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St Augustine’s School, Mossman, shadowed by the magnificent Mt Demi, is situated 76 kilometres north of Cairns within a rural farming community on the edge of the naturally beautiful Daintree Rainforest and the lush green vegetation of Mossman Gorge. In addition, the popular beaches of the tourist town of Port Douglas are only 16 kilometres to its south.
St. Augustine's is a Catholic primary school catering for boys and girls from Prep to Year 6. St Augustine’s prides itself on being a Catholic Learning Community built on the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy who commenced the school in 1934. With a school enrolment of 190 students St Augustine’s is inspired by its founders and espouses its motto of Together in Faith – Learning for Life.
In creating a learning environment open to all students who seek to share in our values, we are witnessing to a faith, alive and purposeful, in a changing and challenging world.
We welcome you to our community of St Augustine’s School and we would be delighted to have you join us as we strive for excellence in educational practice and the valuing of the dignity and sacredness of each student, staff and parent.
I invite you to browse our website so that you can learn more about our great school of St Augustine’s.
Mr Paul Rayner - Principal
Another week brings along more examples of the strong spirit of community that exists at St Augustine’s. Last Friday the children participated in the Walk Safely to School morning and despite the gloomy morning and the threat of rain many participated in this early morning stroll.
On Wednesday, the Preps hosted the Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea. There were so many cupcakes and so many toppings and designs. Obviously the cakes were a hit as over $240 was raised. Perhaps Marie Antoinette had a point when it came to cakes! Either way….well done Preps and the Prep Support team of staff and parents on an excellent result for this essential charity.
Here are some date claimers to keep in mind. The Life Long Learners Awards Evening for Semester One will be held from 6pm on Thursday 22nd June. This is the second last day of Term 2.
A CPR Refresher Course and First Aid Course is being held at St Augustine’s on Thursday 8th June commencing at 3:15pm. Both courses are open to the wider community. The CPR Refresher costs $60 and the First Aid Course is $125. If interested in enrolling for either course please register at the School Administration Office by 3:00pm Friday 2nd June.
NAPLAN has come and gone for another year however we have no shortage of keen eager minds prepared to participate in the 2017 ICAS Tests. International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is a suite of six full-colour competitions -- Mathematic, English, Science, Spelling, Writing, and Digital Technologies tests designed specifically for primary and secondary students. ICAS tests are conducted annually in Australia and in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Pacific countries, and America. This year we have over 130 entries from St Augustine’s indicating a healthy growth in academic culture among our student population. I am very pleased to see many students prepared to strive for academic excellence and to challenge their understanding across a variety of curriculum areas. I wish each student enormous success and fortune.
Another initiative that has commenced is the Principal’s Advanced Readers Group. Presently there are four Year 6 students who meet with me most mornings to read together a book entitled, “I Hid My Voice” by Iranian author Parinoush Saniee. Without giving away the plot I am certain the students are enjoying reading this text. This book gives an insight into another world. Along the way each student is leaning new turns of phrases, vocabulary and the richness that a story can engage the imagination and stir emotions.
PREP ENROLMENTS HAVE BEGUN
Term 2 is the commencement of the 2018 Prep enrolment process. A shared responsibility by the school
community is to promote our school as a credible option for educating all children. Where possible please spread the word. Enrolment packages are available from the front office or download here.
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