This week you received a letter informing you that the Victorian State Government had announced that Victorian school students will begin a phased return to classroom learning in Term 4, 2020.
This means that all students at St Mary’s will continue with the Remote Schooling arrangements (with current exemptions for on-site remote schooling continuing) for the remainder of Term 3, 2020.
It is anticipated that following the conclusion of Term 3 school holidays, Remote Schooling will continue for the first week of Term 4, 2020 (Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October 2020). This will give the Victorian Government and the Chief Health Officer time to monitor and review the daily average number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in regional Victoria.
Subject to public health advice, from Monday 12th October 2020, all students at St Mary’s will return to face to face classroom learning and will be expected to attend school as normal.
I once again thank you for your dedication to your child and their education during this time of remote schooling. As a staff we are excited that we have a return date, and look forward to working closely with your child on their return and ensuring that their academic, social and emotional needs are met for the remainder of the year.
Teacher Preparation Days
In order to plan effectively for the return of students in Term 4, the staff will have two preparation days next week. On Monday, 14th September the Leadership Team (Maria, Deb, Sue and Anthony) will be unavailable to support students with their remote learning at home. If you or your child require any support on this day please contact me in the office or Erin via email (email@example.com).
On Friday, 18th September 9 (the last day of Term 3), all classroom teachers will be planning for Term 4. Once again, teachers will be unavailable to respond to emails and support your child with their learning on this day. If any parents or students working from home need support, please contact the office. Ben Taylor will work with those students at school with onsite remote schooling.
Urgent Social Media Warning
This week you also received a letter regarding an explicit video of a suicide, circulating on social media platforms. Please monitor your child’s use of technology and do not allow them to access social media platforms unattended. If you have spoken to your child about this, please remind them that this is not something that needs to be discussed with their friends due to the explicit nature of the video.
Friday 11th September - Fun Friday - SPRING TIME
Friday 18th September—Last Day of Term. Talk Like A Pirate Dress Up Day (Online)
Monday 5th October - Term 4 Starts Remote Schooling continues for one week
Monday 5th - Wednesday 7th October - Grade 3/4 School Camp to Forest Lodge has been cancelled
Monday 12th October - On-Site Learning resumes for all students
Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st October - Grade 5/6 School Camp to Melbourne has been cancelled
Friday 23rd October - AFL Grand Final Public Holiday
Monday 2nd November - School Closure Day
Tuesday 3rd November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Friday 18th December - Last Day of Term 4
Prep 2021 Enrolment process – Applications and Enrolments for our 2021 Prep students are now open - please note the following:-
Enrolment application forms can be downloaded from our website - stmyarram.catholic.edu.au
or collected from our School Office between Mon- Fri 9.00am – 3:00pm
Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the extra required information attached – Birth Certificate, Immunisation Certificate and Baptism Certificate
They can also be completed and returned to our School Office – we ask that you please return your enrolments as soon as possible.
Cancellation of Student Activities
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school camps for the remainder of 2020 have been cancelled. This includes the Year 3/4 and 5/6 camps. At this stage we are unsure about our swimming program and excursions that are scheduled for Term 4. Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) will continue to monitor the advice of the Victorian Government to ensure that the health and safety of staff and students remains the highest priority. This may mean that swimming programs and excursions remain suspended during Term 4, 2020.
Credits for camps have been applied to fee accounts. Further credits will be applied as activities are cancelled. If this credit results in your fee account being overpaid this will be credited to 2021 school fees or a refund given for families leaving.
Please contact Heather at the school office if you have any questions in regards to school fees.
Please complete the attached On-Site School Intention form if your child/children will be attending school for remote learning.
This is for the following:
- students whose parents, guardians or carers are considered as permitted workers
- students with additional needs who require learning adjustment
- vulnerable students including: children in and out of home care; children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to at risk of harm; children indetified by the school as vulnerable.
- Decorate a hat with Spring flowers
- Paint the most colourful picture
- Set the table for dinner with a beautiful Spring theme
- Dress up in your favourite Spring colours
- Have a picnic in you yard
Talk Like A Pirate Day
On Friday, 18th September St Mary's will have a swashbuckling good time!
Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Dress up in your best pirate outfit and join in a Pirate Google Meet with you class mates.
REFLECTION OF PORT ALBERT PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILDS BEHAVIOUR
ParentZone Gippsland have a number of programs to help support families in Gippsland. Current programs offered include: Please click on the following link
How good is this....
Decorate a wooden spoon and add it to the Spoonville Collection at The Yarram Memorial Garden.
Fantastic decorated spoons Alice & Gabby
Interactive Games For Kids
The games below are free and will open in a new window. They can be played by children online as many times as they like. The Match Up Memory Card Game will allow children to improve their memory, while the Maze Game lets them develop strategy and problem solving skills while having fun. These games will also build children's attention, concentration and focus, visual recognition and short-term memory.
Click on the links below to play: