Friday, 3rd November
From the Principal ...
School Gospel Value - Compassion
Victoire Larmenier showed compassion by seeking to relieve the suffering of those with whom she came in contact.
Be compassionate as your heavenly Father is compassionate. (Luke 6:36)
Being open and attentive to the whole person, spiritually, physically and emotionally, we show empathy for the suffering of others and try to relieve that suffering.
Last weekend some of our year 5 and 6 students participated in the Regional Primary School Tournament. We had four teams enter with a mix of people who had never played before to those who are club players. I was fortunate to get to 7 of the games over the weekend and I loved every minute of it. It is always great to be able to get to these events to show support for students in their extra-curricular endeavours. It is also on these occasions that I get to see a different side of students which helps me to know more about them on a personal level. I believe relationships are at the core of my job and it is one of the elements that I enjoy the most about working in a school. Well done to all our students who participated. We will acknowledge their participation and achievement at an upcoming school assembly.
Thank you to Sam Milbourne for all her time and effort in organising teams, coaches, managers etc. It is a big job. Thank you also to all the coaches and managers who gave up their time to support and assist our students with playing to the best of their abilities. We are not able to participate in these types of events with out the dedication and assistance of parents.
We encourage all parents and grandparents to utilise our new pedestrian crossing.
- Safety First: pedestrian crossings are designed for the safety of pedestrians, especially children. Using them ensures that drivers are aware of pedestrians crossing the road, reducing the risk of accidents significantly.
- Lead by Example: Parents serve as role models for their children. By consistently using pedestrian crossings, parents demonstrate responsible behaviour, teaching their children valuable life skills.
- Teaching Responsibility: Crossing the road at designated crossings teaches children responsibility and helps them understand the importance of following rules for their safety.
- Community Well-being: Using pedestrian crossings contributes to the overall safety and well-being of the whole school community.
If you would like to be more involved with the school community or school events, please let me know. There are many different ways that parent involvement can occur and if we don’t currently offer something that works for you, again please let me know. I am keen to hear and consider new ideas and initiatives.
Dates to Remember ...
- 6th - PUBLIC HOLIDAY - No School
- 7th & 8th - Grade 5 Camp
- 7th - 17th November - Year 1 and 2 Swimming Program
- 9th - P&F Meeting, 7pm in the Nazareth Centre. All welcome 🤗
- 16th - Development Band & Strings Workshop
- 21st - Kinder, Prep & Grade 1 Athletics Carnival
- 22nd - Band & Strings Rehearsal Day @ St Patrick's
- 23rd - End of Year Concert for SPC Music Program
- 24th - National Fairy Bread Day
- 30th - Yr 6 into Yr 7 SPC Orientation Day
- 30th - Larmenier 'Step Up Day'
- 1st - Save the Date! End of Year BBQ
- 6th - Grade 6 Leavers Dinner
- 8th - End of Year Mass
- 11th - End of Year Concert
- 12th - Certificate Assembly
- 13th - Grade 6 Assembly
- 13th - Last day of Term 4!
2023 TERM DATES
- TERM 1 Monday 3rd February - Thursday 7th April
- TERM 2 Wednesday 26th April - Friday 7th July
- TERM 3 Tuesday 25th July - Friday September 29th
- TERM 4 Tuesday 17th October - Wednesday December 13th
2024 TERM DATES
- TERM 1 - Wednesday 7th February - Thursday 11th April
- TERM 2 - Monday 29th April - Friday 5th July
- TERM 3 - Tuesday 23rd July - Friday 27th September
- TERM 4 - Tuesday 15th October - Tuesday 17th December
GALA DAYS (Grades 5 & 6)
- Term 4 - 17th November
*ALL THESE DATES PLUS MANY MORE ARE ON THE SCHOOL CALENDAR
Farm Day Dates
- 27th Oct - Prep
- 3rd Nov - Grade 2
- 10th Nov - Grade 6
- 17th Nov - Grade 4
- 24th Nov - Grade 3
- 1st Dec - Grade 5 and Grade 1 (Buddy Classes)
*Some dates may change
In Prep this week ...
This week in Prep we read the story Oi Frog which is a funny rhyming book by Kes Gray. After reading the story it was our job to recall some of the rhymes from within the story and write and illustrate three of our favourite ones independently.
We have plenty of fences and gates around Larmenier. They are there to keep our children safe. Please make sure the gate is shut behind you when you come and go. They're there for your child's safety!
Larmenier MJR DAY
I recently had the great pleasure to take sessions with the Year 6’s & Year 5’s looking at ‘Hints for High School’ & ‘Leadership’. The year 5’s discovered that the Make Jesus Real (MJR) workbook has a huge number of great sayings which will help them when they are looking to write the leadership speeches plus we made a ‘Leadership Acrostic’ to focus on when they return in 2024.
The Year 6’s focussed on a number of hints that may help them in their transition from primary to secondary school.
- Attitude is everything
- Everything is so large – more friends available
- Creating routines,- especially with lockers & timetables
- Chance to make new friends who have the same interests as you
- Don’t hang with turkeys – hang out with eagles who want you to fly
- Set targets and standards
- First day impressions are important
- This is just another step in your educational journey questions
- Don’t get up in the misconceptions and procrastinations.
They also selected ONE major MJR saying or topic to help them in High School.
One of the questions I asked the classes was ‘Who back chats or talks back at home?’ Sadly, a large number of students put up their hands – some even thought it was funny which I quickly assured them that it definitely wasn’t funny and that it can easily become a hard habit to break. One student asked me what they can do to break this habit. Here are a few steps that families might undertake if this is a problem at home.
- I firstly stated that being a parent is difficult and children need to recognise this and appreciate that they can help alleviate the stresses at home.
- I said to the children a) ‘Who loves their parents?’ b) ‘Who wants to make them happy?’ 100% of the students answered YES to these questions.
- If they really want to break the habit, I advised the students to go home and ask the adults at their home ‘Can you please help me to stop talking back?’
- By recognising that they are doing this, they are half way to solving the habit. So parents/carers please sit with your children and work out a plan to stop this habit.
- Then reward them when they try and stop – work out a reward between you when you sit to discuss trying to break the habit.
I must say that all the classes listened so attentively and I pray that hopefully, what we spoke about will make them better members of a family, of a class and of society.
You should be proud of them and especially their amazing teachers.
All the Best
Save the Date!
The P & F are hosting an end of year BBQ. There will be face painting, music, fun & games and maybe even a visit from a special guy! More details to come next week ...
Goats for Sale
We have two 18-month-old goats for sale! One female and one wether, and they would like to stay together!
Please only enquire if you have suitable land & good fencing. Please contact the school on 6339 1910 for Farmer Julie's info.
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