Thursday 10 December 2020
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Tomorrow, parents and caregivers will receive the Semester Two reports. As the school office has already communicated to our community, this year you will need to access this document via our new Parent Access Module (PAM) which will be familiar to those of you with children at Marian College. PAM enables us to streamline the communication between home and school and makes life simpler for both the school and parents.
Along with this report, you will also receive information explaining changes to the report format for this semester. As you would appreciate, this year has been an extremely challenging one for both parents and our staff. Although we have had the children back at school this term, only having one term to collect relevant and meaningful data, especially after such a long period of absence from school during Term Three, has made it much more difficult for teachers to gain an accurate picture on the progress of children. Consequently, and similar to many other schools, we have had to make adjustments to this semester’s report to recognise the different realities that our teachers have faced this semester. The information in relation to this semester's reports was discussed with parents at the recent parent-teacher interviews, however, if you have any questions about the report your child receives, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
One a different note, we have put one further piece of our staffing puzzle into place for next year. I can announce to the school community that the other teacher working with Georgie Peel in our Middle Learning Community will be Jessica McMahon who is currently already in this Learning Community. This will help ensure some consistency for children in this community as they move into next year.
MISSION DAY 2020
We celebrated Mission Day last Friday at Alexandra Gardens. Students and teachers caught buses and walked the cemetery walk to the gardens. On arrival, students gathered into their house groups and completed Mission Day activities whilst enjoying a sausage and fruit box. All moneys raised will go to Caritas Australia. A fun day had by all!
UPCOMING TERM 4 DATES
TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER
Year 6 Graduation - Davey Hub at 6.00pm
WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER
Christmas Catch Up 3.15pm - 5.00pm
Families are able to attend
BYO snacks and picnic rug/chairs
THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER
Students Last Day
finish time of 3.15pm
FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER
Staff Last Day
WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY 2021
FRIDAY 29 JANUARY 2021
FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2021
First Lunch Order Day for 2021
FOUNDATION REST DAYS
Each Wednesday in Term 1 is a rest day for Foundation students until the Labour Day public holiday.
To the following students celebrating their birthdays this week:
END OF YEAR CHRISTMAS CATCH UP - ALL FAMILIES WELCOME!
Next Wednesday 16 December 2020 we will be holding our annual catch upon the oval from
3.15pm - 5.00pm. Hope to see you all there!
ST MARY'S OFFICE HOURS
The school office will close next Friday 18 December 2020 and will re-open Wednesday 27 January 2021. If you urgently need to get in touch over the school holiday period, please email either Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane at email@example.com
Any non urgent telephone messages left over the school holiday period will be received and passed on to the appropriate staff when we return on the 27th.
MONDAY 8.30AM - 4.00PM
TUESDAY 8.30AM - 3.30PM
WEDNESDAY 8.30AM - 4.00PM
THURSDAY 8.30AM - 3.30PM
FRIDAY 9.00AM - 4.00PM
Wishing all of our St Mary's families a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy & happy 2021!
2021 SCHOOL FEE STRUCTURE
St Mary’s School Fees 2021
How to pay your school fees via Direct Debit:
- Calculate your total fees for 2021 and divide by the number of payment instalments you will make according to your choice of fortnightly, monthly or quarterly options. All school fees are to be paid in full by Friday November 26, 2021. If paying fees as a lump sum, payment is required by Wednesday June 30, 2021.
A family is charged the following:
- $1130.00 Family tuition fee AND
- $130.00 capital levy.
Additional per child fees include:
- $230 book levy.
- $80 IT levy.
Additional Camps/Sports/Excursion is charged per student depending on what year level from the below table:
Foundation /Grade 1
Grade 3 & 4
Grade 5 & 6
Additional Grade Three Students only:
- $423.50 inc. gst
All Grade Three students in 2021 will be charged the cost of a Chromebook. The Chromebook will be owned by the student and will be theirs to take when they finish at St Mary’s in Grade 6. Damage to a Chromebook requiring the purchase of a replacement device will be charged to the fee payer.
- Make sure you have chosen the Payment Schedule that best suits you from the table below. Note that Direct Debit payments will only be processed on these dates.
- Read the ‘Direct Debit Request – Service Agreement’ on the reverse of this page to be sure you understand the terms and conditions.
- Complete the ‘Direct Debit Request’ form and return it to the Office.
Please see below the 2021 table of payments. If you have been on direct debits in the past you will still need to fill the direct debit form out each year.
VINNIES GIVING TREE
ST MARY'S SCHOOL COMMUNITY TEAM
The school community team comprises of members of families at the school who volunteer their time to help fundraise in order to provide students with up to date resources and equipment to further enhance their learning experience. The community team would love to see some new faces in 2021. If you are interested or would like to chat with anyone from the team, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org