Term 2 - Week 10, 2021
- Principal's Message
- Paul from Google
- Big School Experience
- Slimy Stop Motion - Stage 2
- Weekly Awards
- Staff Development Day
- Kindergarten Parents Morning Tea
- Mini Vinnies Winter Appeal
- Basketball NSW
- New School Website!
- Mathematics Game Videos
- 2021 Premier's Reading Challenge
- Parent Assembly Recruitment
- Library Day - Wednesday
- School Bus Travel
- School Drive Subsidy
- Basketball Holiday Clinics
- School Holiday Activities at Bellingen Shire Libraries
- Instrumental Music With Hazel
- Term 2 School Fees
- School Fee Relief for familes impacted by the March floods
- Dorrigo Fire Station Needs You!
- Nutrition Snippet
Today we are sending home student report cards. These reports are a record of student progress this semester. I have been very pleased to read about and view the progress our students have been making this year. Parent teacher interviews will be conducted in Week 2, the week commencing July 19th next term. I strongly encourage all parents to attend an interview with the class teachers as it helps us to strengthen our partnership between home and school. Information about interview times will be sent out on the first day back next term.
Recently we have transitioned to a new website. The address remains the same, a link to our site is below:
On the home page, the 'Upcoming Events' sections has information that is drawn directly from the school calendar. Similarly, the School Calendar tab populates all of our key dates for Term 3 and beyond. This includes Staff Development Day information, Class Assembly Rosters and other events that are upcoming too. I encourage you to visit this site to keep up to date and able to participate in our community functions.
Finally, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday. Our first day back for students is Tuesday 13th July. Staff are engaging in 'Clarity - A focus on what matters most' Professional Learning on the Monday of that week. This information is on our website.
Paul from Google
We were fortunate to have Paul from Google come to work in our classrooms today to teach the students about certain technologies used for creating. It was an excellent day full of new learning and high engagement. Thanks to Paul for an exciting opportunity!
Big School Experience
During term 3, we will be welcoming our local pre-school children to join in experiencing 'big school'! We can't wait to show them around and welcome them into our school community. These sessions are open to any child who will be starting Kindergarten in 2022.
Slimy Stop Motion - Stage 2
Stage 2 have been creating some interesting stop motion footage this term! It has been exciting to watch their skills and creativity flourish in the creative arts.
Stop Motion - Stage 2
Rory - for taking your time to do your best work all day.
Ethan Mi- for participating in Dance with great enthusiasm and energy!
Hayley - for adding interesting words to your story. You are trying hard to make your story more exciting. Well done.
Jinky - for using full stops, capital letters and speech marks in your writing. Keep up the great work!
Mia G - for consistent effort in Maths and engaging in our lesson on Chance!
Kyrin - for showing initiative to fix problems in our school.
Reid - for a great effort in Writing and creating imaginative writing pieces!
The Stage 3 Class - for your organisation of Sport on Friday. You built an understanding of how to play a variety of fun games. You are all owed ten Dojo points!
Staff Development Day
We have a staff development day on the first day of Term 3, Monday 12th July. Staff will be focusing on learning about Clarity and School Improvement. The first day of Term 3 for students will be Tuesday 13th July.
Kindergarten Parents Morning Tea
Mini Vinnies Winter Appeal
We are gathering donations again this year for our Winter Appeal. Please help us if you can. We need toiletries (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, moisturizer, deodorant, toothbrushes), scarves, beanies, blankets, jumpers, socks etc. Whatever you have to spare would make a real difference to someone in need.
Thank you for your generous support.
The Mini Vinnies Group
During the school holidays, Basketball NSW is hosting a FREE 'Come & Try" day for Girls.
When: Monday 5 July 2021
Time: 9 am to 12 noon
Where: At Sportz Central Coffs Harbour
New School Website!
We have launched our new school website complete with updated information, pictures, format, and some feature articles of our incredible students hard at work and play! Head over and have a look. You can find dates of upcoming events on the website and learn more about our teaching and learning, and family and school partnerships at Mt St John's.
Mathematics Game Videos
There will be no videos attached this week however, please look through the newsletter archive to find some mathematics games that can be played over the school break!
2021 Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is open to all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. You must read a certain number of books to complete the Challenge. The Challenge closes for students on Friday August 20, 2021.
Parent Assembly Recruitment
Library Day - Wednesday
Library day for all students is Wednesday - please make sure your child brings in his or her cloth library bag on this day. Each student may borrow four books per week.
If anyone is available to volunteer in our canteen one or more Fridays per term, please contact our canteen co-ordinator Alicia on 0488 280683. If we have no volunteers available we will have to cancel canteen for that week.
A reminder to place your canteen order before Thursday night each week.
Please note - if you top up your canteen account via bank transfer, the funds will take a week to clear so you will not be able to order canteen immediately.
Please send your lunch wallets into school and we will keep them here.
School Bus Travel
Applications for student travel can now be made online. Apply here
School Drive Subsidy
The School Drive Subsidy is available for eligible school students where there is no public transport available for all or part of the journey. If you have to drive your child more than 1.6km to a school bus stop, you may be eligible for this subsidy – go to the link below to apply.
Basketball Holiday Clinics
School Holiday Activities at Bellingen Shire Libraries
Instrumental Music With Hazel
We have music tutor available to teach instrumental music through private tuition. Hazel Buchanan is interested in working with our students. Hazel can teach:
- bass guitar
The school owns a flute and a clarinet, which are available for families to borrow long-term at no cost. The payments for lessons are billed each term and paid directly to Hazel. An Essential Element Band Book will be supplied by the school too.
Students wishing to learn these instruments can do so in individual lessons or in small groups depending on the instrument chosen. It is hoped that one day, we can start a small ensemble or band for instrumental students to play together.
If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, please contact Hazel directly on 0458 572 525.
Lessons will take place on Fridays.
Term 2 School Fees
SCHOOL FEES: Term 2 fees are now due, unless you are paying by regular direct deposit amounts.
Several payment methods are available;
- Regular direct deposit payments (see suggested amounts below).
- Lump sum direct deposit
If you are planning to set up regular direct deposit school fee payments for the 2021 school year, following are instructions on how to do this:
Suggested direct deposit amounts (from beginning of February 2021)
1 student - Term 2 - $276.00
$46.16 per fortnight (x 25 fortnights)
$23.08 per week (x 50 weeks)
2 students - Term 2 - $483.00
$81.28 per fortnight (x 25 fortnights)
$40.64 per week (x 50 weeks)
3 or more students - Term 2 – $621.00
$105.36 per fortnight (x 25 fortnights)
$52.68 per week (x 50 weeks)
If you would like to arrange a regular direct debit payment from your Bananacoast Credit Union account into the school’s account, the BCU Credit Union in Dorrigo will organize this for you.
When using Internet banking, please use your child’s surname as a reference.
Bananacoast Community Credit Union BSB no. 533-000
Account no. 3282 0430 Name: Mt St John’s Primary School
School Fee Relief for familes impacted by the March floods
Due to the financial strain the March 2021 flooding may have had on some families, the Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Ltd has announced they will waive 2021 school fees for recipients of any Australian Government financial assistance in relation to the March 2021 floods, including either the:
- Disaster Recovery Payment (property damage)
- Disaster Recovery Allowance (loss of income)
If you would like to apply for a fee waiver for 2021, please contact the school, providing correspondence from Centrelink demonstrating receipt of disaster recovery payment or allowance.
Dorrigo Fire Station Needs You!
Dorrigo Fire and Rescue New South Wales need you. There are currently multiple part-time on call vacant paid positions at Dorrigo fire station. Successful applicants can enjoy the benefits of paid training, including first aid and heavy vehicle driving, while also having access to the free station gym. The regional nature of Dorrigo station means the time commitments to call-outs is low, as Dorrigo on average responds to 50 call outs per year.
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) on-call firefighters are a diverse group of men and women who balance other work, study and family commitments, but enjoy being part of a team and working with people and other emergency services.
We employ people who reflect our professionalism and values, as well as the diversity of our community. Applications are accepted from all members of the community and are assessed on merit and physical aptitude.
On-call firefighters respond to fires and a variety of emergency incidents in their local community. They use specialised vehicles and equipment to prevent and reduce the risk of fire and potential loss to life and property. They work closely with the local community to increase fire safety awareness and promote fire prevention.
For more information see attached flyer or call 02 6657 2484 (if unattended please leave a message)
GLUE: "God Loves Us Eternally" (formerly GFS) is on each Wednesday from 3-5pm at the Anglican Hall. Afternoon tea, games, fun worship and craft. All primary kids welcome, as are newcomers. For more info, ring Gwenneth on 6657 2135. COVID-safe practices will apply.