Term 1 - Week 2, 2022
I’ve been visiting classes this week as we engage with our first full week of learning for the school year. Yesterday, I observed our Stage 1 Guided Reading lesson. This is where students read books that are at just the right level for them right now. I was so impressed to see this structure up and running so quickly. I acknowledge Ms Spiteri and her support staff for their work in setting this up so effectively. I also commend the students for their high level of engagement with this important work. It certainly is a key strategy we apply in assisting all children in learning to read.
Yesterday we also discussed and practised our after-school procedures. We walked children to bus lines and discussed our expectations regarding behaviour on the bus. We expect our students to be safe, respectful and responsible when travelling to and from school on the bus.
Similarly, we had a chance to teach the children who get picked up our expectations regarding car park safety. If you have to leave your car to collect your child, we expect your child/children to stay within 1 metre of the parent or carer. This rule enables children to be safe as they walk through the car park. We ask that cars be reverse parked if parking next to the low wall on the northern side. This allows you to drive forwards out of the car park when leaving.
I know our parents and carers are very good at following these rules at pick up time. I thank you for your ongoing cooperation and for keeping our students safe in the car park.
On Monday, we acknowledged the students who trialled for Zone Swimming. We presented ribbons and certificates to our swimming champions. Next week, three students will represent our school at Zone Swimming. We wish them well at this carnival.
Congratulations to the following students, who were presented with swimming awards on Monday:
Harry W - Senior Boys Champion
Abbi M - Senior Girls Champion
Xavier B - Junior Boys Champion
Chloe T - Junior Girls Champion
Term 1 Swimming Program
Swimming will commence for all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 next Thursday. Swimming is a compulsory part of the PDHPE curriculum.
Students will need to bring swimmers, a towel, goggles, caps (the school can provide swimming caps for those students who don't own one), and sun shirts to school each Thursday for their lesson. There is no extra cost for swimming lessons, as the school covers the pool entry fees and payments to the swim teachers.
Swimming lessons will take place each Thursday in Term 1 (weather permitting) at the following times:
Stage 3 at 1pm
Stage 2 at 1.40pm
K - 2 at 2.20pm
Students will walk to and from the pool. Please note, K - 2 students are to be collected from the pool at the end of the day each Thursday as their lesson will finish at 3:05pm. Due to Covid regulations Tracey has asked that parents pick their children up from outside the pool. K - 2 students catching buses will do so from Dorrigo Public School, supervised by our staff.
Lenten Program for Parents
Parent Assembly is offering a Lenten program via zoom for parents - see flyer below for registration information.
Term 1 School Fees
Term 3 school fee statements will be sent home next week.
Several payment methods are available;
- Regular direct deposit payments (see suggested amounts below).
- Lump sum direct deposit
1 student - Term 1 - $331.50 (includes $50 resource fee per student)
$47.04 per fortnight (x 25 fortnights)
$23.52 per week (x 50 weeks)
2 students – Term 1 - $592.60 (includes $50 resource fee per student)
$82.80 per fortnight (x 25 fortnights)
$41.40 per week (x 50 weeks)
3 or more students – Term 1 - $783.50 (includes $50 resource fee per student)
$107.36 per fortnight (x 25 fortnights)
$53.68 per week (x 50 weeks)
When using Internet banking, please use your child’s surname as a reference.
Banancoast Community Credit Union BSB no. 533-000
Account no. 3282 0430 Name: Mt St John’s Primary School
Road Safety Newsletter
Families can help keep children safe by:
- Sticking to the speed limit and following the road rules in school zones
- Slowing down to 40km/h when bus lights are flashing
- Looking out for children crossing the road near bus stops, in school zones or along bus routes
- Giving way to buses when they merge back into traffic.
- Never drop off or meet children on the opposite side of the road to the bus stop or call them across the road. Always drop them off or meet them on the same side of the road as the bus stop.
- Encouraging their children to be distraction-free around buses - put down their phone and take off their headphones.
Issue 1 Book Club catalogues were sent home last week. Orders and payment are due by next Wednesday 16th February.
School Facebook Page
Check out our school Facebook page! It is wonderful to be able to share the good news of our school with our families and community.
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.
School Bus Travel
Applications for student travel can 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.
GLUE & Messy Church
GLUE "God Loves Us Eternally" (formerly GFS) restarts on Wednesday 23rd February. It will be held 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.
Messy Church 2022 - the first Messy Church of the year will be held on Sunday 20th March from 4-6pm in the Anglican Hall. All families and children are welcome.
Instrumental Music With Hazel
Hazel Buchanan is offering individual music lessons on Friday afternoons at school again this year, and currently has a couple of spaces. Hazel teaches woodwind, brass and piano. For more details, please call Hazel on 0458 572525.
Soccer Registrations Now Open
SOCCER REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the following teams:
- Miniroos under 6s and 7s
- Junior players 8 years
- Junior players 9-11 years
- Your Players 12-18 years
Don’t forgot to apply for your Active Kids voucher for a $100 discount: https://www.service.nsw.gov.
Then register online at: https://account.
If you have any questions or require assistance, contact us via the Dorrigo Highlanders Facebook page.
Library After-school Lego Activity
Healthy Lunchbox Website
Cancer Council’s Healthy Lunch Box website is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about packing a healthy lunch box. For recipes, information and health tips please visit the website below.