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The School Newsletter Week 9, Term 2 2021

What's Coming Up?

  • Tues 22 June: Semester 1 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews - bookings now open
  • Wed 23 June: Lakes athletics carnival
  • Fri 25 June: Last day Term 2
  • Wed 30 June: Schools fees due, if paying in full
  • Mon 12 July: Pupil Free Day
  • Tue 13 July: Students return for Term 3

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From the Principal

The cold days and nights of late are particularly difficult for those who have no place to call home. For most of his life, Jesus himself lived as a homeless person. Born in a stable, he began his life as a homeless baby, born to parents who were sleeping rough.

He had hardly come into the world when Mary and Joseph took him across the border to escape the murderous intentions of King Herod the Great. Jesus became a baby on the run, a homeless asylum-seeker in Egypt.

During the years when he was growing up in Nazareth, Jesus did enjoy a home to live in. But, once he was baptised by John and began his public ministry, he again became a homeless person. Speaking about himself as ‘the Son of Man’, he said: ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head’ (Matt 8:20). He lived his life out in the open, sometimes alone and sometimes sleeping rough at night.

At the end, Jesus did not die at home or in a hospital, being supported by the kind of care that dying people can expect. He died by slow torture as a kind of barbarous entertainment for curious spectators. Who is more homeless than a person nailed up on a cross?

In his own particular way, Jesus was born, lived and died as a homeless person, the brother and friend of all homeless people and of all refugees and asylum seekers.

Our school is currently supporting the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. The proceeds of the Winter Appeal will be distributed to those people in our local area who need a helping hand, including those who have no place to call a home. We are seeking warm clothes and blankets, as well as the following toiletry items: toothbrushes, toothbrush holders, toothpaste, cotton buds, deodorant, shampoo, shower caps, soap, soap holders, tissues, hand sanitiser, combs and emery boards.

Your warm clothing and blanket donations can be deposited in the collection bin outside the Year 6 classroom. The toiletry donations can be left in the plastic boxes in the school foyer. Thank you for your generosity so far.

Have a good week.

Peter Green.

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SCHOOL FEES

Your annual school fee statement is sent out monthly. Please make sure your email address is kept up to date with the school office. Payments of school fees can be made in one of two ways:

  1. Regular payment should have commenced by now, and must be finalised by 30th November 2021, or:
  2. Payment in full by 30th June 2021.

Parents and carers have been asked to notify the school office of their intended mode of payment and should have retruned the payment frequesncy form.

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Semester 1 three-way Interviews: Tuesday 22 June

We are inviting all of our parents/carers to attend three-way interviews between student, parent/carer and teacher to discuss your child's initial assessment for the year. The meetings will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 22 June 2021.

Parents/Carers are asked to book a time using the COMPASS booking system, as follows:

  1. On a PC:
  • Log into the portal at https://swansea-nsw.compass.education/.
  • Click the ‘Book Parent/Teacher interviews’ link from the home page.
  • Follow the steps to select a teacher and a time.
  • Alternatively, click on ‘Community’ > then ‘Conferences’, and select the meeting that reflects your child’s year.

2. On a mobile app version of COMPASS:

  • Choose the three lines in the top left corner, and select ‘Conferences’.
  • You will then be able to book a teacher and a time.

No later than Monday 21 June 2021, you will receive an email invitation to a Zoom meeting from your child’s teacher. You will be asked to log into the Zoom meeting at your allotted booking time on the 22nd of June.

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PUPIL-FREE DAY: MONDAY 12TH JULY

Our final pupil-free day for this year will be on Monday 12th July. This would have been the first day of Term 3 for the students.

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MINI VINNIES WINTER APPEAL

Every night in Australia a child asks “Where are we going to sleep tonight?” and Mum and Dad don’t have an answer.

Before COVID-19 hit, more than 25,000 Australian children under the age of 18 were facing homelessness each night. Today, that number is much higher. Child homelessness is the most painful reminder of the importance of ‘the hand up’ offered by St Vincent de Paul Society. When hardship affects families, whether it be through unemployment, chronic illness or an impossible housing market, they can always turn to Vinnies for help.

St Patrick’s Mini Vinnies group are collecting items to assist the homeless to stay warm and clean this winter. Each family will receive a large Vinnies plastic bag, we are asking families to fill with donations of warm, clean clothing and blankets. These warm winter donations can be placed in the collection bin on the Year 6 balcony.

This year we are also making up hygiene packs to be distributed to the local homeless community. We require donations of the following items:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothbrush holders or covers
  • Toothpaste (small travel size)
  • Cotton buds (small travel size)
  • Deodorant (small travel size)
  • Shampoo (small travel size)
  • Shower caps
  • Soap
  • Soap holders
  • Tissues (purse size packs)
  • Hand sanitizer (small travel size)
  • Combs
  • Emery boards

If you are able to contribute any of the above items, please place them the collection box in the school office.

All of the items collected will be given to the Swansea Chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society for distribution to the homeless in our local area. We thank you for your generosity in giving to people in need in our local community.

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Canteen Roster

The canteen will now be open on the last Friday of this term for lunch orders, but closed for recess. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for keeping this service open.

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