Parish Priest: Fr Florentino (Boy) Galdo
School Principal: Mr Bob Brown
Deputy Principal: Mrs Carmela D’Amato
RE Leader: Mrs Helen Howden
School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Phone: 0393595423
Last Tuesday afternoon we held an impromptu whole school assembly where all students, teachers and Learning Support Officers were in attendance to revise our School Rules. Mrs D’Amato and I worked through a set of six slides in conjunction with this big A5 poster explaining them all in detail. Both the poster and the slides will be placed strategically in each classroom and even outside on the yard. The Teachers will be revisiting these on a regular basis. Please click the link below for the School Rules slides
Penance – the action of being sorry for doing something wrong. The sacrament of Penance is now known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation in which we can be absolved of our ‘wrong doings’ or ‘sins’. In today’s society often we don’t think we have any ‘sins’ or ‘wrong doings’ to which we have to be sorry for. But, being “sorry” is an important part of everyday life.
Being “Sorry” is a recognition of our everyday ‘wrong doings’ such as ANGER, SLANDER, BULLYING and PRIDE. Penance during Lent allows us the opportunity to restore our broken relationship with Jesus. We repair the spiritual damage we have done not only with Jesus, but also with all those we work with, play with and even meet fleetingly.
As we head towards our National Day of Action against Bullying I thought it was timely that we revisit and acknowledge what is Bullying.
Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm.
At St. Matthew’s we have a number of different programs and processes that we use to support the children to understand: what bullying is, to support them to take a stand against bullying and how to seek help if they feel they are being bullied.
As we head towards the National Day of Action against Bullying more learning will be taking place to ensure that all children understand that bullying is not ok and won’t be tolerated at St. Matthew’s.
This year’s slogan is Take Action Together. This is a lovely way of working together to ensure we are all happy, safe and respected when we are at school.
As a school we have revisited our school rules with the children and this is a great way to help the children understand how to be safe when they are at school. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing our learning and knowledge through the newsletter and displays around the school so keep your eyes out.
Mrs Jackie Fleischmann
2021 PRIME MINISTER’S SPELLING BEE
Schools are being encouraged to get involved in this year’s Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee to promote literacy in an entertaining and engaging way.
This year the spelling bee, hosted by Kids News, will be conducted through a digital format rather than face to face.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged all schools to get involved and register.
“Literacy is so critical to a young person’s education in Australia. It provides the fundamental base to develop other skills, and the tools to embrace the joy of reading and writing,” the Prime Minister said.
“This is a free competition that is fun and exciting and will help students learning literacy build their confidence.”
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the spelling bee would help nurture a love of words in students.
“Spelling bees are not only great fun, they have wider benefits like helping kids develop confidence and discovering new ways to learn,” Minister Tudge said.
“I urge parents, teachers and our young people to get behind the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee and I encourage all schools to take part.”
The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee was due to commence in 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.
The national spelling bee will run in Term 1, 2021 for children in Years 3 to 8. It will be held at school level in March, with finals for each state and territory taking place in April.
If you allow your child to participate, they will be given a permission form to be completed and signed by a parent. The students will sit for the Spelling Bee from March 15 to March 26.
Mrs Rina Carfi