Week 8, June 14th, 2022: Newsletter #18
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 8 Prayer
From the Principal
Greetings everyone and welcome to this short week of schooling,
School Closure Day: A reminder that Wednesday June 15th is a School Closure Day. This is a pupil free day. On this day staff will be at school undertaking professional development on problem solving facilitated by Peter Sullivan.
School Website: As part of our transfer over to the Schoolzine platform, we have developed a new website which can be accessed at www.sjdennington.catholic.edu.au We would love you to check it out and provide us with some feedback.
Our thanks to Julie Bartlett who has done a great deal of work on this project.
Rapid Antigen Test Regime Update: The state government have provided our school with advice regarding changes to the provision of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) in our school for the remainder of Term 2.
RATs will continue to be distributed to you as they have been throughout this school year for the remainder of this term however, from Monday 23 May 2022, we do not recommend that your child complete a RAT twice a week as previously advised. RATs however will continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (5 negative tests over a 7-day period) or who have symptoms.
Enjoy your week, Ben.
We are inviting families of students who have a Foundation child starting in 2023 to complete an enrolment form as soon as possible and drop it into the office, we currently have a high demand for places this year. Enrolment forms can be collected from the office.
Covid 19 Term 2 Updates
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.
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.
RAT screening program reminder: RATs will continue to be supplied for the entirety of Term 2 to support the early detection of COVID-19 in our school.
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. Every Thursday Breakfast Club runs from 8:15am-8:40am in the Gathering Space. In Term 3, Breakfast Club will move to a Tuesday morning. It will commence in week 2.
2. Wednesday Treats have concluded for Term 2 due to the School Closure Day on Wednesday 15th June and St John's Feast Day on Wedensday 22nd June.
3. Student Absences: Can all parents and guardians please remember that if a child is absent then we require you to contact the school via schoolzine, PAM, or phone to notify us as to whay they are absent. This is a government requirement.
4. School Closure Day: A reminder that this Wednesday 15th June is a School Closure Day. Staff will be participting in Professional Development Training on this day. There is also a School Closure Day on the first Monday after the holidays therefore Term 3 will commence on Tuesday 12th July.
5. School Catch up Photos: Students absent on photo day will have the opportunity to have their individual photos taken this Thursday 16th June. These students are to come to school dressed in their sports uniforms. Unique codes for ordering will be given out on this day.
Happy Birthday to Elsie F and Alex T who celebrate their birthday this week. Enjoy your special day!
Parents and Friends Social Group News
Parents & Friends Social Group Meeting
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 22nd June 7.00pm at The Cally. Come along for a short meeting and catch up with other parents.
Dennington Day Out Meeting
The next meeting will be held the first week of Term 3, July 13th at 7.30pm in the Gathering Space.
Nearing the end of the financial year is the perfect time for a business to become a sponsor of DDO. If you would like to nominate your employer or business then either email firstname.lastname@example.org or send the DDO facebook page a message. We are gearing towards making this year the biggest yet for our 10th Birthday.
Gold Sponsor $500 Silver Sponsor $250 Bronze Sponsor $100
For details on the packages head to the FaceBook page ‘Dennington’s Day Out’
Wednesday Treats have concluded for Term 2 due to the school closure day on Wednesday 15th June and St. John's Feast Day on Wedensday 22nd June. Keep an eye out for a note requesting volunteers for Term 3 Wednesday Treats. Please complete and return to the office before Wednesday 22nd June.
All pie drive order forms are due back THIS Thursday by 3.25pm. Money can be paid by bank transfer or cash by this time.
Collection will be from Dennington Bakehouse from 3.00pm Friday 24th June and 8.00pm Sunday 26th June.
The following families are rostered on this Friday.
Sciascia, Harris and Speed.
All students will be able to buy a raffle ticket for 20c each Friday. The Johnnies 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 email@example.com for more information.
Star of the Sea Bulletin
Wednesday 15th June: School Closure Day
Thursday 16th June: School Photos Catch up Day - Individual Photos only
Monday 20th June: Academic Reports released on PAM
Wednesday 22nd June: Parents and Friends Social Group 7.00pm- The Cally
Friday 24th June: Term 2 Concludes at 2.30pm
Monday 11th July: School Closure Day
Tuesday 12th July: Term 2 Commences at 8.50am
Wednesday 13th July: Dennington Day Out Meeting at 7.30pm - Gathering Space