St Augustine’s School, Mossman, shadowed by the magnificent Mt Demi, is situated 76 kilometres north of Cairns within a rural farming community on the edge of the naturally beautiful Daintree Rainforest and the lush green vegetation of Mossman Gorge. In addition, the popular beaches of the tourist town of Port Douglas are only 16 kilometres to its south.
St. Augustine's is a Catholic primary school catering for boys and girls from Prep to Year 7. St Augustine’s prides itself on being a Catholic Learning Community built on the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy who commenced the school in 1934. With a school enrolment of 190 students St Augustine’s is inspired by its founders and espouses its motto of Together in Faith – Learning for Life.
In creating a learning environment open to all students who seek to share in our values, we are witnessing to a faith, alive and purposeful, in a changing and challenging world.
We welcome you to our community of St Augustine’s School and we would be delighted to have you join us as we strive for excellence in educational practice and the valuing of the dignity and sacredness of each student, staff and parent.
I invite you to browse our website so that you can learn more about our great school of St Augustine’s.
Yvonne Devlin - Principal
NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK
The aim of National Families Week 2013 is to celebrate the vital role that families play. This year's theme is Families working together: Getting the balance right.
During National Families Week, everyone is encouraged to think about the way families can work together to achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle. Let's take the time to work together to get the best balance in all life's activities. When families work together, everyone benefits.
It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family time; to 'Get the balance right!'
WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL - FRIDAY 24TH MAY
Parents, staff and carers mark your diaries because Friday 24th May is National Walk Safely to School Day and once again we at St Augustine's School will be registering and participating.
Walk Safely to School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. Obviously walking all the way to school is not realistic for most of us but it is quite easy to work out how you can build a walk into your family's daily routine.
Walk Safely to School Day is all about promoting a healthier lifestyle; and regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them, but of course you, beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes. It also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.
I hope every family is able to join us on Friday, 24th May in walking safely to school from three different entry points into Mossman. All walking will commence at 8.15am!
From the south side - All children, parents and staff meeting at the Woolworths Carpark.
From the north side – All children, parents and staff meeting at the George Davis Park.
From the Gorge side – All children, parents and staff meeting on the grass in front of the Hospital.
The P & F will supply healthy fruit and water on the children's entry into the school yard. A special note about this will go home this FRIDAY so that we know who is registering to WALK. Please return the form to your child's classroom teacher by next Monday 20th May.
For more information on how to Walk Safely to School please visit www.walk.com.au
Due to limited enquiries to date and with the appointment of our new Parish Priest (Fr Karel) underway, our Parish Coordinator has advised that our Annual Sacramental Program will not be running for 2013. This will allow quality time this year for Fr Karel to join our parish and community and build relationships with the students. The Sacramental Program will run again in 2014, so stay tuned next year for more information!
PREP'S BIGGEST MORNING TEA
On Wednesday 22nd May, Miss Pendlebury's Prep class will be selling cupcakes (kindly donated by Caleb's aunty), and holding a morning tea for parents in their classroom after Assembly. For a $5 donation, all parents are welcome to come and have a cuppa and a cupcake. Cupcakes will be for sale for $1 each to the rest of the school at 1st break. Money raised goes to a very worthy cause~ cancer research!
ST AUGUSTINE'S CHARITY GOLF DAY – Sunday 26th May
After the success we had last
year, we are going to run the
charity golf day again to help raise much needed
funds for the school. The format will be very similar
and we are hoping for a huge turnout to compete
for a range of great prizes. See the newsletter for more details.