Week 3, May 9th, 2022: Newsletter #13
Acknowledgement of Country
St. John’s school community respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.
Week 3 Prayer
From the Principal
Covid Cases: It would seem that the Covid cloud has surrounded our school which makes for some interesting times so we ask that families continue to test, follow guidelines and communicate with the school at all times with any questions or clarifications you may need.
Parent Teacher Interviews and 3 Way Conversations: Throughout this term, all homeroom teachers will have conversations with parents regarding their child’s learning. Rather than conduct these all on specific dates, parents should have received an email via PAM outlining available dates for you to meet with your child’s teacher. These conversations are important in building the relationship between home and school and assisting your child with their learning. If you have any questions regarding these interviews then I encourage you to speak with your child’s teacher.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN): This program assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance. NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. Our Gr 3 & 5 children will participate in these assessments this week- tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for around 1 hour each day.
Enjoy your week, Ben.
We have commenced advertising our 2023 Foundation Information Sessions which will take place on May 17th and May 24th. We are also now inviting families of our current students who have a Foundation child starting in 2023 to commence the enrolment process now, we anticipate a demand for places this year so we encourage you to complete this process as soon as possible. Enrolment forms can be collected from the office.
Existing school families are welcome to attend the Information Sessions.
Covid 19 Term 2 Updates
Face masks: From 11:59 pm Friday 22 April, facemasks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting. This means students in Grades 3 to 6, staff and visitors in primary schools are no longer required to wear facemasks. Any student or staff member who wishes to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk.
Rapid antigen test screening requirements: Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation. This was previously 8 weeks.
Household contacts: Students who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are not required to quarantine. They may return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times during their 7-day period. They are required to notify the school that they are a household contact. Students aged 8 years and above who are household contacts are required to wear face masks when indoors at school unless they have a valid exemption. If a student household contact returns a positive RAT result, they must isolate for 7 days.
Vaccination requirements for visitors to schools: Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
RAT screening program reminder: RATs will continue to be supplied for the first 4 weeks of Term 2 to support the early detection of COVID-19 in our school.The testing recommendations will remain the same this Term for students and staff recommended to test at home twice a week
Continuity of Learning: Our school community has been fortunate that we have not had significant staff numbers impacted by COVID such that we have continued to provide quality learning and teaching and student care. I remind families that this could change quickly and the school may be required to ask some classes or year levels to stay home if we do not have adequate staff numbers onsite. We hope that this is not the case, but if it does become a necessity, we will work hard to minimise any disruption.
Important School Reminders
1. Lunch order days are now TUESDAY and FRIDAY. Families can send their orders into school or take directly to the Dennington Store by 11.00am on a MONDAY for delivery TUESDAY and by 11.00am on THURSDAY for delivery FRIDAY.
2. Every Thursday Breakfast Club runs from 8:15am-8:40am in the Gathering Space. If anyone has connections to businesses that may support us by donating grocery items such as cereals we would love to hear from you. You can email Jasmine- firstname.lastname@example.org or make contact with her at school on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
3. Wednesday Treats resume this week. Order forms are due back by 3.00pm each Monday. No late orders will be accepted.
4. Parent Teacher Interviews and 3 Way Conversations: Parents should have received an email last week via PAM outlining available dates for you to meet with your child’s teacher. These conversations are important in building the relationship between home and school and assisting your child with their learning. If you have any questions regarding these interviews please speak with your child’s teacher.
4. School Fee Statements- will be sent out in week 5 of this term.
5. A reminder if you have a concession card that is current from the first day of Term 2, and you did not apply in Term 1 for the Camps, sports, excursion fund (CSEF) please complete the application form below. This will allow you to recieve a discount on your school fees. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 5562 5362.
Bea in Foundation has recently become the proud big sister of Theodore! Congratulations on the gorgeous new addition to your family.
Jump Rope for Heart
Wednesday 18th May
Annual School Photos will be taken by Arthur Reed on Wednesday 18th May. ALL students are to come to school dressed in their sports uniforms. Individual, class and sibling photos for all students will be taken.
There is no need to return any forms or money to school.
A flyer containing a unique image code will be issued to all students on photo day so families can register online to view images when they become available in the webshop. When images are ready to view and in the webshop, all parents who have registered will be notified by SMS and email.
Cross Country Carnival
Well done to all of the students who particiapated in our school's Cross Country on Wednesday under trying conditions! Whilst we got a little wet, the day was a huge success!
Happy Birthday to Sam Stuart, Pippa Campbell, Stella Crothers and Chloe Kermeen who celebrate their birthdays this week. Many happy returns, enjoy your speical day!
Parents and Friends News
Parents and Friends Social Group
Our next meeting will be held Monday 23rd May at 7.30pm in the Gathering space. Come along and have your say of fundraising ideas and upcoming events.
If you would like to attend but can’t be there in person please email email@example.com and we can send you a link to join us via google meet. We welcome you to join and listen in on upcoming dates even if you think you may not have anything to contribute.
Dennington Day Out
The next meeting will be held Wednesday 1st June at 7.30pm in the Gathering Space. If you know of a business that would love to make donations toward the day please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage all parents to LIKE our facebook page ‘Dennington Day Out’ and when you see a new post share it to your page so that the wider community can hear of our upcoming celebrations.
Order forms are due back by 3.00pm each Monday. Late orders will not be accepted.
This Wednesday- 11th May: Pizza
Tuesday 10th May 9.00am Volunteers: Lacey B, Emily Mc, Nicole R and Tess M.
Wednesday 11th May 12noon Volunteers: Olivia G, Kelly S and Abby E.
Wednesday 18th May: Hot Dogs
Tuesday 17th May 9.00am Volunteers: Lacey B, Emily Mc, Louise L and Elyse S.
Wednesday 18th May 11.30am Volunteers: Olivia G, Monica P and Julia T
SAVE THE DATE: Friday 3rd June
Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered to help on the night. We are still looking for a few more parents to help with the second shift 8.00pm-9.30pm (Year 3-6). Please click the link below if you are able to help supervise on the night.
If you have anything to offer for the night or would like to be involved in the planning process please get in contact with the committee by emailing email@example.com
The following families are rostered on this Friday.
Eccles, Brown (Stella), Purcell and Faulkner.
All students will be able to buy a raffle ticket for 20c each Friday. Grade 5/6 students will come around to the classrooms during the day to write out tickets and collect money.
All funds raised throughout the year will be donated to the Good Friday Appeal the following year. If assembly is cancelled on your rostered week you will not be required to bring in a cake/slice.
A big thank you to Fry Painting, Brownies Shed and South West Pipe Relining who support our school!
Would you like to advertise your business in our school newsletter? Businesses can advertise for only $100 a year and will have a business card sized listing in every school newsletter.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Diocesan Community
Please click here to read the April 2022 edition of “Our Diocesan Community”
Star of the Sea Bulletin
Wednesday 18th May: School Photos
Monday 23rd May: P & F Social Group Meeting- 7.30pm in the Gathering Space
Wednesday 1st June: Dennington Day Out Meeting- 7.30pm in the Gathering Space
Friday 3rd June: Student Disco