Term 4 Week 10 Monday 7th December
- Our Prayer This Week
- From the Principal
- Library Books Return
- "Move Up Day"
- End of year and Beginning 2021
- End of Year Celebration
- School Governance Transfer
- Junior Room Party
- School Fees
- Bus Forms
- 5/6 School Camp
- 3/4 School Camp
- Junior School Excursion
- Amazing Artwork
- Art Show
- Parish Bulletin
Our Prayer This Week
From the Principal
Dear parents and members of our community,
This is our final full week of school for the students and we are enjoying the fun of Christmas and the end of year activities. We are delighted that parents are now welcome back into our school and we look forward to reconnecting with many people who have been absent for the majority of this school year.
Library Books Return
We are asking that all library books be returned to school this week to allow us to complete the processing and reshelving before the end of the school year.
"Move Up Day"
Tomorrow the 8th of December is Orientation Day for the majority of schools in our district. Our Grade 6 students will be heading to their respective secondary schools for the day and our 6 new foundation students will be joining us for the whole day here at St Colman's. All students will be in their new learning groups for 2021 with their teachers.
F/1 - Bridget Van Den Broek
2/3 - Shandell Moloney
4/5/6 - Rosie McDowall
End of year and Beginning 2021
End of Year
The final day of school for the children this term will be Tuesday the 15th of December at 3:15pm with our end of year celebration at 6:30pm that evening.
Beginning of the Year
The 2021 school year begins on Wednesday 27th of January for staff only and the children will begin classes on Thursday 28th of January. Our normal testing days will happen the week after this on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of February.
End of Year Celebration
Thankfully the new school guidelines have provided us with the opportunity to hold a full end of year mass at 6:30pm Tuesday 15th of December in the St Colman's church. All families are welcome to attend and we look forward to the opportunity to do the following:-
- Graduation of our Grade 6 students
- Announce our school leaders for 2021
- Farewell families leaving our school
- Welcome our new foundation students
- Farewell staff leaving us
- Sing some Christmas carols
School Governance Transfer
As mentioned for some time now, the transfer of governance of all Ballarat diocese schools from a local parish level to Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited (DOBCEL) is taking place before the beginning of 2021. Our formal transfer will happen on Thursday the 10th of December here at school. The event will be live streamed on facebook for those wishing to watch the ceremony.
Junior Room Party
This Wednesday the 9th will be the last day that Pauline and Bridget are working together in the Junior room and we would like to hold a Christmas party to say thank you to them both and farewell to Pauline. We will supply lunch for the children as part of the party so no food will be needed from home for the party.
There will be a letter emailed to each family outlining the St Colman's fee structure for 2021 to enable parents to organise a payment scheme that best suits their circumstances. Further details will be provided next year.
We have sent home bus forms to be completed by every family who use this service but there are still some forms yet to be returned. If you have misplaced this form, please contact the school for a replacement.
5/6 School Camp
Our 5/6 school camp to Grampians Retreat last Wednesday with St Thomas' was a wonderful opportunity for socialising, fun and personal growth. Thank you to the staff for their energy, enthusiasm and patience over the three days.
3/4 School Camp
The 3/4 school camp is on this Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th of December. The children will be involved in an excursion on Wednesday where they will visit Tower Hill and then minigolf and participate in a surf lesson in Warrnambool . They will then return to school for dinner and will sleep in their classrooms in swags or sleeping bags. The next morning they will travel to Live Wire Park near Lorne for a zipline adventure and a trampoline session. After lunch on the Lorne foreshore they will return to school by bell time. Friday attendance is optional. A permission form has been sent out on PAM.
Junior School Excursion
Our Foundation, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students will be going on their major excursion on Friday the 11th of December. They will travel by bus to Port Fairy and Warrnambool for a day of fun and learning. A permission form will be sent out on PAM.
Recently our students have been working on screen printing in art and have now completed some wonderful t-shirt designs. The Juniors could choose between a dinosaur or a panda, the Middles could choose a turtle or spiderman and the Seniors could create their own design. Here are some examples of their work.
Noah McKenzie 9th December
Johno Carmody 10th December
Hayley Hannabury 14th December