St Ita's Primary School Drouin
PDF Details

Newsletter QR Code

50 Victoria Street
Drouin VIC 3818

Phone: 03 5623 7222

T1 W6 2021 Newsletter

Filter Content

T1 W6 2021 Newsletter


We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we are situated and remind you that we are gathered on Aboriginal land.

We acknowledge the Elders of this land both past and present.



 “Jesus did not come to found a new religion called Christianity. He came to show people how to be more fully human in relationship with a loving God and one another” (Treston, K. The Wind Blows Where It Chooses p44). This Sunday’s readings offer insight into Jesus’ mission purpose.

Paul reminds us that God knows a thing or two about humans, “For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom” (1 Cor 1:25a). The Old Testament reading from Exodus includes the Ten Commandments as well as God’s plan for us to make some God time in our lives. That is what his instructions for the Sabbath are about.

A day set aside for rest and reflection with God meant something in Jesus’ time (though even then Jesus found people abusing God’s time and place as in today’s gospel where he drives the money changers and pigeon sellers and sheep and cattle out of the temple.) (John 2:13-25). Ordinary Galileans relished the Sabbath as a toil-free blessing from God; a remembrance of God’s goodness to them. In Christianity too, until living memory, Sunday was a day reserved for resetting our relationship with God and others; refreshing and refocussing for the coming week.  No shops, no footy, no options; just God time and family time.

How far we have strayed from God’s Law given at Sinai!: “For six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath for the Lord your God.” (Ex 20:1-17). God gave us the best way but we engage with the world as we find it. Parents find Sunday (or Saturday) Mass times that fit with basketball or work etc. Still though God urges us to maintain our spiritual, physical and mental health, living fully in relationship with God and each other.

Deacon Mark Kelly




Weekend of March 6th & 7th:

Go to

This will bring up the list of Masses.

Click on book now button and follow the prompts

Click on the Mass you wish to attend (please only choose one Mass)

Then click on the number of tickets required.

 (Please note Children over 12 months need to have a ticket booked)

Then fill in your details.

Click on purchase ticket. TICKETS ARE FREE.

Make sure that you have completed the purchase of your ticket by checking your email confirmation. If you do not get an email confirming your ticket please contact the parish office.

(You don’t need to print or bring your ticket.)

You must book in to come to a Sunday Mass, please do not just turn up.  Warragul & Drouin Masses are strictly limited to 80 people. Neerim South 50 people.

If you have any issues please call Prue at the Parish office p: 5623 1642. 





Our next Reconciliation meeting will be our Parent/Child workshop tonight, Wednesday 3rd March at 7pm at  St Ita's School Hall or on Thursday, 4th March at 4pm or 7pm at St Joseph's Church Warragul. 

Please remember to arrive 15 minutes before for a 7pm start.

Our second workshop will be held on Wednesday, 10th March, 7pm at St Ita's School Hall or on Thursday, 11th March at 4pm or 7pm at St Joseph's Church Warragul. 

Please keep these children and their families in your prayers as they continue their faith journey together. We pray they grow in their knowledge and love for God and each other.

For more information please contact Therese on 0499 116 428


Check out our Catholic Parishes of Warragul & Drouin Facebook presence.



    Compassion is a non-judgmental emotion that we practice to ease pain and show genuine love to one another. Here are 8 ways you can positively impact someone’s day using skills like empathy, patience and understanding.

    Be considerate

    Be equally considerate to friends, family and strangers. Listen fully without judgment, and give each person your full attention (no texting, no phone calls, no seeming to be bored!)– use direct eye contact and keep your ears open to their needs.

    Be affectionate

    Sometimes all people really need is a loving touch, a sincere hug, or a warm smile. Simple gestures of affection, even a pat on the hand, help ease strain and show your genuine compassion.

    Communicate in a warm way

    Let your genuine interest in helping the other person show through heart felt communication. You can make a world of difference by simply listening and talking in a warm, patient manner. Use encouraging vocabulary, be optimistic and concentrate on showing complete understanding.

    Show empathy

    Empathy is showing that you understand another’s feelings or emotions; you identify with the situation and care enough to place yourself in another’s shoes. “I understand” is a great way to communicate this.

    Be selfless

    To help someone else you have to take your own needs out of the equation. Put your focus and energy on the other person, be selfless, and limit any distractions or personal goals as long as you are committed to the needs of another.

    Practice acts of kindness

    Go out of your way to be kind. You can treat someone to small things like a new book, frozen yoghurt, or just a laugh to brighten even the toughest of days.  You can also volunteer your time, offering to babysit, run errands, etc. for anyone with a lot of weight on their shoulders.

    Send a meaningful message

    Send compassionate feelings via a simple text message to someone you care about.  Just tell them you were thinking of them and you love them.  A simple way to show they matter to you.

    Show unconditional love

    This is a total approach towards showing compassion in every area of life. Don’t just hear, but listen without judgment, be extremely present in the conversation, give sound advice, offer your hugs and love freely. Be understanding and above all, love unconditionally.

    While compassionate action is second nature to some, anyone can learn to use these skills to make any family, friends and strangers feel a little happier and feel a little more loved each day.



    This year St Ita's has refined its Learning Support for all students across our school. To support students and ensure they have the best opportunity for targeted teaching at their level of learning we will provide:

    • Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) in Grades 1-2;
    • Rainbow Reading Grades 2-3;
    • Headsprouts Reading Program delivered in the Grades 2-6. The Headsprouts program is designed to improve kids' reading skills at various levels, from non-readers and early readers to established readers, reading above their current grade level;
    • Numeracy Extension in Grades 5-6;
    • An ongoing commitment to extending and supporting all children within the classroom via teaching to their specific point of need.

    As well as this, we continue to invest in our nine wonderful Education Support Staff who work tirelessly to assist our teachers with their programs and work to support our learners.


    As some parents may be aware, the Victorian State Government has provided funding for schools to implement a Tutor Learning Program. Schools across the state have received varying amounts of funding to be used to provide support for students whose learning has been impacted throughout periods of remote learning.

    There are a number of important considerations that must be taken into account before embarking on this initiative. Firstly, and most importantly, we need to ensure we accurately identify student needs and determine whether a student would benefit from this support.

    On the basis of this information we can then determine the best approach to meet the needs of all of our students and deliver the best “Bang for our Buck”.

    In order to begin the Tutor Learning Program, we need to ensure we have appropriate staffing. The school is currently in the process of employing new staff to undertake this work. In the coming weeks Staff will look at 2020 student data, current levels of student support as well as the social and emotional impacts that Covid had on specific children to identify those who will be able to access the Tutoring Program.

    Once we have established a list of eligible students to access the Tutor program, St Ita’s teaching staff will contact you and outline what we will be offering these students onsite.

    The Tutor Learning Program is for the 2021 school year and we are determined to ensure it has the best opportunity to have a positive impact on our students.


    Foundation students will commence full time next week as of Tuesday 9th March and will commence Wednesday classes on Wednesday 10th March.

    Please note Monday 8th March is the Labour Day Public Holiday therefore the school is closed and students are not at school on Monday.


    All current Grade 6 students and their parents are invited to attend the Year 7 Information evening for 2022 at Marist Sion College, Warragul as per details below on Wednesday 10th March.

    • Enrolment information will be available at the event. 
    • Registration is required in the hall on arrival.
    • Masks are mandatory. Social distancing will be observed.


    Term 1 school fees are now due. BPAY details are available on your school fee statement. School fees are due by the 4th week of each term and must be paid in full by the end of the school year they are due, December 2021.

    If any families would like to pay off their fees either weekly, fortnightly or monthly, please set up a direct debit schedule by completing a Direct Debit Form and returning to the school office at your earliest convenience.  Please calculate the total fees payable by the number of weeks/payments required for your fees to be paid by December 2021. For any assistance please contact the school Admin office via email on:

    For any families that have recently received a Government means-tested health care concession card & have not already advised the school office, please forward a copy of your card to the office to check your eligibility, as a fee concession may apply. The card must be in the name of the parent/fee payer for a fee concession to apply with the student details listed on the card.  A CSEF (Camp, Sport & Excursion Fund) form must also be completed.

    If your current Health Care concession card has expired, or is due to expire and your card is re-issued or any details have changed, please send a copy of your new card details to the office as soon as possible for the concession to be checked and applied to your fees. 

    Monday 8th March is the Labour Day Public Holiday therefore the school is closed and students are not at school on Monday.

    Foundation students will commence Wednesday classes next week on Wednesday 10th March.



    Our first Parent/Child Reconciliation Workshop is on tonight,

    Wednesday 3rd March at 7pm in St Ita's School Hall OR

    tomorrow, Thursday 4th March at 4pm or 7pm at St Joseph's Church Warragul. 

    Please remember to arrive 15 minutes before for a 7pm start.

    Our second Parent/Child Workshop will be held on Wednesday 10th March at 7pm at St Ita's School Hall or on Thursday 11th March at 4pm or 7pm at St Joseph's Church Warragul. 

    Please keep these children and their families in your prayers as they continue their faith journey together. We pray they grow in their knowledge and love for God and each other.

    For more information please contact Therese on 0499 116 428



    GRADE 6 BOMBER JACKETS orders now due.

    Grade 6 Bomber Jacket orders are now open on Flexischools.  Students must return their order form to the school office before Friday, advising of the correct name to include on the back. All orders must be received by Friday 5th March if they would like to purchase a jacket. Please advise the office if an order is not required.

    ART ROOM requires EMPTY CANS


    Gabby Hopgood, our Art teacher, requires EMPTY & CLEAN tin cans of any size for an Art project.  eg soup, gravy, spaghetti cans.

    Students can bring them in on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and take them to the Art room or their classroom.


    Due to Beleza uniform shop shortages, families are requiring uniforms with the school logo on them - red sport polos, blue polos, jumpers & the winter girls pinafore.  If anyone has any second-hand uniforms they would like to donate to the school please bring them in to the school office or if you have any uniforms to sell, please email: and advise the items you have to sell, the size and cost.

    Beleza now has bags and hats in stock.



    Student Schoolpix school photos will take place on Friday 30th April, the second week back of Term 2.  Students will be required to wear their full winter uniform including jumpers and black school shoes. Please contact Beleza now if you require any winter uniform to ensure they have stock.

    GIRLS. . . . . . WINTER

    BOYS. . . . . . WINTER

    Blue tartan tunic

    Dark grey trousers / or grey shorts

    Royal blue polo shirt with school logo

    Royal blue polo shirt with school logo

    Navy blue tights or navy blue long socks

    Grey socks    

    Black lace-up or buckle, leather shoes

    Black lace-up or buckle, leather shoes or boots

    Royal blue windcheater / jumper with school logo

    Royal blue windcheater / jumper with school logo

    or Navy blue bomber jacket with school logo (Grade 6 only)

    or Navy blue bomber jacket with school logo (Grade 6 only)
    Optional : Royal blue beanie with school logo Optional : Royal blue beanie with school logo

    Optional: Navy blue rain jacket with school logo

    Optional: Navy blue rain jacket with school logo

    Optional: On days of extreme cold, tailored navy blue school pants can be worn with black school shoes.

    Sport uniform - royal blue tracksuit pants instead of shorts/skort permitted

    Sport uniform - royal blue tracksuit pants instead of shorts/skort permitted

    BOOK CLUB issue 2: catalogue out now

    Issue 2 is available now. Book club catalogues orders are placed on-line via the Scholastic bookclub website - LOOP. We do not accept cash/manual orders. For every order placed the school receives reward points to purchase new books for our library.  Click here to visit Book Club on-line

    Orders for issue 2 are due by Wednesday 10th March for this issue to be delivered free to school. 

    by Mrs Cath McKenna



    I have been so happy with the number of library bags coming into the library!

    Borrowing is part of our library lesson each week and is a great opportunity for your child to borrow a book to read at home.

    I Keep our collection current which makes borrowing time even more exciting!!

    With books being purchased regularly, I’m after a few new volunteers to cover them.


    What’s involved?

    Take home a small bag of books once a term to cover.

    We provide quality covering and you can do it in the comfort of your home. (These are mostly soft cover books.)

    If you are available to help us out, please email me at


    Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about our library lessons also.


    Catherine McKenna

    by Mr Paul Carroll


    Physical Education in 2021 has begun with lots of fun and games. The start of each year is an opportunity for the students to participate in a variety of inclusive individual and team based minor games. These games help develop a variety of Fundamental Motor Skills (FMS) and provide an opportunity for the children to work on teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship.

    In their few lessons, Foundation students participated in games without equipment. They have now progressed to using some balls, bean bags, hula hoops and the large parachute.

    Grade 1 and 2 students are currently working hard on their kicking and soccer skills, whilst the Grade 3-6’s are preparing for the upcoming Senior Athletics Carnival on Friday 12th March.

    Whilst the 5 day lockdown has made things more difficult as we lost one lesson, all of the main events will be covered in PE prior to the day (Sprint, Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put and Discus). For many of the Grade 3 students, this is their first experience of throwing a discus and putting a shot.

    Wishing all the students the very best for the day. May they participate to the best of their ability and display great school and house spirit!

    SPORT NEWS - Swimming

    Congratulations to 17 senior students that qualified to participate in the Division Swimming Carnival today at the Warragul Outdoor Pool against other schools in the West Gippsland area. Everyone swam amazingly and gave it their best with a few ribbons won on the day! Well done to all. Stay tuned to see who has qualified to swim in the Regional Carnival next!


    10th March

    HALLORA JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB - registrations open

    ST JOSEPHS NETBALL CLUB - Registrations still open