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May 18, 2016: Uniform Hair Accessories
Exciting News!!! We’ve had a new delivery of hair accessories from Julie of Victoria Grace Hair Designs. We have listened to your feedback and are triailing some of the bows on the barrette backing.

Please let us know how they go.

May 18, 2016: Literacy and Numeracy Count
We had a great turn-out to our Literacy and Numeracy Workshop last Tuesday night. Parents of early year’s students enjoyed the hands-on activities and practical focus to support their children at home. Thank you to those who attended. The Power Point presentation is on the Parent Portal (login required).

April 27, 2016: ANZAC Commemoration
Thank you to everyone who attended the ANZAC Day March and Service at the Gaythorne RSL on Monday. A big thank you to the St William’s P & F who provided a breakfast back at the school afterwards.

On Tuesday afternoon (April 26) all students participated in an ANZAC Liturgy. Thank you to the Year 4 teachers and students who led this liturgy.

Lest we forget.

April 27, 2016: School Cross Country
What a fabulous carnival and a great way to finish off Term One; a fantastic effort by all students who participated, contributing to your house points for the day.

It sure was a hot one - there were lots of red, sweaty but smiling little faces!!! Well done to all the age champions for the day.

April 14, 2016: ANZAC Day 2016
On Monday April 25, we will gather as a school community at Sid Loder park for the ANZAC march past the centotaph at the Gaythorne RSL. Students and families are invited to march under the school banner in full formal school uniform. The gathering time is 6am. The banner ( donated by the P&F ) is tall and highly visible. The students will then attend the brief ceremony at the park led by the RSL.

Following this all families are invited back to the school to attend the ANZAC breakfast BBQ. This is kindly sponsored and organised by the P&F. We would encourage you to book your spot at the Breakfast BBQ via survey monkey to assist with catering.

March 23, 2016: Bullying No Way Day
Last Friday was “Bullying No Way” day. St William’s School commemorated this day by gathering together and having a prayer service, led by our School Captains. During the week students placed a finger/thumb print onto a puzzle piece and added their piece to a whole school puzzle with a dove at its centre. The dove was chosen because it is a symbol of peace. It was a symbol of our willingness to be able to stand together against bullying. Students were given wristbands and pocket cards with information about bullying.

It is a great opportunity for families to discuss what is and what is not bullying and the ways we can work towards recognising, reacting and responding to it. Information for parents can be found here; an excellent site aimed at a number of audiences.

March 23, 2016: Choir visit to Madonna Villa
Confidence, enthusiasm and well blended voices were on show when the St William’s School Senior Choir performed to residents of the Madonna Villa Nursing Home last Thursday, 17 March. The repertoire comprised the St William’s School Song, and three contemporary songs: Riptide, Fight Song and One Call Away. The choir’s uplifting performance was well received by the audience. Following the performance, the students enjoyed mingling with the residents, sharing stories and smiles. Thank you to Mr Lucey and Mrs Ryan for leading the choir, and to Mrs Hedges, Mrs Barnes and Miss Austin for their assistance on the day. The residents enjoyed the performances, but we suspect their highlight was a chat with the students afterwards!

March 23, 2016: Prep Excursion Down of the Farm
I was fortunate to attend the Prep excursion to Trevena Glen farm last Friday. Despite the hot weather, the children enjoyed a great learning experience. Sincere thanks to the teachers and staff for their organisation and to the volunteers for their assistance in the supervision of the children. Here are my photos of some of the children in the Amazing Ant Group.
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March 23, 2016: Zone Swimming
Congratulations to our 31 swimmers who represented our school on Wednesday 16 March at Chandler Pool.

Our swimmers produced some amazing performances and St William’s finished 3rd place on the day.

March 9, 2016: Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum
Throughout this term, our school will be implementing the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum with students across every year level. The curriculum is based on principles of best practice in child safety education and centres around three key messages: Recognise, React and Report. Through a series of lessons, students will learn how to recognise, react and report when they are unsafe or find themselves in situations that can have a significant detrimental effect on their physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing.

March 9, 2016: Earn & Learn Resources
In 2015 the St William’s Community shopped at Woolworths and submitted their dockets to earn points for new resources for the school. Our resources have now arrived. The resources include new group reading kits, geography resources including new world globes, hands on mathematics resources including many boxes of unifix blocks and various interactive whiteboard materials.

Thank you to everyone who helped to support this promotion and Woolworths and Modern Teaching Aids for supporting schools.

I'm happy to speak with any parents who have queries about the program, and extensive information about the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum can be found at the following website.

February 24, 2016: Enrolments for Prep 2017

February 24, 2016: ICAS Testing
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) provide an opportunity for students to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external testing situation. All students receive a certificate and an individual student report.

Certificates are awarded as follows:
•High distinction: Top 1%
•Distinction: Next 10%
•Credit: Next 25%
•Participation: All other participating students

This year, students from Years 3-6 at St William’s may participate in the following tests:
•Science: 31 May, cost: $8.80
•Writing: 13 June, cost: $18.70 (more detailed marking, hence the higher cost)
•English: 2 August, cost: $8.80
•Mathematics: 16 August, cost: $8.80

Entries close 11 March, 2016. Please ask your child to collect an entry letter from the school office if they would like to participate. The entry letter will also be uploaded to the Parent Portal shortly.

January 25, 2016: Welcome to the 2016 School Year
The St William's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2016 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year at our school!

Our school website is updated weekly throughout the school terms, so please check back regularly for news and details regarding school events and achievements.

If you are unable to find or access any information you feel should be available on the site, please feel free to contact the school office.

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