This week we observed a minute silence as we remember our fallen soldiers from World War One and those who have died in wars. 5/6L organised a prayer service under our Australian Flag. There were many students and staff wearing poppies. Poppies were a common sight, especially on the Western Front. They flourished in the soil churned up by the fighting and shelling. The poppy provided inspiration for the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Lest we Forget.
These past months we have been investigating a change in the newsletter hosting and our communication modes. Our aim is to bring all our communication modes under the one banner. We will start by placing our newsletter on the school’s website and on the school new App. To ensure an easy transition we will continue to have the newsletter hosted in the old format until the new App is fully ready. I encourage you to download the schools App from the app store. Search ‘St Augustine’s Keilor’ to find the app. We hope to transition over the next months and into next year with a full transition half way through first term.
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This week we have spent some time assessing our emergency procedures and safety aspects of the school. Wednesday the whole school participated in an emergency drill with the focus being a grassfire beyond the oval boundaries. It was a timely exercise as we pray for the people in Sydney currently fighting fires. The exercise helped us observe what we are doing well and the areas for improvement. The children and staff are very well drilled in emergency procedures which was reflected in the timely manner in which they responded to this one. It took 9 minutes in total for the drill to be completed. We have also just had our trees inspected. Once again we read about three school girls in serious condition after a freak tree branch fell on them. The intention of the inspection is to reduce the risk of hazard development, branch failure, pathogen infection and premature tree death. This is ultimately for the safety of the children staff and families.
Last Thursday Year 2 enjoyed their ‘Out & About’ day as part of the school’s Outdoor Education program. They enjoyed an evening of fun and activities with hotdogs for dinner. I am amazed at how such small people could fit three hotdogs, jelly and drink into their stomach! Must have been all the running around and the concert that gave them such a voracious appetite. Thank you to anna Bird and all the staff who assisted until 7.30pm, ensuring a great night for the children.
Condolences to the Ciacic family on the recent loss of Michelle's mother and Riley's grandmother. May you find comfort in knowing our community is thinking of you at this difficult time and find comfort in the memories and stories shared. May God's love be a source of strength and give you hope in your sadness.
Congratulations to theMalekizad family on the safe arrival of baby Ruby. A sister for Rose in Prep/1 R.