Welcome back to Term 3! I hope that you all had an enjoyable and restful break and were able to spend some quality time together as a family.
It is great to see everyone back at school and we all have our fingers crossed that we can continue to teach and learn on site. Being on site allows the teachers to create a challenging yet supportive learning environment that targets the specific learning needs of your child. As a staff, we strive to meet these individual needs and are driven to provide teaching and learning opportunities that accelerate the academic progress of all. Whilst parents are still unable to visit school due to the current restrictions, we value the important role you play in your child’s development. To ensure we continue this partnership between home and school, please contact the school and arrange to talk with myself or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
In light of the current outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne, we are continuing with the precautions that we had in place last term. Please be mindful of others when dropping off or picking up your child and adhere to social distancing expectations. At school, the students will continue to utilise good hygiene habits and increased cleaning of school equipment and high traffic areas will continue throughout the day.
We understand that for working parents, having sick children can create stress, however it is vitally important that you keep your child home from school if they are showing any of the following symptoms:
-chills or sweats
-shortness of breath
-loss of sense of smell
If your child exhibits any of these symptoms during the school day, you will be contacted and asked to arrange for them to be picked up.
Thank you to those families that have shared their thoughts and ideas on the design of our Heesco mural. We have already had some kind donations from families and businesses and the planning is under way. Hopefully I will be able to share some more information with you about this in the coming weeks. We are very excited by this project and believe it will be a great addition to our school.
Enrolments are now open for 2021. All families that have a child starting Foundation next year are encouraged to enrol now. An enrolment form can be picked up from the school office or downloaded from our school website. We have had a number of enquiries, however if you know of any new families who may be interested in starting at St Mary’s, please encourage them to contact the school. School tours are available after school hours by appointment and we welcome the opportunity to showcase what a great school St Mary’s is.
Thursday 16th July—Hot Lunch orders need to be in by 3.15pm
Friday 17th July —Raffle Tickets Due Back Hot Lunch Day
Tuesday 21st July - Firewood Raffle Drawn
Monday 31st August - School Photos
Friday 18th September—Last Day of Term 3
Monday 5th October - Term 4 Starts
Monday 5th - Wednesday 7th October - Grade 3/4 School Camp to Forest Lodge
Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st October - Grade 5/6 School Camp to Melbourne
Monday 2nd November - School Closure Day
Tuesday 3rd November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Friday 18th December - Last Day of Term 4
This week in the Senior Learning Area we have been doing some great and fun activities such as… Our Winter Poem, Pentecost activity, Be Responsible Superhero characters, Geode Experiment and our School Clips activity. This week has been great fun and we’ve loved doing these tasks. by William M
Conquering kids’ techno-tantrums
Many of us have witnessed our kids or teens emotionally combust when asked to switch off their gaming console or put their phone away. I colloquially call these ‘techno-tantrums’. Many of us fret that this signals that they’re ‘addicted’ to technology and find ourselves worrying about why they behave in such intense ways.