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 WEEK 2, TERM 2, 2016


* 6th Sunday of Easter


* No school prayer - refer Friday

* Mother’s Day gift wrapping from 9:00am in the Hall

* Rugby 7’s Final - Crescent Head


* Mother’s Day gift wrapping from 9:00am in the Hall

* Welcome Day - Youth Hub - New students


* Sports Day - Students in Kindergarten, Years 1, 2, and 3

* Mother’s Day gift wrapping from 9:00am in the Hall - if required

* Zone Cross Country - Bowraville - bus leaves school at 7:30am

* Maths Parent Information Night - 6:00pm in the Hall


* Staff meeting - 8:20am - Office closed until 8:55am

* Mother’s Day stall - please send in money with your child for purchase of a gift ($1 - $3)

* da Vinci Decathlon


* Mother’s Day Breakfast - 8:00am

* Mother’s Day Liturgy - 9:00am - 2B hosting with assistance from 2C and 2TB

* Sports Day - Students in Year 5

* Staff Prayer - 8:30am - Office closed until 8:45am

* Assembly - 2:10pm - World’s Greatest Shave


MAY 07 * Year 6 Family Gathering

MAY 08 * Mother’s Day

MAY 10-12 * NAPLAN - Year 3 and 5 students

MAY 15 * St Agnes’ hosting Parish Mass (note change of date)

MAY 29 * St Agnes’ Golf Day

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Dear Parents and Carers,

What a great start back to Term 2 we have had! I could not have been more proud of the 115 children that represented the school in the ANZAC Day March. The children had to battle significant rain and many were 'drenched' before the March even started. Although the weather wasn't great, I know the children thoroughly enjoyed getting wet and I am sure they will tell stories about this ANZAC Day March for a long time! I attended a beautiful memorial service yesterday for Bishop John Satterthwaite. Father Donnelly's homily was a lovely reflection of him. When I was speaking with some parents last night, another memory that was recalled was that he always attended and supported our school fair.

ANZAC DAY PRAYER: We had the pleasure of joining with 5N in hosting prayer on Wednesday morning to commemorate ANZAC day. We had Mr Colin Clarke join us from the Port Macquarie RSL Sub Branch and offer a gift to the school library 'The RSL Book of World War 1'. Liam Cameron did a wonderful job playing The Last Post and Reveille on his trumpet. You will also notice that we have added the school flag to a leadership role for students in Year 6. We will have the flag flying Monday to Friday each week.

2016 ANZAC CENTENARY OF WORLD WAR 1 COMMEMORATIVE ART COMPETITION: We received wonderful news on Wednesday that Claire McIntosh (Year 6) was awarded Junior Prize winner in the above art competition that was run in conjunction with the Port Macquarie RSL Sub Branch; the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie West; The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise and Port Macquarie National Servicemen’s Association. Claire worked tirelessly to complete her artwork at school over many lunch time breaks. Claire will receive a $500 cash prize and the school will also receive $500 cash. This will be presented at an upcoming assembly. I have attached her artwork to the newsletter, so that you can see the great job that she did. A huge thank you to Mrs Jeanette Reynolds for coordinating the competition from a school level and choosing the school nomination (I know it was a very hard choice!!).

MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST AND LITURGY: On Friday 6 May, we invite the mothers in our community to our school between 8:00am and 8:50am to have breakfast. Thank you to our generous P&F. This will be followed by a Liturgy in the hall at 9:00am, hosted by 2B with assistance from 2C and 2TB. It is our hope that this breakfast and Liturgy will not impinge on people’s work day too much. In order for us to cater adequately for this breakfast; we ask that you book your requirements online. Please keep in mind that the bacon and egg rolls are for Mothers and Mother figures only. However, we will have sausage sandwiches available for other guests and children. Tea, coffee and juice will be provided for our guests. Unfortunately, I won't be able to join you all for the special Mother's Day celebrations. I have had to take leave to attend a close friend's wedding in Wollongong. A huge thank you to the P&F for coordinating the event and covering costs for the breakfast.

MORNING ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL: Just a reminder that normal school supervision begins at 8:25am each morning. The school staff offer a special additional service to parents, by providing an extra supervision duty between 8:10am and 8:25am. We ask that parents please assist us by not dropping children at school before this time. This morning, there were over 20 children standing outside the school gate before 8:10am. This is not safe and we ask that you please ensure that children are not dropped before this time. If your work hours begin before 8:10am, please utilise OOSH services or arrange a drop off at a friend's house. Thank you for your support with this important safety matter.

NEW STAFF: It is with great pleasure that I announce that Mr Craig Suosaari has been appointed to St Agnes' Primary School for one day per week until the end of 2016. Craig is a qualified Teacher and qualified Speech Pathologist and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our school. He will be predominantly working with K-2 and supporting speech and language development in this area. We look forward to working with Craig and having him on staff.

NEW STUDENTS: This week we welcome the following new students to St Agnes’; Katie Duffy (6G) and Dereje Thompson (4H). We hope you settle quickly into your new classes.

FAREWELL: We say farewell to Brock Gow (2C), Jack Howard (2B) and Addison Howard (1T). We wish you all well at your new schools.

CONDOLENCES: Our thoughts and prayers are with the McGoldrick family on the recent passing of Tash’s father, a much loved Pop to Nate (6K) Nixon (4U), Ruby and Nevaeh.