All Good! God has it.
Exactly what we need to hear in times of stress and uncertainty! (Matt10:26-33). Present and future are as clouded as they have ever been and even the past seems to be subject to reinterpretation! Comfortable pillars like rewards for hard work, guaranteed employment, health protection and physical security are crumbling. Confidence in law makers and law enforcers, spiritual and church leaders is wobbly.
Naturally we worry about day to day issues and circumstances. We’re human. Not to be concerned, perhaps even fearful, would be abnormal and we do need to take steps to respond to new issues and circumstances. But Jesus encourages us to lift our eyes beyond the disturbing present uncertainties. In the face of perplexing challenges our Christianity comes to the fore. Declaring for Him, living discipleship, “proclaiming from the housetops,” is how we respond. God gives us choice for or against his Kingdom values of justice, mercy and forgiveness.
Do we work to limit the spread of coronavirus, graciously accepting weeks of inconvenience for the good of all? Do we scramble, hoard and focus on ourselves instead of the poor and vulnerable in our midst who are suffering and at greater risk than ever? Do we with relatively minor hassles generously support those without food or a safe place to live or rest?
All creation is precious to God and humans of inestimable value (Matt 10:29-30). Are we active in proclaiming and defending the preciousness of all humanity even if we ourselves are endangered? Do we strive to uphold the dignity and worth of all? To ensure work, shelter, health, education and opportunity for all both now and into the future.
With our eyes lifted to the Kingdom then we needn’t stress about what we don’t know or about threats from outside. God has it all in hand.
Deacon Mark Kelly
On behalf of St. Vincent de Paul Society, St.Ita’s Conference Drouin, THANK St. Ita’s & St. Ignatius’ Parishes most sincerely for their generous support over the years and without your generosity we would not be able to help those in need.
It is time for our Annual Winter Appeal. We are inspired by the Holy Spirit to care for others as Jesus did and through the Holy Spirit we are given the power to make a difference and so we are asking you to be generous in supporting us in winter 2020. Particularly in these changed times the need will be greater than ever because of job loss and financial stress due to the Coronavirus.
If you are able to contribute to the Winter Appeal, then please donate by using the St. Vincent De Paul Society Web vinnies.org.au or calling 131812. Please mark your donations to be used by St. Ita’s Conference, Drouin and that will guarantee your Donation will be used to assist those in need in Drouin, Longwarry & Neerim South Communities. Thank you Sincerely.
UPDATED ADVICE IN RELATION TO PAKENHAM SPRINGS PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) has received the advice today from the Department of Education and Training (DET) in relation to Pakenham Springs Primary School.
Pakenham Springs Primary School continues to be closed to allow time for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to carry out contact tracing to identify any staff and students who have been in contact with the confirmed case to deep clean the school site.
- DHHS will identify and notify any persons identified as having been in close contact with the person who has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).
- There is no need for students or staff to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) unless they are advised to do so by DHHS.
- There is no need for members of a household to self-isolate, unless identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) or advised to do so by DHHS.
DHHS defines close contact as someone who has either:
- had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- shared a closed space for more than two hours with someone who is a confirmed case.
Unless you have a student or staff member in one of the two above categories, you do not need to take further action.
There is also no requirement for people living with staff or students of Pakenham Springs Primary School to remain at home, unless they are unwell or displaying symptoms, in which case they should be tested.
It is also important that we all continue to monitor our own and the health of our children.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON REMOTE AND FLEXIBLE LEARNING
All schools in the Diocese of Sale have now resumed onsite schooling and Remote Schooling has ceased.
The Victorian State Government has announced a community consultation opportunity regarding Remote Schooling through an online Survey. The Survey is available for completion until 3 July 2020.
Your feedback is sought to understand what lessons were learned during Remote Schooling and the challenges or opportunities to consider for strengthening the future of school education in Victoria.
As a parent / guardian / carer of a student in the Diocese of Sale, you are encouraged to complete this Survey, anonymously if you wish, before 3 July 2020.
Since returning to full time school it has been noticed that a number of students have been attending school out of uniform. St Ita’s has a school uniform policy and the expectation is that all students attend school in the correct school uniform. I have asked all class teachers to alert their students of the correct school uniform for the winter terms and the expectations around being at school in correct school uniform.
If you child is out of school uniform, could I please ask that you send a note to your child’s teacher explaining your situation or reason. Attached below is the winter uniform for students to be worn during Term 2 & Term 3.
|Boys Winter Uniform||Girls Winter Uniform|
|Dark grey trousers / or grey shorts||Blue tartan tunic (optional navy blue tailored school pants)|
|Royal blue polo shirt with school logo||Royal blue polo shirt with school logo|
|Royal blue jumper with school logo||Royal blue jumper with school logo|
|Grey socks||Navy blue tights or long socks|
|Black lace-up or buckle, leather shoes or boots (no visible/no colour logos)||Black lace-up or buckle, leather shoes (no visible/no colour logos)|
|Grade 6 only - Navy blue bomber jacket with school logo||Grade 6 only - Navy blue bomber jacket with school logo|
|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|
Please remember to clearly label all clothing and check regularly that the name can be easily read. Teachers cannot identify unmarked clothing, which is often mislaid or wrongly claimed by other children. Please check your child has their own items at the end of each week. Permanent markers wear off, so items must be relabelled regularly or we recommend iron-on labels.
Where property is marked clearly it will be returned to the owner. Should marking be indistinct or absent, property will be placed in the lost property cupboard, located in the foyer of the Administration Office. We currently have many un-named school jumpers in the lost property cupboard. Click here for Beleza Uniform shop new opening hours.
Semester One school reports will be available online via the NFORMA parent portal today. Parents will be able to download their child’s report from this parent portal via a password sent to their email address. Please check your spam/junk folder for the email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive the email, please advise the school office of your correct email address in writing to: email@example.com & please also update your details in CareMonkey.
BOOK NOW - PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Parent-Teacher interviews will be conducted via a phone call next week, the last week of term 2 on Monday and Wednesday for those parents that book an appointment time on-line. Bookings close: Friday @ 1pm.
Teachers will be onsite Monday 22nd June from 3.40pm to 6.00pm and 6.40pm to 7.30pm and again on Wednesday 24th June between 3.50pm and 5.30pm. Phone interviews will be 10 minutes in duration. Please contact your child's teacher if you require a longer interview time.
Please book in your preferred phone interview appointment time via the School Interviews website and enter the event code: 9mcc4
Please don't forget to subscribe to the school newsletter via our new school website to receive a copy each each week. https://stidrouin.catholic.edu.au/
NEW szAPP COMING SOON
Next term we will be moving to a new school notification App from Schoolzine which works inconjunction with our new school website. This new app called szAPP will replace the Skoolbag app. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
SCHOOL FEE CONCESSION
For any families impacted financially by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and have concerns about your financial situation regarding school fees, please contact myself on 5623 7222 during the hours of 8.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can explore confidential financial support arrangements to enable your child(ren)’s education at our school to continue.
For any families that have recently received a Government means-tested health care concession card, 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.
Parents please be advised in the interest of everyone's safety and keeping the road clear, that there is a no right turn into the school entry when using the Victoria St car-line from 8.30am-9am and 3pm-3.45pm. Please proceed down the hill to the roundabout to come back up the hill and turn left only into the school entry. Please do not use the bus zone to do a u-turn or cut into the top of the car line, the bus zone is a clearway and must be kept clear at all times which is why parents leave a gap in this area.
LAST DAY OF TERM BUSES
School buses will now operate on the last day of term, Friday 26th June however at the end of the school day, they will operate one hour earlier than normal departing school at 2.30pm. School will therefore finish at 2.20 pm on Friday 26th June.
A reminder that students requiring asthma relievers/ventolin or similar medication are to bring their own to school each day. Students are currently running with their class for 5 minutes every day as part of a PE Challenge and we have had a increase of students requiring their asthma pumps at school.
Water Bottles required
All students are to bring a water bottle to school each day as the bubble taps are not permitted to be used during COVID-19 restrictions.
Nut Free snacks & lunches
A reminder to all parents that St Ita’s is a nut free environment. We would ask all parents to refrain from sending nuts or nut products in their children’s lunch and snack. This includes Nutella, peanut butter and nuts contained in cakes or snack bars. We thank you for supporting us as we look to keep all children in our school safe, healthy and well.
17 Jun 2020
3:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Instructions on how to access the nForma Parent Portal will be sent out to your email address today, Wednesday June 17th.
You will receive an automated email containing instructions and login details from
email@example.com and not the school. Please ensure that you check your junk/spam folder for an email from that address otherwise please email the Admin Office to advise your correct email address.
It is highly recommended that you use a computer to access your child’s reports for the first time. Subsequent logins can be made on a mobile device if preferred.
Once you have followed the instructions & updated your password, you will be able to view your child’s report online.
You can also use the following link:
Once in the portal you will need to:
- choose your child (if you have more than one at our school) and then
- choose 'Assessment and Reporting'.
- select the year/semester. eg 2020/Semester 1 (June 2020 report).
If you have forgotten your password, please follow the 'forgotten password' link.
Please note that your new password needs to be at least 7 characters long and must include at least one non alpha-numeric character, e.g. *, - / or similar.
If you have requested a password reset and the email does not appear, please look in your junk/spam folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or issues, please contact the school office via email on email@example.com or by phone on 5623 7222.
Please visit our Annual Book Fair, virtually this year!
On now until 27th July.
3 easy steps
- Click the link on the flyer. This will take you to the Virtual Book Fair. Click here to go to the Virtual Book Fair
- Choose St Ita's from the drop-down list and type your student’s name.
- At the end of the transaction, put the delivery address as St Ita's and every order will be delivered to school with the students name on your own order.