St Ita's Primary School Drouin
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50 Victoria Street
Drouin VIC 3818

Phone: 03 5623 7222

T2 W2 2021 Newsletter

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T2 W2 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.



Recognition of Christ’s love for us personally and collectively is what makes us “Christian.” The image of Jesus the vine and we the branches (John 15:1-8) is one of the most evocative in Christianity but the image is often distorted into “survival of the fittest”, simply portraying unworthy branches being tossed on the fire. That is not Jesus’ message. We are most fruitful together, connected to the true vine, so Jesus highlights the perils of loosening our grip, exhorting us all to “abide” with him no matter what.

Daily we are bombarded with distractions seeking to disconnect us from the vine, but our faith isn’t about feelings or opinions or inherited customs or moral recipes, rather about focus on Christ’s love and remaining united to him and each other, day after day, motivated and sustained by his word. Jesus knows our difficulties and exhorts us to cling to him, especially in the bad times, the times of challenge and doubt, the times when it is most difficult to be our best and stay faithful to him.

Discounting the false adage, “It’s ok to do what you like if you’re not hurting anyone else”, Vatican Observatory Director, Br Guy Consolmagno explains our entwining, “If you are ever less than you could have been, you’re ultimately hurting the rest of us. We were counting on you. We all need everyone else to be good, all the time, in order for us to be able to overcome evil ourselves. And that, of course, is another reason why we can’t realistically expect to accomplish anything without the only person who can forgive us all and make us whole for all the times we are less than good.”(Consolmagno, G. God’s Mechanics p216). If we are to plentifully bear fruit together we must remain (abide) in Christ lest we wither on the vine.

Deacon Mark Kelly


TONIGHT for GRADE 5 parents

There will be a parent only Eucharist information meeting for last year’s
First Communion candidates (Grade 5 this year) on: 

Wednesday, 28th April at 7pm in St Ita’s Church,

or on Thursday, 29th April in St Joseph’s Church.

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 at these meetings.

If the families of our Grade 5 candidates also have a child in Grade
4 wishing to receive their First Communion they may prepare and
receive their First Communion with their sibling.

A First Communion Commitment Mass will take place at any Mass this weekend in Warragul or Drouin.

*Please note this year’s Grade 4 candidates will begin their preparation in Term 4.

For any enquiries please contact Thérèse on: 0499 116 428



Weekend of May 1st:

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.

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. 




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 St. Vincent De Paul box in St. Ita’s Church Foyer.

Your generosity is very much appreciated by our Members and those we help.
Sincere thanks,
Frances Godfrey
St Ita’s Conference 


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




    The Parent-Child Relationship is one that nurtures the physical, emotional and social development of the child. It is a unique bond that every child and parent can enjoy and nurture. This relationship lays the foundation for the child’s personality, life choices and overall behaviour. It can also affect the strength of their social, physical, mental and emotional health.

     Some of the benefits include: 

    • Young children who grow with a secure and healthy attachment to their parents stand a better chance of developing happy and content relationships with others in their life.
    • A child who has a secure relationship with parent learns to regulate emotions under stress and in difficult situations.
    • Promotes the child’s mental, linguistic and emotional development.
    • Helps the child exhibit optimistic and confident social behaviours.
    • Healthy parent involvement and intervention in the child’s day-to-day life lay the foundation for better social and academic skills.
    • A secure attachment leads to a healthy social, emotional, cognitive, and motivational development. Children also gain strong problem-solving skills when they have a positive relationship with their parents.  

    PARENTING STYLE – POSITIVE PARENTING                           

    There is no such thing as “one-size fits all” when it comes to parenting, we change and adapt as our children grow. However, following some simple positive parenting tips can help when it comes to your relationship with your child.


    Treat every interaction as an opportunity to connect with your child. Be warm in your expressions, give eye connect, smile and encourage interaction. 


    Children need structure and guidance. Talk to your children about what you expect of them and make sure they understand. 


    Acknowledge your child’s feelings, show them you understand, and reassure that you are there to help them whenever they have problems.


    Help your child to problem solve. Be a good role model and show them how to behave through your own actions. When you work with your children to find solutions they learn how to deal with difficulties in an appropriate way.


    Forming a connection with your child is important to developing a strong parent-child relationship. Here are some tips to help with strengthening your relationship with your children.


    Of course you love your children but tell them every day, no matter what age they are. Even on difficult days let your child know you didn’t like the behaviour but you love them unconditionally. A simple “I love you” can do a lot to strengthen a relationship.


    Play is so important to children’s development. Young children can develop many skills through the power of play. As well as it being fun and helping you develop your relationship with your child, it can help children’s language skills, emotions, creativity and social skills. 


    Make time to talk to your child without any distractions, even 10 minutes a day can make a big difference in establishing good communication habits. Turn off the TV, put away technology and spend some quality time together. Eat meals together. Eating together as a family sets the stage for conversation. Encourage no technology at the table and enjoy each other’s company.


    Connection starts with listening. Try and see things from your child’s perspective and foster mutual respect.


    If you have more than one child try and make a point of spending individual time with each of them. Quality, individual time with your child can strengthen your bond, builds their self-esteem and lets them know they are valued.



    Today we will be sending home INSIGHT SRC School Improvement Surveys to random parents in our school community via students. We will alert students from each grade that the surveys are to be taken home to parents.

    These surveys are designed to obtain feedback about our school in relation to the things we do well and things we can do better.

    Although we strongly encourage you to do the surveys, your participation is voluntary. It is important to remember, however, that the success of this project is dependent on St Ita’s parents’ involvement in giving us important information via the surveys.

    The survey takes approx. 20 minutes to work through and once completed the surveys can be sent to Insight SRC online or returned to school in the confidential envelope provided via St Ita’s admin, where they will be returned to Insight SRC for analysis. The results of the survey are usually delivered to schools within 8-10 weeks.

    We thank you for your ongoing support of our teaching and learning community.



    If your child is riding their bike or scooter to school they are required by law to wear a helmet. We have several children arriving at school without them. In the interest of child safety please ensure your child has a helmet on when they leave for school and arrive home from school.



    Thanks to all our families who represented St Ita's in the annual Drouin Anzac Day march. The children presented themselves both respectfully and reverently on the day and our school captains and vice captains did a wonderful job during the laying of the wreath ceremony. We also had many other students attend services in their towns with their local communities and it was moving to see local families honour & remember their families & others that have served for us in the past & in more recent times. 



    Just a reminder that all children should be wearing the correct winter school uniform to school during Term 2. Great to see that several of our senior students have found their school shoes or are wearing an all black runner to school which is outlined in our school uniform policy. If you are replacing school shoes and children need to wear runners for a few days please send a note to your child’s teacher.
    We thank you for your ongoing support to ensure all our students are in correct school uniform.


    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.




    Student Schoolpix school photos will take place this Friday 30th April.   Students will be required to wear their full winter uniform including jumpers and black school shoes.  (Sport uniform NOT to be worn).

    If sibling photos are required - you must order sibling photos on-line prior to 8am on Friday 30th April. Only siblings with orders prior to 8am will be called to have sibling photos taken. 

    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 /skirt 

    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, 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 on PE day only.

    Sport uniform - royal blue tracksuit pants instead of shorts permitted, red polo shirt with school logo, white socks, runners on PE day only.

    Photo Orders must be placed on-line: 
    Orders must be placed on-line using the St Ita's school code: 21887.
    Each student has their own unique internet ID number for ordering. Alternatively, you can search for your child using the "student search".
    Cash payments are NOT permitted.
    All students will be photographed individually and with their class. Sibling photos are only taken if orders are received on-line prior to 8am on Friday 30th April.


    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. 

    If the families of our Grade 5 candidates also have a child in Grade 4 wishing to receive their First Communion they may prepare and receive their First Communion with their sibling.

    A First Communion Commitment Mass will take place at any Mass this weekend in Warragul or Drouin.

    *Please note this year’s Grade 4 candidates will begin their preparation in Term 4.

    For any enquiries please contact Thérèse on: 0499 116 428


    The art room requires some empty & clean cardboard boxes & similar cardboard supplies for projects this term. If you have any at home that are not required, please ask your children to bring to the art room each morning. 

    • cardboard & cardboard boxes - any size & shape
    • egg cartons
    • cardboard cylinders - from paper towel, postage, cling wrap etc (Due to hygiene reasons - please do not bring toilet roll inserts or tissue boxes)


    Well done to all our Grade 4-6 students that represented St Ita's on Monday at the District Athletics. We will find out later this week who qualified to participate in the Division Athletics in Newborough to be held next week on Friday 7th May.



    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.


    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 finish school at the normal time of 3.20pm on Thursday 10th June and return to school on Tuesday 15th June.


    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:

    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. 

    BOOK CLUB ISSUE 3 - orders due on-line 5 May & 12 May