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Queensland All Schools Touch Competitionhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Queensland-All-Schools-Touch-Competition.aspxQueensland All Schools Touch Competition<p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">Congratulations to St Matthew’s A and St Matthew’s B touch football teams who competed at the Qld All Schools Championship over the weekend. St Matthew’s A made it through to the final 16 in the Championship finals and St Matthew’s B made it to the quarter finals of the Plate Finals. A fantastic effort by both teams as they competed against 67 other teams from around Qld. You all represented the school proudly and put in your very best efforts throughout the weekend.</span>​</p>
Socktoberhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Socktober.aspxSocktober<p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;"><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="SOCKTOBER1.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/SOCKTOBER1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:184px;" /></span>As part of our commitment to extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need, yesterday the students and staff participated in Crazy Sock Day to raise money for the work of Catholic Missions.  </span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">We raised $385.00. </span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;"><img alt="crazysockday.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/crazysockday.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:531px;height:430px;" /></span> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;"></span> </p>
NAPLAN Online School Readiness Testinghttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/NAPLAN-Online-School-Readiness-Testing.aspxNAPLAN Online School Readiness Testing<p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img alt="naplanonlineheader.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/naplanonlineheader.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:533px;height:118px;" />Next year St Matthew’s will join a number of Catholic, Independent and State schools transitioning our students to the National NAPLAN Online program.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">As part of our preparations, we will be conducting a 'School Readiness Test' (SRT) in October to confirm we have everything in place to administer NAPLAN Online successfully and seamlessly for our Year 3 and Year 5 cohorts in 2019.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">The focus of the school readiness test is not on assessing literacy and numeracy skills, but to test school readiness in terms of IT capacity as well as logistics and administration processes. It will therefore involve simulating an online test for our students who are currently in <strong style="outline:0px;"><em style="outline:0px;">Years 2 and 4</em></strong> to familiarise them with the NAPLAN style of testing. Students will perform Omnibus test which is a combination of Numeracy, Language Conventions and Reading.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">The school readiness test forms one part of our approach to transitioning to NAPLAN Online, with preparations well in hand with our teaching and IT support staff. Our focus for the remainder of this year and in the lead up to the online testing period in May next year will be to ensure our students are ready and confident, and we will continue to provide regular updates on our progress.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">NAPLAN Online aligns with our <em style="outline:0px;">Excellent Learning and Teaching:  Moving Forward </em>strategy at Brisbane Catholic Education and our commitment to improving literacy and numeracy skills and build the capacity of our students in information technology.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">We'll continue to provide you with updates, but in the meantime, you can read more about NAPLAN Online, and view sample questions, at the public demonstration site at</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a href="https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment" style="font:400 14px/20px arial, helvetica, sans-serif;outline:0px;color:#0782c1;text-decoration:underline;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment</a> and <a href="https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/naplan-online/naplan-online-public-demonstration-site" style="font:400 14px/20px arial, helvetica, sans-serif;outline:0px;color:#0782c1;text-decoration:underline;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/naplan-online/naplan-online-public-demonstration-site</a> .</p><p>​</p>
Feast of the Assumptionhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Feast-of-the-Assumption.aspxFeast of the Assumption<p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">​​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="feast of the assumption.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/feast%20of%20the%20assumption.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:245px;height:197px;" />As a school community we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption.  This feast day celebrates the belief that the body and soul of Mary was taken into heaven after the end of her earthly life.  </span></p><p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">Mary’s assumption into heaven is seen as a fulfilment of Jesus’ promise to the faithful that we too will be received into the kingdom of God.  Mary is seen as a first disciple of Jesus and a model for us all.</span>​</p>
Book Week 2018http://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Book-Week-2018.aspxBook Week 2018<table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="text-align:center;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100%;"><p>​​<img alt="book week.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/book%20week.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" />​<img alt="2018-Book-Week-web-banner-revised.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/2018-Book-Week-web-banner-revised.jpg" style="margin:0px;width:230px;height:100px;" /></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">Thank you for your support in our Book Week Celebrations, particularly the effort that went into costumes.  It was marvelous to see the number of students and teachers who participated in our Book Week Parade.  It was a great way to finish a wonderful week of celebrating literature.</span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​</p>
Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillophttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Mary-MacKillop-Mass.aspxFeast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop<p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">​​Wednesday 8 August is the feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.  St Mary of the Cross is our first Australian saint and the foundress of the Josephite community who opened our school and as such this is an important day for our community.  We will celebrate with Years 3 - 6 Mass at 9:30am.  You are most welcome to attend.</span>​</p>
BCE is Listeninghttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/We-are-listening.aspxBCE is Listening<p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="listening.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/listening.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:280px;" />We're listening!</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Brisbane Catholic Education are committed to providing the best possible Catholic education for your child.  That commitment includes being open to feedback and ideas for improvement. As partners in your child's education, what you think matters. </p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Below you will find a link to a short survey that will ask you about different aspects of St Matthew’s school. The survey also has space for you to add your own comments.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a href="https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4398090/2018-Parent-Survey?school=sm4130" style="font:400 14px/20px arial, helvetica, sans-serif;outline:0px;color:#0782c1;text-decoration:underline;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4398090/2018-Parent-Survey?school=sm4130</a></p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Your responses will be anonymous. The community will be provided with a summary of the survey findings later in the year as we will also be asking students and staff what they think.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact the school office. </p><p>​</p>
Catholic Education Week 2018http://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Catholic-Education-Week-2018.aspxCatholic Education Week 2018<p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;"><img alt="catholic education week.png" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/catholic%20education%20week.png" style="margin:5px;" /></span> </p><p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">Catholic Education Week is in Week 3 of this term.  The theme for this year is ‘Discover new horizons – bring joy to all’.  </span></p><p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">As part of our celebrations, on Friday 3 August students are encouraged to wear their pyjamas, beanies, scarves, socks and dressing gowns for a gold coin donation.  This money will be donated to St Vincent de Paul to support their efforts in supporting those less fortunate in our community.</span>​</p>
Village Hub Social Morning Teashttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Village-Hub-Social-Morning-Teas.aspxVillage Hub Social Morning Teas<p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="cuppa-and-cake.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/cuppa-and-cake.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:145px;" />Come connect with other parents in your child’s year level(s) at shared morning teas in the Village Hub!  Your Parent Reps are busy organising the morning so you can connect and share your experiences as parents over a cup of tea or coffee.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Parish Centre:</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><ul style="margin:0px;padding:0px 40px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><li style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;">Year 6: Friday 27 July (drop off- 10am)</li><li style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;">Year 1: Friday 3 August (drop off- 10am)</li><li style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;">Year 2: Friday 10 August (drop off- 10am)</li><li style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;">Year 3: Friday 17 August (drop off- 10am)</li><li style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;">Year 4: Friday 24 August (drop off- 10am)</li><li style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;">Year 5: Friday 31 August (drop off- 10am)</li><li style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;">Prep: Friday 7 Sept (drop off- 10am)</li></ul><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">We would also love for you to join with us for a coffee at the Hub with Principal Stinson! A very low key social morning tea where you can connect with Tim personally over a tea or coffee.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><ul style="margin:0px;padding:0px 40px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><li style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;">Friday 14 September (drop off- 10am)</li></ul><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Any questions or queries please email Olivia Feather <a style="font:400 14px/20px arial, helvetica, sans-serif;outline:0px;color:#0782c1;text-decoration:underline;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">ofeather@bne.catholic.edu.au</a> .  We look forward to seeing you there! </p><p>​</p>
Year 6 Debatinghttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Year-6-Debating.aspxYear 6 Debating<p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteImage-1" alt="Debating.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/Debating.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:230px;" />This year St Matthew’s has entered a Year 6 team into the Queensland Debating Union’s (QDU) 2018 Primary Round Robin Competition. This competition consists of four rounds scheduled over Term 1, 2 and 3.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Four of our team members travelled to Brisbane Adventist College to compete in their round one debate against Brisbane Christian College.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Although we didn’t come away with the win, we only lost by two points. The students did an amazing job for their first time ever debating. Well done to all the students. With a little more preparation and practice I’m sure we will improve and maybe even come away with a win in round two.</p><p>​</p>
World Environment Dayhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/World-Environment-Day.aspxWorld Environment Day<p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="world_environment_day.png" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/world_environment_day.png" style="margin:5px;" />Tuesday, 5 June, was World Environment Day.  Established by the United Nations, World Environment Day encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.  This year’s theme, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, spotlights how organisations and communities around the world are coming together to combat single-use plastic pollution.  While the theme for this day is very specific, and in response to current world events, in his encyclical, </span><em style="outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Laudato si’</em><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">, Pope Francis reminds us that care of creation is at the heart of the scriptures and is embedded deeply in our Catholic tradition and teaching.</span>​</p>
Trinity Sundayhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Trinity-Sunday.aspxTrinity Sunday<p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="trinitysunday.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/trinitysunday.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:251px;height:126px;" />During the season of Easter, we celebrate some of the most important events and beliefs within the Catholic tradition.  This week we celebrate the central doctrine of faith the Trinity, that is the belief that there are three ‘persons’ in the one God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus instructs the disciples to baptise ‘in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ According to legend, St Patrick used the shamrock in his preaching to help explain the Trinity.  </span>​</p>
St Matthews Village Hubhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/St-Matthews-Village-Hub.aspxSt Matthews Village Hub<p style="text-align:left;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="village_hub_logo.png" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/village_hub_logo.png" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:200px;" />We are proud to introduce a new initiative into our St Matthew's community: The St Matthew's Village Hub.  The traditional African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child" has been widely quoted when examining the partnerships required during the maturation of our youth. Our 'village' has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a fast-paced, instant information and pressure-packed world. Today's children are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities. Navigating parenthood can be a daunting undertaking – partnerships and supports are welcome and necessary to prepare our students for tomorrow. At your school we are eager to be active partners: our mission is to prepare students for tomorrow through Faith, with Knowledge and in Love. We have taken this concept and created a 'Village' for you to access in the time leading up and into your child's schooling years.  2018 is the first year the 'Village Hub' will be in operation at our school and we are very excited to see our doors open.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Our 'Village' is here to support you wholly: spiritually, mentally and physically on your journey from birth and into school.  We are looking to create community events, and workshops that will be of assistance to you, your child/ren and your family.  These will be around school readiness, early literacy and numeracy skills, parenting and discipline workshops, healthy eating and meal creation, social (without the media) events, spirit feeding events and seminars and supporting you to develop a relationship with God.  We are wanting to take this wherever you need it to go, so, your feedback is important to us. I am eager to hear your thoughts, wants, needs and desires, so please email me, Olivia Feather at <span style="text-decoration:underline;">ofeather@bne.catholic.edu.au</span> </p><p>​</p>
NAPLAN Testing 2018http://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/NAPLAN-Testing-2018.aspxNAPLAN Testing 2018<p><span style="font:400 14px/24.08px sans-serif, arial, verdana, "trebuchet ms";text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">Naplan will be 15, 16 and 17 May. If you have any concerns or queries, please don't hesitate to contact our learning support staff or Donna Shepherd, our PLL (Primary Learning Leader) on 3209 6155.</span>​</p>
Holy Week Celebrationshttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Holy-Week-Celebrations.aspxHoly Week Celebrations<p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="holyweek.png" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/holyweek.png" style="margin:5px;width:244px;height:122px;" />As in the past, St Matthew’s will celebrate the story of Jesus’ last days from Palm Sunday through to the Resurrection.  This is an important part of our liturgical year and as such each year level will be involved in retelling the story.  We will do this through a series of liturgies and an enactment of the ‘Way of the Cross’.  You are welcome to join us on any or all mornings.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Palm Sunday          Prep and Year 1      Friday 23 March 9 am in MacKillop Place</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Holy Thursday        Years 3 and 4          Monday 26 March  9am in MacKillop Place</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">The Way of the Cross     Year 6             Wednesday<sup style="outline:0px;"> </sup>28 March Time to be confirmed</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Resurrection          Years 2 and 5          Thursday 29 March 9am in MacKillop Place</p><p>​</p>
School Improvement Planhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/School-Improvement-Plan.aspxSchool Improvement Plan<p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="schoolimprovement.png" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/schoolimprovement.png" style="margin:5px;width:225px;height:121px;" />This year, as part of our School Improvement Plan, we are participating in the Catholic Dialogue Schools Project, a major research project facilitated by the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. This involves the collection of authentic data from our staff, Year 5 and 6 students and school community and will ultimately help us identify and strengthen our identity as a contemporary Catholic School. Your participation in this process is critical to providing us with insight into our St Matthew’s School community. Your religious background or knowledge of religion does not matter, and your answers are completely anonymous.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">The survey contains four sections and will take approximately 45 mins to complete. In our busy lives, we acknowledge that this is a big ask! As an incentive, we are providing a movie ticket lucky draw each week with the grand prize of a car park space for your use for the remainder of the year drawn just prior to Easter. To be included in this draw, email a screen shot of the completion certificate to pcornubia@bne.catholic.edu.au, please include your name and year level of your eldest child in the subject line. Alternatively, send in the printed certificate indicating successful completion along with your details to the office.  The survey closes on 29 March and is open to all parents/carers in our community.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">OUR TIP: Some questions are deliberately written in a way that may challenge your thinking or you may find yourself rereading them to gain clarity. We would encourage you to answer with your first instinctual response, as this often indicates your most honest answer. Some questions appear to be repeated. However, you are asked to identify what you currently see, and what you would like to see in your ideal school.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Instructions and link to the survey are below:</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE SURVEY</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Go to <a href="http://www.schoolidentity.net/" style="font:400 14px/20px arial, helvetica, sans-serif;outline:0px;color:#0782c1;text-decoration:underline;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;">http://www.schoolidentity.net/</a></p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Enter the website access password Ghj654</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">On the main portal, click ‘to the surveys’</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Under ‘User Access’ click on ‘New User’</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Enter the Entry Code X26y7k in the field labelled ‘Group entry code’</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">You will be given an individual user code and password. Please take note of both of these codes and keep them for future reference. These can be printed by clicking on the relevant button.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">You will now be presented with the preliminary Identification Diagram and Profile Questionnaire. Once you complete these you will arrive on the main questionnaire page, where you must click on each questionnaire and answer the questions to advance to the next questionnaire.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Request a ‘certificate of successful participation’.  Email this to pcornubia@bne.catholic.edu.au or send it to the office for inclusion in the weekly prize draw.  Please include your name and the year level of your eldest child.</p><span style="text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,"trebuchet ms";font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"> </span><p style="margin:10px 0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;line-height:24.08px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Thank you in anticipation of your support in this valued element of our school’s strategic plan.</p><p>​</p>
OSHC Vacation Care Programhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/OSHC-Vacation-Care-Program.aspxOSHC Vacation Care Program<p>The vacation care program is now available, we have organised 2 weeks of fun filled events for the children to enjoy.  Programs are available from the school web site, newsletter or OSHC service.  If you want a place for your children please book as soon as possible as places fill fast.  All new families using the service will need to fill in the 2018 enrolment before commencement of care.  If you need any more information please contact me via email.  </p><p><a href="/latest-news/Documents/Vacation%20care%20April%20Holiday%20program.pdf" target="_blank">Vacation care April Holiday program</a></p><p>Julie Steel Coordinator </p><p><a href="mailto:cornubiaoshc@bne.centacare.net.au">cornubiaoshc@bne.centacare.net.au</a></p><p> </p>
Ash Wednesdayhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Ash-Wednesday.aspxAsh Wednesday<p style="text-align:left;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="https://epublisher.net.au/public/common_folder/UserFolderNo_1514/yourImages/2016/Term4/2017/Term%204/2018/Term%201/Picture1.png?m=4bdecd2d24f0f6fd9bc3b7b9e94ac50a" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:202px;" />Ash Wednesday is the first day of the liturgical season of Lent.  During Lent, the colours in our Church and on our prayer tables change to purple.  Lent is a time of waiting and preparation.  A time of saying sorry and changing our hearts.  A time of turning our hearts and minds to God's ways of love and goodness. </p><p style="text-align:left;">During Lent we don't use the Alleluia (Alleluia is an Easter or Resurrection word which means 'Praise the Lord'.) </p><p style="text-align:left;">Your child would have participated in either Mass or a Liturgy.  During this celebration, we like many, many Christians received a cross of ashes on our foreheads.  This tells our friends and family that we are not perfect, but we know that, and that with God's help we will try to reach out with more love and kindness.</p><p>​</p>
Project Compassion 2018http://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Project-Compassion-2018.aspxProject Compassion 2018<p style="text-align:left;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteImage-1" alt="caritas-2018-poster.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/caritas-2018-poster.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:355px;" />Caritas Australia works around the world in community with local partners to offer hope to people vulnerable to poverty and injustice.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Project Compassion offers us a way to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. It is our opportunity to look with the heart and to respond with compassion in a practical way for young people here and around the world.  It also offers us the opportunity to emulate St Mary of the Cross MacKillop as we 'never see a need without doing something about it'.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">As in the past, children will engage with stories of people across the world who benefit from our fundraising.  We look forward to supporting this worthy cause.  Further information about Project Compassion is available at:</p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion/</span></a></p><p>​</p>
School Photos - March 19 2018http://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/School-Photos---March-19-2018.aspxSchool Photos - March 19 2018<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="school-photo-day.png" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/school-photo-day.png" style="margin:5px;" />School Photography Date:  19/03/2018</p><p>ONLINE ORDER CODE C5Y KRX 63X</p><p>School photography day is coming up very soon, 19 March. Group and portrait photographs can be purchased by following the link above or by using the envelope, which will be sent home in the coming weeks.</p><p>Important Information:</p><p>School photos purchased online DO NOT require envelopes returned to school* NO ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY OF THE PHOTOS.</p><p>Don't forget to order your sibling photos now.  Envelopes available from the school office.</p><p>Late fees/additional charges will be applied for purchases after photo day.</p><p>Photos will be returned to your school for distribution approximately six weeks after photos are taken.</p><p>Past years' photographs including sports, co-curricular and representative groups available at school's advancedlife & your advancedyou photo sites (follow the link above).</p><p>*Sibling photographs must be ordered either online or by order envelope prior to the day of photography.  A photograph will not be taken without an order. Sibling photographs only apply to children enrolled at the school.</p><p>advancedlife 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 <a href="mailto:enquiries@advancedlife.com.au" target="_blank">enquiries@advancedlife.com.au</a></p><p>​</p>
Mary MacKillop Muralhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Mary-MacKillop-Mural.aspxMary MacKillop Mural<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Mary_MacKillop.jpg" src="/latest-news/PublishingImages/Mary_MacKillop.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:580px;height:325px;" />This artistic mural of Mary MacKillop, which has been installed at the front of our school, tells the story of how, as a community, we at St Matthew’s can build on Mary’s charism together to make our school a positive and welcoming Catholic community. And, just as all of these broken tiles fit in together to make the artwork beautiful, we too, in our brokenness, can celebrate how our unique personalities, strengths, weaknesses, interests, cultural backgrounds, beliefs, dreams, and goals are what makes this community beautiful.</p><p>We thank Sue Keaveny, for her artistic guidance and time, Peter Keaveny, for installing the frame, The Parents and Friends Association, for your donation of $1000 towards the mural, the staff at St Matt’s for laying tiles and the Year Six students for laying tiles.​</p>
Uniform Shop Extended Hourshttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Uniform-Shop-Extended-Hours.aspxUniform 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>
Bikes repairs for SVDPhttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Bikes-repairs-for-SVDP.aspxBikes 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>
Enrol now for Prep 2019http://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-news/Pages/Enrol-now-for-Prep-2018.aspxEnrol now for Prep 2019<p>We are now accepting applications for enrolments from all our school families and the wider community for our Preparatory Year for 2019. A child born from 1st July 2013 to 30th June 2014 will be eligible for the preparatory year 2019​.  Please see the Enrolments page for further information and documentation.</p> <p> </p>
Latest Newshttp://www.stmatthews.qld.edu.au/latest-newsLatest News<div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 71422ae0-af94-47f2-a638-a38f776ece8e" id="div_71422ae0-af94-47f2-a638-a38f776ece8e" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_71422ae0-af94-47f2-a638-a38f776ece8e" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>​​​View our latest news to the left of this page.<br>​<br><br>

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