Term 4 Week 7 Monday 15th November
Our Prayer This Week
From the Principal
Dear parents and members of our community,
Now that we are enjoying the freedoms that come with the removal of many of the restrictions that we have endured this year, the risk is that we try to fit everything that we have missed out on into the remainder of the school year. We are trying to balance the need to provide meaningful opportunities for social engagement with the need to use all the learning time that we can before the Christmas holidays are upon us. You will see that our calendar is full of exciting opportunities in the next five weeks.
School Closure Day
After many postponements we are now holding our school closure day for staff professional development on Monday the 22nd of November. There will be no school for all students on this day. We will be working on planning our Religious Education curriculum for 2022.
Farewell and Welcome
Last Friday we farewelled Bridget as she begins her maternity leave and today we welcome Vanessa Marshall to the Junior classroom. I invite parents to introduce themselves at the end of the day at pick up if you are here this week.
Transition to 2022
We have three foundation students enrolled to commence school in 2022. These students and the staff of the Mortlake Kindergarten will visit us on Tuesday 30th of November to begin our transition program. On this day our senior students going to Mercy will have their Headstart day where they experience secondary school life without the large number of students from our larger feeder schools. The entire school will have its formal transition day on Tuesday 7th of December where all students will move to their new classes for next year.
Congratulations to Zac, Mason and William for completing the Minilit program this year. They have worked very hard to complete 80 lessons to develop their reading and writing skills. Well done boys.
Awards this Week
Next week we welcome Claudia Gedye back to St Colman's for work experience and we look forward to hearing how life is progressing since she graduated almost five years ago.
After many reschedules, the 5/6 students will have an opportunity to participate in the Hooptime Basketball competition at Terang stadium this Wednesday the 17th of November. There will be a permission form on PAM today for this event. Unfortunately, with density limits, parents are not able to attend this event. The children will need a packed lunch as there are only snacks available at the canteen.
After a considerable break we will host a School Advisory Council meeting tonight, Monday 15th of November at 7pm at the Mount Shadwell Hotel in Mortlake. This meeting will include dinner.
Remembrance Day 2021 was a great opportunity to celebrate the peace we enjoy in Australia and reflect on the cost of war to our nation. The children at school enjoyed a liturgy and 1 minute silence at 11am and our Grade 6 students participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the Mortlake War Memorial.
Meals on Wheels
St Colman's School is rostered on for Meals on Wheels this week starting Monday 15th November. So far we have someone for today and for Friday. If you are able to volunteer for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, please contact the school office ASAP. Volunteers need to call at the school prior to 11.45am to collect two senior students to assist with the delivery.
3/4 Camp to Ballarat
This week, we are delighted that our Grade 3 and Grade 4 students are able to go on school camp to Sovereign Hill with St Thomas' on Tuesday the 16th of November, returning on Wednesday 17th of November. A detailed letter with further information came home to those families last week and permission on P.A.M is open and needs to be completed today.
Next Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of November the Grade 5/6 students will be on camp together with the children from St Thomas' Terang. On Thursday we will visit Live Wire Park in Lorne for a high ropes adventure and on Friday we will go to 10 pin bowling in the morning in Warrnambool and surfing in Port Fairy in the afternoon. We are hoping for much better weather by then.