Volume 26 Issue 3
Thursday 20th February 2020

Term 1

Dates to remember

Friday 21st February

Sport Captain Speeches

Tuesday 25th February

Shrove /Pancake Tuesday

Shared Morning Tea

Wednesday 26th February

Ash Wednesday Whole School Mass

Tuesday 17th March

St Patricks Day

24th & 25th March

Conversations for Learning

week 4
Dear Families and Friends,
Last Friday we celebrated the beginning of the school year with a beautiful mass. Thank you to the families and friends and visitors from the Catholic Education Office for joining us for our celebration. At the Mass, we commissioned our School Captains for 2020. Congratulations to Jakarli Lee,
Jay Churly and Harrison Scott. They have already begun fulfilling their role as Captains by joining with me, and other students from schools across Darwin, in the Commemorative Service for the 78th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. We hope that, through their attendance, the older generation has the opportunity to pass the baton of remembrance to our younger Australians, so they too may understand the significance of this historic event, and help ensure that our nation never forgets the horror of war and the value of peace.

St Francis of Assisi and Play Therapy Northern Territory have formed a partnership to support the wellbeing of our children at the school. From the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA): “Play Therapy is founded on a number of theoretical models whereby the trained play therapist utilizes the power of play, within a therapeutic relationship, to relieve suffering, prevent or resolve emotional and behavioural difficulties and to achieve optimal growth and development of children (or older individuals).” If this is a service you believe could benefit your child please contact the office for further information or look at their website at Our play therapist, Heather, will begin next Tuesday at the school.

Last week I mentioned it was Safer Internet Day. I talked about the increase in the availability of online games and social media platforms. These increases and changes are happening so quickly that it makes my head spin but as a parent, I know it is my responsibility to keep up to date in regards to what is happening in this arena. The latest craze is TikTok. TikTok is the destination for short-form mobile videos and our children are using them to post images of themselves but at the same time naively sharing information about themselves. We encourage parents to supervise and check privacy settings with their children.
Sadly I share with everyone that today we will be farewelling Miss Kayla who works in the OSHC program. Miss Kayla will be moving interstate to study. We wish her all the best as she begins this new chapter of her life.

Tomorrow our Year 6 students will be offered the opportunity to nominate themselves for Sports Captain which the school community will then vote for. I look forward to announcing who that will be next week.

Grow in Wisdom and Love


Melanie Bolwell

APRE Week 4
20Feb2020 - NAPLAN & Homework
PARRS Netball
Mix OB at Op Shop Poster
palmerston Saints Hockey skills sessions
NDIS March Workshops
litchfield soccer
Southern Districts Netball 2020 registration
Swamp Dogs Rugby
Palmerston Free After School Clinics
School: (08) 8988 1212
Early Learning Centre: (08) 8988 2821
After School Care: 0429501507