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JUNE 7TH, 2016


SPORTS CARNIVAL

Dear Parents, Friends & Students


In the coming weeks our school is required to lodge a projection of enrolment numbers for the
following year to Brisbane Catholic Education. As a school we need to be as accurate as possible
with these projections as they form the basis on which our staffing numbers are approved. Apart from
our current Year 6 students, if you know that your child/ren will not be returning to our school in 2017,
I would appreciate you letting us know this week. You can phone and speak to our enrolments officer
Nikki Lewis or simply send an email to pbirkdale@bne.catholic.edu.au Thank You!
In the lead up to the Federal election on 2 July, its becoming clear that funding for non-government
schools is going to be a key issue, as is funding for education generally. Given that the continuing
viability of our Catholic schools depends upon government funding (predominantly from the Federal
government), it is important that we all have a clearer understanding regarding how our schools are
funded.
Today, and over the coming weeks I ask that you have a look at the attachments that are available
with our newsletter on the school website regarding the funding of our schools. These colourful
simple graphics have been produced by the National Catholic Education Commission and they clearly
state the real funding figures and emphasise the great work of our Catholic schools.
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, 2014

TonightPlease remember our FREE Parent Seminar tonight 7.30 9.00pm in the Southern Cross
Centre. Presented by highly regarded Dr Scott Burgess, paediatrician and Fiona Hudson, sleep
psychologist. It is common for children to have problems with their sleep. However, children who are
not having enough sleep or poor quality sleep may have problems with their attention, learning and
behaviour. Our school is hosting a free information night. Dr Scott Burgess, a paediatrician
specialising in sleep and Fiona Hudson, a children's sleep psychologist will lead an interactive session
on common problems in sleep. This will include a discussion about how much sleep children need
and practical advice on how to manage these problems. Please RSVP to the school office. Phone:
3822 5500 or pbirkdale@bne.catholic.edu.au
FROM THE STUDENT PROTECTION TEAM

NARELLE OLIVER AUTHOR


VISIT

Last week during Wellness Week, our students were introduced to the Buddy Bench. Situated outside
the Year 2 building, in between the two junior playgrounds, the buddy bench is designed as a meeting
point or a place for students to meet new friends. The way it works is students sit on the buddy bench
if they are alone, lost or looking to expand their friendship circle. Other students are then encouraged
to come to the bench and ask the student to play with them. Teachers will monitor this bench to
ensure it is used for the right purposes, but at this point we are getting used to the buddy bench and
all it has to offer. A special thank you to Len Moss for painting, decorating, erecting and situating the
bench for us and for the kind donation from the P&F.

John
John Spillane
PRINCIPAL

APRE NEWS

AP NEWS

Have courage and patience and God will help you in all things

CELEBRATION OF LEARNING YEARS 3-6


It was wonderful on Friday morning to see so many of our parents
spending time with their children in classrooms. Our Year 3-6
classrooms were certainly buzzing with excitement as the children
proudly shared their wonderful learning and the products of all of their
hard work this Semester. The opportunity to spend time with your child
discussing their learning is so very important. It is through the sharing of
our learning that we are able to deepen our understanding and help
others to grow in their knowledge also. As I went from room to room I
was certainly impressed by the breadth and depth of quality learning
experiences which happen at our school on a daily basis. Thank you all
for coming along and helping to celebrate learning at St Mary MacKillop
School.
INCURSIONS AND EXCURSIONS
This week is again another busy week here in the life of our school. All
children in the school have had the opportunity to spend time with
Narelle Oliver, a very gifted teacher, author and illustrator. These
workshops were certainly very engaging, informative and educational
experiences. Today our Year One students were visited by the local fire
department. This visit helps to address an aspect of the Year One
Health Curriculum where students need to: select and apply strategies to
keep themselves healthy and safe. On Thursday our Year Three
students head off to Kindilan Outdoor Education and Conference Centre
at Redland Bay. This is a day of learning and challenges. Children are
involved in physical education activities which promote the development
of their personal and social capabilities as they are challenged to work
together in teams to achieve certain tasks. The outdoor environment
also provides time for the children to work as scientists identifying and
classifying critters in the local creek.
TEACHER MODERATION
Over the last two weeks teachers have been meeting in year level teams
with Lisa Fletcher (Primary Learning Leader) to review current data on
student achievement and share samples of work used for assessment
purposes. These meetings have been a valuable way to build
consistency and enhance understanding of assessment practices across
our school.
Megan Burke
Acting Assistant Principal

Mary Mackillop (1899)

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION VALIDATION


Next Tuesday our RE Implementation Team will gather at the OShea
Centre to present our Religious Education program for validation by peer
schools and BCE Religious Education Officers. I thank Mr Spillane, Mr
Burke, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Alexander for taking time from their busy
schedules to assist with the preparation and presentation of our school
program. Once our school program has been validated it will be made
available to the public via our website.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM
On Sunday 22nd May many of our Year Four students continued their
journey through the sacramental program with a workshop focussed on
the Sacrament of Eucharist. The children received first communion last
weekend. Please keep the candidates and their families in your prayers
as they journey in preparation towards the reception of this Confirmation
next term.
Riley Amorsen, Amelia Bailey, Maddison Beer, Madison Bonello,
Charlotte Burke, Emilie Butler, Mitchell Columbus, Samantha
Curran, Ella De Monte, Charlotte De Monte, Nicholas Delamere,
Bailey Drain, Sarah Elford, Zlie Elmore, Jomar Ferrer, Lillian Field,
Jack Gillam, Luke Harradine, Emily Hollier, Lachlan Hollier, Holly
Humphries, Chelsea Johnson, Lily Jones, Ainsley Keynes, Lucan
La Rosa, Mikayla Lombard, Thomas Love, William Love, Rory
Madden, Aidan Madden, Liam Maher, Isabelle Marsh, Matthew
McAuliffe, Isla McPate, Gwenevere Musch, Jeremy O'Connell,
Sienna Oxley, Jack Parkes, Charlie Pearson, Kirra Phelan, Xavier
Ramsay, Cameron Rogers, Daniel Rogers, Caitlin Rowland, James
Scodellaro, Lauren Skillender, Emee Standing, Ava Standing,
Charlotte Stewart, Sam Suddaby, Jack Suddaby, Ronan Taylor,
Lara Thorley, Alexander Tyack, Charlize Tyack, Gian Warlters,
Chloe Webb, Felicity Wright and Tasman Wright
FOCUS ON GRATITUDE 2016 VALUE
Today is a hunt for delight. Find at least 10 things that are tiny but that
can delight you if you pay attention to them. Things that could easily be
missed.

PARISH NEWS

These might be things like:

dust mites visible in sunlight,


a strangers smile,
the sound of a childs laughter,
a leaf,
the smell of fresh laundry,
a comfortable seat,
a well designed machine,
the colour of your car,
the feel of the wind,
a song on the radio..

When you notice them take a minute to really experience it. If you have
children... they may like to hunt for delight as well. Wake up, see,
savour.
Take some time and relax to this clip Times like these
https://vimeo.com/25924530
RELIGIOUS LIFE OF THE SCHOOL
Week
Term 2
9

10
11

Event
4G prayer assembly
Year 2M Class Mass
No Class Mass
Year 2G Class Mass

Time/Venue
Wednesday 8th June
1:45pm SCC
Friday 10th June 9:30am
Church
Friday 24th June 9:30am
Church

May the Lord guide you gently through the week.


David White
Assistant Principal Religious Education

Fr Frank would like to thank the following people for their time and
generous spirit for their assistance with the First Eucharist celebrations.
Christine Montgomery, Natasha Montgomery, David White, Megan
Burke, Carmen Biggs and Kelsey Jackson for their generosity in giving
of their time and talents to guide and teach the First Communicants.
Linda Harradine for creating the beautiful Communion cupcakes. All the
wonderful helpers who organised the catering and clean-up at the
supper after the celebrations. Your individual and collective contributions
ensured a meaningful and successful First Eucharist Celebration for the
children and their parents. God bless you all.
Musicians for Masses we are in URGENT need of more musicians to
play an instrument or sing at the weekend Masses. If you play the organ
or guitar or would like to join our choir, please contact Lisa at the Parish
Office on 3822 2139.
GENERAL INFORMATION

TONIGHT!

FREE Parent Seminar


7.30 9.00pm
Southern Cross Centre
Presented by highly regarded Dr Scott Burgess, paediatrician and Fiona
Hudson, sleep psychologist.
It is common for children to have problems with their sleep. However,
children who are not having enough sleep or poor quality sleep may
have problems with their attention, learning and behaviour. Our school is
hosting a free information night. Dr Scott Burgess, a paediatrician
specialising in sleep and Fiona Hudson, a children's sleep psychologist
will lead an interactive session on common problems in sleep. This will
include a discussion about how much sleep children need and practical
advice on how to manage these problems. Please RSVP to the school
office. Phone: 3822 5500 or pbirkdale@bne.catholic.edu.au

LIBRARY LOWDOWN

SPORTS NEWS

The 2016 Premiers Reading Challenge has begun. It is an annual


statewide initiative for students up to Year 9. It aims to improve literacy
and encourage children to engage in reading for pleasure and learning.
The reading period for Prep to Year 6 students is 16 May - 26 August
2016. For a student to successfully complete the Premier's Reading
Challenge they must read or experience the number of books indicated
in the table below. Experiencing a book can include classroom or at
home activities such as shared reading, listening and reading along with
a book, or being read to. Students who complete the challenge receive a
Certificate of Achievement signed by the Qld
Premier.

More than 50 students competed at last weeks Bayside Catholic


Cross Country Carnival. It was a great day and a reward for all the
hard work put into training. Our students all ran out their races well
proving that hard work and persistence will help you to achieve your
goals. Mary MacKillop won the Junior Girls Trophy and came
second overall. We would like to congratulate all students for their
efforts but a special mention must go to Lucan La Rosa (1st place),
Blake Brown, Kayla Chadwick and Callum Brennan (2nd place),
Taylah Hazell and Millie Bailey (3rd place) and Jasmine OConnell
and Erica Polak (4th place) in their respective races.
This brings an end to cross country training for the year. Athletics
training will begin in the second week of term 3. It will again be open for
any student who wishes to attend. More information will appear in the
newsletter prior to its commencement.

The class that reads the highest percentage of


books will be awarded with a pizza party
supplied by the library. Each student has been
provided with an individual reader record form
and a bookmark to help him or her keep track
of books read. Extra reading forms are
available from the library. For further
information please contact your childs
classroom teacher or the library.
Year Level
Prep - Year 2
Years 3 - 4
Years 5 - 9

Could all Athletics singlets please be returned as soon as possible?


Could they be returned in a bag that is marked with your child's name
and placed in the box at the entrance to the sports shed. This will allow
me to keep track of missing singlets as these are costly items to replace.
Our second carnival day for years 5-6 also took place last week. Our
students had a great day completing in their teams against other schools
in our cluster. They are to be congratulated for their efforts and good
sportsmanship. A special mention goes to our Junior A and B netball
teams, our Senior B netball team, our Senior Girls touch team and our
Junior Mixed touch team who won their competitions

Number of Books
Read or experience 20 books
20 books
15 books

On Thursday the 16th of June the students who won last terms
competition, listed below, will be attending The 52-Storey Treehouse at
the QUT Gardens Theatre.

This Friday, June 10, we will be running the 9-12 year old 800m
events. Events start at approximately 8:45am and we will begin with
the 11 & 12 year old events and work our way down to the 9 year olds.
There are only six races and all events should be over by approximately
9:30am. Our 10-12 years field events will take place the following
Friday, June 17, and our whole school carnival takes place on the first
Friday of term 3, July 15.

Year 1 Levi Clapper (1W) and Evelyn Jones (1G)


Year 2 Lachlan Firmager and Rose Pampling
Year 3 Lillian Lee and Ava Huston (3M)
Year 4 Meg Keough and Milly Bailey
Year 5 Blake Brown and Lilly Terry-Bedwell
Year 6 Bronte Quinn and Jaimee Lombard
Thanks from the Library, Yasmin,

Mark Gilroy - PE Teacher

UNIFORM SHOP

Mary-Ann & Anita

TRADING HOURS

YEAR 6 SYDNEY/CANBERRA TRIP

Tuesday 8.00am - 9.30am & Wednesday 2.00pm - 3.30pm

ON SALE!

PARLIAMENT AND CIVICS EDUCATION REBATE


(PACER)

White Socks by Bearfoot 1 packet (3 pairs) for $10


Order by visiting the uniform shop or via flexischools.
Only while stock available.

Students from our school have recently undertaken an education tour of


the national capital. Students will be given the opportunity to participate
in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australias history,
culture, heritage and democracy.

NEED NEW SCHOOL SHOES???


DONT FORGET MMK SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM AT
ATHLETES FOOT CAPALABA & CARINDALE

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young


Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics
and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the
excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per
student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program
towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon
completion of the excursion.

TUCKSHOP
ROSTER

Dates

Monday

WEEK 9.
June 6th, 8th & 10th
WEEK 10.
June 13th, 15th & 17th

WEEK 11
June 20th,22nd, 24th

UNIFORM SHOP
ROSTER

MMK MOWERS

Athletes foot have a sponsorship program where the school receives $5


when MMK families and friends buy footwear at either Capalaba or
Carindale stores.. Both shops have a database where customers are
added when purchasing shoes. Please advise staff you are from MMK
and your name and subsequent purchases within that family are
recorded on the database. In turn MMKwill receive vouchers or sporting
equipment to be utilised at school!

TUESDAY
8.00 - 9.30AM
WEDNESDAY
2.00 - 3.30PM

Wednesday

Jan Blewitt

Nicole Percy
Lisa Harriss

Jane Southee
Kelly-ann Elms

Sandra Warlters
Anita Mudnic

Bronwyn Irvine
Akos Burns

Jenny Stanton
Tahnee Jones

Kath Cowen
Leanne Curtis

Tatiana Parry
Katherine Hayward
Donna Grills

Donna Grills

7th June

Fran Pearson

14th June

Kerrie Love

8th June

Peta Nichols

15th June

Kellie Donald

Saturday June 18th

3.30pm

MAROON

16th

7.30am

BLACK

Saturday July 31st

3.30pm

PINK

Saturday July

Friday

Kymberly Moore
Lyn Roth

Felipe Ledesma, Ben Suddaby, Stewart Cadman, Lachlan Owen-Turner


Rob Quinn, Rob Burke, Wade Terry-Bedwell, Tim McKennariey
Sean Curtis, Chris Morse, Matt Thatcher, Brad Marshall

GUIDANCE NEWS
EMOTIONAL TOOL KIT
What do you do when you are faced with an anxiety provoking situation?
Classically our body goes into a state of flight (run away; hide); fight (hit
out; use angry words) or freeze (shut down; withdraw) all of which can
be helpful if we are genuinely in danger as our body readies itself to
respond to the threat. However, we can also go into one of these states
by imagining we are at risk of harm when in fact we are safe. In the
chaotic state brought on by anxiety the body responds with such
symptoms as an increased heart rate, rapid breathing and trembling,
which can increase the anxiety to a level of panic.

DATES TO REMEMBER
June 10
June 15
June 17
June 22
June 24

Athletics - 800m
School Board
Athletics - Field events
P & F Trivia Night
Life Long Learners Award Assembly
School Holidays

The ability to be real in the present moment is a great way to reset our
nervous system, slow our breathing and calm our heart rate. Reset tool
number 1: Begin deep abdominal breathing; Reset tool number 2: be
present to the moment which is used even by the military when in a
potentially dangerous situation. To do this take in your present
surroundings and name 3 things you can see 3 things you can hear, 3
things you can touch, 3 things you can smell; then repeat naming 2 new
items for each category; repeat naming 1 new item and so on. If the high
anxiety continues, repeat the exercise. The information provided by your
senses will help ground you and refocus thinking.

Judy Butler - Guidance Counsellor.

P & F NEWS
.

LEGO DONATIONS The school activities room is in need of Lego


to help with children's fine motor and creativity skills. If you have
unwanted Lego at home please consider donating it to the school office.
YATALA PIE THANKS We are sure you all enjoyed your pies last
week, and would like to extend a big thank you to Nicole Smith and her
band of helpers for organsing and delivering over 750 delicious pies.
TRIVIA NIGHT 17 JUNE 2 weeks to go until the STMMK Best
of British Trivia Night. We have 4 tables still available and bookings
close this Friday. Any outstanding payments need to be paid as soon as
STMMK ATHLETICS CARNIVAL DAY Friday 15 July
First week term 3 Caf 723 - The P&F will open Caf 723 to sell
hot beverages (as its normally a cold day), cold drinks and homemade
sweets (always enjoyed) to parents/caregivers attending this years
Athletics Day.
Sweet Donations We are asking SMMK families if they can please
cook up a batch of their prized homemade sweets for us to sell at the
Caf on the day. All sweets can be delivered to Caf 723 (located in the
Southern Cross Center kitchen) from 7.30am on the day. Thank you in
advance and we hope to see you all there supporting our little athletes.
For
more
information
please
contact
Kellie
Donald
kelliedonald@hotmail.com.
Tuckshop Lunch Meal Deals Additional to the P&F Caf 723 selling
drinks and homemade sweets, the Tuckshop has five sports lunch
meal deals available. You can view and order online at
Flexischools.com.au. Adults can buy hot food from the Tuckshop on the
day and snack items (Ice Blocks, cookies etc) can be bought over-thecounter at lunch time. Please NOTE: the normal Tuckshop menu is not
available on sports day.
DATE CLAIMERS
Wednesday 24 August - Parent Education
Guest Speaker Megan Warren presents 'How to
Speak so Kids Listen' - more information to come
but put the date in your diary

STUDENT OF THE WEEK


WEEK 7
Isobel Suddaby
3M Taoso Taoso
Zane Burns
3W Nicholas Vinen
James Scodellaro
Isabelle North
4G
Padraic Barron
Joshua Savage
4M Jackson Morris
Madeleine Taylor-Ahlroos
4W Lara Thorley
Sara Padgett
5G Safia Sowah
Oliver Bridgment
5M n/a
Aila ORourke
5W Zella Tyburski
Harper Reed
Oliver Puljic
6G n/a
Eve Willey
John Cowen
6M Darcy Stewart
Isabella Grills
6W Rian Brennan

PB
PG
PM
PW
1G
1M
1W
2G
2M
2W
3G
.

ATTACHMENTS TO NEWSLETTER

Friday 14 October STMMK Annual Family School Camp Treasure


Island- see attached flyer for more details

ECA NEWS
KEYBOARD LESSONS
A reminder that there will be no keyboard lessons for the rest of the term
as Mrs Hornibrook has to undertake a medical procedure.

STMMK Annual Family Camp

Understanding the facts on Catholic School Funding (available


as newsletter attachment on school website)