Newsletter: Term 3, Week 9
From the Acting Principal's Office:
Thank you for welcoming me back to St Augustine’s, I’ve enjoyed my four weeks here. As I’m not available next week, and Michael does not return until the start of Term 4, Acting Principal arrangements will be as follows:
Monday - Tuesday: Celly Csorba
Wednesday - Friday: Jess Reynolds
Jess Reynolds, Chris Schepis and Louise Morris will all be out at Professional learning days on Monday and Tuesday.
Maria Grawich will begin 5 weeks of long service leave next Thursday. Julie Molloy will replace Maria next Thursday and Friday and Liz Zelenich will take the class in Term 4 until Maria returns.
Angelique Greene will also be on long service leave for the first 2 weeks of Term 4. Julie Molloy will take Year 4 for this period.
St Augustine’s Feast Day
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the mass and shared lunch for St Augustine’s Feast Day. It was great to see our community coming together to celebrate our patron saint.
Father’s Day Breakfast
What a wonderful morning our Father’s and Special Men enjoyed last Friday. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. Special thanks to Mark Clohesy for his very early start to bring the BBQ in, the Newlyn Football Netball Club for allowing us the use of their BBQ, to Paul Righetti from ‘Honest Eggs’ for the very generous donation of eggs, to Ben and Jo Fawcett who organised this with Paul and picked up and delivered the eggs to the school, and to the St Augustine’s staff for cooking and serving the breakfast and cleaning up and supervising children afterwards.
School Review and Validation
Every 5 years, schools are required to conduct an External Review and Validation to determine how effectively they have achieved their strategic plan over the last five years and to identify the strategic priorities for school improvement for the next five years. On Thursday 5th October and Friday 6th October, we will host a review panel who will interview staff, students and parents/carers about all aspects of the school. We invite any interested parents/carers to meet with the panel and be part of this discussion on Thursday October 5th between 2.15pm -3.15pm. Please contact Jess Reynolds by email if you would like to participate (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Next Tuesday a number of our Yr 3-6 children will be taking part in the Winter Sports competition at St Michael’s Daylesford. Thank you to the parents who have offered to coach. Families are very welcome to go along and watch.
Congratulations to the students who competed in the District Athletics last Tuesday. A number of students have now progressed to the next level of competition.
Footy Colours Day
To celebrate the end of term and the football finals, we will be having a Footy Colours day on the last day of term, Friday September 15th. All students are invited to wear their favourite footy team outfits, jumpers, scarves, beanies etc.
Soccer Balls and Footballs from Home
Given the large number of personal soccer balls and footballs that have been lost or damaged recently at school, we have asked students to leave their own balls at home and use school supplied balls at break times. There are plenty of school balls available for students to use.
End of Term
Term 3 finishes next Friday, September 15th at the usual time of 3.14pm.
Term 4 begins on Monday October 2nd.
Little Angler Kits
The Victorian Government is investing $1.5 million from the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Fund to provide up to 95,000 Little Angler Kits to primary school aged children in Victoria.
Grade 5 students at all Victorian schools will be offered the opportunity to receive a FREE Little Angler Kit. Grade 5 students have been selected based on the Victorian Curriculum focus, movement and motor development, and safety considerations.
Parents of Grade 5 students can advise the school if they do not wish their child(ren) to participate for any reason whatsoever. We support parents in making decisions that align with their family values and beliefs.
The roll out of kits will occur through the second half of 2023 (16 October - 4 December) so that all participating children will have a kit in time for the summer school holidays.
The kits include a rod, reel with line, tackle tray, some tackle and information on how to use them to catch a fish. Please note that the tackle tray includes fishing hooks. The tackle tray will be wrapped in cardboard and placed inside a pocket inside the fishing kit bag, which will be sealed with a cable tie to discourage students from opening their kits until they are with a parent or carer.
The Victorian Fisheries Authority will create a Little Angler hub on their website, which will be live when the kits start being distributed. It will have useful information, instructional videos and online resources about where and how to fish linking to existing resources from Fishcare and new resources to be produced just for the Little Angler Kits program.