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November 27, 2013: Christmas Nativity Play
This year St Matthew’s Parish would like to invite children from the school to participate in their Childrens' Mass on Christmas Eve at 7:00pm (carols to begin at 6:30pm). They will be presenting a Nativity Play at the mass and would like children to be involved in this presentation. If your child(ren) would like to take part in this, please contact Shelagh at the Parish Office on 3801 1626. Shelagh is in the office Monday, Thursday and Friday of each week, otherwise you can leave a message for her to contact you. This would involve a few days of rehearsals prior to the the 24 December, these dates are to be advised.
November 20, 2013: Mary MacKillop Memorial Garden
Well done to Kathi Rutkowski on last Friday’s wonderful opening and blessing of the Mary MacKillop Memorial Garden.
If you haven’t taken the time to visit, and maybe reflect for a moment, then you’re missing out on something special.
November 7, 2013: SVDP Christmas Appeal
We will be starting our annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal donations earlier this year, as we would like to involve some of the children in the ‘Minni Vinnies’ program, where they will assist the Parish St Vincent de Paul volunteers with packing the hampers.
There is a list of the items below that each year level are asked to donate from next week, Monday 11 November, and the items can be left in the bins at the back of the Administration block as they have been in the past. This way they can be taken to the Parish storage rooms each day. Any donations will be much appreciated.
Prep & Year 1 Christmas Cakes, Christmas Puddings, Long Life Custard
Years 2 & 3 Fruit Mince Pies, Shortbread Biscuits, Jellies
Years 4 & 5 Bon Bons, Popcorn, Christmas Confectionery, Tin Hams
Years 6 & 7 Canned Fruit [Peaches-Pears-Apricots], Canned Pineapple, Canned Beetroot
November 7, 2013: Netball, Touch & Yr 5/6 Camps
Congratulations to the players who have represented the school in the Mission Cup Netball and the Queensland All School Touch over the past two weekends. At both tournaments their behaviour and sporting spirit was exemplary. I’m extremely proud of them and thank the teachers who gave so much out-of-school time to provide these opportunities. The same can be said of the recent Year 5 and 6 camps. The positive behaviour of the children goes a long way towards saying a genuine thank you to the teachers and other staff involved.
September 11, 2013: Catholic Zone 2 Sports Carnival
Last Friday St Matthew's competed in the Catholic Zone II Carnival at QEII Stadium. Overall our school came 3rd with a number of students achieving highly. We also sent 32 ball games students to compete at the Ball Games Carnival. The four teams competed with spirit and were well behaved. In the individual field events we also had students who achieved highly.
Well done to all our competitors on the day.
September 4, 2013: Mini Vinnies
Last Friday, a group of fifteen Year 5 students became “MINI VINNIES” and spent time in the Parish Centre with Volunteers from St Vincent de Paul to put together CARE PACKS with items that the school collected for the Winter Appeal during our “ACTS of KINDNESS” week.
The children enjoyed the experience to be of service to others, and loved putting the packs together for families in need. It was a great opportunity for them to see first-hand where all the items that were collected go and what happens to them.
August 15, 2013: Father's Day Stall
Once again the P & F Committee have organised a Fathers' Day stall for your children on Thursday 29 August and Friday 30 August. Each class will be assigned a time to visit the stall throughout the day. This will allow each child an opportunity to purchase a gift for their father, stepfather or grandfather. A lot of thought has gone into organising the Fathers' Day stall, so we have kept the gift prices low. There will be a variety of gifts for your child to choose from and prices ranging from $1 to $5. Gift cards and bags will also be available for 50c. There are 2 options for you to choose from:
Option 1. Send your money to school with your child on the day (cash only)
Option 2. Purchase your gift vouchers through Flexi Schools. Simply log on or “Register Now” www.flexischools.com.au
Every child that purchases a gift will go in the draw to win a Fathers' Day gift pack. Any questions regarding the Fathers' Day stall please contact Farrah Carroll 0411 951 465 or email email@example.com.
August 7, 2013: District Athletics
Thank you to Blair Thomas and Paul Ziestch for their support of our District Athletic team who came first in the Beenleigh Division B Athletic Carnival last Tuesday. 17 children then went on to participate in the District Championship Competition and 7 of these children are now in the Beenleigh District team. Special thanks to Blair for her hard work in preparing the children for these events.
August 7, 2013: Wakakirri Success
Last Tuesday night we had 60 children from Yr 5-7 perform at the Logan Entertainment Centre. Each school is awarded 3 certificates for their best elements. St Matthew’s was commended on their acting, costumes and props. We also received an award for our recycling of costumes. We had costumes from our very first JRock performance that we were able to reuse this year, including some fabulous shark heads. We were very excited as this was St Matthew’s first time entering Wakakirri and we have made it into the finals.
The children presented their performance to the school this morning. We will now have another month of rehearsals and then return to the Logan Entertainment Centre on 12 or 13 September for the Brisbane Final.
August 7, 2013: Book Week 2013: Read Across the Universe
We will be celebrating Book Week from Tuesday 13 - Friday 16 August. The theme this year is Read Across the Universe so we have decided to go with a space theme for our dress-up parade. Children can dress as anything space related (alien, rocket, astronaut, planet??) The parade will take place on Wednesday 14 August, during assembly time.
The Book Fair is arriving in August. The books will go on sale on Tuesday 13 August. We will be open till 4pm on Tuesday, Thurs and Friday and will stay open later on Wednesday night till 6pm to give parents a chance to look at displays and buy from the fair.
July 31, 2013: Wakakirri Performance
Today 60 children from Year 5 - 7 to the Logan Entertainment Centre for their Wakakirri Performance, Ocean Magic. The children’s energy, enthusiasm and behaviour was fantastic. Many people helped create and support the team get to this event. We will have a Wakakirri wrap up, photos and acknowledgements in the coming weeks.
July 31, 2013: Maths Team Challenge
Last Thursday 2 teams from St Matthew's travelled to Canterbury College to compete in the Logan Region Maths Team Challenge. There were over 70 teams there on the day across all age levels. Our teams competed in the Primary division against 23 other teams and came 6th and 15th. Congratulations to the teams who worked well together within their teams displaying great problem solving skills.
July 17, 2013: Catholic Education Week
This Sunday marks the beginning of 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: "Making a Difference… inspired by Jesus".
Catholic schools strive to make a difference in the lives of individuals and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.
Students are nurtured to develop a commitment to social justice and a critical social consciousness, and are prepared for global responsibilities through stewardship of the earth’s resources.
Like other Catholic schools, we strive to be a welcoming, inclusive, and connected community that values diversity and treats each student with dignity, enabling them in turn to promote and respect the dignity of all.
During Catholic Education Week 2013, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate and share how they are "Making a difference …. inspired by Jesus" in the lives of their students and within their communities.
There are 296 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 140,000 students and employ almost 17,000 teachers and staff and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.
At St Matthew’s 5R will lead a special assembly on 24 July and the children will be encouraged to support Acts of Kindness, helping St Vincent de Paul.
July 9, 2013: Senoir Choir Performance
On the last Thursday of Term 2, St Matthew’s Senior Choir performed with other Brisbane Catholic Education Schools in a Combined Choirs’ event. The evening was a great success and the St Matthew’s students performed as an individual choir and with approximately 100 other choristers to sing as one large choir.
All St Matthew’s students sang and performed beautifully in front of a packed hall of family and friends and their behaviour throughout the whole excursion was exemplary.
Bobbi and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the choir members for their commitment and hours of practice as well as the parents who supported their children so willingly for this evening event.
Senior choir will take a break now until much later in the year as Junior choir prepare for their big performance at the Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival in August.
June 19, 2013: Family Fun Day Success
Congratulations to the P&F and the ladies from the Fun Day committee who put together a wonderful family day on Saturday. A special thanks to Marie Bone, Anne Hammond and Emma Bonser for their organisation of the event. Thank you to Gary May and to Greg Clayton who assisted with the set up and clean up on Saturday. Thank you to the students of Chisholm College who baked for the cake stall. Finally thank you to all who supported the Fun Day prior to the event and on Saturday.
May 15, 2013: Anuual Catholic Campaign
This term we will be joining all schools and parishes in the Archdiocese to help support the Annual Catholic Campaign.
Over the coming weeks we will learn about the ministries and people it supports.
In the coming weeks we will hold a school fundraising event for the Campaign.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge will be writing to you and other members of the Catholic community across South East Queensland to ask for everyone's support.
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. Of particular interest is the new MacKillop Fund to help families, who could not otherwise afford it, access to our Catholic schools.
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.
If you are able to, please consider making a regular monthly gift. This way, the ministries supported by the Campaign can plan more easily for the future and grow knowing that people are willing and committed to making ongoing contributions.
Over the coming weeks, as we will learn more about the important contribution we make as a Church, I encourage you to consider your support.
April 24, 2013: Confirmation
Congratulations to the students who received First Eucharist and Confirmation on Sunday.
This was, in the Archbishop’s words, the culmination of his pastoral visit to the parish and school.
April 24, 2013: P & F Family Fun Day and Markets
Anyone that is interested in being involved in the planning of our Family Fun Festival and Markets can contact either Marie Bone on firstname.lastname@example.org 0433 468 802 or Anne Hammond on email@example.com 0412 236 839
We are currently taking applications for anyone who would like to have a stall to display their business at our Family Fun Festival and Markets. We would like to offer this opportunity to our families and friends first and then we will seek interest from the wider community. We are looking for a variety of stalls on the day. Please contact Emma ASAP for an information sheet and application form as spots are limited. Please email Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further questions or application forms.
March 20, 2013: Holy Week Celebrations
Holy Week celebrations will be held over 4 days this year, with each year level being involved in a particular section of the Easter Story.
- Palm Sunday will be celebrated on Monday 25 at 11:15 in MacKillop Place (Yrs 1&2)
- The Last Supper 26 at 11:15 in MacKillop Place (Yr 4)
- In the Garden and the arrest of Jesus, Wednesday 27 at 9:00 in MacKillop Place (Yrs 5 & 6)
- The crucifixion Thursday 28 at 11:15 in MacKillop Place
- On Monday 15 April, after the Easter holidays, we will celebrate the resurrection lead by the Yr 3 and Prep. This will most likely be at 11:15am in MacKillop Place.
February 27, 2013: Support World's Greatest Shave
On the 14 March, Ethan Kelly will be taking part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s ‘World’s Greatest Shave’, to raise money for his brother Zaac who has Leukaemia. He has asked if St Matthew’s would support him by donating money to this worthwhile cause.
We will be having a ‘PLAIN CLOTHES DAY’ on Wednesday 13 March, where students are asked to wear plain clothes and bring in a gold coin donation.
February 20, 2013: Project Compassion
With the beginning of Lent, Caritas launched Project Compassion which is its major fundraising appeal. The children are already showing great generosity in their donations. Teachers have some excellent education resources provided by Caritas which not only provide extensive detail on how its funds are used but also help our children to appreciate many of the things we all take for granted, like clean water.
You might like to visit the caritas website (www.caritas.org.au) to see more of how this great organisation is engaged relieving suffering and poverty worldwide.
February 20, 2013: Welcome BBQ Success
Thank you to our Parents & Friends association for their organisation of last Friday night’s Welcome Barbecue.
Although some were put off by inclement weather, it seemed that the staff, parents and children that did attend had a good time. The sausages were certainly cooked to perfection.
February 14, 2013: Ash Wednesday
Thank you to our wonderful students who represented their classes with lovely Mass manners and beautiful singing at our Opening School Mass for this year last Wednesday as well as today at our Ash Wednesday Mass and liturgy.. A special thanks to the Yr 7 Student Council and Year 6 students who assisted with readings and preparation. Each class now has a special timber statue for their classroom prayer space that reflects our 2012 theme – Hands With Heart.
February 7, 2013: Hearts that Shine
Our theme for 2013 is ‘HEARTS THAT SHINE’. This theme will be incorporated into our religious celebrations and other events throughout the year. Each class received a heart symbol at our opening mass this morning and we learnt our new song ‘Love Shines A Light’ to accompany this. I encourage everyone to open their hearts this year and let them shine.
February 7, 2013: Student Protection
This is an issue that we take very seriously. Staff have recently undertaken a refresher on the obligations of school employees particularly in light of new Queensland legislation. Parents are able to access a hard copy of Brisbane Catholic Education “Student Protection Procedures” in the school library. Alternatively you can access the document and related material online at www.bne.catholic.edu.au/students-parents/Pages/StudentProtection.aspx
Concerns regarding student protection can be directed to one of the school’s Student Protection Contacts:
STUDENT PROTECTION CONTACTS - 2013
Mr Chris Brown – Principal
Mrs Bernadette Judd - Assistant Principal Administration
Mrs Lyn Bardsley – Guidance Counsellor
January 23, 2013: Welcome to the 2013 School Year
The St Matthew's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2013 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.
January 23, 2103: 2013 Class Teachers
Class teaching staff for 2013 are as follows:
Prep: Mrs Debbie Coupland, Mrs Pam Dunne, Miss Katie Turnbull
Year 1: Mrs Sharon Clark and Mrs Kylie Tippins (sharing), Miss Anna Crilly, Miss Laura Smith
Year 2: Miss Anne-Margaret Shellshear, Mrs Mary Silvestro (Mrs Jessica Green Term 1 only), Mrs Kathleen Stillianos
Year 3: Mrs Fernanda Heckenberg, Ms Barb Macfarlane, Mrs Liz Stammers
Year 4: Mrs Vanessa Strong, Mr Jon Ware and one further to be advised
Year 5: Miss Katlin Groom, Mrs Janice Mason, Mrs Melanie Nyhan
Year 6: Mr Oliver Blenkin, Mrs Simone Alldridge
Year 7: Mrs Claire Fenwick, Mr Dwayne Thorburn, Mr Paul Zeitch