- Principals Message
- Birthday Messages
- Class Awards
- Color Explosion ~ Friday 12th November
- Sacrament of Eucharist Dates
- No Hat - No Play
- Children's Week
- School Fees
- 2021 SCHOOL TERMS
- Term 4 Important Dates
- Parish News
- Maffra Junior Cricket Club
- Maffra Basketball ~ New Players Wanted
- Playgroups Term 4 2021
It has been pleasing having everyone onsite this week. One thing we need to give credit to our children is for being resilient. It has been common when speaking with them to have a conversation about finding learning at home ‘not bad’, I still did my best in one breath, then pretty happy to be back in the classroom with their mates. This is important to the staff in keeping up with the conversation about how we are all feeling both at home and school. Please remember we are happy to help in any way to ensure everyone’s well being is nurtured.
On the subject of our children being resilient - they are also smart and need to be given credit for what is happening in the world around them. Every morning before school I make a point of talking to the kids about anything that comes to mind. It doesn’t take long for them to initiate conversation. Just in the last week we have talked about vaccination or anti-vaccination, what are the hard parts to resuming school and just yesterday some of the older boys wanted to express their opinion on the South African cricketer, Quinton de Kock who refused to kneel with his teammates in support of the Black Lives Matters (BLM) movement. While it is not up to teachers to influence opinions we do like to hear student opinions, and they are that with strong articulation.
An email was sent home yesterday about Foundation 2022 Orientation. Please note that because of COVID-19 restrictions we do not have a definitive date for Orientation. All schools are working closely together as we prepare for the slow easing of restrictions that will follow in the coming weeks. We also have a number of school functions that we are trying to organise before the end of the year. Our Grade Six students will graduate to secondary school at the end of term and we really would like to send them off with a celebration when allowed. Our Sacramental Program has stalled now for many months and we hope together with Father Edwin to begin these celebrations soon.
We are beginning to organise our staffing for next year. Over the coming weeks the school will make announcements of staff coming to our school (or leaving) for the 2022 school year. This will include the structure of our PODS and the support in each space.
I hope you all can enjoy the long weekend
Congratulations to the following children who have received awards.
Great news!! We are able to have our 2021 Color Explosion on site at St Mary's on Friday 12th November. Unfortunately due to DOSCEL directives parents, carers and friends are unble to help cheer on students as we are not able to have you onsite until further notice. We appreciate and thank you for your understanding.
Please find the dates below for the Sacrament of Eucharist;
- Saturday, 13th November at 1:00pm
- Saturday, 20th November at 1:00pm
- Saturday, 27th November at 1:00pm
I thank you for your continued understanding as we make adjustments to our program.
Dianne Austin (REL)
Please remember St Mary's has a 'No Hat - No Play' policy. All children must wear their hats. If they do not have a hat they will have to spend recess or lunchtime under the shade of the gazebo.
Hats can be purchased from Stobie's Land & Surf for $19.
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 the following to explore confidential financial support arrangements or to obtain further information:
Jason Slattery jslattery@stmmaffra.
Kylie Bennett kjbennett@stmmaffra.
Term 4 School Closure Dates
Monday 1st November - Report Writing Day
Tuesday 2nd November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Last Day Term 4
Wednesday 15th December - 3:20pm finish
Staff First Aid
Thursday 16th December
Friday 17th December
1st and 3rd Sunday 11:00am
2nd and 4th Sunday 11:00am
5th Sunday 12:00pm
2nd Friday 10:00am