Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
Always Was, Always Will Be.
Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.
This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.
Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures - structures on Earth - predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.
Our adaptation and intimate knowledge of Country enabled us to endure climate change, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels.
Always Was, Always Will Be acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and our cultures covered this continent. All were managing the land - the biggest estate on earth - to sustainably provide for their future.
Through ingenious land management systems like fire stick farming we transformed the harshest habitable continent into a land of bounty.
NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.
The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.
Our coastal Nations watched and interacted with at least 36 contacts made by Europeans prior to 1770. Many of them resulting in the charting of the northern, western and southern coastlines – of our lands and our waters.
For us, this nation’s story began at the dawn of time.
NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.
It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country - which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded.
Always Was, Always Will Be.
NAIDOC Week is usually celebrated in the first full week in July, but in 2020 it has been postponed due to the pandemic until 8-15 November. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for students to learn about First Nations Peoples’ history and connection to land. It’s also an opportunity to recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, and Australia always was, and always will be, Indigenous land. During this week children will be participating in activities that recognise and celebrate the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.
As per the fee letter sent to families on 6th April 2020, Important Message about School Fees, there will not be an automatic reduction in school fees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
School fees are an essential portion of resources for the operation of our school and assist our leaders and staff to enhance curriculum and teaching programs. Therefore, we are asking, for those who can, to continue to support the school financially.
If you have concerns about your financial situation, please contact Maria Churton, School Administration Officer at email@example.com so that we can explore confidential financial support arrangements to enable your child(ren)’s education at our school to continue.
Cancellation of Student Activities
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all student activities for the remainder of 2020 have been cancelled. This now includes the junior swimming program, the Grade 1/2 Camp experience and any further excursions. Gr 3, 4 and 6 camps.
Credits for these student activities will be processed in the coming weeks, updated fee statements will then be issued. If this credit results in your fee account being overpaid a refund may be requested. Such requests must be submitted in writing, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If any family has recently become eligible for a Centrelink concession or health care card please notify the office. You may also be eligible for the CSEF payment and a fee concession. The CSEF program for 2020 has been extended until 27th November 2020.
Each week students from each class are awarded Student of the Week certificates. These children are nominated for the example they have been within the school based on the School Wide Expectation focus for that week. The weekly focus will be from Wednesday until Tuesday the following week. Awards will be presented to students in class until assemblies can resume.
In Week 4 the School Wide Expectation focus was Learning.
I set high expectations of what I can achieve.
I work hard and always try my best.
I reflect on my own learning and how I can improve.
I can receive and act on feedback.
The award winners for week 4 were:
|Dustin Heller||Daniel Ochieng||Lulu Ross|
|Tasha Skarlatis||Evie Hoggard||Jack Nowak|
|Alex Do||Riley Brady||Charlotte Bond|
|Wil Lambert||Branson Flewin||Jimmy Fkiaras|
|Luke Taylor||Dustin Wood||Memphis Charles|
|Marietta Kornet||Matilda Fenech||Hugo Macpherson|
|Niah Borg||Kye Spiteri||Macey Manzo|
|Bonnie White||Lily Quinlan||Matilda McInnes|
|Charlie Hopkins||Nash Dean-Robson||Jackson Drew|
In Week 5 the School Wide Expectation was Honesty.
I always tell the truth.
I am honest when reflecting on my personal performance.
I take responsibility for my actions.
The award winners for week 5 were:
|Aria Pearson||Harrison Georgiou||Harry Kus|
|Reid Campbell||Corey Moore||Luke Monk|
|Penn Mason||Indiana Demetriou||Shinn Aung|
|Archie Nowak||Taylin Moloney||Lawson DenToom|
|Makayla Atkins||Grace Robinson||Lucas Demetiou|
|Edelweiss Vickers||Brian Marshall||Tanner James|
|Sophia Robinson||Ellery Kornet||Tyler Benbow|
|Sawyer Clarke||Milla Rayner||Adele Calabro|
|Hayden Rawson||Ruby Kus|
It is easy to be ready for something to happen when we know the day and the time to expect it. In today's Gospel, Jesus explains that we must always be ready for his return, even though no one knows when he will be coming. The reading talks about wisdom, in particular wisdom as a gift from God. Do we use this wisdom in our everyday lives? Do we live each day to our best? As parents, we are our children’s first and best teachers. Are we, as Christians, ready for the coming of Christ’s Kingdom? What can you do today to help you live a better life, be a better person?