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December 2, 2016: Vuly Trampolines
Congratulations to the Williamson family for being the lucky winners of a new Vuly Trampoline donated by one of our generous Fiesta sponsors. I'm sure this will provide plenty of entertainment over the Christmas break. Thank you Vuly!
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November 22, 2016: Qld Primary Schools Swimming Relay Carnival
Students from Year 5 and 6 competed in the Queensland Primary Schools Swimming Relay Carnival at Chandler last Friday 18th November. The students did extremely well in a highly competitive environment. Schools from all over Queensland came to participate. All 3 teams beat their nominated time which was a great achievement. The senior girls team won their heat but missed out on a place in the finals. St Anthony's should be very proud of all the students who did their very best and I personally admire the determination of all students to do well in each race. Well done everyone. I would also like to thank Ms Ruth McAtamney for organising these students to compete at the carnival.

November 15, 2016: SVDP Christmas Appeal
In this busy time of the year, we are reminded that we can find God in many areas of our life. It could be by a kind action or deed from a stranger, a call from a friend, a smile or appreciating the beauty of creation. We can also be the face of God to others through our words and our actions.

One way we reach out to others as a school community is by helping those who have little at Christmas time. We do this by donating food to others in our St Vincent de Paul appeal. The baskets are in each classroom and are ready to be filled by our generous community. Below is a list of items that are needed.

Prep

Soft drink, Fruit juice, cordial

Year One

Christmas cakes, Christmas pudding

Year Two

Sweets, Christmas stockings,

Year Three

Tinned Ham

Year Four

Biscuits, crackers, potato chips

Year Five

Christmas biscuits, minced fruit pies

Year Six

Tinned Vegetables, condiments

November 15, 2016: Remembrance Day
I would like to commend the Year 5’s who assisted in our Remembrance Day prayer and a special thanks to Sergeant Chris Harvison and his crew for being part of our commemorations. Sergeant Chris was a past student of St Anthony’s and he enjoyed sharing his time with our children showing us the large Bushmaster Army vehicle.

November 8, 2016: All Schools Touch
Over Saturday and Sunday, St Anthony's had two teams (boys & girls) participate in the All Schools Touch Football Competition held at Redlands Touch Football Fields. I would like to congratulate both teams for making the knock out games on the Sunday. This is an incredible result and both teams have shown tremendous spirit and endurance. Both teams had to play many games testing their fitness and determination. I would like to thank all the families of these students for ensuring they were available to attend before school training and after school training, and both days over the weekend. I would also like to acknowledge Mrs Narelle Todd, Mrs Kellie Jacobsen, Mr Peter Griffin and Mrs Ruth McAtamney for generously offering to train these teams before and after school and during lunch times as well as being with the teams over the two days of the weekend.

November 2, 2016: Community Participation Levy 2017
The P & F came to the decision after much discussion, to introduce a new levy on top of the current P & F Levy paid by families each year to encourage increased family involvement in school events organized by our Parents and Friends Committee. At present, families pay $120 p.a. and are able to receive a rebate of 50% for 15 hours of participation in P & F supported activities. In 2017, the P & F levy will be reduced from $120 to $100 p.a. and a community participation levy of $200 p.a. will be charged on the term one school fees. To receive a rebate of this community participation levy, parents/carers will need to complete 10 points of P & F supported activities to receive a full rebate in term four. If five points are completed, then a 50% rebate of the levy will apply. There will be no further pro-rata rebate applied, so for example if 7 points are completed, only 50% rebate on the participation levy will apply. The points given for each activity is not necessarily based on hours completed, but can be determined by the need by the P & F for assistance in that particular activity. An example of this is that more points are given for pack up at the fiesta than attending a P & F meeting, as there is a higher need by the P & F for this activity.

October 25, 2016: World Teachers Day
World Teachers’ Day, held annually in October since 1994 - when it was created by UNESCO - celebrates teachers worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. At St Anthony’s we will be celebrating this special day this Friday 28th October. The P & F have generously offered to cater lunch for all of our staff members and we will also be providing a coffee/tea van for all staff in the morning. We wish all of our staff a wonderful day and trust they will feel greatly appreciated!

This Friday, during our assembly, we will be acknowledging Mrs Karen Purdie and Mrs Leann Bridge for 20 years of service to Catholic Education. We will also be acknowledging the wonderful contribution of Mrs Anne Swann to our P & F Committee (President 2014-2016) and Mrs Kym Staley-Biggs (Vice President and Fiesta Coordinator 2015-2016).

October 18, 2016: Samsung Netball Cup
Last weekend St Anthony’s sent a Netball Team to participate in the Samsung Cup held at Ipswich. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the team and staff for their great achievement and the manner in which they represented St Anthony’s. The results were: On Saturday the team won 4 out of 5 games which determined which division for the following day’s play. The team were in Division 2 for the Sunday competition. They won 2 games, drawing 1 and another narrow loss. A great effort by all the team!

Thank you to Mrs Ida Geaney, Mrs Nicola Zeller, Miss Alyce Stone and Mrs Kellie Jacobsen who coached the students. Thank you also to Mrs Paula Carroll, Mrs Bern Rogers, Mrs Andrea van der Togt and Mr Peter Griffin for their assistance and support over the weekend and to the families of the students.

October 11, 2016: Pupil Free Day
Monday 17th October will be a pupil free day. Our staff will be participating in a spirituality and professional learning day. Tomorrow after school, our staff will be involved in a twilight moderation process known as Consistency of Teacher Judgement involving other catholic schools. (St Mary MacKillop Birkdale and St Rita’s Victoria Point). This provides an opportunity for our teachers to be involved in disciplined dialogue regarding the curriculum and achievement of students and ensure consistency is prevalent.

September 13, 2016: Parent Survey
The voice and thoughts of our parents and families is essential in the growth of our school. We are presently seeking feedback on the Religious dimension of the school and the learning and teaching. We would ask all families to access the following link; Parent survey - Pastoral & Learning and complete the survey by week 2 Term 4.

September 9, 2016: Fathers' Day Breakfast
It was great to see so many dads, grand dads, uncles and father figures at our Fathers’ Day Breakfast.

The Year 2 prayer parade was a wonderful celebration of dads and a joyous way to complete the morning. Many thanks to the staff who cooked the breakfast for our special guests.

August 31, 2016: Book Week Parade
Our Book week parade was held last Friday. Mrs Giesemann and Mrs Milligan worked very hard with the students in preparation for this parade. Thank you to them, Miss Petkofski and students who assisted with the parade and a big thank you to families for the time they dedicated to ensuring their child/ren were dressed up for our parade.

August 23, 2016: Upcoming Father's Day BBQ Breakfast
On Wednesday August 31 we will be offering a free Father’s Day Brekkie starting from 7:30am on the lawn between the Year 1 block and Prep block. We will be cooking bacon and egg burgers for all the Dads, Granddads, Stepdads and other father figures in our community.

Following the breakfast we invite everyone to join us for our Prayer parade in the Antonio Centre at 8:35am.

The P&F will also be selling raffle tickets ($5:00 each) for the Wallabies v South Africa Rugby game (4 tickets) at Suncorp S tadium on Saturday September 10 at the Father’s Day Breakfast and the winner will be drawn at the Father’s Day Prayer Parade on Wednesday August 31.

August 16, 2016: Daniel Morcombe Child Safety
This semester, all students at St Anthony’s will be engaging with the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum. This comprehensive series of lesson exposes students to important content on how to stay safe at home, at school and in the community. As part of learning about safety, these sessions explore private body parts so that students are able to use the correct anatomical language if they are raising a concern, and to avoid confusion. If you would like more information about the Daniel Morcombe Curriculum, please follow this link for parents:- http://education.qld.gov.au/parents/school-life/child-safety-curriculum.html

July 26, 2016: Another successful Fiesta
On Saturday we held our school Fiesta and it was a terrific day. We were blessed with perfect weather and had a huge crowd throughout the day. As is always the case with such events the success is reflective on the generous parent and community effort to organise the many elements prior to the day, run events and stalls on the day and pack up afterwards. Again, I was incredibly impressed by the efforts of all those parents and other family members, staff and students who assisted with ensuring the day was a great success.

I would like to especially acknowledge our Fiesta Committee and P & F Committee and their respective families. Thank you for your incredibly hard work and dedication to the St Anthony's Fiesta and ensuring such events are successful. We certainly have an active and welcoming community at St Anthony’s and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the fun of our Fiesta with everyone.

June 21, 2016: School Athletics Carnival
Last Thursday and Friday we held our school athletics carnival with all students from Prep to Yr 6 (and the students from St Anthony’s Kindergarten). We were blessed with fantastic weather on both days and a very well organised and managed event. Congratulations to all students for their participation and determination throughout the two days. I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work of Mr Marrinan for organising and coordinating the two days. Congratulations to Cunningham as the winning house for our athletics carnival. All staff and many parents assisted on the day with setting up, helping during events and the pack up at the end of the day. The success of such carnivals is reflected on the generosity of all members of our St Anthony’s community which was clearly evident.

June 14, 2016: Fiesta - Saturday July 23
Our annual school fete will be held on Saturday July 23 and there are lots of things to be organised before this date.

DONATIONS: Could families please send donations to their child’s classroom (there will be a box in each classroom). We are asking for donations of washers, towels, tea towels, crochet yarn and baby products for the gift basket and craft stalls. Chocolates for toss-a-choc and bottles for the bottle stall. All donations greatly appreciated!!

FIESTA RAFFLE TICKETS: Fiesta raffle tickets need to be returned BY THIS FRIDAY JUNE 17 please return your money to the school office. Remember, tickets must be returned whether they are sold or not. If you have lost your tickets, you need to complete a statutory declaration form which can be collected from the office or via email stanthonyspandfpresident@gmail.com.

June 7, 2016: Social Justice Appeal Term 3
This term, as in previous years the St. Anthony’s community will rally together to make a difference to the lives of the homeless and marginalised within our community.

The students are encouraged to donate non-perishable items to their classrooms that will be directly used by the Rosies and Babi’s Charity Associations. Donations such as, cups of soup, biscuits, tea, coffee, milo, canned soup, would all be great items that would assist others.

June 7, 2016: Invitational Cross Country
Last Thursday we held our Invitational Cross Country with many other catholic schools participating. We had over 1000 students running throughout the day. It was an incredibly well organised and successful day. Congratulations to St Martin’s for winning the overall “A” school competition and to St John Vianney’s for winning the “B” school competition. St Anthony’s senior boys placed first in their division. The success of the day was due to many people including staff and parents helping on the day and in preparation for the day. I would like to make a special acknowledgement of Mr Brendan Marrinan for coordinating the day and training of our students prior to the event.

May 31, 2016: Winter Showcase
What a fantastic evening last Thursday night was with our Winter Arts Showcase. As I said on the evening, the showcase provides students with an opportunity to display the long hours of practise in a meaningful way. Choirs, dance, guitars, recorders, keyboarders and the band made the evening incredibly enjoyable. Many thanks to our Arts and instrumental teachers for the organisation of their students. Additionally we acknowledge the Art’s Cultural Committee, run by our parents, for co-ordinating the successful sausage sizzle and raffle.

May 24, 2016: QC Cup Netball
Last Monday, our Junior and Senior Netball Teams participated in the Queensland Catholic Schools Cup at Coorparoo. It was the first time a number of the children in the Junior Team had participated in an all day carnival. They won 3 out of 8 games, losing their last game by one point. The Juniors are to be congratulated on how they kept on trying as it was a very hard and competitive day of competition. The Senior Team won 6 games and tied 1, which resulted with them being equal first in their pool. Based on the results of a count back, the Senior Team won their division and were rewarded with a Trophy. Congratulations Team! Thank you to our parents and helpers for having our students ready and prepared for the day and having them at the carnival so bright and early in the morning. Thank you also to the parents who scored, Mrs Dannelle Clews for organising our umpires and Mrs Nicola Zeller for helping with the training.

May 24, 2016: P&F Family Fun Day
Last Sunday afternoon was the P &smp; F’s Fun Day at Sirromet. The P & F represents all families in our school and I would thank them for their continued support and active involvement. The Walkathon, held last Friday morning, was an example of the important work our P & F do. Please forward all sponsorship money to school as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for additional ways that you can assist our P & F especially in the lead up to the Fiesta.

May 10, 2016: Winter Arts Showcase
The Winter Arts Showcase will take place on Thursday evening 26th May starting at 6pm. It is held in the Antonio Centre. It will involve all of the Senior Choir, Junior Singers, Band, and Dancers. Also Recorders, Guitars and Keyboards (selected students only). Please return the permission form to indicate whether your child is attending. There will be a sausage sizzle before at 5pm. Please return the sausage sizzle order forms to the office with the correct money by Friday 20th May.
» 2016 Winter Showcase

May 3, 2016: Parent Portal Launch
A letter was sent home (via email) to all families last Friday about our new Parent Portal. The initial login requires families to the Parent Portal link on the right of this page and then run through the process listed in the document below:
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April 26, 2016: ANZAC Dawn Service
Thank you to all the students, staff and families who were able to attend the dawn service at Cleveland yesterday I estimated that we had over 50 students and their families attend the event. I was reading an article in the local paper about the dawn service in Cleveland and it said there were well over 5000 people in attendance. This is an incredible response and demonstrates that the significance of this day is growing each year and adults and children today want to pay their respects to those who have lost their life during service to our country and to those who are currently serving.

April 19, 2016: Mothers Day Morning Tea - May 4
At St Anthony’s we will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Wednesday 4th May which will begin with a special Mother’s Day Prayer assembly at 8:35am in the Antonio Centre which will then be followed by a morning tea (free of charge) for all the Mothers, Grandmothers, Guardians and Aunties in our community. An invitation is attached to this newsletter Please complete the RSVP and return to the office by Wednesday April 27 to assist us for catering purposes. The parish ladies group will also be holding a Mother’s Day stall on Friday May 6. More information is attached to this newsletter.

April 12, 2016: ANZAC Day Dawn Service - April 25
I would like to invite students and families to attend the Dawn Service on Monday April 25th at the Cleveland Cenotaph beginning at 5:15am. The Service is held next to the RSL, 8 Passage Street, Cleveland. As this ceremony is a very significant part of Australia’s history, I would like to request as many students as possible to represent St Anthony’s School at this service beginning at 5:15am at the Cleveland Cenotaph. Many of our school staff will be attending and I would ask that students who are able to attend to wear their formal school uniform (Prep students can wear their normal sports uniform). I will establish a meeting spot for our students and families and will communicate this in the Week 1 newsletter of Term 2. Last year there was a considerably large crowd and it was difficult to meet in a good position. I would suggest that you arrive quite early if possible. I will be there from 4:15am.
Marty Savage

April 12, 2016: Holiday Cross Country Training
Over the holidays many St Anthony’s children continued to participate in cross country training at St Anthony’s. The training sessions were held over both weeks and on the last session of the second week a BBQ breakfast was provided to all the students and parents attending these training sessions. I would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Marrinan for coordinating and running these training sessions during his break and for his generosity to dedicate some of his holiday time to ensure the students are well prepared for the upcoming cross country events. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the parents who brought their child/ren to these training sessions.

Cross Country date claimers: Bayside - Thursday April 21, School Cross Country - Friday April 29 St Anthony’s Invitational - Thursday June 2.

March 22, 2016: Year 5 Camp
I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the Year 5 three day camp last week at Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast. It was a terrific opportunity to work with the students and participate in activities many of them were experiencing for the first time. I was incredibly impressed with the courage the students displayed to attempt and persist with some of the more challenging activities. It was also wonderful to see how well they supported and encouraged each other. I was very proud of all of the students and I imagine they came home to their families with many great stories and memories.
Marty Savage

March 15, 2016: Holy Week Liturgies
Next week we have a variety of liturgies that retell the last days of Jesus’ time on Earth.

Each Year Level will lead an enactment of Jesus’ final days, you are all very welcome to join us. Please see the timetable below for details.
Day and Time Re-enactment Year Level
Monday 21st 8:35am Palm Sunday Preps and Year 1
Tuesday 22nd 8:35am The Last Supper Year 2 and Year 3
Wednesday 23rh 8:35am The Garden scene and arrest Year 4
Thursday 24th 8:35am The crucifixion Year 5
Thursday 24th 2:15pm The resurrection Year 6

Stations of the Cross Prayer Walk: During the last week of school the students and teachers will have an opportunity to walk the Stations of the Cross in their classes as part of their prayer routine for the week.

March 8, 2016: Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival
Last Friday we held our Years 3 - 6 Swimming Carnival. It was a fantastic day and all students were given the opportunity to be involved throughout the day in events. I would like to thank Mr Brendan Marrinan for coordinating and organising the event and all the staff who assisted throughout the day. I also would like to make a special acknowledgement of the parents who volunteered their time throughout the day to assist with the carnival. Such generosity and willingness to help is what makes St Anthony’s such a wonderful community. All results of the swimming carnival, including age champions, the Kathy Otto memorial trophy awardees and the winning house will be announced at this week’s Friday morning Assembly.

March 1, 2016: Well Being Week
This week is Well Being Week at St. Anthony’s. It is a time where we are encouraged to slow down our pace and “catch our breath.” In Psalms it is written: “Be still and know I am God.” It is when we experience silence and quiet time that we can become closer to God. At lunch, students are participating in quiet time and joining in Christian meditation. We had 55 students yesterday listening to quiet music and colouring Mandalas

February 23, 2016: NET Visit
The National Evangelisation Team (NET) recently visited our Year 6 group and discussed the roles, responsibilities and challenges of being a Christian leader. The Year 6 group participated in lots of fun activities and enjoyed the leadership of the NET group. Here are some photos of our Year 6 students working with the NET members.

February 16, 2016: 2017 Prep Enrolments
We are now accepting applications for enrolments from all our school families and the wider community for our Preparatory Year for 2017. A child born from 1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012 will be eligible for the preparatory year 2017. Preference for enrolment will be given to siblings of children already attending St Anthony’s School, provided that enrolment procedures are completed and school fees are up to date. I look forward to meeting families who are interested in choosing St Anthony’s as their preferred school. We are proud of the achievements of our students and the level of professionalism that our teachers provide to and for the students. Enrolment Applications are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the Enrolments page.

February 16, 2016: Project Compassion
We are now accepting applications for enrolments from all our school families and the wider community for our Preparatory Year for 2017. A child born from 1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012 will be eligible for the preparatory year 2017. Preference for enrolment will be given to siblings of children already attending St Anthony’s School, provided that enrolment procedures are completed and school fees are up to date. I look forward to meeting families who are interested in choosing St Anthony’s as their preferred school. We are proud of the achievements of our students and the level of professionalism that our teachers provide to and for the students. Enrolment Applications are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the Enrolments page.

February 9, 2016: Welcome Events
Last Friday afternoon/night we held our welcome back to school BBQ. We had many families attend the event and it was a tremendously positive and relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to all the families for making the time to be at this BBQ and enjoy the event. I would also like to acknowledge and thank all our staff for attending the night and assisting with the preparation, cooking and serving of the BBQ throughout the afternoon and night. We have a wonderful community at St Anthony’s and I thoroughly enjoyed the event. I also would like to thank Mrs Kellie Jacobsen and Fr Emmanuel and Deacon Ray for leading our Parish Welcome Back Mass on Sunday morning. We had many staff and families attend the Mass and enjoy a cooked BBQ afterwards.

January 27, 2016: Welcome Back to School BBQ
The staff of St Anthony’s will be providing a welcome back to school BBQ on next Friday 5th Feb 5:00pm – 7:00pm on the school oval for all students and their family members. The BBQ is free of charge. It will be a great opportunity for families to reconnect with other families and meet those new to our school community. Please use the flyer below to indicate the number of people in your family who will be attending. Please RSVP to the class teacher or school office by Tuesday February 2.
» Welcome BBQ invite

January 25, 2016: Welcome to the 2016 School Year
The St Anthony's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2016 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year at our school!

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