Newsletter 2 - Term 2 - Week 4 - 20th May 2022
Principal: Mrs. Michelle Charlton
Dear Parents, Guardians and Carer’s
This week I am lucky enough to be writing the newsletter while attending Grade 5 camp at the Phillip Island Adventure Camp. It is night one and although it is very cold and at times wet we have all had a great first day. Mrs Baccega did end up very wet after the 2nd group of canoe students were offered 20 points for getting her wet. We will include some camp photos later in the newsletter.
Last Friday on our school closure day, staff travelled to Melbourne and visited the Jewish museum in St Kilda. It was a very informative day where we learnt about the history of Jewish religion and how it has transformed to the current day. We had a talk from Mr Paul Forgasz about Jesus as a Jew before visiting a synagogue. The museum very kindly treated us to traditional sweet treats for morning tea and a delicious lunch.
Catholic Education Week starts next Friday 27th May with the theme "Go out into the world and spread the Good News to all creation". Catholic Education Week will run until Friday 3rd June. We will be hosting some special events during this week so please stay tuned to PAM emails for updates.
Our Confirmation candidates will celebrate receiving this sacrament on Friday 3rd June at either 4.30pm or 6.30pm at St Michael’s Church. Please keep them in your prayers during this special time of their faith journey.
A reminder that as of Monday 23rd May the recommended Rapid Antigen Testing is no longer a requirement. We do ask that if your child is unwell with any cold and flu-like symptoms that you keep them at home. Test kits will still be available from the school should you require them if children are household contacts or become symptomatic. If your children are household contacts please ensure you notify the school and note they will be required to do a RAT each day for 5 days and if in grade 3-6 wear a face mask whilst indoors at school.
Have you checked out our website lately? We are currently in the process of updating it and providing regular information on it. We have added a new tab: Parent Information where you can find the links to PAM, CDFpay & School TV. If you click on the school calendar link on the home page you will be able to see all of the upcoming events for the year.
Finally a big congratulations to all our year 3 and 5 students who have completed their NAPLAN test over the past 2 weeks. It was the first time for all of these students as the year 5’s were unable to complete them in 2020 when they were year 3’s.
If you are an eligible Centrelink Concession Card Holder, you can apply for this fund and, if successful, will qualify for a significant extra fee concession from the school.
All applications must be received no later than the 24th June 2022.
All applications must be submitted with a copy of your Centrelink pensioner concession OR Health care card.
If you received CSEF last year and your details have not changed, you need not take any action. We will reapply on your behalf.
If you had CSEF but you now have a child who departed from Grade 6 or a new Prep enrolled, you must resubmit application forms for CSEF and the concession.
School Newsletter - Sports Report: 20th May 2022
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 Down's Reserve Playground on Cross’s Road near St Paul’s Anglican Grammar 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.
Division Cross Country Championship - Wednesday 25th May
Next Wednesday 25th May, 17 students from St Gabriel’s will compete in the Latrobe Valley Division Primary School Cross Country Championship held at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar - Traralgon campus.. The boys and girls in the Under 9/10 age group will run2 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 11.30am. On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate all the students competing in the Latrobe Division Cross Country on Wednesday. Again parents are most welcome to attend and if you are able to assist on the day as a “spotter” on the course please let me know prior to the event.
Yrs. 3 & 4 Swimming Program - Monday 16th May
The students in Years 3 and 4 have commenced their swimming program at the Ford Swimming Centre and will finish their program next Friday 27th May. I would like to congratulate the students and parents on having their child ready and organised to participate in this school program. If you have any concerns with the swimming program please contact me and I can discuss with coordinators of the swimming program.
Yrs. 5/ 6 Swimming Program - Monday 30th May
The students in Years 5 and 6 will commence their swimming program at the Ford Swimming Centre and will finish their program next Friday 10th June. I would like to thank the students who have already returned their swimming surveys and I would like all completed surveys by next Monday 23rd 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.
Sporting Achievements - Noah Harle
Noah Harle from Grade 1 competed in a school Equestrian event on Friday 13th May. Noah competed in several events and finished 2nd in Rider, 5th in Pleasure, 3rd in Bending Poles, 2nd in Mug Race, and 5th in Jumping. Noah had a special strapper on the day Ollie Frankland. On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate Noah on his recent success in horse riding events. Well done Noah! Please see the attached photo.
Winter Round Robin - Wednesday 8th June
The Year 5/6 students are currently preparing for the Traralgon District Winter Round Robin Competition. The students will be competing against 7 other schools in the District in the following sports: Netball, T-Ball, Hockey, Soccer and AFL football. I would like to thank the staff who are currently preparing the students for this event. Student permission notices for this event will be sent out via “PAM” this coming week. Parents will also be contacted if assistance is required to help staff in coaching a team in one of the five sports.
District Cross Country
Friday 6th May, 36 of our students competed in the District Cross Country. We had a very successful day winning 5 of the 6 events. We also bought home the shield for winning the entire day. A huge congratulations to all students. We now have 17 students competing at the Divison event on Wednesday 25th May at St Paul’s.
Prep Enrolments 2023
Drop-Off and Pick-Up at St Gabriel's
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. 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.