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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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CROSS COUNTRY &
HEALTH PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Last Friday our school had its first sport carnival for the year. It was brilliant. Each house performed their War Cry with gusto and with intent. Students encouraged each other and most importantly of all the commitment to Higher Expectations was fulfilled by all. With 12 races ( Boys and Girls Age events), there could be only one winner for each race. However, all students who completed the course by running, jogging or walking completed the goal of covering their age specific distance. In doing so all students achieved beyond what was initially thought probable and once again that we can all do better and we can all achieve. Even I surprised myself by having students will me on to complete 4 courses on the day.
HPE is a compulsory course of the Australian Curriculum. All students are required to participate. Assessment in this area of the curriculum is not based upon physical capacity but rather on engagement in the course and in learning skills in various sporting and recreational activities. I urge all parents to remind their children of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and role model a positive attitude towards learning in this area of school life.
Is coming up this term in Week 5 on the 10th, 11th and 12th May. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide.
The timetable for the tests is:
- Tuesday 10th May: Language (Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation) & Writing
- Wednesday 11th May: Reading
- Thursday 12th May: Numeracy
For some parents, teachers and students, NAPLAN time is a stressful time. Please help your child by ensuring that they have all the necessary stationary; a rubber, sharpener and a couple of pencils. It is also important that students have a good healthy breakfast and a water bottle. What can you do to minimise stress and prepare effectively? Please see the current newsletter for further information.
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