I would like to congratulate everyone for the way you have picked up Remote Learning yesterday and run with it. With only a relatively small number of glitches to work through, I believe Day One was successful. A huge thanks to Mrs Tarlinton and Mrs Hewitt for their technical expertise!
It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces in our class TEAMS Meetings and to see many tasks completed and submitted online. The work, as you can imagine, takes different children varying amounts of time to complete, so please just work through what your child can in their allocated time. There will be tasks that your child may not be able to complete, that is okay, your child's teacher is just trying to make sure there is enough available. Your teacher will also send a message when they have other work they would like you to collect, readers to change or require work to be submitted. This will be through contact-less means in the Old Hall.
Each day under the daily work post, ask your child to write their name to 'sign-in' for roll-call. This is one way we can monitor attendance. We appreciate that children will be working on tasks at different times to suit their families schedules, so this can happen at any time during the day.
Regarding our staff onsite- at this stage teaching staff are scheduled to supervise at school one day per week. On their supervision day, they will not be online commenting or providing feedback and there will be no scheduled class TEAMS meeting. They will catch up on these tasks the following day. Work will still be posted and need to be completed. Please ensure you and your child are only corresponding with staff within work hours.
With students spending more time online through remote learning commitments, it may be timely to remind everyone about safe online practices and responsible behaviour. Useful resources can be found at the Australian Government’s eSafety Commissioner website.
The NSW Premier announced today that for regional NSW, our lockdown will continue until Saturday 28 August. Currently, most classes have the resources required at home to continue Remote Learning next week.
I wish you the very best for the week ahead and leave you with some wise words to consider as you embark on another week of Remote Learning.
The School Explorers
Unfortunately, the School Explorers program is on hold whilst we are in lockdown. We will let you know as soon as this can commence again.
We are all facing impacts from the current COVID19 measure with some uncertainty around what the future will look like.
Here are some resources that you might find helpful to you and your families.
With the current situation the Canberra/Goulburn Athletics has now been abandoned as a physical meet. Those who had registered and qualified will receive the correspondence below:
Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Virtual Athletics Championships 2021
Congratulations on your selection into your Regional Track and Field Team.
You will now represent your Region at the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Athletics VIRTUAL Championships 2021.
As you are all aware school sport has been unable to go ahead on many levels due to COVID. This is unfortunate for the children and as this will be the second year in a row that athletics has been cancelled, so I thought it would be beneficial for our students if we were still able to celebrate the success they have had on the track and field so far this year.
After reading the below information, please respond to this invitation via the Google Form for your child to be involved or advise if you do not wish for them to be entered in this event by the 31st of August.
Entries – Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Virtual Athletics Championships
Entries have been submitted on behalf of your Region with the times, distances and heights that were performed either at your Regional (NR) or school events. Ribbons and Age Champions will be awarded based on these entries.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Recognition for their selection in their Regional Team to compete at the Canberra Goulburn Virtual Athletics Championships.
Selection in the Canberra Goulburn Merit Team
If your child would have gained selection in the Canberra Goulburn Athletics Team (top 2 in each event) to compete at the MacKillop Championships, they will additionally receive a Certificate of Achievement for their selection in the Canberra Goulburn Team. Although the MacKillop Athletics carnival will not be held this year, you will have access to the registration process for the MacKillop Carnival (no fee) so you are able to order any of the Archdiocese of Canberra Representative apparel if you wish to. Please be aware that postage will have to be paid for – it is set at a $12 flat rate.
Entry into the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Virtual Athletics Championships is $5 per student. This is to cover the cost of certificates, ribbons and medallions.
This fee will not apply for students that have not qualified for individual events but have qualified as an athlete in their school relay team.
If you have already registered and paid for entry into the carnival you have one of two choices:
- Have the whole amount refunded and withdraw your child from the Virtual Carnival
- Have $15 refunded and use the other $5 for your child’s entry into the Virtual carnival
For those that have not previously registered please do so by the 8th of September (I will send out registration instructions by the 3rd of September), there are also a limited number of Canberra Goulburn Athletics Championships Hoodies available – first in best dressed!
Please complete the Google Form to advise if your child will be participating or not. It is important that you do so even if you are not planning on having them participate. This is so I may award any placings and age champion points to the next child in line if your child had placed in any of the events.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at any stage.
Archdiocesan Sports Coordinator
We have received information about a study involving an app developed to assist children with speech sound difficulties in rural Australia.
Spy Bananas is a fun interactive game that has been developed by speech pathology researchers from Charles Sturt University to assist children in rural Australia who have difficulties with their speech sounds and are aged between four and a half and twelve years of age.
To participate in this study, you will require your child to use the app on a tablet for four weeks and to complete a questionnaire and interview to give feedback. Please see the information about how to register on the flyer below.
We understand that due to the current challenges we are facing with COVID-19, this may be a confusing, stressful and challenging time. To help support you and your family during this time, I have sent out via email some fun games, craft activities and general resources for various age groups, see please the links attached for further options. Also included are some sensory tools which you may find helpful. These may look simply like fun activities, however, they are also useful for calming/coping and to self-regulate if needed. Give them a try!
I look forward to meeting with students again when restrictions lift and should you require any further information or would like to contact us regarding any additional support options then please feel free to email or contact Catholic Care Head Office on 6295 4300.
Special Lunch Order Day- postponed
For those who have already ordered, we will hold onto these for when we are able to have this special lunch order.
P&F Pie Drive- still going ahead
Despite our current lockdown, we will still go ahead with the pie drive.
Orders must be completed on the attached order form. Pie_Drive_2021_order_form.pdf.
Please email the completed order sheets back to the school office via Office.Stmarysc@cg.catholic.edu.au
** Items not shown on the form that can be ordered are:
Custard tarts $30
Choc caramel slice $30
Rocky Road slice $30
Hedgehog slice $30
Cherry coconut slice $30
Butterfly cakes- large $36, small $20
Cupcakes iced- large $25, small $20
(all prices per doz)
Please note that there is no requirement to buy a dozen- you can buy single or multiples and adjust the payment amount as required.
Money can be paid via Qkr (under the P&F Payments section), via cash or cheque (made out to St Mary's P&F)
Orders and payment must be done by Wednesday 1 September.
Delivery will be made after 10.30am on Thursday 9 September- TBC
Please share the pie drive with as many family and friends as possible.
Tuckshop during lockdown
Please be advised there will be no tuckshop during lockdown.
For Parish and Sacramental matters please forward your enquiries to Goulburn Parish Secretary, Sharon Cashman, via email or call into the Parish Office at the Old Convent Building on Thursdays only.
Phone: 48321 633
Address: 55 Wade Street (the Old Convent Building)