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Cricket Match Match<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="cricket-game-2017.jpg.png" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/cricket-game-2017.jpg.png" style="height:225px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />Some of our children played cricket against Our Lady of Lourdes Sunnybank.</p> <p>They had a great day and the game was played in great spirit. </p> <p>OLL won the day and we are already looking forward to a return game next year. </p> <p>Well done.</p>
Uniform Shop Extended Hours Shop Extended Hours<div style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;line-height:107%;"><font face="Calibri">The Uniform Shop is located in Block A and will be open for extended trading hours during January 2018. Uniform shop trading hours are listed below. Should you require just two or three items, your purchase may be made during normal trading hours, but you may expect a queue during peak times. We have sufficient stock in the Uniform Shop and we would like to encourage families to purchase uniforms before end of Term 4 2017. No appointment is required. </font></span></div> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;line-height:107%;"><font face="Calibri">PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME </font></span></div> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;line-height:107%;"><font face="Calibri">For all current families we would urge you to re-assess your uniform requirements and order accordingly. Due to the extended period of time that children are away from school we often find that they grow out of their uniforms. Please ensure existing uniforms have ample growing room.</font></span></div> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;line-height:107%;"><img alt="uniformshop extended hours.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/uniformshop%20extended%20hours.jpg" style="height:128px;width:580px;margin:5px;" /><br><br></span></div>
Christmas Concert Concert<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="christmas_concert_pic.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/christmas_concert_pic.jpg" style="height:225px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended the Christmas Concert last week. Thank you for your respect when the children were performing. Thanks to Michael Mangan for leading the concert in an engaging and Spirit filled way. The true message of Christmas was not lost!  Thanks to all the amazing staff at St Matthew's for preparing the children in the last few weeks and for giving up your Friday night to support the children. Thanks to Shara and the dedicated PnF volunteers who served food and drinks and organised the raffle. I would especially like to congratulate the children for your wonderful performances. Your hard work paid off!
St Matthew's Multicultural Day Matthew's Multicultural Day<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteImage-1" alt="muliculturalday.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/muliculturalday.jpg" style="height:198px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />I would like to thank Sharon Steiner for organising our St Matthew’s Multicultural Day. Her hard work, organisation and passion shone through in the success of the day. </p> <p>Thank you to all of the presenters for your engaging sessions. </p> <p>Thank you to the students who dressed up, brought food, participated at Mass and helped out during the day. </p> <p>Thank you to the teachers and staff for getting involved and for being flexible with your schedules. And thank you to the parents who encouraged your children to celebrate their cultural heritage. </p>
Bikes repairs for SVDP repairs for SVDP<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteImage-1" alt="bikerepair.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/bikerepair.jpg" style="height:197px;width:350px;margin:5px;" />Thanks to the Yr 2 boys who have been busy over the last few weeks repairing some bicycles. We have fixed up 3 bikes that we will now give to Father Rodrigo who will pass them onto St Vincent de Paul. </p> <p>We hope they will find a new family soon. Well done boys. If you have an old bike that is not being used and are happy to part with it please let us know as we are keen to fix up some more if possible.</p>
Feedback Survey Survey<div>A couple of weeks ago I mentioned we would be asking for some feedback to help guide some decision making for the coming years at St Matthew's. </div> <div> </div> <div>Below is a link to a short survey which shouldn't take you too long. We'd appreciate your thoughts.</div> <div><a href=""></a></div>
Our Lady of Fatima Visitation Lady of Fatima Visitation<div><img alt="OLOF visitation.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/OLOF%20visitation.jpg" style="height:408px;width:571px;margin:5px;" /><br>Our school was visited by a group of missionary nuns with an image (statue) of Our Lady of Fatima (Mother Mary). These nuns are travelling around Australia with the image, which was blessed by Pope Francis, to teach schools, shelters, hospitals and anyone who will listen about the apparition of Mary in 1917 to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady’s message to those children and to the whole world, is to pray and repair wrongs done in our lives. She said this is the way to restore peace in the world and holiness in family life.</div> <div>Our students learnt were very reverent and respectful during the procession of Our Lady and the catechetical sessions led by the nuns.</div>
LOTE News - Spanish News - Spanish<div><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="hola.png" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/hola.png" style="height:225px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />This term has definitely been a massive one. On 13<sup> </sup>August, for the first time, St Matthew's was invited to participate in the Spanish Contest at Griffith University.  I am so proud of how Emily, Jessica, Bharat, Leon,  and Solene performed on the day, as they represented their respectives courses as well as our school. The commitment and effort of these students was reflected in their results. The judge was very impressed with the quality of the language skills these students have gained in nearly two years of Spanish study. I was so glad to receive positive feedback from both the students and parents about their experience.</div> <div> </div> <div>On the other hand, this term the students of Year 5 and 6 will perform their first Spanish exam, which will be a great opportunity for students to demonstrate to themselves how much Spanish they have learned. I would like to encourage the students to develop good study habits and to take Spanish beyond the classroom. For this reason, I would highly recommend any of the free language learning tools available for their specific device, such as duolingo, spanishdict, Babbel, busuu and so on. Or by visiting <a href="http://www.languagesonline.victoria/">www.languagesonline.victoria</a>. Using these resources at home is quite useful allowing students to continue developing their four macro-skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).</div> <div> </div> <div>If parents would like to talk to me about their children’s achievements, feel free to come along to the staffroom on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 8:30 am. It would be a pleasure for me to see you there.</div> <div> </div> <div>Hasta la Vista,</div> <div><em>Patricia Pinilla</em></div> <div><em>Spanish Teacher</em></div>
Celebrating St Mary of the Cross MacKillop St Mary of the Cross MacKillop<h2>On 8<sup> </sup>August, Catholics celebrated the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first canonized Saint. She is the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and founded many schools across Australia to provide an education to the poor and those in most need.  </h2> <div><img width="301" height="233" src="" alt="" style="float:left;margin:5px 10px 5px 0px;" />In December, 1869, Mary MacKillop and five of the Sisters of St Joseph came to Brisbane and rented a house in South Brisbane. During 1870, they opened three schools for the poorer children in Brisbane and one in Maryborough. Mary and her companions attended Mass at St Stephen’s Church in Elizabeth Street and often prayed there before the Blessed Sacrament.</div> <div>Born in Melbourne in 1842 and fired by a deep desire to serve God and help alleviate the plight of the poor, Mary was an ordinary person who lived a holy life. At a time when real heroes are in short supply, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop is a true inspiration. Her heroism is all the more firm because it is built not on celebrity or sporting skill but on her love for Jesus Christ and a life of dedication to God and her fellow human beings.</div> <div>She was an inspirational woman … Among her many qualities was her ability to inspire hope in those she met.</div> <div>Her motto of ‘never see a need without doing something about it’ continues to call us forth to action.</div> <h2>St Matthew’s is a Josephite school and we hope to continue the charism of St Mary MacKillop as we strive to live in faith, knowledge and love.</h2>
Book Week 2017 Week 2017<p class="ms-rteElement-P"><img alt="bookweek2017.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/bookweek2017.jpg" style="height:209px;width:580px;margin:5px;" /><br><img class="ms-rteImage-1 ms-rtePosition-2" alt="bookweekphoto.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/bookweekphoto.jpg" style="height:200px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />Congratulations to staff, students and parents on a fantastic Book Week Parade. There were some wonderful costumes and a great time was had by all. We appreciate all the time and effort that goes into creating these costumes. It will be an experience that the students will always remember.</p> <div>We would also like to congratulate Jakey Lloyd on winning the colouring-in competition. He was thrilled to receive his $10 Book Fair voucher.</div> <div> </div> <div>Don't forget to check out the great displays on classroom doors and in the library. Our Book Fair will finish at 9:00am this Friday, so be sure to pop in for a bargain.</div> <div> </div> <div>We've had two interesting and inspirational talks by our visiting author, Michael Gerard Bauer and illustrator, Kerry Argent and the Year 3 to 6 students are looking forward to learning more about Ben Wood's illustrations.</div> <div> </div>
Maths Team Challenge Team Challenge<p class="ms-rteElement-P"><img class="ms-rteImage-1 ms-rtePosition-2" alt="maths team challenge.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/maths%20team%20challenge.jpg" style="height:225px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />On Thursday 20 July 6 amazing St Matthew’s students travelled to Canterbury College to compete in the Logan and Gold Coast Mathematics Team Challenge. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Our team competed against 24 other schools to finish a very respectable 5th. Teams were so close at the top, we only missed out on placing second by 3 points. Well done to these students for their motivation, effort, perseverance, behaviour and attitude.</p>
Vinnies Winter Appeal and PJ Day Winter Appeal and PJ Day<div><div><img class="ms-rteImage-1 ms-rtePosition-2" alt="warm pyjama.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/warm%20pyjama.jpg" style="height:263px;width:350px;margin:5px;" />Last Friday on Warm PJ Day, Gale Wyer from St Vincent de Paul received the donations that you gave. It would be an understatement to say that she was overwhelmed with your generosity. She and her team have filled the cupboards and have had to give the extra items that wouldn’t fit to Blind Eye Ministries (a South Brisbane based Catholic homeless drop in centre).</div> <div> </div> <div>I want to thank you sincerely for your generosity. Not only have you helped people in need but you have taught your children the importance of giving to people who really need it. Thank you!</div></div>
Catholic Education Week Education Week<div style="background:white;"><span lang="EN"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="CEW-Individual-graphic-element-cropped.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/CEW-Individual-graphic-element-cropped.jpg" style="height:174px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />Catholic Education Week will be celebrated across Queensland from 23 - 29 July this year. 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.  </span></div> <div style="background:white;"><span lang="EN"></span> </div> <div style="background:white;"><span lang="EN"><strong>The theme for this year’s celebrations is:</strong>  <strong>Sharing the Journey.</strong></span></div> <div style="background:white;"><span lang="EN"><strong></strong></span> </div> <div style="background:white;"><span lang="EN">Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools 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. During Catholic Education Week 2017, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate how they are sharing the journey.</span></div> <div style="background:white;"><span lang="EN">There are 302 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 146,000 students and employ more than 18,500 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way. </span></div>
Semester One School Reports One School Reports<p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">As outlined earlier, this year's reports will be available on the Parent Portal only. There will be no printed reports sent home.</span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">We have asked that all parents check their access to the portal in preparation for this. Please see below all the links to assist you with this process.</span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">Reports will be uploaded on the last Friday of this term, 23 June, between 3:30pm and 4:30 pm.</span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">When the reports are uploaded please see the steps below on how to access them.</span></p> <ol type="1"><li><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">From your Parent Portal, click on the My Students tab at the top of the page and select Academic reports along the left hand menu.</span></p></li> <li><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">Select </span><span lang="EN">the appropriate student from the drop down menu at the top of the page.</span></p></li> <li><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">A page will display presenting reports that have been uploaded for the current and previous academic year. It will also display any other report related documents that the school has chosen to upload.</span></p></li> <li><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">Open the appropriate document by clicking on the blue link. We recommend saving a copy of the report for personal archiving purposes.</span></p></li></ol> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">NB:</span><span lang="EN"></span></p> <ul><li><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">Users on any mobile devices will need to hold the link and select the Open in new tab option to view the full report.</span></p></li> <li><p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span lang="EN">Some android users may need to download a PDF reader to be able to open the reports.</span></p></li></ul>
School Athletics Carnival Athletics Carnival<div style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">The St Matthew’s Athletics Carnival will be held Friday 16</span><span style="font-size:7pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">th </span><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">June. All students from Prep to Year 6 will participate on the day. The carnival encourages students to achieve their personal best, participate in a team and enjoy the competitive atmosphere. Students have been preparing for the carnival in PE throughout the term. </span></div> <ul><li><div style="margin:0cm 0cm 1.35pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">Preps – 2 will participate in a sprint race and rotational novelty activities </span></div></li> <li><div style="margin:0cm 0cm 1.35pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">Years 3 – 6 will participate ball games, novelty races and sprint race </span></div></li> <li><div style="margin:0cm 0cm 1.35pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">Years 3 – 6 will also participate in field events both competitive and non-competitive shot put and long jump based on trials within class </span></div></li> <li><div style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">Years 4 and 6 also compete in 200m and 800m races (if they have nominated) and high jump (based on trials). </span></div></li></ul> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></div> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">All events with the exception of 200s and 800s will be held on St Matthew’s oval. 200m and 800m events will be held on the Shailer Park High running track on Tuesday 13</span><span style="font-size:7pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">th </span><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">June, 8:45 until 10:45pm. Followed by High Jump in Mackillop Place on Tuesday 13</span><span style="font-size:7pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">th </span><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">June 11.15am-2.55pm (see below) </span></div> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">Parents are welcome to come and provide support (please sit on the Shailer Park side of the track). Please notify your class teacher regarding any relevant medical conditions which may affect your son/daughter’s participation in the carnival.</span></div> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;"><a href="/latest-news/Documents/Athletics%20Carnival%20Information.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Athletics Carnival Information.pdf" src="/latest-news/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" />Athletics Carnival Information</a></span></div>
Zone Cross Country Cross Country<div><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="zonecc.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/zonecc.jpg" style="height:225px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />What a great achievement from all of our runners at the Zone II Cross Country Carnival held at school. We had many successful athletes that placed in the top 20, <strong>Troy Osborne </strong>finished <strong>FIRST</strong> in the 12 years boys... what a run! </div> <div> </div> <div>We also had <strong>Kye Lowth</strong> finishing <strong>FIRST </strong>for the 11 years boys for the<strong> THIRD YEAR IN A ROW</strong>, what a talented runner.</div> <div> </div> <div>All the hard work paid off for our kids with St Matthew's finishing <strong>Overall FIRST in Division 1, </strong>couldn't have been a more successful day.  </div> <div> </div> <div>Thank you to all the parents for cheering on our kids and the P & F for all the great food again. </div>
Advanced Life Photography Life Photography<div style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="advancedlife.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/advancedlife.jpg" style="height:222px;width:240px;margin:5px;" />School photography day is coming up very soon, Tuesday 6 June. Group and portrait photographs can be purchased by following the link below or by using the envelope.</span></div> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;line-height:normal;"><div style="text-align:left;margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;"><a href=""><span style="color:blue;">ONLINE ORDER CODE </span></a>: </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;line-height:107%;"><a href=""><span style="color:blue;">C5Y KRX 63X</span></a></span></div></div> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">Important Information:</span></div> <ul><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">School photos purchased online DO NOT require envelopes returned to school*</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">Don’t forget to order your sibling photos now</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">NO ORDERS ARE TAKEN ON PHOTO DAY</span></b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;"></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">Late fees/additional charges will be applied for purchases after photo day</span></b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;"></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">Photos will be returned to your school for distribution approximately six weeks after photos are taken</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">Past years’ photographs including sports, co-curricular and representative groups available at school’s <b><i>advancedlife</i></b> & your <b><i>advancedyou</i></b> photo sites (follow the link above)</span></li></ul> <div style="margin:0cm 0cm 8pt;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">*Sibling photographs must be ordered either online or by order envelope<b> prior to the day</b> of photography.  A photograph will not be taken without an order. Sibling photographs only apply to children enrolled at the school.</span></div> <b><i><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;line-height:107%;">advancedlife</span></i></b><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;line-height:107%;"> would like to express our appreciation to ST MATTHEW'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL for placing your trust in us. Please remember we offer a 100% money back guarantee on our products to ensure your peace of mind. We would also love to receive your feedback or resolve any issues you may experience as fast as possible, to ensure your satisfaction. If you have any questions, comments or feedback relating to your advancedlife experience please contact us at- <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;line-height:107%;"><a><span style="color:blue;"><strong></strong></span></a></span></span>
Family Fun Day Bring Week Items Fun Day Bring Week Items<p class="ms-rteElement-P"><strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="familyfundaysavethedate.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/familyfundaysavethedate.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />Term 2 Bring Week items:</strong></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Week 3:  Popper (Golden Circle only please) and bottled water (500ml only please)</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Weeks 4 &  5: Bring along all loose change (Money raised will be used for prizes in side show ally)</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Week 6 : Bite size chocolate, chocolate bars, family block chocolates & wrapped lollies</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Week 7:  Tombola Jars ( filled with whatever you like) </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Week 8: Prep: coloured hairspray. Grade 1 : Corn chips, Grade 2 : Tomato and BBQ Sauce,  Grade 3: glad wrap, Grade 4 : tattoos, Grade 5: Salsa Jars (mild)  Grade 6: Tins of beetroot.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Week 9 and First week of Term 3: Anything for our second-hand stall. We will let you know closer to the time where and when you can drop your items. So start cleaning out over the break. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><strong>Major Sponsor Raffle</strong></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Any business interested in buying a ticket  please contact us at <a></a> and we can send you some information.</p>
NAPLAN Testing: 9-11 May Testing: 9-11 May<div>As you may be aware, the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will take place on Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May. This will take place in our Year 3 and Year 5 classrooms.</div> <div>As part of the preparation for NAPLAN, we are advising parents to contact either Sharon Talty or Rosemarie Bromhall in St Matthew’s Learning Support if you have any concerns or queries regarding this process.</div>
ANZAC Day Community March Day Community March<img class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteImage-1" alt="anzacday.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/anzacday.jpg" style="height:225px;width:300px;margin:5px;" />A big thank you to all of the dedicated students and families who came to march on ANZAC Day and represented our school. St Matthew’s had an impressive turnout and marched with respect and pride. It was a wonderful ceremony which paid due tribute to the women and men who have defended and continue to defend our freedom and peace. We pray for peace and an end to all war.<br><br>
Easter OSHC Vacation Care Program OSHC Vacation Care Program<div><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/For%20Parents/PublishingImages/centacare.jpg" alt="" style="height:73px;width:200px;margin:5px;" />We have organised a fun filled holiday program for the children during the April school holidays.  </div> <div> </div> <div>If you wish to book your child’s place please fill in the booking form and send back to the OSHC facility.  Book early to avoid disappointment.  All families need to be enrolled at the OSHC service before booking, if you wish to enrol please contact Julie Steel Co-ordinator on 3806 0556.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/latest-news/Documents/OSHC%20Easter%20Vacation%20Care.pdf" target="_blank">OSHC Easter Vacation Care Program</a></div> <div><a href="/For%20Parents/Pages/Outside-Hours-School-Care.aspx" target="_blank">Outside Hours School Care Information</a></div>
Swimming Carnival Carnival<p>St Matthew’s Annual Swimming Carnival swam off on 23 February, it was a very hot, action packed day for all of our swimmers. Thank you to all of the students who participated in the 50m and 25m events on the day. A big congratulations to Sheridan (Green) house and their captains, Zoe Battaglene-Sharpe and Kye Lowth, for winning the carnival for the first time in 8 years (GO GREEN), second was Russell (Red) and tied for third was Keogh (Blue) and O'Shea (Gold). Well done to all the house captains on maintaining such a positive vibe in their house area and making the day as fun as possible. A big thank you to all the teachers who came and kept everyone in order<img width="233" height="174" src="" alt="" style="float:right;margin:5px 0px 5px 10px;" /> (GO TEACHERS)</p> <p><img alt="swimmingcarnival.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/swimmingcarnival.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p>
Enrol now for Prep 2018 now for Prep 2018<p>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.  Please see the Enrolments page for further information and documentation.</p> <p>We welcome any families interested in our school to attend our Open Day on March 17 9:15 - 10:30am.  </p> <p><img alt="openday.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/openday.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p> <p> </p>
Ash Wednesday Wednesday<p><img class="ms-rteImage-1 ms-rtePosition-2" alt="ashwednesday.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/ashwednesday.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />Next Wednesday, we celebrate Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent which continues until the Holy Thursday.  The mark of ashes, a symbol of repentance, is given to Christians to indicate the start of the penitential season of Lent.  Ashes are etched in the sign of the cross on the foreheads of Catholics around the world on Ash Wednesday, symbolising the beginning of the 40 days of fasting and penance in preparation for Easter. Lent is a 40 day fast and penance period in the Catholic Church.  </p> <p><br>During Lent, the church is draped in violet.  This time is a time of sorrow, penitence and preparation as well as a time to go the extra mile.  It is a time of preparation for and renewal of baptism. A common devotion for Lent is praying the Stations of the Cross. </p>
Project Compassion 2017 Compassion 2017<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="project compassion 2017.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/project%20compassion%202017.jpg" style="height:300px;width:212px;margin:5px;" />As we move towards the season of Lent, it is a great opportunity to pause and reflect on how we approach our lives as well as the challenges we face.  </p> <p>During this time, our school community will support Caritas Australia.  Through Project Compassion, Caritas Australia supports a network of Catholic relief aid, development and social services.  </p> <p>They work to build a better world, especially the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories.  Further information will be available in the coming weeks.</p>
Whole School Focus - Week 7 School Focus - Week 7<div><strong><em>"We don’t become wiser, more patient, more self-disciplined, more truthful, more courageous, more forgiving persons automatically. We do so by deliberately striving to be that kind of person."</em></strong></div> <div style="height:4px;width:100%;float:left;margin:0px;"></div> <div>Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if everyone possessed these qualities? I sincerely hope that we are able to teach our children so that they too can deliberatly strive to be that type of person.</div> <div> </div> <div>At St Matthew’s we endeavour to do this through our ‘Positive Behaviour for Learning’ plans. The qualities listed above are actively taught in the school. I wanted to particularly focus on the last one mentioned in being a forgiving person. All people make mistakes! The children make mistakes regularly but as a school, we need to ensure these become learning experiences so they can move on from what might have been a poor choice. The process of forgiveness follows 4 basic steps. Admit, Sorry, Make-up, Forgive. The 1<sup>st</sup> step is probably the hardest in admitting we have done something wrong. </div> <div> </div> <div>Once we move through that point the need to say sorry and make-up are more natural steps and ultimately the process of forgiveness or reconciliation follows. In dealing with any behaviour issues at school we try to follow these four steps so there is a lot of dialogue between staff and students when something does go wrong. Hopefully, we can stop any potential problems by consciously teaching behaviours that reflect the above qualities. This is taught in classrooms and at a whole school level each week with our whole school focus. Please keep an eye out for them and talk with your children about the focus for the week as this will only help reinforce the message.</div>
Welcome to the 2017 school year to the 2017 school year<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="welcomeback.gif" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/welcomeback.gif" style="margin:5px;" /> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">The St Matthew'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! </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Our school website is updated weekly throughout the school terms, so please check back regularly for news and details regarding school events and achievements.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">If you are unable to find or access any information you feel should be available on the site, please feel free to contact the <a href="/Contact%20Us/Pages/School-Contacts.aspx" target="_blank">school office</a>.​</p>
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