Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to Term 4. I hope you managed to have a break from screens and enjoy the outdoors. We look forward to seeing all the students again – it really is not the same without them all. Just a reminder that Kinder, Yr. 1, Yr. 2 and Yr. 6 return to
school on the 25th of October. Yr. 3, Yr. 4 and Yr. 5 return on the 1st of November. We can’t wait!
As we begin Term 4, we have been reminded of the need to follow fairly strict health guidelines. Listed below are some that relate directly to parents and carers:
Use of the CBR Check in app
All essential visitors must check into the site each time they arrive using the CBR check-in app.
Staying Home When Sick
Children who are unwell must not attend school and should stay home and get tested. If they attend school while unwell, we will contact you immediately to collect your child. In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter from the GP is sufficient to allow return school without a negative test.
We will proactively implement good hygiene routines and practices. Students will be reminded to sanitise/ wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
The use of masks is one part in a suite of measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission. Staff and essential visitors should wear masks in the classroom and outside when in close contact with others, except when eating. The wearing of masks for primary students is at the discretion of the student and their parents/carer but is not recommended for children from Kindergarten to Year 2.
Parents or carers must not enter school sites or come onto school grounds to drop off or collect children except in the case of an emergency or to provide necessary supports for a child or young person with additional needs which should be negotiated with me in advance. This does not apply to parents dropping off or collecting children from Team Kids which requires a sign in/out procedure.
Pens Against Poverty
Sophia from Yr. 3/4W wrote a poem for the Pens Against Poverty competition. I was so impressed with her writing that I’d like to share it with the wider community. I have Sophia’s permission to do so.
by Sophia Ellis
Our waters were once blue,
and sort of see through.
But now they are a mess,
and you must confess, we need less.
Now there are bags
swimming between the flags.
Plastic soup is served all day,
sadly eaten by a huge sting ray.
There are also sharks
getting tangled in huge plastic arcs.
And those poor fish in the sea
who wish one day to be free.
First, they had to deal with predators
and now their tin can competitors.
We need to act now,
so, let’s find out how.
Come join me in this battle,
let’s herd those fish cattle, into the safety of earth.
Their home is now mid renovation,
so now is the time for change and conservation.
October is World Mission Month, a time when Catholics all over the world join together to support and celebrate global missionary work.
This year our 5/6 students are participating in Socktober. The 5/6 students are supporting vulnerable children in Thailand. Traditionally we hold our Mini Mission Fete
to raise money for this cause in early Term 4. As this won’t be possible this year our 5/6 students will be putting together a cookbook to raise money for The Good Shepherd Sisters Kindergarten Centre in Bangkok. The Kindergarten provides an education for children whose families can’t afford to send them to school and caters for the essential needs of these children. The Kindergarten also allows the parents of the children to work and earn a living while their children are being cared for. We have been lucky enough to receive an ACT Children’s Week Grant to help with the publishing costs of the cook book. We are hoping through the sales of our cookbook to raise enough money to fund some meals or school supplies for the children of the Good Shepherd Sister Kindergarten Centre in Bangkok.
Religious Education Coordinator