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WEEK 5, TERM 2 2017

SUNDAY MAY 21

6th Sunday of Easter
St Agnes' hosting Parish Mass 5:00pm

MONDAY MAY 22

Pupil Free Day/Staff Development Day - Proclaim
No Drawn to Art - refund will be provided

TUESDAY MAY 23

Sports Uniform - All Students
School Prayer - KM hosting
Year 2 History Excursion - Bus Leaves at 9:30am
ICAS Digitial Technologies - Middle Session
Confirmation Registration Evening - St Agnes' Church - 6:00pm

WEDNESDAY MAY 24

Sports Uniform - Students in Year 2
National Simulultanious Read Aloud - 10:30am
Primary Schools Rugby 7's Challenge Finals - Crescent Head

THURSDAY MAY 25

Athletics Carnival
All children in Sports Uniform - House Colour shirts
8:00am - Band
Staff Meeting - 8:20am - Office closed until 8:55am
The Big Vegie Crunch - 10:00am

FRIDAY MAY 26

National Sorry Day
Out of Uniform Day - Gold Coin Donation for Lismore Flood Victims
Staff Prayer - 8:30am - Office closed until 8:40am
Peer Support - 2:10pm
K - 2 Disco - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

ADVANCE DATES

TUESDAY MAY 30 - ICAS Science Competition
WEDNESDAY MAY 31 - Diocesan Cross Country - Bowraville
GRIP Leadership Day - Year 6 students
THURSDAY JUNE 01 - Touch Football Gala Day
FRIDAY JUNE 02 - Polding Touch Football
WEDNESDAY JUNE 07 - Diocesan Rugby Union Gala Day
THURSDAY JUNE 08 - Confirmation Workshop - St Joseph's Primary
FRIDAY JUNE 09 - Pupil Free Day - Postponed



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A MESSAGE FROM OUR  PRINCIPAL

 Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you so much to the parents that took the time to provide us with feedback about the new newsletter format. We hope to continue to refine it over the coming weeks and value any advice you may have.

WINTER UNIFORM: As members of a greater parish community, we pride ourselves on the way that our children are represented through the way they wear their uniform. As we move into the change of season, we ask that you please ensure that children are in correct winter school uniform from the changeover date.

 The changeover to Winter Uniform will happen on Tuesday, 13 June. Below we have included winter uniform information as listed in the school handbook. It may be a good time to go through the wardrobe and check that uniforms still fit and ties are easily located. Don’t forget the second hand uniform shop has some stock. If required, call into the school office to enquire about second hand uniforms.

GIRLS(WINTER):

Navy tunic to the knee

White long or short sleeve blouse

School tie

White socks (worn above ankle) or flesh or navy coloured tights (no socks over them)

Black polishable leather shoes (no ballet flats or dress shoes; heel no more than 30mm)

Navy jumper with school emblem (if required)

Only green, white or navy ribbons/headbands acceptable for tying back hair

School hat - (no beanies)

BOYS(WINTER):

Grey shorts or long grey trousers

Blue shirt (long or short sleeves)

School tie

Long or short grey socks with school colours (worn above ankle)

Black polishable leather shoes

Navy jumper with school emblem (if required)

NB: Only regulation school shorts acceptable / no corduroy surf shorts

School hat - (no beanies)

NO HAT NO PLAY: A reminder that children who do not have their hat, will be unable to play at Lunch 1 and 2. Sun safe procedures are important for all members of our community. Children will be asked to sit in the designated area outside the Year Three classrooms. We encourage you to join with the school in supporting this sun safe message.

SCHOOL HAT SAFETY ALERT: Parents are reminded to please remove the cords from the bottom of the school hat as outlined in previous newsletters. This was following WHS recommendations from St Agnes' Parish.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY: Parents are reminded that next Monday 22 May 2017 there will be a pupil free day for our school. On this day, all staff from our school will join together with staff from our surrounding schools for a special event, Proclaim Lismore Staff 2017.

Proclaim Lismore is an exciting, collaborative adventure to enhance and strengthen the foundations of Catholic culture in Catholic education.

Proclaim Lismore aims to ensure that Catholic education is strategically placed to enable the hidden energy of the Good News to positively impact on the consciences of each person, and transform Catholic education. This will enable the promotion of schools that are truly Catholic in their identity and life, centres of the New Evangelisation, achieving high levels of Catholic religious literacy and practice, and led by staff who will contribute to these goals.

The Proclaim Lismore initiative commenced in 2013 with a yearlong collaborative adventure to engage all staff in parish schools in a major cultural and structural change. A specific program was undertaken for our entire staff, the culmination of which was four events in May where over 2000 staff members listened to global leaders in Catholic change management and voiced their hopes, dreams and aspirations. This valuable insight into how we move forward with our staff is now being used to implement changes that are spreading across the Diocese.

This journey continues in 2017 with the purpose of reinvigorating staff with purposeful prayer and passionate commitment toward their vocation of accompanying students in choosing the fullness of life in Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. To find out more about the Proclaim Lismore journey, visit www.proclaimlismore.com.au

We thank you for supporting our staff with this important event.

SRC OUT OF UNIFORM FUNDRAISER: Our SRC will be hosting an Out of Uniform fundraiser for the victims of the recent floods. A Lismore Diocese flood appeal has been set up to facilitate donations at a diocesan level. Students are asked to come out of uniform and bring a gold coin donation next Friday 26 May to support this cause. Please ensure that children are wearing appropriate clothing for what the school day may bring (no thongs or sandals). Children will also need to ensure that they still have their school hat for the day.

P&F MEETING: Thank you to the parents that attended the P&F Meeting on Monday night. A huge thank you to Mr Rick Galvin for his leadership in my absence due to sick leave.

PARENT ASSEMBLY PRESENTATION - MICHAEL GROSE: Both staff and parents had an opportunity to listen to Michael Grose present on Tuesday. Our teaching staff attended the afternoon session in lieu of our normal staff meeting. Parents then attended the night session. From all accounts, it was a valuable presentation for all. We would like to thank Michelle McClure and Peta Rourke for coordinating this event for our school community. A reminder that Michael's books and DVDs are available to borrow from our parent library.

 KINDERGARTEN 2018 ENROLMENTS: Applications are now being accepted for the three Catholic Primary Schools of St Agnes’ Parish Port Macquarie - St Agnes’, St Joseph’s and St Peter’s. Application forms may be obtained from:

- Each of these schools

- St Joseph’s and St Agnes’ Pre-Schools/Long Day Care Centres;

- The Parish Administration Centre, 49 Hay Street, Port Macquarie. Telephone: 6588 7444.

PARISH YOUTH MASS: Our school is once again hosting the Parish Youth Mass at 5:00pm on Sunday night. Thank you to the 22 children that have already replied that they will be joining us. We encourage all children and families to attend, even if the notes haven't been returned. It is a wonderful opportunity to represent our school within the community.