Welcome back to Term 4! Hard to believe we are entering into the final weeks of the school year. Time just seems to pass more quickly each year, each month. Enjoy settling back into the routines of life here at school. We need to be gentle on ourselves as we get back into the routines, as it does take the first week to settle. Just be good to self, and if things do not quite go to plan, know that is all okay. Important to remember our kids love their break, and while they love being back with us at school, they may find it a little hard getting organised in the morning to be ready for school. This is all part of the fun of life. Embrace it!
The best thing about a holiday break is that we get to stop for a short time and reflect. It has allowed me to reset and refocus on our purpose, my purpose, for being here at St Columba’s School. Getting back to ‘ikigai’ has been the key. You will remember it is all about knowing the grass is greener on my side of the fence. Allows us to be true and present with those we are with, but also with where we are at in life, whether it is going sweetly or a little turbulent, either way, the grass is greener right where we are. When we get this thinking happening, we get out of bed in the morning ready to be our best self. I love this stuff as it is all about finding our purpose.
Funny how we all end up in conversations on stuff and it becomes so relatable to what you are thinking at the time. I have had so much of this ‘the grass is greener on my side of the fence’ even though it has not been spoken about directly. On Saturday night, I ended up in the most chilled out conversation about how if we stop thinking about ourselves and think about others and connecting with their story, how enriched we become. I know, seriously chilled out conversation that left me feeling like there is a world of quality people that I am yet to encounter. This was the first time I had met this bloke. The best part, I mentioned the ‘ikigai’ and he had the book. He knew the cover with the coy fish on it, but had not read it. He was going to find it and have a read. Ridiculous! This is how the universe works. We just need to allow it to happen.
This leads me to my focus for the next few weeks, and probably for life really, is the concept of ‘pay it forward’. A mate of mine put me onto this way of being, a way of finding a purpose. It is something worth looking into if you are keen. Pay it forward works like this:
- See a need and do something about it.
- You do not want anything in return, you do not expect any pay back for your kindness. You do not want any recognition and acknowledgement. You just do it to make a difference to someone else’s life.
- The deal is that this person has a responsibility to find three acts of service to others.
- The three people they impact on, then have this responsibility to not pay it back, but pay it forward in kindness to others.
And this is how the movement starts. We start with those closest to us or we can start with a total stranger. I do not know much, but what I do know is that when we have this awareness, it is amazing how many acts like this take place right in front of us. An example was when I was at the local shops and a person in front of me pulled out his credit card and paid for an elderly lady’s bread and milk. The lady was grabbing coins out of her purse and did not quite have the cash, so he said politely that he would like to pay for it. This is GOLD. He was not being the hero, just doing a good deed. I am sure the elderly lady was paying that forward with kindness to the next person she encountered. Imagine the impact.
Just think about when you have helped someone out. It could be as simple as picking up someone else’s kids from school, because they are stuck at work, or you make a meal for a family you know who may have some challenges going on in life at the moment. You do not do it for recognition, you do it because you are a good person. The knock on effect is that you know when that family gets through the tough times, they will pay it forward to someone else. It is in the simplest of actions. We need look no further than to those closest to us. Just look at our Pastoral Care group, our P&F, our School Board, those who volunteer at Busy Bees, in our classrooms. There is an abundance of paying it forward.
I was listening to another story on the weekend, where friends of ours were saying how they had been to Fremantle and had watched from the café hundreds of people walking past a lady who was selling the ‘Big Issue’ newspaper. When they had finished brekky, they went across and stopped and chatted with the lady. This is the type of act we talk about. The simple stuff we do that makes a difference to someone else. This does take courage to stop. I love this stuff. How about we all focus on the ‘pay it forward concept this week’, but maybe every week and see what the impact is. I do not know why, but it just seems to be what we all need sometimes.
This illustration is fabulous. I think I might catch up with our Year 6 kids about this way of thinking as we prepare to go to camp in a few weeks. I reckon kids do this stuff so well if we model it for them. They are always watching our interactions and how we connect with others, how we treat each other and those around us. Anyhow, I did have a great break. Probably doing too much thinking, hence my ramblings.
P&F Colour Run Friday 25 October:
The Colour Run is fast approaching. Please see details for the event in the P&F section of this Donegal. It will be an exciting day for the kids. We are looking forward to seeing what funds are raised to put towards resources for our teaching and learning programs in literacy and numeracy. Thank you to everyone for your support and to those on the P&F that have been involved in coordinating the day.
The funds raised by the P&F have allowed for $10 000 worth of Mathematics and Reading resources to be purchased in the last two months. This will have an immediate impact with math resources for teaching and learning throughout the school. Part of the $10 000 has gone into the purchase of both class and home readers in Pre-Primary and Year 1. The money that is raised as part of the Colour Run will directly impact on more Reading resources for our Year 1 to Year 6 classrooms.
Lost Property and Second-hand Uniforms:
The lost property is now situated in tubs near the library stairwell leading to the oval. This will allow for easy access by the students to check for their lost items. The second-hand uniform items can still be found in the breezeway between the canteen and OSHC. Please check all uniform items have your child’s name on them.
Greenbatch Recycling Program for Schools:
Greenbatch Foundation partners with schools allowing students to collect their old PET plastic bottles through recycling and re-purposing it into 3D printer filament. By recycling through Greenbatch we can save plastic from entering landfills, oceans and waste incinerators. Greenbatch will be visiting us next Monday to launch the program with our students.
Greenbatch Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working in the environmental, sustainability and education space with a specific focus on plastic pollution and plastic recycling. Greenbatch was founded by Darren Lomman, after hearing in a television commercial that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Darren was shocked to discover that Western Australia does not have a waste plastic reprocessing plant, meaning not a single bit of plastic put in a WA recycling bin has ever been recycled in WA. Shocked by the plastic pollution legacy being left behind for our future generations, Darren committed himself to addressing this problem on behalf of WA. The Greenbatch Foundation operates as a community educator, targeting plastic pollution awareness and recycling behaviours. We aim to change community attitudes regarding plastic to view it as a valuable resource rather than as waste to be disposed of. Greenbatch is now operating in 81 schools across WA and we hope to reach 130 by the end of 2019.
SCHOOL FEES – REMINDER STATEMENTS
ATTN Parents and Caregivers
Reminder statements have been sent home today.
If no direct debit is set up on your account or you have alternative arrangements in place, full payment is required by the 30th November.
Method of payment is either by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, BPay or Direct Debit.
Parents, with our new audit procedures the school is required to account for outstanding school fees at the end of each year.
If you are unable to pay the account in full and have no alternative arrangements in place, please contact Peta Santella on 9208 2705 or email email@example.com to make a repayment plan.
Please remember we are here to support families experiencing financial hardship and we are happy to meet with you to discuss this or any other matter.
Your attention and co-operation to this matter is appreciated.
Parent Survey-Getting a sense of where and who we are as a school:
Thank you to the many parents who contributed to the survey. We will be looking through the data and identifying key threads that will lead to celebrating many wonderful things about our school and community, but also areas which we can continue to develop. It is wonderful to see the interest from our parents in completing the survey. These results will form part of our strategic planning over the next six months.
I wish you a wonderful start to the term and that you will find moments in your day to see the joy, even when there are really tough days. My hope is that on the tough days there is someone who sees this and is there to support you. It only ever takes a kind word or a gentle touch to let someone know you know. I do love this quote below. One of my favourites. Enjoy!
Gentleness is the key.
P & F News
The next P&F meeting is Tuesday the 22nd of October in the library, all are welcome to attend
We are so excited about the up- coming colour run on Friday the 25th of October. This will be held on the school oval. By now you should have received your fundraising booklet with all the details, including the option to register online for more prize winning opportunities and to help get your fundraising message out to your family and friends.
The colour powder used in our event has been sourced direct from India, the home of Holi Powder. It is made of high quality corn starch and permitted food colours. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, skin safe and environmentally friendly. Toxicological Risk Assessment and ingredient listings can be obtained from the School Office upon request. Students with asthma are advised to be careful in their decision to participate.
How Does My Child Fundraise?
Students have now received a Sponsorship Form with instructions on how to raise money and order prizes. Students obtain donations in cash using the Sponsorship Form together with online fundraising.
Students who raise as little as $10 or more will receive an incentive prize for their efforts. But why not aim higher? You have the option to choose up to five (5) prizes and this will set your fundraising goal. Family and friends are your greatest supporters, so ask them first for their support. You will reach your fundraising goal in no time.
Student Profile Page
Create a Student Profile Page at www.myprofilepage.com.au which is unique to you. There are also some great features like recording your sponsorships and selecting your prize goal.
You can also register for online fundraising. It’s the easiest way to help your child raise money and to reach your fundraising goal sooner.
WIN A SHARE OF $200,000 WORTH OF FREE SPONSORSHIP DONATIONS. Create a Student Profile Page at www.myprofilepage.com.au and enter your unique code found on page five (5) of your Sponsorship Form to see if you’re an instant winner. Give your fundraising goal a kick start!
How to Order Prizes?
To reward your child for their efforts, they will receive incentive prizes based on the total amount of sponsorship dollars raised in cash, online, and if applicable, any FREE SPONSORSHIP DONATIONS won using the unique code on page five (5) of the Sponsorship Form. You have two options to place your prize order:
- Login or create a Student Profile Page at www.myprofilepage.com.au. Once the fundraiser has finished, click the ‘ORDER MY PRIZE’ button and then confirm your total amount raised and order your prize/s, OR
- Complete the back page of the Sponsorship Form and return to the school.
Please note, all donations need to be finalised on or before 6th November. Student prizes will be delivered shortly after.
Thank you in advance for your participation, and get ready for a BLAST OF COLOUR! Happy fundraising!
Please note that children can come to school in free dress, preferably a white t-shirt, and please dress them in something that you do not mind getting dirty. Please also pack a change of clothes for your child to change into after the event. School/Sport uniform is not required.
Children will receive a free sausage sizzle for lunch (please inform your teacher if your child does not want one, otherwise we will assume that they do).
Each child will also receive a Berri icy pole once they have completed the event.
Please see below the time table- this is a guide and may vary slightly on the day. All parents are encouraged to come along and cheer on the kids.
8.45-9.25 year 4 – 40, mins
9.35-10.25 year 3 – 40 mins
10.30- 11.00 recess
11.10-11.40 year 2 – 40 mins
11.50-12.30 year 1/year 6 – 40 mins
1.20-2.00 pre-primary/year 5 – 40 mins
2.10-2.30-2.35 kindy/pre-k – 20-25mins
We look forward to a fun and exciting day.
Don’t forget to mention that you are a St Columba’s family if you are shopping at the Maylands or Bayswater 777 Pharmacy. 10% of all retail sales goes towards the P&F.
A warm invitation is extended to all families to visit the library from 8:15am most mornings.
(Please note, when Mrs. Cuthbert is unavailable, the library is closed)
Kindy & Pre-Kindy families take advantage to come and read all our fabulous picture books with your little ones till 8:45am.
YES! Library open most lunch times 1:15 – 1:35 daily
If any families have childrens magazines that they no longer need, the students at lunch time would enjoy reading them.
Just a reminder that students require the school green
‘Homework and Library Bag’ in order to borrow from the Library.
Many students will already have the green school
‘’Homework and Library Bag’ from previous years.
‘Homework and Library Bags’ can be purchased
from the Uniform Shop at a cost of $10.
Parents please order via the QuickCliq website
Happy Birthday to:
Oliver Hoyne KG
Lana Ly PPW
Blake Poletti 2G
Amelia Yee PPW
James McDougall 2W
Ned Armstrong 2W
Ryder Walsh 2W
Emma Silverman PPG
Robbie Wilk 2G
Leo Pileggi 2G
Zoe High 3G
Alex Ward 3W
Henry Sheardown 6W
Families rostered to bring in the raffle prize will be notified through the newsletter and on lists outside the classrooms. New families to St Columba’s will be rostered later in the year. Pastoral Care Team
Week 1 NO RAFFLE
Week 2 23/10/2019
Week 3 30/10/2019
Week 2 Thomas Armstrong
Week 2 Sera McDougall
Week 2 Charlotte Eaglesham
Week 2 Agnes Zoou
|Year 1 Green|
Week 2 Sayuthmee Ratnayake
|Year 1 White|
Week 2 Sam Villamar
|Year 2 Green|
Week 2 Leo Pileggi
|Year 2 White|
Week 2 Lily Katich
|Year 3 Green|
Week 2 Zoe High
|Year 3 White|
Week 2 Ella Thistle
|Year 4 Green|
Week 2 Oliver Bonnett
|Year 4 White|
Week 2 Xavier Southam
|Year 5 Green|
Week 2 Jai Debono
|Year 5 White|
Week 2 Claudia Coates
|Year 6 Green|
Week 2 Jude Panizza
|Year 6 White|
Week 2 Holly Taylor
Redhage Basketball school program is back in Term 4. Please refer to the flyer attached to this newsletter.
Chisholm Swim Academy
Lots of opportunities for local students to be involved in the Chisholm Swim Academy leading into Summer:
Learn to Swim & Junior Swim Squads
The Chisholm Swim Academy will again continue in term 4 with learn to swim, private lessons as well at junior swim squads. All sessions will run out of the Chisholm College Indoor heated pool.
Contact Jasmine Webber for more information – Phone: 9471 2100. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Chisholm Students in 2020 (Current year 6’s)
Any future year 7’s in 2020 are invited to come along to a Tuesday morning swim session from 7am – 8am in the Chisholm College Pool. Sessions will commence on Tuesday October 15th running for 8 weeks (last session on Tuesday December 3rd)
Note, these are not learn to swim sessions, swimmers are expected to have a reasonable swimming ability. Contact Alicia Anderson for more information – Phone: 92082673. Email: email@example.com