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St Raphael’s Catholic School Term 1, Week 11/A Newsletter 7 April 2014 Thank you for the support you have given to your children in their learning and for the support received by the teachers throughout the term. I hope term 1 has been a full and rewarding time. th

Dear Parents Thank you and congratulations to the P&F Association for conducting a tremendous Quiz Night last Saturday. In addition to the fund raising function they consistently produce a fun raising effect. Quiz Master Thomas, the shy person he is, has discovered a new vocation in this role – great job Haydn. For the laughs, the challenges, the connections made, we thank you.

School commences again on Monday, April 28 and everyone will need to be in the lovely winter uniform. May the school holiday be refreshing and safe for you and yours.

Michael Gallagher Principal

Gladly we have had a very positive experience with primary parents and the online booking scheme for Parent / Teacher Discussions. Secondary parents are now asked to use the same scheme to book in for discussions in Week 1 of Term 2. Access details will be provided with the Progress Reports being circulated this week. Please be aware of the closure date (3pm, Apr 29). Also on our school website is the full school calendar for your information and planning. As often as we can the calendar will also contain attachments for events so you can check excursion departure and arrival times etc from the comfort of home. This week’s calendar is rather full (as usual): Whole School: Thursday (April 10th) we are conducting the annual Athletics Carnival at River Park. Food, hat, sunscreen, energy, house colours … remember them all. Primary: Rugby League and Netball Gala Day on Tuesday for all of Stages 2 and 3. Years 3-6 Forensic Science show on Friday Secondary: Year 9 Parents and students – Outward Bound Meeting Year 9 students - Oral Health presentation by representatives from UNSW Secondary Progress Reports are being circulated this week Student Leaders: Leadership day conducted through our local council on th Wednesday 9 . One of the many anniversary events being hosted by the parish this year is the Parish Art Show being held th on Friday April 11 . You are invited to view and purchase art works by an array of local artists P.O. Box 7, Cowra 2794 Tel: 6342.2940

Gospel Challenge Term 1 Week 11 “After eight days, Jesus came in and stood in the midst of them” John 11:1-45

Monday 7 Happy birthday to Loveisha Bal and Breana Evans. Tuesday 8 Primary Netball and League Gala Days. Wednesday 9 U15 Rugby League Trials in Forbes. Student Leadership Day at the Council. Thursday 10 Happy birthday to Tahlee Pearl Beckett, Joe Herden and Lanty Ryan. St Raphael’s Athletics Carnival at Riverpark. Secondary Dio Rugby Union Trials in Orange. Friday 11 Happy birthday to Talieka Burns, Jeremy Cains, Tom Heilman, India Johnson, Ben Price and Stanley Rush. Primary Show: Forensic Science.

Email: straphaels@bth.catholic.edu.au School Website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au


Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays in the holidays: Annaleise Prescott, Riley Barron, Brandon Budden, Riley Langfield, Emily Beath-Pearce, Hannah Nobes, Lucas Pearce, Jonathon Day, John Terry, Luke Banks, Imogen Chambers, Xavier Lynch, Ethan Millar, David Mood, Ryan Chapple, Amelia Clements, Kelly Price Madeleine Cain, Zali Pearce, Matthew Reid, Evie Louittit.

As we draw to the end of first term it is not quite time for Easter. This coming Sunday marks the beginning of the most important week in our Church’s calendar ‘Holy Week’. Holy week embraces the last days of LENT (until Thursday) and the Easter Triduum. The Sacred Triduum is also called the Great Three Days. Holy Thursday- Mass of the Lord’s Supper - The Washing of the Feet. Good Friday- The Passion of the Lord Easter Sunday- The Resurrection of the Lord Dates for the Calendar th  9 April - Parish Anointing Mass - Our Year 8 students celebrate this Mass with parishioners. After Mass they provide and serve morning tea. This is a valuable link with our parish, the attendance of the students is greatly appreciated by the parishioners and the students themselves benefit from this pastoral care experience. Students are reminded to bring a plate to share. th  28 April - ANZAC Service - On the first day back at school in Term 2 the students will take part in an ANZAC commemoration service Sacramental News Children who will be preparing for First Eucharist have a letter for parents concerning the enrolment date and further information. Please mark the dates on your calendar. Thank you. Mary Ford – Sacramental Co-ordinator Altar Servers’ Roster th Sat 12 April: Grace and Cate Gallagher. th Sun 13 April: Kate and Sophie Johnston. th Sat 19 April: Volunteers please. th Sun 20 April: Volunteers please. th Sat 26 April: Oliver Groves and Brian MacCabe. th Sun 27 April: Isabelle Lynch and Mikelli Garratt. School Readers for Weekend Parish Masses: th Sat 12 April: Mrs B Healy. th Sat 19 April: Volunteers please. th Sun 20 April: Volunteers please. th Sun 27 April: Mrs P Bischof. School Eucharistic Ministers for Weekend Parish Masses: th Sun 13 April: Miss L Pratt. th Sat 19 April: Volunteers please. th Sun 20 April: Volunteers please. th Sat 26 April: Miss R Downes. P.O. Box 7, Cowra 2794 Tel: 6342.2940

School Computer Roster th Sat 12 April: Harry Waters. th Sun 13 April: Mrs M McMurtrie. th Sat 19 April: Volunteers please. th Sun 20 April: Volunteers please. th Sat 26 April: Joe Waters. th Sun 27 April: Sam Gallagher.

Visiting Show Forensic Science – A Case of Discovery The Year 3-6 primary students will be able to see a th Forensic Science Show this Friday, 11 April. Notes were sent home last week. The cost of this show is $8 per student and $15 per family. This is an international show, one of high quality for the students. Secondary Parent / Teacher Discussions Secondary discussions will be held on Wed (April 30) and Thu (May 1). Secondary mid-semester reports will be sent home today week. All the information is provided on the back page of today’s newsletter and the steps for booking interviews are on the back of the mid-semester reports. It is crucial to remember the Parent / Teacher Discussions code: 9X8LB.

Athletics Carnival for Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two Sport for this week will be on Thursday. All students to wear their sports uniform on Thursday only. They can wear a t-shirt in the colour of their house instead of the white shirt if they have one. Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two will be attending the Athletics Carnival on Thursday. They will have an early recess at school and be down at the park about eleven o’clock. Great fun will be had taking part in various novelty events before ‘The Great Race’ - a sprint on the track at twelve o’clock. They would love to see you there, cheering them on. Lunch will be eaten down at the park but please remember for Kinder, Years One and Two - there will be no lunch orders that day and no canteen at school for recess. Chess Our jumpers screamed football, but our hearts screamed chess! -Darcy Kellett quotes We left Cowra wearing our St Raphael’s football jumpers, pumped up for a win against Blayney High in this 5000 year old sport. We also brought Henry's Limited Edition Mario Chess set to let them know how serious we were. When we arrived we were welcomed by a student in a blazer and tie. We compared this to our footy jumpers and realised we were not in Cowra anymore. Our official judge was a Y12 student who informed us of his numerous victories in chess. Luckily he couldn't be an official and play. The organiser and students had a feast prepared for us and after some brain food and introductions; we shook hands and were off. It was intense. Every wrong move left you wondering whether to throw the board out of frustration. I found Email: straphaels@bth.catholic.edu.au School Website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au


the humour in it and was constantly trying to refrain myself from laughing too heavily. Jonty, my opponent, probably thought I had too much sugar before the game, but it put him off and I won. Henry and Darcy our no. 3 and 4 on the team narrowly went down and it was up to Ben our no. 2 to win. Ah well, I thought to myself, we did well, they were a tough side and we can still lose one more time before we are officially knocked out. Then a murmur went through the crowd, Ben had won!? Nobody saw it coming (I can say this because he’s my brother). We won!! How amazing!! We left the warm hospitality to be met by the cold Blayney air in a shocked state that quickly grew into a swagger and a wiser understanding of the lure of this ancient sport. We were stoked! On the way home another breakthrough was made, Darcy turned to Henry and stated "Wow, you’re weirder than me!’ Thank you to Mr. Cooley for taking us to Blayney and teaching us the mental training required for these games. Let's suit it up for game number 2! Sport Journalist - Tom Statham

Year 3 High Jump Due to unforeseen circumstances, Year 3 have not had the chance to have a go at 'High Jump' throughout our Thursday sport sessions. All other field events have been attempted and as it is their first go at the big carnival on Thursday, we will be holding a practise run for these students only on Wednesday at lunch. As the Year 3 students will be in their school uniform on this day, girls especially are asked to bring with them to school, a change of shorts, shirt and joggers. Winter Sports Trials Last Friday, under cloudy skies and weather forecasts that suggested that staying indoors may be a good option, 21 St. Raphael's students headed across to Bathurst to compete in the Diocesan Winter Sports Trials. We had representatives in the sports of Hockey, Netball, Soccer, Rugby Union and Rugby League. The rain held off probably longer than most thought it would, however the heavens did open up causing some interference to the possibles/probables matches. Our school once again performed well, with many of the students making their way into the final selection match at their respective sports. Three Rugby Union boys find themselves making it to the next level. Joe Sullivan, Will Cain and Will Austin will all represent Bathurst Diocese in Forbes towards the end of Term 2. P.O. Box 7, Cowra 2794 Tel: 6342.2940

Four Rugby League boys have made their way into representative teams. Hayden Mullins and Ky Johnson for the Opens, along with Bill Statham and Alex Brown for the 11s, will be heading to Tamworth early in Term 2. Madeline Webster has progressed through in Girls’ Soccer will also be heading to Tamworth early in Term 2. Congratulations to all 21 students for making it to the trials. Good luck to our 8 students who have moved through to the next, challenging level. Thank you also to the parents and grandparents who took time out of their busy schedules to transport students to Bathurst last Friday. It was greatly appreciated. Rugby League Gala Day Tomorrow, April 8, sees all Primary boys playing "The Greatest Game Of All" down at River Park, with the first game kicking off at 9:30. The David Peachey Shield ( Years 5 + 6 ) and the Russell Richardson Cup ( Years 3 + 4 ) is an annual Rugby League Gala Day held in Cowra, with winners progressing onto Dubbo next term to play in a Finals Day. So if you would like to see some great talent on show, head down to the grounds tomorrow and show your support. Who knows, there may be some future Eels on display! Primary Physical Education Lessons Wednesdays th Physical education classes for this week, 9 April are: Year 2, 5 and 6. The students will be involved in tennis activities. Thank you to Mrs Helen Garratt on making herself available to pass on her knowledge, leading the students through a series of tennis-related drills. These classes need to wear their sports uniform. In the first th week of Term 2 on 30 April Year 1, 3 and 4 wear sports uniforms. Sporting Events th School Athletics Carnival (River Park) Thu, 10 April Secondary Wed, Apr 9: 15 years old Rugby League Selection trials (Forbes) Thu, Apr 10: 16 y.o. Diocesan Rugby Union Selections (Orange) Primary Tue, Apr 8: Year 3-6 Rugby League and Netball Gala Days

ANZAC Day Parade ANZAC Day falls on the second Thursday of the holidays. A strong representation to march with the school banner in the ANZAC parade would be appreciated. If possible, please assemble in winter school uniform at the RSL club at 10:15am on April th 25 .

Email: straphaels@bth.catholic.edu.au School Website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au


Go to the address below to register and pay online. http://www.westernnswdevelopment.leaguenet.com.au

Canteen Update This week’s roster is as follows: Tues 8 Skye Muddle

Wed 9 CLOSED

Karen Campbell

Thurs 10 Lisa Mallon

Fri 11 Margaret Stewart

Jane Stendell

Kylie Kollas

Rachael Duff

Jacinta Hines

Mon

School Holidays

Tracey Gunnyon

Please complete the order form for the Athletics th Carnival. Orders need to be in by tomorrow, 8 April and the orders are for Year 3 – Year 10 only. The helpers for this Thursday at the Athletics Carnival please meet me at the old Soccer Canteen at 9.00 am or as soon as you can. Unfortunately there will be no Canteen for the students from K-2 so please make sure you send their food with them. Sorry of any inconvenience. I will still be away when school resumes and, as a result, Miss Tracey Gunnyon will be running the Canteen for the first few days back. For the FIRST WEEK BACK only the pies, sausage roll, dino’s and sandwich section of the menu will be available. The Term Two Roster will also be sent home this week. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. Regards Donna Stokes - Canteen Manager

WELL DONE Congratulations to the following students who have achieved the next level on the Behaviour Management Programme. Level 5 Tahlee-Pearl Beckett 3S Josephine Gundersen 4D Depp Ryan-Lukasiak 4D William Lawler 5G Joel Stendell 5O Renae Grech X2 Antonia Curtale X2 Sam Coady X1

Kishan Bal Samuel Kelly Clare Hines Madelyn Stead Duncan Muir Maddison Johnson Jessica Darcy

4D 4D 5G 5O 6S R2 X1

Your Teachers are very Proud of You!

2014 NRL Holiday Clinic Cowra NRL Development will be holding a clinic at Cowra in the upcoming school holidays. Register and pay online at the address below. See information below: Cowra Holiday Clinic – River Park Cowra Date: Wednesday 23rd April Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm (Children aged 5-12) Cost: $35 Rugby League Football, Kicking Tee, Carry Bag, Water Bottle, Truckers Cap, Footy Pump, Footy Cards and a One Community Magnet. Contact: Mick Armstrong on 0402892839 or marmstrong@nrl.com.au

P.O. Box 7, Cowra 2794 Tel: 6342.2940

SCHOOL HOLIDAY TENNIS CLINIC Helen Garratt Tennis Coaching Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach Email: handlgarratt@bigpond.com Mob: 0407139164 Ph: 63428447 DATE: Wednesday 23rd and th Thursday 24 April VENUE: Cowra Tennis Club TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm (Early drop off and later pick up available if required) PROGRAM 9.30am -12pm: Skills, technique, fitness and various tennis activities. 12 – 1pm: Lunch break (children to bring own lunches, snacks and drinks) 1 – 4.30 pm: Match play and ball machine. Racquets are available if you don’t have one. COST Morning session 9.30am -12pm: $30 per student per day Afternoon session 1-4.30 pm: $30 per student per day Both sessions: $50 per day per student 2 full days: $90 per student BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED PLAYERS CATERED FOR PRIZES TO BE WON ENROLMENTS ARE TO BE MADE TO HELEN GARRATT BY PHONE OR EMAIL Rahamim - Ecological Learning Community Free fun for families. April 6th and 30th 2014 Bring the whole family to the premier movie matinee with the bike generated cinema screening of ‘The Lorax’, 6 April 2014 @ 2:30pm in the Conference Room. BYO beanbag [optional]. Free popcorn International Jazz Day 30 April, 10:00am-12 noon. Pre-schoolers are invited to join this jazzy event by ringing along their favourite music track. Music will be played using the bike generator. Adults can help with the pedal power. BYO music track [CD] and picnic. Tea and coffee provided. Rahamim Ecological Learning Community, 34 Busby Street, Bathurst, NSW 2795 Register your interest with Wendy bookings@rahamim.org.au 63329950 Primary Schools – PCYC Mixed Basketball Championship Get your team organised!! Junior basketball at PCYC will be moving to a new level in term two with the introduction of the PCYC Primary School Challenge. As well as the skills session offered on both Monday and Wednesday, players, both boys and girls, will be placed in their “school” teams and play for the right to be known as the Cowra PCYC Primary Schools Champion. This competition will run each week through term two with finals on 16th and 18th June. Schools may have more than one team but each team will have a different team name and team members will remain with that one team. Students from Cowra Public School, St Raphaels Catholic School, Mulyan Public School, Holmwood Public School and some home schooled students took part in the first of our very succesful ‘Learn to Play’ basketball camps last year and we hope to see all these students lining up for the PCYC Primary School Challenge. Each week teams will play against other school teams in an organised format of skills coaching first and then organised games. Monday and Wednesday will be separate competitions but players can attend and play in teams on both days if they wish. Suggested team names could be CPS Comets, StR Eels (this should keep Mr Statham happy), Mulyan Magic and Holmwood Heat. A PCYC Public School Champion team will be crowned at the end of each competition with trophies and prizes to be awarded. The cost for Junior Basketball will be $30 per player per term for those attending once a week, or you can book for both Monday and Wednesday for $50 for the school term. Vacation Care PCYC vacation care will be running at PCYC’s Binni Creek Road complex during the school holidays, programs and booking forms are now available from PCYC’s Young Road building.

Email: straphaels@bth.catholic.edu.au School Website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au


Bookings are essential to guarantee your place in vacation care. Due to limited staff availability children that have not been booked in may not be able to attend, it will depend on the number of children already booked in for that day. Easter and ANZAC day occur during the April school holidays so PCYC vacation care will be operating Monday to Thursday of the first week and Tuesday to Thursday of the second week. For further information please phone Shane at the PCYC on 63412035. PCYC Membership You must be a PCYC member to participate in any of the PCYC activities, yearly membership is $5.00 for under 18’s and $10 for ages 18 and older. Virginia Cullane Books Presents HUGE CHARITY BOOK SALE PROCEEDS TO “CENTRAL WEST CLINICAL TRIALS FOR BREAST AND PROSTATE CANCER” At Canowindra Hardware 94-96 Gaskill Street MON 14th APRIL to MON 21st APRIL 9.00am -4.00pm excluding Good Friday BOOKS $1, $2 & $5 Donations can be left at the bookshop Enquiries : 63443265

P.O. Box 7, Cowra 2794 Tel: 6342.2940

Email: straphaels@bth.catholic.edu.au School Website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au


Technology Concerns: During the latter part of this term we have noticed a concerning degree of mis-use of technology by some students. Many parents are ‘migrants’ to the digital world, having not grown up immersed in technology, and struggle to stay on top of their children who are born into or ‘native’ to the digital world. The information below may help address that shortfall. Some students have been downloading ‘jail break’ software. This is a legally grey area. It seems that whilst downloading the software is not illegal in itself, its use does violate Australian laws. The software is used to bypass passwords / PIN to activate stolen devices and to gain a higher level of access to devices that a person may own. For example, circumventing restrictions on an Apple device to enable the device to download non-Apple applications or Apple Apps for free. This breaches Australian Copyright and Circumventing laws. Some students have been using an App ‘Ask.fm’. This is a question and answer service that enables users to ask controversial questions anonymously. Questions may be posed either as text or video. Users can then browse the site and chat directly with other users. A quick look at the site indicates the level of sexualised and bullying content that goes unchecked. Whilst these issues are concerning, on a far more serious level, a student recently had their identity stolen online, with the fake id being used to bully and intimidate a number of students. This matter has been referred to Police and is the subject of an on-going investigation. As such, I cannot comment on the specifics of the case, but I can inform you of the process involved to orchestrate this crime, in an attempt to protect other students from suffering the same fate. Frustratingly, anyone can create an email account in another person’s name. The fake email account is all the ‘proof’ needed to then create social networking accounts in forums such as ‘Instagram’ and ‘Kik’. These forums can be accessed from any internet compatible device. Students are using Instagram to post images and encourage others to “Kik me” in order to chat privately. Each Kik user has their own username, which makes it difficult for parents to monitor. Conversations in Kik are essentially anonymous. The Kik App was designed for older users, but cyber-safety experts suggest the majority of users are aged between 11-15. Many students do not understand the dangers of chatting with strangers online. A friend of mine in NSW Police works at the State Crime Command and has told me Instagram and Kik are (due to their anonymity) a playground for paedophiles. The biggest difficulty for parents in addressing all of the above concerns is the fact that all these sites are based off-shore in Canada and Eastern bloc countries such as Latvia. As such, they are not subject to Australian law. Education, parent-child conversations and parental vigilance are your best defence. I would strongly encourage every parent to sit down and talk with your child / children about their use of technology and set boundaries as to their use and degree of access. Some tips for parents include the following: 1. The NSW Police website has excellent information for parents. The link is: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/internet_safety 2. Computers should be used in a public part of the house, not in a bedroom. 3. Parents should question if the screen suddenly minimises when they enter the room or if text abbreviations such as ‘POS’ appear on the screen (‘Parent Over Shoulder’). - See the Police link for a detailed translation of short hand text types. 4. Home WiFi should be switched off at bedtime. 5. Phones and other devices should not be taken into the bedroom. 6. Parents can install ‘Nanny’ software to monitor the use of devices. 7. Parents can restrict settings on devices to restrict its level of use. 8. If your child is chatting online with friends, ensure they actually speak face to face or over a phone first to confirm that the user id they are communicating with online is in fact their actual friend. 9. With regards to social networking sites such as Facebook, only friend actual known friends, not ‘friends of friends’. If you can’t prove who the user is, then how do you really know who they are??? 10. Set social networking sites to private to reduce the chances of abusers locating you. 11. Be mindful of the information you share online. Avoid sharing personal information. (Identity theft and associated fraud is the fastest growing crime worldwide). 12. Understand that once something is ‘on the net’, it is there FOREVER, even AFTER you delete it! (This can have serious long term consequences when future employers find inappropriate information at recruitment time). 13. Regularly ‘ego surf’. Ego-surfing means typing your name into Goggle and seeing what comes up. You may be surprised to see what others may have posted concerning you. For example, your child may not post photos of themselves online, but a friend might. 14. Parents can always request sites to remove content and offensive content can of course be reported both to the site administrator and to Police. 15. Remember, it is the parents who pay for the devices, pay the electricity and internet bills and set the rules of the house, not the children. I am liaising with NSW Police for a specialist officer to speak with secondary students about cyber safety during next term. Additionally, some useful websites for parents and children to look at concerning staying safe online include: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/ and http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/ and http://www.teachthought.com/technology/11-tips-for-students-tomanage-their-digital-footprints/ Mr. David Lette - Secondary Coordinator

P.O. Box 7, Cowra 2794 Tel: 6342.2940

Email: straphaels@bth.catholic.edu.au School Website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au


St Raphael’s Catholic School 2014 Athletics Carnival Thursday, 10th April   

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Our annual Athletics Carnival is to be held on Thursday, 10th April, 2014 at River Park. The carnival will involve all students from Years 3 – 10 in events from 8 years to 16 years of age. All parents are most welcome to attend the carnival and cheer the athletes on. Our carnival is for everyone. Infants students will be attending the carnival – participating in novelty events and a 100m race. The carnival commences at 8.50am SHARP with the Secondary 400m events. Student Movements Secondary students, who are dropped by car or walk to River Park , are asked to be at the present by 8.45a.m. for Roll Call. Any student who comes to school by bus will wait on the secondary playground then walked to River Park, supervised by teachers. Note: Secondary students competing in the early events (400m running) must be at River Park by 8.45am Note: All secondary students will walk back to school at the completion of the carnival.

Primary students are to arrive at, and leave from school, in their usual manner. They will walk to and from the River Park with their teachers.

Note: The only students permitted to leave from River Park are those with their parents. Parents, not students, must speak to the student’s Homeroom Teacher prior to leaving.

Clothing / Water / Sun Protection / Expectations Students are permitted to wear mufti in their House colour – Blue (Kilbreda), Red (Raphael) or Yellow (Xavier). The mufti must be appropriate for athletics while at the same time respectable. NOTE: School hats must be worn, no other caps. All students have been allocated a House and, if they are not sure of their House, they are to see Mr Thomas as soon as possible. Please note that crepe paper is not allowed and coloured hair spray is not to be brought on the day. Sunscreen should be brought. No student is allowed to leave their group without informing their supervising teacher. When needing to go to the toilets students should inform the supervising teacher and go in pairs. Phones and music players are not allowed during the carnival.

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Parent Helpers As with all of our carnivals, we rely on the generous assistance of our parents, so, if you can spare time to assist please contact Mr Thomas. Championship Events st nd rd th th th Championship points are allocated as follows: 1 – 12, 2 – 10, 3 – 8, 4 - 6, 5 - 4, 6 – 2. Students will be receiving ‘place certificates’ on the day of the carnival Age Champions will be announced back at the school in Secondary Playground 1, after the students return from the carnival. Age champions and the winning house will be recorded in the Week 1, Term 2 Newsletter. Age Champions will receive medallions at the K-10 Semester One Assembly (planned for June 20) The team to attend the K-10 Schools Carnival in Cowra will be selected from place getters at our carnival. As this is a representative opportunity, those selected would be expected to attend. NEXT CARNIVAL: Venue: COWRA

K-10 Schools Carnival th Date: Friday, 25 July, 2014

We are looking forward to a great carnival and hope that everyone will be involved. A special welcome is extended to any parents who would like to come along. Sport Committee

P.O. Box 7, Cowra 2794 Tel: 6342.2940

Email: straphaels@bth.catholic.edu.au School Website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au


Secondary Parent / Teacher Discussions April 30 and May 1, 2014 Dear Parents, Secondary Parent / Teacher Discussions have been planned for Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1, 2014 (the first week of Term 2). These evenings have been set aside to allow parents and teachers to discuss a student’s progress. Important Details * All bookings are done on the school website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au * On the reverse side of the mid-semester reports the steps to be followed to complete bookings is visually shown. * Reports are being sent home with students this week. * The steps start by clicking on: Parent / Teacher Discussions. * Next: Enter the booking code: 9X8LB (then follow the steps indicated) Important Information * There is to be one ten-minute booking for each teacher for any one student, regardless of how many subjects that teacher instructs the student. * It is necessary to stick to the ten-minute session as once the order is disrupted there is a significant flow-on effect for the overall discussion timetable. * You must have an email address to complete this process (booking confirmations are emailed immediately). * If you are unable to complete the bookings, phone the school office on 63422940 Secondary Parent / Teacher Discussion Timetable. * Date Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1 *Times: 3.40pm – 5.30pm (Wednesday) AND 3.40pm – 7.00pm (Thursday) * Duration: Time allowed for each discussion is 10 minutes. * Venues: Secondary Classrooms Bookings Parent / Teacher discussion bookings are available from today, Monday 7th April. Bookings close on Tuesday, 29th April at 3pm. NOTE: - Keep the booking code: 9X8LB in a safe place to ensure you can complete your booking when ready. - It is best to complete your booking ASAP as it is a case of ‘first in, best dressed’. - The school is not available to assist with bookings during the vacation period. Teacher Details - Full-time secondary teachers are available both Wednesday and Thursday. - Teachers with a part-time secondary teaching load are available Thursday only. - Teachers unavailable on these nights can be contacted individually to arrange alternate meeting times. Wednesday and Thursday Thursday only Teachers Unavailable

David Maher Assistant Principal

P.O. Box 7, Cowra 2794 Tel: 6342.2940

Mrs Cassie Bennett, Mrs Peta Bischof, Mr Ben Cooley, Mr Phil Dean, Mr David Lette, Mr Steve Thomas, Mr Ben Thomson, Mrs Sue Whiteley, Ms Danielle Gibbs, Mr Peter Lowe, Mrs Cherie MacCabe Mr David Maher, Mrs Lorraine Spear, Mrs Grazyna Swansborough Mrs Inel Date

Michael Gallagher Principal

Email: straphaels@bth.catholic.edu.au School Website: www.straphaelscowra.catholic.edu.au

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