- Message from the Principal
- Term Dates, Public Holidays and School Closure Dates
- Important Dates Regarding Buses
- SCHOOL FEE LEVY CANCELLATION - 2021
- TERM 4 2021 INTERIM AMENDMENT CONCESSION
- Junior Athletics Carnival - Friday 10th December
- Merit Awards
- Message From The Library
- Grade 6 Social Justice Team
- School Photos
- Second Hand Uniform Shop
- Brooke Kelly SSV AFL State Girls Team Captain
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
Next Monday at Assembly, students will celebrate the beginning of Advent, the season of waiting and preparing for Christmas. It is a time to reflect on how we live the message of Christ, to love and serve others, sharing the spirit of peace, hope and joy. Among the challenges that present themselves in following the way of Christ, we are reminded of God’s everlasting love and forgiveness when we stumble. We look forward to lighting the Advent Candles in coming weeks in readiness to celebrate the birth of Christ.
What do the four candles of Advent symbolize within the Catholic Church?
The four Sundays preceding Christmas, which is when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, are recognized for four virtues. The candles on the Advent wreath symbolize hope, love, joy and peace.
Foundation 2022 Transition
Today, we held the first of two scheduled Transition Days for our Foundation 2022 classes.
It was lovely to have the children with us this morning. We look forward to working with all our students and families as they begin their education and faith journey with us.
Year 6 Camp
Next week , our Year Six children will be attending camp. We are excited for them and thank teachers, learning support officers and volunteers for their time. It is a huge responsibility taking children on camp, but see it as an opportunity to develop a variety of social and personal skills, including resilience and responsibility. We look forward to hearing all their stories when they return.
Year 6 Graduation
At present, Year 6 Graduation will take place and is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th 2021, It will begin with Mass at the Cathedral (to be confirmed) at 5.45pm followed by a picnic tea and Graduation ceremony at school. Further details will be shared with families by classroom teachers as we draw closer to the event.
A cinema morning is currently scheduled for children in Years 3, 4 & 5 on Wednesday December 15th. Details and permission slips will go out within the next fortnight.
Students in Foundation, Year 1&2 will enjoy an Athletics Day on Friday, December 10th, 2021.
Again, teachers will share details with families, closer to the event.
2021 SCHOOL TERM DATES
TERM 4 - Monday 4th October - Thursday 16th December 3.15pm Finish
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS
|Friday 17th December 2021||Student Free Day|
2022 SCHOOL TERM DATES
TERM 1 - Wednesday 2nd February - Friday 8th April (Testing Days Monday 31st January & Tuesday 1st February)
TERM 2 - Tuesday 26th April - Friday 24th June
TERM 3 - Monday 11th July - Friday 16th September
TERM 4 - Monday 3rd October - Tuesday 20th December
IMPORTANT DATES FOR BUSES
Buses will not run on the following days in 2022
Friday 28th and Monday 31st of January 2022
Friday 10th June 2022
Monday 11th July 2022
Friday 25th November 2022
SCHOOL FEE LEVY CANCELLATION - 2021
Following the cancellation of most Camps and Activities that were scheduled for 2021 a credit has been applied to your school fee account.
Updated accounts will be sent out next week, once all credits have been processed.
Direct Debit arrangements will be temporarily suspended for all accounts that have gone into credit.
Refunds will be processed for those families who are departing St Thomas’ at the end of year.
Once the credits are processed you will have the option of carrying your credit amount over to 2022 or you can opt for a refund.
IMPORTANT FEE INFORMATION
TERM 4 2021 INTERIM AMENDMENT CONCESSION
Many in our school community continue to face financial impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to supporting families experiencing financial challenges through our School Fee Concession programs, and encourage any parent/carer/guardian experiencing difficulties to contact us regarding fee assistance.
Please contact: Anita Little: firstname.lastname@example.org or Casey Johnson - email@example.com to explore confidential financial support arrangements or to obtain further information.
Ethan Hawkes & Xavier Kennedy
|Courtney Baker, Hudson Bateman & Addison Bouffioux|
|Grade 1MI||Annabella Cutrupi,Chloe McCarthy & Bella March|
|Riley McCartney & Ava Fairhall|
|Ruby Edwards & Ashleigh Johnstone|
|Hnery English, Imogen Lynch, Mary De Boer, Daniel Williams & Kailin Smith|
|Grade 3AP||Indy Foster & Lily Homes|
Hamish Scott & Daisy Wilson
Harvey O'Brien & Angelina Jiju
Cameron Silk & Nathan Adams
Oliver Dyer, Ella Heffernan & Remy Sutton
Grade 6 Social Justice Team
Can Drive and A Better Life For Foster Kids
A reminder that this term the Grade 6s will be running two Social Justice activities. We hope that our school community will get behind us and support these two initiatives.
St Vinnies Can Drive
We are asking for donations of canned food that we will give to St Vinnies for people in need. Each class has a basket in their classrooms for donated food items. This will be running until the last week of school.
A Better Life for Foster Kids
We are also collecting donated items for ‘A Better Life for Foster Kids’. This is a Gippsland-based charity that supports children and carers in the out-of-home-care system. Some items that could be donated may include clothing, toiletries, baby supplies, activity books, blankets and toys.
The Grade 6 students will also collect these items up until the end of term.
SCHOOL PHOTOS – 2021
Our annual school photos have been taken and are now ready to order.
Arthur Reed Photos uses an online ordering system where you can view your photos prior to ordering.
On photo day all students received a flyer which includes a code unique to them.
You will require this 2021 code to register online and view your photos.
If you have already registered, you will receive an email or SMS from Arthur Reed Photos with a link to view your photos.
If you have not yet registered, please go to order.arphotos.com.au and enter your code to complete your order.
If you have misplaced your registration code, please contact the Arthur Reed Photos customer service team directly on 5243 4390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that you will need to register online with your 2021 photo code to gain access to this year’s images.
All photo packages are being sent home in 2021, so please ensure that you enter the correct details and nominated shipping address upon checkout.
If you require any assistance ordering your photos, please contact Arthur Reed Photos directly on 5243 4390 or email email@example.com
Congratulations to Brooke Kelly who was selected as Captain to lead the SSV AFL State Girls Team on the weekend. Brooke was a key contributor to her team which won. What a wonderful achievement Brooke. We look forward to seeing you in the AFLW in years to come.
UNITING CHRISTMAS APPEAL
After everything we have gone through this year, we all want Christmas to be extra special. But for many families, it will be so much tougher to afford gifts for their children. Your support will help us make sure there are gifts under every tree in our local community.
To donate you can drop off gifts or money donation to our office at 126 Raymond Street Sale or call to find out more.
If you are needing extra help this year, please call us on 03 5144 77 77