Gardening and Tidying Roster 2021/2022

Involves general tidying and weeding that will require basic tools and basic safety precautions.

Sweep the deck, sweep the front concrete path, cob web brush buildings, bang mats, weed the garden beds at the front of the school, weed the garden beds at the side of the school, weed the garden beds in the playground.

GARDENING & TIDY ROSTER

Gage  Family

22nd Nov – 5th Dec

McNamara Family

6th Dec – 19th Dec

Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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Message from Bishop Paul

November 18, 2021

Hello Everyone,

As you may have seen, the Victorian Government has announced new Covid regulations to come into effect from 11.59pm tonight (Thursday 18 November 2021).

The government website has not yet been fully updated. However, a government page gives a summary of key points. Under the heading “Weddings, funerals and worship”, the summary is as follows.

“If everyone present is fully vaccinated, you can host or attend weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies at places of worship with no capacity limits or density limits. (Vaccination requirements will apply from the age of 12 and 2 months, unless a medical exemption applies.)

If vaccination status isn’t being checked, these events are restricted to one person per 4 square metres up to a maximum of 50 people per facility.

The cap at funerals doesn’t include those required to conduct the funeral and the cap at weddings doesn’t include the marrying couple, celebrant or photographer.”

I note in particular that there are no capacity and density limits for gatherings where everyone present is fully vaccinated. I note also the increase in the limit to 50 people where vaccination status is not being checked. For further details, you could go to the government website www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au as it is more fully updated in the coming days.

I renew my thanks to you all for continuing to support one another through these trying times. As we take another step towards being able to gather for worship as a whole community, may the Holy Spirit unite us more and more with Christ and with one another.

God bless you all.

Bishop Paul Bird CSsR

Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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Senior Room

Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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We also welcomed Adelaide Gage into the Junior Room for her first official prep transition day. Although Adelaide was a familiar face joining in on daily google meets during remote learning it was far more enjoyable playing games and learning in person! 

Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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This week Cate finished her teacher placement in the Junior Room and although we will miss her teaching us new games and reading funny stories, we know she is on track to become an amazing educator in the future! 


Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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Junior Room

Excitement is building for the end of year concert and the students cannot wait to perform for an audience other than the St Mary's staff! We have been squeezing in extra practice refining 'stage' placements.  In both classrooms we are in the process of wrapping up learning cycles and almost ready to commence some Christmas activities!

On Thursday 11th November the students participated in a small liturgy to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the servicemen and women. The students also watched the last post via live stream from the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance service. 


Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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School Concert

The students will just need to wear black clothing on the night (this can be either a black dress, skirt, shorts, shirt or t-shirt) it doesn’t matter if there is other colours or print on it. -the students can wear comfortable shoes such as sneakers. No thongs or slip on shoes as we are moving around a lot we don’t want to lose a shoe in the crowd! -the students will also need a water pistol this can be of any size. If you have extras at home and can lend some out that will also be appreciated that way there is no need to buy this if anyone doesn’t have one at home. Any questions around the concert clothing or props please ask- if you don’t have any of the above items please don’t buy anything we can always substitute or borrow! Thanks Jess, Callum & Jenny

Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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Sacramental Day

The Year 3 and 4 children celebrated and received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist on the 11th November. At the Retreat day the children contributed to a lunch that we all prepared together and ate together. It was very special to be able to eat in the dining room of Fr Sajan's home. The sharing together reminded the children that that is exactly what the mass (Eucharist) is all about, gathering together, listening, sharing and then going out with the message to be kind and caring of others.

Congratulations to Lucy, Oscar, Ahlia, Sullivan, Maeve, Tara and Patrick who along with other children from the parish, received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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Upcoming Dates

25th November Wednesday

Stayback for Juniors and Year 2 Sleepover

30th November Tuesday 

School Concert 5.00 - 7.00 pm

6th December  Monday

Year 6 Breakup activity

4.30 - 7.00

8th December Wednesday

Year 6 Graduation and End of Year Thanksgiving Mass 6.30pm

10th December  Friday 

End of year excursion

14th December Tuesday

Last day of school for children

15th December Wednesday

Assessment day for children

16th December Thursday 

PD day for staff

17th December Friday

Last day for staff

31st January 2022 Monday

Children return to school

Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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Principal News

You can feel the excitement growing throughout the school as we prepare to celebrate a number of events in the next few weeks. Concert, Year 6 Graduation, excursions, Junior Sleepover, Going Up Day, Prep orientation days, just to name some. Rather than go into a lot of detail about each event, I urge you to make sure that you keep in touch with everything by using the calendar on the website and looking out for notes from teachers via See Saw and permission notes through the School Zine app – SZapp. Please check in with the staff if you have any questions or need things clarified.

I was contacted by Catherine from the Bungaree Primary school last Friday. The After School Program will be up and running next year and families from both of our schools are welcome to access the service. If you are interested or want to know more, there is a launch on Friday the 3rd at 6pm at the Bungaree. There is a flyer attached to the newsletter with more information.

Wednesday the 15th of December is our assessment day when we ask the 2022 children to come in for 45 minutes to complete some assessments so the teachers have all the necessary data to start 2022 running. Please book a time through PAM for your child/children to attend.

As mentioned, there is a lot going on and everyone – staff, children and parents all appear mentally and physically exhausted. The end of the year is not far away, but we have a lot to get done before Tuesday the 14th. I urge everyone to rally together and support each other so we can get to the end of the year in a positive, optimistic and hope filled way. This is a time when we need to pull together and celebrate that we have come through a very tough year and look forward to a new start in 2022.

Please be kind, patient and tolerant as we move together as a united team towards the finish line. We are almost there. Let’s finish the year on a high!

Stay calm, go gently and look after yourselves and each other.

Published on: 24 Nov 2021
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Junior Room

We have a Cate from the Australian Catholic University in our classroom completing her teaching placement. Cate has been teaching shared reading and maths each day. In writing we have been learning about different types of poetry. This week we have been creating Five Senses poems which do not rhyme this has been a challenge for us as we really had some fun creating rhyming sentences! We have also ended our maths topic on money, thanks to Bryden and Ben Gage who gifted the school with some money games which will be a great tool to consolidate our new learning! Our new focus in maths is fractions. In one of our maths lessons we made fruit out of playdough and the students had to make a part and whole.

Published on: 10 Nov 2021
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Basketball Fun and Games

Basketball has become very popular here at St Mary's this week after the arrival of our brand new basketball ring. P.E this week involved a skills lesson on different basketball skills and a run down of the rules. The students have been enjoying the sunny weather throwing up shot after shot or "making it rain". A big thanks to Majella and Jason Muller for their help with the new ring, the students (and Callum) are absolutely loving it. 

Published on: 10 Nov 2021
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Senior Room

It has been a very busy and productive couple of weeks in the senior room. With Callum the students have been looking at different data sets and learning how to interpret it. They have been creating questions and writing statements about thier data and sharing their findings. They have also been learning some new ICT skills, learning how to create a graph using google sheets. Jenny has been working with the students on fractions and decimals with a big focus on number lines. 

In writing we have continued our work on poems and learning about all the different styles and formats. Thus far the students have written some absolutely beautiful, creative and mind blowing poems and have been enjoying the experience. We will continue to include a few poems in each newsletter for you all to enjoy. 

Concert practice has been in full swing and the acts are looking great! The students have done an incredible job to remember all types of different moves and lines for a number of acts. They are really looking forward to showcasing thier work at the concert in a few weeks time. 

Published on: 10 Nov 2021
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Gardening and Tidying Roster 2021/2022

Involves general tidying and weeding that will require basic tools and basic safety precautions.

Sweep the deck, sweep the front concrete path, cob web brush buildings, bang mats, weed the garden beds at the front of the school, weed the garden beds at the side of the school, weed the garden beds in the playground.


GARDENING & TIDY ROSTER

Denman Family

8th Nov – 21st Nov

Gage  Family

22nd Nov – 5th Dec

Published on: 10 Nov 2021
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School Photos Wednesday 17th November

School Photos will take place Wednesday 17th November. 

Each student is to bring their individual envelope on this day to school.  We are still holding the envelopes at the school for families who have dropped theirs into admin. 

Students are to wear full summer uniform.  White socks, clean black school shoes and green or yellow hair ribbons for the girls.

Please contact Leonie if you are unable to locate your photo envelope or have any further queries

Published on: 10 Nov 2021
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Upcoming Dates


11th November Thursday

Sacramental Retreat and Sacraments @ Bungaree Parish Centre

Retreat day for children making their Eucharist and Confirmation. The ceremony will take place at 5.30 pm at Bungaree Church

15th November Monday

School Closure Day

Staff First Aid Training

17th November Thursday

School Photos

25th November Wednesday

Stayback for Juniors and Year 2 Sleepover

8th December Wednesday

Year 6 Graduation and End of Year Thanksgiving Mass 6.30pm

10th December  Friday 

End of year excursion

14th December Tuesday

Last day of school for children

15th December Wednesday

Assessment day for children

16th December Thursday 

PD day for staff

17th December Friday

Last day for staff

31st January 2022 Monday

Children return to school

Published on: 10 Nov 2021
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Principal News

od with us
and God within us:
just because
we’re all going through it
doesn’t mean this is normal.
Every body’s a little stressed out,
‘out of our comfort zone.’
So we need to find a reserve of patience with ourselves and everyone else.
We all could use a bit more compassion, and the time to take a deep breath.
Help us draw out our more tolerant selves, the ones who can cope with this mess. Give us the space to centre ourselves and find you. At peace. In our midst. 
Amen.

~ The Corrymeela Community

A very appropriate prayer for us all as we begin week 6 of Term 4 in 2021. It feels like it is going to get busy from here on as we try to accommodate a number of events that we have not been able to have up to date. Please go gently and calmly and when needed ‘take a deep breath’ and be kind to yourselves and others as we forge through to the end of the year.

Over the past week, we have had our Annual General Meeting at both schools. It was a wonderful feeling to welcome parents back on site and meet face to face again. We had tears and laughter as we reflected on the year that has been. Although it is easy to focus on all of the things we did not do or could not do, a number of positives were highlighted, such as using technology in new ways and the ability to adapt to changing situations as best as we could. I thank the SAC and P and F for their support of myself and our schools. Zoom meetings proved challenging at times, but we managed.  Each school continued their fundraising efforts despite the many hurdles, presented the schools with a cheque that meet their targets. The money raised will go towards the continual improvement of our grounds.

We can now look forward with excitement towards such things as the school concert, graduation, excursions, orientation days and Going Up days. All dates are now public in the school calendar which can be found on the new website. The concerts this year will be a modified version of  our usual format, simply because of the interruptions, the time we have had to prepare and the need to keep our usual learning and teaching routine as consistent as possible. The concert will also have a real community feel as we gather together to have some dinner, be entertained and socialise. Please remember, that only double vaxxed people over 16 can attend any school functions.  Your vaccination status will be checked upon entry. We are following the health guidelines. If your child is not going to be at the concert for whatever reason, please let their teacher know as soon as possible so that the necessary adjustments can be made for the performance to go ahead.

Thank you to the parents that gave feedback about the website and new app. It feels like we are on the right track. If you haven’t downloaded the SZapp yet, please do so this week as the admin staff will start putting out notifications through this platform next week. Contact the school if you need any assistance with this.

A reminder that our school photos are booked in for Wednesday the 17th of November. Please ensure that all children are in their full summer uniforms for the day. No sports uniforms for this day!

Next Monday, the 15th of November, the staff will be updating their First Aid certificates. This is done every 2 years for the majority of the staff as it mandated that we have trained First Aid staff on site at all times. This will be a school closure day.

This Thursday, the children making the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, will spend the day with Sue and Fr. Sajan at the Bungaree Parish Centre preparing for their ceremony which will be at 5.30 at Bungaree. Please keep Maeve, Sullivan, Patrick, Tara, Oscar, Ahlia and Lucy in your prayers as they continue their faith journey.

Just a reminder to the families attending that all adults over 16 need to scan in and show proof of their vaccination.

We have waited long enough! Let’s start to get a bit excited about the rest of the year and all that it will bring.

Stay safe and take care everyone.

Inez

Published on: 10 Nov 2021
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Upcoming Dates

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Tues 2nd Nov

School Advisory Council

AGM

9th November

7.30 pm

Sacramental Retreat and Sacraments @ Bungaree Parish Centre

11th November 

School Closure Day

Staff First Aid Training

Mon 15th Nov

School Photos

17th November  

Published on: 27 Oct 2021
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