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June 6, 2013: Cans ní Cash for SVDP
Our fundraising efforts for the St Williamís Mini Vinnies group will go towards our local chapter of St Vincent de Paul.
This wonderful group assists families in the Grovely, Keperra, Ferny Grove and Arana Hills area by providing food, assisting with budgeting and emergency housing, amongst other things. St Williamís Mini Vinnies are asking for donations of cans of food and loose change. If each child can aim to bring in (at least) two cans of food and $2 over the next three weeks we could help many families.
We aim to raise $1000 and collect 1000 tins of food.
June 6, 2013: Festival of Fun Thank You
The P&F would like to thank the whole school community for supporting the school festival. The day was a huge success culminating in over $48000 worth of profit. $48000 is an amazing figure and is the largest taking from any St Williamís Fete. The money raised will go directly to achieving the objective of providing more computers for the school children. As well as being a profitable festival many friendship were made and a stronger school spirit was forged. Thank you again to all the organisers, helpers and supporters. We look forward to your help at the next Festival of Fun in 2015!
May 8, 2013: Interschool Cross Country
Congratulations to our students from prep to year 7 for their tremendous efforts at our recent St Williamís Cross Country. It was a very successful day and students displayed their competitive skills on the track and their team skills as members of their house. The house captains are also to be congratulated for their leadership of each of their houses on the day. In fact, all our year 7 students displayed leadership by leading house cheers, encouraging all students and helping staff and parent volunteers throughout the day.
Thank you, also, to our parent volunteers and a special mention to Karen Magnussen who supports the sports committee so ably and generously.
» More cross country photos are available in the Sports News section of school newsletter.
March 20, 2013: Enrol Now for Prep 2014
The enrolment process for Prep 2014 is now in the application phase. If you have, or know of someone who has a child aged 5 by June 30 2014, please complete an enrolment form and send it to the school office as soon as possible. Enrolment information, policy and enrolment form can be found at in the Enrolments section of this website.
For further information please phone 3355 5122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 20, 2013: Newsletter Survey
I believe the St Williamís newsletter is an important publication for families, staff, students and friends of the school. I am very interested in your thoughts and ideas on the content, style and frequency of the newsletter. The flowing review questions will assist our newsletter team in reviewing our newsletter.
What would you like to see more of in the newsletter?
- What would you like to see less of in our newsletter?
- What would you like to retain in the newsletter?
Please take the opportunity to respond on these questions on our survey site.
March 5, 2013: Swimming Success
St Williamís boasts a strong sporting culture built on sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and success in all its forms.
We showcased this culture at the recent North West Swimming Carnival and then again at the Metropolitan North Swimming Carnival with many PBís swum, records smashed, and individual achievements made during the carnivals. A big congratulations goes to all our swimmers who competed at both the North West and Met North championships.
March 5, 2013: Term 1 Library Monitors
At St Williamís we have students who volunteer to be library monitors. They give up their break time once a week to assist in filing books, reading to younger students and keep the library tidy.
Congratulations and thank you to all term 1 monitors: Lucy H, Emily C, Rafferty T, Lauren C, Hannah W, Emma M, Joshua P, Christiana P, Joshua B,
Zali B, Zachariah R, Hayley E, Harrison F, Sarah D, Riley S, Allira R, Sarah B, Helen B, Molly W, Emilee T, Maree W, Melanie A, Alex H, Melissa E, Jaya M, Lachlan M, Brandon B, Carter W, Lexie P, Kyia H, Kelly H, Giann S, Charlie C, Maggie D, Jordyn R, Hannah F.
We also have 4 head monitors this year to help train the other students and do extra filing and library jobs. Congratulations to Sarah B, Lauren C, Maggie D and Lachlan M.
February 20, 2013: Project Compassion
During these next six weeks of Lent we are all challenged to consider how we might renew and refresh our relationship with our God through reflection, prayer and practical acts of giving to others.
One way in which St Williamís has engaged in the latter is through supporting Caritas Australiaís Project Compassion. The theme for 2013 is ďOpen Doors into the FutureĒ. I encourage all families to support this important and worthwhile program. Every dollar you donate makes a difference. In 2012, Caritas raised $10.7 million. This year they are hoping to raise even more. Can you help? Last week, each family received a Project Compassion box, please add coins to it over the next six weeks and return to school in the last week of term 1, Holy Week. Make it a family goal to practically assist others less fortunate than ourselves.
Here is a link to some great information about the wonderful work of Caritas: http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion
Each week a child is highlighted and the ways our contributions assist is explained. This is a great way to foster caring for others and only takes a few minutes to watch each story. There is a different story each week.
February 6, 2013: Pastoral Care Program
The St Williamís Pastoral Care Parents (PC Parents) is an important group within our school community. The aim of the Pastoral Care Program is to contribute to building a school community in conjunction with the values and beliefs of St Williamís School vision and mission statements.
Structure of the Group
Each year, two parents from each class nominate or are asked to volunteer to be the class Pastoral Care Parent (PC Parent) for their childís class. Where possible these parents meet once a term to coordinate activities for the term. The first meeting for the year is held early in the school year and all volunteers will need to attend this meeting. This meeting will be a brief training session as well as sharing of ideas.
I act as the contact person for PC Parents. I am asking for expressions of interest, if you are able to be your childís PC parent please email me email@example.com I look forward to a great year.
February 6, 2013: Email communication with teachers
Email communication is now direct to the teacher. We felt this was a more convenient and timely communication method for both teaching staff and parents. We also acknowledge the limitations of email and I am sure you understand the need to have some shared understandings about the use of email and therefore regarding the use of email we would ask that parents using email:
- Be patient with the response times. We aim to have a quick reply but sometimes the volume of emails can restrict these time frames. If you send an email on Friday please wait till Monday as we all like to enjoy the weekend.
- Please use email to briefly identify the issue, request or concern. Please leave extensive detail for a conversation or planned meeting. Using names of other students and parents should also be avoided.
- Assume mutual goodwill and keep the messages polite and positive (even when it is a concern).
- Please do not using email for urgent messages (eg; late pick up, lunch, homework) as teachers are in class and will not be able to receive or respond to the message.
Teacher emails usually begin with the initial and then the surname of the teacher followed by @bne.catholic.edu.au suffix. eg; firstname.lastname@example.org
January 23, 2013: Welcome to the 2013 School Year
The St William's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2013 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year at our school!
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