- Message from the Principal
- Term Dates
- Important Dates
- Merit Awards
- Anti bullying day.
- Miss Pasfield is getting Married!
- St Thomas' Annual Easter Raffle 2021
- New PAM (Parent Access Module) Roll Out - link and information
- Hot Cross Bun Day - Friday 26th March 2021 - Orders Due back 24th March
- P&F Meeting Thursday 25th March 2021
- Lent and Easter Timetable
- School Photos 9th June 2021
- Increase in gastroenteritis outbreaks in childcare
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
Today, we acknowledge the National Day of Action Against Bullying, however
this week, bullying has been the topic of conversation in our classrooms as senior students viewed online presentations and discussions, focusing on the role of the bystander. The following information was gathered from a review of current research by Australia’s Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group.
Some key points shared included:
- Young people commonly identify enhancing social status as a key motivator for bullying.
- Diseng gement and emotional distancing are often exhibited by students who engage in bullying, and those who witness bullying without intervening.
- Although most incidents of bullying are witnessed by peers, most will not intervene to stop it, thus providing tacit approval for the behaviour.
- Students commonly express a belief that bullying is wrong, but may experience concern about losing social status themselves through intervening.
- Bystanders consider a number of factors in making a decision to act, including their relationship to those involved, the apparent seriousness and emotional impact, the social hierarchy, the perceived ‘contributing’ role of the student being bullied, and the social roles and responsibilities of everyone present.
- The role and motivations of bystanders to intervene have been a key focus in recent bullying research. It has been proposed that bystanders are the key to stopping bullying.
- The research suggests that working with bystanders to provide skills and support to safely intervene may be more successful than working only with those students directly bullying or being bullied.
For further information, please visit the following website: www.bullyingnoway.gov.au
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||Hudson Pini & Allison De Boer|
|Foundation MP||Ryan Lamb & Elsie Smolenaars|
|Grade 1JB||Mahli Osborn & Bodhi McKenzie|
|Grade 1MI||Ben Armstrong, Charlotte Francis & Harry Ierardi|
|Grade 2MB||Liam Fraser & Abbey Heywood|
|Grade 2MG||Mason Fairhall, Mack Burke & Ava Williams|
|Grade 3AP||Jack Morris & Indy Foster|
|Grade 3JW||Will Lonsdale & Emiley Bennett|
|Grade 4BG||Kai Boyle & Jett Norman|
|Grade 4KG||Olly Lucieer, Harry McInnes & Amalia Dos Santos|
|Grade 5CG||Nate Brady & Jude McBean|
|Grade 5MC||Cayden Dyce|
|Grade 6BL||Patrick Horan & Bailey Dee|
|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 early next week. Permission/medical forms will be sent online via the PAM platform. The distance for each of the age groups is as follows:
Ride 2 School
It was great to see so many families choosing active modes of transport and taking part in Ride 2 School day today. Our bike shed was full to the brim with bikes and scooters.
Miss Pasfield’s Getting Married....
Foundation MP students had lots of fun celebrating Miss Pasfield’s upcoming Wedding today. The students enjoyed dressing her up for her big day, presenting her with an illustrated book of how they think she’ll look on the day and asking her lots of important wedding questions! We wish you all the very best Miss Pasfield and can’t wait to see some photos soon.
We are happy to announce the annual Easter Raffle is back up and running for 2021. The P&F Committee kindly ask that donations and raffle tickets be brought to the office by Friday 26th March 2021. In past years we have had many prizes to be won.
We thank all families for there donations.
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.
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
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)
- Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 9.30 to 10.15 am