Dear Parents and Friends,
On Sunday 23 October, young people from our Parish will be confirmed by Bishop Terry Curtin. Besides those presenting for Confirmation, there are some students who are not Catholic who will present for a Blessing. These celebrations will take place at 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
Confirmation is an important sacrament and one that our young people enter into at a very appropriate time in their lives, as it is in this Sacrament that they make a commitment to live as followers of Christ..... to be people who live their faith in word and action. It is through our Baptism that we are anointed and clothed in Christ, which is again confirmed in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
As committed Christians, we are the hands of Christ – we are called to live the Gospel values, bringing hope and justice to those around us. We pray that those who are to be confirmed will be open to the Spirit of God given to them in this Sacrament and that throughout their lives, they will be sensitive to the needs of others, be strong and able to respond to these needs and through their words and actions, bring to others, the face of God.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Congratulations to all Candidates on the manner in which they have prepared for this Sacrament through the support of their parents and teachers. A special thank you goes to Amelia Morse, Sally Kerr, Corey Missen and Damian Gilmore for all their work with the students in their preparation for Confirmation.
Currently we have a number of inquiries for places in classes across the school. If your child will not be returning in 2017, it would be appreciated if you could put this in writing so that those wishing to obtain a place for next year can be accommodated.
If you feel there are any special considerations in relation to your child’s placement for next year, this should be put in writing to me by Friday 28 October. Please be aware that being with one’s best friend may not be the best learning choice for your child. Please do not request a particular teacher for your child and understand that teachers will make the final decisions as to the best placement for students.
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY
‘It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.’ – Albert Einstein
World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated in Australia on Friday 28 October. The day is an opportunity to acknowledge and thank teachers for their significant contribution to learning and to school communities. All of you would agree, I’m sure, that we are blessed at St. Mary’s to have such a committed and professional group of teachers. On behalf of all, I thank each of our teachers for the difference they make in each child’s life.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PRACTICE
We will be holding an Emergency Management Drill one day next week. Please make sure your child is aware that these drills are conducted to prepare should there ever be an emergency incident and that there is no need to be afraid when a Drill is called.
All students are now expected to wear hats when in the playground. Hats should be labelled with your child’s name and be at school each day.
Our next Working Bee will be held on Saturday 22 October. Now that Spring is upon us, this is a good opportunity to get our grounds in shape after the long, cold Winter. We would love to see you there, so please come along if you are able.
Once again I remind all parents who are collecting their children via the Drive through Pick up zones, that you are requested not to arrive at school prior to 3.30pm. If you do so, you must park in the William Street car park AND NOT FORM A QUEUE. This practice of queuing is extremely dangerous, especially when the queue extends out onto William Street.
Congratulations to Dempsey Mills who has been named as School Captain of Loyola College for 2017. Dempsey is a former student of St. Mary’s and was our School Captain when he was in Yr. 6. Well done Dempsey. We are proud to see that you have continued to commit yourself to your community.
Assembly will be held on Monday 17 October commencing at 2.40pm. All welcome.
Our next Open Classroom session will be held on Thursday 27 October commencing at 2.45pm. This has been a new initiative this year with the purpose being to provide an opportunity for parents to be engaged in their child’s learning and to be informed about current educational practices. Whilst participating in these sessions gives you a snap shot of how your child is going about their learning, it is not a time when the teacher is able to provide you with a progress report on their learning. I hope that those who have been able to attend have enjoyed these sessions and have found this opportunity valuable. Being a new initiative, we have now had time to reflect and evaluate its effectiveness. In doing so, we feel that:
These sessions are best when parents are able to participate in an activity with their child.
It is important that those present in the classroom are mindful of the need for an environment where children can concentrate and continue with their work.
That teachers are able to utilize this learning time effectively whilst welcoming you into their work space.
With this in mind, we believe that the opportunity provided each Term for you to come in and be with your child is very valuable. To ensure that these sessions continue to be effective, we ask that:
You do not arrive prior to 2.45pm so that the teacher can bring the children in after the break and settle them prior to visitors entering the room.
Visitors leave the classroom at 3.20pm so that final organizational matters can be attended to in an orderly manner.
All visitors participate in the activity and maintain a level of quietness so that children can concentrate on their learning whilst enjoying your presence.
The school will be closed on Monday 31 October. This has been designated as a Report Writing Day. The school will also be closed on Tuesday 1 November for the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.