Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
Welcome back to term Four. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday break and your children are refreshed and ready to return to school.
You will notice the Administration Building Project is almost completed. This has resulted in changes to the front entry to the school. Access to the school office is only available via the Seymour St entrance as we now have a secure child safety door in place at the end of the entry foyer. Please be patient with us this week as we put the office back into place and settle in our lovely new space.
2023 Parent requests
An important part of being a parent is helping children learn to deal with disappointments and difficulties. We can help our children learn to cope emotionally with uncomfortable feelings by being there and listening to them. We can acknowledge that sometimes life is challenging or unfair but that we can learn to cope with this. Helping our children recognise emotions and deal with them, without being crushed by them, teaches our children emotional resilience.
All school staff aspire towards providing an environment where the best interests of the child are held paramount. While teachers may not have the same attachment to a child that a parent does, the staff at St Michael’s care personally for the children in the school.
We are starting the process of planning for the 2023 school year. If parents have a genuine reason for class placement requests for next year, could you please email them through to email@example.com by Wednesday 19th October.
An enormous amount of time and effort is put into the creation of class lists and many factors are taken into consideration by the staff. A written request will be considered on its merits but is not a guarantee. Who is teaching which grade has not yet been decided so please do not request certain teachers.
At St Michael’s we work on a whole school approach to class planning and are blessed to have a committed teaching staff who collaborate to give the very best learning opportunities to all students in our care. Please be aware that a request has to be made for this current year, we will not be referring to requests made 12 months ago as circumstances change.
If your family situation is changing, we would also appreciate you letting the Office know. An accurate indication of student numbers assists us enormously in our planning for 2023. We have a waiting list for some grades and if we know you are leaving we can offer them your spot.
Parent, Guardian and Carer code of conduct
At St Michael’s Primary (School), we are committed to nurturing respectful relationships and active partnerships with you as parents, guardians or carers. We believe that your child’s learning journeys are enriched through positive and reciprocal home and school relationships.
As parents, guardians or carers, you act as one of the most influential role models in your child’s life. We therefore seek your support in promoting and upholding the core values of the school community and its culture of respectful relationships.
This Code of Conduct is intended to guide you in your dealings with staff, other parents, guardians, carers, students and the wider school community. It articulates the School’s key expectations of both staff and parents, guardians and carers with regard to respectful relationships and behaviours. It also specifies the School’s position with regard to unacceptable behaviours that breach our culture of respect.
Please find attached the code of conduct for your consideration
Tickets for the school concert Blinky Bill - An Aussie Adventure will go on sale at 6:00pm tonight.
All St Michael’s students will be involved in the concert, therefore they will not require a seat at the performance.
Tickets cost: $10.00 per seat.
Seating is allocated.
We are having 2 performances one at 1:30pm and another at 6pm.
Tickets for the evening performance are restricted to 4 tickets per family.
There will be no restrictions on tickets to the matinee performance. We encourage grandparents and younger than school age siblings to come to this performance. Adult tickets will be $10, children under 5 will be $5 for the matinee only.
Sunday’s message is to ‘Live for today and have faith in tomorrow.’ Faith is a gift from God that needs to be nurtured through the years so that it can withstand the inevitable hardships of human life. In the gospel Jesus is urging his disciples to have more faith. If we had faith the size of the tiny mustard seed we would have ‘mighty’ influence as we grow into the huge tree. What influences affect your faith? How have your life experiences increased your faith? Or maybe they have even caused you to have doubts. The gospel message is encouraging - even the tiniest seed of faith is mighty. The challenge is great - when people have faith in God, extraordinary things can happen. From a small seed big things grow!
Any child in grade 4 and above that has been Baptised and celebrated 1st Reconciliation is able to celebrate 1st Communion this term.
Some important dates for the calendar are:
Enrolment forms due – 14th October
Parent/ child information night – 19th October
Commitment Mass – 22nd /23rd October
Prayer letter Mass – 5th /6th November
Pin Mass – 12th /13th November
1st Communion celebrations:
Saturday 19th November 5pm
Sunday 20th November 9.30am
Sunday 20th November 5pm
If you have not received an Enrolment form via the email that is registered at the Parish Office then please contact Sue Rickwood on firstname.lastname@example.org Enrolment forms are due back to the parish office by October 14th.
Across the world the Catholic Church celebrates Mission Month in October. Each year Catholic Mission chooses a country or community that is in need of assistance. The time, effort and financial focus throughout that year is then on this country. The aim is to provide the community with support that is sustainable and ongoing so that the community can continue to benefit for the future rather than just once.
This brings highlight to Catholic Missions current projects in Ethiopia. As I have previously shared, one of the projects in Ethiopia is to develop a Goat Rearing Centre in Embider. The community in Embider will be provided with ongoing benefit from the Goat Rearing Centre.
So far our community of St Michael’s have raised $300. This is enough money to buy 3 goats!
At our Whole School Mass at the end of Term 3 Fr Peter announced the winners of our Colouring Competition. Congratulations to the following winners
Foundation: Dominic Riseley
Grade 1/2: Raiden Buhagiar
Grade 3/4: Leila Howell
Grade 5/6: Mohan S
Grade 5/6 Poster Design: Rosemaria Thomas
Each of the winners received a Family Swim Pass for Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre. We thank GRAC for their kind donation.
Each week students from each class are awarded Student of the Week certificates. These children are nominated for the example they have been within the school based on the School Wide Expectation focus for that week. The weekly focus will be from Wednesday until Tuesday the following week. Awards will be presented to students at assembly on Friday.
In Week 10 the School Wide Expectation focus was Honesty :
I always tell the truth.
I am honest when reflecting on my personal performance.
I take responsibility for my actions.
The award winners for Week 10 are:
|Tyler Celima||Bentley Leitch||Callan Van Der Meer|
|Vivienne Crozier||Corey Moore||James Buhagiar|
|Christopher Di Sisto||Reid Campbell||Phoebe Walker|
|Ruby Lawn||Chelsea Zelenewicz||Ruby Roscoe|
|Blair Dunne||Sophie Clegg|