Student Awards

Dojo Awards

Congratulations to the following students who have reached 300 Dojos:

Cody N, Fritz T and Tara A

Congratulations to the following students who have reached 200 Dojos:

Alexander B, Alira S, Amber N, Archer M, Arthur V, Ava S, Benjamin B, Benjamin D, Charlotte B, Charlotte F, Elise G, Elle H, Emilia A, Emily H, Emmett Y, Everett B, Evie E, Grace M, Hadlen S, Harper C, Harry M, Hartley O, Isaac R, Jack D, Jaxson F, Joel C, Jorgie P, Joshua  A, Kai N, Kasper S, Kirrily J, Kohen W, Leo H, Louis R, Luka E, Maia C, Mike R, Olivia C, Paityn P, Ryan F, Seamus M, Sharni D, Sienna R, Stella S, Thomas B, Thomas M, Utah E and Zali T

Congratulations to the following students who have reached 100 Dojos:

Adelaide W, Aisha M, Alexa M, Amahli B, Amber F, Amelia C, Amelie W, Amirah T, Angus S, Annalisa L, Ara J, Arie F, Arliah F, Arlow F, Asha G, Ashton S, Aubree D, Aylah H, Bella R, Bonnie M, Casey C, Charlie T, Charlotte M, Claudia F, Daniel L, Dela T, Diyana S, Edison L, Ella M, Ella R, Elsie M, Emily H, Eva S, Evie C, Felix S, Fletcher S, Flynn N, Georgia B, Georgia S, Grace B, Hallie T, Hamish D, Hana D, Harrison F, Harry M, Hayden R, Hazel M, Hendrix H, Isolde O, Jack T, Jeffrey W, Jesse H, Jett L, Jupiter S, Kade W, Kruze D, Lachlan C, Lachlan H, Layla M, Liam C, Lily J, Lola F, Lucas V, Mahli F, Mea W, Mia C, Mia F, Miles G, Nicholas B, Noah B, Phebe C, Pippa T, Raf C, Rocky W, Sahara P, Savannah M, Saxon K, Scarlett E, Sophie J, Storm T, Sylvia L, Tate A, Theodore H and Tilda R

Assembly Awards

Alyssa D, Amelia C, Bailey A, Bella R, Brodie C, Charlie T, Charlotte E, Daniel L, Dela T, Elle H, Ethan F, Eva C, Grace J, Gracie U, Harrison B, Jack C, Jannah S, Jaxson F, Jayde B, Jesse H, Jiya R, Joseph O, Kaiden D, Keeley C, Liam C, Lillian R, Louis S, Lucas C, Makayla D, Mia C, Mila M, Miles G, Noah U, Norah M, Olivia C, Oscar D, Patrick A, Rachel H, Rossana A, Ryan F, Savannah M, Seamus M, Sunday A, Tessa T, Thomas B, Thomas B, Tyler C, Xy C and Zayne D

Community News

Positive Behaviour Support

This week we have moved on with a new PBS focus on being Respectful.  I am respectful to my peers at school by making sure that everyone feels included and can join in play. Recently we have had many new families move to our beautiful town and join our school. At St Agnes' we want to make sure that everyone feels included and can join in play. This is important, because even though some students are new, we always have the opportunity to grow new relationships with current students too. Over the next two weeks we are going to focus on respectful and positive relationships and how we can make sure everyone in our school feels accepted and that they feel like they belong, just for being who they are! 

Catholic Social Teaching: The Common Good

The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world.

Family Sites: 

https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/connecting-communicating/connecting/supporting-friendships

https://kids-first.com.au/5-ways-to-help-your-child-make-friends/

https://theparentswebsite.com.au/how-parents-can-help-kids-make-good-friends/

Books to Share:

St Agnes' Primary School Community Forum

Year 3 Families – a reminder that the Year 3 Social Sunday is this Sunday 16 June 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Please RSVP via the grade facebook page or contact Lynne Rangel on 0416 437 313. Details on the flyer below.

Next Meeting – the June School Community Forum meeting will be held next Wednesday 19 June from 5:45pm in the staffroom. Please follow the link below to view the agenda.

To get in touch, please contact pandfstagnes@gmail.com

Canteen News


MondayMichael Richards
TuesdayHELP PLEASE
WednesdayAlicia Martin
ThursdayCathy Quirk
Friday Marie Flanagan and Robyn Hunt


*** The canteen will be open until 2:00pm on Friday 21 June for snacks and drinks***

From the Leaders

In this Sunday’s Gospel from Mark, Jesus shares the parable to explain what the Kingdom of God is like. Often Jesus tries to help people understand a situation in a new way by using common experiences that all of his listeners would be able to relate to. He likens the Kingdom of God to a farmer planting his field and waiting to harvest the crop. The farmer plants the seed and takes care of the crops as they grow. They grow with the help of the bountiful food of the earth that comes from God. When we follow Jesus. We become the seeds that God is planting to bring the Kingdom of God more fully into the world.

Winter Woolies

Thanks to all our students who came dressed warmly in their winter woolies for a gold coin donation. We raised $587.50 which will be shared between Sr Marjorie’s Soup Kitchen, ‘Our Place’ at the Youth Hub and St Vincent de Paul to keep others warm this winter. 

What Is Justice For The Poor?

Whole school Mission Goal 'Increasing our understanding of social Justice', our next Catholic Social Teaching focus is 'Preferential Option for the Poor'. This means caring for those who are less well off is everyone’s responsibility. Preferential care should be shown to vulnerable and marginalised people, whose needs and rights are given special attention in God’s eyes.

Whilst learning more about this, our students will have a chance to explore their current personal understandings of justice; investigated Church teachings on caring for the poor; related Scripture to their own experiences of love and compassion to consider ways they can live and act with a concern for the poor; and explored how we are all connected in the quest for justice for the poor.

Biggest Morning Tea

We will be hosting a Biggest Morning Tea in conjunction with our Athletics Carnival on Friday 21 June. We encourage families to donate baked goodies for this wonderful cause. Students, staff and visitors can purchase items at Lunch One.

Some of the treats and treasures available from the Craft for Service stall.

Feedback Form - 2025 Excursions and Incursions

At our School Community Forum (SCF) meeting on Wednesday next week, we will be holding a parent consultation process around excursions and incursions. Currently, all grades hold an excursion/incursion each year, with some of the costs already outlined in the Class Packs. We are seeking parent voice on the types of excursions or incursions you would like available to your child. Please note that some camps for senior grades are already locked in for 2025. We understand that not all families are able to attend the meeting times, but we would still love for your voice to be heard in these discussions. Please click on the link below to complete the form and this information will be tabled at the meeting on Wednesday afternoon. We ask that this please be completed by 2:00pm Wednesday so that all information can be collated for the meeting later that afternoon.

Feedback Form

Year 5 Camp

Next week, Year 5 students and staff are travelling to Bonny Hills to the Francis Retreat Centre for their camp/retreat. We are excited to be having special guest appearances from Zac Parnell from the parish and Mrs Kim Post, our resident art teacher joining us for some activities. During the two days, students will have time for connecting with their faith, their role as future leaders in a catholic school and relationship building with staff and peers. We look forward to hearing about their exciting adventures when they return from their sleepover on Thursday 20 June. 

Farewell Father Roland

Families wishing to farewell Father Roland Agrisola are welcome to attend the Sunday 9:00am Mass and stay for the morning tea afterwards. Father Roland has been a part of our parish for the past 16 years. St Agnes’ students farewelled him last week at Friday’s School Mass

Sister Marjorie’s Soup Kitchen is moving to the Youth Hub, joining forces with ‘Our Place’ during the school holidays. We look forward to being able to support both of these organisations for the rest of the year.

Sensory Play Lunch Club

Little Muzos - by Amanda

These three flute ladies blew me away this week with their achievements. Such great work ladies 🤩Keep it up!!  🎶💕🌟

Sports News

NSW Netball School Cup Gala Day

Thank you to the families who have completed the NSW Netball Gala Day registration process. If you have not yet signed up for Play HQ, please check your Compass notification and complete the registration. We are looking forward to a great day of netball with our year 5 and 6 players. Thank you to Renee, Mr Brazel, Mrs Alchin, Mrs Brazel and Mrs McEntyre for attending the day with our students.

We are seeking any parents or family members who can help on the day. If you could help manage a team or would like to umpire, please email Drew Wilson at andrew.wilson@lism.catholic.edu.au or call Renee in the office at 02 6583 7433. 

School Athletics Carnival 

Next Friday is our School Athletics Carnival. A lot of work has gone into making the day enjoyable for all students. 

We invite all our Aggies community to participate in the day. Please join your children in non-competitive events if you can. On the day, we will also need support from families for timekeeping in the 100m and 200m. 

During Lunch One, there will also be an ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ event, where families can enjoy a cup of tea and purchase something yummy.

Diocese Rugby Union Gala Day - Coffs Harbour

On Wednesday, 30 Rugby Union players from Years 5 and 6 travelled to Coffs Harbour for the Lismore Diocese Rugby Union Gala Day. The day was a competitive carnival, with the winner continuing on to play other Dioceses in NSW. Mr Brazel and Mr Behan reported that our players showed up with the right attitude and competed hard in their matches. 

Despite facing tough competition and losing by small margins, our students displayed exemplary sportsmanship. They not only congratulated the other teams but also expressed their gratitude to the officials after each match. This Aggies sportsmanship, a trait that has been consistently praised by officials and teachers at various events, is a testament to the values we instil in our students. Our students should take pride in how they represent themselves and their school. Our students even made Channel 7 Nightly News!

Future Dates

Term 2

  • Tuesday 18 June - NSW Netball School’s Cup Years 5 and 6 Gala Day
  • Friday 21 June - School Athletics Carnival
  • Wednesday 24 July - Zone Athletics at St Joseph’s Regional College, Port Macquarie

Calendar

Term 2 Week 8

Sun 16 June

  • School Community Forum - Year 3 Social Sundays at Springloaded - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Mon 17 June

  • Whole School Prayer - 9:00am to 9:30am
  • A4 Art Awards Evening - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Tue 18 June
  • 2024 Schools Netball Cup Year 5 and 6 - Bus departs school at 8:15am and retuns at 2:15pm
Wed 19 June
  • Year 5 Camp - Bus departs at 9:00am
  • Morning Prayer hosted by Kinder Hope - 9:00am to 9:30am
  • June School Community Forum Meeting - 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Thur 20 June
  • Year 5 Camp - Bus returns at approximately 2:15pm
Fri 21 June
  • School Athletics Carnival
  • Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Dates For The Diary


Wed 3 July

  • End of Term Treat Day

Thur 4 July

  • 100 Days of Kindergarten
  • Last Day of Term 2

Fri 5 July

  • Staff Professional Learning/Pupil Free Day - Child Minding Available

Mon 22 July

  • Staff Professional Learning/Pupil Free Day - Child Minding Available

Tue 23 July

  • First Day of Term 3

Community News

Positive Behaviour Support

This week we continue with our PBS focus on being Responsible.  I am responsible and follow school rules to be the best that I can be. The purpose of this week’s lesson is to grow students' awareness of the whole school environment by encouraging students to independently notice or see a need and do something about it. This lesson builds on the previous lesson to empower students to be responsible!

Catholic Social Teaching: The Common Good
The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world.

Family sites: 

Following Instructions - Kid Sense Child Development

How to Teach Kids to Solve Their Own Problems - Let Grow

Solve It With Stories: Teaching Problem & Solution with Picture Books

St Agnes' Primary School Community Forum


Canteen News


MondayPublic Holiday
TuesdayStaff Professional Learning/Pupil Free Day
WednesdayDarci-Rai McGhie
ThursdayMelanie McMahon
Friday Allison Ritchie and Candice Charlton


From the Leaders

This Sunday’s Gospel from Mark begins with Jesus’ family calling him ‘crazy’! This was because many people don’t like change. The people who loved Jesus were concerned that Jesus was ‘rocking the boat’ and claimed he was acting as if he was ‘out of his mind.’ When Jesus asked, “Who are my mother and brothers?”, he was trying to tell those who were listening to him that they are as close and important as his own family. He taught that whoever does what God asks of them becomes part of the family of Jesus.

First Communion

On Sunday morning our final candidates received the Sacrament of First Communion for the first time. 

Proclaim Lismore

Last Friday, Catholic School staff in the Hastings Cluster had the opportunity to listen to incredibly inspiring guest speakers from within our Diocese including Bishop Greg Homeming, Gary Reen the Assistant Director,  Roby Curtis from Emmanual City Mission and Associate Professor Maeve Heaney from the Australian Catholic University.  

These speakers challenged some of our thinking and enriched and reinvigorated our commitment to Catholic Education through their sharing of personal experiences in their own lives and ways they have inspired others through their positivity and selflessness in reaching out to others in need.

The day provided insight into ways we can enact the Catholic Mission personally, in our parish and the broader community

Whole School Mass

Today we had a beautiful celebration of the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and prayed for reconciliation for all in Australia, with Father Roland Agrisola. Thank you to those family members who were able to join us. 

As next week is Fr Roland's final week in Port Macquarie, we were able to acknowledge the contribution he has made to our school and parish community. We wish him well in his new posting in the Maclean, Yamba and Iluka area.

A special Thank You and Farewell Mass for Fr Roland will be held on Sunday 16 June at the 9.00am Mass. This Mass will be followed by morning tea. All parishioners are invited to attend and stay after Mass for a cuppa and a chance to say farewell to Fr Roland. 

Welcome Father Alejo Despacio

We extend a very warm welcome to Fr Alejo Despacio who will take up the ministry of Assistant Priest here in St Agnes’ Parish.

In 2010-2011 Fr Alejo was ordained as Deacon and then Priest for the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines. Since then he has studied for a Juris Doctor degree and fulfilled many roles within the police in various provinces. In 2023, Fr Alejo resigned his commission from the Philippine National Police with the rank of Police Lieutenant Colonel. He came to Australia in August last year and was appointed to the Lismore Diocese.

Student Voice

Our latest Student voice meeting was held this week encouraging Student Representatives from each class to share their class’s input into which lunchtime extra curricular activities they really enjoy and to offer suggestions for future ones. We look forward to working on these ideas to implement next term.

Biggest Morning Tea

We will be hosting a Biggest Morning Tea in conjunction with our Athletics Carnival on Friday 21 June. We encourage families to donate baked goodies for this wonderful cause. Students, staff and visitors can purchase items at Lunch One.

Year 2 Excursion

Year 2 students went to the Glasshouse to watch a live production of the 'The One Who Planted Trees'. 

2025 Kindergarten Enrolments

Please note Kindergarten enrolment applications are due Friday 14 June.

Staff Professional Learning Day - Tuesday 11 June

Supervision will be available at school on this day for any families that are not able to organise alternative arrangements. Children should be in their uniform and will need to bring Lunch One, Lunch Two, fruit, hat and a water bottle. Lunch orders will be available, the canteen will be operating as normal on this day. Please use the link below to register your child.

To book your child’s place please log on to www.schoolinterviews.com.au. The unique code to logon is 5974x

Wear your Winter Woolies

On Friday 14 June students and staff are invited to wear their Winter Woolies for a gold coin donation. All money raised will be donated to those in need within the St Agnes’ Parish through Sr Marjorie’s Soup Kitchen, Our place at the Youth Hub and St Vincent de Paul.

Similarly, please donate non-perishable food items, warm clothes and bedding which can be left at the front office between now and the end of June.

These will be distributed to those doing it tough in our parish.

Sports News

Diocesan Rugby Union

Next Wednesday, Mr Brazel and Mr Behan will accompany two teams to the Diocesan Rugby Union Gala Day in Coffs Harbour. The two teams consist of 30, Year 5 and 6 students who will play other Catholic schools within the Lismore Diocese. Although it is a gala day, it is competitive, with the winning team progressing to play teams from other NSW Dioceses later in the year. We wish the players the best of luck on the day and look forward to hearing about the games.

NSW Netball Schools Cup

On Tuesday 18 June, we will send nine teams to play at the NSW Netball Schools Cup. Our Year 5 and 6 students will play in mixed competitions during the day. This is the first time in many years that Aggies has participated in the event, and we are excited to send three competitive teams and six non-competitive teams to what should be an enjoyable day of netball. 

Registration for the event is via the PlayHQ portal. If your child has nominated for the event, you will soon receive a unique registration link via Compass. Please use the link to register your child in their allocated team. 

Thank you to Renee in the office, who has spent many hours setting up the registration process for our students to attend. We are asking for help on the day. If you think you would like to assist by managing a team, please email Drew Wilson at andrew.wilson@lism.catholic.edu.au

School Athletics Carnival

Our athletics carnival is quickly approaching, and grades have been busy running trial heats and preparing students. The carnival is a celebration of sport. It brings students from all grades together in their houses and aims to develop sportsmanship and inclusion within our community. On the day, students will take on challenges with their friends through competitive and non-competitive events. We welcome families to attend the carnival to support their children and participate in novelty and non-competitive events. 

Attached is a copy of the event schedule. Please note that we will do our best to keep to the allocated times, but events may sometimes be delayed. If you plan to attend, there will be a chance for a cup of tea or coffee and something yummy as part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Teas’ fundraising effort.

We also seek family help on the day for timekeeping in the 100m and 200m events. If think you would like to help, please email Drew Wilson at andrew.wilson@lism.catholic.edu.au

Coached Basketball

Our coached basketball sessions have continued this week, with Years 3, 4, and 6 attending. Students are learning the skills of dribbling and shooting with a qualified coach. Each lesson is 40 minutes long, and every class has multiple opportunities to attend over the five week period. Thank you to the coaches and staff at Port Macquarie Basketball Association for sharing their skills and knowledge with our students.

Check out the action from Year 6 and Year 4.

Future Dates

Term 2

  • Wednesday 12 June - Diocesan Rugby Union Gala Day, Coffs Harbour
  • Tuesday 18 June - NSW Netball School’s Cup Years 5 and 6 Gala Day
  • Friday 21 June - School Athletics Carnival
  • Wednesday 24 July - Zone Athletics at St Joseph’s Regional College, Port Macquarie

Calendar

Term 2 Week 7

Mon 10 June

  • Public Holiday
Tue 11 June
  • Staff Professional Learning/Pupil Free Day - Child Minding Available
Wed 12 June
  • Morning Prayer hosted by 5 Hope - 9:00am to 9:30am
  • Diocesan Rugby Union Gala Day - Coffs Harbour
Thur 13 June
  • Year 2 Liturgy - Christ the King Chapel - 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Aggies Connects: Come Read with Me - Year 1 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Fri 14 June
  • Winter Woolies Out of Uniform Day - Gold Coin Donation
  • Whole School Assembly - 2:20pm to 2:50pm

Dates For The Diary


Tue 18 June

  • 2024 Schools Netball Cup

Wed 19 June - 20 June

  • Year 5 Camp

Fri 21 June

  • School Athletics Carnival
  • Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser

Thur 4 July

  • 100 Days of Kindergarten
  • Last Day of Term 2

Fri 5 July

  • Staff Professional Learning/Pupil Free Day - Child Minding Available

Mon 22 July

  • Staff Professional Learning/Pupil Free Day - Child Minding Available

Tue 23 July

  • First Day of Term 3

Student Awards

DOJO Awards

Congratulations to the following students who have reached 200 Dojos:

Alexander R, Annabelle S, Cedar B, Charlotte B, Chelsea O, Isabelle P and Sophie W

Congratulations to the following students who have reached 100 Dojos:

Connor C, Cooper W, Daisy-Rae A, Dreigh T, Enzo W, Flynn A, Georgina F, Gracie U, Hayley G, Hunter F, Hunter S, Isabella S, Jackson R, Jade J, Jala C, Jaxton N, Jayde B, Lawson M, Len D, Lillian R, Lockie M, Marcus G, Micah V, Molly B, Nicholas D, Patrick A, Poppy C, Poppy C, Scarlett F, Skyler B, Sophia F, Stella D, Thomas S, Xy C and Zane B

Community News

Positive Behaviour Support

This week we continue with our PBS focus on being Responsible. I am responsible and follow school rules to be the best that I can. The purpose of this lesson is to prompt reflective thinking on our school rules and expectations. To remind our students what it is like to be a part of a community that follows the rules. The goal is for students to be aware of their choices and how they impact others.

Catholic Social Teaching: The Common Good
The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world.

Family Resources:

Story:

Infants Books to share: