Sea of Hands 2018/2019

Last week, our FIRE Carrier Leaders old and new ‘passed the torch’ from 2018 to 2019! Hudson, Jacinta, Reyhan and Allegra worked together with Olivia, Chiara, Piper and Raf to create our Sea of Hands display in the front garden. And doesn’t it look fab?! Thanks to everyone for contributing to this event!

2018 FIRE Carrier Farewell and Thank You!

Congratulations and thank you to Hudson, Reyhan, Jacinta and Allegra for your enthusiasm and leadership as SCB FIRE Carrier’s for 2018. It has been wonderful working with all four of you. On Tuesday, the Year 4’s listened to speeches written by our FIRE Carrier Leaders and were asked to consider applying for the role in 2019. Handwritten or printed letters are due on Tuesday (last day) or can be emailed to Miss Bugno by Friday 21st Dec. Be sure to check out our last 2018 FIRE Carrier project, the Sea of Hands display early next year in the front garden (we haven’t forgotten!)

Today was GOLD!!!!

Today, the 3/4 Level and an entourage of Staff and Parents ventured to Sovereign Hill in search of GOLD! Our Inquiry unit this term is centered around the Gold Rush in the 1800’s:

  • what life was like during this time
  • multiculturalism on the goldfields (in particular, the Chinese)
  • the effect the gold rush had on Australia’s development as a nation

We had such a fabulous day! The students learned so much and were engaged from start to finish. While most of us were able to find a few speckles of gold when panning, it was Celia Abdo (Elyssia’s Mum) who struck it rich. She was able to hold a pure gold brick worth $160,000!! If only it was hers to keep!

Thank you to our supportive Angels and parent helpers and congratulations to our WONDERFUL, respectful and perfectly behaved students who did us proud once again!

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Community Service Alive and Well at St Charles Borromeo!

Congratulations to Alessia and Alexia for taking it upon themselves during the school holidays to doorknock around Alessia’s neighbourhood to raise money for Project Compassion. We are so proud of you for living out the school values of care, empathy and responsibility. The money raised has been added to our school collection and will be directly donated to Caritas Australia. Well done again ladies!

“It does not take much to help. We think as young children our future will be great but things may change. You never know if you may become poor. We loved learning about Project Compassion at St Charles Borromeo, because we see how lucky we are to have warm beds and nice houses! It is important to help people that are poor.” (Alexia and Alessia 3/4C)


Stations of the Cross

Today, the school took a walk through the Stations of the Cross as a way to connect with the events of Good Friday. Each class depicted a ‘station’ and we walked through reflecting on a short passage and prayer read by some of our Year 6 Leaders. It was a very moving, powerful and prayerful liturgy that reminded us all to simply take time to reflect. Well done to everyone on their input and effort. Wishing you all a happy, safe and reflective Easter.

Bullystoppers Expo- Oh what a night!

It was a fabulous celebration of learning and fun when the 3/4 Level showcased their Bullystoppers projects on Thursday night! We had an amazing turn-out from family and friends to support our action teams present workshops on: Cyber Bullying, Racial Bullying, Frenemies as well as many, many more! Well done to every student on the effort, enthusiasm and pride they’ve put into Bullystoppers this term!

FIRE Carrier Leaders Day

Today, the FIRE Carriers spent the day at Amberley Centre getting to know their fellow leaders in the North Eastern Region and learn more about their role for 2017. We began our day with a traditional smoking ceremony, a welcome to country and prayer. After this, students learned more about Bunjil the Eagle and the spiritual significance of this story. We then took part in two different workshops where we decorated leaves and sticks collected from the local area and then listened to guest speaker, Dean Stewart. Dean explained many Aboriginal customs and traditions, as well the importance of language, continued education and the true meaning of the word ‘Indigenous’. It was a fantastic day and another wonderful example of our school leaders representing St Charles Borromeo with pride. Well done Gemma, Lucas, Sofia and Olivia!



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FIRE Carrier Art Show at St Charles Borromeo


St. Charles Borromeo School is excited to announce that we will be hosting the North Eastern Zone FIRE Carrier Art Show. The pieces of this exhibition were created by the 20 schools within the North Eastern Zone. They were a culmination of learning, ideas and inspirations that arose from the Student day at Amberley Centre last year.

The exhibition of work was displayed during NAIDOC Week 2016 at St. Francis Church Melbourne and has since been travelling around the 20 schools within the North Eastern community.

The art will be on display this week in the Multi-Purpose Room and will be open for viewing at the following times:

Tuesday 14th March between 3 – 3.30pm
Wednesday 15th March between 8.30am – 9am
Thursday 16th March between 8.30 – 9am
Friday 17th March between 9 – 9.30am

We invite all students, teachers, parents, grandparents and family members to visit and support this exhibition. We will be asking for a gold coin donation on entry. This money will go to the Opening the Doors Foundation which you can read about below. We thank you in anticipation of your support.

Gemma, Olivia, Sofia and Lucas
2017 FIRE Carrier Leaders


The Opening the Doors Foundation addresses the severe educational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, by providing assistance so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive education environment for their children.

The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs not otherwise funded from government or other educational funding sources to cover costs such as school uniforms, books, school camps and other school associated costs.

Founded in 2001 the Foundation financially helped 32 students at Catholic schools, in 2003, the Foundation received DGR status and expanded support to Aboriginal families choosing any non-government educational setting. Over the next few years numbers steadily increased and in the 2010 school year the Foundation supported over 460 students.


Brace yourselves…Homework begins in 3/4 this week!! This term, Homework will consist of nightly reading and learning of your times tables. Don’t forget to record your reading and have Mum or Dad sign your student diary! Homework is due each Friday.

Bullystoppers: I AM JACK

In 3/4 this term, we are learning more about the term ‘bully’ and the different behaviours associated with bullying. Through the guidance of Kate Wilde and the story ‘I am Jack’ by Susanne Gervay, student action teams are currently researching and preparing a presentation for the end of term Bullystoppers evening. We are also eagerly awaiting a visit from Susanne Gervay on March 17th as part of National Day Against Bullying. Take some time to ask a 3/4 student their thoughts about this book and programme, we would love to share our insights with you!



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It was a show stopping Friday last week!! Thank you to the SRC and Miss Greenlaw for organising a fun-filled and purposeful day! We hope the money raised helps to purchase gifts for those in need this Christmas. Well done to all for getting involved, including the teachers who took on a very ‘Greased Lightning’ approach!

5/6C Class Mass

This morning, 5/6C hosted a vibrant and powerful liturgy about being a servant of God and showing service to others. Unfortunately, Fr Gerry was unable to attend, however, Mrs Anderson lead the liturgy and unpacked the parts of the mass, in particular the meaning of the response, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” Children discussed how they would feel if the Queen was to turn up for afternoon tea or dinner at their house. Some said they would worry about what to serve for food, others said they would worry about how tidy the house was! Mrs Anderson explained that God loves all of us and accepts us without judgement. I thought this was a very powerful and poignant message to students and reminder to all. Well done 5/6C and Mrs Anderson!



First Eucharist Parent/Child Workshop

Last night, the First Eucharist candidates gathered together with their parents and carers for a special evening of learning around Eucharist and what it means to share in such a special event. Connections were made between the Church’s sacrament and the everyday meal we take part in with our families on a daily basis. Thanks was given to our families and loved ones for their guidance, love and support in our lives thus far and children even practised receiving the bread and the wine. Thank you to all who came along and participated in the evening so fully. The feedback around student behaviour and input at the retreat day yesterday has also been sensational!

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Look Who We Found!!

Last week, the 1/2’s watched a short clip about the voluntary organisation All Hands as part of their Values lesson. All Hands is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 2005 after the Sumatran tsunami that claimed the lives of approximately 230,000 people. Since 2005, All Hands has helped many disaster stricken communities including New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. At the end of the clip, a familiar face appeared on the screen and it was heart warming to hear children calling out, ‘It’s Miss Stubbings!!!’, ‘Look! Miss Stubbings!’ We are so proud of our dear friend Miss Stubbings who has been working with All Hands for the past few months. A huge thumbs up from St Charles!!!


1/2 Learn More About Baptism

This term, we are learning more about the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Today the 1/2 level walked across to Holy Cross Church to meet Fr Brian Traynor who taught an engaging and informative lesson about the sacrament of Baptism and what the symbols of the sacrament mean. Fr Brian had children play the part of parents and child within a Baptism ceremony and explained the relevance of the stole, candle, gown, water and oils. It was a lovely excursion that enabled children to return to school and reteach their classmates new learnings and understandings.

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SCB FIRE Carriers Spread the Word

Last night at mass, our 2016 FIRE Carriers presented their story to the Parish Community of Templestowe. They informed the parish of the FIRE Carrier journey that began in 2013 and continues today


Presenting the message stick and the Word during the Liturgy.

Presenting the message stick and the Word during the Liturgy.

Telling all about the FIRE Carrier journey.

Telling all about the FIRE Carrier journey.

Erin, Nicole, Father Gerry, Alyssa and Isla.

Erin, Nicole, Father Gerry, Alyssa and Isla.



Our Family Story

We loved hearing and learning about our family’s history this term through our InquiRE unit. Students worked hard to research and present interesting and detailed projects about their family’s heritage and how and why they came to call Australia home. Well done 1/2!!

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