Newsletter 1 - Term 2 - Week 2 - 6th May 2022
Principal: Mrs. Michelle Charlton
Dear Parents, Guardians and Carer’s,
Yesterday I was privileged to attend my first whole school mass at St Gabriel’s. It was a truly beautiful mass which celebrated all of the many mums, grandmothers and significant mother role models in our students' lives. Fr Peter Bickley came back to school for a visit and he commented on how special it was for him to see the church full of the St Gabriel’s community again. Thank you to all those who attended and made our first full school mass in 2 years such a wonderful experience.
A big thank you to Mrs Phillips for preparing the mass and our students who read so confidently and beautifully. It is very daunting to stand in front of a full church as a young student and they did it with ease. Also thank you to Mrs Mendez & Mrs Reid who joined Mrs Phillips in providing live music. You were all amazing.
Today the P&F held their annual Mother’s Day stall which was a huge success, we hope you all love your special gifts on Sunday.
During the holidays our school captains represented our school at the ANZAC Day service. Thank you to Mrs Kennedy & Mrs McGrath for supporting them at this event. You all did a wonderful job during the march and laying of the wreath.
Our school is now licensed to have access to SchoolTV, a new online resource that provides credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies for parents in their endeavour to raise happy, healthy and resilient young people.
Topics are handled sensitively to suit primary aged children and to support families in many different areas of Wellbeing such as; anxiety, cyberbullying, school transitioning, bullying, resilience and blended families, to name a few. A range of well known authors and psychologists, such as Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, have shared their thoughts on some of the topics too.
Links to specifically relevant articles, videos and information, will regularly appear in our school newsletter.
A link to our School TV will be placed under the new Parent Information Tab on our school website: https://www.stgtraralgon.catholic.edu.au
School Sport Newsletter: 6th May 2022
Dennis Huffer - Athletics Coach
St Gabriels have been very fortunate to have a qualified Athletics Coach Dennis Huffer to teach the students from Prep - Year 6 over the next three weeks. The school applied for special funding under the sporting school grant and were successful in the application allowing Dennis to teach the students over four school days. Dennis will be teaching the students the important techniques in running correctly, high jumping, jumping over hurdles, running with and handing over a relay baton and performing triple jump correctly. Dennis has introduced fun warm up activities for the students and his key message has been "to enjoy what you do and give it your best.” On behalf of the school I would like to thank Dennis for teaching the students over the next three weeks on Athletics.
Walk to School Safely - Friday 27th May
Friday the 20th of May is officially the Australian Walk to School Safely Day. The key objectives of National Walk Safely to school are to encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school aged children and to promote the health benefits of walking and create regular walking habits. Due to the Year 5 camp being scheduled on this day St Gabriels Walk to School Day will be held on Friday 27th May. Mr Hogan will be at the Park on Cross’s Road to meet students and parents from 8.00am until 8.15am. We will leave the park together and arrive at school around 8.40am. Students will receive a sticker at the park from Mr Hogan as part of their participation in the event.
District Cross Country Championship - Friday 6th May
On Friday 6th May, 36 students from St Gabriel’s will compete in the Traralgon District Primary School Cross Country Championship held at Agnes Brereton Park in Traralgon. The boys and girls in the Under 9/10 age group will run 2 kilometres whilst the Under 11 and Under 12/13 age group will run 3 kilometres. The first event commences at 10.00am with Under 12/13 boys running first followed by the Under 12/13 girls. The cross country event is expected to finish around 12.00pm. On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate all the students competing in the District Cross Country on Friday and may “they run like the wind”
Yrs. 3 & 4 Swimming Program - Monday 16th May
The students in Years 3 and 4 will commence their swimming program at the Ford Swimming Centre on the week beginning Monday 16th May. I would like to thank the students who have already returned their swimming surveys and I would like all completed surveys by next Monday 9th of May so I can return them to the Ford Swim Centre. If you have any concerns with the swimming program please contact me and I can discuss with coordinators of the swimming program.
Prep PMP Program
Every Wednesday the students in Grade Prep will participate in a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP). Each Grade Prep class will participate in a movement-based program which helps younger students improve their eye/hand and eye/foot coordination, fitness, balance, locomotion and eye-tracking skills. Each will spend 25 minutes completing 6 activities each week in the stadium. I would like to thank the Prep staff and the Grade 6 House captains for helping support the program. Please see the attached photos.
Sporting Achievements - Basketball
On the school holidays the following girls from St Gabriel’s P.S Aayliah Judilla and Tahnee Judilla played in the U12 Traralgon Basketball team. The girls played in the Basketball Victorian Country Championships in Ballarat. The girls finished in third place in the tournament . On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate the girls on their outstanding achievements in basketball. Please see the attached photos.
Sporting Achievements -
If you have any sporting news of an individual or a team please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include photos if you can. Greatly appreciated Damian Hogan
Congratulations to Laura Andreou, Mum of Alice (4 Blue) and Thomas (2 Red), who completed the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and was initiated into the Catholic Church at Easter. We congratulate you on taking this very special step on your faith journey. May God bless you and keep you.
Prep Enrolments 2023
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. Alternatively this can be entered as PNA via PAM.
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.