St Michael’s School
St Michael’s School
Message from the Principal – Newsletter 30
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Thank you to everyone for a terrific last week of term from Mercy Day to our talent quest, well done to all involved! Special thanks to Mrs Rochelle Albert for her first St. Michael’s Got Talent event and all the students who shared their magnificent gifts and talents with us!
Uniform and Morning Drop Off Routine
This week we have sent home some reminders with individual students regarding haircuts which are not in line with school policy. Parents are asked to use the holiday period to ensure that your children have the correct school uniform and to ensure that haircuts are conservative in style. In particular, several boys’ haircuts require attention. We do not allow dyed hair or hair that is partly shaved with a long section on top. Please be aware of our policy if your child is having a new haircut over the break. The issue of uniforms was recently raised at school board level, so please be aware that the feedback is coming from both the school and other parents – everyone appreciates us all correctly following the school policies and procedures!
This week we have also sent home some individual reminders about our morning drop off routine as some students are being dropped off far too early in the morning – some before 8am! We remind parents that school supervision commences at 8.20am each morning and it is school policy that students are not dropped off at school prior to this time. The school gates do not open until 8.20am and, hence, the school does not have duty of care for your child prior to this.
St. Michael’s OSH Club
If you require before school care for your child/ren, we recommend you contact the OSH Club operating out of our school hall, who we have partnered with for the convenience of parents. The OSH Club are available from 7am. Their contact details are:
St. Michael’s OSH Club
Ph: 0427 945 406 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.oshclub.com.au
Acceptance of enrolment at our school means that parents agree to support all school policies and procedures and we thank you for efforts with this.
During the school holidays, CEWA will release our budget figures for 2021 and we will be using these figures to prepare our 2021 budget early in Term 4 ready to present at our AGM. We require accurate student numbers to prepare our budget, hence, if your child will not be attending St. Michael’s in 2021, can you please notify reception in writing by the first day of term 4 on email@example.com (with the exception of current Year 6 students).
A reminder that Term 4 commences for students on Tuesday 13thOctober.
This year on our awards night, we will be trialling something different. Instead of a musical performance, we will have our Edudance concert on this evening (once the formality of the awards night have concluded). Our choir will also perform a couple of items.
Wellness Week – 26 – 30 October (Term 4 Week 3)
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.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
3 For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, 4 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, last year we introduced school Wellness Week. 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. Wellness Week this year will held in Term 4 Week 3 (26 – 30 October). 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 first few weeks next term, 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.
Thank you all for a great term and for your support of the school during a term that was still influenced and affected by social distancing requirements. I understand that the requirements of COVID-19 have brought many disappointments this year, yet our parents have supported all decisions without complaint and we sincerely thank you for this!
Have a wonderful holiday period – I hope you find time to relax, perhaps travel our beautiful state and spend time together as a family!
Dr Siobhan Galos