- Message from the Principal
- Term Dates
- Important Dates
- Merit Awards
- Cross Country
- Indy Foster - Reconciliation
- Lincoln's Card Tower
- St Thomas' Annual Easter Raffle 2021
- Lent and Easter Timetable
- New PAM (Parent Access Module) Roll Out - link and information
- School Photos 9th June 2021
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
Our Year Five children have been preparing to present the Stations of the Cross as part of our Holy Week celebrations which begin next week.
This Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday, followed by the significant events that took place in the life of Jesus leading to His death on Good Friday and Resurrection on Easter Sunday. All students will participate in the Holy Week liturgy next Wednesday morning.
We congratulate all students who celebrated their First Reconciliation last Tuesday evening at the Cathedral. It was a warm and inviting liturgy as children took part in the Sacrament of Forgiveness. May they always look to God to find the healing and peace that can be found in knowing and praying to Him.
Parents and Friends Association.
Yesterday, the P&F held its first face to face meeting for the year. It was lovely to have our parents onsite again and we thank all those who were able to attend.
The P&F exists to support the work of the school and most importantly, to encourage a sense of belonging and community at St Thomas’. They have a number of planned activities for the year and always welcome new families to attend meetings whenever they can. Dates and times will be published in the newsletter and on our website when they become available. We understand that it is not always possible for families to attend meetings, however, your assistance is always appreciated when various activities occur on the school calendar.
Their first efforts this year involve the Easter raffle, today’s Hot Cross Bun day and catering for next week’s Cross Country barbeque, i.e. cooking and distributing sausages to classes.
Thank you to parents who volunteered to assist with the school canteen. We will be speaking with our canteen provider to discuss the possibility of restarting lunch orders, however, at this stage, we will begin with over the canteen sales only.
Child Safety: Student Drop off and Pick up
We would like to thank everyone for supporting our “Drop off and pick up” arrangements for the term. This week’s wet weather proved a bit of a challenge, but all ran smoothly.
Details regarding arrangements for next term will be published in next week’s newsletter.
Child Safety: Volunteer Inductions
Please know that a Volunteer Induction session will be held on Monday, May 3rd 2021 at 5.30pm in the school hall. Online registrations will begin soon. Year One families who did not have the opportunity to participate last year are particularly encouraged to attend, together with 2021 Foundation families. Jen Brayshaw, our Child Safety Officer will lead the Inductions.
Please know that online booking arrangements will open for families wishing to enrol their child at St Thomas’ in 2022. Open days will begin on Tuesday 25th May to Thursday 27th May 2021, and enrolment interviews will take place the following week. We have already started to have enquiries and it is most important that siblings are enrolled so as to ascertain the number of places available for new families. Please share these details if you know of anyone wishing to enrol their child or wanting to have a discussion and tour. All families are welcome. The enrolment policy can be found on the school and DOSCEL website.
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||Josie Vatnsdal & Arley Murphy|
|Foundation MP||Harrison Hayman|
|Grade 1JB||Lily Williamson & Sam Pais-Bubb|
|Grade 1MI||Darcy Rose & Skylah Smith|
|Grade 2MB||Riley McCartney & Maddison Cook|
|Grade 2MG||Archer Burke & Jessica Heffernan|
|Grade 3JW||Max Baker, Mary De Boer & Daniel Williams|
|Grade 4BG||Zoe Booker & Lachie Mc Master|
|Grade 5CG||Shahryar Bhatti & Taylah Mizzi|
|Grade 5MC||Arwen Shingles & Angelina Jiju|
|Music||Camille O'Brien, Liam Fraser, Lucy Furby, Grace Wicks, Allie Haskew, Esther Curtis, Arley Murphey, Jaggar Brown & Charlotte Francis|
Our whole school Cross Country will be held next Thursday the 1st of April at St Thomas’, starting at 10.30am. Due to the change in venue parents will not need to complete a permission form on PAM.
Parent assistance is being sought in 1 hr time slots, if you are able to help (and have completed the school induction course) PLEASE contact the school office or return the parent help slip that was sent home this week. ‘The Coffee Pit’ will be in attendance on the day and the P&F will have extra sausages for spectators to purchase, so be sure to bring some spare change.
Please be aware of our senior students running along the footpaths of Guthridge Pde and Raglan St when entering and exiting the school on Thursday. We hope you can join us for a fun filled day to finish off the term.
Congratulattions to all students who celebrated their First Reconciliation last Tuesday evening at the Cathedral. It was a warm and inviting liturgy as children took part in the Sacrament of Forgiveness. May they always look to God to find the healing and peace that can be found in knowing and praying to Him.
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
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.
The Salvation Army Sale are reaching out to any families experiencing financial hardship and require assistance for school expenses. Please contact them on 51446374 if you wish to enquire.