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 for doncare

Buddy Time

Today our Preps and Grade 6s came together for Buddy Time. Zac and Zane read to the buddies a book about feelings. They then worked together on a recipe for friendship. What the ingredients are and what the method we use to make and keep friends.Buddy time Buddy time with Zac Buddy time with Zane Buddy time 2 Buddy time 3 Buddy time 4 Buddy time 5

Student Action team Chat

StudentActionTeamsManual2003_col_cover.11805951_stdToday Roger Holdsworth spoke with students in 5/6 about Student Action Teams.

Roger told the students they have the capacity to change their world by working together to make a difference.

Roger invited the students to think about something they wanted to change that would improve the community they live in.

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Students as researchers workshop 2

Today 5/6H had their second workshop with staff from the Catholic Education Melbourne looking at being safe at school. The students have worked through a process of collecting data, analysing it and making recommendations that will be taken to Leadership. The recommendations will also go towards a resource that will be written for all primary schools. I was so impressed with the student’s maturity and deep thinking as they worked in teams through this process. Our students really know how to use student voice to make a difference and were so comfortable to giving their opinions and were respectful of each others.


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Values Captains

Alessia Campagna and Keeley McLeod are our 2015 Values Captains. One of their responsibilities is to update the Values Board. This term they have focused on the Values of the term, some definitions of bullying and how to meditate.

The Values this tValues captains photoerm are: kindness, confidence and assertiveness.

Alessia and Keeley also give out the Values awards every fortnight and are responsible for making sure all staff have enough Bee cards to give as rewards.

Congratulations Alessia and Keeley on a fantastic job.

Mindfulness Meditation at St Charles

mind-fullJust like it is important to look after our bodies with exercise and good food, it is also important to look after our minds.

Mindfulness Meditation has been scientifically shown to help keep the mind fit and healthy and help students do better at school.

At the next Closure Day on Friday, 30 October the teachers at St Charles Borromeo will be learning how Mindfulness Meditation can be used in their classes with Georgina Manning.