Week 1, Term 3 2020
Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Welcome back to Term 3. As we navigate our way through another unknown term of what may come, we hope that you all have had some family time over the past two weeks holiday. There is much to look forward to this term including the Athletics Carnival, Class Masses, Book Week Celebrations, Catholic Education Week so be sure to add these important events to your family calendar. Specific dates can be found on the school calendar on the Schoolzine app.
This week we welcome ten new students to our school:
Sophie and Chelsea Prep A
Sophia Prep T
Sienna Year 2F
Lotti Year 2S
Emily Year 3H
Isaac Year 3PM
Damon Year 3L
Mia Year 5K
Aliarna-May Year 5W
and trust that they and their families settle comfortably into the St Saviour’s Community.
For 2021, we are at full capacity for Prep and later this term will invite these children to spend the morning in Prep at as part of their transition to our school. There are places available in all other year levels for 2021.
It is vital that you notify us if you know that your child will not be returning in 2021. Please complete the Care Monkey request to communicate this to our school so that future planning of staffing and class sizes can be determined. Another child may be waiting for a place at St Saviour’s Primary School. Thank you to the families who have already let us know about any changes.
COVID 19 updates:
Updated border restrictions for travellers from Victoria
The Queensland Government has announced a further tightening of the border restrictions for travellers from Victoria. Full details are included in the Border Restrictions Direction (No.8) which applied from Friday 10th July.
The new restrictions mean any staff or students returning from Victoria will be forced to quarantine, which may be in a hotel at their own expense.
School sport spectators update
The latest information from the Department of Education with regard to school sporting events is as follows:
In line with updates to the Roadmap, sport organisations following a COVID Safe Industry Plan can:
- resume activity including competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play
- open indoor sports facilities with one person per four square metres (off the field of play)
- open outdoor sports facilities with physical distancing (off the field of play).
In relation to spectator numbers, the Roadmap states that for events with fewer than 500 people, no approval is needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist and for 500 to 10,000 people – a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units will be required.
Unfortunately, these documents are not yet available, and we are awaiting further advice from Queensland Health in relation to COVID SAFE Event Plans and COVID Safe Event Checklists. Once this information is provided there should be further clarity in relation to numbers permitted at events. The Department of Education will provide this information as it becomes available.
The Department has FAQs for schools and parents available here. These supersede the previous Rebooting School Sport document.
In summary, QLD Stage 3 restrictions as of 10 July. Key changes include:
- Gatherings such as weddings and funerals can now include up to 100 people
- Contact sport is allowed
- Churches, theatres and stadiums can operate at 50 per cent capacity as long as the 4 square metre per person limit is maintained.
- Small venues of up to 200 square metres can operate with a ratio of 2 square metres per person up to a limit of 50 people.
Assemblies for Term 3
As of Monday 20th July, we will resume having our school assembly in the Mercy Centre at 2:30p.m. on Mondays. Parents are welcome to attend but must adhere to the one person per four square metres, sign in on arrival, maintain social distancing and hygiene measures. Special thanks to our Year 6 Leaders, Lachlan, Grace T, Leon and Grace G for leading the school online over the past term. Their technical and presentations skills were outstanding. What a great team!
Parents entering the school grounds – we will continue to err on the side of caution with this restriction: We ask that parents wanting to enter must have a good reason and maintain covid-safe practices (hand sanitiser, not attending when unwell, maintaining social distance, not congregating etc. Thank you for adhering to this directive and keeping us all safe.
Our Year 5 and 6 students for Semester Two will be learning how to play the Ukulele. Mrs Spalding over the holiday break has been very busy in learning how to play as well. We can't wait to see their first performance. Special thanks to Mr Carson for once again giving so generously of his time and craftsmanship in making us a cabinet to house our ukuleles. It is greatly appreciated.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to another busy (and somewhat chilly) term! I do hope that you enjoyed the winter break and managed to get some quality family time together!
Sacramental Program recommences: An email has been sent to let families know about the process to conclude the Reconciliation part of the program. See that letter attached here and please let the parish know asap about which date suits you, remembering that there is a limit of 3 people per family to attend.
Class Masses: It was lovely yesterday to finally be able to celebrate Mass in the cathedral, with Year 4 and then Year 5s gathering in the sanctuary. With our theme of "Sacred Spaces", Fr Michael, as usual, had a very engaging way of focusing the students on the topic- What makes a space "sacred"? I encourage you to ask your Yr 4/5 student what the answer is to that question...and also, what did Fr Michael have for them to look at (through), as part of his homily! You might be surprised by the answer.
Next week, we are planning on having Masses with Year 6 and Prayer Gatherings with Prep to Year 3...all in the sanctuary, around the altar.
At the end of last term, classes undertook a variety of service activities. Below you will see photos showing:-
: Year 3s making Lavender bags and prayer cards, which were then delivered to residents at Salem Aged Care.
: Year 5s donating fruit to Rosies
:Year 6s donating coats and jackets to Rosies
Parents, thank you for your generosity!
During Covid19 restrictions our shop was shut for an unprecedented eight weeks, where we were unable to accept donations.
Since re-opening the need for help and support from the shop has been overwhelming and donations have not kept up with demand.
We are asking if your school would consider hosting a winter appeal targeting shop donations of clothes, shoes, toys, books, bedding and bric a brac.
Semester One Report Cards
A reminder that report cards will be sent home on Friday July 24. These reports will reflect that students learnt at school and remotely last semester.
In accordance with Toowoomba Catholic Schools' and Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority directives, teachers will report on a minimum of five learning areas. Every year level will report on Maths, English, Religion and HPE. Year levels will then choose to report on Science and/or HASS depending on the evidence of learning that has been collected. That means that there will not be a grade for The Technologies, The Arts or Japanese this semester.
Teachers will still be providing marks via an A-E scale. These will be supported by comments in Maths and English and a general comment.
If you have any questions about the report cards or are concerned in any way, please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Semester One Academic Awards
Academic and Encouragement Awards will be presented to students during Week 3. Academic Awards are presented to students who perform exceptionally well (All A and B results) in all learning areas over the course of a semester. One member of each class also receives an academic Encouragment Award for the effort they put into their learning over a semester. If a student receives all A marks in their report card, an academic medal is awarded.
Teaching and Learning Meetings
During the first two weeks of this term, teaching staff and leadership are engaging in Teaching and Learning Meetings. These meetings are to discuss the academic progress of all students and for future planning to maximise and prioritise teaching and learning in every classroom at St Saviour's Primary. This time is also used for professional development opportunities and keeping up with current curriculum trends.
Year 6 Sport Shirts
Dan Eagleson has informed me that he has some extra 2020 Year 6 leader shirts. If your child has grown out of theirs or would like another one, please stop into the uniform shop to purchase a shirt.
Year 5 Camp
At this stage Year 5 Camp is going ahead this term from September 7 to 9 at Camp Cooby. Parents of students in Year 5 will receive a letter home via Schoolzine this week with preliminary information about the camp.
Curious Creatures Wild Minds – Book Week 2020
We will celebrate this theme across the term and finish with a collaborative class project and a dress-up day on Tuesday 15th September (Week 10).
Angelo took up the challenge of creating a curious creature over the holidays and he is to be commended for the excellent model and for the thinking that inspired it. Angelo’s creation is on display in the library among some wonderful books that feature creatures of every kind.
Year 6 rostered library helpers had fun transforming our puppets into curious creatures.
Curious Creatures Drawing Competition
Students are invited to draw their idea of a curious creature and bring it to the library no later than Thursday 30th July. All drawings will go on display and one prize will be awarded in each class.
Is this your copy of 52 Storey Treehouse?
Students are welcome to come into the library from 8 am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for some quiet reading during the cold months of July and August. I have enjoyed seeing them making the most of this invitation over the last 2 days!
Happy creating everyone!
St Saviour’s Primary School Athletics Carnival 2020
We are very excited to announce that we will be running an amended Athletics Carnival in line with the COVID-19 restrictions in Term 3.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a total of only 100 people (this includes students and adults) can attend the carnival. Students will therefore be competing in events in PE lessons and in class/age groups (program below). Unfortunately, to adhere to the 100 people restriction, parents are unable to attend the carnival this year. Our main objective is to make sure the students get to compete in the Athletics Carnival. We are conscious that our Year Six leaders look forward to their final carnival and they will still get the chance to lead, cheer and help out over the course of the weeks. With Field Events being conducted during PE lessons, 1st, 2nd and 3rd (2011 – 2008) will not be able to be worked out until all students have competed in the event. All results will be recorded and winners for each age group will be announced at the following assembly.
Sprints, relays and ball games will be conducted by age groups and ribbons will be given to first, second and third. Unfortunately, due to the size of our oval, no 200m and 800m events will happen this year.
The carnival will take a total of four weeks to complete as outlined below and I thank parents and students for their understanding during this time. At the end of the carnival, age champions and an overall house will be announced again on assembly.
We have received notification that there will be no Zone Carnival or Darling Downs Athletics Carnival.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Miss Sleba or myself via email email@example.com.
- High Jump in PE Lessons (2012 – 2008) 1st, 2nd, 3rd and one point for every student who participates. Winners will be announced on assembly.
- Mini Hurdles Race in PE Lessons (2015 – 2011) one point for every student who participates.
- Long Jump in PE Lessons (2011 – 2008) 1st, 2nd , 3rd and one point for every student who participates. Winners will be announced on assembly.
- Sack Race in PE Lessons (2015 – 2012) one point for every student who participates.
- Shotput in PE Lessons (2011 – 2008) 1st, 2nd , 3rd and one point for every student who participates. Winners will be announced on assembly.
- Shotput (Foam) in PE Lessons (2015 – 2012) one point for every student who participates.
- Relays and Ballgames on Tuesday after rolls have been marked on school oval by groups of students. Start with Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6. Points will be as follows, 1st = 5, 2nd = 3, 3rd = 2, 4th = 1.
- All students to dress in house colours for Relays and Ballgames.
- Discus in PE Lessons (2011 – 2008) 1st, 2nd , 3rd and one point for every student who participates. Winners will be announced on assembly.
- Discus (Foam) in PE Lessons (2015 – 2012) one point for every student who participates.
- Sprints (60m to 100m) on Tuesday after rolls have been marked on school oval by groups of students. Start with 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. Heats from last years run offs will be used. All races 2011 onwards will have a final which will be run before each age group finishes.
- All students to dress in house colours for Sprints.
We look forward to the competition ahead for the St Saviour’s Primary School 2020 Athletics Carnival.
Zone and Darling Downs Trials
All Zone and Darling Downs trial dates will be posted on School Zine. To receive notifications, download the School Zine app and add St Saviour’s Primary School.
Please make sure you log onto CareMonkey and complete the permission form for you child to compete in discus. If no permission is given, your child will be unable to compete in this athletic event. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athletics Carnival (Week One)
Students in Years Three to Six have been competing in High Jump (Photos Attached) this week and I have been very impressed with the quality of their jumps. 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be worked out over the weekend for age groups 2011 – 2008 and announced on Monday. Prep to Year Two have been participating in a mini hurdles race this week and what a lot of fun it has been (Photos Attached).
Visit by Registered Nurse for Free Prep Vision Screening
Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. Vision screening checks for common eye conditions that may impact your child’s ability to see and therefore impact their learning and development. A Registered Nurse will be visiting the school on the 24th and 25th August to conduct vision screening for children in their prep year. If you wish to have your prep child participate in this free vision screening program, please complete and sign the consent form that has been sent home with your child this week and return this to your child’s class teacher by Wednesday the 29th of July. Parents do not need to be present for screening, however if you would like to be, please contact the school to arrange this.
If your child’s vision is screened, you will be advised of the results in writing. If a vision concern is found, you will receive a phone call from the nurse to discuss referral to an eye health professional for further assessment. If a vision concern is identified and your child requires glasses, eligible health care card holders may be assisted with free basic glasses through the Spectacle Supply Scheme.
Participation in vision screening is not compulsory. If you do not wish for your child to participate in screening, please complete the consent form and indicate that you wish to decline screening. If you have any questions, please contact the Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program on 1800 687 372.
Term 3 School Fees
Term 3 School Fees will be issued in Week 3 of this term. All school fee accounts are emailed home to the nominated fee payer. This will be the final school fee account issued for 2020.
School Banking is resuming this term. If your child is a keen saver and was previously using our School Banking programme to deposit their savings, St Saviour's Primary will be accepting bank deposits again. The banking day will remain on Tuesday of each week. Children can deliver their bank deposit books directly to the office or via their class teacher first thing in the morning. Any deposit books that get handed in late or after the banking has been processed will have their deposits held over to the following Tuesday. If anyone is interested in becoming a school banker, please contact the office for more information.
Prep enrolments are now being taken for Prep 2022. Our Prep 2021 enrolments are now finalised. We would encourage any families with Prep 2022 children to submit their application or pick up an enrolment package from the office as places are already filling for Prep 2022.
At St Saviour's Primary we love to celebrate children's birthdays. However due to current covid restrictions, home made birthday treats brought into school such as cupcakes or birthday cakes are unable to be used. We thank you for your understanding during this time.
School Phone Number
St Saviour's Primary School now has a new phone number.
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St Saviour's Primary Website
St Saviour's Primary now has new website. Jump on the site and familiarise yourself with it. You will find it is full of information, important dates and upcoming events.
The last week of Term 2 our Prep classes celebrated the term with an Alphabet party. Attached are some photos from the day.