|» Please check our current School Newsletter for more school news.
» Active School Travel Map
» ICAS tests 2015
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:
Wednesdays, 8.20-9.00am AND 2.30-3.10pm
* Not open Thursdays