St James Catholic School, Nar Nar Goon Newsletter “Building
St James Catholic School, Nar Nar Goon
60 Nar Nar Goon Road,
Nar Nar Goon VIC 3812
From the Principal
Dates to Remember:
Prep Orientation 2.15-3.15pm
Grade 1/2 Excursion
Prep Orientation 2.00-3.15pm
School Board AGM 7.30pm
Prep Orientation 9.00-11.00am
End of Year Concert
Grade 6 Excursion
Prep Orientation 9.00-12.00pm
Year 6 Graduation Liturgy with
Eucharist @ 7pm
The extra-long weekend over cup weekend seems to have done our students the world
of good. They have returned to school full of energy and enthusiasm for their learning.
As I have walked through classrooms this week I have been impressed with the
interesting learning and thinking that is happening. On the weekend ask your children
about what they have been doing in their classes. I am sure you will enjoy their
The end of term is going to be very busy, so please take note of the dates in the
newsletter. If the weather is good we are hoping to hold this year’s Christmas concert
under the big red roof and grass area. Whilst the concert begins at 7pm, we would like to
invite parents to bring an early tea or picnic to share with their children at school before
the concert begins. The school BBQ will be available or parents may like to bring
takeaway, finger foods or cold meat and salads etc. Dinner at school is an optional extra
but we would like to see you there. Dinner time begins at 5.30pm.
All families are invited to the Year 6 Graduation Liturgy with Eucharist on Wednesday 4th
December @ 7:00pm as we farewell our senior students and some of our families.
Buddies of the Year 6 students are especially welcome.
P & F AGM
Coming Home Tonight
Parents and Friends Flyer
End of Year Mass
Attached to this Newsletter
Milo Cr icket Flyer
Beleza VIP Flyer
Last Day of Term Four
8th November 2013
“Building Independent and
SCHOOL BOARD AGM
The Annual General Meeting for our 2013 School Board will
be held on Wednesday 20 November at 7:30pm in the
staffroom. Our school relies on the Board for advice and
parental input, so please give consideration to becoming a
board member. See office for forms if you have misplaced it.
School Board meets on the third Wednesday evening of the
month, twice a term.
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to
remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is
observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities
formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice. World
War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.. The red remembrance
poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". it close to
the article. Be sure to place the caption for the image near the image, too.
These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red
colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. To support the RSL, St James has a variety of
poppies and wristbands available for purchase at the office.
Assembly will be in the hall on Monday morning at 10.30 in which we will acknowledge the fallen and share the
one minute silence at 11am. Four Year 6 students will attend the local RSL ceremony with Mrs Hassall at
Monday 28 October
Tarrant Millar - “Excellent Merit” for
fantastic measuring work
Tijana Bourne - “Excellent Merit” for
fantastic measuring work
Georgia Reid turns 8 on 11 November
Grade 1 / 2
Natise Missen turns 10 on 18 November
Joel Hill – “Way to go” sharing of great
Adam Motta – “You’re on fire” fantastic
contributing to group discussions
Xavier Hill turns 11 on 21 November
Grade 3 / 4:
Xavier Hill – fantastic work on his poster
Natise Missen – wonderful homework
Grade 5 / 6:
Lachlan Motta – for being a great help in
class helping others in math
All school fees are due and payable by the 29
November 2013 unless payment arrangements
are in place.
Prep children who will begin school at St James in 2014 will visit us for
four orientation sessions before the end of the year.
Tuesday 12 November – First Prep Orientation Day 2:15 - 3:15pm
Children will visit their classroom and meet their teacher. Parents will be
able to have a cuppa in the school hall.
Tuesday 19 November – Second Prep Orientation Day 2:00 3:15pm Children will visit their classroom and meet their teacher.
During this orientation session, parents are invited to a ‘Preparing
your child for School’ information session and cuppa in the hall.
Parents will be advised of the starting times for 2014, on this day.
The uniform will be on display and the office open for purchases of
Tuesday 26 November – Third Prep Orientation Day 9:00am 11:00am Children will be in their classroom with their teacher for
2014. Children will meet their senior school buddies for the first
time. Children should bring sunhats. The uniform will be on display
and the office open for purchases of school hats.
Tuesday 3 December - Fourth Prep Orientation Day 9:00am 12:00pm Children will meet their senior school buddies again,
participate in a specialist program such as art or PE and will also stay
for a recess break. Children will need to bring a small snack and a
sunhat. The uniform will be on display and the office open for purchases
of school hats.
All parents/Guardians wishing to
help in the classroom, canteen or
attend excursions MUST hold a
current WORKING WITH
Further details are available from
the school office. All
parent/guardian helpers must sign
in at the office before proceeding to
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!
MARK ALL HATS, JUMPERS
WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME.
We have quite a number of children who
are misplacing hats and jumpers. Please
ensure all items of clothing are clearly
marked with the child’s name. It is a good
idea to write on the actual fabric in a silver
marking pen rather than on the tag.
Please check your child’s clothing
regularly to ensure your child has their
own hat/jumper etc. Thank you.
P&F AGM (Annual General Meeting) – Friday 6th December 2pm in hall foyer
We are seeking new members for the Committee for 2014 so please come along and share your energy.
PARENTS AND FRIENDS are seeking donations for their Christmas raffle. Donations can be left at the office. Raffle
tickets will be sent out soon. Thanking you in advance.
SPANISH WORD FOR THE WEEK
How are you?
2014 BUSH DANCEADVANCE NOTICE
BUSH DANCE- ADVANCE NOTICE
On Tuesday 4 February (in a first full week back for 2014), St
James will hold a bush dance for all families. The students will have
been learning bush dancing during the day and will have plenty of
spirit and energy to help parents learn the steps. We held this event
two years ago and it was an entertaining and fun night. It will be a
great way for new families to get involved and help the school
community reconnect after the break.
Be there or be square!
Our Parish Masses
Koo Wee Rup
Sunday 9:30 am
Sunday 11:00 am
Nar Nar Goon
Saturday Night 6:00 pm
December 8th 8:00am
Monday 11 November
Hot Dog with Bacon & Cheese
Fruit Juice Drink
Kelly Chambers / Helper Required
Monday 18 November
Pita Pocket with Chicken, lettuce, tomato & cheese
Fruit Juice Drink
James Angus / Helper Required
From the Classrooms
SLIMY VISITORS IN PREP!
For the last 2 weeks the Preps have been looking after some tadpoles in their classroom. They came from Mrs
Waterhouse! We had them in a tank on the bench and watched them grow day by day. In the tank there were also some
mosquito larvae which hatched and grew into real mozzies! We were too scared to take off the lid in case we got eaten
alive! We learnt that tadpoles hatch from jelly eggs and swim in ponds, dams and puddles. They like to eat other small
insects and water plants. As they get older they grow legs and like to live on the land and in water. They have to keep their
bodies wet or they will dry out and die.
The tadpoles looked great. They swim in stinky water. (Aimee)
Tadpoles are slimy and I know this because I have felt a frog before. (Rory)
Tadpoles are cute. They grow up into frogs. (Peter)
Frogs lay eggs and these are the tadpoles. (Lily T)
Grade 1 & 2
Even with the short week after the cup weekend, the students of
grade 1/2 have achieved a fantastic amount of work in the past
fortnight. We have nearly finished reading The Magic Pudding as a
class and have thoroughly enjoyed the poetry and song elements
of the text. Today we began watching the movie version so we can
make comparisons with media. We are SUPER excited about our
excursion to the opera next Tuesday. Declan is on a count-down of
days to what he refers to as "Puddin' Day"!
In Maths, we have revised our knowledge of halves and quarters
and have moved on to include eighths in a fractions unit. We are
now working on equivalents; 1/2 = 2/4 = 4/8 using models and
I wonder how we can combine puddings and fractions? mmm.....
Grade 3 & 4
At the start of term 4, we started doing an Internet project called
Finders and Keepers. Finders and Keepers is a educational and fun
way to learn. We do this with another class. We have this contract
sheet with a couple of free choice activities and some whole activities,
which we do all together.
We have a mystery animal each week and a focused animal to
study. On the first day of the week, Mr. Vermeer reads us a story with
some secret clues about the mystery animal. Then we get a week to
guess the mystery animal. At the end of the week Mr. Vermeer
announces the keeper of the week and the mystery animal.
At the moment we are trying to organise a end of year excretion at
zoo with St. Paul's. St. Paul's teacher is Mrs. V, Mr. Vermeer's wife.
Report by Maddie and Isla.
Grade 5 & 6
Students have been enjoying planning and creating models for our prayer garden.