Newsletter 9 - Term 2 - Week 8 - 10th June, 2021
Principal: Mrs. Roslyn Joyner
Next week we will be welcoming Mrs Jocelyn Adams to the staff. Jocelyn will be replacing Sue in the office while she takes some well deserved Long Service Leave beginning at the start of Term 3.
The recent weather events along with the latest recent COVID lockdown have resulted in several events having to be postponed. Please check below for updates:
- Please note that the uniform shop will now be open at 8.30am on Tuesday due to the new locking system discussed below under Child Safety.
- Italian Day scheduled for Firday 18th June has been postponed until a date TBA.
- The divisional round of winter sports scheduled for Wednesday 16th has been postponed until a date TBA.
- The St Gabriel's year 3-6 swimming program program will resume on Monday 19th July.
- The last day of term will be Friday 25th June finishing at 2.15pm.
Stay safe and best wishes
Next week we will be moving to an automatic locking system for external doors. All schools are moving to this new security system in order to make school environments safer for the school community. It is one of the many strategies being implemented for child safety. Reception and classrooms will be open from 8.30am until 4.00pm only. Before and after these times, access can only be gained through the use of a staff fob.
Swimming Yrs 3-6 Program - Catch up Date
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Yrs 3-6 swimming program was cancelled. After discussion with Ford Swim Centre and finding an available time to reschedule the program - Ford Swim Centre has rescheduled the Yr 3-6 swimming program from Monday 19th of July until Friday 23rd of July. The students will swim each day except for Wednesday 21st of July. The students will receive a new notice and permission form next week detailing the “catch up” swimming program. I would like to thank the Ford Swim Centre for rescheduling our senior swimming program.
Regional Cross Country - Lardner Park Warragul
The Regional Cross Country event will be held on Wednesday 23rd of June at Lardner Park Warragul. The following 9 students will be participating in the event: Jack Marino, Billy Grimes, Dempsey Podmore, Harlow Sexton, Maddie Harle, Kitty Passalqua, Sierra Colountuno , Lucy Fazioli and Aaliyah Judilla. The first event starts at 10.15am. On behalf of the school I would like to wish our cross country participants all the very best.
Division Winter Round Robin Competition - Cancelled
The Division Winter Round Robin competition has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions and a new date will be announced in the coming weeks . The expected date is either the first or second week of term 3. St Gabriel’s has a football and Soccer team competing in this competition. This competition is only for Year 5/6 students.
Basketball Hooptime Competition - Friday 30th July
St Gabriels will enter a boys and girls team in the Basketball Hooptime competition to be held on Friday 30th of July. Students from Years 5/6 who wish to try out for these teams are to notify Mr Hogan. A training session will be held in the stadium during the last week of term 2 at lunch time. Any parent who is interested in assisting in this competition are asked to contact Mr Hogan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PMP Perceptual MotorProgram - Prep Students
Every fortnight on a Wednesday the students in Grade Prep participate in a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) . In this movement program students receive information primarily through visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular and kinesthetic senses. The students complete 6-7 activities in a 25 minute program. The House captains in Yr 6 and other senior students in the school assist the teachers whilst the students participate in the confident building activities. Please see the photos attached of the students participating in yesterday’s program of PMP.
Achievement Program - Stacey Podmore
Stacey Podmore who has worked as a Senior Health Promotion Officer at Latrobe Community Health and has worked with a number of staff at St Gabriel’s over the last few years in helping our school complete the “Healthy Schools Achievement Program”. The Healthy Schools Program is centred around 7 key health areas which include: healthy eating, physical activity, mental health and well-being, sun protection and safe environments. Each health area has a set of targets to achieve, resulting in health changes to your school’s physical environment, policies and practices and health promotion activities. I would like to thank Stacey for her support and encouragement in helping St Gabriel’s become a Healthier and Achieving school.
If you have any sporting news about a team or individual please email email@example.com to be put into the school newsletter.
2022 PREP ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN
A reminder that 2022 Prep Enrolments are now open. Enrolments forms are available at the school office or via our website. If you would like to book a tour of the school please contact the school office on 5174 5515.
Issue 4 of Scholastic Bookclub has been distributed to all students at St. Gabriel's. Closed date for orders is Friday 11th June. Please order through the Bookclub LOOP Please go to: https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/
AUSTRALIAN DENTAL SERVICE
Forms have been sent home with students from Australian Dental Service, Victoria. If you would like to be included in this program please complete the form and return to school as soon as possible. This is not compulsory and families can OPT out. The dental van will visit in Term 3.
Signing children in and out of school
If your child needs to leave early, or has an appointment, then parents must sign in when they return/arrive. A note must be supplied to the classroom teacher so that they are aware of why the child is leaving and they can then record the absence. If your child is unwell to speed up their recovery by not allowing your child to return to school until they are fully recovered.
Parents and Friends Meetings
Meetings—the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm
Do you want to know what is happening in your school? Would you have anything you could contribute? We invite you to come along to our Parents and Friends Meeting held the second Tuesday of the month in the staff room at school. The meeting starts at 7pm. All parents, new and old are warmly welcome.
School Lunch Orders
LUNCH ORDERS ARE MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY ONLY
Monday orders are to placed in classroom tubs first thing Monday morning.
Wednesday orders are collected Tuesday afternoon for Wednesday delivery at lunchtime
NOTE: Please write clearly on an envelope the child’s name and grade and the item they wish to order. Correct money only will be accepted.
St Gabriel's Uniform Shop
The St. Gabriel's Uniform shop operates Tuesday 8.30am - 9.30am and Thursday from 2pm - 4pm. Order forms are available at the school office if you are unable to attend the uniform shop during these times.
The Uniform Shop is located at the rear of the school hall off the hall foyer.
UPDATED COVID INFORMATION
As mentioned in previous newsletters, St Gabriel's recently had a visit from Infection Control Nurses that are part of the IPCON (Infection Prevention and Control Outreach Nursing) team. The team is visiting various schools, selected randomly, across the State to ensure COVID-19 guidelines are being followed.
- Whilst there are no cases of COVID-19 in our area at the moment, we must still remain vigilant regarding Social Distancing, Hand Hygiene and Density Quota's.
- The front reception area should have no more than 4 adults in the area at any one time, if there are already 4 people in reception, please wait outside until someone leaves.
- Face masks are mandatory indoors until Government guidelines change
Parents are permitted and welcome on the school grounds, keeping socially distant from others, however, only staff and students are permitted in the classrooms. If for example you are attending parent teacher conferences or such then you must sign in and it would be held after school/classroom hours or in a separate office. Students and staff who are ill should not attend school until symptoms have passed. This is required for any illness. Apart from that there should be no reason for parents to enter the classrooms at this stage.
DRESS UP DAY FRIDAY 18th JUNE
St Gabriel’s will be celebrating Italian day on Friday the 18th June with bocce, a dress up parade, special food and a comedy show.
Students may dress up as an Italian character or in the Italian colours of green, white and red. What a wonderful sight this is at our morning assembly!!
La Comica Variety Productions from Melbourne will be performing for Preps to Year 6 with their show called “Mangia Banane 2”-Mission Gnocchi. They will entertain the students with slap stick comedy, which will incorporate the Italian language, music and lots of fun.
This special day is where the students will be able to immerse in the Italian language and culture, appreciating other cultures as well.
Signora Angela Edey
After so many setbacks since COVID-19 hit us, Class Act Productions is finally getting on the stage with “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang JR.” The production begins on Thursday the 17th of June with five shows to follow over the weekend. This is the 20th year for Class Act Productions who over that time have provided Gippsland youth with the wonderful opportunity to participate in theatre.
This is also the debut performance for St Gabriels own Oliver Mendez who is currently in grade 4. Oliver has grown up with theatre in his blood with his dad Michael Mendez directing at Class Act for over 15 years.
You will need to be quick to snap up some tickets as Covid has meant that ticket numbers are restricted. Hop on the facebook page or check out the website https://www.