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God our Heavenly Father
Give your blessings to our school.
Give to all who work here
The true love of knowledge.
May the spirit of loyalty bind us closely together,
so that we may work for our own good and
the common good.
May your wisdom help our work and our play
so that we may grow to love all that
is true, honest and good.
PO Box 214 NARRABRI NSW. 2390
The Catholic school forms part of the saving mission of the Church, especially for education in the faith. Remembering that 'the simultaneous development of man's psychological and moral consciousness is demanded by Christ almost as a precondition for the reception of the befitting divine gifts of truth and grace', the church fulfils her obligation to foster in her children a full awareness of their rebirth to a new life. It is precisely in the Gospel of Christ , taking root in the minds and lives of the faithful, that the Catholic school finds its definition as it comes to terms with the cultural conditions of the times.
The Catholic School Rome 1977
The Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education
At St. Francis Xavier's Primary School Narrabri we accept the challenge to make a worthy contribution to society, by enabling students to take responsibility for their actions. We acknowledge our need to create an environment that enables Gospel Values to be learnt and shared. As well as an environment where all students are able to learn. We encourage love and affirmation, seek truth and justice, uphold the family as the core group of living and learning. We aim to build a community where the dignity of each person is respected.
Our school crest places particular emphasis on the Gospel virtues:-
We base our education on the Gospel taking the following texts as our goal.
I HAVE COME THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT TO THE FULL ........(Jn. 10:10)
YOUR LIGHT MUST SHINE IN THE SIGHT OF, PEOPLE SO THAT, SEEING YOUR GOOD WORKS, THEY MAY GIVE THE PRAISE TO YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN......................(Mt. 5:16)
LOVE IS ALWAYS PATIENT AND KIND; IT IS NEVER RUDE OR SELFISH; IT DOES NOT TAKE OFFENCE; AND IS NOT RESENTFUL. LOVE DELIGHTS IN THE TRUTH; IT IS ALWAYS READY TO EXCUSE, TO TRUST, TO HOPE AND TO ENDURE WHATEVER COMES.....(1 Cor. 13:4-7)
THIS IS WHAT YAHWEH ASKS OF YOU; ONLY THIS TO ACT JUSTLY, TO LOVE TENDERLY, AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD. .....................................................................(Micah 6:8)
At St. Francis Xavier's Narrabri we aim: -
At St. Francis Xavier's we:-
We hope to develop an atmosphere of love and understanding within our school, by developing in our students a realisation of the need for self-discipline. This involves an understanding of the rights of others, a knowledge of our duties to one another and an ability to control our actions in accordance with the good of ourself and our companions in life.
Religious Education is seen as an area of curriculum which brings together many disciplines and aspects of life, integrating these in the context of faith. Religious education enables people to enter into the wonderful mystery of God.
English education is based on an integration of the skills of reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening. These skills are mastered through constant use and guidance. We provide experiences whereby students will become competent language users who will perceive language as an enjoyable activity and a tool for learning about their world.
To provide a sound foundation for the students mathematical development regular and varied maths lessons are provided. Mathematics education is enhanced when active participation is encouraged using concrete materials and the reading level is appropriate to each grade.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Science and Technology are integral parts of the modern world. Dramatic and rapid change in these areas is a basic fact of life for all students. For personal, social, environment and economic reasons young people must be equipped to be active participants in our scientific and technological society. We provide students with opportunities to experiment, inquire and problem solve.
Computer Education is integrated into most subject areas to cater for the individual learning needs of the students. Students will experience a wide range of applications of computer technology.
Human Society Its Environment involves inquiry into three main areas: personal, social relationships and environmental. Through these studies each student will be able participate more effectively in society.
CREATIVE AND PRACTICAL ARTS
Music helps to foster an awareness and appreciation of various cultural traditions. At an individual level, it is a medium of personal expression, enabling people to share ideas, feelings and experiences.
Art & Craft provides students with an opportunity to participate in activities which will lead to personal satisfaction derived from exploration, free expression and self-discovery. We endeavour to allow students to become aware of the many styles and methods of art and craft.
Effective Personal Development, Health and Physical programs affect the way students think, feel and act in regard to their own well being and that of others and the community in which we live. School programs should focus on students to make informed decisions related to health and physical and develop positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.
Homework is seen as an integral part of learning and an opportunity to involve parents in their child's education.
The Library Resource Centre is a valid, dynamic and supporting agent of the whole education system at St. Francis Xavier's.
The wearing of a uniform gives a sense of belonging, pride in oneself and school, equality and unity, distinguishes and differentiates and is economical. In the long term a very good disciplinary measure. We encourage the use of the correct school uniform at all times.
Parents, it is important that your child comes to school dressed in the proper school uniform. The school colours are bottle green and yellow/gold.
GIRLS: Green and white stripe uniform, plain brown sandles or black regulation shoes and white socks.
BOYS: Yellow shirt, grey shorts, plain brown sandles or black regulation shoes, grey socks with green and gold stripe.
GIRLS: Green tunic with belt or green slacks, long sleeve yellow shirt, school tie, green jumper or zip jacket with black regulation shoes, grey socks with green and gold stripe.
GIRLS: Green knife pleated skirt, yellow T-shirt with emblem, white socks and white tennis shoes, dark green or black sports briefs.
BOYS: Green shorts, yellow T-shirt with emblem, white socks and white tennis shoes.
TRACK SUITS: School tracksuit is bottle green jacket and pants with emblem. Green jumper with emblem. Green pants.
All uniforms are available at Barraket's Store except for the hats and ties which can be purchased from the office. A clothing pool s also available. PLEASE MARK CHILD'S NAME ON ALL CLOTHING.
If you wish to speak to the Principal at length, on any matter please ring the secretary and make an appointment.
If you wish to speak to teachers, at length on any matter, please make an appointment with them. Staff gather for prayer on Wednesday mornings and Staff Meetings are held on Tuesdays.
School Hours 8:55am to 3:15pm.
Morning Recess - 11:00 - 11:30pm
Lunch - 12:50 - 1:45pm
Of students 8:30am to 3:45pm or when the last bus leaves if later.
Canteen operates Tuesday to Friday, staffed by volunteers. Co-ordinated by Laraine Palmer. The canteen phone number is 67922265.
With the Armidale Diocesean Investment Group's "Rainbow Club" each Tuesday. Children are responsible to place their bank books into the class baskets each Tuesday. Application forms are available from the office.
When sending or delivering money to the school, for any reason (fees, excursions etc.) PLEASE ENCLOSE IN AN ENVELOPE AND MARK IT CLEARLY WITH - Child's name, Child's Class, Amount of Money, Purpose.
Please make sure children are competent and safe riders before allowing them to ride to and from school. Safety regulations state that children should be 10 Years of age to be able to ride a bike in safety. Therefore only children in Years 3-6 are given permission to ride their bikes to school.
Children must wear an approved safety helmet when riding to school.
Behaviour on buses, particularly on the way home from school has been a matter of great concern to many people. Children who travel by bus must understand a Code of Conduct. Offensive Behaviour, Dangerous Behaviour and Very Dangerous Behaviour will not be tolerated and may lead to loss of free school travel privileges for up to ten school weeks and may also lead to civil court action or police prosecution. Parents are responsible for the behaviour and safety of their children on the way to and from school and should instruct their children accordingly.
These are held every second Friday in the parish hall. Classes are rostered to present an item and recognition is given to students who have worked particularly well in class.
Reports are sent out twice a year, in June and December. These reports are based on continuous assessment of class work, child's general attitude and conduct.
Years 3 & 5 sit the NAPLAN Testing for literacy, numeracy and writing. Year 6 Children sit a Basic Skills Test for Religious Education. Reports of these three are sent to parents towards the beginning of Term 4.
Pupil free inservice days for the teachers are usually held once each term. Parents will be notified well in advance of these dates. THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS ALWAYS A PUPIL FREE DAY FOR TEACHERS.
P.E. is conducted for all children regularly each week. The whole school participates in P.E. each Monday and Friday morning. Times may change in the Winter months to accommodate the changing weather conditions. Classes are rotated weekly between teachers so that eventually each class is taught by every teacher in the school. At each work station, there are a variety of skills and activities taught, which are adapted to the developmental stages of each class, so that the children receive instruction in line with curriculum requirements.
Sport takes place on Thursday and involves children being introduced to skills of games, swimming and athletics. The Sporting Houses are PENOLA (Red), MACKILLOP (Gold), JOSEPH (Blue) and XAVIERS (Green).
encourage neat work and good working habits. All exercise books are to be
covered. Please check during the year to see worn covers are replaced.
Order forms are issued by class teacher. Children may buy books applicable to reading ages at reasonable price.
Year 6 Students are our school leaders. A boy and girl captain and vice captain are elected after nomination and elections have been held at the end of the preceding year. Two boys and two girls are elected as prefects. Two students are elected also as House Captains for each Sports House. One student from each class is elected each term to form the Student Council. This council meets regularly each term to consider how they can contribute to the growth of the school community.
The sacraments are conferred during the year at various times.
First communion year 4 ,term 1
Reconciliation year 3,term 2
Confirmation year 6 ,term 3
More information is given as time draws closer.
Our school exists so that we can assist you, the parents, in enabling your children to receive an education based on Christian values . Therefore, we give the children opportunities for liturgical worship as a school community and a grade/class community. During each term we hold School masses, Reconciliation services and Paraliturgies. Parents are invited to join with the school in these enjoyable and prayerful celebrations.
A weekly newsletter is sent home to parents on Monday of every week. Please be sure to read this newsletter - it contains all important school details.
The school has a clothing pool. Please see Jo Clark at the office if you require to purchase items for school uniforms.
Mrs. Jo Clark. Jo is in the office each day of school from 8:30am to 4:30pm. (Including pupil free days).
Outbreaks of head lice occur from time to time. We request that parents pay special attention to children's heads during the warmer moths of the year. Children may go back to school when they have been treated with Head Lice lotion and ALL eggs have been removed. Children should not miss more than one or two days school each time they have head lice. Please notify the School of Head Lice are found and call at the office after treatment before retuning to class.
Normally the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.
Normally the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm.
Compulsory for infants children to borrow books.
Used by most classes, available at the office.
Both are available at the office.
A general permission note for walking Excursions and P.E. walks is obtained at the beginning of the yea for the year.
In town excursions - A note will be sent home - permission to walk not needed.
Out of town excursions - A permission note is issued and must be signed and retuned to the class teacher for the student to attend.
Lessons and activities. A permission note for school swimming is obtained at the beginning of each year for Term 1 and Term 4.
When a child is absent from school a note or phone call is required. The class roll is a legal document of attendance.
Students participate in Easter, Christmas, Education Week and Book Week activities at school. They also take part in the ANZAC Day march and other such community activities.
Payable each term or negotiated with Principal or Parish Priest.
Payable once a year in Term 1. Charged per child
Payable once a year in Term 2. Charged per family.
Students enrolled with us have comprehensive cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. This costs $2 per Term per child and is payable in term 3.
Jewellery is not permitted to be worn at school except for simple sleepers, studs, medical bracelets or watches.
Good health is vital to school progress. Immunization is a safe guard to health. Your child will probably need a booster injection about the time he/she commences school. If a child has one of the childhood diseases, then he/she will have to stay at home until well. Unimmunised children who have been in contact with a sick child must stay at home during the outbreak. This will prevent the disease from spreading to other children and people in the community. It is possible that at some time during your child's school life, he/she will contact one of the common diseases of childhood. Please contact the office for more information on disease exclusion periods.
Parents are requested to keep the school office informed when immunization is updated and to keep asthma information up-to-date.
If a child requires medication to be administered at school the following rules must apply. A written note from the doctor indicating name and medication, name of the child, dosage and times of administration, A written note from the parent indicating the name of the child, the name of the medication, authority to supervise the receiving of the medication, only designated office staff will supervise the receiving of medication, we would prefer that parents present medication to the office, all medication must bear the child's name.
Primary children are encouraged to keep their asthma puffers on them and take responsibility for their use. Puffers should have child's name marked on them. Infants children are encouraged to have their puffers on the care of their teacher or the office. Accessibility is the important element. Parents preference or request will be take into account in organizing accessibility and safety.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIERS NARRABRI 32 Nandewar Street Narrabri, 2390. NSW Ph: (02) 6792 1796. Fax: ( 02) 6792 4035
EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org PRINCIPAL: Mr Andrew Pinelli