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Newsletter

Volume 25 Issue 90
Thursday 2nd May 2019
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Dates to remember

Term 2

Friday 3rd May
School Photos

Monday 6th May
May Day Public holiday

Friday 10th May
Mother’s Day Mass 9am

Friday 10th May
Mother’s Day Stall

Tuesday 14th-Thursday 16th May
NAPLAN Testing

Friday 7th June
SPORTS DAY
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Dear parents, families and friends,

I trust that everyone had a wonderful Easter and a restful holiday. Our term is jammed packed with exciting events and activities. The two largest events are the Sports Day carnival on Friday the 7th of June and our biannual ‘We Are one’ concert on Friday 21st of June. Our theme for the concert is ‘A Night at the Theatre’ and classes have already begun nominating songs and choreographing dances for the concert.
We would like to thank the P&F committee for the coordination of the Easter raffle and the visit from the Easter Bunny. There were over 21 prizes altogether. Congratulations to Chung Nguyen who won both 1st and 2nd prize and Baxter Savy for winning 3rd prize.
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I have been in contact with Ms Robbins during the holidays. She is recuperating well and is in good spirits. Thank you for keeping her in your prayers and thoughts. We have interviewed and appointed a teacher for Room 1 to begin on Tuesday of next week until Ms Robbins is able to return. Her name is Pauline Campbell. I know that we will all make her feel very welcome as she joins the team.
On the Thursday we participated in the ANZAC Day March. Thank you to families for your support in bringing your children to the ceremony.
During the holidays Ms Cattell and Mr Damien welcomed Peter Damien Hynes to their family. Weighing in at 9 pounds he has been an absolute dream baby so far and all are healthy and loving getting to know each other.
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Mr Mark has given his resignation. We would like to thank Mr Mark for his contributions to the school and his work with the children over the years and wish him all the best for the future. We are currently shortlisting the position and will appoint a new inclusion support assistant in the coming weeks.

Please jump onto our website which has been refreshed and updated at https://www.sfasnt.catholic.edu.au

Looking forward to seeing our mother’s, aunties, grandmother’s and special women in our lives at our Mother’s Day Mass.

Grow in Wisdom and Love
Melanie Bolwell
Principal
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CURRICULUM COORDINATOR: SHANNON MORGAN

NAPLAN TEST DATES 2019

Tuesday 14th May
Language Conventions - 45 minutes Years 3 & 5
Writing - 40 minutes - Years 3 & 5 (Narrative or Persuasive)

Wednesday 15th May
Reading - 45 minutes Year 3 and 50 minutes Year 5

Thursday 16th May
Numeracy- 45 minutes Year 3 and 50 minutes Year 5

Handy tips for parents to assist in your child's preparation:
  • Take the time to speak with your child about NAPLAN tests. Reassure
  • your child that this is only one form of assessment that teachers use throughout the year.
  • Online NAPLAN Practice Tests covering areas of Numeracy, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation can be accessed on www.smeebu.com. These assessments are designed to help build familiarity with the NAPLAN test format and they're also fun to do.
  • Sample questions and example test booklets can be accessed on the NAPLAN website: www.nap.edu.au/naolan/the-tests.html
  • For further information please visit http://www.nao.edu.au
Speak with your child's classroom teacher for further information or clarification of the tests as required.
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Introducing Father Giovanni


I am Fr. Giovanni and I was born in Sicily, Messina on the 24 June 1986. Although I share the same birthdav as St. John the Baptist, I was named after my maternal grandfather instead. I grew up in a normal catholic family and I am the third of five children. All my siblings are married and live in Italy and I am the only one far away from home. My parents have been long involved in the Neo­-Catechumenal Way which is an itinerary of rediscovery of the promises of our baptism.
I studied in the public school in the little suburb called Santa Lucia which I grew up in. In secondary school I studied to be a chef and I graduated in 2005. I worked my culinary skills for a year but at the age of 19, I felt the call to serve the Lord in another way. I journeyed to a place near Rome in Porto San Giorgio, where I was sent to Australia to study and to be ordained for the Archdiocese of Perth. I studied at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary from February 2007 till the day of my ordination to the priesthood on 4 March 2016. Post ordination I served the community of Diocese of Adelaide for a month. I headed back to the archdiocese of Perth where I was appointed as Assistant Priest to the Canning Vale Parish. Although a newly ordained priest then, I was dutifully in charge of the Parish, due to the unfortunate illness of the Parish Priest for the next 2 years. I have just achieved my 3rd milestone as an appointed parish priest of St. Francis of Assisi Humpty Doo for the next term.
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SFAS AWARDS

Principal Award

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SRC Award

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Room 1

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Room 2

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Room 9

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Room 10

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Room 11

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AWARDS SCORE

Anthony (Blue) – 1060 Points
Clare (Yellow) – 1270 Points
Francis (Red) – 1240 Points
Teresa (Green) – 1130 Points
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Timetable for School photos
Friday 3rd May 2019
8:20 Commencement of School Day­
Whole School Photos
Staff Photos
8:40 ELC class
9:15 Room 1
9:30 Room 2
9:45 Room 11
9:55 Room 10
10:05 Room 9
10:15 Families (only students that have ordered a family photo)

10:30
-11:05 Recess

11:05 Misc Groups:
Student Leadership
Sports Captains
School Captains
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St Francis of Assisi Parish Humpty Doo

Sunday Mass Times:
  • St Barbara’s (Bachelor) – 8:00am
  • St Francis of Assisi (Humpty Doo) – Saturday Vigil 7:30pm
Sunday 9:30am and 6:00pm

Children’s Liturgy: Every Sunday at the 9:30 Mass.
All Children who have not done First Communion are welcome to participate.

Weekday Mass Times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 7:00am
Wednesday 9:30am is a School Mass at the Church

ALL WELCOME
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