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25th July, 2013 Making Jesus Real and helping others is a much lived part of the St Francis ethos.

Children can access the friendship chair if they are ever parted from their friends, older children are rostered on to keep an eye out to assist. This extends to the community of course and if you ever find anyone around the place requiring your assistance I am confident you will also Make Jesus Real and live the message the gospel teaches us. The police are always people who help us and our wonderful adopt-a-cop Neale Whalley comes to the school regularly to spend time with us.

Fri 26 Jul

Catholic Education Week Making a difference Inspired by Jesus in this year of faith

Fri 26 Jul

Grandparents Liturgy - Hall Prep H

Sat 27 Relay for Life Sun Staff 28 participating I was fortunate enough to coach the school soccer team with Mr Handley last week, congratulations on a great start to the season. Mr Pitt and Mr Handley have a great group whose display of spirit and sportsmanship made me so proud. I certainly hope you have enjoyed Catholic Education Week and thank Mrs Grove in particular for the massive effort in organising such wonderful activities. Our staff gather tonight for mass and to hear from a guest speaker about bioethics to share as we Make A Difference which is this years theme. Prep H leads us in St Anne and Joachim grandparents liturgy tomorrow. The latest newsletters are on the school website. The link is under Newsflash at the top middle of the webpage http:// How amazing is this nativity set donated by Bev and Lester Huston! Thank you! Wed 31 Jul ICAS English Competition

Tuesday 13 August - Next P&F Meeting Friday 23 August - Book Week Parade Sunday 20 October - Market Day

From Merediths APREs desk:

As we celebrate our MJR moments in our school life, are we open to the Walking God moments in the busyness of our lives? When are we called to be Jesus to another person. THE BRICK

From Nanettes APC desk:

I remember a teacher from latter years telling me that as a working mum she used to come to school for a rest. The curriculum in those times was about teaching the 3 Rs; the children sat in rows of desks bolted to the floor and speaking was only in response to questions asked by the teacher who stood at the front, sometimes on a raised platform. The teacher was the focus: they were the source of all information and were not to be questioned. How different teaching and learning are today. No longer do teachers teach one curriculum, one way. Not only are approaches to teaching varied in response to the needs of the students, but the content of what is to be taught seems at times to have no boundaries. We do have the guidance of the Australian Curriculum to refer to; however, as the Learning Areas are developed and released, the final list for primary will include not only English, Mathematics, Science and History, Geography will be taught, assessed and reported on in 2014, followed in 2015/16 by The Arts, Languages, Technology, HPE and all remaining subjects after that including Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, and Digital Technologies. I think we will have to develop a curriculum plan for play! This week the next phase in the development of a school curriculum resource which addresses child safety issues was released by the Department of Education, Training and Employment. Bruce and Denise Morcombe who visit schools and talk to children about personal safety awareness, have been consulted in the development of these resources The curriculum consists of classroom lessons across three phases of learning: Prep - Year 2 (Early Years), Years 3 - 6 and Years 7 - 9 (Junior Secondary). The curriculum is available to all Queensland schools and aims to teach children about personal safety and awareness, including cybersafety and phone safety, by focusing on three key safety messages: Recognise, React and Report. The curriculum was developed in consultation the Morcombes, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian and representatives from the Department of Education, Training and Employment, Queensland Police Service, and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, as well as experts in child safety education.

A young and successful executive was travelling down a neighbourhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jags side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, What was that all about and who are you? Just what are you doing? Thats a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it? The young boy was apologetic. Please, mister...please, Im sorry but I didn't know what else to do, He pleaded. I threw the brick because no one else would stop With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. Its my brother he said. He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I cant lift him up. Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? Hes hurt and hes too heavy for me. Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. Thank you and may God bless you, the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: Dont go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention! God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we dont have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. Its our choice to listen or not.

Yours in Christ.. Meredith Grove

Active After School Sports for Term 3 (weeks 3 -9) are: Monday volleyball for grades 4-7; - in week 3 will be Wednesday Monday basketball grades 1-3. Please register your name with a signature in your diary from parents. Your teacher will pass this on to the coaches Miss Greensill and Mrs Whalley. Tommo is back for hockey of a Tuesday afternoon all grades, also netball on with Mrs. Humberstone each Tuesday for grades 4-6 if you would like to learn some game skills.

Skipping is underway for PE classes with Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Linfiorth. Sponsorship forms have gone home in baskets, the skip offs will be on Tuesday in week 11 similar to the fun run, preps at 8:35; 9:15 the 1s, 9:55 the 2s, 11:15 the 4s, 11:55 the 3s, 12:35 the 7s. 5s and 6s are on camp so will be at another time to be advised in class newsletters. Mrs. Wright is in the process of selecting a school skipping team. Jump Rope for Heart is a wonderful cause with some great prizes as youll see on the forms. Thousands of children each year are born with hearts that do not work correctly and this is a way we can help. The website details are: -Parents-JumpRope-For-Heart_UCM_312492_Article.jsp

Yours in Sport.. Corinne Wright

Dear Parents and Students Thank you to the parents of grade 2R that are helping in the tuckshop this week as well as the parents of grade 2S that are helping the in tuckshop next week. A reminder to the parents of grade 3B that your tuckshop turn is in week 5 and the class roster response is due back this Friday 26 July 2013. Important Notices: Please note that in week 5 the tuckshop will be closed on Tuesday (06/08/2013) because of the sausage sizzle fundraiser for the year 7 camp. Tuckshop will also be closed on Wednesday 07/08/2013 because of the Gladstone show holiday. The tuckshop will be open on Thursday 08/08/2013 and on Friday 09/08/2013. The Tuckshop is now open on a Wednesday as well, but only for online orders and over the counter sales. Please note that no written brown paper bags will be accepted. Tuckshop online ordering system: Go to and click on Register Now. Enter your e-mail address and follow the prompts. Please note that the cut-of time for online orders is 08:10 am each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you so much to the families who are using flexischools. It makes life so much easier. Please remember to order your sushi order on a Wednesday before 12:00. Sushi can only be ordered online via Flexischools. The slush puppie machine is out of order. I will let you know via this newsletter and also the notice board in front of the tuckshop when it is working again. Please contact me if you have questions or queries and also if you want to volunteer in the tuckshop.




THURSDAY 25/07/2013

VOLUNTEERS 2R R Penhaligon D Shaw M Saayman D Norman

23/07/2013 C Backman D Shaw

2S 04 30/07/2013 C Backman Debbie Stark Monique Arber Tina Ramage 01/08/2013

2S R Penhaligon Somone Boston Leanne Patrick Vicki Harrison


Thursday 08/08/2013

Parents/ Guardians of grade 3B

Friday 09/08/2013

Parents/ Guardians of grade 3B

WEEK Week 0430/07/2013 and 01/08/2013 Week 0508/08/2013 and 09/08/2013 Week 0613/08/2013 and 15/08/2013 Week 0720/08/2013 and 22/08/2013 Week 0827/08/2013 and 29/08/2013 Week 0903/09/2013 and 05/09/2013 Week 1010/09/2013 and 11/09/2013 Week 1117/09/2013 and 19/09/2013

CLASS 2S 3B 3H 4L 4P 5G 5W 6G

Very Important Information:

If you order via a written brown paper bag, please make sure that you have the new limited menu . This menu was distributed in the last week of the 2nd term. If you do not have a new menu please get a copy from the office or the tuckshop. If you order anything that is not on this menu, the order will be changed to an item available on the menu with the same monetary value. When ordering from tuckshop via a written brown paper bag please also include the correct money for 1st break and 2nd break as this will greatly help and reduce the time it takes to stick change on the bags.

Elize Bazuin E-Mail: Mobile: 0412135718

To access the full menu you will need to register and place your order via flexischools.
Students can still buy ice blocks, slush puppies, cold drinks and certain snacks over the counter.

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