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August 20, 2014: 2014 Staffroom for Improvement
Staffroom for Improvement started on Monday 18 August! St William’s has come second for the last two years in the Staffroom for Improvement Competition. The response from all of you was truly amazing.

Can we come first this year?
We need your support so please start spreading the word now, before the competition starts. All you need is an email address to enter. Further information is available from http://www.staffroomforimprovement.com.au/. Thanking you all in advance for your continued support and enthusiasm. Come on St William’s we can do it this year! We have the most amazing community spirit and together we can do it!!

August 20, 2014: Fun and Friendship for St William’s and St Andrew’s
On Thursday afternoon August 14, while other students were heading home, the Year 6 and 7 students from St William’s and St Andrew’s came together to actively participate in some fun and games. The girl’s teams played against each other in netball for the honour of taking home the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Shield, while the boy’s teams challenged each other in touch football to take home the coveted Frank Lourigan Shield.

The afternoon was a huge success and the results were very well balanced with the St William’s senior girls winning their netball game (16-11) but the junior competition being taken out by St Andrew’s team (12-9). Similar results were achieved in the touch competition with St Andrew’s winning the senior game (6-2) but the junior competition being won by the St William’s students (3-2). The afternoon came to a close with presentations of the Shields by Father Frank Lourigan.

August 6, 2014: Celebrating Catholic Education Week
Our school had a number of activities during last week and many people were able to participate. We saw many grandparents and parents at our mass, morning tea and celebration of learning. I thank you for your continued support. More than 950 people packed into St Stephen’s Cathedral to hear Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrate a special Mass to kick off Catholic Education Week celebrations across Brisbane Archdiocese. Students, staff, parents and friends from schools throughout the archdiocese attended the Mass organised by Brisbane Catholic Education Office, which highlighted the theme: “Come, live life in all its fullness”. St William’s school captains also attended.

Archbishop Coleridge told the students there was a difference between ‘knowledge’ and ‘wisdom’ and that the role of Catholic schools was to foster wisdom in young people. ‘You can find the facts about everything via Google, but that’s not where you find wisdom,” he said. “We are called, invited, challenged, drawn, indeed - created- to find wholeness in ourselves and through each other in a way that transforms what is, into all it might be."

July 23, 2014: Catholic Education Week
Catholic Education Week will be celebrated across Queensland from 27 July - 2 August this year.

This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Come, live life in all its fullness. This inspirational call is based on the Gospel of John (10:10), challenging those who answer it to “live fully”. It is also the theme St William’s school has adopted from 2014. Reflecting this Gospel call, our school, like all Catholic schools, strives to provide a learning experience through which every young person has the opportunity to reach their full human potential - spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, culturally and physically - and know what it means to engage in all that life has to offer.

During Catholic Education Week 2014, St William’s invites our community to celebrate and share how we are encouraging and providing opportunities for our members to “Come, live life in all its fullness”. There are 296 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 143,000 students and employ almost 17,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way. Our school is planning a number of activities during the week and we hope you are able to join in the celebrations with us. I thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you during Catholic Education Week 2014.

Listed below is a schedule of activities/events for the week:
Sunday 27 July

  • 2:30pm - Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral with our student school leaders to celebrate the beginning of Catholic Education Week
Tuesday 29 July
  • 9am - whole school mass to celebrate grandparents and Catholic Education Week – all are invited
  • 10am - morning tea for visitors
  • 11:15-12:15 – Celebration of Learning, an opportunity to visit classes and have the students explain what they are learning Please note there will be no assembly on Tuesday as per usual, it will be on Friday 1 August instead at 8:45am in SMMC
Friday 1 August
  • 8:45am –whole school Assembly in SMMC
  • Act of kindness day 5:30 -9pm - Yr 6/7 combined social justice evening, (St William’s, St Andrew’s and Our Lady of Dolours students) held at Our Lady of Dolours school, Mitchelton

June 25, 2014: Community Meetings early in Term 3
Please Note:
The next P & F Meeting will be held on: Monday 14 July 2014 at 6:30pm in the library.
Festival of Fun 2015 Meeting will be held on: Monday 21 July 2014 at 6:30pm in the library.

June 25, 2014: Positive Behaviour Support Framework
Next term we will commence the introduction of our new behaviour support framework called ‘WALK in God’s Hand’. This framework replaces the non-negotiables as the whole school expectations for positive learning behaviour at St William’s. WALK is the acronym for these goals so that W = We respect everyone A= Act Responsibly L= Love learning K= Keep Safe. This framework has been presented to the school board, the P&F and the finance committee who have all responded with feedback to inform the framework. Much of the work in developing this framework was performed by our Positive Behaviour for Learning team who meet each fortnight to discuss behaviour learning in the school. The framework is accompanied by a matrix that articulates the ‘right time right place right task behaviours’ for each of the goal areas. The matrix lists the expected behaviours in various areas around the school including classroom, playground, toilets, and church to name a few.
» Positive Behaviour Support Framework & Matrix

June 12, 2014: P&F Entertainment Books
The 2014 | 2015 Entertainment Books are now available! This year there is a choice of the traditional Entertainment Book or the new Entertainment Digital Membership for Apple or Android phones.

Each membership is $65 and you can order online at https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/226s038 Books can then be collected from the school office. Please contact Heather Scheller ( heatherjcole@hotmail.com or 0412 251 021) for more information.

June 12, 2014: St William’s Parish Children’s mass
St William’s Parish would like to invite you and your families to the upcoming children's mass at 9.30am on the 22nd of June. Come and be delighted by the sounds of our youth music group and stay for a cuppa and shared morning tea afterwards. All are welcome to attend this special children's community event.

May 26, 2014: National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week will be commemorated between 27 May and 3 June and celebrates two significant events for Indigenous Australians: the 1967 Referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. A Reconciliation Service was held at Teralba Park on Monday 26 May. A number of students from our Social Justice group and I attended this significant service.

May 14, 2014: TONNE of Warmth: Term 2 Fundraising
This term our fundraising efforts will be directed to our local chapter of SVDP: Grovely SVDP. We have our “Tonne of Warmth” appeal, donations of cans of food and cash. There will be a free dress day at the end of the term too. We ask that each time you go shopping you purchase an extra can of food. Only send in cans that are still within their use by date and not dented. All donations are welcome as we show our support for this wonderful organization. Donations to be left in class for collection.

May 14, 2014: 2015 Prep Enrolments
Applications for Enrolment for Prep 2015 are now being accepted. Please collect an ‘Application for Enrolment’ form from the school office or here and submit immediately. Prep 2015 interviews have commenced but there is still time to submit an application.

Enrolment Application Fee
An enrolment application fee of $50 per application is payable at time of application lodgement. This fee may be paid by eftpos, credit card, cash or cheque.

April 30, 2014: ANZAC March and Commemoration
The commemoration and celebration of ANZAC was another memorable community occasion. Thank you to the many families who braved the early morning to gather at Sid Loder Park for the march and again back at school for the breakfast and gathering. It is always great to see so many our kids marching proudly in recognition of the sacrifices made throughout our history. Thank you to all involved in the preparation of this event especially the P&F team and committees who do so many things without a fuss. St William’s is truly a remarkable community.

April 30, 2014: Cross Country
Congratulations to all students for their participation and efforts for the St William’s cross country carnival and fun run. It was a day full of colour and excitement and many students challenged themselves with their performance.

Students who placed 1st to 3rd place have gained selection in the school team to participate at the North West District carnival on the 12th of May. .

April 2, 2014: 2015 Prep Enrolments
Applications for Enrolment for Prep 2015 are now being accepted. Please collect an ‘Application for Enrolment’ form from the school office or here and submit immediately. Prep 2015 interviews are scheduled to commence in Term 2.

Enrolment Application Fee
An enrolment application fee of $50 per application is payable at time of application lodgement. This fee may be paid by eftpos, credit card, cash or cheque.

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!

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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