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May 16, 2017: QC Cup Netbally
St Anthony’s had 2 teams competing in the Netball competition involving Queensland Catholic Schools known as the QC Cup. I would like to acknowledge Miss Bianca Morschel, Mrs Kellie Jacobsen and Nicola Zeller (parent) for coaching the students and preparing them for the competition. Our Year 5 team finished 3rd in their pool and the Year 6 team finished 4th. Well done to everyone.

May 9, 2017: Invitational Cross Country
Last Thursday, 88 of our students represented St Anthony’s at our own annual invitational cross country meet. We were very happy with the students’ behaviour, sportsmanship and effort made in their events and throughout the meet. Their commitment to our team and the 10-week training schedule greatly prepared them for this competition. I would like to thank Mr Brendan Marrinan, Ms Olivia Petkofski, Mr Ben Luscombe and the parents who helped out during training mornings. Pennants will be handed out in a couple weeks’ time after the Year 5 and 6 camps. Thank you all for a great running season and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

May 2, 2017: Mothers' Day Morning Tea
At St Anthony’s we will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Friday 12th May which will begin with a special Mother’s Day Prayer assembly at 8:35am in the Antonio Centre, followed by a morning tea (free of charge) for all the Mothers, Grandmothers, Guardians and Aunties in our community. Our Parish Ladies Group will also be holding a Mother’s Day stall with all gifts priced at $3 for children to purchase.
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May 2, 2017: NAPLAN Testing
Students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the national literacy and numeracy tests on May 9-10-11, 2017. Our staff have worked hard to ensure the students are well prepared for these tests and we are very proud of the effort all students have made in these lessons and look forward to the results later this year. We expect to receive the results in the last week of term 3 or first week term 4.

April 26, 2017: ANZAC Day Dawn Service
Thank you to all the students, staff and families who could attend the dawn service at Cleveland. I was reading an article in the local paper about the dawn service in Cleveland and it said there were thousands of 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 respect to those who have lost their life during service to our country and to those who are currently serving.

April 19, 2017: 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.

March 22, 2017: Easter Liturgies
We begin to recount the last days of Jesus’ time here on Earth. As a school we retell the events of Holy Week, a week that is most sacred in the Catholic tradition. Below is a timetable of the prayers being presented. Families are very welcome to join in our Holy Week prayers in the top covered area/hall.

Stations of the Cross Prayer Walk:
The students will have an opportunity to walk the Stations of the Cross in their classes as part of their prayer routine for the week. I will be leading a parent station of the cross walk if anyone is interested after the Thursday’s morning prayer. Please meet me outside the hall.

March 15, 2017: Project Compassion 2017
During the six weeks of Lent we are all challenged to consider how we might renew and refresh our relationship with our God through reflection, prayer and practical acts of giving to others.

At this time each year, our school community strives to make a significant contribution to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion – an annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal that aims to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity for the world’s poorest people.  This year’s theme is “Love Your Neighbour”. 

Thank you for the support and generosity shown at our snow cone fundraiser. We raised over $700 for Project Compassion.

February 28, 2016: Season on Lent
This week Catholics par ticipate in significant events in our Liturgical Calendar. Today our students enjoyed pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and participated in a liturgy where their Lenten promises were burnt. The students made a promise today to God that they will try to carry out in the Lenten period. Thank you to those volunteers who assisted with making 500 pancakes. Lent is known as a forty-day preparation time, although it is actually 44 days long. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends just before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. On Ash Wednesday we are marked with ash as a sign that we are ready to begin our Lenten journey towards Easter. The season of Lent is one of opportunity for growth for each of us. We need to be kind to ourselves and nurture our spirits with prayer. This fits in with our school’s well being week this week. Many activities will be run during the week to enhance student well being.

February 28, 2016: Swimming Carnival
Last Friday we held our school swimming carnival for Years 3 – 6. It was a fantastic day for all of the students. I would like to thank Mr Brendan Marrinan for his preparation leading up to the event and coordination of the day and congratulate Cunningham house for winning the over all points on the day. At next Friday’s (10th March) assembly we will announce the Age Champions and the winner of the “Kathy Otto Award”. This is the 17th Anniversary of the Shield which is in memory of a past St Anthony’s family member, Kathy Otto, whose love of swimming and her invaluable contributions to the preparation, organisation and running of the St Anthony’s Swimming Carnival are well remembered by those who knew her. The Shield is awarded each year to a Boy and a Girl who exhibit the qualities of leadership, effort, participation and team spirit.

February 14, 2016: Prep 2018 Enrolments
We are now accepting applications for enrolments from all our school families and the wider community for our Preparatory Year for 2018. A child born from 1st July 2012 to 30th June 2013 will be eligible for the preparatory year 2018. 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. This year we have a new Online Enrolment Form available. Enrolment Applications are also available from the school office.

February 7, 2016: Welcome Back to School BBQ
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.

January 24, 2017: Information nights for families
This year’s Parent Information Nights will be held over 2 nights next week. Prep families will be invited to attend an information night on Tuesday 31st January commencing in the Prep classrooms at 6:30pm. Families with children in Years 1 to 6 will be invited to attend an information night on Thursday February 2 which will commence at 6:00pm in the Antonio Centre where all parents will meet to listen to a 20 minute leadership presentation and then move to classes.

Each class teacher will provide two sessions on the night to allow for those families with children across more than one class. Each class information session will last approximately 30 minutes and then allow five minutes for families to move to another class if required and the teachers will then repeat the presentation.

January 24, 2017: Welcome to the 2017 School Year
The St Anthony's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2017 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year at our school!

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