children eligible)
It is important to note that NOT all children will participate in these events. Many of these events will be by selection only and skill level may be a requirement. This is not something I like to do as I like all children to participate if possible, but due to the number of teams needed this is what needs to happen.
Age Groups for Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics (Birth dates, children are turning that year)
16th February 2024.
Children are given a form at the end of the previous year which needs to be filled out at the beginning of the school year. Children MUST be of racing ability and children need to be timed over 50m in their preferred strokes. Times are compared and the top 2 swimmers in all strokes and age groups will be selected to participate in the carnival.
Holt Soccer Lightning Premiership
Friday 19th April
Venue - Caulfield Park
10.00am - 2.00pm approx
Children selected from Yr 5 and 6 only. Tryouts will be done at school over a 4 week period and have already begun. Very popular event, sadly not all children will be chosen.
If your child is chosen I will require help with transportation to and from this event.
Holt Cross Country
Wednesday 1st May 2024
Distance - 9/10 yrs 2 kilometres
Distance - 11, 12 and 13 yrs 3 kilometres
Happy for any child wanting to participate in this event to compete, however they must train at school and also train outside of school hours so their fitness level is at an optimum level.
Various Fridays during Term 2.
Sports played are AFL football and netball and Yr 5 and 6 involved with some yr 4’s if required.
Hooptime - 5/6 competition held at MSAAC.
Date not confirmed.
Monday 2nd September 2024
Duncan McKinnon Athletic Track
Open to Yr 3, 4, 5 and 6 children.
Children will try out in the following events; 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, hurdles, shot put, discus, long jump, triple jump and 4 x 100 relay.
Top 2 children will be selected for squad in field events and most track, except for 100m where top 4 will be chosen and form our relay teams.
I hope this has been helpful.
Please email me email@example.com if you have any questions.