END OF TERM 2: 12.30pm Friday 24th June
Well done to everyone on making it to the mid-point of the year. At times we individually and collectively have staggered and sneezed our way through some weeks but we have arrived it seems quickly at the end of June.
Although it is easy to blame that pandemic-thingy for many of the world's problems, it has been both interesting and exciting to see how productive our classrooms have been. The way the students have settled into this school year is a credit to the parents and staff, while our children deserve praise for the way they have raised the level of their learning stamina. In the post remote-learning world we really need every student taking advantage of every moment of every school day, and while we acknowledge protocols dictate students might need to be away it will be so important next term that all students lift their attendance rate. On PAM parents can check each of their children's attendance statistics for the semester and we encourage you to keep an eye on this important indicator of school success. If at any time you need support in this area please reach out to me personally for assistance.
Yesterday we had an interesting start to the day in the administration area when our air filters detected an anomaly before we then smelt an odd smell we guessed from our heating units. We ended with taking a very cautious approach in having a soft lock-down by having all students remain in their classrooms while the very competent crew from the Morwell Fire Brigade gave us the all clear. In terms of communication on the day we were able to use our primary communication tool, Schoolzine, to send out a DO NOT BE ALARMED type message. It is a timely reminder to families to make sure they are subscribed to this service for newsletters and other updates because in emergencies this will be our first tool. Fingers crossed we do not have any future emergencies but pandemics, mine fires, floods, storms and bushfires are not always the most convenient beasts we have to deal with here in the Latrobe Valley.
Tonight we have a highlight of the school year when Bishop Greg visits our parish to lead our Confirmation Mass. Can I take this opportunity to offer my blessings and congratulations to this group of young people from our Year 6 cohort. In the short time I have been at St.Vincent's these children have been terrific ambassadors of our school and I've enjoyed connecting with them. I am so proud to accompany them as their school principal tonight as they celebrate this important stage of their faith journey.
So finally, rest up and have a terrific break from the rouintes of school. I look forward to sharing Semester 2 with you all - Remember to take a look at the school calendar in this newsletter and on PAM. We look like we will be very busy - how exciting!
Take care and stay safe, Dave
Tonight we have the Morwell Parish Confirmation Mass. We look forward to celebrating this special faith milestone with the following students:
As we come to the close of Semester 1 it seems like we are almost back into situation normal in terms of the school calendar. Please keep an eye on our newsletters and the PAM calendar for notifications of upcoming events.
Some upcoming events include:
END OF TERM 2: 12.30pm Friday 24th June
Monday 11th July - Term 3 begins
Wednesday 27th July - Grandparents Mass.... all welcome!
Tues 2nd/Wed 3rd August - Parent Teacher Interviews
Tuesday 9th August: LIVE PERFORMANCE "Stellarphant"
Wednesday 10th August - District Athletics
Wednesday 17th August: First Communion Workshop 1
Monday 22nd August - Dental Van arrives
Wednesday 31st August - Father's Day Mass
Thursday 15th September - School Concert Day & Evening Performance
Wednesday 5th October: First Communion Workshop 2
Sunday 16th October: First Communion 10.30am
Overnight the Semester 1 Reports were published on each child's PAM account. The report can be read online and via a downloadable PDF document. Previous reports will also be available.
To find the Report, please login to your PAM account, select the student's profile and go the Assessment Report section.
Parent-Teachers will be in Week Four with bookings made via PAM. The appointment bookings will go live early in the term.
During Term 3 the Canteen will open fortnightly, rotating between some Wednesdays and Fridays dependent on the availability of volunteers. If you are able to help out please view the attached flyer calling for volunteers.
Term 3 Canteen Dates:
Week 2: Friday 22nd July
Week 4: Wednesday 3rd August
Week 6: Friday 19th August
Week 8: Wednesday 31st August
Week 9: Friday 9th September
Thank you to those families who have completed and submitted their enrolment forms for our 2023 Foundation students. We would also like to thank those existing St.Vincent's families who have promoted our school to family and friends. Over the past few weeks we have had interested families visit the school to meet with us and to have a look around. Mr.Cooper is more than happy to find a suitable time to meet with interested families before, during and after school for a tour and have a conversation about joining our great school community.
We have updated our website recently, including the Enrolments Section. If you have a pre-schooler, or know of someone, joining us next year please take a look. We would love your feedback about what information we could be sharing through this important medium.
Some of our Transition opportunities scheduled for Term 3 include:
Thursday 21st July 9.15am-10.15am: COME & TRY DAY
Thursday 4th August 9.15am-10.15am: COME & TRY DAY
Tuesday 9th August 2pm: "StellarPhant" A live performance we will watch together as a whole school