“Believing in yourself is everything. If you do not believe in what you can do, it is almost impossible to achieve it.”
Welcome to a new year of education, and a special welcome to those of you who are beginning your journey at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School for the first time. I hope your holidays were an opportunity to relax with your family and friends, and to refresh body and spirit.
Again, this year, we will continue to work together to strengthen our partnership in educating your child. By working together, I believe we provide the loving, compassionate, supportive and safe environment crucial to nurturing creative and successful young adults. It is with best wishes that we begin our 2020 journey.
Enrolments for Prep 2021 are soon to open. To be eligible to commence school next year, children will need to be five years of age by 30 April, 2021. Enrolments will also be accepted for other year levels. Enrolment Packs will be available from the school administration in March.
School assemblies for 2020 will continue to be held on Friday afternoons, as indicated on calendar, beginning at 2.40pm. In the event of inclement weather or extreme heat, assemblies will be cancelled. All families and friends are welcome to attend.
Term 1 – Assembly dates:
Friday, 14 February Year 5C
Friday, 28 February Year 4A
Friday, 13 March Year 3AS
Parents are asked to note school closures for Term 1 – 2020
Thursday 5 March Professional Learning for staff
Friday 6 March Professional Learning for staff
Monday 9 March Public Holiday
School App (Skoolbag)
A reminder that the School App is available to all families and friends and can be downloaded immediately. The School App is another way families are informed and updated with school and classroom events as well important day to day information that may become available. Please contact the school administration if further information is required.
Consent and Asthma Forms – Updating Family Records
To ensure that our school data is recent and accurate, a Parent Consent and Asthma form was issued last week, please return as soon as possible.
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
A Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund application form is attached for you to complete if you have a current health care card. The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses. The amount is $125.00 per student.
School photos will be held on Monday 23 March. All students are to wear their summer uniform.
It is a requirement for all students to wear a school hat when they are outside. For students not wearing a school hat, the school’s “No Hat, No Play” Policy will be followed.
If your child has Anaphylaxis or allergies, please ensure that a 2020 Anaphylaxis Action Plan or Allergy Action Plan is provided to the school. These plans must be updated annually. This can be obtained from your doctor, who must sign the document. Please ensure that the school has a current Epi-Pen which will be stored in the First Aid room in the school office.
Unfortunately, the incidence of childhood food allergies is on the rise. Some children can have a dramatic reaction to the smell or touch of items such as dairy or nut-based products. Their reaction requires serious treatment with adrenaline prior to hospitalization.
As a result, the sharing of food items is not permitted as some items may have a trace of an allergen. This means that bringing cakes, lollies, or other party foods from home to celebrate birthdays cannot occur. While we are aware that this is disappointing for some students, we are acting in the best interests of all.
At lunch break and afternoon recess, children are given time to eat in class before going out to play. We aim to support parents in encouraging healthy eating while at school and ask for your support in limiting chips, lollies and other snack foods.
Picking up your child from school
Pick up arrangements are very important for your child’s sense of security. Please ensure that your child knows who will be picking him or her up from school. If these arrangements change, please contact the school.
School Car Park
A letter was sent home to all families (14 February) about car park expectations. It is important for all families to read the update.
TERM DATES FOR 2020
Term 1 Friday, 31 January – Friday, 27 March
Term 2 Tuesday, 14 April to Friday, 26 June
Term 3 Monday, 13 July to Friday, 18 September
Term 4 Monday, 5 October to Tuesday, 15 December
Mr Armando Gagliardi
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