This week, I write this newsletter while I sit under a teatree listening to the warblings of the magpies and the laughter of two kookaburras. I am here at the Year 5/6  camp at Camp Munyung in Mt Eliza and what a beautiful two days we have already had with the third also promising to be a ripper! The children are engaging in many activities including frisbee golf, bush cooking, archery, rock pool rambling, and their favourite, high ropes challenge. Last night we had the local astronomical society come to talk about the stars and the solar system followed by a dozen telescopes set up to view the stars and planets up close.  What an amazing experience to see the rings of Saturn and star jewel clusters with such clarity. I am sure there will be many tired children when they arrive home but with many great stories to tell. Thank you to our year 5/6 teachers, Anne Durham, Vanessa Cullum, Sharon Lee and Ann-Marie Atkinson-Keene for organising the camp and spending time with our children over these past three days and nights.  Thanks also to David Puli, Craig Boulton, David Ciocca and Adam Hobson for volunteering to come along and assist at the camp.

Term two has proved to be a productive and busy term with the year 3 children participating in the sacrament of Reconciliation, Grandparents day, Family week liturgy, movie night, art show preparation in all classes, first semester reports, parent teacher conversations, visit from Essendon Football club players, interschool sports activities, football team off to the third round and netball team soon to play the grand final. And of course the learning and teaching in and out of the classrooms.  Thank you to you all for your contribution to the school. We look forward to more curious minds at work in term three where we continue to make a difference and be the difference!

 

This Friday will be a casual clothes day for all children. The Yr 5/6 Social Justice Committee have organised a St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal where we ask all children to bring a non perishable item of food. (Tin food etc..) Children wear casual clothes on Friday in return for bringing this item of food to add to the schools donation.  Thank you in advance.

Over the past years the Parents Auxiliary and St Augustine’s families have worked hard to raise funds for the improvement of the play spaces and the oval.  While the target of $200,000 has been reached this is being set aside as we wait for the outcome of the grants submitted last year and this year year. These grants are to be used for the refurbishment of the inside classrooms with money also going towards the playspaces around the oval.  While we wait for the grant decision, the money raised in 2018 and onwards by the PA and families will go towards other improvement projects around the school. The first project is the improvement of the junior playground including new soft fall, rebuild of the sandpit, sandpit cover and repainting of the playground.  These works will begin in the first week of the holidays.

Each year the PA reserves a day to raise money for the school by running a Bunnings BBQ.  Our day is Sunday 14th July (last day of holidays) at Taylors Lakes Bunnings staring at 8am and concluding at 5pm.  Please ring Emma Antonius on 0407 177 055 if you can volunteer your time. 

A reminder that Jane Paden id offering private music lessons starting term 3. She will be offering lessons in guitar, African drums, advanced ukulele and bass uke/guitar. If you are interested in this extra curricular opportunity please open the following link for more information.     Instrument Tuition Information

I ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers our Deputy Principal, Trish Walsh, who had a serious fall last Friday night. She has undergone a hip replacement as a result of the fall and will be in recovery for at least six weeks.  We wish her a speedy recovery.

Have a wonderful break. 

Cathy