Holy Family Kelso's BIG BREKKIE
Holy Family Primary School Kelso, hosted a BIG BREKKIE for fathers, granddads, uncles and the children recently. The morning breakfast was a wonderful gathering in the grounds of the school.
The Big Brekkie is about celebrating the important men in the lives of the children all within the school community. This event celebrates the school motto ‘Gathered in Love,’ and has been an outstanding success in recent years.
The school staff served just on 950 hot brekkie’s at the school, which boasts around 390 students. Some granddads travelled as far as Sydney just to join in the fun of celebrating with the children.
The event is also a fundraiser and, this year, Holy Family School has been able to donate $648 to the Childrens' Medical Research Institute (CMRI) at Westmead. Following the Big Brekkie, Dr Ross Wilson visited the school to receive the cheque on behalf of the medical profession. In receiving the cheque, Dr Ross spoke to the school community on the importance of medical research. He thanked the students for the work in raising money for gene research.
“We have been able to make a $648 donation to CMRI at Westmead this year,” said School Principal Mr Kevin Arrow. “The donation will support research into various illnesses that affect children including epilepsy and cancer”. He went on to say, “The Big Brekkie event is about bringing people together at the school and getting dads involved in the school. It promotes a strong interest and a sense of community.”
Pictured presenting the cheque to Dr Ross Wilson is Holy Family School Captains Benson Sharwood, Goerdie Larkin, Ruby Clarke, Molly Brown, Dr Ross and Jake Webster.
State Cross Country Carnival Awaits!
Holy Family School Kelso Y4 student Ethan Comerford has the 2014 NSW PSSA State Cross Country Championships ahead of him. The 10 year old has been selected in the Catholic Primary Schools Polding Cross Country Team following recent championships at Eastern Creek.
In the lead up to the Polding championships, Comerford performed at the Diocese of Bathurst Cross Country Carnival at Coolah, and prior to this he won the school cross country at Holy Family School.
Comerford has represented Holy Family School on numerous occasions in cross country and athletics, and recently he added rugby league to his list. As an all rounder he is looking forward to the State Cross Country on 18th July, again at Eastern Creek.
The Polding Team has a proud history of good performances at the State Carnival, and Comerford’s inclusion this year will strengthen the 2014 team.
Competing in the 10 Years Division Event, he will run a 2km course partly on the Eastern Creek raceway track and partly on the inner sections of the racing circuit.
‘Ethan has a competitive attitude with his cross country running and he will represent Holy Family with pride. He trains regularly and he has developed his middle distance running through hard work,’ said school principal Mr Kevin Arrow. ‘We wish him well at State and hope he puts in a personal best effort on the track that he is quite familiar with. He has the school holiday period to continue his training and then in the first week of Term 3 it all happens at state for Ethan!’ he said.
Anti Bullying Awareness Day
We recently held an anti bullying ‘Day of Action.’ The day aimed to focus on further creating a safe and supportive school environment. Using the Australian Government website ‘Bullying No Way,’ the school programmed a day where the whole school community was engaged in activities.
The day commenced with a morning assembly with 390 students and over 110 parents attending. School staff, local police and students presented at the assembly. As well, anti bullying video clips were used on the big screen to show the importance of everyone working together to beat bullying. In a community link, the Bathurst Quota Club provided morning tea for the parents following the assembly. Quota also provided a sausage sizzle lunch for the students. Dairy farmers also supported the lunch.
During the day the staff and students wore ‘orange’, the colour showing that the school is opposed to bullying in all its forms. Students also wore orange wrist bands with the message ‘Be a buddy not a bully’ and pin on badges which show that the school is opposed to all bullying. Students designed anti bullying posters, played anti bullying board games, created anti bullying chalk graffiti slogans, and used rap music to ensure the anti bullying message was prominent during the day.
Throughout the day, students worked in their peer support K-6 Care Groups. In the groups, the students were engaged in creative activities that explored what bullying is, why it is wrong, and importantly helped give the students skills to deal with bullying.
‘The Day of Action was a huge success for the school community. We worked together as a whole school to help give students an understanding of bullying and skills that will help them if and when they are confronted with bullying’ said school principal Mr Kevin Arrow. ‘We look forward to holding another day of Action next year to build on the success of this year,’ he said.