Term 4 Week 2 Monday 12th October
Our Prayer This Week
From the Principal
Dear parents and carers,
Last week was a wonderful time of students and staff thriving in the opportunity to work and learn together onsite. The children are clearly delighted to be back on school grounds and eager to continue their learning and to enjoy the company of their classmates. All we need is for parents to be able to re-enter the school and we will have normality back.
On Friday the Senior students had the opportunity to participate in a video conference session with Blake from the Ambulance service in Mortlake on CPR and defibulator machines. The children enjoyed the demonstration and there were many questions after the session.
With the prolonging of the AFL football season, the Grand Final public holiday now falls outside the school holidays. This means there will be no school for students and staff on Friday the 23rd of October.
In recent times St Colman's school has chosen to take Sheepvention Monday as our public holiday rather than Melbourne Cup. With the cancellation of Sheepvention this year we will now return to Cup Day on Tuesday the 3rd of November as our designated public holiday. This brings us into line with all our regional schools as Warrnambool schools have moved from race day to Melbourne Cup as well.
Many schools in our area also use this opportunity to create an extended long weekend for families by taking the Monday the 2nd as a school closure day. We will do the same this year except we will swap the Monday and Tuesday to give staff a long weekend with no school Monday and an opportunity to work on our Numeracy curriculum all day on the Tuesday of Cup Day.
Meals on Wheels
This week our school is providing volunteers for Meals on Wheels. We have not received many responses to our survey so we are asking for help for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Parents may only take their own children with them to help with the deliveries and not our Grade 6 leaders.
A reminder to parents that they have received an invitation to complete a survey to help guide the direction of the school for the next 5 years. It is vital that ALL parents complete this task to allow us to plan for future development of the school and we have only had 42% complete the survey so far. The closing date is this Friday 16th of October. Thank you for your support with this.
Book Week is traditionally a highlight of each school year. As the original day for this event was during lockdown, we have decided to reschedule this to the week beginning Monday the 26th of October. We will conduct fun activities throughout the week, culminating in dress-up day on Friday the 30th. (Start planning outfits early to avoid the last minute rush.) The book fair will look very different this year. Students will have the opportunity to view the books during the week and parents are invited to visit the "street stall" setup in front of the school on Friday 30th. As a parent arrives in their car, the students will be sent out to allow them to shop together (weather permitting). Payment by card is preferred.
During lockdown students were given library books and readers to enjoy at home. We are asking families to have a good search for any of these resources at home as there are still many books to be returned.
We will hold a SAC meeting next Wednesday evening via video conference beginning 7pm. An invitation will be sent to council members via email prior to the event.
A big thanks to those who joined our footy tipping for 2020, your support in this fundraiser is much appreciated. Congratulations to the following winners:
1st - Tommy
2nd - Finnerty Girls
3rd - Lachie Barr
1st - Wilbur C
2nd - Bells
3rd - Noah
Picked all winners in one round:Wilbur C, Smith pies, Sharon Grinter, Bells, Keilambete Tigers and Flamingo
Thank you to Brianna for all the work that she has done with this event.