St Elizabeth's News
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 6 | 17 NOVEMBER 2023
Today is the Feast Day of St Elizabeth of Hungary, the patron saint of our school. On Thursday as a whole school, Father Francis joined us to celebrate a lovely mass that reflected the life and values of St Elizabeth. St Elizabeth's life teaches us profound lessons about compassion, selflessness, and the importance of reaching out to those who are less fortunate and need our help. It's a lesson that we can still learn from today. In a world that can sometimes seem busy and self-centred, St Elizabeth's example calls us to pause, look around, and ask ourselves, "How can I make a positive difference in the lives of others?" St Elizabeth's Feast Day is not just a day to remember the past, it's a day to inspire our present and shape our future. It's a reminder that each one of us has the power to be a source of light and hope in the lives of those around us. After mass, we presented the inaugural St Elizabeth’s Feast Day certificates. These certificates were awarded to one student from each class who always go above and beyond, without even realising it, to demonstrate the values that St Elizabeth lived her life by. I would like to congratulate the recipients of these awards. Following mass, the students enjoyed a shared morning tea on the grassed area outside the library. Please find attached below my reflections on St Elizabeth that I shared with the students after mass today.
It is always lovely to start the week welcoming new families to our wonderful school. Our Early Years team held information and orientation sessions for our 2024 Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten students which were very well supported by our families. The pure joy and excitement on the faces of our youngest students was heartwarming and the very reason why we do what we do! Thank you to Mrs Preiato, Mrs Mackie, Mrs Beaton, Mrs Serraino and Mrs Martino for organising this lovely morning.
It’s even better to finish off the week with a cold Mr Whippy ice-cream! Our Year One’s have been busy writing about Santa and his ice-cream cone while our Year Two students have been working very hard writing persuasive texts about why we should have an ice-cream van at school. So, what better way to celebrate some fabulous writing … invite Shiraz Ice-cream Van to visit. A big thank you to Miss Baxter for organising this for our students. You have absolutely made their year - big kids included!
The Annual School Community General Meeting will be held on Monday, November 20 at 6pm in the Library. This meeting is open to everyone in our School Community and I encourage you to come along and listen to both the P&F Executive and the School Advisory Council as they will present their annual reports for 2023. I will also be doing a presentation of our new School Strategic Plan that we have been working hard on throughout the year. The election of new members onto the School Advisory Council or P&F Executive will be held at this meeting. Looking forward to seeing a number of familiar and new faces on the night.
Finally, a reminder that the Community Christmas Concert will be held on Wednesday, November 29 starting at 5pm. Each year level will be involved in the concert, therefore all students need to be attending this event.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Congratulations to Ruby, Erika, Aoife, Ndinawe, Anna, Suwilo and Evelyn!
The Planner for the next few weeks!
International Men's Day
On Wednesday Mel Dimond and Morrie (her dad) provided breakfast for our amazing male staff members for International Men's Day! They celebrated with a cooked breakfast and a coffee from the coffee van.
On this day we recognise and appreciate the invaluable contributions of our St Elizabeth, male staff members, who play a crucial role in providing quality education, care and support. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others, especially our students.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Just a reminder from Fr Peter to the Year Three students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation last week. You are invited to collect your certificate and gift from the parish at one of the weekend masses.
Feedback regarding NAPLAN
Feedback is your opportunity to have your say on both the timing of the tests and their impact on your child. Feedback is being collected until early December 2023. If your child completed the NAPLAN tests this year, please consider completing the survey by clicking below.
UNIFORM SHOP CLEARANCE
Polo Shirts, Shorts and Culottes $10.00
Tracksuit Pant and Tracksuit Tops $15.00
These may be ordered using the online order form ONLY please and will be sent home on the regular uniform shop day - Thursday. All other items remain at the same cost as listed.
No size 6 or 8 polo shirts unfortunately.
Our uniform next year updates and changes mean our existing uniform may be still worn for 2024 or may be worn on 'sports' days next year too for year 1-6.
More details on the new uniforms coming soon!
P & F Christmas Raffle
Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10 or 7 for $20 and winners will be drawn at the Christmas Concert at school on Wed 29th Nov 2023 (last minute cash sales will be available on the night!). If a prize winner is not at the concert, a prize will be picked on their behalf by a P&F committee member.
Kirrily Macri from Harcourts Alliance has again generously donated 23 AMAZING prizes! Details of these prizes can be found by clicking on the ticket purchase link below.
You really will want to be in it to win it for this one!
Containers for Change
This year the Year 6 students are raising money through the Containers for Change initiative to donate to LifeLink. If you and your family have spare cans or bottles that you would like to contribute to our school collection, please scan this barcode when you are returning your containers, every container counts!
Term Dates 2023
Term 1 Start Date Wednesday 1 February
Term 1 End Date Thursday 6 April
Term 2 Start Date Wednesday 26 April
Term 2 End Date Friday 30 June
Term 3 Start Date Monday 17 July
Term 3 End Date Friday 22 September
Term 4 Start Date Tuesday 10 October
Term 4 End Date Friday 8 December
Student Free Dates 2023
Friday 3 March
Monday 24 April
Friday 18 August
Monday 21 August
Monday, 9 October
Please note, these dates are subject to change. If these dates for Professional Learning do require amending, parents will be notified well in advance.
Candidate Commitment Mass
Saturday 25th March 6.00pm
Sunday 26th March 7.30am
Sunday 26th March 9.00am
Tuesday 16th May 5.00pm
Friday 19th May
Saturday 27th May 6.00pm
Sunday 28th May 11.00am
Saturday 10th June 6.00pm
Sunday 11th June
First Holy Communion
Candidate Commitment Mass
Saturday 24th June 6.00pm
Sunday 25th June 7.30am
Sunday 25th June 9.00am
Sunday 25th June 6.00pm
Tuesday 8th August 5.00pm
Friday 11th August
Saturday 19th August 6.00pm
Sunday 20th August 9.00am
Sunday 20th August 6.00pm
Saturday 26th August 6.00pm
Sunday 27th August 9.00am
Sunday 27th August 6.00pm
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September
Saturday 16th September 6.00pm
Sunday 17th September 7.30am
Sunday 17th September 9.00am
Sunday 17th September 6.00pm
Wednesday 25th October 5.00pm
Friday 3rd November
Tuesday 7th November 5.00pm
Wednesday 8th November 5.00pm
Thursday 9th November 5.00pm
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November