Welcome to Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School

     The Star of the Sea Difference



    Beyond the Classroomhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/curriculum/Pages/enrichment.aspx, http://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/curriculum/Pages/enrichment.aspxBeyond the ClassroomWe teach more than just curriculum. Our students are active in our local community, and love to share their skills and talents.
    Learning at Star of the Seahttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/curriculum/Pages/default.aspx, http://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/curriculum/Pages/default.aspxLearning at Star of the SeaOur Flexible Learning Areas provide students with a personalised learning experience.
    Religious Life of our Schoolhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/About%20Us/Pages/Religious-Life-of-the-School.aspx, Religious Life of our SchoolReligious Life of our SchoolWe guide our students to be leaders, through a faith-filled learning environment, and with links to our local community.

     Upcoming events



    Life Education Vanhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=960Life Education Van2/03/2021 12:00:00 AM
    PCG Welcome Eventhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=927PCG Welcome Event2/03/2021 4:00:00 AM
    PCG Welcome Event http://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=928PCG Welcome Event 3/03/2021 4:00:00 AM
    SOTS Swimming Carnivalhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=923SOTS Swimming Carnival5/03/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Term 1 Week 7http://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=915Term 1 Week 78/03/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Wellbeing Weekhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=961Wellbeing Week8/03/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Term 1 Week 8http://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=916Term 1 Week 815/03/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Catholic Schools Swimming Carnivalhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=929Catholic Schools Swimming Carnival19/03/2021 12:00:00 AM

     What's On @ Star of the Sea



    NAPLAN 2021http://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Latest News/Pages/NAPLAN-2021.aspxNAPLAN 2021<p></p><p>In Week Four and Five of Term Two, all students in Years Three and Five will participate in NAPLAN Online testing. Over the course of two weeks, our students will complete national assessments in Reading, Writing, Conventions of Language and Numeracy. Results may be used to review and improve teaching programs, review support offered to schools, discuss progress with parents or for high school applications.</p><p>NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure that students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance. Excessive preparation is not useful and can lead to unnecessary anxiety. If you have any questions about your child's preparation for NAPLAN, you are encouraged to make a time to speak with their teacher.</p><p>The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day.</p><p>If you would like any more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.nap.edu.au/" target="_blank">www.nap.edu.au</a></p><p>I have included a Parent Brochure from this site about Naplan Online at the end of our latest newsletter. Please take your time to read this. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.<br></p><p>​</p>
    You're Invited - PCG AGMhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Latest News/Pages/You're-Invited---PCG-AGM.aspxYou're Invited - PCG AGM<p>​​Our PCG will host the 2021 AGM this coming <strong>Monday, 1 March from 6pm in the O’Dea Centre</strong> and you’re all very welcome to attend. Full details of the AGM were outlined in last week’s newsletter, including the link to RSVP for the event.<br></p><p>​When looking at the year ahead, the importance of the role of the PCG really shines through. So many of the activities that make our school a great community to be a part of are because of the hard work and commitment of our PCG. They are a very active group within the school, who work together to discuss topics that support the needs of our families, learning and teaching, and school development.<br></p><p>While it may be difficult for some parents to attend meetings, there are many opportunities for you to become involved throughout the year. I encourage everyone to seek out these opportunities and help out; by taking on a position as a Parent Rep or volunteering for activities (like the upcoming welcome afternoon teas or sausage sizzles).</p><p>Becoming involved with the PCG, allows you the opportunity to participate more fully with the school and its activities, and enables you to take part in improving the resources and facilities used for your child’s education.<br></p><p><br></p><h3><strong>Welcome Afternoon Teas: Hosted by your PCG </strong></h3><p>Next week, your PCG is hosting two Welcome Afternoon Teas on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 March 2021 in the O’Dea Centre. This a great opportunity to welcome new and returning families and to connect with others in our school community.<br></p><p>To support COVID safe requirements, including occupant density, you must RSVP to indicate the afternoon tea event that you are attending. Each event can host a maximum of 100 people, and your support in observing COVID safe procedures during this event is appreciated and includes:</p><ul><li>Observing entry and exit points in the O’Dea Centre</li><li>Completing ‘sign in’ routines via the QR code</li><ul><li>​This is a mandatory requirement for ALL parents accessing the school site</li></ul><li>Using hand sanitiser provided</li><li>Staying at home if sick or unwell</li><li>Maintaining physical distancing</li><li>Not entering any buildings (this includes the Student Learning Areas/Classrooms) with the only exception being the Admin/Office Area or O’Dea Centre as identified for specific events.</li></ul><p>​<br></p><p>The PCG works closely together as a team and supports a sense of belonging to the school community for all involved. They are working together with our School Leadership to navigate the current COVID safe guidelines, to provide opportunities to connect and enhance the wonderful sense of school community that exists within Star of the Sea.<br></p><p>I look forward to joining with you in the PCG events. <a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9yCGN0qqrECQKi75E9jtaQ88nS3bgqZMr-aUq0bnuHRUM1cwOERHWDdVM1BXQVBZSk1EQ01TSkxKSi4u" target="_blank"><strong>RSVP Here</strong></a><br></p><p><br><br></p>
    URStrong Programhttp://www.staroftheseacleveland.qld.edu.au/Latest News/Pages/URStrong-Program.aspxURStrong Program<p>This year all students at Star of the Sea School will be participating in the URStrong Program. It will occur during class time and will be supported by Rachael Lovett (Guidance Counsellor) and your child’s class teacher.<br></p><p>URSTRONG is a whole school strategy that empowers children with friendship skills to create cultures of kindness in schools. It also provides parents and teachers with the language and skills to better support their kids.</p><p>Research demonstrates that children with healthy friendships perform better academically, have higher self-esteem, get involved in more leadership roles, and make smarter decisions in future relationships. URSTRONG has improved the social climate in hundreds of schools around the world and worked with over 60,000 students, parents and teachers.</p><p>URSTRONG uses kids’ language for kids’ problems ensuring a high rate of knowledge retention. The program ensures students learn practical, kid-friendly concepts, language and skills reinforced through role-playing.<br></p><p>Students learn how to put a voice to their feelings, what’s normal in a friendship, the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships, and how to put out Friendship Fires. Students also learn the difference between normal conflict (i.e. Friendship Fires) and mean-on-purpose behaviour (e.g. bullying). They also learn the 4 Friendship Facts (helping them understand what’s normal in a friendship) and learn to use the Friend-o-meter (a visual tool that helps them understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships).</p><p>Below is a link to a video for parents that will provide you with some more insight into the program and language that you can begin to use with your child.</p><a href="https://urstrong.com/resource/language-of-friendship-introduction/" target="_blank"><p><strong><em>https://urstrong.com/resource/language-of-friendship-introduction/</em></strong><br></p></a><p>If you have any queries about the program, please feel free to contact me on the school number.</p><p><strong>Rachael Lovett,</strong><br>Guidance Counsellor.</p><div><img src="/Latest%20News/PublishingImages/URSTRONG_SchoolBadge-600x579.jpg" alt="URSTRONG_SchoolBadge-600x579.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:561px;" /><br></div><p><br></p>