Student Safety

There have been reports of several disturbing close calls with students and traffic over the week. Please be vigilant and keep a close eye on your children as they leave our premises. This is particularly important when your child leaves the supervision of the crossing and makes their way to your vehicle.

- Terry Brennan -

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Tutor Program 2022

The State Government has extended the Tutor program for 2022. This program is designed to help children who have been adversely affected academically by COVID and remote learning. Early in 2022, we will identify the most vulnerable children and provide them with one-to-one or small group extra support. As was the case this year, the school will also subsidise the program to reach more students than the funding would otherwise allow. This year Louise Morris expanded her intervention program to cater for the needs of those affected.

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Staff News

With a mixture of sadness and pride, we announce that two valued staff members are moving on at the end of the year.  Emma Paterson and Estelle McLean will leave St Augustine's when Term 4 concludes.  Emma has secured a place at St Alipius Primary School in Ballarat East, and Estelle is moving to St. Frances Xavier Primary School Ballarat East. We wish these outstanding teachers and staff members, all the very best in their new adventures.

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COVID Update

The following COVID Restrictions remain in place when anyone visits the school site:

  1. Masks are required to be worn by parents at all times when in school.
  2. Please communicate with staff via phone, email or seesaw if possible.
  3. The Office is closed to all, but essential visitors.
  4. All extra cleaning and hand hygiene that was in place, is still being adhered to.
  5. Please do not send food items to share with others when it is your child's birthday, as they cannot be handed out.
  6. If your child is sick or displaying symptoms, please keep them at home. Children that present as sick or displaying symptoms at school will be sent home.  We prefer that they gain a medical clearance or a negative COVID test before they return to school.
  7. Masks are required to be worn when inside by students in Years 3 and above.
  8. The back drive-through is open for pick up and drop off.
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Confirmation Update

"Receive the Holy Spirit!"

Jesus first utters these words in the Gospel of John (Jn. 20:22) as he appears to his disciples after the Resurrection. After many attempts, St. Augustine's Confirmation candidates are finally able to receive the Holy Spirit at a celebration on Thursday 14th October. We hope that you will keep them in your prayers.

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Mental Health

As October is mental health month, I thought that this would be a timely reminder.

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralysed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while, and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer, and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralysed – incapable of doing anything." It's important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!      (source unknown)

The other night, I was scanning the internet and came across an article that I feel is worth sharing. It was written by a psychologist working at the Children's Hospital.

Rider, in her article, encourages parents to be empathetic and present for their children. She encourages them to model healthy coping strategies such as physical activity, spending time outdoors, and seeing friends with appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions. She offers some age-specific tips to help families understand their child's behaviours at different developmental stages. These are listed below.

Infants and toddlers (0 – 3 years):

Infants and toddlers can sense adults' distress, even if they're too young to understand the reasons. Try to remain calm and reassuring.


Preschool children (3 – 5 years):

Preschoolers' main concerns are safety and separation from family members. Answer their questions. Reassure them that they are safe and can help stay healthy by washing their hands, wearing a mask, and keeping a safe distance from people outside the family. Keep them up to date about the whereabouts of family members.

School-aged children (6 – 12 years):

Older children may have many questions about the pandemic and may be concerned for their safety. Be open to their inquiries, and answer them directly and honestly. Ask their opinions. Encourage participation in family or community efforts to help.

Adolescents (13 – 17 years):

 Adolescents understand the implications of the pandemic and may be worried, sad, angry, and fearful for the future. They may want to discuss more profound questions, such as social justice, economic and societal repercussions, and long-term health issues. Have the discussions: Ask what they're seeing and hearing, and try to provide context.

All ages:

Maintain regular household routines as much as possible. If possible, limit or supervise children's exposure to media coverage of the pandemic. Respect and validate children's feelings about the pandemic because avoiding the subject will make it feel scarier.

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Summer Uniform - School Hats

Children will be required to wear their school hats during Term 4 whenever they are outside. Students are also encouraged to apply sunscreen daily, before school, before recess breaks and during outdoor activities.  We have given the children this week to remember to bring their hats to school.  Would you please ensure hats are clearly named so they can be returned if misplaced?

It would also be time to examine the cord that secures the hat, and if it has a large bulky knot at the end, consider replacing it with elastic.

Please note that we will not have the 'official' changeover to summer uniform until the week commencing Monday 25th October.  In the meantime, children may wear either, their summer or winter uniform.

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End of Year Events

Many events mark the end of another journey through the school year, which are both enjoyable and seen as a 'rite of passage'. We have had to adjust and consider how we can do things a little differently throughout the year.  With many events that are seen as highlights and essential on our calendar approaching, please know that staff are working on ensuring that we continue to honour what is important - in a COVID safe way.  We will communicate information regarding such events as we make arrangements and decisions.

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Dates to Note!

TERM 4

OCTOBER

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th:  Year 5 & 6 students attend school

Monday 18th:  Year 3-6 students undertake home learning

Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th:  Year 3 & 4 students attend school

Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd:  Year 5 & 6 students attend school

Monday 25th:  FINAL home learning day for students in Years 3-6

Tuesday 26th:  Year 3-6 students return to school full time!

Friday 29th:  Year 2 Sleepover (more information to come)

NOVEMBER

Monday 1st:  Student Free Day - School Closure (whole staff RE PD)

Tuesday 2nd:  PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Melbourne Cup

Friday 5th:  Foundation & Year 1 students excursion to the Halls Gap Zoo

Tuesday 9th:  Parent Meeting for Sacrament of Eucharist   (NOTE: Dismissal Masses will be replaced with a Retreat Day at school for Eucharist students - date to come)

Friday 12th:  School House Sports Day

Thursday 18th:  Student Free Day - School Closure (Staff Literacy PD)

Friday 19th:  Teddy Bears Picnic

Sunday 21st:  Celebration of the Sacrament of Eucharist

DECEMBER

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd:  Life Education visit

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd December:  Year 4 Camp at Lady Northcote

Tuesday 7th:  2022 Foundation Orientation Day / Moving Up Day

Monday 13th:  Year 6 Fun Day

Tuesday 14th:  Year 6 Liturgy

Wednesday 15th:  Year 6 Graduation

Wednesday 15th:  Last day for ALL Students - students finish at 3:15 pm!

Thursday 16th:  Staff planning day

Friday 17th:  Last day for Staff

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Rebel Community Giveback Program!

A reminder that should you shop at Rebel, please remember to mention St Augustine's Creswick at the checkout, as the school then receives 5% of the sales as a credit to be used to purchase equipment.  Thank you to Chris for dropping in on the weekend to spend our current credit, purchasing frisbees for all to enjoy and also for providing these photos of them being used by the students in the sunshine today!  Please refer to the attached flyer with regards to the Rebel Community Giveback Program.

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End of Term 3

I recently read an article from NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright, who said that it is essential to talk about what is happening in lockdown, with a sense of hope when talking to our children.

We focus at times in the public space on all the restrictions and all the problems and all the obstacles and all the difficulties that creates,” Dr Wright said. “And those things are real. But it’s also important to balance those out. Otherwise, there’s a sense of despair which settles in on the whole community.”

He said it is “undeniably a difficult situation” impacting everyone in the community and encouraged parents to look for behavioural changes in their children.”

It will not always be like this, and we need to identify and discuss that there are reasons as to why this is happening, but also highlight the fact that tomorrow is a different day.  There are very clever people working on solutions to enable us to return to normal.  As the holidays approach, keep a close eye on those around you, look for the subtle changes and provide opportunities to enable them to express what they are feeling.

- Terry Brennan -

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Dear Parents and Carers

It’s hard to believe that the term is almost over and we have been in remote learning once again. Whilst the term has had its challenges, it has been a joy to see the positive attitude of our students both online and at school. I want to thank everyone involved in the school community for their continued support, positive attitude and commitment to ensuring our students continue to have the opportunity to achieve success.

As we near the end of Term 3, we reflect on the term, it was pleasing to see that the children have been able to return to school for some of the term, and the time spent on remote learning was short in comparison.  We are still mindful of the effects that it can and has had on our students.

To our students…

Thank you for the way you have adapted to the constant change from home learning to remote learning and back again.  Your ability to adapt during these times and to keep the learning process alive is a credit to you.

To our families….

Thank you for working with us to maximise the learning opportunities for your children. Your efforts to take on this new role are noted and very much appreciated by all at St Augustine’s. We are aware of the burden this has on your mental health and family routines.  Hopefully, there are brighter times ahead.

To our teaching and support staff…..

As I have said many times, we are fortunate to have staff that constantly take care of their business and always put the needs of our students at the forefront of every decision that is made. Your willingness to step up, examine the playing field and adjust your teaching and learning practices in an ever-changing environment, is a credit to you as professionals. Still, more importantly, it highlights the essence of each of you as a caring individual.

To our Admin Officer….

Thank you for the work that you do every day.  Your commitment to the staff, parents and students is noted and very much appreciated by all, mainly when things are tough or forever changing.  As I work through my day, I get to hear the support and advice you provide to our community, and I am confident that you are the reason we are cruising along the way we are.

To our leadership team….

Thank you for your ongoing support and relentless focus during this term.  Your commitment to ensuring every decision made by the school is focused on the needs of our students and staff is commendable.

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School Sports Day Update

Dear families, as you are all aware, the restrictions around what we can and cannot do within our school environment continues to change, often at the very last minute!  We remain hopeful that our school sports day will go ahead as planned on Friday 8th October and that parents will be allowed onsite to support and cheer us on.  However, a lot can change in a few weeks and unfortunately, we won't be able to confirm whether parents will be able to attend or not, until we return next term.  As soon as we know more, we will let you know.  Thank you for your support and patience during this time and I hope to deliver good news to you when we all come back in Week 1 of Term 4. 

Thank you, Mrs Willey.

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Tuck-Shop Changes

Although Term 4 is a summer term and we do plan on reverting back to icy-poles instead of hot lunch orders on Fridays, we note that due to lunch orders originally paid for & placed for Friday 27th August and 3rd September, that did not go ahead due to lockdowns, that these orders will be honoured in Term 4 on Thursday 7th October, due to the many things already planned for Friday's in Term 4. As our School House Sports Day is planned for Friday 8th October, icy poles will therefore, commence from week 2 of Term 4 and will replace lunch orders.  Note that icy poles will not be paid for using CDF Pay as in Term 1, rather students will need to bring in $1 each Friday to purchase their icy-pole during the 2nd break (1:45 to 2:15 pm).

A REMINDER we extend an invitation to interested parents to join our Tuck-Shop committee. We are looking for a group of around 3 parents to coordinate tuck-shop in 2022 in consultation with the Leadership Team. We feel that a group of parents could bring fresh ideas and menu choices to our tuck-shop, and also enable it to run all year.   

We ask you to please consider taking up this role, which will commence in 2022.   Please feel free to contact the Leadership Team to discuss this further, thank you.

- Emma Paterson on behalf of the Leadership Team -

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Dates to Note!

SEPTEMBER

Friday 17th:  Footy Colours Day (run via zoom for students learning remotely)

Friday 17th:  Last day of Term 3 - students finish at 1:45 pm

TERM 4

OCTOBER

Monday 4th:  School commences for Term 4

Thursday 7th:  Make up Term 3 lunch orders supplied today!

Friday 8th:  School House Sports Day

Thursday 14th - Friday 15th:  Year 3 Camp (Adekate)

Friday 15th:  Icy-poles now available to purchase $1 each to be paid for on the day

Tuesday 19th:  Parent Meeting for Sacrament of Eucharist

Friday 22nd:  Teddy Bears Picnic 

Friday 29th:  Year 2 Sleepover (more information to come)

Sunday 31st October:  Dismissal Mass

NOVEMBER

Monday 1st:  Student Free Day - School Closure (whole staff RE PD)

Tuesday 2nd:  PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Melbourne Cup

Sunday 7th:  Dismissal Mass

Sunday 14th:  Dismissal Mass

Sunday 21st:  Celebration of the Sacrament of Eucharist

Thursday 18th:  Student Free Day - School Closure (Staff Literacy PD)

Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th:  Year 6 Camp

DECEMBER

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd:  Life Education visit

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd December:  Year 4 Camp at Lady Northcote

Tuesday 7th:  2022 Foundation Orientation Day / Moving Up Day

Monday 13th:  Year 6 Fun Day

Tuesday 14th:  Year 6 Liturgy

Wednesday 15th:  Year 6 Graduation

Wednesday 15th:  Last day for ALL Students - students finish at 3:15 pm!

Thursday 16th:  Staff planning day

Friday 17th:  Last day for Staff

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Father's Day Morning Tea

Unfortunately, due to uncertain times, we will have to cancel our Father’s Day morning tea tomorrow.  We feel that it is best not to commit to a new date, but rather cancel it altogether for this year.  We are disappointed to have to do this, but feel it is our only option at this stage.  We thank you for your ongoing support.

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Book Week Dress-up Day

Well done to everyone with your efforts in dressing up last Friday 27th August for Book Week dress-up day.  We hope dressing-up added a little fun and enjoyment to homelearning.  Those who attended school last Friday looked amazing, including staff!  

A big thank you to Mrs Miller for her creativity, time and energy in decorating the office foyer and front fence for Book Week.  The below pictures do not quite do justice to how wonderful the front office windows look, so Mrs Miller's decorations will be left on display, in hope that students may return before the end of Term 3, so everyone can get to see how fabulous they look!!

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