It is important for us as teachers and parents that we teach the students in our school what it means to show respect, be polite and use good manners. Each morning and afternoon I will be standing at the gates on Locinda St to greet parents and students upon arrival and departure from school each day. Mr Cherry or another member of the leadership team will be on the gate on Peterson Street. When we are standing on the gate it is important that when students are greeted with a ‘Good morning’ from myself or another staff member, that they look to the staff member and respond, with a ‘Good morning Mr Foott’. The same goes for when they enter the classrooms and greet their teachers. It may seem like a small thing, but it is about showing respect, being polite and using good manners. A little bit of each of these things goes a long way in this world. Being the first official newsletter of the school year, you will find information regarding all of the key events in Term One. So sit down with your family calendar and a strong cup of tea to record the important upcoming events for your family.
We are still looking for volunteers to be Class Representatives for all year levels except for Year Six. Being a Class Rep is a terrific way to be involved in the education of your child, have a say in the school community and connect with other parents. The Class Rep position involves sending out a weekly communication to parents which will be pre-prepared by the Class Rep Coordinator Sally Forbes. It involves being a contact point for parents with the classroom teacher. The Class Reps will be supported by the P&F and myself with meetings twice a term.
The school very much relies on the support of parents to run some of the extra events through the school year and I urge anyone who would like to be involved in the education of the child to please contact your classroom teacher or our Class Rep Coordinator Sally Forbes at OwenSally@hotmail.com.
It is imperative that all families ensure student profiles and parent contact information is up to date on CareMonkey. Along with the Newsletter and Class Rep weekly communication, CareMonkey will be used as the primary form of communication between the school and parents in 2020. I also ask that all parents who have a current Working With Children Check upload their details to CareMonkey. This will assist with the planning of school events.
Updating Email Addresses for iNewsletter
If you would like to add or change an email address to receive the fortnightly school newsletter, please contact Shannon in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Parent Information Night
Tonight from 7.30-8.30pm we will hold an information night for all parents/carers. This session will be split into two parts; the first 20 minutes will be in the hall where I will inform parents about the strategic direction of the school in 2020. The second part of the evening parents will go to classrooms for a presentation from teachers about the routines and expected behaviours in that particular classroom/year level.
The Parent Information Night will be followed up by our Parent/Teacher Exchange evening on Tuesday 18th February. On this day, students will finish at 1pm to allow teachers to meet with the parents of each student in their class. This meeting is for parents to share some insights into your child’s learning, which will greatly assist the teachers as they develop an understanding of your child’s needs. Please use the link below to make a booking with your child’s teacher.
https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/book/step1?z=JNDzRN (please use Event code uh74f)
Year Six Leadership Speeches
This Thursday (6th February) from 9am, students from Year Six will present their leadership speeches. Students from Year Three to Six will be in attendance and will vote on School Captain and Sports Captain. Parents are most welcome to attend for the speeches. We will announce the School Leadership positions at the Beginning of Year Mass on Friday morning.
Beginning of Year Mass
We will gather together as a whole school on Friday 7th February at 9am for our Beginning of Year Mass. All parents and carers are invited to share in this mass with us.
Year 5/6 Canberra Camp
This camp has been postponed due to the safety concerns related to the bushfire burning to the south of Canberra. The new dates will be communicated to students and families as soon as it is confirmed.
Classroom Helpers Meeting
Classroom teachers, particularly in the Junior Classrooms, welcome assistance from parents in the morning Literacy Block (8.50-10.50am). All parents who would like to help are encouraged to attend a meeting on Thursday 13th February, led by our Literacy Leader Ms Julie Grace.
School Photo Day
School Photos will be taken on Monday 17th February. Students are expected to be wearing the correct Summer School uniform on this day. Information regarding the purchasing of photos will be sent out later this week.
St Agnes’ Swimming Team
Well done to those students from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 who have been selected for our Swimming Team. There is a final swimming training at Swim Right Sandringham, (150 Tulip St Cheltenham) on Tuesday 18th February at 7.15 - 8.00am. Our Swimming Team will compete in the District Swimming on Friday 21st February at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre.
Thank you to Mr Simon Kost and other supporting staff for organising and attending these sessions to enable the students to prepare. We know the students selected will represent our school to the best of their ability.
P&F Welcome Picnic
All families are invited to attend the P&F Welcome Picnic, which will be held on Friday 21st February from 5.30pm in the school grounds. More information to follow.
Education Board Meeting
The first Education Board meeting for the year is on Tuesday 24th February at 7.30pm.
Parents and Friends Committee Meeting
The first Parents and Friends Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd March at 8pm. All school parents are welcome.
Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
We will mark the beginning of Lent with a pancake morning on Tuesday 25th February. We will be looking for parent helpers for this day, so please communicate with your classroom teacher if you are able to assist.
We will gather as a whole school with the parish for Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday 26th February. All are welcome at this mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place this term for our Year 3 students. Below are the relevant dates:
Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm - Family Faith Night
Wednesday 18th March - Reflection Day at School
Wednesday 25th March at 7pm - Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Church
Prep Students Full Time
Our Prep students will commence full time school from Monday 2nd March.
St Agnes’ School Open Days
Our Open Day’s for this year are:
Wednesday 4th March
Wednesday 25th March
Wednesday 15th April
Prospective families are welcome for a school tour and to meet with the Principal any time on these days.
School Closure Days
The school will be closed on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March for staff to undertake work related to our School Review in 2020. These are pupil free days.
The school is also closed on Monday 9th March for the Labour Day Public Holiday.
Year 3/4 Bike Ed
On Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 17th March, Year 3 and Year 4 will participate in a Bike Education program run by Cycling Victoria. Students in these Year Levels need to have a working bike and helmet at school on these days.
Literacy Information Session - For Parents of Year 3, 4, 5, 6 students
Parents of Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students are invited to attend an information session facilitated by our Literacy Leader Julie Grace on Wednesday 11th March at 9am. This session will focus on how you can support your child in Literacy through their senior years of primary school.
At 9am on Friday 27th March, the final day of Term One, we will gather together as a whole school for an Easter Liturgy to remember the events of Holy Week. All parents are welcome to attend this.
Following the Easter Liturgy, we will celebrate the end of Term One with a whole school activity day, called Harmony Day. There will be more information to follow regarding this event.
The following classes will be presenting at assembly on the dates mentioned below. Assembly commences at 2.30pm each Monday afternoon in the school hall.
Monday 10th February - Year 3
Monday 17th February - Year 5
Monday 24th February - Year 6
Monday 2nd March - Year 2
Monday 16th March - Year 1
Monday 23rd March - Prep