- Apology for late Newsletter
- Message from the Principal
- EASTER PRAYER
- Term Dates
- Important Dates
- Winter Uniform - Term 2
- Cross Country
- St Thomas' Annual Easter Raffle 2021 Winners
- Lent and Easter Timetable
- New PAM (Parent Access Module) Roll Out - link and information
- School Photos 9th June 2021
- Free Camp
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
We thank everyone for supporting our Easter raffle. We had a huge collection of prizes and our winners are listed below. Thank you to our P&F for their work in organising prizes and tickets. We especially thank Rose, Eva, Allison and Christine for their efforts to ensure the raffle took place without a hitch.
Today, we have had a number of volunteers supporting our Cross Country. We appreciate all your time to ensure the children enjoyed a great day.
A reminder, that we will hold a Volunteer Induction on Monday, May 2nd at 5.30pm.
Today, we say a special “Thank you” to Deb Fox for her commitment in teaching the Year 5MC class during the first term. We appreciate her availability and enthusiasm throughout the term and have valued her contribution to the school community. Lauren Madeley will return in Term Two and work alongside Mrs Vicki Colley. Mrs Colley will work each Monday and Mrs Madeley will work the remaining four days of the week. Deb Fox will return to St Thomas’ on a casual basis.
I congratulate our Year 5 students for their presentation of the “Passion Play”. We acknowledge all their work and that of their teachers. I’m sure each child will leave with a recollection of the events leading to the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. May they acknowledge the promise of new life in knowing Christ and the symbolism of the easter egg. May God’s spirit be with them all during the Easter season.
PICK UP/DROP OFF ARRANGEMENTS TERM 2
Next term, we will continue with three exit points with all students finishing at 3.15pm except for country bus students. We will encourage our Foundation families to use either the Raglan St gate or the Gumnuts gate at 3.15pm. The admin foyer gate will still still be open to Foundation families, however, it will not open until 3.15pm. It will be most important that your child knows where their pick up point will be. Students will need to wait on school grounds until parents arrive. Gates will be opened by the duty teacher.
In the morning, gates will open at 8.30am for all families. Playground supervision does not begin until 8.30am. All classrooms open at 8.40pm and the school day begins at 8.55am. QR scanning will still be a part of our practice for contact tracing purposes.
Please know that all staff thank you sincerely for your support during this term. We wish you every blessing for the Easter holidays. May it be a chance to rest and enjoy time with friends and family.
Take Care and God Bless
Anita and staff
2021 SCHOOL TERMS
TERM 2 - Monday 19th April - Friday 25th June
TERM 3 - Monday 12th July - Friday 17th September
TERM 4 - Monday 4th October - Thursday 17th December
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS
|Term 1||Friday 30th April - RE Shool Closure Day|
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
All children are required to wear the full winter uniform in Term 2. There is a two week change over period from 19th April to 30th April, with all children to be in full winter uniform starting Monday May 3rd.
ST THOMAS’ SCHOOL UNIFORM
Parents are responsible for sending children to school in correct uniform and are asked to check uniform daily. Children are encouraged to wear their uniform with pride. All articles of clothing should be clearly marked with child’s name.
Boys - Winter: Grey long pants, white shirt, school jumper (navy), grey socks, black leather shoes or elastic-sided school boots.
Boys - Sports Uniform: School polo shirt, navy school shorts, sneakers, navy school track pants, navy school fleece tracksuit top or vest, plain, white, above the ankle length socks.
Girls - Winter: Winter tunic, white shirt, school jumper (navy), navy tights or knee length navy socks, black leather shoes or elastic-sided school boots.
Girls - Sports Uniform: School polo shirt, navy school shorts, sneakers, navy school track pants, navy school fleece tracksuit top or vest, plain, white, above the ankle length socks.
Sneakers are not to be used as school shoes.
Tracksuit tops are not to be worn as school jumpers.
Children may wear the sports uniform to school on their weekly Physical Education/Sport day only.
Hats: Students are expected to wear the school hat at recess and lunch times and during P.E. classes from 1st September – 30th April. No other hat may be worn. Students are encouraged to wear hats on days in Term 2 & 3 when deemed necessary.
School Spray jacket: Optional item which can be worn as a part of the Sports Uniform or over the school jumper. This item is not to be worn instead of the woollen school jumper.
Scarf /Gloves: Navy school scarf and gloves are an optional item during winter for girls and boys.
School Bag: A backpack style school bag in St. Thomas’ colours with school emblem is compulsory for children in Years Prep to 6.
Hair ties and ribbons: White/navy/gold and not decorative.
The School Uniform can be purchased from:
J.S.M Embroidery , Work wear & Safety,
71 Macarthur Street,
Phone: 0351 446898
Thank you to our amazing school community for your attendance and support for our annual cross country event. What a wonderful day it was. A big thank you to our staff and parent helpers who ensured our students were safe and well fed.
Congratulations to following students who came first in their age groups:
Year 6: Jack Armstrong & Brooke Kelly
Year 5: Max McLay & Taylah Mizzi
Year 4: Sam Duffield & Maddi Mizzi
Year 3: Tyler Harrison & Lila Armstrong
Year 2: Jobe Walker & Hunter Lange
Year 1: Ben Armstrong & Chloe McCarthy
Foundation: Huddy Bateman & Cleo Avery
The Sale & District Cross Country will be held on Thursday the 6th of May in week 3 next term. Students who progress to this event will be informed early next term.
Congratulations to everyone.
The annual Easter Raffle was a huge success and the P&F would like to sincerely thank
thank all families for there donations.
Congratualtions to the lucky winners
FMP:Zara, Thomas, Victoria, Elsie
FCB: Charlotte , Khya , Piper, Pragyan , Arley
1JB: Lilly , Tate , Abigail , Charlotte , John, Claudia, Lauren , Madison , Ally
1MI: Leo, Miya , Brax , Aria, Judson , Harrison , Bella , Chloe , Skylah, Summer
2MB: Maddison, Liam , Hunter, Vienna, Layla
2MG: Nash , Williams , Addiarna , Millie, Ava ,
3AP: Lila, Charlie, Laila, Ella,
3JW Max, Amelia, Gypsie-Leigh, Jaxon
4BG: Zoe, Summah, Lily, Hannah, Mason, Jordyn, Jesse, Lilly, Finn, Pyper, Grace
4KG: Amalia, Jasmine, Annah, Benjamin, Frankie
5CG: Victoria, Erin, Jude, Maddison, Milly, Jemima
6PB: Ned, Indio, Brooke, Ashly, Georgia
6BL: Hannah, Isla, Charlie, Claire, Sam
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 email@example.com.