Newsletter: Term 2, Week 4
From the Acting Principal's Desk:
Catholic Education Week
Next week is Catholic Education week and the theme for this year, Let the Words you Speak Always be Full of Grace (Colossians 4:6), is integrally connected to blessing. Our words of grace and our actions are indeed blessings each day for ourselves, our students, families and colleagues as we participate in this grace filled work of Catholic Education.
Over the course of the week, our students will be participating in a number of events.
On Monday, we will be holding a special liturgy in the hall at 9.00am and families are very welcome to join us for this.
Our 6 students will be joining other Year 6 students in our network on Monday to participate in the Little Feet Big footprints program. This initiative brings together all Year 6 students from 6 smaller, rural Catholic primary schools in our area. Year 6 students from St Mary’s Clarkes Hill, St Brendan’s Dunnstown, St Michael’s Daylesford, St Patrick’s Gordon, St Brigid’s Ballan and St Augustine’s Creswick will come together and spend time both face to face, throughout the year, to build networks for them and to give them leadership opportunities their individual schools may not be able to offer. The program will include excursions, guest speakers and school visits, as well as providing opportunities for them to take meaningful action in their communities in a variety of ways, including areas such as social justice initiatives.
On Wednesday, all students will participate in a National Simultaneous Storytime, which is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year’s book is The Speedy Sloth by Rebecca Young and Heath McKenzie.
Tuesday 23rd May at 5:30pm, will be the last of preparation learning sessions before the celebration of Confirmation in the church on Sunday 28th May. In this last preparation session there will be a short focus on how the celebration will be conducted plus an opportunity to clarify anything prior to Sunday. It is highly recommended that a parent/carer and their child attend this last session.
Parent Reading Information Session
Thank you to all the families and staff who were able to attend our Reading Information session last Wednesday. Hopefully it provided you with information on practical ways you can support your child’s reading. For those who were unable to attend, the presentation has been uploaded to Seesaw or you can click on the following links here to access it. Bookmarks with prompts have also been sent home with your child.
Feel free to contact your child’s class teacher if you’d like to discuss anything further.
Information for Foundation to Year 2 students please click this link or copy and paste into a web browser:
Information for Year 3-6 students please click this link or copy and paste into a web browser:
Mother’s day liturgy and morning tea
It was wonderful that so many Mums and Special Women were able to attend the Mother’s Day liturgy and morning tea last Friday. Thank you to the staff for their organisation of this.
Congratulations to all our students who competed in the cross country last Friday.
We wish Holly Novak good luck for the next round in Warrnambool on May 29th.
We have a number of children representing St Augustine’s in the Goldfields Athletics day today.
CatholicCare Victoria has a Pastoral Care Worker attend St. Augustine’s School each Thursday.
The Pastoral Care Program is designed to support the wellbeing and development of all students to enhance their emotional wellbeing during their entire school experience. Students who feel supported in their overall wellbeing are more likely to be successful.
We are asking for your input as to how this service can be of greater benefit to students and parents/carers.
It would be appreciated if you could kindly fill out the questionnaire by clicking the link/or cutting and pasting the link into a browser https://forms.gle/oeQ7xepGX268buuL9 no later than Wednesday 24th May 2023.
School Pastoral Care Worker
- Confirmation group session 5:30 in the Hall Tuesday 23rd May
- SAC Meeting Thursday 25th May 3:30pm
- Confirmation Celebration - Sunday 28th May, 9am
- Year 6 Camp Wednesday 7th June - Friday 9th June
- Public Holiday Monday 12th June
- Year 5 Camp Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th June
- Swimming Program - Whole school - Monday 19th June - Friday 23rd June
- Last day of Term 2 Friday 23rd June
- Term 3 Start Monday 10th July
- Grandparents Day Friday 28th July
- School Closure Friday 18th August
Letter from the Executive Director:
*Update – Hammon Park Complete and Construction Commenced on Creswick Trails *
Hammon Park Trailhead (Water Street, Creswick) is complete and has been formally opened for use! In addition to serving as the trailhead for the Creswick Trails, it is a fully self-contained community focused reserve with a cycling theme!
We will be celebrating the opening as part of the Dirty Pig and Whistle cycling event this coming weekend. Please pop by on Saturday, 20 May between 10am and 12 noon for a coffee and face painting on us as a thank you for your patience.
Hammon Park Highlights include:
- Cycling jumps to complement the existing pump track
- Children’s Playspace with undercover sandpit, nest swing, balancing, hopping and bouncing equipment
- Large rope climbing structure
- Undercover BBQ area with double burner electric BBQ and picnic table
- Learn to ride track with a scaled down version of elements found on the Creswick Trails
- Accessible concrete paths
- Garden beds, new turf areas, tree planting and naturalized drainage swales
- Paved area for food trucks and three GPOs for events
- Shaded seating area x2
- Carpark extension to double available parking
- New toilet block with 3 ambulant and one accessible cubicle (with shower)
- Changing Place toilet facility accessible with MLAK key (available upon request according to need)
- Cyclocross stairs and sandpit to competition standard
- Pedestrian and cycling bridge across Creswick Creek
- Bike wash and Bike repair station
- E-bike chargers x2
- Bins, seats and water fountain (second bubbler to come shortly).
In other exciting news, Construction has commenced on the Creswick Trails! Follow along at creswicktrails.com/progress.
Our contractor Dirt Art commenced earlier this year and is progressing well ahead of the wet, winter weather. We anticipate an opening late in 2024. We will be posting some in progress photos as they become available.
Important Note: Please avoid the Trails construction site. Any use of partially constructed trails will delay opening.