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Dear Parents & Friends,
It has been a great week at St Kevin's with a number of special activities taking place. On Wednesday and Thursday we hosted the GATEWAYS program in which a number of our students took part. This Terms program had a science focus and involved students in several exciting activities to stretch their thinking.
Thanks to all those parents who were able to join us for pancakes on Tuesday morning as part of our learning about Shrove Tuesday and its significance to the season of Lent. Our School Captains, Nieve and Susana, with Ms Hesse did a great job of setting up tables and chairs to create a fantastic community atmosphere in our Open Area.
As a whole school we celebrated Ash Wednesday mass this week which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar and is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter.
A big thanks to Adele Poulos who organised the Local Matters Jar at Grill'd in Carnegie last year and for Dom Pearce for keeping it going. We will be receiving a cheque for $100 which we can put towards our kitchen garden. Thanks to everyone who put a lid in our jar.
Family Faith Night
Next Tuesday, 12 March ⋅ from 6:30 – 7:30pm at St Kevin's all parents and children are requested to attend our Family Faith Engagement Night. The format of the evening will include a guest speaker, Roselyn Coquet and Conversations re 'Being Catholic Today'. Please complete the RSVP form below.
Could we please remind all children that correct school uniform should be worn each day. This means runners should only be worn on Fridays for PE classes or as required by classroom teachers. Non uniform tops with logos etc should not be worn and accessories should comply with our school policy.
- Ribbon/scrunchies – navy or yellow
- Hair clips to be plain
- No coloured nail polish
- Earings – sleepers or studs only
- No fashion jewellery
Please take a few minutes to complete this very short survey linked below in relation to our school reports. If you are new to St Kevin's this may not be relevant as you will not have seen the school report format as yet.
Congratulations - Liam Jenkins
I would like offer our congratulations to one of the past students from St Kevin's, Liam Jenkins, who has been elected as College Captain at De La Salle for 2019. Liam started Prep at St Kevin's in 2007 and was a sports captain in Year 6, 2013.
The position of school captain is a great honour and one which calls for exceptional personal and leadership qualities. Developing leadership skills is an important part of each child's education and I believe achievements such as Liam's can inspire us all. Well done Liam.
Tuesday 12th March and Wednesday 27th March. Advertisements will also be placed in the Caulfield and Moorabbin Leader. If you know families with children in local kinders please encourage them to attend our open days or to contact us for an individual tour.
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Shrove Tuesday - Pancakes
Apart from the obvious pleasure of eating some delicious pancakes our Shrove Tuesday activity also provided some great learning opportunities for our children. As children helped with the preparation, cooking, serving and of course cleaning up afterwards many life skills were practised. Seeing older students looking after and guiding younger students highlights the wonderful community spirit we have here at St Kevin's.
Eva and Will from Ms Nelligan's class shared some great writing with me about the experience they had.
Building resilience – tips for parents and teachers
From a resilience perspective parents and teachers need to coach kids through some of their more challenging moments and review what they may have learned for next time. Avoid solving all their problems for them.
We can promote a lasting sense of resilience in our kids by:
- Having a positive attitude ourselves. Our attitude as a impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure we model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for our children when they meet some of life’s curve balls.
- Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that kids can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
- Make kids active participants in the family and classroom. Active participation develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience.
- Build kids coping skills. There are plenty of strategies we can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way, including acceptance, getting away for awhile, and normalisation.
The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open.
The current and past premiers proudly support this important literacy initiative and declare the fifteen years of this Challenge and since 2005 annual Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge open. Last year over 320,000 Victorian students read more than 6 million books. Hopefully this year’s Challenge will inspire even more children and young adults than ever before to foster a love of reading. The Challenge is not just about reading in English. The Challenge is open to reading in any language. Students can read, or be read to, children’s stories in Arabic or Spanish, classic comedies in French, the Ramayana in Hindi, Chinese poetry and more. Since the Challenge began 15 years ago, more than 2.2 million students have turned the pages of nearly 48 million books. Regular reading from an early age is vital for success at school and has lifelong benefits. The Challenge encourages children to read more and promotes a love of reading, supporting the Education State target to have more students reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading.
Win Great Prizes!
Students who meet the Challenge are awarded a certificate. The most voracious readers in each year group will be awarded a Challenge Champion pin. In addition to these, St Kevin's will award other great prizes to individual students who participate in the Challenge and have their books verified. Let the reading adventure begin.
Reader of the Month
This will be awarded each month to the student who reads and has verified the most books.
Consent forms have been sent home with each student and they are also available from the office.
Author of the month.
What a better way to celebrate AN AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR than to have a competition!
The question is “Where was Alison Lester born”?
Write your answer on a piece of paper with your name and class and place it in the box in the library.
The winners will be announced at assembly.
Alison Lester was born 17 November 1952 at Foster in Victoria, Australia. She grew up on a farm overlooking the sea. She was educated at St Margaret's School in Berwick, Victoria, where she stayed as a boarder. She achieved a high diploma in teaching at The Melbourne Teacher's College, where she trained as a secondary arts and crafts teacher. Alison Lester became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours list.
Lester taught for a while before starting a family and writing. Her first book was published in 1986.
Lester lives and works in South Gippsland, Victoria. She has a gallery and bookshop in Fish Creek.
Available Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Please label paper bag with child’s name and class, include money and these will be collected from the office.