Siena Catholic Primary School
There’s been lots of fun in the Primary school this term, particularly on Fridays. Our Year 6 students have begun dancing lessons in preparation for their end of year Dance evening. Students were a bit nervous about having to dance with each other but once they got over the hand holding and arm linking, they started to enjoy themselves and are now looking forward to dance sessions, eagerly applying deodorant after lunch play in preparation. Our Preppies began swimming lessons which is always ‘fun’ for our Prep teachers when it comes time to change in to and out of their swimmers, find their socks and shoes and get everything back into their bags. Students in Years 1, 2 and 3 also have swimming lessons, and our Year 4 & 5 students are going to Mooloolaba beach for Surf Skills. How blessed we are to have a school on the Sunshine Coast where we can spend time at the beach as part of the school day.
Stella Maris Primary School
As our Year 6 students focus on their transition to high school, our Year 5 students are pondering what type of school leaders they would like to be in 2024. Here at Stella Maris, we are looking for students who are ready to rise to the challenge of servant leadership, striving to live as Jesus did and following in the footsteps of Mary and Nano Nagle. We want student leaders who are able to recognise needs, are prepared to consider different perspectives and are willing to take action, even when it may be uncomfortable. We know though, that great student leaders don’t just appear. Parents, families and schools work to develop leadership skills from the time children are very little, by building such skills as trust, resilience, organisation, persistence, empathy, reflection, cooperation, communication and collaboration. We look forward to watching our Year 5 students light the way for others.
Siena Catholic College
What a week we have had! As we move more deeply into the final term of the year, we begin our ceremonial season.
The first of these ceremonies occurred on Thursday night, when we gathered for our annual Awards Night. During the evening, students who have received Awards of Commendation, Distinction and Excellence in the Academic, Service, Cultural and Sporting dimensions of College life were presented with their certificates. The presentation of Awards, combined with a prayerful reflection and entertainment from our Symphonic Band and Choir, provided us with a great night of celebration of all things Siena.
On Friday, our Year 8 and 11 students hosted an awareness raising Sock Carnival for Catholic Mission. This organisation responds to the call to love God and to love our neighbour by forming individuals and communities as missionary disciples who share their faith in action. Our carnival motto was to ‘have heaps of sockin’ fun… and change the lives of more than one!’, and those who participated enjoyed the opportunity to engage in dodgeball, sock potato, sock limbo, tug-of-war, and sock golf – we’ll share some photos of the day in next week’s newsletter!