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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
BULLYING NO WAY
The Fly For Kids presentation which was originally programmed for Tuesday has been postponed until Friday 24th March. The STEM lab has been busier than Heathrow airport for the last two weeks. Planes of all sizes and shapes have been gliding about the lab, some landing in very unusual places such as on top of moving fans, wedged between light fittings, in boxes and through doors. Despite the lack of Air Traffic control all pilots and their planes survived.
St Augustine's students from Prep-Year 6 have been learning about aerodynamics and how they can apply that information to create the ultimate paper plane. I was impressed by the knowledge expressed by all, even the little ones knew about the need for uplift (or the air) required to fly a plane. Every class discussed uplift, thrust, friction (drag) and gravity and how each of these factors affects all kinds of planes. We watched some awesome paper plane constructions on you-tube and pondered on the modifications that added to the planes speed and performance. Then it was on!!!! With great enthusiasm students began to create their paper planes by carefully folding,
understanding the need for precise creasing, deciding whether weighted noses worked, big versus small wing spans, sporty foilers and the rest. It was so much fun and a complete success. Everyone ended up with at least one plane to test in the coming Fly for Kids competition.
This leads to the important reason behind our paper plane construction. Professor Kornberg from the Royal Children's Hospital is flying solo around the perimeter of Australia to raise money for the care of sick children. He is stopping in Cairns to come and visit one of our own students, Lauren, right here at St. Augustine's. How lucky are we! After talking to us about his quest, students will be given the opportunity to test their planes. The planes that fly the greatest distance at each year level will win points for their sport's house. There is also a creative paper plane section where those students who made a plane with a difference can still win points. It is 50c per entry. It will be an awesome; everyone is welcome to come and see this aerodynamic event in the undercover area. Please contact the school office to confirm times.
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