Socktober

Mission Month - Socktober

October is Mission Month where we raise money to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children in poverty around the world. On Friday, children wore different socks and donated a gold coin donation towards this cause grade 3/4 children will do this on another day. They played soccer and games with balls made out of old socks taped together, just like the children in the poorer countries. They did a great job to kick goals for kids in need. Please consider sending in any loose change to school for the Mission boxes. Many thanks

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Covid Positive Case

The school is currently closed for Monday the 18th October whilst we work with Barwon Health to support them in the collection of information regarding the positive case in Grade 1.

Testing time will be commencing at 0930am at the Leura oval Monday 18th October, 2021.

The PHU has provided some information:

 At this stage exposure is limited to Wednesday October  13th, 8.30am - 3.15pm, with Tier 1 of all children in Grade 1  and staff working in Grade 1.  Everyone else is likely to be unaffected.

We have been advised that only the close contact needs to be tested.  You will be contacted by the relevant authorities.

If you live in the Timboon area you can be tested by appointment only.  

If you are taking your child to be tested please complete the registration form before attending the site, follow the link below.

For more information and advice.

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/what-to-do-if-you-have-been-exposed-to-covid-19


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Foundation 2022

The Foundation 2022 interviews that were to be on October 25 & 26 have unfortunately been postponed until November 24 & 26.  We have contacted parents involved and they will need to rebook their interview time. This is available now through PAM.

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Class Lists for 2022

While there are still many decisions to be confirmed about classes for 2022, class list preparations will begin over the coming weeks. If parents have a special need, this must be put in writing and sent into Annie by letter or email to principal@spcamperdown.catholic.edu.au.

Your views will be treated with the strictest confidence, but must concern important issues - not preference for a particular teacher. Please understand that parental views will be taken into consideration when preparing the class lists, however staff decisions which are based on the interests of all children and the need for well-balanced classes will take precedence.

Just to clarify the position of siblings in the same grade - our position is that brothers & sisters won’t be in the same room unless requested. If you would like your children in together, you will need to write requesting this. Some parents may have talked with me previously about classes for 2022, so I reiterate what I said at the time that I need these in writing please.

It would be greatly appreciated if these can be in by the end of October please. 

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Friday 12th of November pupil free day

Due to COVID interruptions, we have had a lot of issues trying to get our pupil free day for RE completed this year. We have decided to postpone the RE since we cannot do this face to face and staff will complete their First Aid update module on this day. 

This means there will be no school for students on this day. 

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Positive Partnerships

Positive Partnerships have a number of FREE upcoming webinars for school staff and families. These topics may be of interest as schools and families plan for students to return to school.

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Uniform

We still have very sporadic weather at the moment so children may choose summer or winter uniform depending on the weather. 

We will need hats this term so please track them down, clean them up and send them to school for all the warm weather which is coming our way!

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Term 4

Restrictions not withstanding, we hope that the following activities can go ahead.

Grade 3 camp: December 13 & 14 to Camp Cooriemungle.

Grade 6 camp: December 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th to Halls Gap. 

Grade 5/6 excursions: Booked November 19th to Ballarat.

Foundation, Gr 1 and G2 swimming:  Commencing November 22.

Arts Night: Virtual Wednesday November 10th. 

Bike Ed: Still hopeful in mid November (TBC).

Fun Day: November 1st from 11.30.

Grade 1 & 2 excursions: Friday 10th December.

Staff RE PD: Friday 12th November (No school for students). 



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School Learning Update

We are in for a busy week with lots happening at school for when we can open up:

  • Thursday October 21st - Foundation, Grades 2, 5 and 6 will return to onsite learning.
  • Friday October 22nd – Foundation, Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 children to onsite learning. 
  • However, Grade 1 students will need to remain at home until advised by DHHS that they can return to onsite learning.

School supervision:

  • It has been decided in consultation with CECV that there will be no Supervised Learning offered this week.

Face masks

Face masks are now required for students in years 3-6, only when indoors on school premises, unless an exception applies. 

Exceptions for all year levels include:

  • Students with a physical or mental disability are not required to wear a face mask where their disability means it would not be suitable.

Other Info

  • The schoolzine app, WEB page & emails are our main form of communication. If you haven't been receiving any emails, please contact the school to double check your email address. 
  • We are still restricting non essential staff coming into the school.
  • Please keep children home if they are not well.
  • Extra ventilation in encouraged in the classrooms by windows and doors being left open and we will be trying to get outside more as the weather gets better. 
  • Ensuring we are moving away quickly after school pickups. Church pickup is back as an option for pick up now the F/1/2's are back on site.
  • Maintaining COVID rules & cleaning regimes.
  • If a computer is required by any grade 3-6 students, can you fill in a form to request please.  These are ready to be picked up from the school.



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School Wide Positive Behaviours Systems (SWPBS)

This week we will be looking to use equipment appropriately. This means bringing play equipment back inside after the bell goes. It also means using all equipment how it is supppsed to be used both inside and out and at home and at school. 

Many thanks to everyone for all your help. 

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Students of the Week

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Birthdays

From St Patrick's 

To the following students that celebrate their birthdays this week 

18/10/21  Monday - Kayla Loving

19/10/2021  Tuesday - Maise Molan, Nathan Ryan, Piper Stephens

20/10/21 Wednesday - 

21/10/21 Thursday -

22/10/21 Friday - Gus Fryers

23/10/21 Saturday - 





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Catholic School Culture

Toy Drive Postponed

Last term’s Toy Drive was missed due to remote learning so we are hoping to get the chance to do this next year. Many thanks to the Mini Vinnies children who have been amazing volunteers this year carrying out the Food Drive and the Winter Appeal. Thank-you for your enthusiasm and dedication to helping others, Daisy Bennett, Daisy Courtney, Ava Lafferty, Jake Lenssen, Madison Lucas, Meg Nolan, Will Ryan, Olive Wills, Alexis Dickson, Zoe Roberts & Bonnie Van den Berghe.

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From the Principal

Hello to everyone,

Well, what a start to our week!

We have been advised by DHHS, Barwon Health and CECV that due to the need to minimise any further spread of the virus in our school community, whilst also waiting for staff test results to come back, the school will be closed until Thursday Oct 21.

  • Thursday October 21st - Foundation, Grades 2, 5 and 6 will return to onsite learning.
  • Friday October 22nd – Foundation, Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 children to onsite learning. 
  • However, Grade 1 students will need to remain at home until advised by DHHS that they can return to onsite learning.
  • It has been decided in consultation with CECV that there will be no Supervised Learning offered this week.

We thank you for support, patience and understanding whilst we work through the process of keeping our community safe.

When school does return, students in Years 3 to Year 6 are to wear face masks when indoors and on school premises, unless an exception applies.

Stay safe 

Annie


Assembly this week will once again be out on Facebook by Friday afternoon

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Class Lists for 2022

While there are still many decisions to be confirmed about classes for 2022, class list preparations will begin over the coming weeks. If parents have a special need, this must be put to me in writing and sent into Annie by letter or email to principal@spcamperdown.catholic.edu.au.

Your views will be treated with the strictest confidence, but must concern important issues - not preference for a particular teacher. Please understand that parental views will be taken into consideration when preparing the class lists, however staff decisions which are based on the interests of all children and the need for well-balanced classes will take precedence.

Just to clarify the position of siblings in the same grade - our position is that brothers & sisters won’t be in the same room unless requested. If you would like your children in together, you will need to write requesting this. Some parents may have talked with me previously about classes for 2022, so I reiterate what I said at the time that I need these in writing please.

It would be greatly appreciated if these can be in by the end of October please. 

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Friday 12th of November pupil free day

Due to COVID interruptions, we have had a lot of issues trying to get our pupil free day for RE completed this year. We have decided to postpone the RE since we cannot do this face to face and staff will complete their First Aid update module on this day. 

This means there will be no school for students on this day. 

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Mick M on LSL

As my letter stated last week, I am away on LSL, with Tuesday being my last day before going on leave.  

In my absence: Annie will be Acting Principal

Mel acting Vice Principal

Tracy Hickey: REL & Exec Leadership 

Many thanks to Annie, Mel & Tracy for stepping up for the remainder of the year, I am very grateful. 

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Prayer Reflection


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Positive Partnerships

Positive Partnerships have a number of FREE upcoming webinars for school staff and families. These topics may be of interest as schools and families plan for students to return to school.

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