‘Be happy… not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything.
As we approach the end of the school and church liturgical year, we note that Advent is almost upon us. It is a time of irony in many ways. Schools are extremely busy with the many activities and arrangements that the end of the year entails. For all of us, life seems busier and busier. Yet Advent calls us to make time for quiet reflection and prayer, to open our heart and mind and spirit to the knowledge that God loves us and invites us to share the love with others. It is a time to reflect on how well we have responded to that invitation as individuals and as a community, and to renew our commitment to God’s love in the world.
Let us all reflect on the significance of Advent and how we can support one another as we come closer to the conclusion of 2020.
As staffing continues to be finalised for 2020, I am informing the community that Jose Suyat and Claire Decelis will be retiring at the end of the year.
Jose has been at St. Peter Chanel School and Parish since 2009 serving our Deer Park community with pride, enthusiasm and commitment. His positivity to do his absolute best to care for the school in so many ways is acknowledged and appreciated.
We also acknowledge Claire Decelis as she retires from her role as our Communication and Resource Co-ordinator. Claire has been at our school for 23 years overseeing the many aspects of her role in the library and community centre. Claire’s expertise in this area has truly been outstanding. Her commitment to the role has been of the highest order.
We wish Jose and Claire every best wish in their retirements, as we no doubt, will miss them both.
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AWARD
As you are aware St Peter Chanel Primary School, (Administration building) was recently nominated in the Category for: Small Projects under AU$2m for the first Peoples Choice Award. Our building was voted as best project in this category and recognized for its design and functionality. It is great for our community to be acknowledged and I thank all families who voted.
SCHOOL FEES AND LEVIES
Outstanding school fees remain for 2020. It is important that they be paid promptly to ensure that the school can meet its payments. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please make an appointment to see me. Thank you to all parents who have finalised their fee and levy payment for 2020. Your support with this matter is appreciated.
OUTDOOR CAMP EXPERIENCE
As you are aware our Years 4, 5 and 6 students will be involved in a camp/outdoor experience at Lady Northcote Recreation Camp, Rowsley Valley, near Bacchus Marsh on Friday 27 November.
This experience is available for our students and will be an opportunity to have fun, participate in team activities and educate children on elements of safety associated with outdoor learning.
The cost of the camp experience is $95.00 per child.
This cost covers:
- Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
- Additional school staff
- Trained camp leaders
- Onsite paramedic
A reminder to families that consent forms and payments are to be made no later than Monday 23 November.
We are all looking forward to an enjoyable day.
As you are aware, our Year 6 students will be graduating at the end of the year. Even though there will be no Graduation Mass in the church, all elements of Graduation will take place, be recorded and then provided as a gift to all Year 6 families. Our Year 6 students will also have a “Big Day In” and enjoy fun activities on our school site. We ask God’s blessing on each one of them as they begin another important stage of their life journey.
After due consideration, student classes for 2021 will remain the same as 2020.
The reasons of the decision are as follows:
- students have spent limited time as a group due to COVID 19 pandemic
- social relationships are to be consolidated and enhanced
- transition to the next year level is accelerated and beneficial for students
We thank parents for their support and understanding as we strive to ensure a positive transition for all students.
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
- Please note that the school will be closed on Monday 7 December allowing online Learning Conversations to take place. More information will be provided shortly.
END OF 2020 SCHOOL YEAR
A reminder to all parents that the end of the 2020 school year will conclude on Friday 11 December at 1.00pm. All students will finish on this day. It will be Casual Clothes for all students.
Building works are scheduled to take place during the school holidays, hence the need to have all students’ offsite and finishing school on this day. The After School Program will be in operation as per normal on this final day.
Due to the ongoing restrictions still in place for schools, the end of year School Mass will not be possible. All classes will have a special end of year liturgy with a snapshot of the liturgies represented via SeeSaw.
School resumes for all students on Monday 1 February 2020.
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