This week has indeed been a celebration of everything that is great about life at St Augustine’s. Last Sunday the P & F working bee saw a number of parents offering their time, resources and efforts to deliver an improved junior playground. Special thanks must go to the Connolly Family (Chase Yr1 and Mason Prep), Andreassen Family (Thomas Yr 5) and Caltabiano Family for providing their machines and transport available for the school. This has been an extremely generous gift to our school and on behalf of the entire school community I deliver a very public and exuberant vote of thanks.
The P & F have continued to be very busy through the Yr 6 Pie Drive and the Yr 1 BBQ on Wednesday evening. It is amazing to see the efforts that go into ensuring all the pies make their way to the correct homes. Well done Mrs Brooks (Gemma Yr 3 and Reagyn Yr 6) together with Mrs Booth (Saskia Yr 6) and the BBQ cooking expertise of Mark Flinn (Milla Yr 1 and Tilly Yr 5) and Daniel Keech ( Jasper Yr 1). I also thank all Yr 1 parents who assisted in the service of food though the tuckshop at the Life Long Learners Awards evening.
Tuesday’s Athletics Carnival was a great day of outdoor physical effort and competition. All students demonstrated wonderful House Spirit and sportsmanship throughout the day. Congratulations to all Junior Sports Award winners and Age Champions. This day does not become a success without the efforts of many parents who offer their time willingly, also our wonderful HPE Teacher; Mrs Caltabiano. We are indeed fortunate to have a passionate educator who makes this aspect of the curriculum exciting and engaging. Mrs C has also created a desire among the teaching staff which has resulted in two lunchtime games of Lacrosse. The children have been enthusiastic spectators in both games.
Wednesday’s Life Long Learners Awards – BBQ and Disco was a fitting celebration of commitment to classroom curriculum learning and Athletic achievements. I have already provided insight into how well the food was catered and now I need to say how well behaved the children were during the formal and entertaining sessions of the evening. It was certainly a terrific night of community. More pictures and some video clips are available on the school Facebook account.
Thursday did not see any slowdown in the quality educational experiences students offered to all our children. Indigenous Liaison Officer ( ILO ), Mrs Lenice Schonenberger delivered a morning of experiences and learning to compliment the upcoming NAIDOC Week celebrations. Kyan Alvoen (Yr 5) commenced our morning by leading the school community in prayer. This was followed by Lenice delivering the Welcome to Country in Kuku Yalanji language then the Occasional Address. The transcript to this speech is contained in this Newsletter and I encourage all to read it.
In conclusion I thank everyone for their commitment in making our school a happy and safe school. A school that provides a rich educational and growth experience for all our children. Our success comes from a shared commitment from a) professionally committed staff, b) engaged parents and c) enthusiastic students.
Have a wonderful rest. Take time to refresh. School recommences Monday 16th July.
Enjoy your sleep ins.