Week 9, September 5th, 2022: Newsletter #27
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 9 Prayer
From the Principal
Prayer and Scripture Closure Day: This Thursday there are no classes for students as staff join with other catholic school staffs to participate in professional development related to the use of contemporary prayer and scripture. Our thanks to our families for their support of this day.
2023 Trainee Positions: We have advertised for our 2023 Trainees, these positions have been advertised via Emmanuel College, this newsletter and via our Facebook page. If you have a child or are aware of a child interested in a traineeship then I encourage them to investigate this option further.
Book Week Celebrations: We look forward to our Book Week celebrations this week. On Tuesday we have Andrea Rowe visiting our students, Andrea is an award winning author and we are excited to welcome her. On Friday we look forward to the parade, this will be held in the Stadium and family members are welcome to attend. Following the parade, children will be participating in activities that focus on CBCA Shortlisted books.
2023 Planning: As we are starting to look towards and prepare for 2023 we are looking for information from any families that know, or think, they may be relocating and won't be attending St. John's Primary School next year. If this is your family can you please principal Ben van de Camp on email@example.com outlining the dates you may be moving and where you are moving to.
Enjoy your week, Ben.
St. John's SAC & Child Safety Standards
Our SAC met last Tuesday with the meeting focusing heavily on the new child safety standards and associated DOBCEL policies, members read through these policies and this week they will be uploaded onto our website and knowledge bases for families to be able to view. Our challenge now is to ensure that our daily practices align with the policies. Over our next few meetings we will conduct this analysis.
School Uniform Supply
As has been previously advised, we will be transferring our uniform shop form our school to a 3rd party provider in Lowes. We expect that Lowes will fully stock our uniform range in the middle of term 4.
With the transfer approaching, we will not be ordering any additional items to stock at school and therefore, supplies of school items are starting to run low. If you are chasing any particular items then we encourage you to contact the school or the Uniform Coordinator Shannon Warburton as soon as convenient. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Father's Day Breakfast- RSVP Closes Friday Sep 9th!
Our breakfast celebrating the fathers and father figures of our school is back on Wednesday September 14th from 7:00am - 08:30am in the Stadium.
For catering purposes we ask that you RSVP by completing the form linked linked here; https://forms.gle/7NVpWEsSS4BVr1REA
Please ensure that you RSVP no later than Friday Sep 9th to allow us enough time to order supplies.
Hats & SunSmart Practices
As part of our SunSmart practices we require that all children and staff wear hats whilst outside in term 4. I ask that families start preparing for this by ensuring that your child has a school bucket hat and that it is also clearly named. Can you also ensure that your child knows where their name is.
No Hat = No Play
Children without hats will have to stay in an undercover area during 1st and 2nd lunch. We do NOT have a grace period, hats must be word from day 1 of term 4.
Parents are also advised to keep an eye on daily UV ratings and apply sunscreen before school if required. Students are encouraged to bring their own sunscreen to school to reapply throughout the day. Our school will have sunscreen for children to use if needed. If your child has an allergy to sunscreen please let the office know by emailing email@example.com Plesae also update in their Medical Profile in PAM.
Covid 19 Term 3 Updates
We are currently seeing increasing numbers of covid positive cases in our Foundation and Grade 3/4 areas. Symptoms are being reported back as mild and some children are complaining of stomach pain. If your child is displaying any symptoms, however minor they may seem, we encourage you to test them.
Rapid Antigen Testing: RAT's will be provided to students and staff for the remainder of the school year. On a semi regular basis, students will be provided with RAT's but if at any stage you require additional kits, please contact the office.
Rapid antigen test screening requirements: Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 4 weeks after their release from isolation. Please note that this time frame has recently reduced from 12 weeks to 4 weeks.
Vaccination Mandate: The new COVID regulations have lifted the mandate for all employees and volunteers to be vaccinated. This means there will be no requirement for adults entering the school to declare their vaccination status.
Transport: Parents/carers who are positive cases are able to leave isolation if other arrangements cannot be made to transport someone they live with to and/or from school.
The person leaving self-isolation must travel directly to and from the location, making no stops, unless there is an emergency or as required by law.
They must remain in the vehicle at all times, unless it is reasonably necessary to leave the vehicle to deliver the person to and from school. They must wear a face covering at all times while transporting and delivering the child.
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 facemasks 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. From Friday 9th September, the isolation period will reduce to 5 days.
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. Wednesday Treats- please ensure orders are returned by 3.25pm every Monday. Orders can be paid with correct money or by direct deposit (bank details are on the forms). No late orders will be accepted.
2. A reminder that the loops are to be used for quick drop off and pick up. If your child requires help with their seatbelt etc please use the car parks to keep the loop moving at a steady pace.
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 why they are absent. This is a government requirement.
4. This Thursday 8th September is a School Closure Day. No students at school as staff will be participating in Professional Development.
In 2013, the Victorian Parliament held an inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations, resulting in the Betrayal of Trust Report. As a result, the Victorian Government phased in Child Safe Standards for organisations that work with children, including schools. All schools were mandated to adopt and enact these policies by law. We at St. John’s developed and implemented the 7 mandated standards as a result.
St. John’s Primary School is committed to child safety and to our children being principled, caring, balanced members of our community. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of our children and have zero tolerance of child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. The school is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks and all staff undertake Mandatory Reporting training. Anyone onsite must abide by our Child Safe Policy and carry a valid Working with Children Check.
We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers, and are committed to the cultural safety of children from diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
As of the 1st of July, all schools must comply with the Victorian Government’s new Child Safe Standards There are now 11 standards.
All school policies relating to the new Child Safe standards have been reviewed and updated in accordance with the Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited (DOBCEL) guidelines. These are to be presented to the School Board at our next meeting.
Once these policies have been viewed by the School Advisory Council, we will inform families through the newsletter, and they will be available on our website
More information regarding the Child Safe Standards will also be provided through the newsletter in Term 4.
All staff will be inducted in the new policies.
Children will also be made aware of all 11 safety policies with child friendly explanations developed and presented via our school leaders.
If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please email the school.
In the meantime you click here to read further information from the Commission for Children and Young People website
Click here to watch a video on the changes.
School Working Bee
Over the next term and a half, we plan to host three working bees. The first of these will be held on Sunday September 11th beginning at 9.00am and concluding at 11.00am. The aim for this working bee is to complete the Indigenous Garden and prepare the Vegie Garden for our spring planting.
If you are planning to attend the working bee can you please complete the Google Form linked here; https://forms.gle/tkY5VWQmRbeF3oeD9
Grade 5/6 Hooptime
Last Friday 8 girls and 8 boys from the Senior Area competed at The Arc in the District level Hooptime competition. All 16 that competed had a wonderful day and showed great sportspersonship throughout all their games. Both the boys and girls were able to win their grand finals and will move through to the next level that will take place early next term. A big thank you to four of our ex students that helped out on the day they were Lola McCarthy, Hannah McIntyre, Sully Harris and Mason Osborne.
A big Happy Birthday to the following students who celebrate their birthday this week!! Aiden Mc, Tilda C, Maddi H, Aggi K, Riley F, Sophie R, Riki S, Teddy H and Ollie H.
We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends!
Family Maths Night
We are excited to be welcoming families into school for our Family Maths Night. These nights are always good fun, quite relaxed and help us see that Maths is everywhere. We will be learning all about Maths, STEM and skills needed for the future. This will be a night not to be missed!
Traineeships - 2023
Parents and Friends Social Group News
Parents & Friends Social Group Meeting
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th October at 7.30pm in the Gathering Space. We will be planning our end of year social night and would love your input.
To RSVP please comment on the meeting post on the parent Community Facebook page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Major Raffle- Help Needed
We are in need of people to help put together our raffle tickets to be sent home next Monday. We need people to collate tickets into bundles and then assign then to families. We are hopeful that this group could gather at a time that suits this Friday. If you are available please contact Ben via email on email@example.com or via phone on 5562 5362.
Dennington Day Out Meeting
The next meeting will be held THIS Wednesday 7th September at 7.00pm in the Gathering Space.
Orders must be placed no later than 3.25pm Monday. All order forms are to be filled out by parents with the correct money either included or paid into the bank account with details on the forms. EFT payments must be made prior to 3.00pm each monday in order for funds to clear. No late orders or payments will be accepted.
Wednesday 7th September: PIZZA
Tuesday 6th September: Emily M, Louise L, Edie H and Tanya M
Wednesday 7th September: Nicole R, Kate C and Melanie K
The following families are rostered on this Friday:
Tuck-Alsopp, Mitchell, Messina, Mjeda and Bell.
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.
A big thank you to Fry Painting, Brownies Shed, South West Pipe Relining and gforce employment & recruitment 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.
Star of the Sea Bulletin
Sunday Mass is held at 10.00am at St. Pius X Church. School families are always welcome.
The Parish office can be contacted on 5562 2231 and this weekends bulletin is featured below. Other information and contact details can be found on the Star of the Sea South West Coast website: https://www.ballarat.catholic.org.au/parish/southwestcoast/
Wednesday 7th September: DDO committee meeting 7.00pm in the Gathering Space
Thursday 8th September: Staff Professional Development - School Closure Day
Friday 9th September: Book Week Dress Up & Parade
Sunday September 11th: Working Bee
Wednesday September 14th: Father's Day breakfast 7.00am - 8.30am in the Stadium
Friday September 16th: Term 3 concludes at 2.30pm
Monday October 3rd: Term 4 commences
Wednesday October 5th: Family Maths Night 6.30pm in the Shared Space
Wednesday October 12th: Parents and Friends Social Group Meeting 7.30pm in the Gathering Space