Dear Parent, Guardians and Carers,
An important part of being a parent is helping children learn to deal with disappointments and difficulties. We can help our children learn to cope emotionally with uncomfortable feelings by being there and listening to them. We can acknowledge that sometimes life is challenging or unfair but that we can learn to cope with this. Helping our children recognise emotions and deal with them, without being crushed by them, teaches our children emotional resilience.
All school staff aspire towards providing an environment where the best interests of the child are held paramount. While teachers may not have the same attachment to a child that a parent does, the majority of school staff care personally for the children in the school.
We are starting the process of planning for the 2022 school year. If parents have a genuine reason for class placement requests for next year, could you please email them through to email@example.com by Wednesday 13th October. An enormous amount of time and effort is put into the creation of class lists and many factors are taken into consideration by the staff. A written request will be considered on its merits but is not a guarantee. Who is teaching which grade has not yet been decided so please do not request certain teachers.
At St Michael’s we work on a whole school approach to class planning and are blessed to have a committed teaching staff who collaborate to give the very best learning opportunities to all students in our care. Please be aware that a request has to be made for this current year, we will not be referring to requests made 12 months ago as circumstances change.
If your family situation is changing, we would also appreciate you letting the Office know. An accurate indication of student numbers assists us enormously in our planning for 2022. We have a waiting list for some grades and if we know you are leaving we can offer them your spot.
Return to School Foundation, One and Two
Today the Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the lockdown for the Latrobe City LGA has been lifted. This means that starting from tomorrow Wednesday 6th October grade Foundation, One and Two will be able to return to onsite learning. We look forward to welcoming them back tomorrow.
For children in grades Three to Six remote learning will continue each day for the rest of this week. Next week there will be staggered days for grades Three to Six. From the 26th October all grades will be onsite. If you are an essential worker or meet the criteria for onsite supervision as previously defined you will need to fill in the below form ASAP. Forms for the following fortnight will be sent out each week.
Please contact Maria Churton, School Finance Administration Officer via email,office@stmtraralgon.
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. Awards will be presented to students on Friday in their classrooms.
In Week 10 the School Wide Expectation focus was Resilience:
I view mistakes as a learning opportunity.
I persist through challenges and difficulties in my learning.
The award winners for Week 10 are:
|Christopher Di Sisto||Oscar Hill||Kaiden Garth|
|Charlotte Hughes||Theo Moretti||Corey Moore|
|Amaya Freshwater||Tessa Jennings||Brock McInnes|
|Keeley Brown||Mila Campbell|
In the gospel this week, Jesus used children - the most dependent of human beings - to model the trust and love that should mark our personal relationship with God. There is a gift of primacy of love in human life. As a result of this God-given gift, we form friendships and families, and nurture life in our children. God’s own love for us is mirrored in the enduring love of husband and wife and in the care given to our children. Jesus loved to spend time with the children; he enjoyed their laughter, talking to them and listening to what they had to say. There were times when Jesus was tired and the disciples tried to send the children away but Jesus found energy in listening to them. As adults, we are the same, our lives are busy, our days are full and we are tired. Take time to slow down, spend time with our children and find energy in the love that God gifted to us. Our families truly are the greatest gift that God has given us.
Christmas Card Design Competition
The Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Office has announced a Christmas Card Competition open for all students who would like to participate and the winning designs will be used for publicity purposes.
Theme: the cards are to be based on the following scripture quote
“...they saw the child with Mary his mother;
and they knelt down and paid him homage.
Then, opening their treasure chests they offered him gifts
of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Mt 2:11)
- Only religious images are to be used, not Santa, Christmas trees or presents
- The artwork must not be decorated with such things as leaves, cotton wool, sparkles etc
- There are to be no words used in the design
- The artwork must be completed on the Entry Form
The entry form will be available for your child to download on Google Classroom. If they are attending school they are able to collect an entry form from their class teacher or from Mrs Rickwood. For all enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due Date: all entries must be handed to Mrs Rickwood by Tuesday 19th October at the latest.
Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
|Joel Wilson||Amelie Harper||Matthew Xiao|
|Oliver Wilson||Harvey Di Dio||Rocco Moretti|
|Lucy Graham||Thomas Webber||Summer Moretti|
|Layla Graham||Pranav Pasupuleti||Raymond Xiao|
|Sophie Clegg||Jakob Engley||Charlotte Hughes|
|Ruby Lawn||Solomon Konyi||Evie Wyers|
|Sarah Franklin||Nand Patel||Hannah Rochstad-Lim|
|Clementine Reid||Ruby Roscoe||Hugo Macpherson|
|Olivia Wisewould||Aethon Mankombil||Sibella Macpherson|
|Chad Di Dio||Mason Athanasiadis||Theo Moretti|
|Isla Di Dio||Jack Webber||Leopold Notting|
|Darcy Hourigan||Emily Lawn||Adele Calabro|
|Eli Brady||Matilda Fenech||William Calabro|
|Eden Zammit||Theo Greenhill||Jonah Joseph|
|Aoife Doherty||Kahil Hughes||Kennedy Ochieng|
|Aine Doherty||Javier Borg||Rose Calabro|
|Olivia Uren||Harper Rode||Candice Bramwell|
|Eden Stewart||Imogen Rouget||Bethany Ritchie|