Harmony Day @ Holy Family

This Wednesday 21st March is National Harmony Day.  It is a day where we celebrate Australia’s diversity and a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

Here at Holy Family, we will be celebrating Harmony Day on Friday 23rd March starting at 9am.  Parents are warmly invited to attend the 4RG Assembly which will focus on celebrating our diversity and feature different cultural dances.

For this occasion, students are encouraged to wear traditional cultural clothing, orange or school uniform.  Students are invited to bring a plate of food that represents their culture for a shared lunch in their classes. Parents and carers are also welcome to join their children’s classes in the shared lunch.

Friday 16th March – National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Hi everyone,

This Friday 16th March is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. The National Day is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools; schools are called to imagine a world free of bullying. An important part of the day is to stimulate conversations around bullying and violence and where to seek assistance if students need it:


The website above has fantastic resources to support the work in bullying if you need.

Orange is the colour for the day so we have highlighted this throughout some of the activities planned for the day. One of the aims of the day is to bring additional awareness of bullying and violence and to start conversations with and amongst students.

  • Jayne and Sue from the canteen have kindly offered to only serve orange snack foods at recess and lunch
  • Yr6/7HM and Yr6/7ND will incorporate elements of No Bullying and Violence in their assembly that day
  • At lunchtime on Friday we are aiming to have some student led lunch time activities




The Fish Farm ‘Kuyangani’

Yesterday 5PP and 5CM spent some time in our school fish farm with Mr McCarthy and Ms Pinneri.  We were able to explore the different fish species we have and read the notes about each type.  We made connections between several Indigenous Dreamtime stories including Thukeri and Ponde with the River Murray.

This discussion led us to think of other elements of curiosity that we have about the River Murray, so we recorded our inquiry questions as a whole class.  We are currently investigating one of the following questions that we have a personal interest in:

Cyber safety police visit

Yesterday 5PP and 5CM had office Cassie and her team visit our classes to chat about the ways in which we can be safe online.  We discussed such tips as:

-check our privacy settings on apps to ensure it is not set on public view

-think before we post a comment or an image

-only be friends online with people we physically know

-know the people and organisations who can help when we need it

-Police officers are in our community to help us and keep us safe

Grandpa’s great escape: character profiles by Maddie and Katarina

Our class is creating character profiles for the book that we have been reading called “Grandpa’s Great Escape”. Here are some of our class mates making their profile’s.

Luka (“I liked this task because I got to use my creativity and draw what ever I wanted to.”)

Keira (” I like how we could draw Grandpa and Jack and how we got to write information about them”)

Jayden(” I like this task because it helped me with my creativity to a whole new level.”)

Dalena (” how we got to draw what we think Grandad and Jack looked liked”)

Katarina & Madison (” We liked this task because we both got to make cool character’s it was really fun to do and most of all we got to blog this”)

We hope to post more photos and stories about what we have/will be doing soon!

By Maddie and Katarina

Laptop workshop Tuesday 27th February 9am

Hi everyone,


Tomorrow (Tuesday 27th Feb) from 9 – 10:30am the school will be running another family workshop about how to use the student laptops. We may cover areas such as:


  • Programs available on the laptop
  • How to save and retrieve data
  • Upload photos
  • General rules about laptop use (i.e. not eating or drinking near devices, appropriate games)

It will be a very practical workshop led by the families and their questions. We are also asking the students to come with their families so students are involved in teaching and explaining ideas to the adults.


The workshop is free and will be held in the Cafe.

We hope the workshop will help you and your child benefit from the use of their laptop at school and at home.


Kind regards,


Ms Pinneri, Mr Murray and Ms Pettet




The Celebration of Lent

Last week our classes celebrated the beginning of Lent.  We discussed the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and why we ate pancakes together.  We understand it is the day before Lent begins and traditionally in history, people would use up the foods that they gave up during this time.  Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, which is 40 days before Easter Sunday.  We celebrated Mass together here at school.  Our priest told us we need to focus on 3 things during Lent:

  1. Fasting – giving up something or doing something during Lent to remember Jesus
  2. Praying – remembering Got through our prayers and the sacrifices Jesus made for us
  3. Sharing – taking the time to be mindful of others around us and in this world


We were all given the sign of the cross on our forehead with ashes to symbolise new beginnings.


‘Repent and be faithful to the Gospel.’




Welcome back!

Hello everyone!


Welcome to Year 5 2018 in 5PP and 5CM with Mr Murray, Ms Pinneri and Ms Pettet.

Just a reminder tonight is our Parent Information evening here in rooms 19 and 20 at 6pm.  Creche is available in the OSHC room for children while you are here in the meeting.  If you are unable to attend tonight we will provide the information we are sharing tonight on this blog later in the week.


If you have any other questions or concerns pertaining to you child please feel free to contact us via email:





We are looking forward to a successful year with your children!


Kind regards,

Nadia Pinneri, Che Murray and Sara Pettet