- Principal News
- RE Reflection
- Year 3 Excursion - Cranbourne Botanical Gardens
- News From Our School Leaders
- SHINE - Term Overviews
- Performing Arts - Family Christmas Picnic
- Library News
- Sport News
- Parents & Friends
- Student Celebrations
- Safety Around Our School
- Canteen News
- Uniform Orders
- Lost Property
- Help Needed
- Community News
This time of the year is very busy in schools, whilst we are looking forward to the many events and activities that are organised for the end of this year, planning is also well underway for 2023. In a few weeks the children will have the opportunity to meet their new teacher and classmates.
As the adults around the children it is very important that we are positive about these upcoming changes, because the children take their cues from us. It is said that the only certainty in life is change. Learning how to thrive through change is an important life skill. If we are positive with the children, encouraging them to look at the upside and what could potentially be the benefits from the change, then we are helping to build their resilience.
A Christmas Message from Fr Jeff Kelynjans
Included in this newsletter is last year’s Christmas Homily from Fr Jeff. At this very busy time of year it is an excellent reminder to us all of what Christmas is all about. I would encourage you to take the time to read it with your children.
Last Friday we enjoyed a wonderful sports day on the SFX oval. It was great to see the children enjoying themselves and competing to the best of their ability. Congratulations to Regan Red who won the day. A huge thanks to Mr Justin Kenez for his organisation of the day, the staff for their assistance and all of the parent helpers.
Grade 6 Graduation Mass
On Monday the Year 6 children enjoyed a lovely celebration of the Mass with the Year 6 students from St Michaels and St Brigid’s. It was nice to see all of the children together thanking God for their time at primary school and praying for guidance in the years ahead. A big thanks to Fr Jeff, the Parish Sacramental Team, Nerida Byrden and Anna Viney for their organisation.
Last week, and again today, our 2023 Preps enjoyed their first two Transition Days. It has been great to have them in the school, and a delight to see the excitement on their faces. They will join us again on the 8 December between 9.30am – 11.30am.
Parents and Friends
Last week we had our Parents and Friends AGM. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Parents and Friends Committee for all of their efforts this year. They have done an enormous amount of work and will be donating $20,000 towards our new playground!! Thanks to all families who have contributed towards this amount this year. A big thankyou to Jo Riley for the outstanding job she undertook as President, she should be justifiably proud of her efforts.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of volunteers, the P&F will be suspended for 2023. There were just not enough people to run the committee. Events and activities for the children will continue, however, they will be coordinated by the school and parent helpers will be called for on the day. We will review this again at the end of 2023.
A reminder that all absences from school must be reported to the school. If you are planning an extended absence of 5 or more consecutive days from school written permission must be sought.
A reminder that Noone in Beaconsfield is now operating as our uniform shop. Further information is contained within this newsletter.
Please see the information under our Library news regarding stocktake of the Library - Books and Readers.
To assist with our 2023 planning we ask that if you know that your circumstances are changing and you are leaving the school that you please inform us asap. We have a waiting list for several areas of the school and your spot can be offered to someone else.
The following rules are in place for the safety of all students in the school. We ask that parents please respect the following rules;
- Children should not be arriving at school before 8.25am as they are not supervised. The gates will be locked until 8.25am. Parents requiring supervision prior to this time need to contact after school care.
- All cars leaving the roadway must turn left into Ridgemont Drive.
- Students waiting for siblings from SFX must wait inside the school grounds near the entrance gate. They are not to wait out the front of SFX.
2023 Prep Enrolments
We still have a very limited amount of Prep spots available for 2023. If you are an existing family and have not yet completed your 2023 enrolment form please do so asap in order to confirm a place. If you know of anyone wanting to enrol at St Catherine’s please encourage them to contact the Office and book a tour.
Important 2023 Prep Enrolment Dates for Your Diary,
2024 Prep Enrolments
We have started the process of 2024 Prep Enrolments for existing families. Please contact the school Office, via 9702 1466 or alternatively email@example.com The enrolment application can be accessed via www.stcberwick.catholic.edu.au Documents required along with the application form are Birth certificate, baptism certificate, immunisation statement (downloaded from the medicare website), copies of drivers license from both parents, and a $50 application fee.
Important Dates - End of the Year Arrangements
Christmas Apparel – Clothing such as a Christmas ribbons / head bands etc may be worn in the last week of school.
Friday 2 December
Wednesday 7 December
Thursday 8 December
Monday 12 December
Wednesday 14 December
Thursday 15 December
Friday 16 December
Monday 19 December
Tuesday 20 December
Forward Dates 2023
|Friday 27 January||
|Monday 30 January||
|Tuesday 31 January||
|Friday 17 March||
|Monday 24 April||
|Tuesday 25 April||
|Wednesday 26 April||
|Monday 12 June||
|Friday 23 June||
|Monday 2 October||
|Monday 6 November||
|Tuesday 7 November||
|Monday 18 December||
|Tuesday 19 December||
|2023 - February 6 - 9||
|2023 - May 1 - 2||
|2023 - TBC||
Advent marks the start of a season of preparation that looks forward to the celebration of Christmas and the second coming of Christ. It is a time of reflection in preparing our hearts for the coming of Jesus. As we enter the first week of Advent, the first purple candle that is lit symbolizes Hope. Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus which literally means ‘coming’; it is also reflected in the Greek word Parousia, which is used to describe the second coming of Jesus. One of the major symbols of the Advent season is the wreath. The encircling wreath is symbolic of God without beginning or end and the green foliage represents our hope in God.
There are usually five candles in the wreath, a central white candle representing the light of Christ that came into the world and then four outside candles that are usually purple and rose coloured. The first candle is generally symbolic of Hope and Expectation. The third candle – the rose or pink candle – celebrates the Joy that is anticipated in the coming of Christ. The progressive lighting of the candles marks the journey towards the Nativity.
On Monday the Year Six students celebrated a combined Mass with other Year Six students from St Brigid’s and St. Michael’s. The focus of the Mass was celebrating their Confirmation and reflecting on their seven years of primary school. It was a wonderful experience to see our students actively participating throughout the Mass.
Next Wednesday we will be celebrating our End of Year Mass at St. Francis Xavier Stadium hall on the Berwick campus. Mass will begin at 9.30am and you are most welcome to attend. More information will follow soon.
Yours in Faith
Catholic Identity and Religious Education Leader
Newsletter week 9
Hello parents and guardians, this is the second last newsletter of the year! Students have grown so much this year. Year 6s are graduating soon and have a very fun few weeks ahead. Year 3s went on a excursion on Monday to the Cranbourne botanical gardens. Preps enjoyed their trip to the farm. Last Friday everyone enjoyed sports day and put a lot of effort trying their best. Overall we would like to congratulate everyone who participated on sports day. Thank you parents who came and helped out.
We would just like to remind everyone that the preps, 1’s and 2’s have PAL in the courtyard on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Thank you from Alicia, Aidan, Sienna, Luke, Mia and Oscar
Last Friday the annual St Catherine’s Sports day was held at St Francis’ oval. It was great to see all the students and staff wearing their house colors and enjoying the day. Congratulations to all the students for their excellent participation, sportsmanship and cheering.Thankyou to all the staff and parent volunteers for their outstanding assistance on the day and all the parents who came out and supported their children.
A huge congratulations to Regan Red for winning the day overall!
1st Regan Red 784
2nd Sweeny Green 762
3rd Gallagher Gold 674
4th Tuohey Blue 658
The highlight of the day was our annual year 6 championship races. The students all participated with great spirit and determination. Below all the results.
1st Zoe P
2nd Lily C
3rd Danielle C
4th Nicola H
Girls 400 m
1st Zoe P
2nd Nicola H
3rd Ariana S
4th Lily C
1st Oscar E
2nd Ben A
3rd Damien J
4th Luke G
Boys 400 m
1st Oscar E
2nd Jayden J
3rd Ben A
4th Damien J
School Sport Australia track and field championships
Oscar Ellis in 6LA7 and Portia Miller in 4S4 recently competed in the School Sport Australia track and field championships in Brisbane. They both finished in first place and were awarded gold medals in combined event! The combined event consists of the 100m, 800m, long jump and shot put. What an outstanding effort!
Oscar came first in the boys 12/13 years and Portia came 1st in girls 10 years!
They both also won a bronze medal for finishing third in the medley relay for their respective age groups.
Oscar also competed in the individual 200m finishing 7th overall and the individual shot put also finishing 7th overall
Portia also competed in the individual 200m finishing 6th overall and the individual long jump finishing 8th overall.
What a fantastic achievement by both students!
Vision Portraits Fundraiser
this Sunday 4 December
Charity donation for Kids with Cancer
My name is Ruby and I am 8 years old. I have decided to cut my hair and donate it to make a wig for a child. I wanted to donate my hair because I want to help people in need and be a role model to encourage other people to do the same.
|Hannah G||Payton H||Jonah V|
|Henry P||Amaya T||Xavier D|
|Ava K||Dilneth P||Colin L|
|Ollie B||Tessa J||Jake M|
|Kaeka C||Jackson C||Poppy C|
|Alex U||Abel J||Shannon J|
|Juliana A||Schakelle B||Alakai K|
|Evelyn W||Emily E||Levi D|
THE CANTEEN'S LAST DAY FOR 2022 IS THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER
- Orders are online only.
- Orders are via CDFPay.
- Orders must be complete by 8:45am on the day.
- Orders can be placed in advance.
Please see the link below. Create a CDFPay account and then simply place your order.
If your child is sick or will not be attending school and you have placed your order you need to:
- Contact the School Office to advise that you wish to cancel the order.
- Your CDFPay account will be credited.
- No refunds are possible.