‘Our Aussie Farmers’ Fundraiser and Rain Dance!

Isn’t it amazing when learning and compassion lead to action?! Well that’s exactly what’s happened with Abbey Murphy and Simona Ceppi in 3/4BC. This week, they have visited every classroom and handed out a container to collect loose change or donations to help buy some hay for our farmers. And tomorrow, we are going to stop and dance for rain at 10.30am on the picnic grass area in support of our Aussie farmers who continue to suffer through this relentless drought.

If you can spare some change, please contribute to this amazing cause or copy and paste the link below into your web browser if you would like to contribute as a family. Feel free to share this link with friends as so many people want to help our farmers but are unsure how.


Yesterday morning, Abbey was interviewed by Neil Mitchell on 3AW.

It was such joy to see Amanda and Abbey chat with Neil and tell him all about this amazing initiative! Have a listen!

Let’s get behind this wonderful event and support our farmers and those suffering through the drought and always remember the following…

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What a huge success The Great Book Swap was on Thursday at our Feast Day! Thank you to so many of you who donated books and came along to support such a worthy event! Together we raised a total of $124.10 in just half an hour! I think that’s pretty impressive. All book donations left over are being donated to charity so this event really has helped so many people over all. The goal this year was to raise $350,000 Australia-wide in order to buy 35,000 books for school children living in remote communities and we at St Charles Borromeo have certainly played our part. Thank you everyone and in particular our FIRE Carriers: Raf, Chiara M, Olivia and Piper for your leadership and organisation of this event.


Charity begins at home!

Roman Jarski in 3/4BC knew wanted to reach out and help someone but didn’t know how. So earlier this year, he and his Mum sat down and researched possible options. Together they came across a charity called, ‘Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child’. This charity is responsible for helping children who would normally go without at Christmas time, receive a thoughtful and beautifully packaged gift in a red and green shoebox. During October, ‘Mission Month’, students across the 3/4 level have generously donated items such as clothing, toys, toiletries and books and these shoe boxes were delivered to the charity on Friday. I would like to acknowledge Roman’s initiative and generosity of spirit, not to mention his confidence in leading and promoting this charity across the level. And I’d also like to thank EVERYONE who made a donation, big or small. The smiles on the faces of these children on Christmas time warms my heart just thinking about it!


This year, we will hold ‘The Great Book Swap’ at lunchtime on the Feast Day. The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote communities. This event will be hosted by our wonderful F.I.R.E Carrier Leaders in the Multi-Purpose Room during lunchtime. What we need from you now is to start bringing in books that you no longer read, need or want. Books need to be in good to excellent condition. The F.I.R.E Carrier Leaders will come around every few days to collect book donations from the classrooms. On the day, students bring a gold coin donation and are able to choose a book from the tables in the Multi-Purpose Room during lunchtime. Remember, the more donations we have, the more choice there is on the day. Left-over books will be donated to charity. Please click on the link below if you would like to make an online donation. St Charles has been assigned to the Lungkura House. More info regarding the event and its purpose will be made known over the coming weeks. Thanks!

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.