This morning our school community came together for St Anne’s biggest celebration of the year, our Grandparents and Special Friends Fellowship. Our guest speaker was Mrs Elizabeth Board. Liz is not only a Grandparent, but also a past Head of St Anne’s Campus. She spoke about the special connection and bond between Grandparents and Grandchildren. A delicious morning tea was enjoyed by all to round off this special event. I would like to thank everyone who made the effort to come to our Fellowship this morning. Likewise, thank you to those who worked behind the scenes to make today such an enjoyable key event. Mrs Sheryn Ray and Mrs Ann Young, along with our Year 6 leaders who spoke today, put in the extra effort in the lead up to our Fellowship. For those who couldn't quite hear Liz's speech today, please see the link below.
National Day of Action against Violence and Bullying
Today is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, also known as NDA. All Australian schools have been asked to stand united in their communities to say no, and take action against bullying and violence. We are continually educating our students about the importance of respectful relationships. This week, our Campus Captains, Nicholas and Zara, lead our action against bullying. We highlighted the definition of bullying and the action we can take against it. Each class created a visual representation of their commitment to being ‘up standers’ against bullying behaviour. Nicholas and Zara ran an assembly this Friday afternoon where each class presented their posters. We have displayed these in the Lorna Sparrow Hall for our school community to view.
National Definition of Bullying
Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.
The national definition of bullying for Australian schools was developed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group. This national group includes all state, territory and federal education departments, as well as national Catholic and independent schooling representatives.
STAGGFAIR - Sunday 18 March
We will commence the day’s festivities with a Dye Hard Fun Run, starting at 9am. We will showcase the School with music from all campuses - including the St Anne’s Singers - and there will be food stalls, cakes, lucky cups, rides, handcrafts, books, raffles, spinning wheels, fresh produce and fun for the whole family.
To take full advantage of the amusement rides on offer, you can purchase a wristband for unlimited rides at STAGGFAIR. These are available from Reception at all campuses for $25.00. They will be available on the day for a cost of $30.00. Rides include Super Jumping Castle, Cup and Saucer, The Extreme, Zorb Balls, Coconut Climbing Wall, Animal Nursery and Challenge Laser Skirmish.
Please help to spread the word amongst our community. I look forward to seeing you all there supporting our great school.
Jie Van Berkel