Newsletter Term 2 Week 4

Prayer

I call you my friends, says the Lord,

for I have made known to you all that my Father has told me.

John: 15:15

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents & Carers,
You are most likely hearing in the media of the staff shortages being experienced by schools due to COVID protocols and illness. To date, we have been able to cover most situations but we have been faced, on some occasions, with casual relief teacher agencies also running out of staff. When this occurs we use our own staff, but this means other programs, such as intervention groups are being disrupted, which is not ideal. We will continue to prioritise the students’ regular learning programs but I ask for your understanding should it become necessary to split or combine classes. We will endeavour to reduce this eventuality as much as possible.

As you know, this weekend we are required to vote for the next Federal Government. Many will have decided their votes already but, in case you are still undecided, the National Catholic Education Commission have prepared a report card on the major parties with regards to their policies for Catholic Education. It is included with this newsletter.

I was able to join the Year 4 students on their camp to Anglesea during the week. It was great to see the children enjoying each other’s company and having to fend for themselves a little. I thank the staff who attended, it is always a huge undertaking to be on duty for 24 hours a day for 2-3 days. Thank you Kat Eastman, Alex Keily, Josie Briffa, David Marshall, Ben Johnson & Shelley Miles.

Next Tuesday evening, some of these same Year 4 students will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time. I ask you to keep them in your prayers.

Our Grade 3 & 5 students participated in NAPLAN testing over the past few weeks. This was the first time our students undertook the tests in an online format. I hope they were able to show their best learning on the day. Good luck to everyone.
Next Friday, is a school closure day and is pupil free as the staff will be deepening their understanding of working with the EAL curriculum. I also wish to inform you that there will be a staff conference on August 4 & 5, so the school will be closed on these days.

Regards
Michael Gavaghan

Camp Australia Pupil Free Day Program – FRIDAY 27 MAY

The school has arranged for Camp Australia to run a program next Friday. Unfortunately it will not be possible to run an extensive program covering the normal hours due to their own staff shortages but the program will be available from 7.00am – 3.00pm.
Families wishing to book can do so in the usual way on the Camp Australia parent portal by clicking here.
There will be no charge to families for this day, the school will cover the cost.

Thank You

The Parent Association wishes to thank the Bautista family for their generous donation of homegrown plants for the Mothers Day stall. It was a very kind donation that is very much appreciated.

Changes to Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs)

The Victorian Government will continue to provide rapid antigen tests (RATs) for use by students and staff for the remainder of Term 2.
From Monday 23 May 2022, it is recommended that RATs are used by students and staff when symptomatic. RATs are also required to be used for five days if a student or staff member is a close contact of a confirmed case and they are attending or working at a school.
From Monday 23 May 2022, we do not recommend that non-symptomatic students or staff conduct RATs twice a week in mainstream schools and five days a week in special schools.
Students and staff must continue to notify the Department of Health and their school if they return a positive RAT result

Household Close Contact

A student or staff member is a household contact or household-like contact if they have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation, or care facility.
Contact at school is not included in this definition, unless contact has occurred in a school-based residential setting, e.g. school camp or boarding school.
Household contacts are no longer required to quarantine as long as they take additional safety measures, but are required to:

  • notify the school if returning during their 7 day period;
  • undertake daily rapid antigen testing five times within the 7 days;
  • wear a face covering when indoors (if aged 8 years and above or unless they have a valid exemption);
  • are not permitted to visit hospitals or care facilities unless an exemption applies.

They are recommended to avoid interaction with people at higher risk of severe disease from COVID-19.
If symptomatic, all students/staff must stay/return home, take a rapid antigen test, or get a PCR test if a rapid antigen testing kit unavailable.


Upcoming Dates

Friday 20 May Year 3-6 Author visit
Tuesday 24 May First Eucharist @ 6pm
Thursday 23 May 2023 Foundation Enrolment meetings
Friday 27 May School Closure Day
Monday 30 May 2023 Foundation Enrolment meetings
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