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Years 3/4 Rock and Water Program

The boys in Year 4 will be participating in the Rock and Water program. This is in response to student needs across the grade. The program will occur once on week on a Thursday afternoon for 10 weeks in the hall with Mr Feerick. All the students will be barefoot during the lessons, this is a vital part of the component as it connects them to the ground and their mental control.

During this period whist the boys will participating in the Rock and Water program the remaining students will partaking in a PDH program named Boys Wise and Girls Wise. This is a social skills program that aims to develop resilience and friendships.

The Rock & Water program is an experience that provides young people and adults a pathway to self-awareness, and increased self-confidence and social functioning.

Each participant of the Rock & Water program undergoes a journey of self-awareness as they learn about responding to life with either a "rock" or a "water" attitude. The use of symbolism is central to the success of the Rock & Water program and the reason why young people are drawn to the program.

The program is an excellent tool to support young people in finding their grounding, learning how to centre oneself and learning how to self-manage in social settings. Topics covered in the program include: intuition, body language, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking and positive visualising.

The boys will connect physical hands on exercises with strategies to handle experiences in their lives.

Please note we will use content from the Rock and Water program that is age appropriate.

If you would like to find out more about please click on this link

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,
Michael Feerick
Classroom Teacher

Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in the Parish of the Transfiguration, North Woden on Tuesday 17 September 2019 at 7pm and again on Thursday 19 September 2019 at 7pm. Click here to see a copy of the Confirmation Program Timetable.

Who is Eligible?

Children who have already celebrated their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist and are in Year 6 or above may be enrolled.

How to Enrol

To enrol your child, please access or download the Qkr! App.

  • Search ‘North Woden Transfiguration’.
  • You will then create a profile. One your profile is completed you can click into Parish (2nd collection, Sacraments) and follow through to Confirmation.

The Enrolment Form asks for your child’s confirmation name and sponsor. If your child has not yet decided on a confirmation name or sponsor, you should still return the form by Friday 28 June and provide this information when it becomes available. (A confirmation name is the name of a saint who inspires the candidate to follow Jesus). The sponsor assists the candidate to grow in their Catholic faith. The sponsor must be a confirmed Catholic normally not less than 16 years of age, living a life of faith consistent with that role, having a good relationship with the candidate and being neither parent nor sibling of the candidate as they are sponsoring on behalf of the wider family of faith. 

The requested offering per family is $40. This helps to defray the cost of a workbook, commemorative certificate, medal and administrative costs. If you have difficulty meeting the offering, please contact me for a confidential discussion.

Why a Family-Based Program?

The Parish Family-Based program affirms the direct participation of parents in their child’s faith journey with the prayerful support of the Parish community. The program compliments but does not replace the religious instruction given at Catholic schools or through a School of Religion. Parents have found the program to be a graced time with their child and that in turn has made the celebration of the sacrament all the more meaningful.

Hosting a Family Group

The program is dependent on the generosity of some parents to host or to co-host a family group. I am enclosing a ‘Host Nomination’ form for your consideration. The role of a host is not difficult, with session notes and guidance provided. N.B. Hosts will be required to attend an Information Session at 5.30pm on Tuesday 30 July at Holy Trinity Church.

All hosts must have, or have applied for, a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. There is no cost involved in applying for a WWVP card for volunteers. Further information on the same is found on the ‘Host Nomination’ form.

What does the program involve?

The program includes:

  • An Information Session for hosts of a family group in Holy Trinity Church, 3 Strangways Street, Curtin at 5.30pm, Tuesday 30 July.
  • An Introductory Night for parents to receive an overview of the family sessions and meet with the other members of their group, in the Parish Centre, 3 Strangways Street, Curtin at 6 pm, Tuesday 30 July.
  • Four family group meetings for parents and children.
  • Parent and Child Stole Night, 6pm Tuesday 10 September, Holy Trinity School Hall.
  • Presentation Mass. See timetable attached.
  • A children’s retreat day and practice at 9.15am in the Parish Centre, Thursday 12 September.

Prior to the introductory night, you will receive email notification of meeting options for home groups requesting your preferences, with candidates and their families being allocated to a family group on a “first come, first served” basis. Allocation to a home group will be done by the Parish, NOT individual families.

Why two Confirmation Masses?

The numbers necessitate having two Masses. Confirmation Masses will be Tuesday 17 September at Holy Trinity Church in Curtin (for families resident in Curtin, Lyons and Phillip) and Thursday 19 September at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Garran (for families resident in Garran, Hughes and O’Malley).

What next?

If you would like your child to celebrate Confirmation this year, you complete the enrolment form and payment on Qkr! by Friday 28 June 2019. This will allow sufficient time to confirm family group hosts prior to the commencement of the program. Meanwhile, enquiries can be made to the Parish Office (9am – 3.30pm Mon, Wed and Fri, on 6281 3999).

NOMINATION FOR HOSTING A FAMILY GROUP CONFIRMATION 2019

    THE ROLE OF HOST

    • The host does not have to be a teacher, an ‘answers person’, agood talkerora strong personality. The role of host in the family group sessions is essentially to guide the group through each
    • Host support is available from the Religious Education Coordinators at Holy Trinity and Sts Peter & Paul Primary schools and the Parish
    • The host must hold, or have applied for, a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card.

     SOME OPTIONS FOR HOSTS

    You can host a family group on a day and time of your choosing. The venue could be yourhome, the home of anotherfamily, school venue, orone of the parish meeting rooms. Please contact Fr John if you wish to use the Parish Centre. Alternatively, you might be interested in co-hosting with anotherparent. NB: The parish will assign candidates to your family group.

    Please complete the nomination form to be a host by clicking here.

    Regards,
    Fr John Woods
    Parish Priest

    Late School Photo Orders

    If you have not yet ordered your child's 2019 school photos, it is not too late to do so. Late orders will be closed within the next few days. Anything ordered after the 14th June will be incurring a late fee. 

    To place a late order go to www.advancedlife.com.au and enter the code L4D Q9E QR5

    Individual and class photos can be ordered online using the above code. Sibling photos are no longer able to be ordered.

    Should you have any queries concerning school photographs or online ordering, please direct them via email to enquiries@advancedlife.com.au

    TOMORROW: GSP Crazy hair and sock day

    Please remember to bring your gold coin donation for tomorrow’s fundraiser.

    Late School Photo Orders

    If you have not yet ordered your child's 2019 school photos, it is not too late to do so. Late orders will be closed within the next few days. Anything ordered after the 14th June will be incurring a late fee. 

    To place a late order go to www.advancedlife.com.au and enter the code L4D Q9E QR5

    Individual and class photos can be ordered online using the above code. Sibling photos are no longer able to be ordered.

    Should you have any queries concerning school photographs or online ordering, please direct them via email to enquiries@advancedlife.com.au

    Year 2 Excursion to Ginninderry

    Year 2 are going on excursion to Ginninderry as part of their UOI ‘How we Organise Ourselves’, with our central idea being 'Decisions have a range of consequences'.  Students will look at an overview of Ginninderry and how the community has influenced the design of buildings along with sustainability features.

    Please read the information below and click here to submit by Thursday 13th 2019. 

    Cool Kids Anxiety Program

    Holy Trinity will again be running the Cool Kids Anxiety Program this year for students who are in Years 3 and 4. 

    For more information, please click here..

    Regards,
    Brendon Pye
    Classroom Teacher/Coordinator

    REMINDER: GSP Movie is today.

    Please remember to bring your gold coins for entry into movie and packet of chips. Pillows and blankets welcome too.

    La Cruzada Cafe & Pizza

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    One of our lovely new families who are new to Australia have opened up a wonderful restaurant in Woden. We thought we would share their exciting news with our community so that we can all support them in their new venture.

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    Click here to see a copy of the menu.

    Inappropriate use of social media

    Dear 5/6 Parents,

    Recently it has come to our attention that some of our students in 5 /6 are inappropriately using social media to target other students out of school hours. Although this is the responsibility of parents, it has begun to impact on student relationships in class. 

    Please remind your child about the correct protocols when using social media and to ensure that they are at the correct age for some of the apps they are using. (Snapchat and Tik Tok are two examples of this)

    The following link has some parenting advice regarding keeping your child safe online.

    https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent

    For those families who haven’t already installed any parental controls or parameters on their child’s device, I would recommend installing Family Zone to assist with monitoring screen use.

    https://www.familyzone.com/au/how-it-works

    If you have any other concerns or would like more information, please feel free to contact me at school or via email. I think that this is a great discussion to have before some of these students head to high school in next year or two.

    Regards,
    Philippa Brearley (Principal) & Rebecca Casey (ICT Coordinator)