- Message from the Principal
- Term Dates
- Important Dates
- Merit Awards
- NATIONAL RIDE2SCHOOL DAY - Friday 19th March 2021
- P&F Meeting Thursday 25th March 2021
- Hot Cross Bun Day - Friday 26th March 2021
- St Thomas' Annual Easter Raffle 2021
- School Photos 9th June 2021
- Lent and Easter Timetable
- New PAM (Parent Access Module) Roll Out - link and information
- Increase in gastroenteritis outbreaks in childcare
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
We congratulate all the children who participated in the district swimming sports yesterday.
Thank you to Grace Duffield and parents who were able to assist on the day.
PAM: Parent Access Module
As you are aware, we are implementing PAM (Parent Access Module) as a communication platform between parents and the school. We have a number of families that have already set up their account and thank them for their promptness. Admin staff are available to assist families and will be communicating with those who have not yet logged on, to ensure they have set up their accounts by April 1st 2021.
Please know that there is only one account or one “log in” per family/household.
Logins may be used by either parent to access PAM.
Families with specific custodial arrangements/orders may contact the office for further details.
If you have a PAM account with Catholic College Sale, you will need to set up a separate account for St Thomas’, as the information stored, is relevant only to the child/children attending the specific school.
With respect to student absences, families need to complete the notification prior to 11am. The school has a legal responsibility to contact families if their child does not present to school in the morning. Teachers need to have completed the school attendance roll prior to 9.30am. Messages are then sent out to families saying their child has been marked as absent. This is to comply with Child Safety Ministerial Orders that require schools to contact families as early as possible, once an absence is noted. This is to seek a response and reason for the absence. The Schoolzine absentee form will be available on the website until April 1st 2021, however, all those with a PAM account are asked to use it.
We have received an alert from the Wellington Shire sharing information from the Chief Health Minister, Brendan Sutton, that there have been a number of outbreaks in childcare centres across Victoria.
Please read the flyer attached with today’s newsletter regarding how to manage gastro at home, particularly, if your preschool child presents with gastro and has siblings attending school.
A 48 hr “stay at home” period is advised for those with gastro.
Thank you to families who have donated items for the Easter Raffle. Your kindness is appreciated. The donations container is found in the admin foyer.
The P&F are looking to hold their first meeting for the year on March 25th at 9am. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces. The venue will be determined once numbers are confirmed on the day as we are still required to adhere to one person for every two square metres as our density quotient
School Advisory Board
We also hope to hold an Advisory Board meeting during Week 9 of Term One.
Emails will be sent to current advisory members to confirm a suitable date and time.
Decommissioning of the Sion Building
This weekend, I will be attending the decommissioning of the Sion building/convent.
This will begin with a graveside liturgy for the Sion sisters buried in Sale, followed by the decommissioning of the Sion building at the convent site.
We are truly grateful for the contribution of the Sion Sisters to the education of children within the Sale community. As we move to a new era of Catholic secondary education housed at the one site, Catholic College Sale, we thank our Sion Congregation for their efforts to ensure that Catholic Education was part of our community. We value the contribution of the Sion sisters to St Thomas’, with Sister Theresa Condon, Principal of St Thomas’ in its opening year of 1970.
Anita and staff.
2021 SCHOOL TERMS
TERM 1 Monday 1st February 2021 - Thursday 1st April
|Friday 2nd April - Good Friday|
|Monday 5th April - Easter Monday|
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS
TERM 2 - Monday 19th April - Friday 25th June
TERM 3 - Monday 12th July - Friday 17th September
TERM 4 - Monday 4th October - Thursday 17th December
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2021
Thursday 1st April Last day of term 1 Buses leave at 2.20pm instead of 3.20pm
Monday 19th April First day of Term 2
Friday 11th June Student Free Day NO BUSES RUNNING
Monday 14th June Queens Birthday NO BUSES RUNNING
Friday 25th June Last day of term 2. Buses leave at 2.20pm instead of 3.20pm
Monday 12th July First Day of Term 3
Friday 17th September Last day of term 3. Buses leave at 2.20pm instead of 3.20pm
Monday 4th October First Day of Term 4
Tuesday 2nd November Melbourne Cup Day NO BUSES RUNNING
|Foundation CB||Izzy Lee & Lincoln Clancy|
|Foundation MP||Cleo Avery & Courtney Baker|
|Grade 1JB||Lauren Mueller & George Winn|
|Grade 1MI||Annabella Cutrupi & Isaac Kingston|
|Grade 2MB||Olive Scott & Taj Schuback|
|Grade 2MG||Lexi Avery & River Cordwell|
|Grade 3AP||Jack Morris and Raafia Bhatti|
|Grade 4BG||Larissa Kemp & Pyper Visser|
|Grade 4KG||Harper Schuback & Jack Donnelly|
|Grade 5CG||Cooper Jagielka & Milly whykes|
|Grade 5MC||Ochre Fraser|
|Grade 6BL||Jack Armstrong|
|Grade 6PB||Jordan Harrison|
St Thomas’ will be holding its annual cross country event for all students on Thursday 1st April at the College Ovals. Students are currently training for this event and have been building up their running stamina during PE and class time. Parents are encouraged to support their children with additional running practice at home. Further information and a detailed event program will be sent home in coming weeks. The distance for each of the age groups is as follows:
Ride 2 School
National Ride 2 School week is taking place next Friday the 19th of March. Children and parents are encouraged to consider an active mode of transport on this day, such as skating, riding, scooting or walking to school where possible. We look forward to seeing our bike shelter filled with extra wheels next Friday.
We are happy to announce the annual Easter Raffle is back up and running for 2021. The P&F Committee kindly ask that donations be brought to the office by Friday 26th March 2021. Raffle tickets will go home with students next week. In past years we have had many prizes to be won.
We thank all families for there donations.
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
27/28 March, 2021
Sat Feb 27 5.30pm St Mary's Cathedral Bishop Gregory Bennet
Sun Feb 28 9.30am St Mary's Cathedral Fr Jithin Anto
9.30am St Rose of Lima – Rosedale Bishop Gregory Bennet
5.30pm St Mary's Cathedral Dean Peter A Bickley
SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Mon Mar 1 NO MASS
Tue Mar 2 9.30am St Mary's Cathedral – Sale Fr Jithin Anto
(Professional Standards Meeting)
3.15pm Royal Freemasons- Aged Care Dean Peter A Bickley
Weds Mar 3 CLERGY REFLECTION DAY – WARRAGUL
5.00pm Holy Hour – Mass followed by Rosary-
St Mary's Cathedral Fr Jithin Anto
Thu Mar 4 11.00am St Thomas' Class Mass Dean Peter A Bickley
5.00pm Serra Mass – Cathedral Fr Jithin Anto
Fri Mar 5 11.00am St Mary's Cathedral Fr Jithin Anto
(Followed by exposition – Reconciliation available )
Sat Mar 6 9.30am St Mary's Cathedral Dean Peter A Bickley
(Reconciliation available after Mass through to 10.30am )
World Day Of Prayer : Vanuatu : - Theme Build a Strong Foundation
Host Church is : St Paul's Anglican Cathedral
Dean Sussanna Pain, warmly welcomes parishioners of all
Churches. The World Day of Prayer commences at 7.00pm.
There are a number of opportunites for the churches of Sale to
come together in shared prayer - this year 2021, these are
- World Day of Prayer : Friday March 5, 7.00pm- St Paul's.
- Ecumenical Service of Shadows ( St Mary's Cathedral,'21) Wednesday Mar 31, 7.00pm.(please save the date)
- Walk of the Cross : Good Friday from St Mary's Cathedral 10.30am April 2, visiting Uniting Church, Salvation Army and stopping at the Park across from St Paul's Anglican Cathedral
- Anzac Day each year – at the War Memorial
Please keep in your recognised space of reference at home this list for Lent and Easter
Lent and Easter Timetable
Let us not forget Holy Hour each Weds of Lent : 5-6pm Rosary – Expositon-personal prayer. Final Blessing - Cathedral
Mar 1 (Mon) 1.30pm Stations of the Cross - St Rose of Lima – Rosedale
Mar 5 (Fri) 6.00pm Stations of the Cross - St Mary's Cathedral
Mar 10 (Weds) 10.30am Stations of the Cross - St Patrick's Stratford
Mar 12 (Fri) 11.00am Mass with Anointing – Expositon- Reconciliation – Cathedral
Mar 23 ( Tue) 6.00pm 1st Reconciliation : Parishioners to join in - Cathedral
Mar 25 (Thur) 6.00pm 1st Reconciliation : Parishioner/Briag/Stratford- at St Patrick's
Mar 26 ( Fri) 6.00pm Stations of the Cross - Cathedral
Mar 31 ( Wed) 7.00pm Service of Shadows - Cathedral
Apr 1 7.30pm Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper - Cathedral
( Washing of Feet – Altar of Repose - (Stay with me-watch with me)
April 2 9.30am Stations of the Cross - Cathedral
9.30am Stations of the Cross - Rosedale
9.30am Stations of the Cross - Stratford
10.30am Ecumenical Walk of the Cross – From Cathedral- To St Paul's
3.00pm Celebration of the Passion of the Lord _ Cathedral
April 3 7.30pm The Easter Vigil - Blessing of Fire, Procession of Paschal Candle
EASTER SUNDAY TIMETABLE
April 4 9.30am Cathedral, Stratford, Rosedale
New PAM (Parent Access Module) Roll Out
PAM is an innovative parent-controlled electronic medical form for our school. It’s an electronic version of the paper-based forms we previously completed for excursions and camps. It provides parents with the opportunity to update medical information promptly and accurately while providing the school with instant access to the emergency information provided by you. We use the PAM app in the best interests of the children whilst also reducing the burden on parents to fill out the same information on multiple forms throughout the year.
Parents can use a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone to enter details including:
- Student absence - entered via ‘Parent Notified Absences’. This is our preferred method, as we are phasing out the Szap app
- Emergency contacts
- Medical contacts
- Medical checklist, including asthma, allergies, seizures, diabetes
- Notes and other care instructions from parents
- Parent teacher interviews
- Student reports
- More features will be introduced later in the year
St Thomas’ Primary School will initially also use PAM as a tool to send parents permission forms and notifications.
Please note that it is the responsibility of parents to ensure their child’s medical and contact details are up to date and complete. In the event of an emergency the school staff will rely on the information provided via PAM.
We recommend that you add the PAM website to the home screen on your mobile device which will then display as an App. For instructions on how to do this and more, please access the PAM Parent Instruction Manual.
To access PAM, please click HERE and enter your login credentials to proceed to your account.
Please note you may only have one shared active family account per household, please contact the office if you have any queries.
If you need your login credentials or a password reset, please contact our reception officers on 5144 1332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A live Virtual Classroom webinar that explores how a small action (posting a photo) can cause harm.
It looks at the ways students can be upstanders and support their friends online.
By participating in this webinar students will:
- use a case study to explore how being an upstander can help a situation
- learn how to be upstanders
- recognise the harm that can be caused by cyberbullying.
Please note: We request that teachers register their classes for these webinars. Individual student registration will not be accepted, as connections to the online platform are limited. Schools can register for any open session hosted by eSafety or a session hosted by their school jurisdiction.
Open sessions available to all State, Catholic and Independent schools
Session time: (AEDT)
- Monday 15 March 2021 at 9.30 to 10.15 am
- Monday 15 March 2021 at 1.30 to 2.15 pm
- Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 9.30 to 10.15 am
- Thursday 18 March 2021 at 11.30 to 12.15 pm
- Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 9.30 to 10.15 am