- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- TEACHER AWARDS
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
- PANDEMIC PRAYER
- TERM 2 SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS UPDATE
- WELLBEING ADVICE TO SUPPORT PARENTS AND CARERS
- CONFIRMATION (YEAR 3) INFORMATION VIDEO
- NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK
- ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES
- FOUNDATION, YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2
- BUS TRAVELERS
- SCHOOL BANKING TEMPORARILY PAUSED
- CANTEEN NEWS
Michael Gray, Principal
Dear St. Joseph’s School Community,
Today we welcomed all our staff back to St. Joseph’s and tomorrow our young people (Foundation to Grade 2) commence the process of a full return to our on-site program. Wow!!! What a time for everyone!
As our front foyer images depict; we have all been cocooned in our homes for around nine weeks and today our beauty is re-born in the symbol of delicate, beautiful butterflies. If ever there was magic power, it is the iridescent glow of a butterfly wing. This beauty draws our eyes so that our soul is brought into the moment. It is this moment that our students, staff and families will feel and appreciate as we all come back together. We have missed our friends, colleagues, workmates, classmates and the sheer joy being in a community brings to our lives.
I would like to reassure everyone with this staged return to our St. Joseph’s school community, we all have the interest, wellbeing and safety of everyone at the forefront of our minds. The changes for parent-school access are designed to have minimal interruptions while complying with Victorian gathering safety requirements. Our after school pick-up arrangements are a critical aspect of this safety. We cannot have large groups of adults gathering; everyone’s support to the options already shared will be valued and appreciated.
In this newsletter today there is an outstanding article from our Diversity and Wellbeing Team that is great reading for parents and guardians. The article is presented in an easy read style and gives great tips about supporting young people as they transition back to school.
Below are some quick reminders of essential arrangements as we all move to a full school return:
- Walking, scooting and riding are great ways to get to school, these arrangements remain as always.
- Foundation students can be walked to classrooms for this week; extra parking available in Aquazone car park as needed.
- Parents are to wait in cars, parents are not to gather in groups before or after school.
- Staff car park will be closed to parents; parking is available in Queens Road, Southside of Botanic Road and Tennis Court car park.
- A “Healthy Moves” recommended pick up and collection process is to park nearby and students can walk to/from the collection points.
- Every family being collected by car at the end of the day must attend one of three locations; A to G in the Loop, H to M at Queens Road and N to Z at the Tennis Court Car Park.
- Our school day will finish at 3:20 pm allowing a few minutes for travel to collection points.
- Bus program remains as per last term.
- Each student is required to have drink bottle; we have extras donated by Wannon Water.
- Our school cleaning regime has already been enhanced thanks to government funding support; both Commonwealth (Dan Tehan) and State Government, (Victorian Premier Dan Andrews).
- Major school events with large gatherings, for example whole school assembly are not to be held this term.
- The remote, off-site program continues for a further 2 weeks for Grades 3 to 6.
- Grades 3 to 6 students on site this week gather at 9 am in the school hall for classroom allocations.
Again I thank you all for your help with these arrangements. Any issue can be clarified as needed by contacting our office on 5561 1343.
Michael Gray. Principal.
Happy Birthday to children celebrating their birthday this week.
Cooper McDonald, William Furphy, Ruby Koch, Miranda McDowell, Lily Stewart, Zoe Ierodiaconou, Clara Kenna, Indi McLaurin, Jack Parker, Doris Pham, Edward Jeffries and Alexei Khaidurov.
By the Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane
Almighty and all-merciful God,
lover of the human race, healer of all our wounds,
in whom there is no shadow of death,
save us in this time of crisis;
Grant wisdom and courage to our leaders;
watch over all medical & teaching people
as they tend the sick and work for a cure and support young people;
stir in us a sense of solidarity beyond all isolation;
if our doors are closed, let our hearts be open.
By the power of your love destroy the virus of fear,
that hope may never die
and the light of Easter, the triumph of life,
may shine upon us and the whole world.
Through Jesus Christ, the Lord risen from the dead,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Holy Mary, health of the sick, pray for us.
St Joseph, guardian of us all, pray for us.
To support all school staff to prepare for the transition to onsite schooling, Monday 25th May will be a student-free closure day for all staff. Therefore, there will be no off-site remote program or on-site care and supervision program on this day for students. There will also be no teacher-student home communication on this day.
The school closure day that was previously advertised for Friday 29th May will now be a normal school day with Foundation, Years 1 and 2 onsite for their learning and Years 3-6 studying at home via the remote learning program.
The school closure day previously advertised for Tuesday 23rd June for Parent Teacher Interviews will now be a normal school day for all year levels.
Our school Wellbeing Coordiantor, Maryanne Evans has put together some very helpful wellbeing advice for parents and carers of primary students returning to school.
This contains tips for parents and carers to support their child’s wellbeing and mental health as they transition back and re-adjust to attending primary school in Term 2.
Congratulations to the 36 students who have registered for the Confirmation Sacramental Program.
The Religious Education Team have put together an informative video in lieu of a parent information meeting. This video is aimed at parents who will be supporting their children with the Confirmation Program.
Confirmation booklets for registered children will be ready for collection from Monday 1 June at the collection table in the school foyer.
Any queries should be directed to Leanne at the Parish on 5562 2231.
National Reconciliation Week 2020 Theme
In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.
Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.
2020 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia.
As always, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and Australians now benefit from the efforts and contributions of people committed to reconciliation in the past.
Today we work together to further that national journey towards a fully reconciled country.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another.
On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.
While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice to all schools; especially in relation to movement, gathering and adult social distancing.
The following will apply until further notice.
Getting To School In the Mornings, including Car Drop-off
As we return to full schooling families and students can now resume back to normal arrangements. That is riding, walking and scooting using city paths and school access gates from Queens Road and Bromfield Street. Car dropping students in the Loop. Please note access gates will be open from 8:30am daily with supervision commencing at 8:40am.
A reminder a healthy way to arrive at school in the morning if a car is required is to drop your child/ren at a safe place several blocks away from school. Your child/ren can then walk some distance. This has three benefits; fewer cars around the school, participation in low impact exercise for your child and fresh air for us all to enjoy.
Getting Home from School In the Afternoon including Car Pick-up
With the return to full schooling and the government requirements for school site access, all families travelling home via car will be allocated their student collection location-based on family surname. This procedure has already commenced for the current on-site students.
- A to G, collection from School Loop
- H to M, collection from Queens Road
- N to Z, collection from Bromfield Street Tennis Centre
Visitor and Parent General School Access
Restrictions will continue on parent and visitor access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff, educational support specialists, allied health staff and the students themselves.
A key issue moving forward in this new COVID-19 reality will be the way parents and school communicate; these are also under review. These arrangements will be shared with everyone once finalised.
We understand that some students, families and staff may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.
Warrnambool Bus Lines have asked us to pass on the following information to families in the school who regularly use school buses.
- The two front rows of seats on the buses will be cordoned off (8 seats) – for separation for the driver.
- Students bring their own sanitizer for before/during and after the bus trip this will enable them to enter/exit the bus without spending time next to the driver sanitizing.
- No food or drink on the school buses- this will avoid cleaners having to handle rubbish/scrap.
- Social distancing – as normal we will pick up all students that present at a bus stop. As we know some services will be at capacity and social distancing will not be possible, where it is we would expect the students to observe social distancing.
- The drivers will not be expected to enforce social distancing on the buses.
- If Drivers are concerned with the health of a student that travels - it will be reported to school either directly or via the relevant co-ordinator.
- Warrnambool Bus Lines has been completing extra cleaning and wiping down of surfaces of the buses and this will continue as required.
- Any Covid related issues relating to symptoms and testing will be followed through.
School Banking has been temporarily paused since 23 March 2020. We’ll advise when the program will recommence.
In the meantime, Start Smart Parent Resources, have been created to assist parents and carers in improving their children’s money management skills. These free, short videos and worksheets, can be accessed from home and are designed to give students the confidence and skills to make smart decisions about money.