- School Goals for 2021
- Principal's Report
- Reconciliation Prayer
- What's On
- Family Week Open Morning
- Athletics Carnival
- Kinder/1 news
- HUGE THANK YOU
- First Eucharist Retreat Day
- Year 2/3 news
- Reconciliation Week 2021 ~ 27 MAY TO 3 JUNE
- Biggest Morning Tea/Light Lunch
- Parent Survey ~ Tell Them From Me
- National Simultaneous Storytime
- Music News
- Semester 1 Reports
- Congratulations Belle Bardawil
- Year 4,5,6 news
- Term 3 Dates
- Car Rally Catering
My Principal's Award this week was awarded to Belle Bardawil.
Belle represented our school at the CWA Public Speaking Competition, held in Forbes this week. We are very proud of Belle's efforts, not only did she have the courage to compete against the best of many schools in our region and put significant time and effort into practising to ensure she competed to the best of her ability, Belle achieved success in achieving reserve winner in the Year 3/4 competition. Well Done Belle and thank you to Belle's family for supporting her in this event!
First Eucharist - First Holy Communion
Next weekend we will celebrate with our First Eucharist candidates as they receive their first communion. The word 'communion' means to be united with; we believe that in Holy Communion we are united in a special way with Jesus Christ.
At his last supper, Jesus said of the bread that he shared among his followers, "Take and eat, this is my body." When we receive Holy Communion, Catholics believe that in a mysterious way we are sharing in the body and blood of Christ.
Please join us as we celebrate with our parish, our school, our families and our students; Sophie, Ivy, Amelia, Beau, Seraya, Leonie, Tyrelle, Hayden, Margaret, Leigha, Tyson, Scarlet & Rose next Saturday evening at 6pm in our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church.
Friday night saw the four churches in our town, join together to celebrate the Christain Unity Liturgy. Many thanks to Ivy, Rose, Leigha, Belle and Beau and Gemma and Tildy from NPS who presented the Gospel. The students participated with respect and reverence and read beautifully. It was a fantastic opportunity to share our faith with others, both during the service and supper that followed. Big shout out to our families who, after a very long day, supported our student and joined in the celebration.
Holy Father, God of Love,
You are the Creator of all things.
We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history and the sufferings of Our peoples,
and we ask your forgiveness.
We thank you for the survival of Indigenous cultures
Our hope is in you because you gave your Son Jesus to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to forgive, accept and love one another, as you love us and forgive and accept us in the sacrifice of your Son.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better future for our Nation.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land. Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem by your Spirit.
May your power and love be the foundations on which we build our families, our communities and our Nation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday 17th August - School Public Speaking Competition @ 11.30am
Wednesday 18th August - Book Parade & K/1 Assembly TBC
Friday 20th August - Interschool Public Speaking Competition for Year 3-6
Friday 27th August - 4/5/6 Assembly TBC
Friday 10th September - PUPIL FREE DAY. Staff attending a Spirituality Day
Friday 17th September - Last Day of Term 3
Tuesday 5th October - Pupil Free Day - Staff attending Professional Learning Day
Wednesday 6th October - Term 4 starts - Students return to school
Tuesday 12th October - Term 4 School Community Council Meeting @6pm
TBC - to be confirmed as we receive more information regarding COVID Restrictions. Thanks for your continued understanding.
St Francis Xavier School had a very special day last Wednesday to celebrate families. National Families Week celebrates the vital role that families play in Australian society. The theme 'Stronger families, stronger communities' highlights the important role that families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.
Thank you to the families that joined us for breakfast cooked by 'Down the Track, that visited classrooms to see students learning or joined us for morning tea. Family involvement creates a more positive experience for children and helps children perform better in school.
Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.
Year 5/6 students will visit our preschools next week to share some activites and celebrate together. Miss Corcoran and Mrs Elwin will accompany the students to Lake Early Learning Centre on Monday and Murrin Bridge Preschool on Wednesday. We are looking forward to these special opportunities. Students will walk or travel on the school bus.
Staff from SFX will be hosting the biggest morning tea/ light lunch next Friday the 7th of June at 1.30pm following the Kinder/1 assembly. Gold coin donation, all money raised will go to the Cancer Council, ALL families welcome. More info to follow on our school facebook page.
Students, families and staff were invited to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.
The Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey will close for families today. As we value the role of families within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Francis Xavier School.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the family survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
The link is http://tellthemfromme.com/s9t22
Murrin Bridge Preschool visited us last Wednesday for National Simultaneous Storytime. National Simultaneous Storytime held annually, enables libraries, schools, and pre-schools to read an Australian picture book simultaneously across the country. Mrs Elwin read the book "Give Me Some Space" by Philip Bunting to the preschool and school students. After enjoying the story all students made a breath fueled rocket, causing lots of fun and smiles for staff and students alike.
Reporting - Semester 1 2021
Our teaching staff has begun the process of creating each child’s Semester 1 2021 report.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale - Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations.
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the NSW Common Grade Scale.
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, PDHPE and Creative Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary).
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently).
- Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. The Semester Report in this format encourages family engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for family-teacher interviews where we can engage in genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort and areas for growth.
You are encouraged to book a parent-teacher interview in Week 10.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
Term 3 will commence for all students and staff on Monday 12th July. St Francis Xavier Staff will participate in a Spirituality Day on Friday10th of September. This will be a Pupil Free Day for all students - there will be no one at school on this day - Friday 10th September.
The School has been ask to supply a luncheon for the Car Rally on Sunday 6th June. We are asking if families could help for this major fundraiser. We will need:-
- volunteers on the day - to cook and help out
- Volunteers on Saturday to set up the Boat Shed, and
- cooking of slices, cakes etc for dessert plates. If anyone is able to help in any way please contact the School or Sharna Hayward.