Parish Priest: Fr Florentino (Boy) Galdo
School Principal: Mr Bob Brown
Deputy Principal: Mrs Carmela D’Amato
RE Leader: Mrs Helen Howden
School Email: email@example.com
School Phone: 0393595423
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
Is your child a tinker and a creator? Tinkering is all about hands-on experiences – experimenting with materials and discovering how they can be combined in interesting and creative ways. It’s an opportunity to spend time exploring and being innovative. (Scitech). Beginning Term 2, the students at St Matthew’s will have an opportunity to visit the Tinker and Create room at lunchtimes on specified days. In this room, they can plan, build, design and create to their heart's content. The aim is to eventually have the room set up so that all classes will take part in tinkering and creating throughout the school day.
To help us get started, can you help with donating any of the following:
Small plumbing pipes (PVC)
Icypole sticks (new)
Wood offcuts, wooden boards and wooden blocks
Old locks and keys, door handles, light switches, remote controls etc.
Pieces of synthetic grass
Pieces of fabric (calico, burlap, poplin or plain coloured pieces)
Tooth picks (new)
Old electronics and items to take apart
Robotics kits that you no longer need
Old and broken laptops, computers, sewing machines, video & CD players, phones, fans, clocks, microwaves, toasters and other kitchen appliances, heaters, fans, bikes, push & pull toys, battery operated toys…
Meccano or a variety of nuts & bolts, chains, metal plates & brackets etc
We are looking forward to setting up this exciting new space within our school!
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
At the end of last year, we created a gardening club after some of the year 6s were talking about the gardens that they had set up during lockdown. This gardening club would meet once a week on a Friday and mainly consisted of year 5 and 6 students. We pulled out all the weeds, and talked about the different things that we could be growing. We also started to grow an avocado plant from a seed. This avocado plant is thriving and we can’t wait to pot it.
This year, the gardening club has expanded, and where once it was a small group of 8 or 9 students, we now have approximately 60 students who joined up last Friday. We have four different groups with our Gardening Club:
Mr Donlon is leading the HERB garden
Miss K is leading the VEGETABLE AND FRUIT garden
Miss Di Pasquale is leading the FLOWERS and ‘FRIENDLY GARDEN BUG HUTS’ area as well as fundraising
Mrs D’Amato is leading the MAINTENANCE of the garden.
Here are some before shots… hopefully we will see a big change to our gardening area throughout the year. We are hoping to grow our own produce to then sell to our families.
Some students will be involved in pulling out weeds this Friday 19th March (Mrs D’Amato’s group). If they would like to bring a pair of pants and a shirt on the day, that would be useful. They can get changed at lunchtime prior to weeding.
Wish us luck!