Week 8, 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
This week marks Catholic Education Week across the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Even though all celebrations have been cancelled to ensure everyone’s safety from the coronavirus it is still an opportunity for St Fidelis to celebrate our Catholic Faith and identity.
This week the students will be learning about the story of St Patrick, who he was and why we celebrate this day on March 17th. It is also the week where we highlight our commitment to a school free from bullying. The students and teachers will engage in learning and teaching tasks around different aspects of bullying. The main educational resource that we will be using is:
THE BULLYING. NO WAY! Website.
This is a website for Australian schools and is managed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group which has representatives from all states and territories, including the Catholic and independent school sectors.
This Friday March 20th is National Day Against Bullying and Year 1/2BA will be sharing some of what they have been learning about to their peers and parent community. Please Join 1/2BA as they tell us more about how we can be a world free from Bullying.
At St Fidelis Primary School the health and wellbeing of our school community is of paramount importance and education concerning the coronavirus is also important. In this article produced by the ‘World Health Organization’, it offers some useful information and strategies for parents with children who may be experiencing some stress during the 2019- nCoV outbreak. Please take a moment to read this information. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2
In addition, all classes and toilets have a supply of soap to wash hands. An order of hand sanitizer was placed a fortnight ago as an added precaution but due to high demand it will not be delivered until mid-week. Students are reminded regularly to maintain good hand hygiene and cough hygiene. Teachers clean tables every day. Our school is cleaned everyday by the cleaner. If you have some sanitizer, you may like to place in into your child's bag for personal use.
As per school policy if you child is unwell please keep them home and notify the school of their absence.
Library /STEM Innovation Space Blessing
On Wednesday March 18th, Father Cartwright will bless the New Library/STEM Innovation Space at 8:50am. He will say a prayer with all the school students outside in the yard and then proceed to bless our new space. The School Leaders and any parents that would like to attend are most welcome.
A date for a Special Open Day of the Library /Stem Innovation Space has yet to be finalised.
St Fidelis Agreed Ways
This term all classes have been working on setting up a positive classroom and school climate. St Fidelis has developed a set of school expectations. We call these our Agreed Ways. These are written in a way that lets everyone know that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
AT ST FIDELIS WE AGREE TO….
- I can listen and follow instructions
- I can listen to others respectfully
KEEP HANDS, FEET AND OBJECTS TO YOURSELF
- I can control my emotions and behaviours
- I can use appropriate words to solve a problem
LISTEN TO THE SPEAKER
- I can focus on what the speaker is saying by making eye contact
- I can wait my turn before speaking
- I can speak politely
- I can use my manners
- I can walk safely around the school
- I can show care for others when moving
TREAT PROPERTY WITH CARE
- I show respect for other people’s property
- I can take care of school property
When students do not make good choices, our conversations with them centres around these AGREED WAYS. Your support at home with these agreed ways will reinforce that we all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity at school, home and in our wider community.
Child safety CPR Course
On Tuesday March 3, the staff completed their annual Child Safety CPR Course. Here are some images for your enjoyment.
School Hours Thank you
Thank you to everyone who has followed our School Hours Supervision Hours after last week’s reminder. All staff are at school very early including Administration staff to prepare for the beginning of the day therefore supervision is not possible before 8:30am. A reminder Camp Australia is a service available for parents who need to drop their children off to school early.
Parents and Friends
If you are able to attend the Parents and Friends meeting this Monday March 16th at 7:30pm in the school staffroom we would love to see you. The funds raised by the hard working committee all go to your children’s education. Without your assistance, the STEM/ INNOVATION SPACE would not have been possible this year. We still have lots we can add and improve in this space but it will only be possible if we have enough volunteers. If you are unable to attend the meeting but are able to assist in other ways, please let the committee know. Thank you so much for your time and generosity I am lucky to have an amazing community of parents and students.
School Fees – 1st Installment Due this Friday March 20th
Thank you to the families who have paid their fees in full or are up to date with first term fees. As per our new fee structure all term one fees are due by Friday March 20th this Friday. Please arrange a meeting to see me if you need to make other arrangements. School fee payments can be made via credit card, cheque or cash. A direct debit arrangement can also be organized please see Jane or Ann at the office.
Outstanding fees from 2019 must be paid immediately. Contact me if you need to discuss this further.
Our school does rely on school fees for many recurrent costs so prompt payment is appreciated.
Enrolments Existing Families
Existing Families Foundation enrolments 2021. If you are an existing family and have a child starting school in 2021. Please see Ann and Jane at the office for an enrolment form. You can also download a form from our website. We have had lots of interest thus far for 2021 so please place your enrolment in for next year so I can get an indication of numbers. Please let you friends know if they are thinking of sending their child to St Fidelis to come for a school tour. See flyer below…
Have a great week