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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: stpiusdubbo@bth.catholic.edu.au

    Website: www.stpiusxdubbo.catholic.edu.au

    Term 3 Week 5 Monday 11th August, 2014

    Dear Parents

    Congratulations to Millie Gooch, Junior girl Champion, Ella Penman and Harry Rusling all going on to the next level. Wow! Girls and boys you are special athletes. Thank you also to all the other girls and boys who competed at Diocesan level. Well done! Thank you Mr Cant for accompanying them and your organisation. We thank St. Marys for inviting us to their enrichment day last week. A big thank you to Mrs Annette Longhurst and Mrs Gabby Jones for organising the day. Our 12 Infants certainly enjoyed the day. We enter into a very special week. Year Twos are going to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We thank Fathers Mark and Reynold, Mrs Geneive Menzies, the Sacramental Co-ordinator, Mrs Jones our R.E.C., the Group Facilitators, Mrs Joanne Taylor, Class Teacher and anyone else who helped these children on their journey. God Bless you all. Last Friday we were entertained by Year Four who told us about Mary MacKillop as it was her Feast Day. Their singing was beautiful and their art work was super. Thank you Mrs Hunt and Year 4.

    From the Principal

    You have been set free from sin. Romans 6:22

    A soldier in Indonesia bought a monkey for a pet. Soon he noticed the monkey was sensitive around the waist.. Taking a look, he found a raised welt around the monkeys midsection. Pulling back the hair from the welt, he saw the problem. When the monkey was a baby, someone tied wire around its middle and never took it off. The wire was now embedded in the monkeys flesh. That evening the soldier shaved the hair around the wire and carefully removed it. All the while, the monkey lay there with amazing patience, blinking its eyes. As soon as the operation was over, the monkey jumped up and down, leaped on the soldier, and hugged him tightly. The pain of confession sin is nothing compared to the pain of being held bound by it. Can I recall a time when God freed me from some sin that held me bound and in pain? To what extent was my reaction like the monkeys?

    Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven. Igor Stravinsky

    A Prayer of Praise for Creation Thank You God for the rivers in Scotland to the fields of France to the outback of Australia and the mountains of the Himalayas. We thank you for that. Now I thank you for the beaches of Cairns and the friendship with friends and the beauty of the world and the presence of animals. I promise I will take care of your world until the end. Amen By Angus MackenzieYear Four


    Our Director, Mrs Jenny Allen has granted an extra Pupil Free Day as you already know. This is being held on August 25th

    which is a Monday. We are with St. Laurences. Consultants from the C.E.O. are running the day. Topic: Professional Learning

    Communities at work.

    Mrs Gavenlock is on two weeks Long Service Leave.

    We have quite a lot happening this week.

    Dont forget children to come dressed for Naidoc Day in Black/Red/Yellow, one or a combination of 3 colours.

    Free sausage sizzle for lunch. The day starts with a Liturgy at 9.15 a.m. You are all most welcome to attend. This should be a

    good day with lots of fun activities.

    Message from the Safety Around Schools Project Officer

    As discussed, there is an operational drop off and pick up zone on North Street adjacent to the school main entrance gate. The

    zone times are 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm on school days. The drop off and pick up zone is operational for

    a one hour period mornings and afternoons on school days.

    During my observation of the drop off and pick up zone I noted vehicles using the disabled parking area to drop off and pick up

    children, and vehicles parking in the pick up zone for an extended period in the afternoon.

    Whilst these behaviours did not disrupt the drop off or collection of children significantly. Remember not to park in the disabled


    unless you are disabled.

    Well parents remember: Keep your face towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind

    Have a week of forgiving one another.

    God be with you

    Heather Irwin Principal Dip T ELIC BED.MED

    Events for this Week Monday Year 2 Reflection Day Tuesday Years 3 & 4 Excursion Maths Competition Year 2 Reconciliation Wednesday Year 2 Reconciliation NAIDOC DAY Thursday I.P. Meetings Friday Feast of the Assumption of our Lady. Combined Schools Mass at 9.30 in St. Brigids

  • Year 2 are having their Reflection Day today before they make their Sacrament of Penance on Tuesday of Wednes-

    day. It has been a very exciting time of preparation for them and we must keep them in our prayers, along with their

    classmates who helped them to prepare.

    NAIDOC DAY will be celebrated at St Pius on Wednesday this week. We have lots of activities planned for the day

    beginning with a flag raising ceremony and a liturgy. The theme for NAIDOC this year is

    Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond in order to honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of our country. One of our special guests is Seth

    Toomey who will speaking about his life serving in the defence forces.

    On Friday we will be celebrating the Feast of the Assumption with a Catholic Primary Schools Combined Mass at St Brigids at 9.30am. Celebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. Marys story helps us to understand what it means to be faithful to God. When God asked her to give birth to Jesus, she immediately said yes, and she continued to be faithful all her days. God asks us to be faithful just like Mary. God asks us to believe in love, to trust that we are forgiven when we do the wrong thing. Our biggest job is to respond with love and thanks to God. Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb

    Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.

    Dates to Remember:

    School Dates:

    Year 2 Reflection Day Monday 11th August

    NAIDOC DAY Wednesday 13th August

    Combined Primary School Mass Friday 15th August

    St Pius X Feast Day Mass Wednesday 21st August 9.30am

    Fathers Day liturgy Friday September 5th 9.15am

    St Brigids Sacramental Calendar 2014 Sacrament of Reconciliation Tuesday 12th August 7pm St Laurences

    Wednesday 13th August St Brigids 5.30 and 7pm

    God Bless

    Therese Jones REC


    Childrens Liturgy of the Word is conducted during the 9.00am Mass during school term. Children enjoy

    this activity and learn in a simple way the message of the days Gospel.

    2. Our Childrens Choir leads the community in praise at the vigil Mass on the first Saturday of each month during

    School term. Practices are held in the church on Wednesday afternoons from 5.00pm to 5.45pm.




  • Library News The Premiers Reading Challenge The Premiers Reading Challenge is drawing to a close. So please remind your children to keep going and complete the Challenge. The Challenge applies to all children from Kindergarten to Year 6. All reading logs are due back to school by Wednesday 13th August to allow time for entering the books onto the PRC website. All the information you need can be found on the website http://www.premiersreadingchallenge.nsw.edu.au

    Book Character Parade Our bi-annual Book Character Parade will be held on Tuesday the 19th of August at 9:30 am. So save the date and start talking to your children about what character they might like to come dressed up as. Remember, they need to bring the book with them as well! This years theme for Book Week is Connect to Reading.

    Macquarie Regional Library The Macquarie Regional Library is holding a sneak peak of the musical production Still Awake Still! at the Macquarie Regional Library on Thursday 4th September at 4pm. Bookings can be made at the library or on 68014510. The show is aimed at 4-10 year olds with the full production being held at the Dubbo Regional Theatre. If you book in at the library you have the chance to win tickets to the full production.

    Thank you, Michelle Carr (Acting Teacher/Librarian)

    Annual Primary Handball Competition The annual Primary Handball Competition is starting in week seven and we hope for record participation. We run the competition with charity in mind, with money raised from the competition going to the term four St. Vincent de Paul Christmas hamper appeal. The competition schedule will be as follows:

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