Dear Parents & Guardians,
Welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful break. It is great to see all students arrive back at school safely, ready for another great term of learning at St Joseph the Worker Primary School. We have another busy term ahead with many events including SLA Camp, excursions and incursions and Sports Day. We have a dedicated page in the newsletter this term with information and there will also be reminders coming home throughout the term via our school App.
This term we welcome back Rosa who has been away on long service leave. We also wish Beth all the best for her long service leave this term.
On a sad note, please keep Natalie Ferron and her family in your prayers as Natalie's father passed away during the holidays.
Planning for 2020
In the next month, we will be discussing the class structures for 2020. If families are moving schools next year, can you please inform Marisa in the office. Thank you for your support of this.
Next Monday our senior students are heading to camp at Anglesea. Thank you to Stephanie, Maureen, Pauline, Beth, and Jackie for their organisation at preparation for camp. Thank you also to Jill and Michael who will also be attending camp. I look forward to joining the students and staff at the camp and wish everyone a wonderful time away.
Launch of our new school uniform
Next week we launch our new school uniform. Please RSVP if you are attending. l hope to see many of you at either our afternoon or evening gathering. I would like to thank Vanessa Rendina, Julie Zucco and Connie Bof for their ongoing support and assistance with this project. Many, many hours of work has happened to ensure the transparency of this process and to include everyone in this project. I also thank the School Advisory Board for their ongoing support; we have attended extra meetings this year to ensure that the Board was involved in every step of this process. It has been a lot of work and l thank everyone with their support with this important project.
Regarding the cracks to our running track; l am continuing discussions with Catholic Education Melbourne, our architects, builders and engineers to find a resolution. This has been a lengthy process and hopefully, in the next few weeks we will have a solution and repairs will be able to take place.
Parents/guardians are responsible for contacting the school on that day of an expected absence to inform us and to provide an explanation for a child's absence. This must be done prior to the commencement of the school day. This is easily done via Skoolbag App or by contacting the school before 9.00 am.
We still have some families who have not yet paid this year's school fees and levies. If you have not settled these overdue accounts, can this be done immediately or please make an appointment to see me discuss this situation. All fees and levies are due to be paid by the end of October. A further reminder that all camp fees must be settled in full prior to children attending camps.
Commencing Monday 21st October, all students should be in their FULL SUMMER UNIFORM. It is most important that children are not wearing a mixture of summer and winter uniform and they are correctly attired in our full summer uniform. A friendly reminder that sneakers are not correct uniform except on days when students have PE lessons or are participating in inter-school sports. A number of students are wearing sneakers every day and parents will be contacted if students are not in the correct uniform. Thank you for your ongoing assistance in ensuring your children are meeting the dress code of our school.
If parents have a concern regarding their child, please make an appointment to speak to their teacher. For minor concerns, parents can 'catch a teacher after school'. However, it may be necessary to set a time to meet to discuss the challenges. I encourage parents to communicate with teachers via email or preferably make an appointment with the teacher so that concerns may be addressed appropriately. Parents should note that if you are sending an email, teachers may not be able to respond immediately as they will be busy with teaching responsibilities. Parents should expect an answer to their email within 24 business hours and only within the hours of 8.30 am and 5.00 pm.
School Closure Days
This term we have one closure days:
- Monday, 4th November
We ask St Joseph the Worker to continue to bless our wonderful Parish and School Community.
I'm looking forward to another fantastic term! Enjoy your weekend.