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News from our Parish schools Sep 1, 2023

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Siena Catholic Primary School


Book Week 2023 Read Grow Inspire

Book Week 2023 at Siena was truly a joyous festival of books, a celebration of reading and a parade of amazing costumes.

Each year since 1945, the Australian Book Council has brought children and books together to celebrate the joy of reading. During our book week celebrations we had a visit from a children’s author, many reading based activities, plus an amazing library display by our talented library staff and of course the annual Book Week parade.

We had many Harry Potters, several Where’s Wally’s, a bloom of Jellyfish, the characters from Peter Pan and a catalogue of Little Miss and Mr Men characters to name a few. Nessie the Lock Ness Monster even graced the stage.

Many thanks to the parents, Children and staff for a magical week celebrating the joy of books and reading.



Stella Maris Primary School 

Our staff are always learning.  In the last week alone, we have had:

  • our Primary Learning Leaders undertake professional development facilitated by the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA);
  • our Teacher Librarian participate in a Librarian’s Network Day;
  • lots of our School Officers and Teachers have undertaken refresher training in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid;
  • our Support Team collaborated with the Student Wellbeing Team from Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE);
  • all Teaching Teams engage in collaborative Data Dives to analyse student data;
  • and another team participate in the next step of a year-long BCE Early Years Literacy Project, facilitated by the University of Melbourne.

And this Friday, when all our students are enjoying a day off with their families, we will be hosting a collaborative learning day with staff from Siena Primary and St Joseph’s School, Nambour.

We are so grateful that our staff don’t only encourage children to learn, but they are authentic lifelong learners as well, which makes them super-role-models!




Siena Catholic College  


This week was a shorter one for students, as they enjoyed a day off on Friday so that their teachers could engage in Professional Development and Planning. Despite this, we still managed to fit a lot in …

Our whole school focus was Keep Siena Beautiful and there were a variety of challenges and competitions throughout the week; as well as activities (including flower planting and a clean-up) to beautify the grounds.

Finals season has begun for our Term 3 sporting teams, with our AFL and Basketball players competing for positions in their respective Grand Finals.

Our Year 9s joined the Parishioners for the St Catherine’s Community Mass on Wednesday morning. In his homily, Fr Will challenged us to discover and to be the best version of ourselves.

On Friday, a group of teachers travelled to the Ration Shed Museum at Cherbourg. While there, they participated in a very worthwhile tour, during which they listened to the stories of the precinct, explored the historical and contemporary exhibitions, and saw local Aboriginal artists at work.








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