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Catholic Schools Week

posted 22 Feb 2018, 01:32 by Michelle Virgona

A reminder, that Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated from the 4 – 10 March. Villa Maria will have an open morning on Wednesday 7th March from 9:00am to 11:00am. This will be an opportunity for all parents, friends and prospective families to visit our wonderful school.

2018 SRC

posted 21 Feb 2018, 20:35 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 21 Feb 2018, 20:36 ]

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected by their peers to represent their class on the Student Representative Council (SRC): 

2B: Phoenix & Mollie 
2W: Tate & Ivy 
3B: William & Emma 
3W: Harrison & Ruby 
4B: Jack & Ottilie 
4W: Min & Annabel 
5B: Alexander & Ciara 
5W: Oscar & Ambar 
Year 6: Anthony & Olivia

Meet the Teacher Interviews

posted 15 Feb 2018, 11:46 by Michelle Virgona

For all Years 1 - 6 Parents, a reminder that the “Meet the Teacher” interviews will be held next week. The aim of these meetings is for parents to provide teachers with a greater insight into the gifts, talents and personality of your children. I thank teachers and parents in advance for the time taken to meet and discuss each child.

Lent

posted 15 Feb 2018, 11:42 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 15 Feb 2018, 11:52 ]


Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent for Western Christian churches. It's a day of penitence to clean the soul before the Lenten fast. In Ash Wednesday services, churchgoers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes as a sign of penitence and mortality. The use of ashes, made by burning palm crosses from the previous Palm Sunday, is very symbolic. The marking of their forehead with a cross made of ashes reminds each churchgoer that: 

  • Death comes to everyone 
  • They should be sad for their sins 
  • They must change themselves for the better 
  • God made the first human being by breathing life into dust, and without God, human beings are nothing more than dust and ashes 
On Wednesday, we celebrated with the Parish community the Ash Wednesday liturgy, to remind us that Lent has begun and that this is a time to prepare for the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Swimming Carnival 2018

posted 9 Feb 2018, 01:31 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 15 Feb 2018, 11:48 ]

Congratulations to everyone involved in the swimming carnival on Monday. The day could not have been such a success without the leadership of Mrs Hyatt, the support of the staff and the parent volunteers. Well done to the Year 6 students for their leadership on the day and all those children who competed in the events. The team spirit and strong sportsmanship was very evident on the day.

Congratulations to MacKillop House on their victory. They were ably led by their leaders Max (Yr 6) and Ruby (Yr 6). It was Green’s first victory since 2009, so all children were very excited about the win. 34 students will now compete at the Cluster Swimming Carnival at Auburn next Thursday, 22 February. Congratulations to Charlotte (Yr 5) who broke three records on the day. One record had been held for 20 years, so this was a fabulous achievement Charlotte! 

Some School Safety Reminders

posted 9 Feb 2018, 01:28 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 9 Feb 2018, 01:28 ]

A reminder to parents that the school day commences at 8:50 am and concludes at 3:00 pm. 

If your child arrives after the commencement time they are required to be signed in at the Office. Also if you wish to take your child early they will need to be signed out at the school Office.

School Supervision
Supervision is provided in the morning from 8:25 am until 3:20 pm in the afternoon. The school provides no supervision of students either on the school premises or in the school surrounds outside these times. The only students supervised outside these times, who are on the school property, are those students attending before or after school care.

Teachers are present at school outside these times for other reasons, for example: preparation, lesson planning or meetings. Parents are responsible for the supervision and safety of their child/ children outside these official supervised school hours, including for students who choose to arrive well before the start of the school day.

Many thanks for your understanding on such an important issue.

Pick-Up Time
Two teachers will be on duty at the pick-up zone on mark Street from 3.00 pm – 3.20 pm. Another teacher will be supervising the children, waiting for their parents to arrive by car and also those waiting to catch the bus, in the School Hall. Parents are reminded
that children who wait in other areas designated by their parents are not supervised at this time.

As you approach the pick-up zone, please display your family name clearly in large letters on an A4 sized card on the inside of your car windscreen. Parents are requested to remain in their cars at all times. Please move out of the zone as quickly as possible.

Children should not be entering cars in the pick up line up the street. Do not, in any circumstances, park your car and leave it. 

THE SAFETY OF EVERY CHILD AT VILLA MARIA IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE!

Welcome Back to 2018

posted 9 Feb 2018, 01:19 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 9 Feb 2018, 01:23 ]

A warm welcome to all our new families who began their journey with us at Villa Maria Catholic school. Congratulations to all our new Kindergarten children who began their time at ‘BIG school’ last Wednesday. They have all settled in so well and it is a joy to see so many happy and enthusiastic children.

Villa Maria welcomes the following new staff members: Mrs Walker (Year 6 teacher); Mrs Cricelli (Year 2 Class teacher); Mrs Pisani (Year 5 Teacher part time); Mrs Niedzwiecki (Year 3 Teacher part time); Mrs Lane (Learning Assistant); Mrs Ryan (Learning
Assistant). Thank you to all our teachers for your professionalism and dedication that you bring to our school.

Each year as part of our Strategic Plan the staff discuss and identify our Annual Improvement Goals. This year we will be focusing on the following
  • Strengthening of the Religious Education curriculum
  • Development of teaching and learning in grammar, writing skills, STEAM (STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking).
  • Gifted Education
  • Whole school Wellbeing program
We also look forward to celebrating 150 years of Catholic primary school education in Hunters Hill. To mark this special occasion, many celebratory events are planned to take place, so please keep posted for more information to come throughout the year. 

Back to School 2018

posted 23 Jan 2018, 20:01 by Michelle Virgona


Welcome back to the new school year for 2018. 

School begins for students in Years 1-6 on Tuesday 30th January and Kinder begin on Wednesday 31st January. 


The 2018 term dates are: 
Term 1: 30th January - 13th April
Term 2: 30th April - 6th July
Term 3: 23rd July - 28th September
Term 4: 15th October - 19th December

Christmas Message

posted 7 Dec 2017, 12:41 by Michelle Virgona

Message from the Principal:

I would like to thank the teachers, parents and children for their support during the year. 2017 has been an exceptional year for the school community and we should all be proud of our achievements in many areas. I would like to thank the staff for their total commitment and dedication to the children in their care. I am a very privileged Principal to work with such a professional and hard working group of teachers who give so much to the school community every day. I would like to wish every family a Merry Christmas. May this time be an opportunity for families to celebrate together the birth of Our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

End of Year Mass

posted 7 Dec 2017, 12:39 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 7 Dec 2017, 12:42 ]

All families are invited to the Mass of Thanksgiving on Friday 15th December at 9:45 am at Holy Name of Mary Church. At the conclusion of Mass all classes except Year 6 (Year 6 parents can collect the children from outside the Church) will return to school for dismissal. Parents will be able to collect the children from school via the normal pick up procedures. 

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