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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 6. 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.
Mr Paul Rayner - Principal
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LET'S CELEBRATE BOOK WEEK WITH A FREE DRESS PARADE
Friday 26th August.
Dress as: your favourite Australian person or animal;
your favourite part of Australia;
a character from an Australian book;
or doing something you LOVE doing in
Australia. Remember that you need to be sun safe
and have closed in shoes.
National Science Week may have been last week however science was still being celebrated this week at St Augustine's. On Tuesday, the school body came together to watch Dr Peter H. Eastwell present a show entitled "Air: Invisible yet so Effective". All were amazed to observe and have explanations about concepts involving air. Demonstrations on air pressure and gravity, using liquid nitrogen and cold boiling points it was a super experience that captivated the imagination and allowed all to be truly amazed. It further reinforced the excitement and goal to have a STEM Lab in operation at St Augustine's in 2017.
DANCE CONCERT - An educational triumph
Thank you to the Year One parents and care givers who hosted the annual Dance Concert. All students have been busy learning their choreographed movements so that on Wednesday night a dance spectacular addressing the theme of CHANGE could be celebrated and enjoyed by all. Even the Staff dance was somewhat appreciated by all who saw the staff strut their stuff on stage.
This evening was a wonderful example of an holistic educative experience at our school. Let's recall that we mean when we use this 'holistic' term. It refers to an educational experience that covers the 5 domains of learning; ie academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual learning. The Dance Concert is academic as dance is an element of the Australian Performing Arts Curriculum. Social development occurs when students work within a class group and perform the dance in front of an audience. Emotional intelligence is deepened by students persevering through moments of frustration to ultimately experiencing joy and satisfaction in presenting a final performance. The performance of the dance is physical as it requires human movement and the spiritual learning arises from recognising Gospel values of community, patience, hope and appreciation.
Social gatherings and experiences such as the Dance Concert are a wonderful opportunity for students to maximise the educational journey. Thank you to Ms Nelle for her inspiration and professionalism in guiding the children to this achievement. This dance concert was once again an educational triumph.
ENROLMENTS FOR 2017 - NOW OPEN
I encourage all to spread the good news of what our
school is all about. Let any family know that our enrolment
process has commenced and that enrolment packages
are available from the School Office.
CATHERINE McAULEY AWARD
Please see the current newsletter for more information.
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