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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.