Sixty years ago St Michael's School was saddened by the news of a tragic School Bus accident that affected the Traralgon community. A school bus taking the country students from the Catholic Schools and Grey Street PS to the High School to transfer to their home buses, was involved in an accident with a Train at the Liddiard Road crossing. Consequently, 6 students and the bus driver lost their lives. Many more students were injured and spent time in hospital. The accident brought the whole town together including shutting down the local businesses for a day out of respect. Soon after the accident, their combined funeral service was presided over by Bishop Lyons at St Michael's. After the Mass the students of St Michael's and Kildare formed a guard of honour outside the Church whilst the St Paul's boys lined Grey Street as the 400 car procession made its way to the cemetery. Five students are buried in a communal grave near one of the Catholic Sections at the Traralgon Cemetery, whilst the sixth student is buried at Cowwarr. The bus driver was William Todd, aged 35 of Traralgon, and his grave is nearby at Traralgon Cemetery.
The grave at the Cemetery was refurbished in 2002 and has again been refurbished and a new memorial attached. It will be unveiled and blessed on the 60th Anniversary of the accident.
Traralgon Cemetery Trust are inviting families and community members to join them on Sunday 22nd March 2020 at 2:00pm at Gippsland Memorial Park at the refurbished grave, which will be blessed by Fr Francis followed by a gathering in the Oak Room for afternoon tea.
Please contact the Cemetery office on 5174 9071 for catering purposes.
Bushies Bakery Bunraiser
We once again had a fantastic response to the Bushies Bunraiser this year. Thank you to everyone for your support. The eagerly awaited Hot Cross Buns arrive next Wednesday the 18th of March, collection will be from the school hall between 2:45 and 3:30pm.
With that in mind, here is some important information:
- Your order will not be handed out to your child in class, orders must be collected from the hall.
- If you send your child to the hall to collect your order, consider the size and weight of your order. If you have a large order, it may be too heavy for your child to manage, and you may end up with squashed hot cross buns!
- A last-minute reminder will also be sent out on the app Wednesday morning. We don’t have the storage space to hold your orders, so please make sure to organise someone else to collect your goodies if you can’t make it yourself.
Bunnings BBQ and Cake Stall
St Michael’s is hosting the Bunnings BBQ on Sunday the 22nd of March and all proceeds from the day go directly to the school. This is an excellent opportunity to raise funds for our school and for the day to be a success we need people to help bake, cook or serve. Notes have gone home with all the relevant information, if you can help out on the day, please fill out the forms and return them to the office by tomorrow, Wednesday the 11th of March.
Lunch Order Day
The next lunch order day is on Friday the 20th of March. Please review the new Lunch Order Day information note distributed before purchasing on CDFPay.
Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting
The St Michael’s Parents and Friends Association meet monthly to coordinate fundraising activities and social gatherings like the Walkathon, Disco, Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls and social nights. It is an important part of the school as it generates much needed funds for the school.
We really need more parent help to keep the committee going. Your consideration of taking on a position in the P&F Association, being a general member, or someone who helps out when needed would be greatly appreciated. Some roles will be vacated at the AGM and it is vital that passionate people fill them.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday the 20th of March at 9:00am in the staff room, all are welcome, so please come and join us for a cuppa.
Sunday 8th March
In the Gospel this weekend the story of the transfiguration of Jesus is told. God reveals to the disciples that Jesus is his son. God loves him, and we should listen to him.
In order to help the children understand this phenomenon, it was compared to a coming attraction or preview of what salvation would be like. Ask your child to describe the event.
Each week students from each class are awarded Student of the Week certificates. These children are nominated for the example they have been within the school based on the School Wide Expectation focus for that week. The weekly focus will be from Wednesday until Tuesday the following week. Parents will be notified if their child is to be presented with an award at Assembly on Friday afternooon. There was no student of the week last week due to the School Closure day last Friday.
1 + 2 + 4 + 2 = 9 (Goals scored in the first four games)
3 + 1 + 0 + 2 = 6 (Goals conceded in the first four games)
12 – 9 = 3 (Goals scored in the last game)
7 – 6 = 1 (Goals conceded in the last game)
The red team won the last game. The score was 3-1.
School Library – Book Covering
Each year parents are asked if they would be interested in assisting with book covering. When we purchase new library or class reading books, small numbers (12 to 18) are sent home with your child or picked up from the school, with contact and tape for covering. If you would like to remain on the list or be added to the Book Covering List, please fill in the form below and return it to the office or email Debbie firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.