- Message from the Principal
- Term Dates, Public Holidays and School Closure Dates
- Important Dates Regarding Buses
- School Photos 18th November 2021
- Merit Awards
- Grade 6 Social Justice Team
- St Thomas' artwork on display at the Children's Gallery (inside the Wellington Library space) 30 October-28 November
- Esso Grant Acknowledgment
- Second Hand Uniform Shop
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
This week, our thoughts and prayers are with Max, Jack, Gus and Bobby McLay after hearing the sad news of their father’s death. Justin is remembered fondly by his many friends here at St Thomas’. Our deepest sympathy and condolences are extended to the boys, Brea, Ashlyn and those dear to them. May God’s love be ever present in the comfort and strength they find amongst family and friends.
The first candle represents our grief.
It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.
This second candle represents our courage.
To confront our sorrow,
To comfort each other,
This third candle we light in your memory.
For the times we laughed,
The times we cried,
The caring and joy you gave us.
This fourth candle we light for our love.
We light this candle, knowing that your light will always shine
We cherish the special place in our hearts
that will always be reserved for you.
Yesterday, we received an update of permitted school activities in light of eased restrictions within Victoria as outlined by the Chief Health Officer. We will review the list and keep you informed of how these new guidelines will impact events in the remaining weeks of the school term. Please check the PAM platform for regular updates.
We can confirm that school photos will be able to take place and we have made arrangements for this to take place on November 18th, 2021.
We are looking forward to our Year 3 students returning next week. Students need to have completed their second COVID test and attained a negative COVID result before returning to school.
We are hopeful that the Year 6 camp may still proceed. Details will be sent home today in anticipation of it proceeding. We hope to receive formal confirmation next week.
Just a reminder that face masks are still to be worn indoors by students in Year 3 to Year 6, staff and visitors. Students are asked to bring their own masks to school.
Students in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 are encouraged to do so, though this is not mandated.
PROPOSED RELOCATION TO SION SITE SURVEY
We are still working with DOSCEL to have this survey available to you and the broader community as soon as possible. Details have been sent to Bishop Gregory Bennett and the director, Maria Kirkwood. The final stages of how it can be best shared with the community are being organised and I will be liaising with the Media and Communications Officer from DOSCEL to discuss possibilities.
Next year, St Thomas’ will undergo a School Review. This is an opportunity to evaluate our current practices and processes and to determine if we have met the goals within our Strategic Plan. A review process takes place every four years and involves, students, staff and parents.
The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority will also be involved in ensuring we meet our obligations as a registered school.
Prior to the end of the year, we will ask families to complete a Religious Education and Catholic Identity survey. We will inform families when the survey will become available online.
Once again, we ask you to check newsletters and the PAM platform for information about the school. This is the main platform for school communications. An SMS will be sent to families to check emails if items need to be addressed immediately.
We ask families to ensure their children are wearing the correct uniform. We are noticing a number of children wearing black socks and sneakers on incorrect days.
White socks are to be worn on Sports Days. Girls are to wear white socks with their summer dresses and boys are to wear grey socks with their summer shorts. Sneakers are to be worn on Sports Days only.
We will be taking the uniform policy to the School Advisory Committee for review. In this way, any changes can be shared with new families as they begin the 2022 school year.
We pray that everyone enjoys a lovely weekend. We look forward to a new week.
Anita and Staff
2021 SCHOOL TERM DATES
TERM 3 - Monday 12th July - Friday 17th September
TERM 4 - Monday 4th October - Thursday 17th December
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS
|Friday 17th December 2021||Student Free Day|
2022 SCHOOL TERM DATES
TERM 1 - Wednesday 2nd February - Friday 8th April (Testing Days Monday 31st January & Tuesday 1st February)
TERM 2 - Tuesday 26th April - Friday 24th June
TERM 3 - Monday 11th July - Friday 16th September
TERM 4 - Monday 3rd October - Tuesday 20th December
IMPORTANT DATES FOR BUSES
Buses will not run on the following days in 2022
Friday 28th and Monday 31st of January 2022
Friday 10th June 2022
Monday 11th July 2022
Friday 25th November 2022
School Photos 2021 – St. Thomas’ Catholic Primary School
Annual school photos including sibling photos will be taken at St. Thomas’ Catholic Primary School by Arthur Reed Photos on Thursday November 18th, 2021.
There is no need to return any forms or money to school.
Unique image codes will be issued to all students on/after photo day so families can register online to view images when they become available in the webshop.
Registration is simple, just follow the 3 simple steps on your child’s personalised flyer once you receive it and remember to add the codes for all your children attending this school.
Even if you registered last year, it’s important that you do again this year using your child’s 2021 image code to link their images for the current year with your contact details.
When images are ready to view and in the webshop, all parents who have registered will be notified by SMS and email.
Once registered, please wait for notification that 2021 images are online to view before making your purchase.
Harley Dyce& Pragyan Khadka
|Tom Duffield, Lila Kingston & Olli Finlay|
|Madison Ryan & George Winn|
|Grade 1MI||Jensen Schaeffer & Harvey McMillan|
|Mia Cutrupi & Madi Cook|
|Brooklyn George & Patrick Littlemore|
Tyler Harrison & Ari Dyce
Jack Jellis, Lily Monck, Larissa Kemp & Shelby Kell
Ollie Lucieer & Max Nikolajew
Victoria Adams & Nate Brady
Izabella Ramirez, Makayla Harrington & Ava Armstrong
|Hannah English & Baden Rim|
Matilda March & Shylah Coleman
Grade 6 Social Justice Team
Can Drive and A Better Life For Foster Kids
A reminder that this term the Grade 6s will be running two Social Justice activities. We hope that our school community will get behind us and support these two initiatives.
St Vinnies Can Drive
We are asking for donations of canned food that we will give to St Vinnies for people in need. Each class has a basket in their classrooms for donated food items. This will be running until the last week of school.
A Better Life for Foster Kids
We are also collecting donated items for ‘A Better Life for Foster Kids’. This is a Gippsland-based charity that supports children and carers in the out-of-home-care system. Some items that could be donated may include clothing, toiletries, baby supplies, activity books, blankets and toys.
The Grade 6 students will also collect these items up until the end of term.
A small selection of artworks from St Thomas' Primary School are currently on display at the Children's Gallery located at the Port of Sale. The Gallery Education staff selected works from a number of artworks St Thomas' provided. These will stay on display until November 28.
How exciting that these works are on display at the same time as the Archibald Prize Exhibition! Many people from all over the state will have the opportunity to see the wonderful work our talented St Thomas' children have produced.
Head down to the Gippsland Art Gallery and take a look. It's FREE! The display is inside the Library, near the childrens' book section. It can be seen from The Dock Cafe.