Effort the Key.

Last Thursday saw our year 3 – 6 students push themselves in a physically and mentally challenging event – Faction Cross Country.

The weather was kind and the support was huge, with many parents, grandparents and siblings turning out to cheer on our runners. There were plenty of nerves before each race, but they were overcome and replaced with determination. It was such a rewarding experience for teachers, parents and classmates to see students dig deep and show resilience to complete the course. It is through events such as this that we can build resilience in our students – to give them the opportunity to face challenges, both mental and physical, and prove to themselves that nerves, discomfort and self doubt are temporary. Tough times pass, but tough people carry on.

Thank you to the many supporters for not only cheering for your children and your faction, but for supporting every last runner in each race too. You made each student feel worthy of admiration and kindness. Thank you to our wonderful staff for their efforts in helping in a variety of roles. Our new faction captains played an important part in the event, and I look forward to more of these opportunities this semester. Finally well done to our runners for accepting the challenge, facing their fears, pushing themselves past discomfort and showing such spirit.

Canning won the day with Luemmen collecting the ‘Bonus Points’ shield. For a list of our top 5 place getters, click here: team list 17


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Good Luck for Cross Country

Good luck to all our competitors for our carnival on Thursday. Whilst it is a challenging event, it is one that can be just as rewarding as it is tiring. It takes courage just to even start the race, and there will be ample support for all our classmates, teachers, parents and grandparents as they trek their way around the course. We enjoy a supportive community at our sporting events and I am expecting the same this Thursday.

Some students have been training hard at our ‘lap-running’ mornings which has been pleasing to see. These sessions will continue right up until the inter-school cross country carnival in week 8. For those amongst us who are not natural runners, the challenge may simply be to finish the race.

The great thing about athletics is that you can compete against yourself – set yourself a target and discover what you can do. Cross country races are just as much a mental challenge as a physical challenge – after all, it is the mind that must tell the legs to keep going. Such a test on one’s resilience and persistence is a great learning experience for our students, which is why we have cross country events. To accept life’s challenges and take them head on is a life skill we want our students to develop at Queenies.

Good luck, think positive and try your best!

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Our Pre-Primary to year 5 students have been thoroughly enjoying the Edu-dance lessons so far, and from all reports their routines are coming along nicely. It is such a great program for our students – exercise, rhythm, balance, coordination and of course – fun!

Our Edu-dance concerts (one for the .1 classes, and one for the .2 classes) are scheduled for Tuesday 19th September (week 10) from 1.30pm. The finer details will be communicated once confirmed.

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Faction Cross Country

We have had a wonderful turnout of enthusiastic runners before school on Tuesdays and Fridays in recent weeks. It is a pleasing sight to see students exercising and socialising, completing as many laps a s they can and recording those laps on their ‘lap card’.

Next week our Faction Cross Country carnival takes place. The message being given to all students in the lead up to this event is an important one. Although distance running is a great challenge for most of us,  the reward comes from proving to one’s self that with persistence and resilience – ‘WE CAN DO IT.” It is important to expose children to these challenges to experience nerves, self doubt and physical discomfort, so that they learn how to overcome them. By preparing their bodies pre-race, pacing themselves, practicing positive self talk, and receiving encouragement from their parents, teachers and peers, they will see that just to finish the race is a triumph.

We hope to see many supporters there for a fun and rewarding day. The details are below.

Faction Cross Country Carnival

Training: Tuesdays and Fridays – 8.20am on the Annexe oval.

Carnival Details:

  • Thursday 10 August, 2017.
  • Queen of Apostles – school grounds
  • Yr 3 – 6 students
  • Yr 3 = 1.0km, Yr 4/5 = 1.5km, Yr 6 = 2.0km
  • Students wear their faction coloured t shirts, sports shorts, sports shoes.
  • Includes a parents, toddlers and teachers’ ‘Fun Run/Walk’ (500m) that will earn points for their faction.
  • Everyone earns faction points when they participate!
Approx. Start Time Event
12.30 Lunch
12.40 Toilet, prepare etc
12.50 Opening address
1.00 Yr 3 Girls
1.10 Yr 3 Boys
1.20 Yr 4 Girls
1.30 Yr 4 Boys
1.40 Parents and Teachers’ ‘Fun Run’
1.50 Yr 5 Girls
2.00 Yr 5 Boys
2.10 Yr 6 Girls
2.25 Yr 6 Boys
2.45 Presentations

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Before School Running Returns!


Students, parents, grandparents and teachers are welcome to come down to the Annex Oval before school to walk and talk, jog or run their way around the oval and enjoy the 4 F’s of Physical Activity: Fun, Fitness, Friends and Family.

When: Tuesday and Friday Mornings (starting this week).

Where: Annexe Oval at 8.20am.

Who: Everyone and anyone!

Every lap earns points for your faction!



Save the dates – Cross Country

Sports events for term 3:

Faction Cross Country Carnival:

  • Thursday 10th August, yrs 3 – 6, 12.30pm onwards.


Littlies’ Lapathon:

  • Wednesday 16th August, Kindy to Yr 2, 2.00pm onwards


Inter-school Cross Country:

  • Tuesday 5th September, selected yr 3-6 students, all day.



Proud of our Bunch!

Our Winter team sports events are over for another year, and once again it has been a successful season.

We started training back in the middle of term 1. All of our year 5 and 6 students were involved in either netball, soccer or football. With limited space to train on, sessions were organised at Riverton Reserve, as well as soccer training at lunch times and netball training sessions before school. We competed in four Friday Eagles Cup matches and an all-day Lightning Carnival. As you can imagine, this has required an enormous amount of preparation and effort by students, teachers and parent helpers.

But the benefits and rewards are huge. Not only do our students gain skills and knowledge in their chosen activity, but the life lessons that are learnt from sport are very important for the development of the whole person. We are fortunate to have the kind of leadership at Queen of Apostles that wilfully supports these sporting activities. Sadly, many schools are missing out on these opportunities, citing time, money and personnel as the reason for not participating. Our Principal, Shaun O’Neill spoke about this eloquently in a past issue of our newsletter. I encourage you to (re)read it here.

A very special thanks to our hard working teachers for their time, care and effort:

Mrs Boronovski, Mrs Higgins, Mr Wylie, Mr Ianello, Ms Laity, Mrs Spadaro, Mrs Lindsay.

It was wonderful to have the help from parent/grandparent volunteers and ex-students in various capacities:

Mr and Mrs Pendleton, Mr Koh, Mrs Pynes, Mr Alves-Veira, Mrs Kelleher, Mrs Ophel, Mia Paradiso, Ella McFerrin.

To these people we are grateful for your time and effort in helping make our term 2 Winter Sports events a success!