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July 23, 2015: Catholic Education Week 2015
Next week is Catholic Education Week. This is the annual celebration of all Catholic Schools in Queensland. The theme for this year is Engaging Minds, Igniting Hearts, Serving Others. The beauty of this theme is that is captures who we are and what we do in our Catholic schools.

Our goal as educators in Brisbane Catholic Education states 'that as a Catholic Christian community we educate all to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world.' (Learning and Teaching Framework, BCE). This goal, along with our BCE motto 'Teaching, Challenging, Transforming' is central to everything we do: from the first 'Zooties to you' in the morning through to our afternoon prayer and all that sits between and beyond reflects these goals, our Benedictine charisms and our MJR way of life.

Next week, we will have many opportunities to share in 'Engaging Minds, Igniting Hearts, Serving Others'. I hope that you will join in our celebrations!
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July 16, 2015: Woolworths Earn & Learn
In past years St Andrew’s has been involved in Woolworths Earn and Learn and has benefited from many resources that have supported our students. These resources are available to us as a result of our parent community supporting this initiative. When you shop at Woolworths for the next few months you will be offered stickers at the register. These stickers need to be put onto an entry card available in-store and then brought to school to be put into the box at the office or at the OEC. This campaign begins on Wednesday 15th July, so start collecting!

July 16, 2015: Athletics Carnival
On the last day of last term we held our Athletics carnival. The students participated with enthusiasm and determination as they strived to give their best to each of their events. At assembly this week we waited with baited breath as Mr King announced the winning teams. For the novelty events the Monserrat Green team took the trophy and the winning team for the overall carnival was awarded to the Subiaco Blue team. Congratulations to all our students for their efforts and to Mr King for his organisation. A big thank you to the parents who also supported the success of this day.

June 25, 2015: Dreamworld Excursion
On Thursday I had the pleasure of accompanying the Senior Band to Dreamworld! The day, organised by Mr McKay, was an opportunity for the children to perform in a public space to those who were in the park. Student leaders took the time to introduce each piece before it was performed, sharing some information about the history and style of the piece. After the band played several pieces they had the opportunity to explore the park with a parent or teacher. As a whole group we had an awesome time. The children were true WESTIES as they encouraged their friends and showed gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful experience of the day. A big thank you to our students, parent helpers and to Mr McKay for making the day an amazing experience!

June 25, 2015: Twlight Music Concert
On Monday evening the end of semester Twilight Music Concert was held. The children from the junior and senior choirs sang beautifully, mixing it up with some new and old time favourite songs. Some students from the senior choir also performed a rap to ‘The Monster’ which certainly rocked the house. Monday evening was the first time that our strings students have performed in front of an audience and they were nothing short of amazing. The junior and senior bands also performed on the evening showing their talents and working brilliantly as a group to create a great sound. Special acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the music teachers needs to be expressed and we thank them for the work they have done to prepare the children for such an event as well as equipping them with life- long skills in the music arena. Congratulations to all!

June 18, 2015: Ukulele
The recorder is an instrument of the past as it has been superseded by the trendy ukulele. In music classes, Mrs Sitsky has been teaching the students from Year 4 onwards how to play. At line up this week we experienced a live performance by the Year 4 students. It was a delight to hear the sound of the ukuleles supported by the student voices as they performed “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

June 4, 2015: Fair Spectacular
Wow, this community truly made their footprints count at our school Fair last weekend. The children’s performances were nothing short of brilliant. The skills and talents of our students were evident through their artworks, dancing, singing in the choirs and in the band performances. We were certainly very proud of all our students and their teachers for preparing them for this event.

A huge thank you to the Fair Committee who spent many hours organising and preparing for the Fair. The volunteers were greatly appreciated throughout the weekend, helping to set up, working in stalls and helping to restore the school to normal at the conclusion of the Fair. Every year I am impressed by the comradery and friendships that are formed as a result of working together. It was a prime example of “teamwork making the dream work” congratulations to everyone who contributed to make this day a sensational success.
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May 28, 2015: Reader's Cup Finals
The Year 5/6 final for the Readers Cup was held last week. The students were very excited and they all worked very studiously to get a place in the team to represent our school at the regional final. Congratulations to Aiden, Carla, Chiara, Josie and Emily who will now represent St Andrew’s next week in the finals. We wish them all the best as they continue to study for the competition.

May 28, 2015: National Sorry Day
On Tuesday morning the Year 6 senior students lead the older grades in a liturgy to acknowledge the Australian Government ‘saying sorry’ to Aboriginal people for the wrongs that were done in the past. The students have been studying the stolen generation and were able to relay their learning to other students and relate it to our own MJR message of saying sorry when we do something wrong.

May 21, 2015: Zone Cross Country
Congratulations to our school Cross-Country team who participated in their events at the Zones on Wednesday. The teachers were very proud of all competitors who gave their best efforts on the day.

St Andrew’s claimed second place overall which is a great achievement.

May 7, 2015: Mothers' Day Stall
On Tuesday the students were given the opportunity to purchase a small gift for their mums for Mother’s Day. The St Andrew’s Craft group have worked very hard to put together a wide selection of creative gifts. Thank you to this group and we hope that all mum’s enjoy this Sunday with their children in celebration of all the wonderful things that mums do.

April 30, 2015: 2016 Prep Enrolments
We are currently collating the enrolments for Prep for 2016. If families currently here at St Andrew's have a sibling due to start Prep in 2016 could you please forward all the necessary enrolment forms to the office as soon as possible. (Enrolment entry dates: 1/7/10 to 30/6/11.) The enrolment application and other forms can be downloaded from our enrolments page.

April 30, 2015: ANZAC Ceremony
Thank you to Mrs Murphy, Mrs Quilan, Ms Maw and the students who prepared our ANZAC liturgy on Friday morning of last week. It was a good reminder for all of us about the sacrifices that have been made over the years and continue to be made even within our own school community.

April 30, 2015: Cross Country Carnival
We congratulated the Subiaco Blue team for taking out this year’s first place in the annual St Andrew’s Cross-Country event. The day was a very successful one with participants giving their best during the race and cheering on their house team mates. Special thanks to the parents who gave their time to help supervise the course, it was appreciated. Many parents and teachers commented on the superb leadership of the Year 6 students, a job well done!

April 23, 2015: Flourishing Gardens
The gardens around our school are bursting with produce. Take a look at the size of these zucchinis!

A great curriculum lesson for the Preps in regard to big, bigger, biggest. Some zucchinis were too small to pick.

The mint is also growing at a rapid rate, perfect timing for our school Fair mojitos.

April 2, 2015: ANZAC Day March
St Andrew's have been invited to lay a wreath at the Gaythorne RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC day march on Saturday, 25 April 2015. The March will commence at 6.15am in Sid Loder Park, Tel-El-Kebir Street, Mitchelton.

We have been asked if some of our students would like to take part of the ceremony and wave flags of various World War 1 allied nations. The ceremony will be held after the march. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign and the Sub-Branch will be providing activities for the children after the ceremony. (Jumping castle, face painting, BBQ). Please let me know if your child may be interested in being a part of this special occasion.

April 2, 2015: Reader's Cup
The Years 4-6 Reader’s Cup competition was held over the last couple of weeks with great enthusiasm by the children. Congratulations to Year 4 Bundara for their outstanding scores; again this year they were the class with the highest scores in the competition. Congratulations to all the children involved, you all did a fantastic job. The children in Years 5 & 6 who have nominated to go into the second round of the Readers Cup have now been given their list of books for the final in Term 2. The final for Years 5 & 6 will be held on 28th May, Week 6 of Term 2. The five top scoring students will represent our school at the regional final against approximately 20 other schools. This will take place on 10th June, Week 8 of Term 2.

March 19, 2015: Zone Swimming
We Won!

Congratulations to the St Andrew’s zone swimming team for taking out first place at Chandler this week.

We are all very proud of your achievement.

March 19, 2015: St Patrick's Day
Thank you to everyone who got into the spirit of St Patrick on Tuesday with a splash of green and some fun shared treats. There was a sea of green at line up in the morning and the children participated in many activities within their classes. St Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish people.

March 12, 2015: Nude Food combines with Caritas
On Wednesday we combined our regular nude food initiative with the Caritas appeal. In keeping with our theme of ‘Food for Life’ during Project Compassion, all classes had the opportunity to share a nude food morning tea with their year level. Coin donations were collected for Caritas. Thank you to our very generous community for giving to such a worthy cause.

March 12, 2015: Camp Goodenough
Last week our senior students in Year 6 attended ‘Camp Goodenough’ situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland. This camp offers many opportunities for the students and their teachers to challenge themselves in a variety of activities. The camp also focuses on developing, friendships, problem solving and leadership skills which will be needed as the year progresses.

March 3, 2015: School Swimming Carnival
Last Friday was a superb day at the Ferny Hills pool where the children from St Andrew’s demonstrated team spirit and supported their colour teams by entering events and cheering. We thank Mr King and all the staff for their hard work along with the parent volunteers. Thank you also to the parents who were able to join us and enjoy the community spirit throughout the day. Teamwork makes the dream work! Congratulations to the Amalfi Yellow team for taking out first place in this year’s carnival.

February 26, 2015: 2016 Prep Enrolments
We are currently collating the enrolments for Prep for 2016. If families currently here at St Andrew's have a sibling due to start Prep in 2016 could you please forward all the necessary enrolment forms to the office as soon as possible. (Enrolment entry dates: 1/7/10 to 31/7/11.) The Qld Government amended the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 in December 2015, to allow children born after the 30th of June, and only up to 31st July,to be considered for enrolment in the 2016 Prep year. This is only after an interview with the parents and if the principal is satisfied that the child is ready for education in the year of schooling, considering the child's attributes.

The enrolment application and other forms can be downloaded from our enrolments page.

February 19, 2015: Parent Information Evening
Last week we held our PIE. John took the opportunity to talk about how there is a need for education to change from the traditional settings. As adults, there are indeed many systems and processes that have changed from our own experiences of classroom life and there will continue to be changes as research dictates the necessity. For those who would like to revisit the YouTube clip presented on the night the link is below.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=relmfu

We thank the volunteers from the Community Association who organised a social opportunity for parents and staff to have a drink and chat with one another. Thank you for helping to build community.

February 12, 2015: Opening School Mass
On Tuesday we celebrated our Opening School Mass. It was a wonderful way to start the year with all our students, staff and parents. Thank you to those who were able to join us on this great occasion.

February 12, 2015: Musical Instrument Grant
It was announced in August 2014 that the QLD Government had awarded the St Andrews Instrumental Music Program a generous donation of $10,000 towards the purchase of instruments. St Andrew's would like to officially thank the State Government for their generous donation towards our music program. Below are some pictures of the instruments that were purchased in use with some of our music students. I would also like to formally thank Andrew De Zilva for his guidance and help in gaining a successful outcome with this grant.

February 5, 2015: Hot Shots School Tennis Challenge
This week we acknowledged the children who participated in the Hot Shots School Challenge tennis tournament over the holiday period. Max, Renee, Amy and Josh represented St Andrew’s and were awarded a certificate of participation for playing against other schools. Well done to you all.

January 25, 2015: Welcome to the 2015 School Year
The St Andrew's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2015 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year!

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