With the start of this third week of the season of Advent, we are halfway to Christmas.
So, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ and for the second coming of the Lord, we light three candles, including a special one of a different color.
Lighting the lighter-colored candle this week is a sign that what was dark is getting brighter, and joy is on its way. We can hardly wait to rejoice and sing at Christmas. We know that the wonder of the season tends to push all our sadness and sorrow away, so we start to feel that special feeling already.
The prophet Isaiah, in this third week of Advent, recalls for us what that joy is like. Feeling God in our lives lifts our spirits. And what is it that will make even the poor happy and the hurting healed? Praise for God and justice for others. St. Paul reminds us to pray, to be holy and to not let anything quench our joyous spirit.
Here at St Thomas the Apostle we feel the energy lifting and the excitement about Christmas, summer holidays and moving up a grade. As we travel through these final days of school we continue to live the four pillars that the school Catholic identity is built on. We give thanks for the wonderful gifts of friends, family and school i our lives. We seek reconciliation when things are not right and look to return to right relationship with all in our community. I encourage everyone to continue to practice prayer and service in your daily life as we travel through the Advent season with our eyes fixed on the joy of new life.
Reports will be available for parents to log in and download from Tuesday 15th December. A notification will be sent via The Spear email group.
On Tuesday 15th December students moving into Year 1 to 6 will meet their new classes in the afternoon (2-2.45pm).
The final day for formal classes will be Wednesday the 16th at 3.pm. Children are not required after this day. On Thursday 17th of December the school is able to supervise children who require it. Please book your child in with Mrs Dourley via email to email@example.com
First Day 2021
All students will begin school on Thursday 28th of January. Years 1 to 6 begin at 8.45am and Foundation (Prep) will start the day at 9.45am
Pick up and Drop off 2021
The construction of the church onsite will begin in the first half of 2021. For this reason the decision has been made to continue the current pick up and drop off arrangements.
Drop Off - begins at 8.20 when the supervising teacher comes onto duty (please do not permit children out of the car until a staff member wearing a hi-vis vest is present)
Pick Up - begins at 3.15pm and concludes at 3.40pm
We will continue to work on improving the processes for smooth pick up of children.
Parent Access Module - aka PAM
From the start of the 2021 school year parents will have a new portal to access information about the school called PAM. There will be an email sent out in the week before school starts with instructions on how to log in and fill in your child/rens medical profile. PAM will be where school excursion permission is given, absence notification is made, statistics on attendance, school reports, NAPLAN data and other information is available for parents. PAM will have a school calendar and a function for daily messages where required.
See Saw App
A reminder for all families to download any work they would like to keep from See Saw by Wednesday 16th December. Thank you
Long Service Leave
Both Mrs Dunlevie and Mrs Torossian will be on leave for all of 2021