Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
Today, we welcomed back our students from Foundation to Year Two and we thoroughly enjoyed having them back at school. It was a day of connecting with friends, sharing their experiences and settling back into routines. Once again, we thank everyone for their efforts and will continue to support our Year Three to Six students who are still learning at home.
If your child has not returned their learning pack and pencils, we ask them to do so next Monday. Your child’s teacher will inform you if there has been a change to Specialist classes next week.
We remind you to keep checking PAM for daily messages and school communications.
If you have any questions regarding PAM, please contact Admin and they will be happy to help you.
RIDE FOR CANCER
Hamish in Year 5 is taking part in the ‘Greatest Cycling Challenge’ which raises money for children with cancer. Not only is he doing something he likes - bike riding - but raising money for a good cause.
He has set a goal of $500 and to ride 50km in October. He is practising during lockdown and riding up to a 10km round trip through the forest around his home. He began raising money and in one day alone, raised $480. He has now set a new goal to $750. He’s so excited!!
If you would like to track his goals, you can at - https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/HamishVanDrunen
OUR LADY’S BIRTHDAY
September 8th is the day the Catholic Church celebrates the birthday of Our Lady, Mother of Jesus. The Rosary is often prayed as we ask Mary to intercede on our behalf through prayer.
This week, we call upon Mary to listen to our prayers as we pray for all our families and ask God to keep them safe.
TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT COVID
Please find some information attached to the newsletter regarding ‘ How to speak to your child about COVID”. Your child may have some questions or anxieties about what is being shared by the media and spoken about in the community. We hope you find this information useful.
Just a reminder that unwell adults with COVID symptoms are not to visit the school.
- Feeling cold,
- Sore throat
- Trouble breathing
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Can’t smell or taste
Sometimes, there may be other signs of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Sore muscles
- Throwing up
- Runny nose
Children who are unwell are also asked to stay at home if displaying COVID symptoms.
Your child needs to stay at home until all symptoms are resolved.
Those presenting with symptoms at school will be sent home.
Please refer to the Victorian State Government Education and Training website for further details.
Enjoy your weekend and take care,
Anita and Staff
2021 SCHOOL TERM DATES
TERM 3 - Monday 12th July - Friday 17th September
TERM 4 - Monday 4th October - Thursday 17th December
|Tuesday 2nd November 2021||Melbourne Cup|
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS
|Monday 1st November 2021||Student Free day|
|Friday 17th December 2021||Student Free Day|
IMPORTANT DATES FOR BUSES 2021
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
Footy Colours Day & Virtual AFL Coaching Session
Wednesday 15th September
Next Wednesday we will be holding our annual ‘Footy Colours' dress up day for all students onsite and learning remotely. All staff and students will be invited to come dressed up in their favourite footy code and colours to school or for their google meets. Students in grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to participate in a 45 minute fun and interactive Virtual AFL session that is being run by AFL Victoria coaches next Wednesday at 11am. To participate in the session students will need a ball of any sort and some space to move in their lounge room or yard. The link to access the session will be shared next week.
We look forward to seeing you in your footy colours next Wednesday. GO CATS!!!!!!
Just before I leave for the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful music students at St. Thomas’. It has been another difficult year with many, many interruptions. I have been so impressed with the resilience and attitude displayed by all of you. I have witnessed some great progress displayed by many of you during class time this year. As usual, I will be sad to see the grade 6 music students leave this year. I wish you all the best for the future. I would especially like to thank the choir students for their excellent effort and a great result in the Sale Eisteddfod. Don’t forget, keep singing, playing and dancing.
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
A letter has been emailed to all families regarding School Fees.
Families who are experiencing financial pressure due to the impact of COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for Interim Amended Concession Term 3 2021.
Anita Little - firstname.lastname@example.org
Casey Johnson – email@example.com