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December 3, 2014: Christmas Eve Nativity Play
This year St Matthew’s Parish would like to invite children to participate in the Children’s Nativity Play (6.30pm) before 7pm Mass on Christmas Eve in St Matthew’s church. We will be presenting a Nativity Play including carols and would like children to be involved in this presentation. If your child(ren) would like to take part in this please attend the Rehearsals on Tuesday 16 Dec at 6.30-7.30pm, Thursday 18 Dec 6.30-7.30pm, NB Tuesday 23 Dec 9-11am (not Monday as previously stated) and Wednesday 24 Dec 9.00-11am. We would love to have more children involved - shepherds, sheep, angels.

November 26, 2014: SVDP Christmas Appeal
All classes are now collecting for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. Goods are needed for the local community who will not experience a happy Christmas unless we can assist them with food. We appreciate your assistance and so do all those in need. Foodstuffs that would be most welcome include - honey, vegemite, jam, nutella, pasta and sauce, tinned tomatoes and tinned fruit, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, long life custard, tea, coffee, cordial, tinned salmon, beetroot, tinned corn, breakfast cereal, biscuits and rice.
Thank you!

November 26, 2014: Student Leaders 2015
Last week many of our Year 5 students put themselves forward for election as Student Leaders. The students certainly have the welfare of the school and their schoolmates at heart. In the end congratulations are due to:

Student Councillors: Asya Grime, Eli Collins, Jarrett Edwards, Keiarna Ewers, Kiana Pear, Manish Naiker, Nicholas Murphy and Olivia Havill.
House Captains: Keogh House – Brielle Fioriti and Tahu Bluegum; Russell House – Georgia Heron and Shannon Bryant, O’Shea House – Callum Garth and Rhys Osman; Sheridan House - Emma Greer and Erin Sharkey.

We look forward to their leadership, and that of their classmates, throughout 2015.

November 12, 2014: Booklists 2015
The Book Lists for 2015 have been sent home with each child. We are again using OfficeMax as the supplier and orders will be delivered to your nominated address (they cannot deliver to PO Boxes). Orders are to be made online – please see the instructions on the back of the order form.

There is a delivery fee of $5.95 for orders placed on or before 19 December, 2014 and orders placed after this date will pay a delivery fee of $15.90. Orders made on or before 19 December, 2014 will be placed in a draw to win 1 of 75 $100 Visa Gift Cards. Please contact OfficeMax on 1800 004 427 with any queries.

November 5, 2014: Sacramental News
On Sunday, 26 students from St Matthew’s received Holy Communion at mass for the first time. This was a wonderful celebration and we congratulate the children on their weeks of preparation and their reverence during mass. A special thank you to the girls in the choir who sang for us at mass! We also thank Mrs Sharon Steiner for her generosity and photography skills. Please keep these children in your prayers - Zoe, Lexi, Samuel, Cain, Alexander, Hannah, Ashton, Olivia C, Olivia D, Sophie E, Heath, Jade, Jett, Harrison, Luke, Samuel K, Noah, Callum, Emma-Jade, Robert, Corin, Eamon, Jacoa, Hayley, Sophie R and Kai.

November 5, 2014: Remembrance Day
Next Tuesday is Remembrance Day when Australians remember those who have died in war. In 1918 the armistice that ended World War I came into force, bringing to an end four years of fighting that saw 61,919 Australians die at sea, in the air, and on foreign soil. Few Australian families were left untouched by the events of World War I - 'the war to end all wars;' most had lost a father, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend.

At 11am on 11 November we pause to remember the sacrifice of those men and women who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts and all those who have served during the past 100 years. We pray for peace in our troubled world so that families can end their suffering. Let us take that one minute of silence in our busy lives to remember all that has been done for us and to imagine a world of peace. It is worth praying for.

October 29, 2014: Candy Cane Challenge
At last week’s assembly Michael (4R) and Justine (2B) once again launched the Candy Cane Challenge. The aim this year is to raise funds for communities where fresh water is scarce. So please encourage your children to donate to CCC rather than buy candy canes for their friends this term; or, if they do buy candy canes, to donate an equivalent amount to CCC. We’ll keep you posted on our progress on our school Facebook page.

October 22, 2014: P&F Subway Day - Wednesday 29 October
Take a day off making lunches and treat the kids to Subway for lunch. All you need to do is complete the form being sent home and return your order with the money in an envelope to your teacher. An envelope makes the collection and ordering easier for both teacher and the P & F, so thank you for your co-operation.

All orders must be returned by Monday 27 October.

Your Subway order will be delivered at 2nd lunch on Wednesday 29 October. We hope you enjoy this special treat!

Helpers on the day would be greatly appreciated so if you have a spare hour around lunchtime please give us a call or if you have any queries please contact Farrah Carroll 0411 951 465 or markandfarrah@hotmail.com

October 22, 2014: Wakakirri Thank You
A huge thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time assisting with hair, make-up, costumes, props and cooking on the BBQ to help make our Wakakirri performance such a successful and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Your time and effort were truly appreciated. There are already exciting plans underway for next year's performance!!

October 15, 2014: Catholic Mission Crazy Sock Day
This month of October is Catholic Mission month and here at St Matthew’s the children are focusing on raising money for the country of Jamaica which is in great need of help. Money raised also goes to programs all around the world which assist the most vulnerable members of society. Next Wednesday, 22 October, we will have a special day to raise money for Catholic Mission. Children may wear crazy socks to school for a gold coin donation. These socks may be decorated, they may be sports socks or simply a bright colour. The idea is to ‘sock’ it to poverty in our world. There will also be a competition for the best decorated sock drawing - entry is 50cents. A prize will be given to the winner. Simply draw a sock, decorate it and hand it in to the office with your name and class on the back as well as your entry fee. You may enter as many times as you wish. Good luck! Entries close next Wednesday.

October 8, 2014: September Cold Rock Party
The winner of the September Cold Rock Cake is Prep Green! They won the poster competition for the 30th Anniversary celebrations last term. Congratulations! We thank Cold Rock in Rochedale Road, Springwood for their wonderful generosity in supplying the cake which Prep Green enjoyed.

September 17, 2014: Wakakirri and Family Fun Day Success
Congratulations to our Wakakirri troupe. Their performance last week has won St Matthew’s a place in the National Finals. Fantastic effort by parents, teachers and students. We’re very proud of you.

And congratulations to Emma Bonser, supported by an amazing team, for making our Family Fun Day such a successful event. Not even a heavy storm could dampen our enthusiasm and the fireworks were a spectacular way to end a great day. So many people gave up time to set up, work at stalls and clean up afterwards. Thanks to all who contributed in any way.

September 10, 2014: Annual Catholic Campaign
During the last week of school, 15 -19 Sept, we will hold a school fundraising event for the Annual Catholic Campaign. This will be a walk-a-thon of 30 laps of the oval and students will ask you to sponsor them for each lap or give a donation for their overall participation. Notes for this were sent home on Monday.

The Annual Catholic Campaign gives us the opportunity to act together as one Church family to support ministries and services that no individual parish or school can offer. The money raised by our school will be used to help support formation of the MacKillop Foundation, students studying to be priests, our elderly priests, and the poorest of the poor in our own Archdiocese. I encourage you to please give what you can. Every gift, regardless of the size, is vital to the success of the Annual Catholic Campaign.

September 3, 2014: St Matthew's Week
We are celebrating St Matthew’s Feast Day and our 30th Anniversary with a variety of activities. Students will be completing 30 laps of the oval, a whole school photo will be taken and there will be a games rotation session for students. Of course the much awaited, annual Talent Quest will be held on Friday 19 September.

August 27, 2014: Fathers' Day “Sausage Sizzle” Breakfast
Next Wednesday, 3 September, Year Three Blue is presenting a Fathers' Day assembly. We are inviting you to bring your dad to school early on Wednesday! We would like to hold a simple Fathers' Day “Sausage Sizzle” breakfast for dads if they would like to come to school at 8 am and stay for assembly. Meet us at the area behind the staff room and we can begin to celebrate this special day for dads.

August 20, 2014: Canberra Trip
Reports from the Year 6 Canberra trip indicate that they are all having a great time. Visits to the Mary MacKillop Museum and Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney have been followed by visits to Canberra’s Australian Electoral Education Centre, Parliament House, the War Memorial, CSIRO and the Institute of Sport. You can follow their learning adventures on www.facebook.com/smscornubia.

August 20, 2014: SM Rock
Congratulations to our school rock band, SM Rock, who performed at the Catholic Colleges’ Music Festival on Saturday afternoon. They were very enjoyable to listen to and received a Silver Award from the judges for their performance. We thank Mrs O’Reilly and Mr Ware for all their efforts with assisting this group. They were a credit to our school community!

August 13, 2014: Winter Day
St Vincent de Paul is an active organisation that assists many people in need of a helping hand. This year the Winter Appeal seeks to raise money for those in special need, including the homeless. St Matthew’s school would like to support this special cause by holding a "Winter Day" next Friday, 22 August. Students may wear slippers in the classroom (50c), a coloured scarf (50c), gloves (50c) or beanie (50c), bring a soft teddy to school ($1) or bring their dressing gown to wear in the morning (50c). They may even wish to do ALL of these!! There will be a magic show by one of our students (50c) and a guessing game to enter (50c) so bring along your coins for this great cause! Thank you for your help.

August 6, 2014: 30th Anniversary Ball
Thanks to all who supported the 30th Anniversary Ball on Friday night. An exuberant gathering of over 100 people enjoyed excellent food, music and friendship. Thanks to Del Reynolds for her entertaining history of the school and very special thanks to Farrah Carroll and Kathi Rutkowski who worked so hard to make the event the success that it was.

July 30, 2014: Feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Next Friday, 8 August, there will be a whole school mass to celebrate the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. The Sisters of St Joseph, Mary’s order of nuns, were among the foundation staff at St Matthew’s school and St Mary of the Cross is Australia’s first saint, so this date is very important for our school community. Please join us at 9am for this special occasion. Mass will be held in MacKillop Place.

July 23, 2014: Catholic Education Week July 28 - August 2
Next week we celebrate Catholic Education Week. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Come, live life in all its fullness. This inspirational call is based on the Gospel of John (10:10), challenging those who answer it to “live fully.” Here at St Matthew’s there are a number of ways we live life to the full and it is great to be able to celebrate these. From Wakakirri to debating competitions, art, music, sports events and Lego club, from robotics to social justice initiatives and from liturgies and masses to excursions; there are many opportunities to live a full and active school life. I am sure you can think of many more. This special week is a great opportunity to realise the gifts we have at St Matthew’s and to thank God for these. It is also a reminder for us to make sure that we do live life to the full!

June 11, 2014: 30th Anniversary Dinner
All plans are going well for the ball on Friday 1 August at Fitzy's Loganholme. Tickets are $45.00 each and will be available via the school office. A flyer will go home soon with details of the night. We are still asking for people who may be interested in helping beforehand or on the night to contact Kathi Rutkowski through the school office or Farrah Carroll on 0411 951 465.

The plan is to have photos from the past on display during the night either on a powerpoint or a board, so if anyone has copies they could pass on about anything to do with the St Matthew’s community over the past 30 years it would be greatly appreciated. These can be handed into the office or emailed to pcornubia@bne.catholic.edu.au:-att:- Kathi Rutkowski.

June 4, 2014: Confirmation Retreat
Congratulations to those students who attended the Confirmation Retreat Day last Sunday. Your behaviour was excellent and a great day was had by all who came.

Thanks to those parents who were able to join us and give their support which was much appreciated.

May 28, 2014: Corporate Sponsorship Donations and Fundraising
The School Board has recently drafted a policy covering Corporate Sponsorship Donations and Fundraising and is now interested in responses from the school community to the draft policy. If you’d like to contribute to finalising this policy please complete this survey: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/3McXaeOs2T8. The survey itself links to the draft policy.

May 7, 2014: Confirmation Choir
Calling any students who would like to sing at the Confirmation ceremony on Thursday 26 June! We would love to form a choir to lead the singing at this special event when Bishop Finnigan visits St Matthew’s. The service starts at 7pm and will finish at approximately 8pm. Mrs Fort will have practices at school during lunch times in the lead up to the night. Please see her if you would like to be a part of this choir. Thank you.

April 30, 2014: Mother's Day Liturgy & Morning Tea
Our Mothers' Day Liturgy and Morning Tea! will be held on Friday 9 May. Year Two will lead us in a special liturgy for mothers.

This will be held at 8.45 am in MacKillop Place and will be followed by morning tea. It would be wonderful to see you there.

April 30, 2014: ANZAC Community March
Thank you to those students who volunteered so willingly to represent St Matthew’s and join this community ANZAC event.

Students were exceptionally well behaved and were a credit to our school. Congratulations students! Thanks to the mums and dads, also, for bringing your children to commemorate this special day.

April 2, 2014: ANZAC March - April 25
Students from St Matthew’s are invited to gather at the Community Centre, (cnr. Vanessa Blvde and Cinderella Dve Springwood) from 7am on Friday April 25, where the ladies put on hot and cold drinks and a lot of cakes and buns etc.. From there we will start to line up and at 7.30am we will head off, proceeding to Cinderella Park and Memorial for an ANZAC service. This generally only goes for about 30 mins. The school banner will be there to guide students to the correct place. We will be looking for some school leaders to place a wreath on behalf of all students. Please see Mrs Fort if you are able to attend and would like to assist in carrying the banner or laying a wreath. All students are welcome to come and join in. Thank you for your participation in this special community event.

April 2, 2014: Cross Country
Thank you to those who made Monday’s Cross Country Carnival such a successful event – the organising teachers, the helping parents, the students and the supporters all came together to make it a wonderful day. Well done, everyone. If you weren’t able to make it along you can get a taste of the action and the fun at www.facebook.com/smscornubia

April 2, 2014: Cold Rock Cake - March Winners
Congratulations to Year Three Blue for winning the first Cold Rock cake! Cold Rock Ice Creamery at Springwood has generously donated one ice cream cake every month for the class who wins the nominated category. For March, 3B went into the draw for classes who showed an outstanding awareness of Anti Bullying/Harmony Day on Friday 21 March and they were the winners! All classes who went into the draw showed respect for others, co-operated with their classmates and teachers and also followed the other CARE expectations very well for the entire day. Next month there will be another award. Thank you Cold Rock for supporting our school’s efforts. Cold Rock Ice Creamery is located at Rochedale Road Springwood, near Arndale Shopping Centre. (Ph 3208 0411)

March 26, 2014: Holy Week Liturgies
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the last week of term, (31 March - 3 April) we will have liturgies to commemorate Holy Week. These will be held in MacKillop Place at 11.20 am each day. The year levels involved in leading the liturgies are - Monday - Yrs 1 and 2, Tuesday - Yrs 3 and 4, Wednesday - Year 5 and Thursday - Year 6. When we return from school after the holidays, our Year Seven and Prep classes will lead us in a celebration of Easter. This will be on Tuesday 22 April at 9am in MacKillop Place. Please join us for these liturgies which tell the Easter story.

March 26, 2014: Swimming Carnival
Welcome back to another exciting year of St Matthew’s sport. The year kicked off with the annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival at Springwood Aquatic Centre on 11 March. The day was another success for the St Matthew’s Community with an improvement in competition standard and also with participation of the students in the carnival. Thank you to the staff and parents who helped at the swimming carnival and congratulations to students on their behaviour and effort. It was a close competition. The overall results:

  • 1st Gold / O’Shea
  • 2nd Blue / Keogh
  • 3rd Red / Russell
  • 4th Green / Sheridan

March 5, 2014: Project Compassion 2014
During Lent we raise funds to assist Caritas in their mission to give dignity to the poor of our world. Caritas is a Catholic agency which establishes programs so that those in difficult situations can help themselves out of poverty. They have many educational and practical programs in Australia and throughout the world. Please help us to support those in need this Lent.

Each class has a money box for Project Compassion in their classroom. Every time someone brings some money for the poor, they get to place a sticker on their class chart. Hopefully the classes will cover their chart pictures with stickers to enable Caritas to help those in need, all around the world. The children are focusing on purchasing basic medical supplies, money for setting up jobs and for educational resources. Please encourage your child to share some of their pocket money with others whenever possible. Every cent counts. Thank you.

February 19, 2014: Free Dress Day - February 28
On Friday 28 February, there will be a free dress day to raise awareness and funds for Jump To Cure Diabetes Day 2014. This day is supported by The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Australia and we would ask for a gold coin donation to assist this worthy cause. One of the fathers from our school, Col Ashdown, is going to jump from a plane to raise funds in support of his son who has Type One diabetes. Louise Ashdown will also have a stall running on the day with delicious lemon butter and date loaves for the adults and hair ties for the children. Hair ties cost between two and four dollars. It is sure to be a successful day and we will follow Col’s progress on his journey. Thank you for your support. If you wish to visit Col’s page, here is the link- http://www.jdrf.org.au/jump/individual-page?tab=0&frsid=140

February 12, 2014: Welcome BBQ 2014
Welcome back and especially a big welcome to our new families who have joined the St Matthew's Community. Please join us on Friday 21 February at 5.00pm for a free sausage sizzle and a movie for the kids in MacKillop Place. Hamburgers, beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks will be available to purchase. There will also be a movie deal for the kids which includes popcorn, lollies and a popper. It’s a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones too!

February 12, 2014: Sacramental Program Meeting
Students who have received the Sacrament of Penance (reconciliation) are now able to prepare for Confirmation and First Eucharist (communion). If your child is looking able to participate in the next sacramental program, please come along to the meeting where the process will be explained. The information night will be held on Tuesday 18 February at 7pm, at St Matthew’s Church. Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday 27 June and First Eucharist on Sunday 2 November.

January 25, 2014: Welcome to the 2014 School Year
The St Matthew's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2014 school year. We are looking forward to a fantastic year!

Our school website is updatedly weekly throughout the school terms, so please check back regularly for news and details regarding school events and achievements.

Applications for new enrolments in all year levels are warmly welcomed. Please call us on 3209 6155, drop into the office to pick up an enrolment form or download the enrolment form.