Friday commemorates 19 years since the 9/11 attacks in America. Patriot Day is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance on this day in America every year, in memory of the 2,996 people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York city, Arlington, Virginia and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Take the time to mark this day with your own prayer, below I list a prayer written by a muslim to the one God we all believe in:
A Muslim Prayer
God of all nations, look with favor upon this great nation as we remember the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Be our source of strength, healing and comfort as our wounds still bleed.
God of wisdom and compassion, You create eventual blessings out of every kind of evil.
Make us instruments and agents of such creation as we strive to turn the post-9/11
challenges into opportunities and blessings for others and ourselves.
God of mercy and grace, we bring up the immediate victims
and their loved ones of these heinous acts into your attention.
Be their light in these moments of darkness and difficulty.
God of hope and glory, do not let our hopes overcome by our fears.
Do not let our souls crippled by despair.
Be our source of hope and guidance in these times of sorrow and mourning.
Oh God, if we forget You. Do not forget us.
In your most Holy and Beautiful names we pray.
Imam Abdullah Antepli
This week we welcome Mr John Hills to the College. John will be taking on the Business Manager role whilst Mr Les Gardner takes his extended period of leave (postponed due to COVID-19). John will have a three week handover period with Les, before Les’ leave gets underway.
Les will return to the College in late December 2021. We are all a little envious Les. Safe travels.
Mrs Natalie Brook will be taking leave from Monday, 12th October through to the end of Term Four. Mrs Emma Callanan has been appointed to teach Prep Blue for Term Four. Mrs Callanan has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Certificate in Education (Inclusive Education). She is currently the Centre Director of Goodstart Early Learning. To ensure a thorough transition for the students and staff, we have arranged for Mrs Callanan to spend time in Prep Blue between now and the end of the term. We wish Mrs Brook all the best for her leave.
Mrs Julia Park will be taking leave from Monday, 12th October to Sunday, 28th February, 2021, inclusive. Mrs Allison Twining has been appointed to teach Grade 1 White for Term Four. Mrs Twining is well known to the students through being a regular relief teacher at the Kingston Campus. To ensure a thorough transition for the students and staff, we have arranged for Mrs Twining to spend time in Grade 1 White between now and the end of the term. We wish Mrs Park all the best for her leave.
PLANNING FOR IMPLEMENTATION - AN EXCITING NEW STAGE IN OUR PARISH AND COLLEGE
The final acquisition of the old Vodafone site by Catholic Education Tasmania is close at hand. What a privileged position to be in, to have such a wonderful facility already built ready to be utilised for senior secondary education.
Over the past three months, a team of staff at the College have been working together to plan for the move to our third site on Huntingfield Avenue, and the implementation of Years 11 and 12 at SACC in 2023.
The Planning for Implementation Team (PIT) last week met with Principal-elect Eamonn Pollard. We look forward to providing regular updates to staff and parents over the coming weeks and months as planning continues.
The ‘PIT Crew’ consists of Eamonn Pollard, Susie Bond (Chair), Peter Dodd, Natasha Harris, Samantha Wilton, Nickie Birchall, Josh Leach and Donna Duggan. Moving forward, this team will be meeting fortnightly to progress movement on the project.
The next meeting will be on Friday, 11th September. This meeting will be a full day and will be facilitated by Mr Christopher Smith. Chris is the former Dean of Campus at Guilford Young College and Principal of St Virgil’s College. His knowledge will be invaluable during this important time of transition. Mrs Bobby Court, former Principal of Guilford Young College, will also be a ‘critical friend’ for the team.
NAPLAN INFORMATION SESSIONS from the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council
FREE INFORMATION NIGHTS:
TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 7:00PM and THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 7:00PM
(identical sessions of 45 minute duration)
The TCSPC is pleased to offer all parents, carers, principals and teachers the opportunity to hear first hand about the ‘NAPLAN’ and ‘MY SCHOOL’ websites, including live online demonstrations and explanations on how to use many of the functions on each website.
We are fortunate that the sessions are being supported by subject matter experts, including ACARA CEO David de Carvalho. David has also had previous direct involvement with Catholic Education in Australia.
ZOOM LOG ON DETAILS ARE:
Session 2 - 10th September 7pm
Meeting ID: 858 0577 9532
Reserve your place today at our Facebook Event:
Session 2: https:/wwwwfacebookk.com/events/324398565583896/
7HOFM APPLE FOR THE TEACHER
Wanting to recognise the important contribution that teachers make to the lives of students, 7HO FM runs an Apple for the Teacher competition each year.
The community had the opportunity to nominate their favourite primary teacher and then vote for the most outstanding one.
Over 400 fabulous teachers were nominated in Southern Tasmania, including 12 from the College.
On the morning of the announcement the Grade 5 students came together to listen to the radio in the hope that one of their teachers would be named the competition's favourite teacher. The College had three Grade 5 teachers in the top 10. 3rd place winner was Grade 5 Green teacher, Miss Tara Lewis and the winner, with almost 16,500 votes, was Grade 5 Blue teacher, Mrs Su Heyward.
Su has been a teacher at the College since 1986 and has taught hundreds of students over this time, including the 3rd place winner, Miss Lewis.
Current and past students, along with their families, speak highly of Su's enthusiasm and her kind and caring nature. Su's approachable attitude provides guidance and support to both students and her colleagues. Su, we are very lucky to have you as part of or College Community.
Su won an Apple Mac Book Air and each student in Grade 5 Blue won an Apple iPad. Due to delivery delays Su and her students will be receiving their prizes at the end of the month.
Book Week will be held from 19th - 23rd October. The Children's Book Council theme this year is "Curious Creatures, Wild Minds".
GRADE 7 ENROLMENTS 2022
If you know of families outside the College looking to enrol their child in Grade 7 for 2022, they can complete an expression of interest form available on the College website - Here
Students currently enrolled in Grade 5 do not need to apply.
Applications are due on 11th September.
Students in Prep - Grade 2 have been attending the Kingborough Gymnastics Centre for gymnastics sessions as part of their Health and Physical Education classes. The students have been hanging and swinging from bars, balancing on the beam and jumping into the foam pit.
GRADE 1 BLUE
Grade 1 Blue have been learning about how to write an explanation in English. Students listened to the Life Cycle of a Frog and a Butterfly and wrote an explanation to explain the process.
HOODIES FOR HAMISH
The Kingston Campus will be a holding a fundraiser on Friday 18th September.
Hamish Cullen is a Grade 1 student who has recently had a relapse of a brain tumour that he was diagnosed with in July 2019. He has had another major surgery and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Hobart Hospital. As a College community, we would like to support the Cullen family with their ongoing battle with Hamish's disease and raise some money to support Hamish and his family.
Students are invited to wear their favourite hooded jumper with their sports uniform in exchange for a gold coin donation.
Students in Kindergarten recently wrote letters to a family member as part of their unit on Community. The students walked to the Blackmans Bay Post office to post their letters. It was a lovely day for a walk with many members of the community commenting on how respectful and how wonderful the students' manners were as they walked around the shopping centre.
The Grade 9 Debating team have represented the College extremely well. Despite COVID-19 restrictions setting the roster back, the team managed to participate in two debates. On Wednesday, 26th August the team won against Ogilvie with a margin of five points. Congratulations!
DUKE OF EDINBURGH
On Wednesday, 2nd September, Mrs Ottaway's Duke of Edinburgh class participated in one of their camp practice walks, completing an extension walk around Sphinx Rock. It was a chilly start (1.5 degrees and windy), but that resulted in a very brisk walking pace.
For the third year in a row, St Aloysius Catholic College have participated in Legacy fundraising. Twelve of our Grade 9 students gave up two hours each to fundraise for Legacy, which supports families affected by war. The students represented the College extremely well and enjoyed the experience of helping a wonderful cause.
SENIOR DRAMA PRODUCTION
Grade 7 Food Studies students have been learning about Indigenous foods and sustainability this term. Students have been exploring traditional Aboriginal produce and researching how the seasons can affect what foods are available. Food Studies teacher, Mr Brian Green, has been guiding students through practical cooking classes, as fusion recipes including wallaby, kunzea, lemon myrtle, mountain pepper berries and wattle seed were followed to produce some delicious results.
On 27th August, local Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Rodney Dillon visited the College to talk to Grade 7 Food Studies students about using Aboriginal knowledge to support sustainable food production practices. Students inspected a traditional fish trap made in East Arnhem land, admired the marbled inlay of abalone shells, and enjoyed tasting an array of traditional foods. The menu included mutton birds, kangaroo sausages, slow cooked possum tacos, abalone, wallaby burgers, salt bush leaves and steamed samphire (sea asparagus).
Aboriginal students from Grades 5 and 6 joined the group at lunch time and were happy to see Uncle Rodney visiting the campus again to share his wisdom with us.
Want to know more? Here is a short film the College made with Uncle Rodney Dillon recently. It is about traditional lifestyle, including foods and Aboriginal perspectives of sustainability.
SCHOOL BASED TRAINEESHIPS FOR ABORIGINAL STUDENTS IN SOUTHERN TASMANIA
AFL Sportsready, in partnership with ANZ and the Commonwealth Bank, are seeking applications from Aboriginal students currently in Grade 10. Are you interested in a school based traineeship in banking and customer service? If so, you could work one day a week while completing years 11 and 12. You would earn a salary (the national training wage), gain valuable work experience, complete a Certificate II in Business and receive ongoing career support.
Applications close 27th September 2020.
Click on the attached links for more information.
FATHER'S DAY PROJECT
We hope all Fathers, Stepfathers, Pops, Grandads and special blokes in our lives had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed some quality time with the family. Thanks to the Grade 5/6 Outreach Group, Vinnies students and Parish Associates Hannah and Robert for all the time and effort they put in to making over 600 Father’s Day gift packs for all of our primary students. We’d love to see how your sunflowers go and who can grow the tallest!
Kingston Channel Parish Youth Group is in full swing with young people from four different schools/colleges so far joining together in a range of activities. Last week we made Father’s Day origami and played ball games on the oval. The week before, we explored this year's Social Justice Sunday theme: To Live Life to the Full. We watched a brief explanation by Bishop Vincent Long and discussed what it means to us. See our display at the back of the church to catch up on what has been happening this term at Youth Group and see us living life to the full!
VINNIES WINTER APPEAL
Congratulations to the Grade 9/10s who raised $74 with their pizza lunch fundraiser. Sorry, we have no photos as the pizzas disappeared too quickly! Also well done to the Grade 5 and 6s who dressed up for an amazing ‘Cosplay’ Day and raised a wonderful $173.90. This money will be added to the Grade 7/8 sausage sizzle money (still to be confirmed) to help the most vulnerable in our local community.
PREP AND GRADE 1 GODLY PLAY
Prep and Grade 1 classes have recently enjoyed the experience of hearing the Baptism story in Godly Play. They watched the actions, were given the chance to be ‘Godparents’ and each were given a tealight to hold, a symbol of the light within them. Mrs Marriott would like to commend all the students on their respectful and reverent manner in the convent. Grade 1 White also created some beautiful Baptism artwork which is on display in the Kingston Campus foyer.
We are pleased to announce that $144.10 was raised from our recent Vinnies Sleepout in support of the Kingborough Loui’s Van. Simon Terhell from Vinnies Hobart and Enda Pennicott of Kingborough Helping Hands will collect a cheque from our brave participants at the next Huntingfield assembly in Week 10.
SCHOOLTV, SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Father’s Day
For many years now, the role of fathers has changed and evolved. During the industrial revolution, fathers were often considered detached and distant due to working long hours in factories. However, today things have changed dramatically with many dads being celebrated for being sensitive, caring and more hands-on.
Recent studies have shown that children benefit greatly from having fathers who are present and interacting in everyday activities. This has transformed the understanding of how fathers shape children’s lives from the start, challenging conventional ideas of parenthood and gender.
Research also suggests that fathers influence their sons and daughters in different ways, which is especially true during their transition to adolescence. Engaging in regular physical activities can play a key role in influencing children to learn self-control, face challenges, regulate emotions and take manageable risks.
In this Special Report, fathers will learn about the positive impact they can have on their child’s mental health and wellbeing, whilst also ensuring they indulge in a little self-care. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report