As we come to the final week of Term 3, I would like to congratulate and thank our students, families and staff for what has been a truly challenging time in all our lives. I hope the holidays give us all time to replace screen spaces with green spaces as the spring weather brings signs of new life and hope for a better term ahead. Term three concludes this Friday at 2.30pm for students attending onsite learning and for students in remote learning.
This week you will receive the Term 4 Calendar, and at this time, I am unsure what will be possible. During the holidays, further information will be provided by the Premier Daniel Andrews and Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic Schools on the operations for schools in Term 4. I will email families in the second week or as soon as I have information on schools returning to school next term.
When students return to onsite learning, summer uniforms/ hats will be worn for Term 4.
Term 1 2022
Term 1 will commence in 2022 on Monday 31 January for all students.
This Friday all families are invited to don the sequined tops and wild disco gear to join an online disco brought to your very own home.
The Family Favourites Disco from ‘Footsteps’ is pre-recorded. A link will be emailed to all families on Thursday 16 September. The link will go live from 8am on Friday 17 September and can be used at any time on this date. I hope everyone takes advantage of this great opportunity to have some fun with all the family as we celebrate the Term 3 break.
A Family’s Good News Story
Every year since returning to Australia I've ridden in the Great Cycle Challenge: a fundraising cycling event in October to raise funds for the Children's Medical Research Institute, to support research and support for children living with cancer. Last year, Penny and Owen both started to show an interest in what I was doing and so I talked to them about the cause, and could see they had a genuine compassion for the kids in the stories, who were facing a lot worse than we were going through (with COVID and lockdown and homeschooling etc). So I was really excited that Penny asked to ride this year, quickly followed by Owen wanting to also be a part of the challenge, on his scooter.
Well done Owen and Penny! We are very proud of you.
A way to bring light and prayer to your child during lockdown.
There are two ways that you could use this activity, it could be a way of asking ‘please’. Invite your child to think about something that they would like to express as a hope or a wish or a prayer. They can either say that thought or prayer out loud or silently in their head, before blowing a stream of bubbles into the air.
Or you might want to use this activity as a way of letting go of worries!
A word from Ms Zachest
The Arts lift our spirits and help us make meaning of our world. There has never been a better time to add a moment of beauty and joy to your day through dance, drama, music, visual art, media arts or literature. Take time to learn and play in the arts; sing a song, play an instrument, learn a dance, paint a picture, make up a play, create a little magic. Bring a smile to yourself and your family as you celebrate arts learning.
A word from Sensei Maile
The students learnt how to make a Japanese origami 'Kabuto' or samurai helmet. They were then challenged to make one big enough to wear. This is a photo of Matthew in 4GM wearing his.
The builders have now been onsite for 3 weeks and already there is great progress being made as they transform the P-3 classrooms into new learning spaces. The project is being managed in two stages. P-1 classrooms are part of the first stage with Yr 2-3 being part of stage two.
Shared Open Learning Area
Year 1 Classrooms increasing in size by 20%. Featuring glass sliding doors between rooms.
Prep Classrooms with an increase of 20% space, glass sliding doors separating rooms and a large timber deck located out the front of the junior classrooms.
As we cannot be together to give thanks and celebrate the end of Term 3, Mrs Mitchell has put together a Liturgy for families to pray together. Please find time and space to pray with your child this week.
Take care, stay safe and God bless you, your family and friends.