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Report and Interview time

posted 21 Jun 2018, 05:29 by Michelle Virgona

Mid year reports go home on Friday. Please have a good study of the scale on page 3. The report format is consistent across the NSW schools and is part of an assessment package that is provided to parents. The interviews next week are an essential part of the reporting package. Also, ask your child what areas they have done well in so far this year and what areas they need to work on. Parent teacher interviews will be held next week. Please do your best to keep to the 15 minutes so other parents are not delayed. 

eSmarties on our Digital Footprint

posted 21 Jun 2018, 05:26 by Michelle Virgona

During our Thursday morning assembly, the Year 6 eSmarties gave a short presentation to the Villa community regarding Digital Footprint. With the large use of computers and internet interaction today, the eSmarties want to ensure the Villa Maria students understand that every time they go into the internet they create a trail of information. The information or photo we place up can never be fully removed - even when deleted. This is called your digital footprint

The main message to the students from the eSmarties was to STOP! THINK! BEFORE YOU LINK! We encourage all students to think carefully before going onto the internet.

Thank you eSmarties for helping to keep Villa Maria a safe and smart digital school.

A Night in Hollywood

posted 21 Jun 2018, 05:19 by Michelle Virgona

The Hollywood evening last Friday night was simply amazing. Many thanks for the generosity and support of all who were able to attend. The organisers did an magnificent job! Congratulations to the decorators: Olivia Edwards and her husband Martin, Gillian O'Donovan and her husband Patrick and congratulations to Amanda Patterson and Kate Gardiner for their amazing coordination of the prizes, auctions, raffles and everything that made the night run smoothly. The P&F raised over $40 000!!!

How to be Mindful during Wellbeing Week

posted 8 Jun 2018, 05:13 by Michelle Virgona

Next week it is Week 7 and that means it is Wellbeing Week. There are many things we can do as a family to take time to be together, but have you ever thought about taking time to practise being mindful.

‘Mindfulness is a whole body-mind state of awareness that involves ‘tuning in’ to the present moment, with openness and curiosity, instead of ‘tuning out’ from experience. Mindfulness is a state of being fully awake to life – being aware and undistracted in the present moment. It is about focusing attention on the present, rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future- which is often our brain’s default mode.’ (KidsMatter Website)


Please check the KidsMatter website (https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/mental-health-matters/mindfulness)

Confirmation

posted 8 Jun 2018, 05:09 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 8 Jun 2018, 05:09 ]

Congratulations to the Year 6 students who made their confirmation this week. Thank you to the teachers and Parish Sacramental Team for all their help in preparing the children. A special thanks to Bishop Brady and Fr Kevin. Now please have a read at what the children got up to on their Confirmation Retreat Day...

Last week while all of Villa Maria were learning how to multiply two-digit numbers, Year 6 were relaxing at the Parish Hall... ha, ha!

We started off the day with a Parish mass in our local Holy Name of Mary Church. But during mass everyone secretly wanted to curl up in front of a fire, it was really, really, really, cold!!!! After our mass we went to the church hall to take part in a fun role play with a lady from Catholic Mission. It was about poverty and how families have to fight for such little things. Year 6 turned into a pack hyenas when tic tacs were being used as medicine. She also presented a slideshow with us that was about child poverty like the role play, which even the teachers took part in.

The Bishop talked to use about what being confirmed should mean to use and we were allowed to ask him questions about his life and what would happen on the night he confirmed us. We then separated in three large groups and went in a cycle of activities (Heidi and I were in the same group so we saw each other on Confirmation night). In between everything we had a few food breaks where we could eat the delicious sausage sizzle served by the helpful dads. 

The group activities were making cookies, practicing our Confirmation Mass, going to see St Peter Chanel's chapel and some meditation in the hall. When we finally made the cookies all the kids wanted to eat the cookies and not sell them at mass and at school, but the money raised would be donated to Catholic Mission so they wouldn't need to fight over tic tacs. 

Year 5 really don't know what's coming next year at the Retreat Day. They should definitely look forward to a completely new day of fun. The whole of Year 6 are so excited to have their confirmation and are so grateful for the parents and teachers to take their time to help us celebrate our Confirmation. It was so amazing!

By Arabella and Heidi (Yr 6)

Villa Athletics Carnival

posted 30 May 2018, 00:12 by Michelle Virgona

What a fabulous day was had by all the students at the Athletics Carnival on Tuesday. The warm weather and the smoky air seemed to unexpectedly contribute to faster running as 10 records were broken on the day. WOW!!! Congratulations to MacKillop House, ably led by Max A and Ruby W our Colour House Leaders.

A big, big, thank you to all our wonderful parent helpers, especially those who worked all day. Your assistance was invaluable. Congratulations to our Age Champions and Runners–Up.

The new and very blue playground surface

posted 30 May 2018, 00:08 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 30 May 2018, 01:40 ]

Our new surface on the netball/basketball courts is here. It will all be ready to go by Monday of next week. The new surface is certainly softer then the bitumen and has very good grip but when wet it can be slippery. The winter dew means we will move the morning gathering/play area to the artificial grass area as we have this week.

The next stage of the playground improvement is the adventure playground.

Chanel Mission Day 2018

posted 30 May 2018, 00:05 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 30 May 2018, 00:09 ]

Last Thursday on the 24th of May we had Chanel Mission Day, everyone wore crazy hair and a touch of purple. To start off the day we began with a morning assembly about St Peter Chanel and his life growing up. During assembly we had Fr Paul come and talk to us about Marist Missions. They help poor kids and adults in poverty or people who have been rejected by their families and are alone or on the streets. Marist Missions help in several different countries and help with educating people of all ages.

At recess, the generous donations of food from the Chanel families helped to make it a fun and yummy morning tea with extraordinary baked goods and other yummy foods. After lunch the Chanel leaders went to each class to tell and show the students about St Peter Chanel’s life. Then Years 4-6 participated in a Kahoot while K - Year 3 participated in a quiz. The top 3 people with the highest scores in their class were then awarded with a lollie or a chocolate. We also awarded the people with the most crazy hair in their class. All our donations are given the charity Marist Missions.

Written by Georgia (6W) and Michelle (6W)

2018 Major Fundraiser - A Night in Hollywood

posted 24 May 2018, 22:22 by Michelle Virgona

Are you ready for the glitz and glam of the 2018 Major fundraiser? 
Join us for 'A Night in Hollywood', Friday 15th June at the Parish Hall. Tickets are up on Flexischools (www.flexischools.com.au). As well as being a fantastic night, this is our major fundraiser for the year as we continue to raise funds for the final phase of our children’s playground development. Secure your tickets fast via Flexischools!

Regional Cross Country

posted 24 May 2018, 22:18 by Michelle Virgona

A long drive, a beautiful, crisp, sunny morning and fantastic team cheering saw 18 Villa runners compete at the Regional Cross Country Carnival at Miranda on Wednesday. It was so pleasing to see all team members supporting each other and not just in their own age groups, but across the whole team. 11 Runners (*) will progress through to the MacKillop Carnival at Eastern Creek in 3 weeks. Congratulations to those children. 

9yrs - Cooper E (*) 3rd, Karina V (*) 2nd, Matthew D DNF 
10yrs - Toby H (*), Henry G (*)7th, Henry R 13th, Charlotte O (*) 2nd
11yrs - Thomas G (*) 6th, Iris G (*) 2nd, Ambar M 14th, Rome C 18th 
12yrs - Ben H (*) 2nd, Henry H (*) 5th, Sienna M (*) 3rd, Ella F 12th

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