Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
All staff would sincerely like to thank you for your support throughout this term.
It has been a challenging term with children and staff absent due to illness and we now look forward to a restful break in readiness for Term 3.
Unfortunately, a number of Parent /Teacher Interviews needed to be postponed. These will be rescheduled for Week 2, Term 3.
We say farewell to Mrs Vicki Colley and Ms Lauren Madeley and welcome Mrs Merran Bradley and Kristy Glover to the Year 5 MC classroom for the remainder of the school year.
We also look forward to Miss Justine Shields returning to Year 4. I thank Mary Wilson and Michele Glover for their work in Year 4.
Just a reminder for parents to be aware of what children may be accessing or sharing online during the holiday period.
Please check the E-Safety Commissioner site for tips on how to support your child when using electronic devices, phones, ipads, x- boxes etc. Children are open to a larger, broader community than their own friendship group when online gaming, snap-chatting, instagramming, tik-toking etc. Even amongst friendship groups, information can be shared that may be upsetting. We remind children to use their devices responsibly.
Cyberbullying - eSafety Commissioner
Next term, we look forward to the swimming program and I remind parents and carers to complete permission slips via PAM.
Details regarding Year 6 camp will be released in Week One of Term Three.
The school will also undergo a School Review process by external reviewers. They will examine the work of the school during the period of 2019 and 2022 in light of the school’s strategic plan. It is an opportunity to identify strengths and areas for improvement, moving forward.
Once again we wish all our children and their families a well deserved break.
We are grateful for all that has been achieved this term. I particularly thank all those who have volunteered to assist with the casserole bank. Please know your efforts have been very much appreciated and all recipients would like to thank you.
Take care, keep safe and warm,
Anita and staff
We thank you Lord, for this term. For our challenges, our successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends.
Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others. To be peacemakers in our family.
Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us.
May we always be conscious of you in our lives.
2022 SCHOOL TERM DATES
TERM 2 - Tuesday 26th April - Friday 24th June
TERM 3 - Monday 11th July - Friday 16th September
TERM 4 - Monday 3rd October - Tuesday 20th December
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS 2022
|Friday 24th June||Student Free day|
|Monday 31st October||Student Free day|
|Tuesday 20th December||Student Free day|
|Tuesday 1st November||Melbourne Cup|
IMPORTANT DATES FOR BUSES
Buses will not run on the following days in 2022
Monday 11th July 2022
Friday 25th November 2022
Winter Sport Uniforms
There are still a number of families who are yet to return their winter sport uniforms. If you have a football, soccer or netball uniform at home, please return it asap.
Jump Rope 4 Heart
This week during assembly our students received their prizes for their amazing fundraising efforts and participation in the Jump Rope 4 Heart program last term. St Thomas’ raised an amazing $7,710 during the 6-week program. Of particular note was the amazing effort of Lyla Matheson and Victoria O’Keefe who were the top fundraisers raising over $500 each. Thank you to everyone who donated and supported our students during the program.
Creative writing by Year 4: Sizzling starts
Written By Lila Armstrong
One gloomy, dazzling morning, fog roamed the beach,
not just any ordinary beach, it had a name…
Beach Bubbly! Beach Bubbly is a stunning, delightful, beautiful beach.
It has golden, luscious palm trees swaying in the light winds.
Waves are crashing lightly as though it was very busy and even when it is a cold day.
Written by Emme Johnson
It was one gloomy, foggy early morning when something mysteriously happened,
something that even shook the three fearless object’s to the core.
“What is that awful noise?” said Blanket curiously.
“Maybe it's the Louis family coming back from the Store, ”said Fluff.
“Maybe” said Teddy Bear. It all went silent until they heard an evil, loud, obnoxious laugh coming from down stairs.
“Wait, that's not the Louis Family! shouted Teddy Bear stressed.
A SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to recognise and learn more about the history and culture of indigenous communities.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced back to the Aboriginal rights movement, when on Australia Day 1938, protestors marched through the streets of Sydney to highlight the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Today, it is a week-long celebration held in July that consists of range of traditional and contemporary activities.
NAIDOC Week is an important event that helps build positive relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It enables a deeper understanding of our differences and similarities. NAIDOC week is an opportunity for all Australians to eliminate bias and discrimination by reflecting and reconciling the wrongs of the past to facilitate hope and build a fairer future. Families are encouraged to join in and support young people in learning the significance of NAIDOC Week.
This Special Report offers suggestions on how families can celebrate NAIDOC Week together.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report: