Principal's Message ~ 20th November

Dear families,

As we eagerly await this weekend’s announcements from the Premier, I hope you are managing to enjoy some of our newly found freedoms.

 
Revised fee statements are ready for distribution.  Please look out for an envelope in your child’s bag next week. If you prefer to have your statement emailed, please contact Katrina on
kchavarria@smaltona.catholic.edu.au . As previously mentioned, we have removed all other levies besides family fees and curriculum levies. While this year certainly looked different, our teachers worked harder than ever to try and offer the best in difficult circumstances and the cost of running the school has not actually reduced. In fact, our cleaning budget alone has close to tripled!  It is imperative that any outstanding fees and levies are paid before the end of the year, unless another arrangement has been reached by consultation. We are able to offer payment plans for families and of course, holders of Health Care Cards also qualify for further governmental reductions, so if you find yourself in genuine financial hardship, please contact me at principal@smaltona.catholc.edu.au.  In case you missed the announcement earlier this term, fees and levies will remain the same price for the 2021 school year.


We have much staff news to share:  

  • Mrs Stefanie Harvey has accepted a Deputy Principal position at Corpus Christi, Werribee. She is well and truly ready to take on this next exciting role in her career.  Stefanie’s leadership and presence will certainly be missed around the school. I know the students will miss her calm approach in the classroom.
  • Mr Tim Lappin has accepted a position in Drouin next year. Tim and his family are in the process of building a new home in the area and it will be a far easier commute to work for him once the home is ready. I know the children will miss him as his lessons are always enjoyed by all.
  • Mrs Mirjana Sawyer has accepted a Learning Support position in Hoppers Crossing. I know she has been an amazing support to the students entrusted to her. She knows our students so well and our staff will miss her dedication and efficiency.  Mirjana was also a much appreciated key staff member onsite everyday throughout the remote learning in Term 3.

I know you will join me in offering our congratulations and best wishes to Stefanie, Tim and Mirjana.  We have a big job on our hands filling their shoes in 2021.



Enjoy this wonderful weather, keep on keeping safe.


Sonia