Parliament of Victoria Excursion
Over the course of this term, the grade 5 and 6 students have been learning all about the levels of government in Australia. To conclude the 'Democracy for All' unit, they travelled to The Lighthouse Theatre to participate in a workshop facilitated by The Parliament of Victoria Outreach program. The students participated in a role-play about how laws are made in Federal Parliament. It was a great opportunity for the students to extend their current knowledge and understanding of how laws are passed through both The House of Representative and The Senate.
Today a number of our 3/4 students represented St. Pius X in the local Hooptime competetion held at the ARC.
Our girls team had a fantastic day winning their way into the Grand Final against St. Josephs where they finished the day gallant runners-up.
The boys team performed well in each of their games and although they did not make it through to the finals, they played with enthusiasm and energy.
Congratulations to both our teams, we are proud of you!
Cr Vicki Jellie Visit
The Middle Pod are learning about Local Government, concentrating on the services and facilities that the Warrnambool City Council provide to the residents of Warrnambool. Cr Vicki Jellie accepted our invitation to come in and talk to the students on Wednesday about her role as Mayor. She spoke about how long she had been mayor for, her favourite places to visit in Warrnambool and also answered some well-thought out questions from the students. The adults and the students loved her visit and the discussion highlighted how lucky we are to live in this part of Victoria. Thanks Cr Jellie!
Puka Up Cycling Challenge
This coming November staff member Xavier Mills has been invited to join the Puka Up cycling group, riding through the beautiful King Valley area in order to raise awareness and funds for mental health prevention. Over the course of these three days he will ride 313.9kms to honour the 3139 people who tragically died by suicide in 2020. If you are able to support Xavier please go to the Go Fund Me page linked below:
Chitticks Pie Drive
Orders have now closed and it would be appreciated if any outstanding monies could be paid to the office as soon as possible. Thank You.
Please note that the ETA for the orders is Thursday, 18th August. We will send out an alert when they are ready for pick up.
Sports Night With Our Dads
On September 2nd, we would like to invite all dads, grandfathers and special men to school for a special sports afternoon between 4.00pm and 6.00. There will be a number of organised sporting clashes on this afternoon, but there will also be some sporting equipment left out for use by everyone at their leisure.
A sausage sizzle will be cooked during the afternoon. Attendees will have the opportunity of ordering sausages next week when order forms will be sent home.
We offer our sincere condolences to the Webster family on the death of Damien’s brother in law Michael. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this sad time.
Gateway Plaza Promotion
Gateway Plaza is planning a promotion to coincide with the 2022 Commonwealth Games, giving shoppers the chance to win sporting equipment for their local primary school.
For the duration of the Games, shoppers will be asked to drop their Gateway Plaza receipts into their school's entry box at the plaza. These boxes are located between Coles and Lowes.
Each dollar spent earns a point for our school. The total points are calculated based on the number of students in each school.
1st Prize: $1500 worth of sporting equipment
2nd Prize: $1000 worth of sporting equipment
3rd Prize $500 worth of sporting equipment
Please consider supporting the school when shopping at Gateway Plaza!
The Great St Pius X Tournament of Books!
Semi Finals! After an exciting couple of weeks, the Great St Pius X Tournament of Books is in the Semi Finals. Playing off for a spot in the Grand Final is Stellaphant by James Foley and Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe. Stellaphant tells the story of an elephant that dreams of being an astronaut. She is an example of resilience as she seeks resolutions to every setback she encounters. Stellaphant is an inspirational story. Whereas Jetty Jumping is a story that takes place by the sea. Milla and her friends spend every day down at the jetty. Everyone jumps off the jetty except for Milla. Until her bracelet falls off and she is forced to face her fears. This will be an exciting game and the winner is anybody's guess!
The other Semi Final sees Amira's Suitcase by Vikki Conley go head to head with Great White Shark by Claire Saxby. In Amira's Suitcase, Amira notices something growing out of a suitcase. Her curiosity and imagination take her on a journey as she learns about and leans into the needs of her new 'friend'. Amira's wonder brings together her community and what it looks like to have hope. In contrast, in Great White Shark Claire Saxby places the reader in the water with an expectant shark. The spectacular watercolour pictures take the reader on the journey with the shark with information dispersed throughout. The book ends with the chilling, "If you find her pup, you will not find her. She is gone. Is she looking for you? No. Never." Holding our breath with anticipation, we await to see the winner that the children decide upon!
Book Fair - Save the Date!
The annual school book fair will run from
Monday 5th September until Wednesday 7th September.
Each learning area will have a buying day:
Monday - Juniors
The theme this year is Paws for Books!
Vision Family Portraits Fundraiser
Thanks to all families who supported the Vision Family Portraits Fundraiser. Around $600 was raised for our P&F.
Circuit Breaker Long Weekend & Pupil Free Day
We offer further reminder of our circuit breaker long weekend which will be held over the period of August 12-15, meaning no classes will be held on tomorrow or Monday.
Our 3rd staff professional learning day remains scheduled for September 8.
TheirCare will be providing onsite care on these days. Bookings can be made at https://theircare.com.au/
Hot off the Prep Press!
Lion King @ Brauer College
Yesterday we went on another excursion. This was something we were so excited about because we couldn’t wait for the lights, camera and action to start sharing a story that we all know. We couldn’t wait to get a feel for the stage. We had a wonderful time and we simply loved seeing the talent of all the performers on stage.
Jungle Book Rehearsals
Talking of talent, there will be plenty on stage for the Prep performance ‘I Wanna Be Like You’. We are busy rehearsing at every stage we can and we even rehearsed on the stage at the Lighthouse Theatre and the stage on the Civic green (where we even had pedestrians and cars stopping to have a look at us!!) There are lots of little groups of Preps even gathering in the courtyard throughout the week to go through their dance. They will certainly be the cutest performers on the night so don’t forget to keep that night free!!
Chance and Data
As well as being busy with lots of other activities at school and on excursions, we have been investigating the concept of Probability - what are the chances?? We have used coloured spinners, jellybeans, dice rolls and surveys to explore the chance of something happening. We have used words like - possible, impossible, maybe, definitely, likely, unlikely, certain, always. It has been a lot of fun and at times very competitive!! Check out some of our photos.
Before and After School Care
We remind everyone about TheirCare, our outside school hours care provider. Bookings can be made at https://theircare.com.au/
Please select St Pius X Warrnambool as the booking location.
The Jungle Book Kids
These few interrupted weeks have placed a little pressure on our preparation timeline, but we are still full steam ahead for our performance in the final week of term. We encourage our leading cast to be practising with a family member at home without the script as much as possible. Choir members need to rehearse their songs at home also.
All leading cast members will have costume items provided to them. The remainder of our classroom cast members will need only simple items as listed below:
Black tee shirt (can be long or short),
Black pants, leggings or shorts.
Yr 1 - 6: The Jungle
Black, brown or dark pants / shorts
Black , brown or dark top (long or short)
Black, brown or dark pants / shorts
Black, brown or dark top (long or short)
ReLATE Student Survey: Please Help!
We reported that last week would be the last week for the ReLATE survey, but the researchers at Monash University would like a larger sample than they have currently received (12).
We would really love families with children in the Yrs 4-6 bracket to take a few moments to complete this survey which wil support the school’s work in implementing the ReFraming Learning and Teaching Environments model. The survey is designed to be completed by parent(s) and their child.
There are 21 questions about safety, school environment and the teaching relationships that your child(ren) experiences. Our school will receive a report based on the findings that will be distributed.
Please use the link below with your child if they fall into the Yr 4-6 age range.
Our Diocesan Community
The link below opens the quarterly diocesan magazine that features news from across the Ballarat Diocese.
Each week a volunteer has been rostered to provide a freezable meal to our school to be distributed to a family experiencing hardship, grief or unforeseen circumstances. These meals have been regularly distributed and the families receiving them have been most grateful.
The volunteer for this week is Mel Dawson
The upcoming roster is below. More volunteers are always welcome!
Ideally meals should be easy to freeze & serve, and should be labelled so that the type meal can be easily identified. Any other families wishing to volunteer can now do so by calling the office directly. Meals can be dropped to the office.
This week families preparing their children for Eucharist have been focussing on the booklet ‘Jesus Present’. Prayer scrolls will be distributed this weekend in the church asking our parishioners to pray for our Eucharist children. Thanks to families who have made the weekend Masses part of their family preparation.
Next week, time will be made during the week at school for a special rehearsal for the first reception of the Eucharist. This will be held in conjunction with St John’s.
August 14th Prayer scrolls distributed at Mass
August 15th Family Group 4
August 21st Sacrament of Eucharist 10.00am