Wow! Just as restrictions were being lessened and we found ourselves returning to sports and gatherings, we are now a week into remote learning with this new community outbreak. How important is it that we all work together to look after one another and remember:
It is a time of hope!
Hope that the quick lockdown will be a circuit breaker and we will be back to our normal routine very soon.
It is a time of courage!
Courage that we can have the strength to face all of the adversity that is presenting to us at this difficult time.
It is a time of love!
A time to focus on your family and taking the time to focus on the things you can control at the moment.
It is a time to be supportive of others!
It is a time where we put our Catholic social teachings into overdrive and ensure all of the poor and vulnerable in our community are supported.
Please reach out to those in need and check in on yourself and allow others to reach out to you. Ask yourself “How can I be the hand of God reaching out and being of service to others?”.
And above all be grateful! Grateful for your family, grateful for our country, grateful for your own health and wellbeing. Try to find small things to celebrate and not focus on things you can’ t control.
Take care, know we are here for you and let’s all get through this time together.
First Holy Communion
The St Thomas the Apostle Parish First Eucharist program kicked off last night with the Information Night for parents. Enrolment forms are soon to follow so that families of Year 5 students (catching up from last year) can begin their preparation for this essential step in their Catholic journey.
‘Holy Communion’ comes under many names, to express the various ways of approaching the sacrament. Our candidates will be undertaking preparation so they can come to better understand the special relationship they are building with Jesus. It is called ‘Communion’ because they are forming a closer union with Jesus. When Catholics receive the Body and Blood of our Lord, they are accepting the most pure and beautiful gift ever given. This is why it is also known as ‘Eucharist’ (Greek for ‘Thanksgiving’) because we are expressing our heartfelt gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice, freely given to us with love.
Many thanks for the parents who expressed their intent last night by jumping onto the Google Meet. If you had already expressed interest in First Communion for your Year 5 student and missed the information session, you will need to contact the Parish as soon as possible so that you don’t miss the program.
Religious Education Leader
Kids can cope with their BIG feelings in lots of ways.
At Coping Skills for Kids, Janine Halloran talks about five Coping Styles: Relaxation, Distraction, Processing, Movement, and Sensory.
Episode 83 of the Calm and Connected Podcast is all about the Sensory Coping Style, 7 sensory-based strategies to help your child relax and manage their feelings.
To listen please click here!
Blessing and Opening of Stage 4 buildings at St Thomas the Apostle
Bishop Bennet and Ms Kirkwood joined the school community at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School in Cranbourne East to bless and open the extension of the school’s multi-purpose building, which houses six new general learning areas.
The building project was jointly funded by the Australian Government, under the Capital Grants Program, and the school community.
Parent Access Module (PAM)
Reporting your childs attendance (Remote learning)/ Absences during lockdown)
Please log into your PAM accounts and complete your child's attendance by 9:30am
indicating if they are Remote Learning at HOME, taking a Family Day or unwell
If you are unable to log into your PAM account please contact the school for further assistance.
Health Care Cards
If you have recently become eligible for a Health Care Card, please contact the school for a Camps, Sports, Excursion Funding (CSEF) application form. The Government provides funding for families with an eligible HCC which also entitles eligible holders to a fee concession. If this applies to you please ensure that all paperwork is submitted by the 1st August.
Winter Uniform will be required to be worn from Term 2. Uniforms can be purchased from PSW located in Hampton Park.
NB: We have a number of unnamed items in lost property. Please clearly label your child's items of clothing so they can be returned to your child if handed to lost property.
If your child is unwell, has a fever or has been vomiting or have had gastroenteritis, they must stay at home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. If they are not completely symptom free eg: runny nose, cough they will need a medical certificate to confirm they have recovered and are not contagious in order to attend school.
Change of Clothing (Foundation – Junior students)
Accidents happen, from muddy puddles to tummy troubles; there may come a time when your child needs a change of clothes. Please ensure your child has a spare set of clothing in their bags at all times in the event they are needed.
|Friday July 30||Prep 100 Day Celebration|
|Friday Aug 5||Interschool Winter Sports - Gr6|
|Thursday Aug 26||Seniors attending St Peter's Musical Production|
|Friday Aug 27||Book Week Whole School Dress Up Day|
|Friday Sept 3||Father's Day Breakfast|
|Thursday Sept 16||
Footy Sports Team day
Last Day of Term 3