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November 18, 2015: SVDP Christmas Market & Games Day
On Thursday 26 November, the Year 6 students will be running their yearly Christmas market and games day for all the students at St William’s.

Prices of items will start at $1, and go up to $10. There will be Christmas craft, food, games and face painting, so bring in lots of change to spend at the market day. All funds raised go to help St Vincent de Paul.

November 18, 2015: Prep 2016 Orientation Day
We had an excellent Orientation Day with our 2016 new students last week. The choir sang beautifully and our current Preps were amazing at answering the 5 questions about their learning. New families gave positive feedback about the warm welcome they received on the day. Thank you to all those involved.

October 21, 2015: Amart Kick Back Sports Program
Please continue to nominate St William’s when making purchases – this year we have used $700 of the funds from the Amart Kickback Program to purchase some high quality touch footballs, netballs and AFL ‘ Sherrins’. Thank you to those who kindly support the school through Amart and help us build our pool of funds.

September 9, 2015: Father's Day
I hope all dads and carers had a happy day on Sunday. The liturgy held at school on Friday was lovely and thank you to those who were able to attend.

Thank you also to those who organised and worked on the Father’s Day Stall last week. The children loved choosing the special gifts for the significant figures in their lives.

A huge thank you to the people who helped to put on such a wonderful Father’s Day Stall. Thank you to Meg Burger and Madonna Harris for answering my millions of questions, to Shayne Moon for helping with the setup, and Kaye Toplis and Steve Barry for helping do up the gift bags – they were too cute. Also a big thank you to Shirl O’Ryan for all her hard work on doing up the lolly bags and biscuits, and keeping Nicky honest in the process. Thanks to Alicia Ting, Mel Tunny, Kaye Toplis, Shayne Moon, Bec Pankhurst, Bronwyn Saccasan and Kerri McKinless for helping our little ones choose some amazing gifts for their Dads, Stepdads and Pops. A huge thank you must go to Nicky O’Ryan for all her hard work and selfless dedication – lolly bags, gift shopping, a million ideas at warp speed. You’re amazing, Nicky, thank you. We all hope our Dads enjoyed their special day and the little gifts that came home on the weekend.

August 26, 2015: Book Week 2015
Books Light Up our World. Book week will be Monday 31 August – Friday 4 September and we have some exciting events planned:
Author/ Illustrator Visits
Prep – Year 2:
Friday 4 September - Peter Carnavas

Years 3 & 4:
Monday 7 September - Briony Stewart

Years 5 & 6:
Monday 31 August - Michael Gerard Bauer

Other Book Week Events
Dress Up Day: Tuesday 1 September
Book Week Assembly: Tuesday 1 September

Dress up Day
Dress up Day on Tuesday 1 September, during Book Week, is a fun event that encourages students (and staff) to dress up as a book character, all for the love of books! It is not a competition. All students will be attending the Book Week Assembly on the same day, which will be run by the Term 3 Library Monitors.

August 26, 2015: Open Minds, Listening HeARTS Art Show
What a wonderful showcase of student learning. Thank you to all involved in making the night such a success. We were fortunate to have Cathy Jackson, Director School Service Centre North, and Evelyn Chapman, Education Officer: The Arts, address the parents at the show. We are using the Australian Curriculum: The Arts to plan and assess the children’s learning in Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Music and Media Arts. This quote from ACARA inspired our work for the Art Show: ‘As they make and respond to visual artworks, students explore meaning and interpretation, forms and styles through social and cultural contexts. They provide opinions about artworks expressing what they like and why. They experience the role of artist and audience and they respond to feedback in their visual arts making.’ http://www.acara.edu.au/default.asp

August 12, 2015: Zone Athletics
After some brilliant performances from our talented track and field team, St William’s were crowned North West District Athletics Champions last week. St William’s took out the B schools division (based on enrolment) with many students making finals and even winning a number of events.

Some of our athletes achieved selection in the North West District team and will compete at the Metropolitan North championships later this month. We wish them all the best as they represent themselves and our school. Great stuff. Thank you to Mrs Best and Mrs Ceccato for their efforts in training and managing the team.

August 12, 2015: Woolworths Earn and Learn
St William’s School has registered for the Woolworths Earn and Learn Program. When you shop at Woolworths, between 15 July – 8 September, collect the stickers from the checkout operator (also available with online ordering). There will be one Woolworths Earn and Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Simply place your stickers on the Sticker Sheet (available from Woolworths) and return to the school office. At the end of the program we will be able to redeem the stickers for valuable education resources.

* If you can’t get a Sticker Sheet, just place the strip of stickers straight into the Earn and Learn Box.

July 29, 2015: Catholic Education Week
This week we celebrated Catholic Education Week (CEW) in communion with the many Catholic School communities throughout Queensland. Each of these school communities is united by shared Catholic Christian values and a vision for a world transformed by teaching with compassion, justice and wisdom. The CEW theme this year is ENGAGING MINDS, IGNITING HEARTS & SERVING OTHERS. This fits in perfectly with our 2015 theme of Open Minds and Listening Hearts and helps develop a common language for celebrating how a Catholic Education can touch every aspect of human development and growth. The role of Catholic schools in shaping the lives of young people is distinctive and extraordinary. From the Cairns diocese in the far north to the coastal schools at Coolangatta and to those in outback Winton, each student who attends a Catholic school becomes part of wider faith community centred on the teachings of Christ.

July 29, 2015: Tonne of Warmth Thank You
Last term our fundraising efforts amounted to $794.70 which will be given to the Grovely chapter of St Vincent de Paul. We also managed to collect a large amount of non-perishable food which the chapter is always very much in need of, especially in the cooler months. THANK YOU, THANK YOU TO ALL!

June 17, 2015: QC Cup
On Monday 1 June, the Year 6 girls from the Senior A and Senior B Netball Teams attended QC Cup at Wembley Park, Coorparoo. It was a wonderful day of netball for all students involved. The Senior A Team played in the strongest division, 11/12A, Pool 1 and the team played 7 games throughout the day with a win, 5 losses and a draw. The girls finished 5th overall in their division. The Senior B Team played in the 11/12, B2 division, they played 8 games and had 3 wins and 5 losses.

Carnival netball is always very busy and the girls had little time to rest. It was wonderful to see the skill development improve during the day and the girls support and encourage one another to keep going and do their best. Even with injury and illness the girls stepped up, taking on other team member’s positions and never giving up to the last game was completed.

A huge thank you to Miss Austin for helping with coaching on the day and to all the wonderful parents who assisted with scoring and cheering our netballers on. Thanks also to past pupil Taylor Ryan and Stephanie Oswald who umpired throughout the day.

June 3, 2015: National Reconciliation Week
Staff and students from St William’s, amongst other community groups, were invited to participate in a 7am ceremony at Teralba Park commemorating the Stolen Generations. The ceremony included an Acknowledgment of Country, prayer, reading of the plaque in Teralba Park and of the words of Apology to Stolen Generations spoken by the former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd; music played by Indigenous musicians, a choral contribution, personal stories of members of the Stolen Generations, the laying of flowers by our students at the plaque site and a closing song. It was a very moving service and an opportunity for us to hear and acknowledge the pain of the Elders who spoke about their personal experiences. Our students participated most respectfully and left the ceremony with a deeper understanding of that part of Australia’s history.

Thank you to the parents who were able to get their children to the early morning service. Our Year 6 Social Justice group also placed some signs up on the wall near the tuckshop to promote awareness within our school community of this important occasion.

June 3, 2015: National Simultaneous Storytime
On Wednesday 27 May the students of St William’s participated in National Simultaneous Storytime. National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 15th successful year it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children's book that explores age appropriate themes (https://www.alia.org.au/nss).

We read the book The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey. Aaron also has a book on the shortlist for this year’s CBCA awards, Pig the Pug. Thank you to all the students and teachers who made lovely crowns to add to the spirit of the event.

May 20, 2015: Fantastic Festival of Fun
Our Festival of Fun last Saturday turned out to be a wonderful community event that started in the beautiful autumn morning sunshine and ended with a burst of fireworks and live music to send us safely on our way home. It would not be unreasonable to suggest that the Festival of Fun is a now a premier event on the Brisbane entertainment schedule and the variety of food, music, entertainment, rides, craft and creativity was equal to anything in the weekend markets scene that exists within our beautiful city.

Saturday’s event was the culmination of many months of planning and commenced in August 2014 with a reflection on feedback from the great success of FoF 2013 and a collective desire to create another great community event in 2015. It rose up on the very broad shoulders of past fetes teams and proud parents who gave so much to the school and parish community of St William’s over the last 50 years.

The aim of the FoF2015 was to ‘ cool the school’ and this aligned to both the approved SWS Strategic Plan and Master Plan ( Cool Construct Connect ) with a focus on improving the conditions and resources for learning at St William’s. The profit from the Festival will be directed towards air conditioning every room in the school. We will start this year with the library and the current year 3 & 4 classrooms. » More Festival news & photos

May 20, 2015: Prep 2016 Enrolments
We are now accepting applications for 2016 Years 1 to 6, and 2017 Prep to Year 6. Forms are available from the school office or download. An Enrolment Application Fee of $50 per application is required at the time of lodgement. This fee can be paid by eftpos, credit card, cash or cheque.

May 6, 2015: ANZAC Day
Many St William’s students, teachers and family members joined in the Dawn Service on Anzac Day at Gaythorne RSL with a large number of other schools and community groups from the local area. It was an early start but our students turned up in full uniform and we laid a wreath.

After the service the St William’s community gathered for an Anzac Day breakfast back at St William’s, organised by the school’s P&F. Thank you to all the volunteers involved especially Deann Rice, Niki Barry and Anna Horton.

May 6, 2015: Fitness and Fun
Play time at St William’s school is a lot of fun. Football (soccer) is a favourite with the boys (and some girls) on the oval and the undercover area is always a place of activity at break times.

Whether it be shooting hoops or twirling hoops the students find ways to keep active and healthy.

May 6, 2015: NAPLAN Information Evening
On Wednesday night, we held an information evening about the upcoming NAPLAN tests. Our focus was on the delivery of the curriculum, which contributes to the children’s ability to demonstrate their knowledge in Literacy and Numeracy. Parents asked interesting and relevant questions about the test and the teachers present were able to provide responses. Preparation for the tests has included teachers covering some question examples with the children, revision of narrative and persuasive texts, a timed test practice under exam conditions, examples for homework tasks and a Mathletics activity (Year 3). We approach the NAPLAN tests as part of our ongoing gathering of data about student progress to inform our teaching- learning cycles.

March 25, 2015: Holy Week
Next week is a most important time of the liturgical year. It is the time we recall the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. We will be remembering these events in our classes and as a whole school. We will focus on these events as a class in classrooms and around the school grounds:

Monday 30 March Palm Sunday – Prep to Yr 3 (the walkway from PF to PD) AND Yrs 4 to 6 (the walkway between the tuckshop and the memorial garden)
Tuesday 31 March Washing of the Feet (on the oval near the gazebo)
Wednesday 1 April Garden of Gethsemane (the treed area behind John Eales sign)
Thursday 2 April The Lord’s Supper (stage eating area)
Thursday 2 April at 12:45pm the whole school will gather in the Church for a Good Friday liturgy. Then on the first day back after the holidays
Monday 20 April we will again gather as a whole school in the Church at 10am to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

March 25, 2015: ICAS Testing
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) provides 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. If your child (Years 3-6) is interested in participating in the tests this year, please send them to the office to receive a copy of the letter or download here.
Science: 3 June - cost: $8.80
Writing: 15 June - cost: $18.70 (more detailed marking, hence the higher cost)
English: 28 July - cost: $8.80
Mathematics: 11 August - cost: $8.80

March 11, 2015: National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
St William’s has registered to be part of a growing nationwide movement to 'Take a Stand Together' against bullying and violence as part of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 20 March. The following link has some very useful information for parents.
» Bullying No Way website

February 25, 2015: Prep Enrolments 2016 & 2017
Applications for Enrolment for Prep 2016 & 2017 are now being accepted. Please collect an ‘Application for Enrolment’ form from the school office or online at and submit immediately (applications close 2 April).

February 25, 2015: Project Compassion
Last week the season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion appeal. This year’s Project Compassion stories focus on the ways in which Caritas Australia is working around the world to empower vulnerable people to establish sustainable food sources and develop income streams for life.

Your donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work towards a more just and fair world, where the basic human right for food is met and sustained.

Each family received a Project Compassion box for their donations. You can also donate online via the website at www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion . Please put your compassion into action this Lent by supporting Project Compassion 2015.

February 11, 2015: Parent Evening with Robyn Sims
St William’s School invites you to our Parent Evening:
Sensory development: forming the basis for success at school.
Listen and learn with Robyn Sims, Occupational Therapist.
Target group: parents of children from Kindy to Year 3 living in our local area.
Wednesday 4 March, 6.45-7.45pm
» Parent Evening with Robyn Sims

February 11, 2015: Prep 2016/2017 Enrolments
Applications for Enrolment for Prep 2016 & 2017 are now being accepted. Please collect an ‘Application for Enrolment’ form from the school office or an online form here and submit immediately.

February 11, 2015: 2014 Christmas Stall
Last year our Yr 6 and 7 students held a Christmas Stall. It was a long term project that included items they made throughout the year. The proceeds ($2,418.85) all went to SVDP. What a fantastic effort! A huge thank you to the Yr 6/7 students, their teachers and parents, as well as the school community for supporting it.

January 28, 2015: Welcome to the 2015 School Year
The St William's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2015 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.

January 21, 2015: Uniform Shop Opening Times
St William's Wear will be open:
Wed 21st January 9.00-11.15am
Tue 27th January 10.30-11.00am
Wed 28th January 8.30-9.00am AND 2.30-3.10pm

From Week 2 we will return to our normal opening hours:
Tuesdays, 8.15-8.45am
Wednesdays, 8.20-9.00am AND 2.30-3.10pm
* Not open Thursdays

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