Image of God
John’s second reading (1 John 3:1-2) has tantalised us for many centuries, reminding us that, “what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is that, when it is revealed, we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.”
Our Catholic Catechism affirms that “man was destined to be fully human and fully divinised by God in glory’ (Cat 398), “The word became flesh to make us partakers of the divine nature …. for the Son of God became human that we might become God” (Cat 4601).
Astonishingly, as Pope Francis teaches us, “God carefully fashioned us, loves us unconditionally, delights in us at every moment and is now flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone.” “When you learn to really look at what’s before you, the delight and pain that’s around you; when you feel something of the hidden joy and despair of others, their desire for life and their cold despair”…. “Once we commit to identifying God’s intimate presence in our evolving sensual perception of the world’s most beautiful artistry, creativity and imagination, in our every breath and heartbeat, in our daily darkness and invincible light, then we are (already) living the incarnation of God in Jesus.” (O’Leary, An Astonishing Secret p13). That’s at least a part of “how he really is.”
And is this future, bonded with our Creator, just for an exclusive club? Well, no! Jesus tells us, “there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd.” (John 10:11-18). Maybe God’s unconditional love is waiting to embrace the whole world. Now that’s something to look forward to!
Deacon Mark Kelly
BOOKINGS FOR MASSES
Weekend of April 25th:
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.
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.
ST VINNIES DROUIN - PANTRY ITEMS REQUIRED
Thank you for your generous support in the past. We need your help again with items for our pantry as stocks are depleted.
We would like donations of tea, coffee, long life milk, jam, vegemite and sweet or dry biscuits.
Your donations can be left in the SVDP box in St. Ita’s Church Foyer.
Your generosity is very much appreciated by our Members and those we help.
St Ita’s Conference
WELCOME BACK TO TERM TWO
Welcome back to everyone in the St Ita’s teaching and learning community. I hope you had the opportunity to have a rest filled Easter break after working through a very busy and Covid-19 affected Term 1.
There is lots happening in and around our school at the moment and each week we’ll keep the school community posted on what is happening via our weekly school newsletter, push alerts via our school website and Class Dojo which is a fantastic teacher, parent communication tool.
Our Grade 3 and 5 students will participate in NAPLAN testing in the coming weeks on Tuesday May 11th, Wednesday May 12th and Thursday May 13th. Please remember to keep a copy of the results when they come home as you will need these in the future, for secondary school enrolment information.
Catholic Education week starts on Friday 21st May and during this week we celebrate our Grandparents Liturgy. We are currently working with the DOSCEL Covid-19 guidelines to ensure we can run this event at school. We will have an update next week about the venue and times.
Friday 11th June is our Religious Education School closure day. The school is closed for all students on this day and students will not be at school.
A reminder to all parents that if you have any concerns or wonderings relating to your children’s academic, emotional or social needs whilst at school, please make your first point of call with your child’s teacher. We have set up a Class Dojo communication tool in every grade and it’s a terrific way of sharing information about your children’s learning and day to day schooling. If you are yet to sign up to Class Dojo please contact your child’s teacher and they will make it happen. We would like every parent in our learning community to sign up to this service as it is an excellent communication tool for parents and teachers.
TUTOR LEARNING INITIATIVE
The State Government has provided additional targeted learning support that our school will be providing to identified students this year. This additional support is available through the Victorian Government’s $250 million investment in the Tutor Learning Initiative, which supports schools to address disruptions to students’ learning as a result of COVID-19.
The Tutor Learning Initiative enables schools across Victoria to engage qualified teachers as tutors to work with small groups of students and support their learning. The initiative is consistent with Australian and international evidence, which shows that small group tutoring is one of the most effective educational interventions available to support students to progress in their learning.
We think that identified students may benefit from the small group tutoring support provided in our school through the Initiative. This is based on achievement data and other measures of learning, which indicate that individual students expected learning progress may have been impacted by remote and flexible learning due to COVID-19 in 2020.
This small group tutoring support is being provided and coordinated by Gabrielle Hopgood and Natasha Kittelty who will work with children to identify their progress in English and Numeracy and set goals for future learning.
Gabrielle and Natasha will also work with classroom teachers to minimise disruptions, and ensure the program complements the regular curriculum and supports the lessons taking place in the classroom. Gabrielle and Natasha will take a small group setting of up to five students and will work with them directly in class.
This tutoring support will be provided 2 times a week and individual progress will be monitored as part of the program and updates about individual progress will be available throughout the year. Further information about key dates relevant to the support provided, including assessments and reports on student learning, will be provided during the year.
The educational support and wellbeing is our priority and in addition to the tutor support provided through the Initiative, all our teachers are working hard to provide a teaching and learning program that targets the specific needs of every child in the school.
ANZAC DAY SERVICE
This Sunday, 25th April we celebrate Anzac Day. It’s a special day where we come together, in person and in spirit, to commemorate the men and women who have served our nation in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
The Drouin ANZAC Day service will begin with a 9.30 am assembly at the Bendigo Bank and then process to the town’s memorial centre where the service will begin at 10.00am.
Our student leaders will lay a commemorative wreath at the ANZAC service and we ask all students attending to please wear their full winter school uniform.
Lest We Forget.
CORRECT SCHOOL SHOES
Just a reminder that all children should be wearing the correct winter school uniform to school during Term 2. There has been an incline in students who are wearing black runners to school and stating that they are their school shoes. Our school uniform policy clear states all students must wear all black school shoes. An all-black runner is acceptable however, black runners with a white or colourful logo such as the Nike Swoosh or runners with a white sole are not acceptable. If you are replacing school shoes and children need to wear runners for a few days until the correct shoes are purchased, please send a note to your child’s teacher advising they are out of uniform. Boys are to wear grey socks only and girls are to wear navy blue socks or navy blue tights with their winter uniform. White socks are to be worn with the PE/sport uniform. We are aware that there is still a shortage of some winter uniform supplies at Beleza Uniform Shop and we ask parents to please place your orders as soon as possible, but please do not panic or worry about the upcoming school photos. Please let your child’s teacher know and we will advise an alternative if required.
We thank you for your ongoing support to ensure all our students are in correct school shoes and uniform.
GASTRO IN OUR SCHOOL
We have had several children presenting to school with Gastro / Cold like symptoms. We have also noticed a significant increase in children coming to sickbay distressed and unwell.
If your child is displaying any of the symptoms associated with Gastro or Cold and Flu please do not send them to school until all symptoms have cleared.
On Thursday the 8th of April we competed in the 2021 Spartan Race. The Spartan Race was held at the Drouin Civic Park, in the area across the road from Woolworths. We competed in the 10-11 girls competitive group at about 9:30 am. Jack Carboneau also competed in the race, but he competed in the 10-11 boys event. Keelie and Jack both placed first and Taylah placed 3rd. There were roughly 10 or more people in each event. Team Driscoll did an amazing job on the day with every child participating and doing really well.
If we could describe it in three words, then they would be muddy, hard and fun. We would recommend trying it out, because it’s a great way to spend some time exercising outside, instead of sitting in front of technology all the time and it is a lot of fun! You feel happy and proud once you’ve done it!
By Keelie Carbonneau and Taylah Wassenberg.
HERALD SUN BOOK REVIEW
The Herald Sun is currently running a children’s book review column in their weekend paper. Last weekend Makaylah Monckton & Aidan Noonan’s book reviews were selected to be published. Makaylah read and reviewed the book ‘Pierre’s Not There’ by Ursula Dubosarsky, while Aidan read and reviewed ‘Stunt kid seriously stacks it’ by Jack Heath. What an incredible achievement to be selected and published in the Herald Sun!
Throughout the year a number of avid readers and exceptional writers from Grades 3-6 will be regularly submitting reviews, so keep an eye out for more stars to come from St Ita’s in the coming weeks.
SCHOOLPIX SCHOOL PHOTO DAY
Student Schoolpix school photos will take place next week on Friday 30th April. Students will be required to wear their full winter uniform including jumpers and black school shoes.
The school office has a small selection of second-hand uniforms available for sale for a gold coin donation. Please contact or call into the office and advise of the size and items required.
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
Black lace-up or buckle, leather shoes, all black runner style shoe
|Black lace-up or buckle, leather shoes or boots, all-black runner style shoe|
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, red polo shirt with school logo, white socks, runners.
|Sport uniform - royal blue tracksuit pants instead of shorts permitted, red polo shirt with school logo, white socks, runners.|
TARAGO DISTRICT ATHLETICS - now Monday
The Tarago District Athletics for the Grade 4-6 students who qualified is postponed until Monday next week and will be held on Monday 26th April. Students are to wear their sport/PE uniform and be at school by 9am. Please check Operoo for details. Parent helpers are required, please advise by email if you can assist: email@example.com
GRADE 2 EXCURSION
All Grade 2 students will be participating in a school excursion to Old Gippstown next week on Wednesday 28th April. Grade 2 parents please check Operoo for details and advise your parental permission.
EUCHARIST INFORMATION EVENING
If your child is in Grade 5, baptised and missed out last year on receiving their First Communion due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a parent only information meeting on Wednesday, 28th April at 7pm in St Ita’s Church, Drouin or on Thursday, 29th April in St Joseph’s Church, Warragul. At least one parent from your family is asked to please attend one of these nights. Information packs and enrolment forms will be given out on these nights.
Please see the Parish Bulletin section of this newsletter for more information.
BUS FREE DAYS
School buses will not be operating in the Drouin network on the following days in Term 2 & Term 3. All bus travellers will need to make alternative arrangements to/from school on these days.
Term 2 - Monday 10th May 2021
Term 3 - Monday 16th August 2021.
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY - 11 JUNE
Early notice - We have a Religious Education whole school closure day on Friday 11th June (this is the Friday of the Queens birthday Long weekend). The school is closed for all students and students will not be at school on this day.
Monday 14th June is the Queens Birthday public holiday and the school is also closed on this day.
Students will return to school on Tuesday 15th June.
The Conveyance Allowance application is now open for term 2 for any families that qualify for the travel allowance as per the criteria below.
You may apply to claim this Government Allowance if:
- You must lodge a new application each year
- Eligibility is assessed when the School completes your child’s application on the Government Student Conveyance Allowance System (SCAS). If approved, the allowance payable is based on the one way distance to make the journey to and from school. No private car allowance is payable if the journey to and from school could be made using a public transport service or contract school bus.
- You live more than 4.8 kilometres by the shortest practical route from our school and we are the closest Catholic school to your place of residence.
- You live more than 4.8 kilometres from our school and you cannot access a bus.
- You access a bus and live more than 4.8 kilometres from the bus stop.
Please complete the Conveyance Allowance application form from the office and return to the school office by Friday 23rd April 2021. Late claims cannot be accepted.
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SCHOOL FEES & FEE CONCESSION
Term 1 school fees are now overdue & Term 2 school fees are due by Friday 14th May . 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: email@example.com
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. Application forms must be completed each year.
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.