ON BEHALF OF OUR BEAUTIFUL ROSE
We have decorated our home with all the beautiful artwork that was sent from our school and it makes us so very happy and proud. It keeps reminding us of the joy and happiness Rose shared with you. We will stay in contact and continue working on Rose’s legacy of love.
Many thanks and God bless you all.
Chris and Katrin McMahon
RAINBOWS FOR ROSE
Our Mini Vinnies team and students across all year levels of our school have decided that we are going to hold a special free dress / plain clothes day on Wednesday 17th November to celebrate Rose McMahon’s birthday.
The theme for the day is going to be called “Rainbows for Rose” and we want everyone in our learning community to dress in the brightest colours of the rainbow to support this special day and celebrate a beautiful life.
There will be a gold coin donation and the money raised will go towards the purchase of a special friendship bench seat to be placed under the big oak tree outside of the Grade 1-2 rooms. A very special gathering spot for our children.
GETTING OUR SCHOOL BACK OPEN TO PARENTS
In line with recent changes to public health guidelines, we are looking forward to opening our school back up to parents and the public. Below are the current guidelines and expectations that parents or guardians coming onsite need to follow;
School tours must align with public gathering limits and density limits.
Visitors to school grounds must comply with vaccination requirements, density limits, face mask requirements, QR code check-ins and practise respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene.
All eligible adult participants must be fully vaccinated, unless an exemption applies, to participate in school tours.
In areas of high community transmission or where the vaccination status of adult attendees is unknown, St Ita's will consider alternative options such as virtual tours, where practicable.
Face-to-face enrolments can resume for all St Ita's prospective students.
Visitors to St Ita's must comply with vaccination requirements, density limits, face mask requirements, QR code check-ins and practise respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene.
All eligible adults attending face-to-face enrolment interviews must be fully vaccinated, unless an exemption applies.
In areas of high community transmission or where the vaccination status of parents, guardians or carers wishing to attend face-to-face enrolment interviews is unknown, St Ita’s will consider holding interviews via video conference.
Liturgies and other ceremonies (including events held off school premises and/or with parents, guardians, carers and other guests) can resume, however they must align with community settings. St Ita's will liase with Father Peter Slater, Parish Priest, to see what is practical and pastorally helpful. Indoor events will remain subject to the obligations such as caps and density quotients. Outdoor events can be held with up to 500 people, with a density quotient of one person per two square metres applied. All eligible adults must be fully vaccinated, unless an exemption applies.
Any visitors to St Ita's must comply with vaccination requirements, density limits, face mask requirements, QR code check-ins and practise respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene.
KINDERGARTEN TRANSITION PROGRAMS
Prospective Foundation children, their parents, guardians and carers and/or early childhood educators are permitted to visit the school site to support the transition of children into Foundation in 2022. All eligible adults attending Transition Programs must be fully vaccinated, unless an exemption applies and must comply with density limits, face mask requirements, QR code check-ins and practise respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene. The school has had recommendations that 2022 Foundation children should not be permitted to intermix with other children at the school as part of the visits. (Including brother and sisters)
VERIFYING VISITOR VACCINATION STATUS
Where schools are required to check the vaccination status of visitors, such as visitors attending school activities, including school tours, enrolment interviews and/or transition days, the quickest and easiest way to check vaccination status, is via the Service Victoria app when visitor’s check-in using the Victorian Government QR code.
St Ita's can check the vaccination status of visitors by viewing:
- COVID-19 digital certificate using the Service Victoria app
- COVID-19 digital certificate in a smart phone wallet
- A printed copy of COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement - together with photo ID.
- An Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) medical exemption form (IM011) from an authorised medical practitioner. Valid photo ID must be shown along with proof of a medical exemption.
St Ita's is not required to record visitor’s vaccination status – we only need to view it and confirm the proof so visitors can enter the school, where required.
HOW DO WE GROUP OUR STUDENT ACROSS GRADE LEVELS
A question that I am often asked by parents is “How are children grouped in grades each year when there is more than one stream of the grade?”
The sorting of children into class groupings is a complex and time consuming process where teachers are expected to exercise and make professional judgements. It’s all about identifying the particular social emotional and academic needs of all our children and making sure there is a balance across each grade level.
Our class groupings of children are based on a number of factors such as:
- Current educational philosophies held by the school
- The social, emotional, physical and academic needs of the children within the cohort
- Gender balance
- Student behaviour balance
- Children who work well together / children who don’t work well together
- Family siblings or family relations
- Court Orders or Legal Interventions
Occasionally we receive parental feedback that their child is unhappy or emotional when they find they are not in the same class as their best friend/s. Whilst we will always do our best to make sure children have good social connections within classroom, it is often the case that they will not be with their best friend. Often best friends, doesn’t always make for best learning.
The strong message across all grades at St Ita’s is that class time is for learning and recess and lunch times are for socialising. If your child was to come home disappointed that they are not the same grade as their best friends, use this as a teachable moment to give your child the skills and capacity to be resilient and work through the situation. It’s great preparation for students going into secondary school and moving into the working world with people you have never met before. It is also a great opportunity for children to develop an inclusive, resilient mindset and develop new friendships.
2021 CLASS STRUCTURES
We have finalised our class structures for 2021 school year and they will be as follows:
3 x Foundation
3 x Grade 1’s
3 X Grade 2’s
5 x Grade 3/4’s
4 x Grade 5/6’s
It is important that there is a collective understanding by both parents and children that being in the same class with their ‘best friends’ or social acquaintances outside of school is never a given.
Teachers will use their professional judgement on what they see each day within the cohort and more importantly the positive or negative impacts that friendships can have on an individual student learning.
PARENT CLASS REQUESTS FOR 2022 CLOSE
- FRIDAY 19th NOVEMBER
Parents are asked to place any class requests specific to the needs of their child/ren based on the following understandings and guidelines:
- All requests for consideration must be directed in email to email@example.com no later than Friday 19th November. (requests received after this date will not be implemented)
- The request must be based on individual student needs and not for preferred teachers, friendships groups or social relationships that occur outside of school
- We do not offer any guarantees with parent requests. Factors for consideration will help to inform our process of grouping students – the request via a parent does not guarantee student placement
- Requests from parents will be only considered for the upcoming school year.
- I will meet with and inform all relevant staff of parent input prior to formation of classes
We appreciate parent input and will do our best to make things work for your child, so long as the request is deemed fair and in line with the guidelines above. Once groupings have been decided and announced to the school community in mid-December, there will be no changes made to classes as it creates a domino effect across the level.
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
This Friday I am pleased to announce that we will be having a whole school assembly in our Multi Purpose Hall starting at 2.30pm. It will be a great opportunity to get our children together, share our successes and celebrate our class and student award winners. The parents of our Student of the Week Award will be invited to attend the assembly and will need to follow the guidelines and expectations of being on the school site listed above.
GRADE 6 GRADUATION / BIG DAY OUT
We are currently exploring options for our Grade 6 Graduation, and our Grade 6 Big Day Out. The challenge we face with Graduation is that all venues currently have density limits which restricts our options.
In the event that we can source a venue, it will most likely be a children and staff event and parents may be required do drop off and pick up. Either way we’ll do our best to get families back into our school in some capacity over the last weeks of term.
On Thursday 11th November, at 11am, we will celebrate Remembrance Day with a short memorial service to honour our past and present servicemen and women.
YEAR 7 TRANSITION DATES
The below dates have been scheduled for Grade 6 students who are transitioning into Secondary School in 2022;
Drouin Secondary College
Transition Day 1 - Tuesday 7th December
Transition Day 2 - Friday 10th December
Orientation Day - Tuesday 30th November
FAMILIES LEAVING THE ST ITA'S COMMUNITY IN 2022
If there are any families that know they will be moving on from St Ita’s in the 2022 school year, it is important that we are informed of your intentions so places can be offered to those families who are currently on waiting lists. Please contact our School Admin if you are moving on 03 5623 7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT - SCHOOL FEE CONCESSIONS
2022 ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN
We strongly advise families to return application forms for their 2022 Foundation students to guarantee enrolment for next year, our places are filling quickly.
If you require an interview and school tour with your child, please contact our school Admin on (03) 5623 7222 as soon as possible to book a time (COVID-19 Dependent).
All parents will be required to complete a student questionnaire prior to the commencement of your interview (this takes a couple of minutes and you will receive it on arrival). You will also receive an enrolment pack with an enrolment form enclosed.
SCHOOL FEES & FEE CONCESSION
School Fees for 2021 are due and payable by December 2021.
BPay details are available on your school fee statement. All school fees are now due and payable and all accounts must be finalised by the end of the school year they are due, December 2021.
Direct Debits can be implemented at any time, if any families would like to pay their fees by instalment weekly, fortnightly or monthly, please complete the below 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 and 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.
KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE
Science reveals the universe to be about 14 billion years old. Which puts into perspective the few million years of life on our little planet and our own lives. Those of us who were there know just how much life has changed since mid-twentieth century when our milk and bread deliveries arrived by horse and cart, there was no TV and telephones were what the wealthy people down the road had in their homes. Nonetheless, whatever our age, this 21st century of frenetic electronic pace is “our time.” Change is the only constant; once seemingly invariable aspects of our world have disappeared without trace and others at least while the pandemic rages.
What is there to rely on? Well: Jesus! However long the universe lasts; whatever and whoever passes away, his words will not pass away. (Mark 13:28-31). Pope Benedict reminded us that all those tangible circumstances we might think are reality “are only realities of a secondary order. Who builds his life on these realities, on matter, on success, on appearances, builds upon sand. Only the Word of God is the foundation of all reality, it is as stable as the heavens and more than the heavens, it is reality” (Synod on the Word of God, October 2008). “The only thing that will stand is the Word of Jesus, the command of Jesus that we love one another as he has loved us.”(Moloney, F. p201).
“One of the truths that burns at the heart of evolution is our kinship with Creation, with nature, with stars and with planets, with the almost 14 billion years of our infancy.”(O’Leary, D. p240). How do we fit into this reality? How do we love like Jesus? It always comes back to this question and the answer: In loving all creation as the Creator loves us we best fit the reality of Jesus Word.
Deacon Mark Kelly
IMPORTANT CONFIRMATION UPDATE 2021
If your child is in Grade 6 and is still wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year, please note a letter has been sent out informing parents of our way forward. We have finally found dates to fit in with accommodating numbers. The arrangements are not ideal but under the circumstances of the Victorian Roadmap it is the best we can do. We sincerely thank all our Confirmation families for showing great patience and resilience in these tough times.
If you have not received a letter by email as yet please let Therese Meggetto know ASAP at the following email address: Warragul.firstname.lastname@example.org and one will be forward to you.
We ask everyone to keep these families in your prayers at this very special time.
Please note our Confirmation dates are as follows:
Reconciliation in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation:
St Ita’s Church, Drouin - Wednesday, November 24th 7:00pm
St Joseph’s Church, Warragul - Thursday, November 25th 7:00pm
Please bring your child’s Saint Project on the night you choose for Reconciliation.
Sacrament of Confirmation:
St Ita’s Church, Drouin - Friday, November 26th 7:00pm
St Joseph’s Church, Warragul - Saturday, November 27th 7:00pm
For further inquiries please contact Thérèse on M: 0499 116 428
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