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Our vision for St. Pius X school community is that in providing a quality, positive learning

environment, all children will reach their true potential and be witnesses to the Catholic faith.

East Street

Dubbo 2830

Phone: 6882 3808

Fax: 6884 4519

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.stpiusxdubbo.catholic.edu.au

Term 1 Week 11 Monday 7th April, 2014

Dear Parents As we approach the end of an 11 week term, Id like to recap what an eventful term this has been. Summing carnival; opening Mass; Grade Nights; AGM, Meeting : after school, Professional DevelopmentScience: Dibels testing; Principals Conference; Mrs OConnor and Mrs Jo Taylor I.C.T. Conference; Mrs Sharon Taylor Hub and Spoke meeting; Welcome BBQ; Western Region Swimming Carnival; Canberra Excursion Yrs 5 & 6; Mrs Jones and myselfProfessional Learning Communities Inservice 2 days; Principals Conference 2 days; Dio Swimming Carnival; Mrs Good 2 days Support Teachers Conference; all Catholic schools Ash Wednesday Mass; Farmers Day; Yrs 3,4,5,6 Safety Swim Program; Catholic Schools Week; Mrs Hart Professional Development Art; 3,4, 5 Christian School Sound of Music; 1 & 2 Excursion Western Plains and Library; Professional Development, Mrs Jones, Mr Cant, Mrs Sharon Taylor, Mrs Good Maths Inservice; Yrs 5 & 6 Wambangalang; Yrs 1 & 2 St. Brigids Church and Old Dubbo Gaol; Mrs Jones R.E. ; Kinder Buddy lunch and Shopping at IGA; Cluster Meeting; Mrs Sharon Taylor, 2 day Science working party; Seniors Liturgy, Morning tea, Bowling with 5 & 6; Pat Maths testing; P.L.Ps; Mrs Sharon Taylor Maths inservice; Yrs 1 & 2 Dundullimal; School cross country; Dio Winter Trials; Yrs 4, 5 6 St Johns College Musical; Principals Meeting; Live Show K to 6 Great Galaxies; Mr Cant Professional Development; Parent & Teacher Interviews; Responsible Pet Program K, 1 & 2; Weekly Assemblies, Class Masses, Class Reconciliations and exciting Learning and TeachingThats Term 1 in a nutshell. .

From the Principal

A huge token of thanks to all staff, parents, students, Fathers Greg and

Mark for your commitment and support to our lovely school.

Monday 1st Live Show Mr Cant Professional Development Disco K to 6 in the Music Class Mrs Puckeridge, Mrs Gavenlock and myself attending Mrs Gabbs Dads funeralBarry McDonald Tuesday Mrs OConnor away Wednesday Yrs 3 & 4 Body Day Responsible Pet Program P & T Interviews Thursday P & T Interviews Friday Last day of Term 1


Our sincere condolences to Mrs OConnor on the sudden passing of her uncle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

Mrs OConnor has lost 2 family members in 3 weeks.

For those who remember Mrs Myra Gabbour condolences to Mrs Gabb on the passing of her dad (Barry McDonald).

Eternal rest grant unto them OLord and may perpetual light shine on them. May their souls rest in peace. Amen

Well parents have a truly wonderful, relaxing break for 2 weeks. Please be careful and safe if travelling.

Remember Arise each morning cheerfully and forget the disappointments of yesterday.

Safe and Happy Holidays.

God be with you

Heather Irwin Principal Dip T ELIC BED.MED

McAuleys Mufti Day

Congratulations to McAuley (red) who won this terms house challenge. The members of McAuley are awarded with a mufti (casual clothes) day this Friday. Please remember that this does not mean we have a fashion show and many of the classes will be doing sport, so please dress appropriately. Winter Sports Trials Last week we had 13 students travel to Bathurst to trial for Diocesan sporting teams. From these trials we had two students gain selection in Bathurst teams. We had Georgie Conway make it in to the netball side and Will Schwager the opens rugby league team. We wish the best of luck at the Polding trials in Tamworth. Thanks to all those who took part last week and to the parents who drove them. Greg Cant

Library News

Premiers Reading Challege The holidays provide a great chance to encourage children to read for the PRC. Keep in mind the importance of continued reading practice to prevent the childrens reading skills from slipping. A visit to the Premier Reading Challenge site will provide you with great suggestions for age-appropriate books to read. Thank you, Bernadette OShaughnessy Teacher/Librarian


Kindy Mums are invited to a night out on Thursday 10th April at Sticks & Stones 7pm. RSVP to Michelle or Fiona by Wednesday 9th April. Hope to see you all there. Michelle 0427849032 Fiona 0429113631

School Cross Country Congratulations once again to McAuley who continued their domination of the school cross country event, three years in a row now. The team events: McAuley won the nine years and under (Paddy Cant, Darby Amor, Ella Penman), 10 years champions were Moore (Millie Gooch, Brock Cameron, Charlotte Foody), 11 years champions were McAuley (Joey Cant, Tom Coady, Zac Williams) and the 12 year champions were also McAuley (Will Schwager, Molly Niemeyer, Clancy Holmes-Smith). The individual champions were: Zac Gooch, Mila Hutchins, Joe Edwards, Maegan Cameron, Paddy Cant, Ella Penman, Jack Atkins, Millie Gooch, Joey Cant, Clancy Niemeyer, Sam Taylor, Maddi Croft. The runners up and third place getters were: Zac Mears, Dustin Picton, Chloe Leonard, Heidi Connolly, Ty Henderson, Riley Hall, Sienna Angus, Ruby Zell, Ned Jones, Darby Amor, Macey Niemeyer, Emma Pobje, Brock Cameron, Caleb Dodd, Clare Amor, Abby Jones, Tom Coady, Eli Hausia, Lily Usher, Eryn Beattie, Will Schwager, Connor Angus, Georgie Conway, Molly Niemeyer. Thanks to all staff who sat in the sun in the middle of the oval for over an hour supervising the runners. Thanks also to those parents who were able to attend to show support. Diocesan (Coolah) Cross Country A note has been sent out to all students selected for the Diocesan Cross Country in Coolah (top four boys and girls in each of the age groups), this carnival will be held on Monday 5th May (back-up 20th May). For this event we will be sharing a bus with St Marys Primary and St Johns Primary. Students going to Coolah are representing St Pius X at a Diocesan event so all students will need FULL SPORTS UNIFORM (includes school hat). Incorrect uniform will result in a demerit, thank you parents we appreciate your support in this area. Students will need to bring on the day: tracksuit, drink bottle, sunscreen, recess and lunch (canteen will be operating on the day). If parents would like to take something to sit on it is advised as we will be situated on an oval with no seating. Some students have mentioned that they do not want to go. If so we will need a note signed by a parent stating this.

Sharon Taylor and Lisa Hunt (coordinators)

Thank you to all those who have enrolled for First Communion. If you have forgotten, you need to leave your envelope at the Parish Office before this Friday, April 11th. Remember the importance of attending Mass, especially during the

childrens preparation for this very special sacrament they are about to receive. Remember Family Groups will begin week 2 next term Next week Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. The students have been spending quite a bit of

time within their religion lessons learning about this very special time within our Church calendar so will be keen to experience the celebrations at St Brigids. The times for Masses etc. are in the church bulletin which is available online or listed below. At school each class will be praying the Stations of the Cross throughout the week. Lord our God, we thank and praise you for the greatness of your love, shown to us in Jesus Christ, who was willing to die for us, to bring us into your family, and to bless us with the life that lasts forever. We pray for our families, our friends, and all those we care about: fill them with hope and happiness. We pray for a happy holiday time, for safety for those who travel and for continuing growth in faith and hope and love. Some important dates this term for RE include: Week 11 Holy Week liturgy The Stations of the Cross. St Brigids Sacramental Calendar 2014 First Holy Communion (Year 3)

Cut-off date for enrolments FRIDAY 11TH APRIL

Family Groups

Week 1 begins Monday 12th May

God Bless

Therese Jones REC

School Cross Country

St Pius X will be conducting the annual school Cross Country this Wednesday (2nd April). The whole school

will be taking part, including the infants. Year two and up are eligible to represent the school at the Coolah

carnival. The school trials will take place at Pioneer Oval during normal school time, starting at around


The presentation will take place after lunch 1.50pm.

The annual Diocesan Cross Country Carnival is being held in Coolah on the 5th May, back-up 20th May.

Students are asked to wear full sports uniform and bring plenty of water (water bottle) for the trials.

The top four places in each age division will be chosen to represent St Pius X at the Diocesan Carnival in

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