Our day with author Susanne Gervay

Today our 1/2 and 3/4 students enjoyed a presentation by the wonderful Susanne Gervay. Susanne is the internationally acclaimed author of the “I am Jack” series of books about bullying. Today she presented her new picture story book to the 1/2s “The Boy with the Big Blue Glasses” and “I am Jack” books to the 3/4s. Susanne comes from Sydney and we are so very blessed that she loves to come to St. Charles and spend time with our students and staff.

MAT program with 1/2

I had the pleasure today to observe a 1/2 class enjoying their MAT program with Guy. Guy talked to the children about perseverance, taking a risk, making mistakes and growth mindset. The students were totally engaged and their questions and answers showed the rich learning they are enjoying with this brilliant program.

Our Prep and Grade 6 Buddy Program

At St. Charles our preps are buddied up with a grade 6 student. The buddies spend time together getting to know each other. The grade 6 buddy has been joining their prep buddy at eating time and taking them out to the playground to make sure they have a friend to play with. They have dedicated ‘buddy time’ every second Friday after lunch which is organised by Mrs. Cahill and our Values Captains, Elena and Nicole. Yesterday at our opening school Mass the buddies sat together. It is a very special relationship.

Garden of Manners

Please visit our Garden of Manners on the Values board in the hall. Thank you to our Values Captains (Emi and Zac) for this display.

It was wonderful to see Prep M visiting the Garden and discussing how important manners are.

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Today we welcomed the publishers for Bounce Back to our school. They observed a Bounce Back session in 5/6H. They spoke so highly of the students in 5/6H and how they were sharing their knowledge about emotions. They said that the work done throughout these student’s primary years on Social Emotional Learning was evident in how they presented their opinions and experiences about emotions.

Well done and thank you Miss Hahn and 5/6H for showcasing our wonderful school.

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NCAB Conference Day 2

Aaron, Alyssa, Imogen and Michael did an outstanding job being part of the youth panel at the NCAB 2016 conference today. To be in front of a room full of adults and answer the questions put to them was an amazing experience to be part of. I was so very proud of all our students (Emi, Daniel, Francesca and Zac on Thursday and Aaron, Alyssa, Imogen and Michael on Friday) who participated in this conference and the feedback from those in attendance of our eight students was amazing to hear.

Huge thanks to the parents ( Sharon Brearley Roberts, Debbie Di Luzio, Brigid Moran, Tiffany Do, Mathew and Danni Staley) who gave up their day to drive the children in and out of the conference and who looked after the students in their care. I know they were all very proud of these young people.

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National Centre against Bullying (NCAB) conference 2016

Mrs Ibrahim, Mrs Copsey, Emi, Francesca, Daniel and Zac presented today at the NCAB conference about our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support program. They were outstanding and so well received by their audience. Delegates at the conference were still talking about their presentation at the end of the day.

Thank you to Emi’s Mum, Sharon, and Francesca’s Mum, Debbie, who drove the students to and from the conference.

I was so very proud to hear their wonderful presentation.

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Doncare Food Drive

We did it. 1,600 food items were collected by the families of St. Charles to fill the food pantry at Doncare. These food items will go to those in Manningham who are struggling to feed their families.

The C.E.O. of Doncare, Doreen Stoves wrote:

“A huge thank you to the staff, families and children of the St Charles Borromeo community who have taken part in the winter food drive for Doncare over the past few weeks.  Such generosity shown from a school that is small in size and numbers is truly amazing.  It is heart-warming to see the children so proudly giving food and thinking of others who are less fortunate.  Special thanks to the senior students who helped Doncare staff carry the donated food into our overloaded vehicles. Such a large amount and variety of non-perishable food items will support a significant number of local families experiencing financial hardship during the colder months as they struggle to stay warm and their utility bills also rise.  Thank you all once again for your continued generosity and support of the disadvantaged in the Manningham community through Doncare.”

Mr. Thomas will organise a day early next term to cook our bar b q to celebrate this amazing effort.photo for doncare