Welcome back to the start of Term 2. I trust that you all had an enjoyable and restful break together as a family and are refreshed for another busy term. The children have all made a positive start to the term and I have enjoyed seeing their smiling faces and talking to them about their holidays.
The start of a new term makes it timely to remind you all of our School Wide Expectations. St Mary’s values the following School Wide Expectations; Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be a Learner. These expectations provide a framework, which encourages all those in our school community, through their actions and words, to be the best that they can be. For these expectations to be most successful in our school environment, these need to be encouraged and supported at home.
This Sunday, 25th March is ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance that commemorates all Australian and New Zealander soldiers who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peace operations. This year, the Yarram Commemorative Service and Wreath Laying will be commencing at 11:00am. In the past, students from St Mary’s have participated in the march, however due to restrictions, the decision has been made that only our two school captains and a staff member will represent our school. All other families are encouraged to attend the service; however, you will need to register your attendance by contacting the RSL Secretary, Karen Rogers on 0455 660 298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YDHS Healthy Schools Achievement Program
St Mary’s is participating in the Healthy Schools Achievement Program coordinated by the Yarram and District Health Service. This program aims to encourage students to live healthy lifestyles. The focus for the month of April is on ‘Healthy Eating’. Teachers will be discussing with their students’ healthy recess and lunch food options and will also be keeping an eye on what your children are eating. At the end of the month, a prize will be awarded to one student from each class who has eaten healthy.
Safe Routes to School Program
Our Grade 6 students have been working with Melissa from the Wellington Shire as a part of the Safe Routes to School Program. Through this program, the students will develop a map that will provide all families with safe routes to and from school. A survey will be sent home shortly for all families to complete. Your support in completing this survey and returning it to school would be greatly appreciated.
Insight SRC Survey
Next week all families will receive the Insight SRC Parent School Improvement Survey. This survey is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents' perceptions of their children's experience of school. The survey may be completed once, either on paper or via the online survey. I encourage you all to complete this survey so that we can work towards providing the best possible school experience for your child.
School Closure Day
Next Friday, 30th April, will be a school closure day for all students. The St Mary’s staff will be participating in a Religious Education Professional Development day with Marg Carswell. Marg is a lecturer at Australian Catholic University and will work with staff to provide strategies on how to teach Scripture to students.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TERM 2 2021
Term 2 Starts
|20th||21st||22nd Lunch orders need to be in by 3.15pm||
Anzac Day Liturgy at 2.45pm, all welcome
Hot Lunch Friday
|26th||27th||28th||29th Whole School Mass at 10am. Senior class leading. All welcome||
School Closure Day
4th Mothers Day Stall for students
School Advisory Committee Meeting @ 5.15pm
|5th Confirmation Parent and child Meeting @ 5.00pm||6th||
7th MothersDay Breakfast
Grandparents & Special Person Liturgy @ 2.45pm
YDHS Cooking and Dietary Sessions
|10th||11th||12th Reconciliation & First Holy Communion Parent and child meeting @ 5.00pm||13th||14th National Walk Safely to School Day|
|17th Yarram & District Cross Country 10.30am||18th||19th||20th||21st|
First Reconciliation 6.00 - 7.00pm
|7th||8th||9th||10th Healthy Harold Visit||11th School Closure Day|
|14th Queens Birthday Public Holiday||15th School Advisory Committee Meeting @ 5.15pm||16th||17th||18th|
25th Last Day Of Term 2
FRIDAY 30TH APRIL -SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
FRIDAY 11TH JUNE - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
MONDAY 14th JUNE- QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY
FRIDAY 30TH JULY - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
MONDAY 1ST NOVEMBER - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER - MELBOURNE CUP PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Sacrament dates to remember:
Wednesday 5th May - Confirmation meeting for parents and children at 5.00pm
Wednesday 12th May - Reconciliation and First Holy Communion meeting for parents and children at 5.00pm
Sunday 30th May - Sacrament of Confirmation at 11.00am Mass
Thursday 3rd June - Sacrament of Reconciliation, 6.00pm at St Mary's Church
Sunday 6th June - Sacrament of First Holy Communion at 11.00am Mass
Mother’s Day Celebrations at St. Mary’s
Mother’s Day Stall
We will be holding our Mother’s Day stall on Tuesday 4th May, all students may purchase a small gift or two. Gifts range from $1.00-$5.00
Mother’s Day Breakfast
St. Mary’s Mother’s Day breakfast is on Friday 7th May at 8am in the Mary MacKillop Hall.
All Mothers, Grandmothers and Carers welcome.
Please let the school office know the numbers attending for catering purposes.
Grandparents and Special Friends Liturgy
We will be holding a Grandparents and Special Friends’ Liturgy on Friday 8th May at 2.45pm.
All family and friends are welcome to attend.
Thank you Ava, Ben, Kerryn, Deb, Tayla, Chanel, Anthony, Jo and girls for volunteering to help on the day.
Catholic School Parents Victoria (CSPV) webinar - Anxiety
Saturday 24th April, 10:30am-12pm
CSPV presents a free webinar for parents of children
in primary and secondary school
Supporting parents of children with anxiety
Are you struggling to support your young child or teenager with anxiety?
CSPV provides this opportunity for you to learn from leading anxiety speaker and educator Dr Jodi Richardson.
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|Tuesday's 27th April - 25th May||Let's Talk about Parenting-Warragul||Parent Building Solutions-Warragul|
|Thursday's 29th April-27th may||Dads Matter - Online||Dads matter- Online|
|Thursday's 29th April-27th May||Let's Talk about Parenting-Toora||Parenting Building Solutions-Toora|
|Friday's 30th -April- 18th June||Breaking the Cycle -Online||Breaking the Cycle- Online|
|Wednesday's 12th May - 16th June||Let's Talk about Parenting- Bairnsdale||Parent Building Solutions-Bairnsdale|
|Wed 26th May-23rd June||Lets Talk about Parenting-online||Parents Building Solutions-Online|
|Tuesday's in Term 2||Afterschool Family Connections||After School Family Connections - Churchill|
|Thu 10th June||Parenting Anxious Kids- online||Parenting Anxious Kids-online|
|Thu 17th June||Understanding Your Child's Behaviour- online||Understanding Your Child's Behaviour - Online|
|24th June||Self-Care for Parents -Online||Self-Care for parents - Online|