Newsletter 2—Term 1—Week 4— 18th February, 2021
Principal: Mrs. Roslyn Joyner
It was lovely to see all the students return to school today. Most of them seemed very happy to be back again. The surprise lockdown was a reminder that anything can happen at any time with this virus and that we must always be prepared for short notice events such as these. Staff will be looking at ways that we can be prepared to swing into remote learning should the need arise. Hopefully we won’t need to do this.
As restrictions unfold we will once again be hoping to have camps and excursions as well as any other extra-curricular activities. These may need to be modified and under COVID safe guidelines as far as parent attendance etc. We will keep you informed as things change and rely on your patience and understanding.
It was strange not to have Ash Wednesday Mass for the first time in my memory. It does mark the beginning of Lent leading up to the Easter season which is the highlight of our Church year. It is important to try to hold our faith preciously and pass on the story and rituals as best we can in times of limitations.
We are all looking forward to a happy, busy and uninterrupted term.
Swimming - Division Championships Wednesday 24th Feb
At this stage the Division Swimming Championship is still going ahead at the Moe Outdoor Pool on Wednesday 24th February. I am still waiting for results from other schools to determine those students who will be competing next week. I am also waiting to hear from School Sport Victoria as to whether the event is allowed to go ahead also. I am hoping to have the results by Friday and also hear from School Sport Victoria on the approval of this event going ahead. On Monday the students who will be swimming at Moe in the Division Swimming Championship will receive a permission letter from Mr Hogan detailing the swimming event and program.
Tennis - Latrobe Valley Division Tennis Tournament
On 16th March School Sport Victoria are holding the Latrobe Valley Division Tennis Tournament at the Traralgon Tennis Club. Students who are in Grade 4-6 and wish to participate in this tournament will be placed into a group of three or four and compete in a round robin competition. The competition will start at 9.00am and finish at 1.00pm. Parents will be required to supervise and transport children to the tournament on the day. If your child is interested in participating please contact Mr Hogan at email@example.com before Friday 26th February as entries close for this competition on the Monday 1st of March.
On Thursday 11th March the Senior Athletics Carnival from Yrs. 3-6 will be held at Harold Preston Park from 9.30am - 2.00pm. The students will be practicing and trialling for these events over the coming weeks at school. In their physical education classes the students will be learning the skills of throwing: discus, shot put, jumping over hurdles and high jump including long jump and triple jump. More details about this event will be distributed to the school community in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday 17th March for the first time a Junior Athletic Carnival from Prep - 2 will be held at St Gabriel’s Primary School. This event will commence at 10.00am and conclude at 2.30pm. More details of this event will be distributed to the community in the coming weeks. Please place these important events in your home calendar.
Information regarding parents attending then events will become available soon. We will keep you posted.
If any parent has details of their child performing in any sporting event in the community please contact Mr Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org and an articlecan be place in the school newsletter and if possible to include a photo with information.
Sports Calendar of events:
Division Championship Moe outdoor Pool - 24th February
Regional Championship Sale outdoor Pool - 11th March
State Championship Melbourne Aquatic centre- 22nd April.
Senior Yrs 3-6 Athletic Carnival Harold Preston Park. - 11th March
Junior Prep - 2 Athletic Carnival St Gabriel’s - 17th March
Traralgon District Athletic Carnival Harold Preston Park - 23rd March
Division Athletics Carnival Carmody Reserve Newborough - 31st August
Regional Athletics Carnival Carmody Reserve Newborough - TBC
State Athletics Carnival Melbourne Wednesday 3rd November.
Cross Country -
School Cross Country - Thursday 22nd April
District Cross Country - Tuesday 4th May
Division Cross Country - Tuesday 11th May TBC
Region Cross Country - TBC
State Cross Country - TBC
CAMP SPORT AND EXCURSION FUND
If you hold a Pensioner, Concession or Health Care Card you can apply now for CSEF.
If you have applied for CSEF in 2020 you need NOT apply as your details will be submitted in 2021. If you have obtained a Pensioner, Concession or Health Care Card in the last twelve months, are a NEW family to our school or you have a Prep student commencing in 2021 or have a 2020 Year 6 student exit the school please contact the office on 51745515 or email Sue at email@example.com or visit the office and we can explain the process.
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.
School photo envelopes were distributed to all students. Parents can either order online or enclose money and return all envelopes to St. Gabriel’s classroom teachers ASAP. Family photo forms are available at the school office. We still require the envelopes to be returned. We will organise the admin and organisation of the event so we are ready on the day. School photo day is now Thursday 18th May.
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 8.15am - 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.
Australian Dental Health visit
Australian Dental Health Victoria will visit our school the week commencing September 6th, 2021. Consent forms will be distirbuted to students around week 7 term 2. Consent forms will need to be returned by week 10 of term 2
Reminder: as we are a SUNSMART SCHOOL - NO HAT NO PLAY
Hats are available through the Uniform Shop. If you are unable to attend the Uniform Shop during the opening hours order forms are available at the school office. Please make sure the students name is marked on the hat and any article of clothing.
A reminder to all children who ride bicycles or scooters to school that they must not ride or scoot in the school grounds, both before and after school. We recommend that only students from Year 4 to Year 6 ride to school unaccompanied by an adult.