Term 4 Dates
Friday 22 October
School Explorers Session 1 - 2pm - 3pm
Wednesday 27 October
P&F Executive Meeting 2pm
Thursday 28 October
Virtual Catholic Leaders Day - Mrs Lowe
Friday 29 October
Virtual Archdiocesan Principals Meeting - Mrs Lowe
Northern Region Principals Meeting
School Explorers Session 2 - 2pm - 3pm
Stage 3 Restrictions
We currently remain in Stage 3 Restrictions for Schools. For us this means:
Non-essential visitors are not permitted in schools.
Parents and carers must follow their school’s advice regarding changes to drop off and pick up. Parents should:
- remain outside of school grounds (note some exceptions may apply regarding schools for specific purposes, vulnerable students or students with disability)
- maintain physical distancing by avoiding gathering outside of school gates
- follow mask-wearing requirements and sign in using the Service NSW QR code when entering the school.
- Dance and/or drama are permitted in line with COVID-Safe practices.
- Mixing of classes is not permitted.
- Schools must make alternative arrangements for graduations, formals and school dances that support the broader guidance. Schools can plan for these events to be held on or after 3 December.
- Sanitising and temperature checking through the Old Hall each morning.
- Students who have cold or flu symptoms are required to remain at home and to get a COVID test. Negative test results are required to be sighted for staff and students before returning to school.
- Masks are to be worn by adults inside.
- Students are encouraged to wear masks inside, however, this is not compulsory.
- Canteens can operative where appropriate hygiene measures are in place.
- All staff, contractors and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated by 8 November.
Kindergarten Orientation Programs
Our scheduled Kindergarten Orientation Program which includes The School Explorer’s sessions can go ahead with strict Level 3 COVID-Safe measures in place. This means we can welcome our 2022 starters onsite this Friday from 2pm - 3pm for our School Explorers 'Solve It' session. The children will have the opportunity to explore the fun of numbers and counting with ‘Count Me In Too’ early maths games, supported by our Year 5 students, Mrs Spackman, Mrs Walsh, Mrs Romer, Mrs O'Brien, Mrs Hewitt and me. If the weather is fine we will hold this session outside on our Top Playground. Our other School Explorers sessions are scheduled for Friday 29 October and Friday 5 November, at the same time.
Unfortunately, Level 3 restrictions do not allow parents and carers onsite so our parents and carers have been asked to drop off and pick up their children from the front of the school.
Our Orientation Days are scheduled for:
- Half days- 9 or 10 November - 9.30am - 1.00pm
- Full day- 15 November - 9.30am - 3.00pm
- Full day- 22 November - 9.30am - 3.00pm
We ask that our parents and carers of our 2022 students call Belinda to nominate which half-day they would like their child to attend. These days will cater for approximately half of the class on each day. It will be first in, best dressed for this half-day. The two full days will be for the whole class.
For those needing to purchase school uniforms, it is generally recommended to leave this towards the end of our 2021 school year in case of any growth spurts. In the coming weeks, our 2022 Kindergarten families will receive an email with dates to select for a uniform fitting. There will also be opportunities to purchase uniforms before the beginning of Term One 2022.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.
Showcase of Learning
It is with great delight that Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two will present their Showcase of Learning Assembly virtually on Friday 12 November at 12.30pm. Our Years 3-6 students and families will be provided with a link to this LIVE event, unless restrictions ease prior.
Fee Support For Families Affected By COVID-19
I am pleased to confirm that the system will continue financial support to families in Term 4 arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligibility for fee relief will be based on the financial hardship experienced by families due to COVID-19. If you would like to apply for this support please contact Belinda for the relevant documentation.
We are thrilled to announce the safe arrival of a gorgeous baby brother for Anna (Year 2) and Noah O'Brien (Kinder 2022). Both mum and bub are well. Congratulations Ange and Jono!
Yesterday, Jaye Corkeron commenced her position as Student and Family Counsellor for this term, taking over from Sharyn. Jaye has had a changeover meeting with Sharyn and will have access to the current referrals.
Jaye comes with a wealth of experience. She is a psychologist who has previously worked as a school counsellor in Primary and High Schools in Canberra. She also worked in the Bushfire Counselling Program and EAP program for CatholicCare. Jaye has worked in a school as a psychologist, doing psychometric assessments.
At present, Jaye will do telehealth sessions, until restrictions ease, each Wednesday. If you, or your child, would like to make an appointment with Jaye please complete the online referral via https://catholiccare.force.com/housing/s/school-referral-form
Drop-off and Pick-up
Please be aware that you cannot drop off or pick up your children in the Bus Zone at the front of the school. The Bus Zone is effective between 8.30am - 9.30am and 3.00pm - 4.00pm. This area is often monitored by highway patrol.
After the signposted Bus Zone, near the bottom gate, there is a short area marked with a 'No Parking' sign. You must not park in this area between 8.30am - 9.30am and 3.00pm - 4.00pm, however, you can stop for less than 2 minutes if you stay within 3m of your vehicle if you are dropping off or picking up passengers or loading or unloading items.
Operation Christmas Box
Each year, St Mary's supports the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Box by asking for donations to help fill shoeboxes with various items such as gifts, clothes, something for school and hygiene products to send to children overseas.
If you are able to help with donating items, please see below for a list of suggested items.
JUSTICE and SERVICE at St Mary’s
The life of our Catholic school is founded on the belief that every person is created in the image of God and is precious. Our school motto and values call us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps in treating everyone with respect and dignity. As a Catholic community, we are called to reach out in compassion and service and work for a world where everyone is treated justly.
As part of our Religious Education Curriculum during the Catholic Mission Month of October, we raise awareness in our students about people and communities who experiencing injustice; and about people and communities who are actively answering Jesus’ call to ‘reach out and give life’. We are learning about poverty around the world and about how we can help make a difference. We are looking forward to our Socktober Day on 5 November (Please remember to collect and send in old socks, bubble wrap, plastic bags, Styrofoam, old Tshirts/light material clothing)
This week is Anti-Poverty Week (17-23 October), and our Years 3-6 students have been learning about the very real injustice of poverty in Australia.
The Poverty in Australia 2020 report found:
- In Australia, there are more than 3.24 million people living below the poverty line. That includes 774,000 children or more than 1 in 6.
- Many of those affected are living in deep poverty – on average $282 a week below the poverty line.
With the awareness that poverty exists in our very own country, and that those affected by it should be treated with respect and dignity, our students will make a more meaningful contribution to our upcoming St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal (reaching out to assisting men, women and children living in poverty in our communities).
“Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it.”
If more Australians have a greater understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and achievable solutions that can end it; there will be greater action taken to answer Jesus’ call to help end it.
Jesus asks us to:
- Feed the hungry
- Give drink to the thirsty
- Welcome the stranger
- Care for the sick
- Visit the imprisoned
As we are all made in the image of God, whenever we do these things Jesus tells us, we do it for Him.
‘The truth is, anything you did for any of my people here,[a] you also did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
Interschool Touch Football Event
With COVID restrictions easing, we are working on providing our students with some more sporting experiences this Term. We have been working with Crookwell Public School to come together and participate in an inter-school touch football gala day.
At this stage the details are as follows:
Date: Wednesday 17 November
Classes: ALL students in Years 3-6
Time: Approximately 10am-1pm
Where: Memorial Oval, Crookwell
This will be a great opportunity for us to return to some form of community sport and building on our community spirit.
Swimming Carnival 2022
Due to the current refurbishments of the Crookwell Swimming Pool, we are unable to use the local pool for our 2022 school swimming carnival.
We have been fortunate to make a booking at the Goulburn Swimming pool on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3 2022.
The format is yet to be finalised, stay tuned.
The Student of the Week Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Abigail Crosbie and Joshua Fraser
Year 1- Jesse Costello, Beau Knight and Georgia Proudman
Year 2- Imogen Hewitt, Ruby Pappalardo and A'dee Reynolds
Year 3- Emmett McIntosh, Olivia Millett and Alex Storrier
Year 4- Joe Hayes and Charlie Lang
Year 5- Peter Lawson and Naomi Picker
Year 6- Bryce Foley and Aylish Parsons
Performing Arts Award
Tahlia Anderson- for always trying her best and her wonderful gymnastic jumps
Henry Galland- for excellence and supporting his class members at all times.
Year 3- for showing great listening skills
Year 5- for learning new words with enthusiasm
School Spirit Award
Charlotte Bensley- Consistently showing service
Eli Cooper- for showing compassion for all
Sienna Gann- for showing justice and bravery
Grace McCormack- for showing service and justice to others
A big thank you to Rechell Naughton for coordinating the annual Bryant's Pie Drive. There is always lots of drooling when they arrive and this year was no different. Thank you to everyone within our community who supported this fundraiser. We were thrilled to have raised $1,114.88!!
Tuckshop Roster Term 4
Attached is the roster for Term 4. Please note all volunteers must be double-vaccinated and will be asked for proof upon signing in.
If you cannot do your date, please organise your replacement yourself and advise Belinda of the update to ensure we have a correct copy of the roster.
Tuckshop Coordinator 2022
If you are interested in being a part of a small volunteer group to coordinate the canteen in 2022 please contact Daniel Walsh or Daria Lawson as soon as you are able.
The canteen coordinator is in charge of ordering the food and preparing the menu. They are not required to be at school for each shift or to do the banking or roster. The position could be managed by one person or a small group.
Mission Mass Year 5 and 6
Year 5 and 6 will be celebrating Mass with the theme of Mission and Justice, next Thursday 28 October at midday.
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)
Crookwell Junior Summer Season Oztag
Head to the link for more information and to register or message Kayla Gann on 0407761599 if you require any help.