- Message from the Principal
- Term Dates
- Important Dates
- Merit Awards
- New PAM (Parent Access Module) Roll Out
- Mr. Bartlett Music Notes
- A Message for Grade 6 students
- St Thomas' Annual Easter Raffle 2021
- Stratford Pony Club Gymkhana
- CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)
- Lent and Easter Timetable
- COMMUNITY NOTICES - Copy
Our school is a place of faith and learning
Good afternoon to Parents and Families!
We remind families to talk to their children about safety when walking or riding to school. With three schools placed beside each other, pedestrian, bike, scooter, car and bus traffic is very busy in the morning and particularly, in the afternoon.
Children are asked not to walk or ride in front of staff car park gates and to be very mindful of driveways. Students are asked to use the gates closest to where they are dropped off in the morning and to exit via the gate where parents are parked or the gate that leads them straight home.
Children travelling from the hospital end of town or Raglan St are asked to use the Raglan St gate and crossing to enter and leave the school. Those travelling from the Dawson St end, are asked to enter via the Guthridge gates and to use the crossing when necessary.
We hope to return to our normal routines soon and it will be most important to be mindful of the foot and vehicle traffic around us.
Foundation students will begin full weeks of schooling next Monday and will no longer have Wednesdays as rest days. We will continue to use all three exit gates, however, we will ask Foundation students and their siblings to leave at 3.10pm, together with country bus students. Remaining classes will leave at 3.15pm.
We will monitor the traffic and congestion at this time and encourage families to social distance. We ask families not to congregate and to move promptly to their cars.
Gates will open at 3.10pm and close at 3.30pm.
Please remind your child of end of day arrangements.
Foundation students without siblings
Guthridge foyer gate
Foundation students and their siblings
Any exit gate
Country bus students
Gumnuts Guthridge gate
All other students
Any exit gate
The morning will run as usual with children arriving anytime after 8.30am and the school day starting at 8.55am
Catholic Identity Project
Today, families will receive an invitation to participate in the Enhancing Catholic Identity Survey.
Your child will bring home a brochure detailing the purpose of the survey and how you may complete it online.
A letter will be distributed to Year 5&6 parents on Monday inviting students to participate in the survey whilst at school.
Living our Faith
This week, children gathered in the stadium to receive Ashes that are usually distributed on Ash Wednesday. Fr Jithin celebrated a liturgy of the word and children reflected on how they may prepare for Easter during this season of Lent. We are reminded to pray for our families, friends and ourselves. The Lenten season is a perfect opportunity to repair our relationship with God and others and to find hope and joy in doing so.
I congratulate all the children who participated in the Stratford Pony Club Gymkhana.
A great day was had by all and I thank all those involved in providing this opportunity for our children.
Next week, we look forward to the District Swimming Carnival. We have twenty-seven children participating and we wish them the very best. Grace Duffield and Christine Nikolajew will accompany children to the carnival.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
Anita and Staff
2021 SCHOOL TERMS
TERM 1 Monday 1st February 2021 - Thursday 1st April
|Term 1||Monday 8th March - Labour Day|
|Friday 2nd April - Good Friday|
|Monday 5th April - Easter Monday|
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS
TERM 2 - Monday 19th April - Friday 25th June
TERM 3 - Monday 12th July - Friday 17th September
TERM 4 - Monday 4th October - Thursday 17th December
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2021
Monday 8th March Labour Day Holiday NO BUSES RUNNING
Thursday 1st April Last day of term 1 Buses leave at 2.20pm instead of 3.20pm
Monday 19th April First day of Term 2
Friday 11th June Student Free Day NO BUSES RUNNING
Monday 14th June Queens Birthday NO BUSES RUNNING
Friday 25th June Last day of term 2. Buses leave at 2.20pm instead of 3.20pm
Monday 12th July First Day of Term 3
Friday 17th September Last day of term 3. Buses leave at 2.20pm instead of 3.20pm
Monday 4th October First Day of Term 4
Tuesday 2nd November Melbourne Cup Day NO BUSES RUNNING
|Foundation CB||Emelia Sanders & Finn Jellis|
|Foundation MP||Eliza William, Tom Duffield & Thomas Irving|
|Grade 1JB||Ally Skeen & Ted Waterman|
|Grade 1MI||Indiana Haskew and Jensen Schaffer|
|Grade 2MB||Sonny Millier, Ava Fairhall, Billy Wilson & Scarlett Pini|
|Grade 2MG||Jolie Campbell, Allyson Ryan & Jimmy Brennan|
|Grade 3AP||Ari Dyce & Lila Bristow|
|Grade 3JW||Oliver Poulios, Lila Armstrong & Amelia Jinesh|
|Grade 5MC||Dakota Edwards & Harvey O'Brien|
|Physical Education||Charlie Slattery|
New PAM (Parent Access Module) Roll Out
A reminder to all families to log in and create your PAM accounts following the instructions sent via email on Wednesday. This forms part of the new communication platform we are rolling out. You will be required to complete the medical profile which will form part of the on-line excursion forms in the future. Please use PAM for submitting your absentee notices going forward and to communicate as required. If you have any queries please contact the office on 51441332.
CHOIRWe have had a terrific start to choir this year. I am very excited with the lineup and I am really looking forward to our first school performance early in term 2. There are still places available for any students in grade 3 to 6. Choir rehearses every Monday lunchtime and students are expected to commit 100% towards rehearsal and performances. If your child is interested, please ask them to attend next Monday.
We are happy to announce the annual Easter Raffle is back up and running for 2021. The P&F Committee kindly ask that donations be brought to the office by Friday 26th March 2021. Raffle tickets will go home with students next week. In past years we have had many prizes to be won.
We thank all families for there donations.
Stratford Pony Club Gymkhana
2 teams were sent to the Stratford Interschool Equestrian Challenge in Maffra on Wednesday. There were large classes and tough competition but the teams did a great job and brought home a collection of ribbons between them. Teams included Charlie and Beth Kelly, Summer Coleman, Victoria Adams and Matilda and Bella March with Millie Whykes as a very welcome team mascot. Thanks for a great day kids. You were all a great representation of St Thomas’ both on and off your ponies.
CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)
CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
If you applied for the CSEF at this school in 2020, you do not need to complete and Application Form in 2021. If any changes have occurred during 2020, and you and unsure of your eligibility, please contact email@example.com
Application forms are available from the Office.
Concession is available for CSEF recipients.
If you travel by private car, more than 4.8km (one way) to school, or the nearest designated bus stop that services the school of the denomination of your choice, you may be eligible for Conveyance Allowance. Please contact the Office for information
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
27/28 March, 2021
Sat Feb 27 5.30pm St Mary's Cathedral Bishop Gregory Bennet
Sun Feb 28 9.30am St Mary's Cathedral Fr Jithin Anto
9.30am St Rose of Lima – Rosedale Bishop Gregory Bennet
5.30pm St Mary's Cathedral Dean Peter A Bickley
SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Mon Mar 1 NO MASS
Tue Mar 2 9.30am St Mary's Cathedral – Sale Fr Jithin Anto
(Professional Standards Meeting)
3.15pm Royal Freemasons- Aged Care Dean Peter A Bickley
Weds Mar 3 CLERGY REFLECTION DAY – WARRAGUL
5.00pm Holy Hour – Mass followed by Rosary-
St Mary's Cathedral Fr Jithin Anto
Thu Mar 4 11.00am St Thomas' Class Mass Dean Peter A Bickley
5.00pm Serra Mass – Cathedral Fr Jithin Anto
Fri Mar 5 11.00am St Mary's Cathedral Fr Jithin Anto
(Followed by exposition – Reconciliation available )
Sat Mar 6 9.30am St Mary's Cathedral Dean Peter A Bickley
(Reconciliation available after Mass through to 10.30am )
World Day Of Prayer : Vanuatu : - Theme Build a Strong Foundation
Host Church is : St Paul's Anglican Cathedral
Dean Sussanna Pain, warmly welcomes parishioners of all
Churches. The World Day of Prayer commences at 7.00pm.
There are a number of opportunites for the churches of Sale to
come together in shared prayer - this year 2021, these are
- World Day of Prayer : Friday March 5, 7.00pm- St Paul's.
- Ecumenical Service of Shadows ( St Mary's Cathedral,'21) Wednesday Mar 31, 7.00pm.(please save the date)
- Walk of the Cross : Good Friday from St Mary's Cathedral 10.30am April 2, visiting Uniting Church, Salvation Army and stopping at the Park across from St Paul's Anglican Cathedral
- Anzac Day each year – at the War Memorial
Please keep in your recognised space of reference at home this list for Lent and Easter
Lent and Easter Timetable
Let us not forget Holy Hour each Weds of Lent : 5-6pm Rosary – Expositon-personal prayer. Final Blessing - Cathedral
Mar 1 (Mon) 1.30pm Stations of the Cross - St Rose of Lima – Rosedale
Mar 5 (Fri) 6.00pm Stations of the Cross - St Mary's Cathedral
Mar 10 (Weds) 10.30am Stations of the Cross - St Patrick's Stratford
Mar 12 (Fri) 11.00am Mass with Anointing – Expositon- Reconciliation – Cathedral
Mar 23 ( Tue) 6.00pm 1st Reconciliation : Parishioners to join in - Cathedral
Mar 25 (Thur) 6.00pm 1st Reconciliation : Parishioner/Briag/Stratford- at St Patrick's
Mar 26 ( Fri) 6.00pm Stations of the Cross - Cathedral
Mar 31 ( Wed) 7.00pm Service of Shadows - Cathedral
Apr 1 7.30pm Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper - Cathedral
( Washing of Feet – Altar of Repose - (Stay with me-watch with me)
April 2 9.30am Stations of the Cross - Cathedral
9.30am Stations of the Cross - Rosedale
9.30am Stations of the Cross - Stratford
10.30am Ecumenical Walk of the Cross – From Cathedral- To St Paul's
3.00pm Celebration of the Passion of the Lord _ Cathedral
April 3 7.30pm The Easter Vigil - Blessing of Fire, Procession of Paschal Candle
EASTER SUNDAY TIMETABLE
April 4 9.30am Cathedral, Stratford, Rosedale
EARLY DAYS FREE WORKSHOP
Early Days is a series of FREE workshops for parents, grandparents, and families of young children (0-7 years) who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder or who are going through the assessment and diagnostic process.
Below are the direct links to evenbrite for registration:
Sale United Football Club Are Hosting
A MELBOURNE VICTORY FUN DAY!
All The School Children Across The Wellington Shire Are Invited To Come Along And Have Some Fun At The Inflatables And Small-Sided Games. There Will Be Giveaways From MVFC & A Free Sausage Sizzle.
Sunday 28th February
10am – 1pm
313-321 Raglan Street, Sale 3850
Could All Participants Please Register For Attendance & Catering Purposes Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/