Mini Newsletter 1 - Term 3 - Week 1 - 14th July 2022
Principal: Mrs. Michelle Charlton
Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
Welcome back to term 3, we trust that you had a safe and enjoyable break over the mid year holidays. It was lovely to see the children back and enjoying some time outside in the sun with their friends on Monday.
We have some changes occurring this term in regards to staffing. We welcome the following staff to the team:
- Mrs Sue Harbridge who is replacing Mrs Tennille Ellis who is on Long Service Leave for the remainder of the year.
- Miss Alexandra Russell who is replacing Meadhbh Ni Fhlannagain who has begun maternity leave.
- Mrs Jane Gallagher who is replacing Mrs Michelle O’Connor for the first 3 weeks of term while she is on Long Service Leave.
- Mrs Rose Pearson who is our new Performing Arts Teacher replacing Mrs Megan Polson who left us at the end of Semester 1.
Performing Arts classes will now be held on the following days & weeks:
Foundation-2: Thursday & Friday of the odd weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9
3-6: Wednesday & Friday of the even weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10.
Due to the change in Performing Arts days we will be holding our Assembly on a fortnightly basis for the remainder of the year. For term 3 these will be held on weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9.
Changes to COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates
The Victorian Minister for Health, The Hon. Martin Foley, announced changes to COVID-19 pandemic orders that came into effect from 11.59 pm on Friday 24 June 2022.
The changes to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Workplace) Order 2022 mean that staff, contractors and volunteers who work in schools managed and operated by the Dioceses of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) and staff of the DOSCEL Secretariat will no longer be required to meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements to attend the workplace. This includes principals, deputy principals, business managers, teachers, education support staff, school services officers, casual employees (such as emergency teachers), pre-service teachers, parent helpers and Outside School Hours Care staff.
DOSCEL as the employer, must set the terms and conditions of employment for employees. Therefore, principals are not able to determine their own requirements relating to staff vaccination.
Schools will continue to be required to have strong measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including additional cleaning and enhanced ventilation such as the use of air purifiers, ongoing use of rapid antigen testing for close contacts and ensuring those who are unwell stay home and get tested. This will continue to help keep our schools as safe as possible.
COVID-19 vaccination remains strongly recommended for all staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors working at DOSCEL schools.
Rapid Antigen Tests
The Victorian Government has announced that it is providing up to three further deliveries of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to schools in Term 3 and again in Term 4. It is expected that all schools will receive the first delivery of RAT kits for Term 3 by the end of week three.
We will distribute the RAT kits when they arrive for students to use when they are symptomatic or for use as household contacts.
Household Contacts or Household-Like Contacts
All staff and students aged eight (8) years or older who are household or household-like close contacts attending a school will be required to wear a face mask indoors while at the school and while travelling to and from the school, unless an exemption applies.
Transport of children to school by positive COVID-19 cases
The Victorian Minister for Health also announced a further change to the Pandemic Orders being that, parents, guardians or carers who are COVID-19 positive can now leave self-isolation to transport children to or from school via a private vehicle.
The parent, guardian or carer must travel directly to and from the school only. They must remain in the vehicle at all times, unless it is reasonably necessary to leave the vehicle to walk the child to and from the entrance of the school safely. They must wear a face mask at all times.
School Newsletter - Sports Report: 14th July 2022
Winter Round Robin - Region Competition Wednesday 20th July
The Year 5/6 students will participate in the Region Winter Round Robin Competition next Wednesday 20th July in AFL football and Soccer. All students have received information via the school electronic system (PAM). The students will be bussed to the playing venues in Sale. Football will be played at Stephenson Park on Guthridge Parade and the Soccer will be played at the senior campus Gippsland Grammar located on the Princes H/Way. All students are expected to be at school by 8.20am as the bus will be leaving school at 8.30am. The first game commences at 10.00am in football and soccer. The Hockey team has made it through to the State competition to be held in Melbourne on Thursday 8th September. More details about the Hockey competition will be sent home when the information becomes available to the school. On behalf of the school I would like to wish our boys and girls soccer team and football team all the very best in the next level of competition.
State Cross Country - Yarra Valley Race Course Melbourne
Today Thursday 14th of July Cross Country runners from St Gabriel’s competed in the State Championships at Yarra Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. The students competing in State Championships are Sierra Colantuono, Jack Marino, Celi Coulthard, Jerzey Podmore and Aaliyah Judilla. On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate the five students who have made it through to the State Cross Country Championships and may they enjoy the competition and run like the wind. The School is very proud of your efforts.
Special Achievements: Archer Riess & Sierra Colantuono
Congratulations to Archer Riess from Year 3 and Sierra Colantuono from Year 6 who were selected for Football Victoria's Skill Acquisition Program.
Football Victoria conducted trials for over 600 players across Victoria, to identify and develop talented players.
Selected players from various regional areas come together to train and play at centralised camps held at the Darebin International Sports Centre during the school holidays. The camps involve training and Gala Day matches against metropolitan teams. Well done to Archer and Sierra! (See photo Attached )
Basketball - Hooptime Competition
On Friday 5th August St Gabriel’s will enter a boys and a girls team in the Traralgon District Basketball Hoop time competition to be held at the Traralgon Basketball stadium. The competition is for students from Years 5 and 6. There are currently around 30 boys and 30 girls training to make the team. The boys are currently training on a Wednesday at lunch time in the school stadium and the girls are training on a Friday at lunch time. I would like to thank Troy Adams and Leisl Sexton for coaching the teams on the day and assisting with the training prior to the event.
AFL football Clinic
During the last week of term 2 all the students at St Gabriel’s were involved in an AFL football clinic. Students were taught by AFL Development officer Rory Harrington. Rory taught the students the important skills of the game of kicking, marking, handballing and bouncing the football. Rory said the students were very attentive and were a joy to teach. Please see photos attached of the AFL clinic.
Please see the following information from Auskick+
Auskick+ is coming to Gippsland. In four locations across Gippsland, AFL Victoria will be running Auskick+ centres as an opportunity for EVERYONE to participate. Whether you missed out on this years' Community Auskick program, you want to extend your time in Auskick or maybe you are new to our game and want your first football experience, Auskick+ is for you!
Wonthaggi - https://www.playhq.com/afl/
Warragul - https://www.playhq.com/afl/
Traralgon - https://www.playhq.com/afl/
Bairnsdale - https://www.playhq.com/afl/