Dear Parents and Carers,
As we are updated with the devasting situation on the North Coast of NSW, we pray that our communities not far away receive reprieve from the weather and devastation soon. Together we pray for their safety and wellbeing as they come to terms with the clean up and rebuild.
Please be with the rescue workers and keep them safe as they make heroic efforts in dangerous situations to rescue those in affected by the recent floods.
Be with everyone waiting to be rescued, keep them safe, and bring help to them soon.
God, bless each and every person affected by the recent floods and surround them with Your love, protection, and angels.
As a community we here pray for them and their loved ones.
We give You all the praise and glory forever, Lord, and know that even in the hardest times, You are always with us.
As we come to the end of the Term I am grateful for the efforts of our teachers, staff, students and parent community who have worked together to ensure an enjoyable start to the year. Next term we welcome back Mr Walker from leave and we look forward to him being back at SFX. Special thanks to Mrs Visscher, Mrs Gosling and Mrs Kimber who have worked in Year 4 this term. The students have made pleasing progress and adapted well to the BYOD learning environment.
I would like to thank Mr Brown, Acting AP and Mrs Grace Acting REC for their leadership and assistance throughout this term. I am very grateful for their contribution to the daily organisation and running of the school.
On Wednesday we held parent- teacher interviews. I would like to thank all the parents/carers who scheduled a time to meet with teachers, we appreciate being able to work in partnership with families to ensure quality, informed and personalised education for all students.
I wish all families a restful and holy Easter. Stay safe and enjoy the time with family and friends.
Thank you to all students for supporting Harmony Day on Monday. Harmony celebrates diversity, respect and belonging. Our students participated in Liturgy in the morning and completed in class activities throughout the day. Below are some photos from the day.
Thank you to all current and new families on their attendance at our Kindergarten information session on Monday night. A big congratulations to our Year 6 students and leaders who assisted by leading tours of the school. They did an exceptional job on the evening. Well done! If you know of any families with school aged children looking to enrol their child. Please ask them to contact the school and book a school tour.
Students trialling are to wear their sport uniform and make sure they have a water bottle to take with them.
Term 1 Sport Update
Cross country trials will be held on Friday 26 March. Students trialling are to wear their sport uniform and make sure they have a water bottle to take with them.
Gymnastics make up lesson next Monday due to being rained out last week. Students wear Sport Uniform Monday and Wednesday next week.
Term 2 Sport Days
Easter Hat Parade
Next Tuesday at 9.15 am we will be holding our annual Easter Hat Parade. This event will be held under the COLA. Parents are asked to QR Code check in and sanitise hands upon entry to the school and make their way to the COLA area. Parent seating will be at the southern end of the COLA and seats will be placed 1.5m apart. Parents will be asked to exit via the Ernest Street gates at the conclusion of the parade and check out using the Service NSW app.
For families new to SFX , Easter Hats are made at home prior to the day and worn to school on the morning of the parade. Students are encouraged to make hats out of recycled craft materials and use their imagination and creativity. We look forward to seeing the creations next week! If it is wet weather, parents will unfortunately not be able to attend. The parade will be photographed and uploaded to Facebook.
Parents are invited to attend the Easter Liturgy to be held under the COLA on Thursday, 1st April at 12pm. Providing the weather is kind to us, the event will be held under the COLA. We look forward to sharing this important event with our families on this day.
P&F Easter Raffle
Thanks to the P&F for organising the annual Easter Raffle and thank you to our wonderful families for their donations. We look forward to drawing the raffle on Thursday, 1st April.
Please return your tickets ASAP. There are still tickets available from the office.
Stage 3 Camp
Stage 3 will be attending The Great Aussie Bush Camp, Tea Gardens in Week 1 Term 2 Wednesday-Friday. We wish them all the best on their adventures and look forward to seeing updates on our Facebook page. Permission notes and payment are due next week.
There will be no Anzac Day March in Belmont this year. We have been advised that most services in Lake Macquarie as well as the Wallsend and Newcastle marches have been cancelled.
Delaney Family Baby News
Congratulations to the Delaney Family on the birth of their son and brother, Tex. We
Winter school uniform is to be worn from Day 1, Term 2. All uniform items are available from LOWES, Belmont.
St Nicholas OOSH
OOSH will be open for Vacation Care during the holidays. Please book ASAP to secure your child’s place. There are some great activities planned! The timetable can be found later in the newsletter.
Thank you to our parents and friends who attended our recent P&F meeting. Your supportis very much appreciated. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 4 May at 7pm.
Volunteer Induction Workshop
Volunteer Induction for parents wanting to register for volunteering at SFX, please follow the links below to the volunteer induction and the handbook. The handbook outlines the requirements and pathway to the online Police Check form. Please bring all completed documentation to the Office once completed.
Click here to view the Volunteer handbook and complete the forms
The sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation and eucharist — are the three primary sacraments, on which the rest of our lives as Christians depend. (CCC 1212)
The ideal within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is for a family-centred, parish-based and school-supported program which recognises the primary role of parents/guardians in the faith formation of the child. This faith formation has joyful discipleship as its goal. The community looks forward to welcoming an emerging disciple of Jesus, who seeks to engage in the mission of the Church to evangelise.
Becoming Disciples Diocesan Policy - SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION FOR CHILDREN
The parish seeks out and encourages all parents/guardians and their children to become fully initiated and active members of the Church of God. The normal way children are initiated into the Catholic Church is through the parish-based process of initiation.
It is through the rituals, symbols and prayers of the sacraments that children encounter the love of God - we call Grace. Over the last few years we have witnessed a dwindling number of our school students presented for the sacraments, which is disappointing.
With 2021 being a catch-up year, due to COVID, we hope to have many students from Year 3 to Year 6 continue their sacramental journey. Fr Gerard has proposed that in our three parish Schools, during School time, the Sacrament Programs could be be conducted.
The idea is that First Penance preparation begins in Term 2. The Program for Confirmation and First Holy Communion will then take place beginning Term 3.
Being able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist is the pinnacle of Christian living, and we would like as many of our students to have this spiritual nourishing sacrament as part of their daily lives.
As parents we want the best for our children and a full sacramental life is part of being Catholic. So the call is out there to start or complete the sacramental journey with your children, enabling them to be full members of the universal church.
Children wishing to make their Confirmation and First Eucharist this year will need the support of their family to enrol and participate. This journey starts with the sacrament of Penance - Reconciliation, which commences early next term.
You can keep up to date through contact email@example.com
“Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others,”
(Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 2013, para 127).
Stephen Brown (Acting Assistant Principal)
As the term draws to a close and we approach the end of Lent and transition through The Paschal Triduum, a separate season that is often called “Holy Week”. When we return next term, we will be celebrating The Easter season which is 50 days long, with the Feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, marking its end.
As Catholics, Lent is a gift that offers us a time to put our wants and needs aside and focus on drawing closer to the Lord. During these 40 days of contemplation, contrition and sacrifice, we can grow stronger in our faith. By imitating Christ’s life, we grow in virtue.
Being charitable to others helps us look beyond ourselves, whether we give of our financial resources, our time or our talents. By helping those in need, we are acting in faith and giving freely of our love, as the Lord does with us.
Lent is a time of spiritual renewal and reflection. It’s a time to reflect on both our faith and our lives, and an opportunity to pause and take a deeper look at things we might otherwise overlook or take for granted.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday the final Sunday of Lent and the start of Holy Week for Catholics across the world. On this day, we celebrate the arrival of Jesus at Jerusalem. The “palm” in Palm Sunday refers to the palms laid before Jesus as he entered the city, as well as to the palms we hold at modern church services as a symbolic reenactment of this event. Adding to their significance, palms are also a symbol of peace and victory.
Lent ends at sunset on Holy Thursday, at which point the three days of the Paschal Triduum begin. The Paschal Triduum is a three-day observance beginning on the evening of Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and ends on Saturday evening with the Easter Vigil. The ceremonies of this special season celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.
I invite you to come and join in our Holy Week reflection next Thursday, acknowledging the events from Jesus arriving in Jerusalem to the solemn procession through Holy Week to the rejoicing of Jesus’ rise from the dead.
Thursday 1st April
Holy Week Reflection
(Outdoor under COLA)
Acting Religous Education Coordinator
Pastoral Care at SFX
The major focus for the Mini Vinnies team in Term 1 has been the BE MORE Campaign, raising money for the Project Compassion Lenten Appeal run by Caritas Australia.
Each class has a Project Compassion collection box where children have been encouraged to donate regularly between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Thank you for supporting your child to think about the needs of others by giving generously!
Click on the link to discover what Project Compassion is all about! Project Compassion 2021 | Lenten Appeal | Caritas Australia
Hot Cross Bun day is on Wednesday March 31! Please return your orders the Office by Friday March 26! Children will receive their order in a paper bag at lunch time. They can choose to eat it with their lunch or save it for Recess!
Seasons for Growth
Change and loss at any time can be challenging. We recognise that when changes occur in families through separation, divorce, bereavement or natural disaster, children may benefit from learning how to make sense of these changes. To support our children here at SFX, we are offering an evidence-based education program called Seasons for Growth.
Pastoral Care Worker
- Life Education - Years K-6 - $12.00 - Payment/Note due Wednesday 24 March
- Mini Vinnies Hot Cross Bun orders (optional Years K-6)- $1 each -Payment/Note due Friday 26 March
- P&F Easter Raffle tickets (optional Years K-6) - Payment/Tickets due Tuesday 30 March
- Year 6 T-Shirts - Year 6 - $44.00 - Payment due ASAP
- Great Aussie Bush Camp - Year5/6 - $350.00 - Payment/Note due Thursday 1 April
Payment Frequency Form
As a CSO requirement for 2021, fee payers have been asked to return the form below by nominating their preferred payment frequency, payment method and are to commence payments by the 31 March with the view to extinguish their fee responsibilities by 30 November.
If you have not yet returned the Payment frequency form please do so by March 31.
Fee payments must commence by 31 March and be finalised by 30 November.
Moving forward, school fee statements will be emailed home on a monthly basis so parents have a copy of payments that have been made with the aim of having all fees paid by 30 November 2021.
Options for payments include Bpay, Direct Debit, Cash and Eftpos (Credit/Debit card)
Fee payers who have a Health Care Card or Pension Card must complete the neccessary paperwork and bring their HCC/Pension card to the school office for verification before any fee reduction will be made on your Fees.
All 2020 fee agreements must be re-negotiated for 2021. Please contact the school office to make an appointment to meet with Mrs Boslem to discuss.
Please contact the office if you require any assistance in setting up regular weekly/fortnightly or monthly payments.
Enrolments for Kindergarten 2022 are now open. Current families are asked to contact the school office to receive an enrolment pack.
Parent contact details
Could all parents please check their contact details in Compass and update accordingly. It is important these details are up to date in case of an emergency.
Entertainment Membership 2021
Year 1 have been very busy this term. Check out the gallery below to see all the action!
Year 3 Numeration Games
Year 3 have been practicing one of the key fundamentals of Numeracy, forming groups of ten to record numbers. The Hindu Arabic number system we use is a Base 10 number system and grouping into 10 is essential.
Students have been rolling dice, adding ones, grouping into tens, trading ones for tens and trading tens for hundreds. They have been fine tuning this skill playing the game ‘First to 400’. This essential skill is the building block for adding and subtracting larger numbers, which require trading and decomposition.
What’s going on in Year 5/6?
Well, a lot really has been going on this term- we have been letting our lights shine in many different ways in our words and actions. In our History unit we have explored the Path to Federation and examined Henry Parkes’ famous speeches. We have even formed a Class Parliament to explore how Bills pass through to become legislation. We have formed different ministries, elected a minister for each, devised our own Bills, planned ways to gain support for it with petitions and surveys and will present, debate and amend them before voting occurs next week.
It’s been a busy but fun term and we are looking forward to the break…. Happy Easter to all.
|Kinder||PA -||Easton R||MA -||Sullivan B|
|Year 1||PA -||Candice H||MA -||Blake P|
|Year 2||PA -||Ilya M||MA -||Noah C|
|Year 3||PA -||Ollie B||MA -||Lenny D|
|Year4||PA -||Lincoln S||MA -||Alexander G|
|Year 5/6||PA -||Will T||MA -||Lilly W|
|Kinder||PA -||Poppy O||MA -||Lily T|
|Year 1||PA -||Thea J||MA -||Mason M|
|Year 2||PA -||Ivy-Rose H||MA -||Beau B|
|Year 3||PA -||Seth H||MA -||Brax D|
|Year 4||PA -||Hazel B||MA -||Nicholas H|
|Year 5/6||PA -||Cameron K||MA -||Matilda B|
Every Thursday: Kinder , Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3
Monday's on even school weeks: Year 4, year 5/6
Year 4, Year 5/6 are also able to change books on a Thursday morning before school.
Don't forget your Library bags!
P&F Easter Raffle
Don't forget to return your raffle tickets and money before Tuesday 30 April. There are still tickets available from the office.
Anyone who wishes to volunteer at St Francis Xavier's must complete the documents (shown below) as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook.
Please reurn paperwork to the office. You will then need to wait for clearance before commencing volunteer duties.
Mighty Bite Canteen
Orders can be placed by:
Using the MySchool Connect app - orders close at 8.15 am.
Placing your order on a brown paper bag with your child's name, class, and lunch/recess written on the front with the correct money inside and placed in the container outside the canteen on arrival to school.
|Friday 26 March||Healthy Harold|
|Friday 26 March||Canteen open|
|Monday 29 March||Lenten Liturgy - Morning assembly|
|Monday 29 March||Healthy Harold|
|Tuesday 30 March||Easter Hat Parade - 9:15am|
|Wednesday 31 March||Hot Cross Bun Day - orders due back ASAP|
|Thursday 1 April||Holy Week reflection and Raffle drawn- 12pm|
|Thursday 1 April||Last day of Term|
Friday 2 April - Sunday 18 April 2021
|Monday 19 April||Students return|
|Wednesday 21 April -Friday 23 April||Stage 3 Great Aussie Bush Camp|
|Friday 23 April||Canteen open|
|Diocesan Cross Country|
|Friday 30 April||Canteen Open|
|Monday 3-Friday 7 May||Catholic Schools Week|
|Monday 3 May||Catholid Schools Week Liturgy - 9am|
|Tuesday 4 May||P&F Meeting - 7pm - All welcome|
|Thursday 6 May||Canteen open|
|Friday 7 May||Mother's Day Liturgy and Open classrooms|
Pupil Free Day - Monday May 17