Dear Parents and Carers,
This week is National Child Protection Week. This day reminds us how important it is to play an active part in protecting our children. This year the theme is “Every child, in every community, needs a fair go.” Each of us plays a part in listening to what our children have to say, making sure that every child is safe and protected from abuse and harm.
Here at STM, we can see evidence of the strength of our community providing support, protection and opportunities to help keep our children safe. This happens through prayer, knowing the students in our care, taking safety seriously, Seasons for Growth, lunchtime groups, cyber-safety lessons and regular reminders about our expectations, to name a few.
Our children also need to know what to do and say when they feel unsafe. They need a trusted adult to go to, talk to and get help from. We need to notice when our children are not okay and we need to believe them when they tell us they’re not safe.
For Yr. 3 and Yr. 5 parents: I honestly don’t know what is happening with the NAPLAN reports. There have been major issues this year in regard to publishing results and getting paper copies out to families. When I hear another update, I’ll let you know.
If you are planning on buying new runners in the upcoming holidays, provided the shops are open of course, please ensure they are predominantly white. Also, there has been a slight production delay on our new sport polos due to border restrictions, etc. I will let you know as soon as they are available.
Book Week Parade
We will have our Book Week parade in Term 4. If there are restrictions on parents attending, we will still go ahead with the students. Date to be confirmed.
Term 4 Swimming
Two weeks’ ago, we received notification from the AIS that they were not able to hold the Junior swimming lessons next term. The reason for this was due to lockdown and the uncertainty of Canberra opening up next term. We have called around and haven’t had any luck in being able to attend another location. As a result, the lessons will not go-ahead next term. You will be refunded the swimming component in Term 4 school fees.
We are very sad to be missing the celebration of birthdays! We will celebrate all birthdays missed early next term.
God of all life…
May your love and light shine in and through me today
In a way that no mask can hide.
May my eyes dance with the laughter and joy
Replacing my hidden smile.
May my actions of care and concern
Speak louder than my muffled voice ever could.
And may the generosity of my heart
Radiate out through who I am
And how I respond to the world around me
So that others may not see my mask
But your image shining out
Moving in and through me today.
Religious Education Co ordinator
Keep CBR Kids Moving – Virtual workout
Join our free online workout made especially for the kids of Canberra to keep on moving at home. Alongside our Keep Canberra Moving event, our kids’ event will run every Wednesday at 4pm for the remainder of ACT lockdown. Recommended for kids aged 5+, with parents encouraged to join in! No equipment is required.
Our goal is to create an environment that supports and looks after the health and wellbeing of Canberrans, however this time we centre our focus around providing a platform to support kids, helping them to engage in physical exercises and connect with other kids of Canberra.
What are the benefits to kids and their parents?
- Provides an opportunity to get kids moving and motivated in a fun environment, led by qualified coaches.
- Improve overall health and well-being that boosts mood, ability to focus, sleep quality and encourages them to eat healthier.
- Introduces full body functional movements that are the foundations for everyday life.
- Assists in the development of strength, endurance, skill, balance, coordination and flexibility.
- Engaging in a community with like-minded individuals.
When: Wednesday 8 Sept & 15 Sept @ 4pm
*Teens are encouraged to join; however, they can also jump into the regular Saturday Keep CBR moving event.
Where: Online via Zoom – please have this downloaded and updated before the session. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register via the link below.
?Registration link: https://eighty8hp.com.au/keep-cbr-kids-moving/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/221326016522683/?ref=newsfeed
We hope to see you online Canberra for an hour of community, connection, and fitness!
Keep Canberra Moving is brought to you by YMCA, Canberra Outlet, OutinCanberra and Eighty8 Health Performance. YMCA are heavily invested in Canberra’s kids with an ambition to ‘power, connect and support youth’ and are dedicated to keeping Canberra’s younger generation mind and body strong.
Portrait Gallery Competition
Students have your pencils sharpened, brushes out and cameras clicking this year in readiness for our newest portrait prize, Little Darlings!
Entries have been rolling in from across the country for this student-only prize! That's right, student-only – with four separate categories across Kindergarten to Year 12. Responding to the theme ‘identity’, three winners will be chosen from each category by a panel of judges including our Director, Karen Quinlan AM.
Sound exciting? How about this too:
- The twelve winning artworks will be framed by our Preparator and displayed in the Gallery alongside the Darling Portrait Prize next year.
- Our Imaging and Digitisation guru will photograph the works, which will be used to create a calendar designed by our Creative Manager.
- The calendars will be available online, in the Portrait Gallery store, and in the mailboxes of the twelve winners!
We hope you've been beavering away this year getting ready, as entries close on Friday 8 October at 5:00pm AEDT.
The Little Darlings Portrait Prize 2022 is generously supported by Jillian Broadbent AC, Dr Helen Nugent AO, Alan Dodge AM, Hugo Michell, Penny Fowler, Yasmin Allen, Stuart Wood AM QC, Tim Bednall, Nigel Satterley AM & Denise Satterley.
Please see guidelines below for details. Entries can be forwarded to Mrs Poole before 5th October.