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November 17, 2016: Booklists 2017
Booklists are now on the parent portal for your information. You can also register by clicking on the link below which will take you to the Enoggera News website. http://www.enoggeranews.com.au/SchoolListChooserNEW.aspx?tab=SchoolList

November 17, 2016: SVDP Christmas Appeal
Thank you for all of the donations so far to our Christmas Hampers. They are filling up nicely! A reminder of items to bring in:
Prep small tins of ham/salmon/fish/tuna
Year 1 Faith and 1 Charity small cans of vegetables, Christmas puddings, chocolates
Year 2 Faith Christmas cakes, tins of fruit, mince pies
Year 3 Charity and 3 Love packets of jelly, long-life custard, long life milk, chocolates
Year 4 Faith bottles of soft drink, fruit juice, shampoo and other toiletries
MSLove (5) Sweet & savoury tins/packets of biscuits, lollies, pretzels
MSCharity (6) Tea/coffee (small packs no larger than 50 teabags), shampoo and other toiletries

Our SVDP Christmas Giving Tree is starting to fill up below with gifts for others. There is still time to select a tag, buy a gift, wrap it and place it under the tree.

October 19, 2016: Barefoot Bowls
The 2016 P&F Committee wishes to extend an invitation to all our families to attend our last social event for the year. We will be hosting barefoot bowls and sausage sizzle on Saturday 19th November from 3pm to 6pm at the Red Hill Bowls Club (next to Arthurs Green) . Tickets are $5.00 each player and are available for purchase from Karen (School Office).

The event is extended to all years from Prep to Grade 6 – however children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please note, as the venue is fully licensed there is to be no BYO. Contact Joanna Boyd - 0415 364 783 or boydhome1@bigpond.com for further clarification.

October 19, 2016: Loud Shirt Day
Thank you to students, parents and staff who actively supported today’s Loud Shirt Day. This is a day like our annual Beanie Day that is of particular significance to us and one that helps to define and nurture our sense of community. All funds raised help give the gift of sound and speech to hearing impaired children.

September 7, 2016: Brillant Bake Sale
On Thursday 15 September, members of the Social Justice team are running a bake sale to raise money for the Scripture Challenge books, which the Year 5 and 6 students create in Term 4. The money we raise from selling the Scripture Challenge books goes towards Blind Eye Ministries, which is a Catholic organisation helping those less fortunate in the Brisbane community. The members of the Social Justice team have come up with a list of foods that we will make and bake at home, however we would love it if parents and their children could contribute as well.

August 31, 2016: Another Successful Fashion Parade
Congratulations and thank you to all involved in Sunday’s Fashion Parade. To the sponsors, thank you for your contribution to and support of this event. This was the thirteenth year that the event has profiled and celebrated not only local fashion houses but also the sense of community that we value here at St Finbarr’s. To Kirsty Condon and Joanna Boyd thank you for taking on the roles of Fashion Parade Coordinator and Back up Coordinator and P&F President respectively. You did an incredible job of pulling together the many teams involved in the day’s success and fielding those last minute curve balls! I would also like to acknowledge and thank those families who leave us this year and whose presence and support each year at the Fashion Parade has been invaluable.

August 23, 2016: Grandparents Day
This Thursday, St. Finbarr’s School celebrated Grandparent’s Day. The students invited their grandparents to the annual Mass and morning activities. At nine o’ clock, the school hosted a Mass to recognise all grandparents and grandparent figures who play a special part in our lives. Father Peter acknowledged the significant role that grandparents play and how they are the roots of our lives. We sung a ceremonial song called the Irish Blessing to recognise how special our grandparents are. After Mass the students took their grandparents around the school to show them the garden, where there was plenty of produce to purchase; the library, where there was a book fair; and the classrooms to show what the students have been learning over the term.

A morning tea was then provided for all the guests. Afterwards, the Chamber Choir and Year Four Compulsory Choir sang three songs - Fight for You (written by Hannah Wilkins and sung by the Chamber Choir), With My Own Two Hands (sung by both choirs) and ABC 123(sung by the Year Four Choir). We thank everybody who helped to make this day a very memorable one.

August 4, 2016: Impact Uganda
Thank you for your support for Impact Uganda last Friday. The students easily filled the map of Uganda with gold coins, so then they filled the large chalked ‘U’ on the playground too! We raised $400. We will now sponsor a Holy Trinity student for the year.

July 27, 2016: CEW Doors
Every class was asked to design a ‘new’ door for Catholic Education Week to reflect the theme of ‘’Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy’.

Doors throughout our school are adorned with words of scripture, images and colour to welcome each person in.

July 20, 2016: Catholic Education Week
The School’s Ambassador for this week is Roby Curtis, the founder of Blind Eye Ministries. He will join us for our whole school mass on the Thursday. Roby will talk to the children about Impact Uganda.

Impact is a mission outreach to Uganda. The Holy Trinity Community in Masaka, Uganda is supported through visits of small teams of people, sponsorship and financial support, and a number of other initiatives. St Finbarr’s students are asked to bring in a gold coin during the week and fill their class donation box. On Friday, all students will have the opportunity to place coins on a large scale map outline of Uganda to see if we can fill it!

July 13, 2016: Parent Information Session - Daniel Morcombe Child Safety
Throughout the next semester, our school will be implementing the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum with all students. The curriculum is based on principles of best practice in child safety education and centres around three key messages: Recognise, React and Report. Through a series of lessons, students will learn how to recognise, react and report when they are unsafe or find themselves in situations that can have a significant detrimental effect on their physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. A collaborative approach between schools, families and the community is the best way to provide safety education to children. To ensure parents are fully informed, an information session about the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum will be held for parents on Wednesday the 27th of July at 7pm in the library. The presentation will be approximately 30 minutes and there will be an opportunity following the presentation to ask questions. If you wish to attend could you please RSVP with the office staff so that we can plan and prepare appropriately.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the curriculum and the messages your child will be receiving. We encourage you to attend so that you are able to discuss and reinforce these key safety messages with your children. We understand that this time may not suit everyone. If you are unable to attend the parent session, information about the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum can be found at www.education.qld.gov.au/child-safety-curriculum.

June 8, 2016: St Vinnies Winter Appeal
At St Finbarr’s we have a strong tradition of supporting the SVDP Winter Appeal. The Parish chapter of SDVP provides much-needed assistance to the people in our community that need it most. There will be a box placed outside every classroom to collect items.

Prep: Biscuits and crackers
Year 1: Canned food
Year 2: Long lasting milk, tea and coffee
Year 3: Toiletries
Year 4: Rice and pasta
Year 5: Cereal and muesli bars
Year 6: Lollies, popcorn and chips
Everyone: Warm clothes and blankets and pillows

June 8, 2016: Singaporean Principals' Visit
This week’s visit by the Principals from Singapore who were accompanied by a Brisbane Catholic Education consultant was a huge success. During their visit they saw aspects of our Visible Learning Journey and the Children’s Religious Art that is used to promote the Religious Life of our School. The visitors were duly impressed with the students’ ability in all year levels to articulate their learning. They commented also on the staff and their obvious dedication and high level of competency. Their whirlwind visit finished with an Australian themed liturgy to farewell and bless our visitors which highlighted our Irish founded charism and connection to Ireland.

June 2, 2016: National Reconciliation Week
Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. This year, 2016, is particularly momentous, with Reconciliation Australia celebrating a number of anniversaries—including 25 years of formal reconciliation in Australia with the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 1991. It is also 15 years since Reconciliation Australia was formed and 10 years of success in its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program. Here at St Finbarr’s we invited Roby Curtis to sing his song ‘Sorry’ at the prayer assembly on Monday, led by Year One. This song is about reconciliation between cultures and how, as a community of Australian, we can move forward in harmony.

May 6, 2016: National Simultaneous Storytime
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools and many other places around the country.

In 2015 over 500,000 children at over 3,100 locations across Australia took part in National Simultaneous Storytime.

This annual campaign now in its 16th year was presented by the year 4 students who read the 2016 nominated book entitled, ‘I Got This Hat’ by Jol and Kate Temple.

May 6, 2016: Cross Country
Congratulations to parents, staff and students involved in the success of Tuesday’s Cross Country Carnival at Dorrington Park. Thank you to Mr Michael Lloyd for the organisation of the event. The Wayne Hagarty Memorial Trophy was presented to the winning house by Wayne’s family, Gloria, Darren and Kirsten.

RESULTS – Stark 216 points, Turrbal 205 points and Lalor 185 points

April 20, 2016: ANZAC March
The children of St. Finbarr’s school along with other local schools and community groups have been invited once again this year to attend the Anzac Day March. Where: Stewart Place Memorial Park, Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove (Cnr Stewart Rd and Waterworks Rd) When: Assembling for March 7.10am (Betheden Terrace); March begins 7.30am (Betheden Terrace); March concludes at Stewart Place 7.40am; Service begins at 7.45am (Stewart Place Memorial Park); Service concludes 8.35am. Children are invited to wear medals awarded to their parents or grandparents. Children are also asked to wear their full school uniform on the day if they are marching. Wreaths will be laid by the various schools and groups. Thank you to Mr Luke Thomsen who will be the point of contact on the day.

March 23, 2016: P&F Round Table with Kate Jones
Thank you to Melissa Apelt who represented St Finbarr’s School at the recent round table discussion with Kate Jones on the 18th March.
» Meeting Minutes - Round table with Kate Jones

March 23, 2016: Twelve Disciples Religious Art Project
This term all students from Prep to Year 6 have been learning about the disciples. The word ‘disciple’ refers to a ‘learner or follower’. The word ‘apostle’ means ‘one who is sent out’. The twelve disciples followed Jesus, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out to be His witnesses. They were then referred to as the twelve apostles.

Our students learned that Jesus spent the whole night in prayer before going out and calling the disciples to follow him (Luke 6:12-16). They considered how much time they should spend in prayer and how wisely they choose their friends. They want to be good disciples and follow Jesus too.

Our students read that, in their time together, the disciples asked Jesus many questions. They realized that we can all learn so much from reading the answers Jesus gave to His disciples. For example, when one of the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray”, He said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. [Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:1-13). Our students learned that whenever they want to pray but don’t know what to say, they could always pray The Our Father as Jesus taught.

March 3, 2016: Woolworths Earn & Learn
This week we received our earn and learn resources as a result of last year’s earn and learn stickers that were collected by the parents and friends. The photo shows what we were able to acquire through the collection.

February 9, 2016: Artforce Awards
At Tuesday night’s 2015 Brisbane City Council ARTFORCE Awards we were the very proud winners of the Best School category for the artwork: St Finbarr’s School Days.

Congratulations and thank you to all the students, teachers and parents who were involved in this art project which culminated in the transformation of a traffic signal box into a masterpiece! A very special congratulations to Carlie Dole now in London for her initiative and creativity in bringing this project to reality!

February 3, 2016: Parent Information Evening
6.30pm (Session 1) & 7.00pm (Session 2) Teachers will conduct two sessions, each of 30 minute duration for the parents of children in their respective classrooms. The same content will be covered in each session. This format of repeating sessions, will allow parents with two children to go to one child’s class for session 1 and the second child’s class for session 2. Families with more than two children are invited to make arrangements to meet with their children’s teachers at another mutually convenient time.

A reminder, that this evening does not allow time for individual Parent/Teacher Interviews to be conducted. Thank you for your assistance and understanding with regard to this matter.

February 3, 2016: Children's Liturgy of the Word
St Finbarr's Parish are looking for volunteers for the Children's Liturgy Classes. This is a wonderful opportunity to help our Parish children understand and know God's teachings. No experience is necessary just a desire to become involved in the Parish Community. Volunteers are required to be available once a month and are partnered with another adult. Please contact Eugenie Garske on - Ph 3366 1656 (H) Email rgarske2@gmail.com if you are able to help.

January 25, 2016: Welcome to the 2016 School Year
The St Finbarr's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2016 school year. We are looking forward to a fantastic year!

Our school website is updatedly weekly throughout the school terms, so please check back regularly for news and details regarding school events and achievements.

Applications for new enrolments in all year levels are warmly welcomed. Please call us on 3366 1397, drop into the office to pick up an enrolment form or download the enrolment form