Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup is not one of our gazetted public holidays so school will be open as usual next week and we will celebrate the race with a sweep and some fun here on Tuesday. Giddy Up.

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Entering Our School

Our current school operations guidelines still require us to limit the number of people attending the school to protect the wellbeing of our students. If you have essential business that can not be done over the phone, you are permitted to enter the school as long as you check in using the QR code and display proof of vaccination to office staff. Please have this available as you enter to allow us to complete the process efficently. Unvaccinated adults are not permitted to stay more than 15 minutes in the school or come in contact with staff and students.

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Netball Covid Cup

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Communicating with School

We are living in a time of multiple communication options and we enjoy that parents are able to utilise many of these to inform the school of the individual arrangements. We would ask that parents use the PAM option to record changes to bus arrangements, excursion permissions and school absentee notices as this feeds directly into our admin system and avoids miscommunication. Text messages and written notes do not come through our school office and do, on occasions, get  misplaced and this can cause confusion. 

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Sad News

I would like to share with our community the sad news that Frank's wife, Edna passed away peacfully last week. We are keeping Frank and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

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Book Week and Book Fair

After a long postponement we are excited about holding book week this week. The children have completed their wish lists and we will be holding the book fair and the costume parade on Wednesday morning at 9am. Parents are welcome to be part of the parade from the path on west street to view the parade and then to purchase books from the book fair. We will be live streaming on facebook for those unable to attend.

We will be cashless this year so parents can either pay by card on the day or add the purchases to their next school fee invoice. If you are unable to attend you can either ring, text or write a note in your child's diary indicating which books you would like to purchase.

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From the Principal

Dear parents and members of our community,

It is with great joy and a sense of relief that we begin this week with all children attending school and we pray that this continues for the remainder of the school year. Remote learning has taught us many things about our children and about ourselves but we are as glad to see the end of it as you as parents/teachers must be. Although they are looking a little weary already from constant full days of school, the children are loving the company of their friends and the challenges of learning at school again. 

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Our Prayer This Week

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Birthdays

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to:-

Scarlett Baulch            18th October

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Mask Wearing

Congratulation to all the students and staff for the way they have adopted the mandate of mask wearing inside the school building. We are becoming accustomed to the inconvenience and enjoying the opportunity to learn outside at every opportunity. Parents, please continue to send a mask with your child each day to school until this requirement is lifted. 

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Netball Covid Cup

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Bus Forms

Each year parents utilising the school bus system are required to update their travel details so a form will be sent home with your child today. Attached to this is instructions on how to enter any daily changes to your travel needs directly into our admin system via PAM. Please keep an eye out for these and attend to them as quickly as possible.

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BOOK WEEK

With the return of all students this week we are excited to hold Book Week next week. We will share many of the nominated titles with the children across the week and we will explore the books available in our book fair. Our dress up day will be next Friday the 29th of October. 

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Staff Change Over

Many families are aware of the wonderful news that Bridget Van Den Broek is expecting the arrival of her second child next year. Bridget will commence leave on Friday 12th of November. Mrs Vanessa Marshall will be replacing Bridget for the remainder of this year and we welcome her to St Colman's this week as we begin the important task of handing over the Junior class. Vanessa has taught at St Patrick's Camperdown, St Thomas' Terang and she has been with us as a CRT so the children are already familiar with her. We hope she experiences a warm welcome from our school community. 

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