Newsletter 5 - Term 3 - Week 8 - 1st September 2022
Principal: Mrs. Michelle Charlton
Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
This is the time of year when we begin the process of planning our class lists for the 2023 school year. Whilst this is an onerous and time-consuming task, we are blessed to have such knowledgeable staff who are aware of each student’s individual needs and work collaboratively to make professional judgements in relation to class planning and student placement.
When deciding our individual class structures, a number of factors are taken into account, which include:
- Student’s social, emotional, academic and physical development
- Student’s cognitive development
- Student relationships
- Family dynamics, eg sibling placement
- Teacher knowledge, skill and expertise
- Enrolment numbers at the various levels
- Practical resources, such as space
If your child has a particular need or there is important information that we should be aware of when considering class placement for the 2023 school year, we ask that parents put this information in writing and submit it via email to; email@example.com
It is important that your child’s personal needs request be submitted each year as individual circumstances change. We will not be referring to requests made for years previous. All requests are specifically about your child’s needs. It is not an opportunity to provide requests for particular class structures or which teachers should be teaching which classes. All requests must be received by the close of business on Friday 16th September.
If your family situation is changing, we would also appreciate you letting us know either by calling the office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
An accurate indication of student numbers assists us enormously in our planning for 2023.
Child Safety Week 4th-11th September
Child Safety week will be held across the Sale Diocese beginning on Sunday 4th September. Leading into this important week schools and students were invited to enter a poster or video competition which promoted Child Safety. A big congratulations to our Student Positive Behaviour Team of: Dempsey & Belky Podmore, Lana Jones-Sullivan, Harry Bosch & Nicole Franklin who with support from Mrs Quinn and Miss Sceney put together our winning video. Please click on the link below to watch it:
Also congratulations to grade 6 student Mia Varsaci who entered a poster in the Parish section and was successful in winning this section. Please see the image below for her winning design
Sports News - 1st September 2022
Winter Round Robin - State Competition Soccer Yesterday 31st August
St Gabriel’s Girls and Boys Yr 5/6 Winter School Sport Soccer team competed in the School Sport Victoria Primary Soccer competition held at Darebin International Sports Centre. The boys team played 3 games and in all three games they showed determination, teamwork and most importantly sportsmanship. Although they lost all three games the team can be very proud of their achievement of finishing in 4th place in the State. I would like to thank Mr O’Dowd for coaching the team on the day and Mrs Bacegga and Mrs Holt for managing and supervising the team.
The girls team also played three games and they won 1 game and lost two. The girls team played with great enthusiasm and displayed excellent teamwork and great sportsmanship throughout the tournament. The girls team can feel very proud of their achievement in finishing in 3rd place overall in the State. I would like to thank Mrs Alyson Colantuono for coaching the team on the day and again Mrs Holt and Mrs Baccega for managing and supervising the team. I would like to thank our two volunteer bus drivers Laurie and Frank for driving the team safely to and from Melbourne yesterday.
On Thursday 8th September, St Gabriel’s Girls and Boys Yr 5/6 Winter School Sport Hockey team will compete in the School Sport Victoria Primary Hockey competition to be held at Footscray Hockey Club Fogarty Avenue Yarraville. The students will be bused from school on this day to Melbourne. All details will be sent out this week to parents detailing this event via the school electronic system (PAM). On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate both the boys and girls Hockey team for making it through to the State competition and wish you all the very best.
Basketball - Latrobe Valley Division Championships
Today the St Gabriel’s girl's basketball team will compete in the Latrobe Valley Division tournament in Traralgon. The girls will play against Glengarry, Yinnar, Newborough East and Morwell Park. The tournament will commence at 10.00am and conclude at 2.00pm. I would like to wish the girl’s basketball team the very best in the tournament and I would like to thank Mrs Liesl Sexton for coaching the team on the day.
Australian Netball Championships - Clinic for Yrs 3-6.
On Thursday 25th August Years 3–6 at St Gabriel’s P.S. attended a Netball Clinic and watched a game played by Netball players competing in the Australian Netball Championships. The Clinic and competition was held at the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium, Catterick Crescent Traralgon. The students watched the game between NSW Swift and Canberra Capitals. The students had a wonderful time watching the netball match and also participating in a clinic where they were taught important tips in playing the game. The school received positive feedback from the organisers of the tournament where they stated “St Gabriel’s students were extremely well behaved and created a great atmosphere at the centre". I would like to thank Judi Buhagiar from Netball Victoria and Nicole Collins for organising this clinic for the school students and thank the Years 3-6 staff for supervising the students on the day. Please see the attached photos.
Latrobe Valley Division Athletic Championships: Wednesday 14th September
On Wednesday 14th September, 29 students from St Gabriel’s will compete in the Latrobe Valley Division Athletic Championship at Joe Carmody’s Reserve in Newborough. The students will receive a note on Friday detailing the events they are in and a program of the day. A permission notice and details of travel arrangements for students will be sent via the school electronic system PAM in the coming days.
Early notification of sporting events:
Prep - Yr 2 Swimming Program - (Monday 17th October - Thursday 27th October)
This is an early notice to let parents know that school swimming programs for all students in Grade Prep, One and two will be held at the Ford Swimming Centre in Traralgon commencing in term 4 on Monday 17th of October and finishing on Thursday 29th of October. All details about this program and permission notices will be sent home to all families via school electronic system (PAM) in the coming weeks.
Prep - Yr 2 Athletic Carnival - (Friday November 4th)
This is an early notification of the Prep to Year 2 athletic carnival to be held at St Gabriel’s P.S. on Friday 4th November. The students will participate in a number of events including hurdles, discus, long jump, shot put, vortex throwing and sprints. More details about this event will be sent home to all families at the beginning of term 4.
If you have any sporting news of an individual or a team please email me at: email@example.com
Please include photos if you can.
Greatly appreciated Damian Hogan.
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.
School Lunch Orders
Change to Lunch Order Days.
LUNCH ORDERS ARE NOW MONDAY AND THURSDAY ONLY
Monday orders are to be placed in classroom tubs first thing Monday morning.
Thursday orders are to be placed in classroom tubs first thing Thursday morning.
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.
If you have recently updated your WWCC please provide a copy of your new card to the office at your earliest convenience.
If you are a volunteer providing your valued service to St Gabriel's please ensure that we have a current up to date card on file.