The month of October is World Mission Month and this week is Anti-Poverty Week. In Australia, more than 13.2% of people are living below the poverty line. This is roughly 3 million people and includes 739, 000 children or more than 1 in every 6. Poverty is not just a lack of money but a lack of access to housing, good education and health services. More information about the Poverty Statistics in Australia can be found at the following website: https://antipovertyweek.org.au/
Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty in Australia and globally.
Pope Francis is urging each of us to reflect on our mission.
‘This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always…. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love.’
Catholic Mission Fundraising Event ‘Day of Many Colours’
This year we are having a fundraising event to raise money for Catholic Missions who then distribute the monies to communities in need. This will take place on Friday, October 25.
We will be asking the students to come to school dressed in ‘mainly one colour’ to represent all the people around the globe. They will need to bring a $2 coin for Catholic Missions.
Africa is represented by green for the forests and grasslands.
The Americas are red representing the fire of faith that inspired missionaries to travel there.
Europe is white because it is the home of the Holy Father in Rome.
Oceania is blue for the oceans surrounding the islands there.
Asia is represented by yellow as a symbol of the bright morning sun.
On Thursday, October 24, students may also bring a few dollars ($2 will buy a cupcake and a zooper dooper) for the goodies prepared by the Social Justice Committee to purchase at recess.
Our Social Justice Committee will also be attending the Mission Mass to be held on 23 October at the Cathedral. We wish them a spirit filled experience that inspires their work.
Lots of girl babies - congratulations to the Dooris family who have welcomed Pippa and to Julie and Michael (Douglas) who became proud grandparents to Sloane Ivy.
Religious Education Coordinator
Catholic Primary Schools' Netball Carnival
It sounds like everyone had a great time at the carnival held recently. Thank you to everyone who made these opportunities happen and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Would players please return netball dresses to the front office as soon as possible, clean and in a bag with your name on it, so it may be marked off easily by our wonderful netball coordinator. However, if you are playing in the summer comp, you can hold on to dress for now.
Order via Flexischools
All options available with salad
Gluten free wrap available – same options as listed
White bread Sub with chicken and cheese
White bread Sub with ham and cheese
White bread Sub with cheese (includes salad)
Cookie (all cookies have no nuts) – 4 flavour options
Chocolate Chip, Rainbow, Raspberry Cheesecake, Double Choc
$6.00 Sub no salad
$6.50 Sub with salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot)
$6.50 Gluten free wrap
OPEN CLASSROOMS next Tuesday, 10 September
Talking to your children in the classroom about their schoolwork is a wonderful sharing opportunity. It is not just about looking at what is displayed on the walls but also a time to celebrate achievements and growth and acknowledge any areas for development from the students’ viewpoint. This may involve talking about a range of different formats used in the classroom. Please come along to your child’s classroom and spend some time listening as your child guides you through their learning. Times are 8.40 – 9.10am or 3.20 – 4.00pm.
One of our most special days is almost here - Friday, 13 September.
Assembly starts at 12.00pm in the hall followed by a BYO picnic lunch in the grounds.
We would love photos for inclusion in our Power Point presentation - please send to
The musical will be performed tonight commencing at 6.00pm. We expect it will finish by approx 7.30pm. There will be a small admission cost - $10 per adult or $20 per family. Tickets will be sold at the door.
We have been advised of this competition by a parent. If you are interested, the link is:
Girlhood relationships are so important, yet they can be both wonderful and awful in the same week. A friendship fallout hurts, but children need to know that arguing doesn’t have to be the end of the friendship. Developmentally, some squabbling is vital because it helps kids learn about respectful conflict resolution. Here’s how parents can help at these difficult times:
Listen to their story
When inevitable conflict arises, girls can often get caught in a ‘rumination loop’ replaying the scene over in their minds, like a song stuck on repeat, which makes things feel catastrophic. As a girl’s brain is still learning how to interpret some responses, she may be misinterpreting a friend’s words or signals. If this is the case, ask her to look for evidence to support her interpretation. Suggest your daughter talks to her friend privately in an assertive way. Help her plan the conversation beforehand, starting with ‘I’ words, which encourage her to own her feelings. She could say, ‘I felt let down when …’ Model apologies at home. Help her think of ways to say, ‘I’m sorry. Can we fix this?’
Discuss the shifting nature of friendships
Relationships don’t always last. As girls grow their tastes and interests change. They want to explore the possibilities of new people and activities. This often leads to hurt when one girl is not ready for a shift.
Parents can help by explaining that changes in friendships are a part of growing up (although never an excuse for meanness). Rather than simply dismissing a girls’ feelings as silly, acknowledge the hurt and gently reassure her there are many new, interesting people she will meet.
Expand her village
Ensure your daughter has friends in a few settings – a neighbour, a team mate, a family friend. They can provide a different connection and helps girls realise they are not alone.
Discuss toxic friendships
Most girls will experience the pain of interacting with a toxic ‘friend’ during their school years. This type of interaction is called relational aggression and serves to damage a person’s sense of social place. For instance, a girl may appear to be friendly but she may use passive-aggressive strategies such as gossip, ostracism and online exclusion. These actions can be very confusing, leading to feelings of shame and loneliness.
When not given healthy ways to express their pain, girls can often internalise their emotions in unhealthy ways like such as through self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders and self- loathing.
Allow her to express hurt
Allow your daughter the chance to process pain, vent or cry when they are hurting. Adults may not be able to change a toxic person’s behaviour, but shouldn’t underestimate the power of listening and being available. Don’t assume that you know what your daughter needs. Rather ask, “What do you need from me in this situation?” When a relationship problem escalates it may need to be taken to the school for further intervention.
Provide growth opportunities
Help your daughter develop the skills for developing healthy friendships. Explicitly teach your daughter to think about what compassion, kindness and empathy look like in a friend and helps her recognise what it means to be a good friend herself.
Helping girls manage friendship issues can be exhausting so parent self-care becomes a priority during these times. Girls benefit enormously from having a caring, emotionally healthy adult in their lives who can support them and help them process their thoughts and emotions when peer relationships turn sour.