Before I begin, I would like to offer a brief prayer of thanksgiving that I have relied upon heavily, especially throughout the past year as we have suffered as a community, and as a nation, and as a world, in so many ways:
We asked for strength, and you gave us difficulties to make us strong.
We asked for wisdom, and you gave us problems to solve.
We asked for prosperity, and you gave us purpose and brains to use.
We asked for courage, and you gave us fears to overcome.
We asked for patience, and you gave us situations where we were forced to wait.
We asked for love, and you gave us troubled people to help.
We asked for justice, and you called us to be just and lead with integrity.
Lord, we have received nothing that we asked for or wanted.
And yet, we receive everything that we needed.
For this we give thanks.
By Colleen Hanycz, PhD incoming President at Xavier University
There was much excitement on Wednesday as the students returned to school.
The emails and phone calls from parents as we returned to onsite learning were so appreciated and lifted our spirits after a very challenging two weeks. Thank you to all our families who ensured their children were so well supported and prepared during remote learning. We think you are all amazing!
Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all the staff. Dropping my child off at school this morning and seeing the beautiful “ welcome back” sign brought tears to my eyes. You could see the enthusiasm and love for the children on the teachers faces. As a parent it was so comforting to know how invested the teachers are with the students. I sure am going to miss the school when my child finishes this year. Anyway, thanks again and let’s hope we get to finish this year with on-site learning. Stay safe.
The regular updates, words of encouragement & support are always appreciated. The teachers & staff were fabulous over the past couple of weeks. The additional Google Meet catch ups was a great way of keeping kids connected & engaged.
Hope you and your family are keeping well and positive during this time. I would just like to let you know that the changes this term involving home schooling have been great, the change to online learning allows me (and I’m sure other parents) this time to concentrate on our own work for that time the kids are on their google meets and the children seem to like it as well. Keep up the good work.
Just a short note to let you know how well your google meets this past week have been tracking for my son. He has really thrived with the contact, structure and engagement with both you and his peers. He said it keeps him progressing through the tasks, and he feels calmer and supported with this structure. Must be challenging navigating this style of learning so just thought I would call out what has been so beneficial for my son’s learning and development in Lockdown 5. Thankyou! You are all doing an amazing job.
Amelia and Matilda and their lighting of the Olympic Torch
Preps Celebrate 100 days of Learning
Covid Safe Practices for the next two weeks
- Parents are welcome to come onto the playground before and after school
- Masks need to be worn at all times
- For the next two weeks we ask that parents do not enter the school buildings
- If you need to come to the Office please wear a mask and check in via the QR code
- There will be a high level of cleaning in all areas of the school
- Hand hygiene will be a part of our daily routine
- Staggered starts and finishes will be in place from Tuesday.
8.40am students whose surname falls between A-L, 8.50am M-Z
3.20pm students whose surname falls between A-L, 3.30pm M-Z
- Classrooms will be well ventilated
- Students will eat outdoors when possible
It is with great sadness that we have postponed the Sacraments of first Eucharist and Confirmation until Term 4. When a child receives a Sacrament it should be a great time of celebration for the whole family and the parish community. I am hoping that by Term 4 we will have more people vaccinated and with the warmer weather, greater numbers will be able to come together to celebrate.
Nishant Bellamkonda, Ashank Yeddanapalli, Jeremy Bobik, Holly Fitzgerald, Lucas Payavlas, Sophie Stanley, Greta Brown, Scarlett Chiodi, Harper Easton, Milla Sawtell, Penny Murphy & Meggie Willers
who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday morning.
The students are very excited about the school Concert that was scheduled for the last week of the term. With the current restrictions around numbers that are able to gather, we have decided to make a video of the students' performances and share a copy with all our families. With so many events surrounded by uncertainty, we know at least this will be able to go ahead.
The refurbishment of the Prep-Yr 3 classrooms is on track to begin in Week 6. We are very excited to see the classrooms transformed into modern learning spaces with opportunities for flexible seating and open spaces.
Wishing you all a safe and happy week ahead.
As a part of the Social Justice group, we have chosen the St. Kilda Mums charity to donate to this term. We have been busy researching what St. Kilda Mums will accept. The grade 6’s have been knitting squares to form a blanket to donate to the St. Kilda mums as well.
St. Kilda Mums will accept the following:
- Activity mats
- Baby food (within 3 months expiry)
- Baby towels
- Baby baths
- Kids books
- Bottles and feeding equipment
- Breastfeeding pillows
- Soft carry cots
- Bunny rugs and baby wraps
- Change mats
- Change tables that fold
- Clothing - from birth size to size 16
- Cot linen and blankets
- Games for kids
- Nappies- cloth and disposable
- Baby wipes
- Nappy change bags (clean)
- Maternity pads
- Stationery (pencils, textas, activity books, scrap books)
- Toiletries (unopened) - body wash, barrier cream, tooth paste, deodorant etc
Each year level will receive a basket where donations can be placed. All the items have to be donated by Friday 13th of August, and we will be having a casual clothes day on that Friday to thank the school community for their support and contributions to the St. Kilda Mums.
Thank you for your support.
From the Year 6 Social Justice Team.
Omedetou gozaimasu (Congratulations!) to Jade Pang in 5K. This year in Japanese, students in Grades 5 and 6 have been challenged to learn how to write all 46 basic Hiragana Japanese writing syllables with 100% accuracy to achieve a Hiragana Blackbelt. This is a genuinely difficult task even for adults and takes practice, perseverance and resilience. After lockdown lifted, Jade surprised us all by coming back to school having completely conquered the writing of these tricky first 46 syllables. Jade has now achieved her 2021 Hiragana Blackbelt and will move on towards achieving Hiragana Master status. Jeedo-san, yoku dekimashita! (Well done, Jade.)
The second hand uniform shop is not able to open at the moment. If you would like to order any items you can email Anna on firstname.lastname@example.org and if they are in stock we will organise for you. Donations of uniform in good condition are always welcomed to be dropped to the office.