- Principals Message
- Birthday Messages
- Icy Poles
- FRIENDLY REMINDER
- Leaving Families
- School Fees - updated information
- Financial Concessions
- Class Expectations
- Footy Colours Day
- Book Week In Pictures
- Day for Daniel
- Parish News
- CSEF Change for 2020 Only
- Country Bus Applications for 2021
- Gum Nuts
- School Closure Days
- 2020 SCHOOL TERMS
We have had a busy week at St Mary’s highlighted by a number of important events and celebrations. Our week ended today with the recognition of our teachers. Today marks the date to celebrate World Teachers Day, 2020. The theme for this year is Teachers : leading in crisis, reimagining the future. This was particularly noticeable this year with remote learning during COVID-19. Together with all families our teaching staff worked to ensure all of our children continued to learn and be supported. I am sure all of the teaching staff at St Mary’s would also thank all of the parents for their cooperation and support in lockdown. As a family many of us had to continue to work, assist the children and look after households. Finally, we have now seen some light after many months of isolation.
Today also marked an important occasion in memory of Daniel Morcombe. We joined many schools and registered with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation which raises awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention. Thanks to the many children and adults who were able to wear some red (Daniel’s favourite colour) as we were educated through child safety and protection initiatives and helping empower children to ‘Recognise, React and Report’ if they feel something is not right. Not only do we want to honour the memory of Daniel, but to also utilise the resources from the Foundation about child safety.
Yesterday the school participated in a parade for the 2020 Book Week Celebrations. The theme this year was ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. We had some fantastic costumes by the students and staff. It was very much appreciated the effort that everyone put into making the parade a success. Some of the books that achieved awards this year were The Little Wave by Pip Harry, Baby Business by Jasmine Seymour and This is how we change the ending by Vikki Wakefield. St Mary’s has copies of all of the award winning books and the children will be able to spend time reading and discussing the important messages.
Currently in our learning spaces we are addressing and agreeing with a list of expectations for our learning environment. This follows our school working towards a Whole School Approach to Positive Behaviour Support. This is an area that our staff will be working hard to ensure positive behaviour and respect is followed by children and adults. In this issue of the newsletter I will include some of the responses that have been formulated since we have returned from remote learning.
As you are aware we have a long weekend this weekend with the school closed next Monday and Tuesday. School will resume on Wednesday, 4th November.
Enjoy this time and I hope if you have a flutter on the horses you are able to pick a winner.
Congratulations to the following children who have received awards.
Financial concessions are available to eligible families. It is important to note, when concessions are provided, there is no impact on the overall school funding situation.
These concessions may include the Camps Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) of $125 per child. Concessions are available through the following two categories.
Category 1: Eligible, means-tested Centrelink Concession Card holders:
A family in which the fee payer holds an eligible, means-tested Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) is automatically eligible for a school fee concession. There is a simplified application form and streamlined approval process.
Category 2: Special Consideration:
A family experiencing genuine financial difficulty and not eligible under Category 1, is encouraged to apply for a fee concession. This application requires detailed information in order that an equitable assessment may be made of eligibility for and level of a fee concession.
Application forms are available from the school office and only need to be completed if this is a new application. Current concession holders do not need to reapply.
Today St Mary's supported 'Day for Daniel'. This is a cause to raise awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention. Three key points of this cause are recognise, react, report. Held annually on the last Friday of October, Day for Daniel honours the memory of Daniel Morcombe.
Please continue bookings for:
call between 11:00am & 1:00pm
on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday
Phone number: 0490 384 454
Please DO NOT leave any messages on this number. Voicemail is NOT set up.
Saturday 9:00am & 4:30pm
Newry & Cowwarr:
1st and 3rd Sunday Cowwarr: 11:00am
5th Sunday Cowwarr: 12:00pm
BOOKINGS FOR WEEKEND MASSES ARE ESSENTIAL
This year only, DET has expanded CSEF to allow for application against student curriculum levies where the levy has been used towards the purchase of books, stationery and other learning materials by the school on behalf of the student.
Country Bus Applications for 2021 have been sent home this week. A reminder that applications need to be returned to Maffra Secondary College by Thursday 29th October 2020 to have a position for next year.