St Michael’s School
St Michael’s School
Message from the Principal – Newsletter 24
Dear Parents and Caregivers
I would like to begin this week by thanking the P & F for co-ordinating last Friday’s disco. The students had a fantastic time! In particular, thank you to Sarah Payne and the other volunteers who served in the kitchen on the night, supervised, manned the door and set up and cleaned up. These events don’t just happen – they require time and energy from our wonderful parents and P & F body. Thank you all so much!
New Access System
A reminder of the important message in last week’s newsletter regarding the new locks on our school gates. Commencement of the installation of the access system is next Saturday 24th August. This means that potentially, the new system maybe operational on the gates from Monday 26th August and gates will not be open until 8.15am. If you need to arrange for your child to attend OSHClub in the mornings (prior to 8.15am), please do so prior to the 26th August. Access to OSHClub will be through the side door of the hall and only students attending OSHClub are permitted to enter via this entrance.
St. Michael’s Three-Year-Old Program (3YOP)
While we are waiting on final approval for our 2020 3YOP, we are seeking formal expressions of interest from parents wishing to enrol for next year. The EOI form can be found on our website: https://www.stmichaelsbass.wa.edu.au/enrolment.html
Wellness Week Term 4
The following scripture quotes remind us all of the importance of rest, sabbatical and fallow times. These were importance concepts of biblical times and Jesus himself was very aware of the importance of rest, time to rejuvenate, renew, and revitalize.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.
The above scripture quotes are clear examples of the importance of time to rest and renew, to rekindle and regenerate. Jesus himself took rest, spent time in prayer and offered respite to those in need. In reflecting on our school focus on mindfulness, our need to ensure our own physical and mental health capacities and the importance of taking time to rejuvenate, we are introducing school Wellness Week during Week 2 Term 4 (21- 25th October). The purpose of Wellness Week is to give everyone (students, families and staff) an opportunity to slow down and take time to focus on our health and wellbeing, particularly our mental health. A variety of activities will be run throughout Wellness Week for students and staff to promote wellbeing. There will be no homework for students or meetings before or after school during Wellness Week. Instead, we will be encouraging staff and students to spend quality time with their families. In the coming weeks I will be sharing ideas in the newsletter that staff and parents can do with their families during Wellness Week to promote wellbeing and positive relationships. I encourage you to keep an eye out for these and start thinking about what ideas you might implement as a family during Wellness Week. More details are to follow so ‘watch this space’ and I hope you all get behind this wonderful initiative to enhance all our community members’ health and wellbeing.
Wishing you a restful weekend!
Dr Siobhan Galos