- From the Leadership Team
- Learning Dimension
- Fathers' Day 2020
- Religious Dimension
- Administrative & Community Dimension
- R U OK Day 2020
- Powerful message from Port Adelaide
- Scholarship Applications Open
- Legacy Week
- What's in a name? Competition winners announced
- From the Community
- Thomas More College 2021 Enrolments
- Our Lady of Sacred Heart Enrolments Open
It’s hard to believe we are this far through the year and Term 4 is just around the corner. I’m sure you will agree, 2020 has panned out to be an interesting year, however, I do believe that together we have faced the many challenges with a growth mindset and incredible resilience.
In the coming months as we journey to the end of the year, we will be asking our community to continue to be mindful and vigilant so we can continue to keep our school community safe. Bearing this in mind, we are considering how we will best manage the many events that usually occur in the last part of the year while still enabling our children to join in and celebrate 2020. Things of course will look different to the past, however, that is the nature is this ‘new normal’ for now.
Pupil Free Day - Friday 11 September
There will be no staff on site next Friday as they undertake important literacy professional learning. Our belief in creating life-long learners extends to our staff, that is why we take the time throughout the year to undertake professional learning.
Should you require care on this day, our OSHC service will be open and bookings are being taken now. We thank you for your support of our staff and their ongoing professional development.
Wishing all the Fathers, Father figures and Grandfathers in our community a very Happy Fathers' Day for this Sunday. Men play such an important role in children's lives and we are always so proud to see great dads in action every day at Catherine McAuley School.
Thanks also goes to the Parent Committee which hosted the Fathers' Day Stall this week.
Belinda, Angela, Linda and Courtney
Learning Across Our School
This week we showcase a variety of learning that has been happening across our school this term.
Aboriginal Artist in Residence Program
Over this term we have been privileged to have artist Audrey Brumby and art gallery curator Tony Straccia visit Catherine McAuley and work with our Aboriginal students and their friends to share culture in fun and inspirational ways.
So far we have learned such things as how to represent people, animals and story in paintings, how to create our own stories and convert to language, some Aboriginal terms for English words, dot painting, cooking and so much more.
These photos are from last week when the students did their own dot paintings. We have created a display in the JHPAC which we can’t wait for you to see when parents and caregivers are able to come back into the buildings.
It is our desire to have the students share their knowledge of Aboriginal culture by leading their peers in the activities they have experienced.
School Crossing Monitors
On 27 July all students in years 4 – 7 who are 10 years old, attended training with SAPol Road Traffic division in monitoring the school crossing to allow people to arrive and leave school safely in the mornings and afternoons.
The students took the information on board with the seriousness of the responsibility forefront in their minds.
More than 40 students are now trained and rostered to support the safety of our community. Please respect their authority and follow their lead. They are not be distracted while they are on duty please.
CMS has Talent
What amazing talent we have at CMS! This week and next week we have seen the second round of CMS has Talent kick off ahead of the Grand Final in Week 9.
Congratulations to all the performers who took part in Round One. We were immensely proud to see so many of our students share their talent with us. While we could not take everyone through to the second round, we were so impressed with every student's creativity and courage to take part. Everyone should be so proud of themselves!
Good luck to all the acts who performed in Week 7 or who are performing in Week 8!
Artist of the Week
Mufaro Matonhodza from 2 M with her amazing 3D picture with a message to us all inspired by Science Week last week. Please keep our oceans clean.
Catholic Education Show Case Week
Week 4 of Term 3 was Catholic Education Week where Catholic Education got to show case all the wonderful things that happen in our Catholic schools and why Catholic Education is unique and special.
Our Catherine McAuley Catholic Education Week theme was ‘Ecological Footprint – Commitment to the Earth’. There are so many ‘activities’ we do around our school to help the environment and the earth. These ‘activities’ are completed without giving any of it a second thought but do students really know why we do what we do? Each section of our school looked in to Environmental Clean-Up (R-2), the Veggie Garden (3-4) and Nude Food (5-7) in more detail. Their focus was: Why do we perform these activities, what’s their importance, what impact do they have on us now and future students and what is the impact and connection to the wider community? By the end of the week, it was our aim to raise our students’ heart’s capacity to show empathy towards their environment and earth, while raising their mind’s awareness of ensuring they do something for their environment and earth when the need arises.
Being a Catholic school, each day we say ‘Prayer before Lunch’, known as Grace. Grace simply means ‘an act of thanks’. When we say Grace, we are thanking God for providing. When we say Grace, we are demonstrating our gratitude for the food we are about to eat. During Catholic Education Week, Grace was said a little differently, not solely in the classroom. We said Grace collectively at 12.45pm each day. All classes needed to be ready by this time. I, Mrs Caldinez, placed a ‘7010’ so all classes could hear, and we conducted an echo version of Grace. An echo prayer is a prayer where a single line is said at a time and students repeat the line. By an overwhelming number of teacher requests, we are now going to conduct Grace in this manner from here on end.
Knowing Students by Name and by Heart
CESA has created a new ‘cross’ emblem. We thought for Catholic Education Week, we would create this new emblem with all students’ names. This is not only our Catholic symbol but in recognition of what Mrs Bennett would say, “We know all our students by Name and by Heart”. Knowing and understanding students means more than simply gathering social or administrative information. To know students by heart requires us to dig deeper than this superficial acquaintance.
2020 CAN DRIVE
St Vinnie’s need our help now more than ever.
With devastating bushfires, floods and now COVID-19, the demand for Vinnies services is becoming more urgent. Without our help, St Vinnies are not able to continue to meet the daily needs of the most vulnerable members in our communities.
Panic buying food options has seen many supermarkets limits the number of items a person can purchase, making it difficult for everyone to get the essentials they need, especially those in our community who are already vulnerable and now with unemployment rates skyrocketing our community needs us more than ever.
Our generosity of spirit in the community and our support can help St Vinnies continue to respond to the situation.
Help St Vinnies keep helping others and donate what you can - all non-perishable pantry need to be in-date.
Most in-demand items:
- Tinned fish / meat
- Tinned soup
- Tinned fruit
- Tinned vegetables
- Dry pasta
- Cook-in sauces
- Sweet biscuits and crackers
- Muesli bars and snack packs
- Long life milk
But anything families can donate WILL make a difference.
In 2019 we collected:
1250 items – let’s see if we can beat this total
In 2019 Year 3s WON!! Collecting 276 items – what year level will win this year?
In 2019 Navy WON!! Collecting 390 points towards their total for Sports Day – what colour house will win this year?
Resource Centre News
The Premiers Reading Challenge has now finished for 2020 and we look forward to being able to present our awards during Term 4.
Our second hand uniform shop will be open from Term 3 in T4 (adjacent the umbrella) on Tuesday afternoons 2.30pm - 3.00pm and Thursday mornings 8.30am - 9.00am. Please assist us with room capacity restrictions by allowing only one family at a time in the room. A sizing chart for the girls navy trousers, skort, boy's trousers and shorts is available in the uniform shop and online.
If you have donations for us to sell please drop them off during this time or to the Front Office.
As of Term 3 the Canteen will no longer accept lunch orders via the classrooms. All orders from the beginning of Term 3 will need to be placed online via the Qkr App. Cut off time for online orders is 8.30am on the day required.
For menus and details on the app, including how to order online, please visit our website: https://rorys.com.au/information-for-parents/
We have also developed a parent support line to help deal with forgotten lunches, Qkr problem solving, students that have gone home sick, and all other general canteen related enquires. The phone is staffed from 9.30am-5.00pm and is equipped with message bank for enquires outside these hours. If you have an early morning Qkr App issue a team member will preference your enquiry to ensure a suitable solution can be put in place. Please leave your contact name and number with a brief message.
Parent Support Line: 0413 575 800
For those that prefer to email, an email can be sent directly to: email@example.com
Rory’s team will deal with emergencies from 9.30am and will respond to all other enquiries within 24 hours. Rory’s utilises its’ Facebook page as an informational point for parents, not as a support mechanism for lunch enquiries.
Please note: Canteen no longer stocks Zooper Doopers or Ice Minis - the cheapest ice block is now $1.50. Minimum spend for the Canteen is $1.00.
Kind regards, Rory’s School Lunches
Thursday 10 September is R U OK Day and we are encouraging families to take some time to speak with their children about mental health.
Catherine McAuley School has a strong focus on student well-being and supporting our students, families and staff when it comes to their mental health. Classes will be doing activities as part of R U OK Day throughout the week but it is also a great opportunity for parents to connect with their children.
The video below is a great place to start or you can visit the R U OK Day websit www.ruok.org.au.
Children of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members face unique challenges as a result of their parents' work and keeping a positive mindset is important to help them maintain good mental health. That is why Catherine McAuley School, Playford Primary School, Australian Department of Defence and Port Adelaide Football Club joined forces recently as part of the Power to be Positive program.
Twenty-six students from Years 4 to 7 took part in the well being and resilience program. Facilitated by Playford McAuley Campus Defence Transition Mentor (DTM) Jacqui Langstreth, Power Community team members Will Northeast, Alipate Carlile and Port legend Russell Ebert, spent the morning helping students to build skills such as mindfulness, fixed vs growth mindsets, values and goal-settings. The group also got out on the oval to learn some great footy skills.
Usually, the program includes visits from current Port Power players but that was not possible in 2020 due to Covid-19. However, the players were still able to send important messages from their Gold Coast bubble to the students.
Catherine McAuley School Principal Belinda Bennett thanked Port Adelaide Football Club for their support of ADF students.
"Some Defence families are only with our school for a short time so we want to ensure we wrap them in a supportive bubble and see they are thriving not only during their time with us, but in the years ahead," Mrs Bennett said.
"The Power to be Positive program provides students with important skills that we hope will serve them for the rest of their lives. I would also like to thank our fantastic DTM Jacqui, who is well loved and well known in the Defence community for her care, concern and connection with children of ADF members.''
The Power to be Positive program is linked with the South Australian School Curriculum: Wellbeing for Learning and Life framework which focuses on supporting children and young people’s development.
The Variety Scholarships Program is open now until 30 November, 2020.
Variety offers scholarships in sports and the arts to talented children who are sick, disadvantaged (socio-economically or geographically) or have special needs of up to $3k per annum.Applications are now open. Click the picture for more information.
This week our campus marked Legacy Week. We had a visit from the RAAF and Army bears, which were a huge hit with all our students.
Thank you to all the students, staff and families who supported Legacy through the purchase of a badge, bear or other product. Thank you also goes to our students and parent helpers who sold badges on Thursday morning.
For the past few weeks Playford/McAuley have been running a name the military animal competition. We had lots and lots of entries from all of our classes.
Congratulations to our Catherine McAuley winners.
Aiden H from 6/7 named the donkey Sydney; Maddelenah from 3/4RD named the dog Camo; and Oaklea from RP named the horse Starlight.
Not picture is Kayleigh from 6/7 named the camel Sandy.
ELIZABETH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
CREDIT UNION SA
Catherine McAuley School is part of Credit Union SA's School Community Rewards program. If you are already a member or looking to join, let them know you are associated with the school so we can earn reward money to spend on things like sporting equipment and resources for students.