Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
As we enter another period of lockdown, we wish all our families well.
Please know that staff will be available to answer questions via email each day. Your child’s learning plan will be shared by classroom teachers on Sunday afternoon after 4pm. As with previous lockdowns, families will need to register their child’s attendance by responding to their teacher’s morning email. If your child is not participating in Remote Schooling on a particular day, you will also need to notify the school they are absent using PAM or the Schoolzine App.It is most important that all families complete their PAM registration to ensure important information is available to them.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Yesterday, students were sent home with the necessary items for next week. If your child did not bring home their pack, you would have received an email or phone call from the teacher, detailing arrangements for picking up their belongings.They may be collected from the admin foyer on Monday morning between 8am and 9am.
The weekly learning program will be similar to the past with some alterations, taking into account feedback we have received.
We will continue to prioritise English, Mathematics and Religious Education and ask that tasks set for these disciplines are completed for the day.
Activities will be set for Japanese, Phys.Ed, Art and Music, and we ask you to select one of these specialist areas to complete each day, if possible.
Please allow time for breaks and physical activity during this period.
TO BE COMPLETED
Select one item below for each day, if possible.
PLAY BASED LEARNING
TEACHERS AVAILABLE ONLINE DURING THIS PERIOD.
Morning break: 10.30am-11am
Follow up phone calls/communication/assessment with families.
Students onsite will need to bring their own pencils, scissors and glue. Children will enter via the Guthridge foyer gate and exit at the Gumnuts gate. Children will make their own way to classrooms. Gates will open at 8.30am, however, we do recommend that children arrive at 8.45am if possible. The school day will end at 3.15pm.
We suggest that students wear their sports uniform as they will go out for games after lunch.
Students may bring a book to read, a drawing or colouring-in book, a game or puzzle they may play on their own quietly, when school work is finished. Students will be supervised to complete the work assigned by their teacher/s.
We do expect children to return to school next Friday, June 4th, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
We do remind families that students are to only use the school email address for the purpose of learning. We ask parents to be mindful of what children may be accessing or sharing on their phones or personal devices with some extra time on their hands while at home.
Information regarding how students can remain safe online can be accessed through the e-safety commissioner website. We encourage families to access this site and discuss cybersafety with their child.
Please know that we have been notified of a case of Impetigo(school sores) within the school. Please refer to the information below regarding Impetigo. https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Impetigo_school_sores/#key-points-to-remember
Please know that school photos have been postponed and will not take place on June 9th 2021. Arthur Reed Photos will provide us with a new date in the near future.
Wishing you every blessing. May God continue to keep you safe during these changing times,
Anita and staff.
Lord Jesus Christ, light of this world, thank you for the hope you have given us.
Help us to give our worries to you and, above all, to trust in your unfailing love.
For you have promised us "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."
Almighty God, our protector, let us trust in you to carry us through this time of uncertainty. ……... Amen.
2021 SCHOOL TERM DATES
TERM 2 - Monday 19th April - Thursday 24th June
TERM 3 - Monday 12th July - Friday 17th September
TERM 4 - Monday 4th October - Thursday 17th December
|Monday 14th June||Queen's Birthday|
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS
|Friday 25th June||Curriculum Planning|
IMPORTANT DATES FOR BUSES 2021
Tuesday 8th June - Magic Beach Performance - The production will finish at 3pm, which means that we will not be back in time for country bus & Paisley Park students, please make other pick up arrangements.
Friday 11th June NO BUSES RUNNING
Monday 14th June Queens Birthday NO BUSES RUNNING
Friday 25th June School Closure Day
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
PAM (Parent Access Module)
We still have some families who have not completed there PAM accounts, please follow the instructions below and contact the office if you require your Parent Code. Please remember to complete the medical profile also.
To access PAM, please click HERE and enter your login credentials to proceed to your account.
Please note you may only have one shared active family account per household, please contact the office if you have any queries.
If you need your login credentials or a password reset, please contact our reception officers on 5144 1332 or email@example.com.
Division Cross Country
On Monday we had a team of runners compete at the Wellington Division Cross Country at Yarram Golf Course. Our competitors performed exceptionally well on a tough undulating course, and have all progressed to compete at the Gippsland Regional Championships in Warragul next Thursday. Congratulations to Maddy and Taylah Mizzi who won their age group events and to Ava and Jack Armstrong who placed on the day as well. Good luck next week!
It was great to have winter sport back on the calendar this year! Our grade 5 and 6 students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play together and represent St Thomas’ in the district soccer, netball and football competitions held in Sale and Maffra on Tuesday. Students competed in a round robin competition against 7 other primary schools in our district, before playing off in finals. Both our soccer and netballers made it to the semi-finals. Our netballers narrowly missed out on making the grand-final after a nail-biting semi final that resulted in 3 time-ons against Gippsland Grammar. The boys AFL team had a busy day playing 8 games in total. They also experienced a close and exciting grand-final against St Mary’s Sale, where they lost by 7 points. We would like to extend a big thank you to Tegan Reid and Daniel Bird for offering their time and expertise to coach our teams. As well as to our volunteer umpires and scorers who did an amazing job.
Zart (a company that sells art supplies and hosts professional development) is running a competition for students. The idea is to create an artwork celebrating the theme OUR CELEBRATION OF AUSTRALIA.
Artwork can be 2D (e.g. drawing, painting, sidewalk chalk drawing etc.) or 3D (e.g. sculpture, construction). Each student can only enter once and must seek parental permission. They submit their entry via the website once the competition opens.
Parents can visit the website https://www.zartart.com.au/home and click on the tab Student Art Prize for more information. Email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to email@example.com
2021 is an exciting year for Art in Gippsland. We have the Archibald prize coming to Gippsland Art Gallery! The Gallery is the sole Victorian host venue for the Prize’s Regional Tour. The exhibition, which is celebrating its centenary year, will be held from October 8 to November 21. Students will have the opportunity to enter the “Young Archies” through the Gallery. I will share details as soon as I have them!
The Packing Room Prize winner was announced earlier today. If anyone would like to see more about the Archibald they can visit artgallery.nsw.gov.au
We would like to acknowledge the kind donation of Mrs. C's books and teaching supplies to St Thomas' Primary School by her family. It is very much appreciated. She is missed.
CANTEEN ROSTER TERM 2
|Canteen Roster Term 2 2021||Fridays 12:50pm - 1:40pm|
|Week||Date||Volunteer 1||Volunteer 2||Reserve|
|7||4 June 2021||Crystal McMillan||Gabrielle Waterman|
|8||11 June 2021||Kim Reid||Emily Jones||Michelle Brewis|
|9||18 June 2021||Lorissa Whykes||Christine Kemp||Tracey Crane|
On Tuesday 8th June the Foundation, Year One and Year Two classes will be attending a performance at the Wedge in Sale. We will be travelling to The Wedge by bus, leaving at 1:40pm and will return at the end of the school day. We will be watching the production of “Magic Beach,'' a play based on the book by Alison Lester. This excursion will provide our students with an opportunity to celebrate the power of imagination and the differences that make every child special. The production will finish at 3pm, which means that we will not be back in time for country bus students. If your child catches the country bus, please make other arrangements for their pick up from school on this day.