CHILD SAFETY WEEK 23rd -27th October
We are having a Child Safety Week at St Thomas’ Primary School on 23rd – 27th October. Teachers will be teaching lessons on child safety as part of Health and Physical Education Curriculum using lessons from the Daniel Morcombe Curriculum and other relevant resources.
In addition to classroom lessons, on Wednesday 25th October at 12:00pm in the school hall, Prep – Year 2 students will have the opportunity to experience a Personal Safety Education Program “The Ditto Show”. Bravehearts are extremely proud of this program and believe that by providing children with the basic principles of personal safety, they are providing them with the tools to stay safe. The week ends with Day for Daniel on Friday, October 27th. We are not going to wear red on the day or take donations, instead teachers will be reinforcing the safety message in their classroom that day and reminding children who they can go to at school and in the community if they feel unsafe. Just as teaching children the road rules cannot guarantee our children’s safety on the roads, no program can guarantee to “abuse-proof” our children. However, by teaching them the principles of personal safety, we are giving them the knowledge they need to stay safe and know what to do if anything does happen.
CONGRATULATIONS Year 5 and Year 6 STUDENTS!
NATIONAL WRITING COMPETITION
This year twelve Year 5 and 6 students entered the Write 4 Fun National School Writing Competition. The competition is held throughout primary and secondary schools within Australia and there were over 10,000 entries. St Thomas’ School was recognised for outstanding student writing and was placed in the top 10% of schools.
Of the eleven students who entered their writing (poetry and/or short stories), seven have progressed to the final level of judging and been offered the opportunity to have their work published in a book. Congratulations to the Year 5 and Year 6 students for your literary prowess.
CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING EVENTS
As last week’s newsletter advised, the St Vincent de Paul Society will not be collecting food for their annual Christmas appeal this year, as they will be giving less fortunate families gift vouchers instead. This means that the Year 5 students have had to think of a new fundraiser that raises actual money, so the St Vincent De Paul Society can gift purchase these vouchers.
The new fundraiser is a Billy G’s Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough. There will be an online store (which means all of your friends and family all around Brisbane can order too!) as well as paper forms to fill in to place your order. There are various flavours to choose from, a special gluten free option and don’t forget our four-legged friends, a doggie dough as well!
There will be a 3-week ordering period that closes on 9th November. Your cookie dough tubs will be delivered on Thursday 23rd November. This special dough can be frozen and refrozen, baked or eaten straight out of the tub. See more about ordering on the next page…….. Remember, every tub purchased lets a family in need have a better Christmas! Bella and Eliza, Year 5 Representatives