Term 4 Week 2 - Friday 15th October 2021
FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
It's certainly been a busy start to Term 4. What a pleasure it is to have an increasing number of students back onsite! I look forward to the 26th of October when we will have our full cohort back to face-to-face learning. As our community begins to reconnect after long periods of absence and separation I offer this prayer;
You greet us and welcome us into your loving embrace
acknowledging the trauma and turmoil of this time.
The message of peace was what your disciples needed to hear,
and what the world needs now.
When we are reunited with those from whom we've been separated,
may our greetings, too, be of peace and love.
Louise Wilson (currently teaching 1/2 and leading in RE) will be taking leave effective from the 26th October. We wish Louise all the very best for the reminder of 2021 and hope to see her smiling face back on deck in 2022. We welcome Maree Fay back on deck for the remainder of the year to maintain high levels of learning in that space.
I congratulate Emily Borrelli (currently working in a Learning Support role) on her appointment to Ararat West Primary School as a classroom teacher. I'm sure Emily will apply what she has learnt in her time here at St Mary's as she continues her career in education.
Last week, we conducted interviews to fill Georgie's maternity leave position. There was a strong field of applicants. We have appointed Simon Edge to the position. Simon is currently working at Avoca Primary School in a 3/4 class. Simon also brings a wealth of experience in areas of wellbeing and sports management; having worked at Tennis Australia, Cricket Australia and the Essendon Football Club.
GRADE 3/4 STUDENTS - RETURN TO SCHOOL DATES
Tuesday 19th October, Wednesday 20th October
GRADE 5/6 STUDENTS - RETURN TO SCHOOL DATES
Monday 18th October, Thursday 21st October
FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER
All students return to school full time
THERE WILL BE NO LUNCH ORDERS UNTIL FURTHER ADVISED. MARIAN COLLEGE ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE AT THIS TIME
100 DAYS OF SCHOOL - MIDDLE LEARNING COMMUNITY
On Tuesday the 12th of October the Middle Learning Community finally celebrated 100 days of learning in the classroom!
To celebrate this remarkable achievement, they were thinking ahead of their time and sharing what they wanted to achieve when they reach 100 years of age.
- I want to have solved world poverty and helped everyone around the world.
- I want to have been a gymnastic teacher after achieving all my medals in the Olympics.
- I want to have been an amazing actress and have at least 2 of my shows on Netflix. A double-story house would be amazing and traveled to America.
- I want to have a loving family to share all my stories with.
- I want to have served in the Army and to have protected my family.
Wishing the following students a very happy birthday this week!
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS IN THE RAT
St Mary’s Supporting Mental Health Week (Sunday 10th October - Sunday 17th October)
As you may be aware, Central Grampians LLEN have launched a campaign called ‘Random Acts of Kindness in the Rat!’
The aim of the campaign is to emphasise the importance of practicing empathy through kindness and encourages members of the community to share a random act of kindness with another person, using the ‘pay it forward’ cards that have been distributed around the town.
Please see below some photos of our acts of kindness this week at school #kindararat
Special thanks to Jane in the office for baking us a cake to all enjoy for morning tea today!