St. Mary's eNews

Term 4 Week 1

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Principal's Message 8 October 2021

Dear families,

I trust the children have had a great break and enjoyed a little more freedom from their screens and remote learning over the holidays.

You will have heard the information about our staggered return to school.


At this stage, unless instructed otherwise, we have begun to make plans for this return. The Victorian CHO today announced that masks will be a requirement for students in Years 3-6 and that they are recommended but not mandated for younger students. I will share more information about this in the coming weeks as I am sure this will cause concern for some of you and your children. I have included a short story here that you may like to read with your child. 

I ask you to please keep Dario in 3/4S in your prayers. He was recently diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma and is currently undergoing treatment. Dario will require surgery in the coming months but his family reports that as it was picked up early, the prognosis is positive. 

Congratulations to Blake and Jack's family as they welcomed baby Archer into the family. We hope Archer brings you all much joy.

This week some parents would have received an email (one email per family) inviting you to participate in a yearly survey. This survey is completely anonymous and provides us with de-identified information about what we are doing well as a school and what helps find areas we can improve on. Even though each family is given a code, this is so that if families lose it, we can re-send it without duplicating as we are only provided a finite number of these codes. If you did not receive an email but would like to complete a survey, please email me at sriccardi@smaltona.catholic.edu.au and I will email you a code and a link.

Earlier this week we sent out a reminder via Operoo from Fr Michael inviting your response to various proposals the Parish is currently exploring for the parish-owned land on Railway St N and Sargood Street. Please let me know if you’d like to have the letter re-sent to you.

Our canteen will re-open on Monday 18th October. Students in Prep will have access to place an order from their first day back.

Have a blessed weekend,

Sonia

Wellbeing: The Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude is something that we’re not born with – it’s something that needs to be cultivated, and that takes time and perseverance, especially when it comes to our young people.

  How can we encourage our children to practice gratitude? It starts with modelling the skill. 

 Something as easy as a comment about how beautiful the sunset was and how thankful you are to have had a moment to witness it is a great way to start. 

 Want to find out more?  Click here to read the article The Attitiude of Gratitude by Natalie Moutafis

What are you grateful for today?

Optimistic October

Action for Happiness has procuded their calendar for October.  It focuses on being Optimistic.
  The Optimistic October calendar is full of ideas to help you set meaningful goals and find new perspectives on challenges you're facing.
Here's some more ideas about how you can get involved and make a difference:

Digital Technology - Parent Webinars

The office of the eSafety Commissioner has a number of parent webinars running in October and November:
Parent guide to digital technology and mental health and
Parent guide to online gaming
Click here for more information, dates and to register.

Library News: Click and Collect

A reminder that we are running Click and Collect for our library until all children are back onsite. 
 
  Please email Milly at library@smaltona.catholic.edu.au with your child's name and any book/topic requests. Up to two books can be borrowed per child at a time.


Milly will then contact you when your books are ready for collection from the front office.

2021 Premier's Reading Challenge

We had a very successful first year back in the Premier's Reading Challenge this year, considering a lot of it was at home!
A huge thanks to the parents who helped register their kids and the books they read.
Children who completed the Challenge will be given an official PRC Certificate as soon as they are received in the mail. 

We are pleased to announce the Junior, Middle and Senior category winners this year, although there were some very close competitors!
And the winners are….
Juniors: Winston Augustine, with a whopping 124 books
Middles: Thomas Mugliett, with an astounding 128 books
Seniors: Cooper Thomas, with an impressive 41 books!

Well done to you all, and to all the children who took part in the Challenge this year. We hope you’ll be in it again for 2022!

Community News

This weeks Community News has a message from Liz and Grace from Camp Australia, a letter from Father Michael, the Church bulletin, tutoring information from Now We're Talking, as well as news from our local secondary school; Emmanuel College.
Camp Australia Message

Letter from Father Michael 

Emmanuel College News

Church Bulletin 

Now We're Talking - On site tutoring available 

Social Skills Group Program

Aussie of the Month - September

Congratulations to our September Aussie of the Month winners Ryan, Jamie and Gisella.
   Click here to see their smiling faces and to find out why they are so wonderful.

5KOK Challenge

October is Mental Health Awareness month and the Werribee Hospital Foundation are encouraging the community to get moving and look after their mental health by participating in 5KOKchallenge. Click for information on how to register!

This novel appeal is simple and fun, and everyone can participate. It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Register your details at www.whf.org.au or https://bit.ly/3sLMd3f and get ready to move for 5k’s for 5 days in the month of October.  Run, walk, ride, roll, swim or something else. It can be a casual stroll or try to beat your personal best.
  2. Once registered, share your personalised online page with family and friends & help them support positive metal health initiatives in our community.
  3. Start your tracker and get moving!  Take a photo at the end share your achievement. Be proud and upload a photo of your tracker and/or yourself with a big smile using #whf5kok

Kick back and be proud of yourself for keeping active and knowing that you've helped support something great.

100% of donations are attributed to supporting our community’s mental health services.

 

Dads and their Kids

Do you need some new ideas for things to do with your kids?  Check out this booklet from The Fathering Project, which has some tried and true and some brand new activities that you might find fun to do over the weekend.