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April 2, 2014: ANZAC Servic and Parade
In our first week back next term we will remember ANZAC Day. The St William’s community supports this day by attending Gaythorne’s RSL Anzac Day parade and service. We again encourage student participation and ask all students to be in full school formal uniform with school hat. Students are encouraged to wear medals awarded to family members.

The annual Gaythorne RSL Anzac Day parade and service will be held on:
Friday 25 April 2014 in Sid Loder Park, Tel-El-Kebir St, Mitchelton.
The form-up for the parade will commence at 6:15am in Sid Loder Park.

St William’s P & F will offer breakfast back at the school in Polding Place after the service and parade.

April 2, 2014: ICAS Testing
St William’s is again offering the opportunity for students from years 3 – 7 to participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in science, mathematics, writing, spelling and English. The University of New South Wales facilitates ICAS each year for students. These tests are designed to be demanding and are suited to students looking for further challenges in a particular area of strength or giftedness.

Students from Years 3 to 7 may choose to participate in any of the ICAS tests and teaching staff will supervise your child’s participation during school hours on campus. Families will need to fund the cost for participation in each of these tests themselves. Please note the competition dates and cost of entry for each test in the table below.

Subject Cost Competition Date
Science* $8.80 Wednesday 4 June
Spelling $12.10 Tuesday 17 June
Writing $18.70 16-20 June
English $8.80 Tuesday 29 July
Mathematics $8.80 Tuesday 12 August

If you wish your child to compete in any of the tests outlined above, please complete the permission form and return with the exact money or a cheque payable to the office as soon as possible. For further information please visit the EAA website: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au Forms are also available from the school office.

March 19, 2014: Anti-Bullying and Harmony Day 2014
This Friday March 21 is both Harmony Day and National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. With the recent trial and subsequent guilty verdict in the Daniel Morecambe case, the issue of child safety and protection is all the more poignant and at the forefront of our thinking.

We are all invited to make a statement on this day by wearing something orange and focussing on what it means to be a safe and harmonious school community.

In order to promote a positive learning environment for all who work and learn at St William’s — students, teachers, office staff, grounds staff, cleaners, parents, volunteers, and visitors — the need to feel safe is of first and foremost importance. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, safety sits just above the basic needs of food, air, sleep and clothing. If children don’t feel safe at school they will fail to learn productively and develop skills of creativity and problem solving.

Some resources that promote student safety that may be of interest to parents include;

This Friday will be a day to appreciate all the things we do to make school safety a reality at St William’s so that all our students can come, learn and live life to the full!

March 5, 2014: Project Compassion 2014
Lent commences this Wednesday with Ash Wednesday. Lent lasts for 40 days. During 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 William’s has engaged in the latter is through supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion. The annual appeal is now on! Support Project Compassion this Lent to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity for vulnerable communities around the world. Each family received a Project Compassion box this week, please add coins/notes to it over Lent and return to school in the last week of term 1. Make it a family goal to practically assist others less fortunate than ourselves. We ask that all boxes be returned to the office by the end of this term, Friday 4 April.

Caritas Australia is part of a global network that spans over 200 countries and territories. For over 110 years, Caritas has worked towards the creation of a just world. In 1964, Caritas began in Australia. A Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, Caritas is Latin for love + compassion – two qualities which are central to our work.
» http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion

February 19, 2014: Family Welcome BBQ
The P&F’s first event of the year will be a Family Welcome BBQ on Sunday, 23 February 2014, at 3pm in the undercover area. We will need volunteers to assist with the preparation and cooking on the day, so if you would like to get involved please email the P&F. We look forward to seeing you at the first event for 2014.

February 5, 2014: Prep 2015 Enrolment
Applications for Enrolment for Prep 2015 are now being accepted. Please collect an ‘Application for Enrolment’ form from the school office or download here and submit immediately.

Applications close 31 March 2014 with interviews scheduled to commence in Term 2.

January 23, 2014: Uniform Shop opening times
St William’s Wear opening hours for start of school 2014:

Week 1:
Tue 28/1/14: CLOSED
Wed 29/1/14: 11.15am – 1.00pm AND 1.45pm – 3.15pm
Thu 30/1/14: 8.45am – 10.00am

Week 2:
Tue 4/2/14: 8.35am – 8.55am
Wed 5/2/14: 8.35am – 10.30am only (closed Wed 5/2/14 afternoon due to personal appointment)
Thu 6/2/14: 8.35am – 8.55am

From Week 3, we will return to normal opening hours:
Tuesdays, 8.35am – 8.55am
Wednesdays, 2.45pm – 3.10pm
Thursdays, 8.35am – 8.55am

January 23, 2014: Welcome to the 2014 School Year
The St William's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2014 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year at our school!

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