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News from our Parish schools Sep 15, 2023

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
news from our parish schools

Siena Catholic Primary School

  • Interschool Sport – Year 5 and 6 Siena Primary students have recently participated in Coastal District Interschool Sport. At Siena, we support interschool sport because when our students participate in team sports they develop: friendship and camaraderie, cooperation and teamwork skills, leadership skills, respect for team mates/ opponents/officials, a sense of belonging/team membership, social interaction skills, physical skills, self-esteem, self-discipline, patience and persistence, resilience through sharing positive and negative experiences. Above all else, the children had a lot of fun!

  • Year 6 Drama Production – throughout Term 2 and 3, Year 6 students were offered the opportunity to audition for the Drama production Cinderella. Our very creative, talented and dedicated Year 6 teacher, Kate Maher, worked with the cast and crew most lunchtimes, as well as some after school times to learn lines, create costumes and props, and to put together a spectacular and very entertaining production of a version of Cinderella. Performances were attended by parents and our whole school this week. Mrs Maher and her whole team are to be congratulated for sharing their incredible talents with us all.




Stella Maris Primary School 

The arrival of R U OK? Day this week was the perfect opportunity for our staff to stop at the end of another busy school term, to spend some down time with each other, enjoy a hearty breakfast and check in with each other. Our Wellbeing Team did a fabulous job of organising a special meal, setting up a delightful venue, cooking up a storm and providing service with great big smiles. With everything shining yellow, from the tablecloths to the flowers to the drinks, outfits and accessories, it was a fabulous transition to the school holidays.

R U OK? Day was instigated in Australia as a National Day of Action to highlight the importance of meaningful conversations and remind all Australians to start them every day of the year. It’s a day to come together at community events across the country to share this important message and ask, “Are you OK?”

There are lots of resources available online to promote regular, meaningful conversations with colleagues, family
and friends. It’s important because a conversation could change a life. Start one today!




Siena Catholic College  


This term has seemed to fly past … with our staff and students now on their final term holidays for the year … and taking some very deep breaths before they engage again in what is guaranteed to be a hectic Term 4.

Our Year 11s have completed their first formal exam block, which saw them studying at home and then gathering on-site to complete their end of unit exams. The experience has been a demanding one, but the students now have a better idea of what their Year 12 exams will be like. Our Year 12s are at the end of formal classes and are now in tutorial, revision, and preparation mode for their upcoming external exams – the finish line is now in sight, and we trust that they are prepared for the weeks ahead.

The Year 10s have been off-site this week as they undertook a three-day wilderness camp. After a few weeks of beautiful weather, the cooler temperatures, wind and rain were an added challenge, but all staff and students drew on their resilience to ensure that they successfully navigated this trekking, canoeing and camping experience.








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