Term 1 - Week 6, 2022
We have recently engaged in a recruitment process to support the Pastoral Care of students at our school. I am pleased to inform you that Nicola Beckett has accepted the position of Student Support Worker. Nicola will support children in a number of different ways this year. She will support students in the classroom, during play and will provide some breakfast and other learning opportunities around nutrition. See an article further below on our Dumpling meal deal for next Friday.
We have also employed Daryl Harper as our School Counsellor. Daryl will commence working with us as early as next week. He will work one on one with students to help them develop social skills, impulse control, emotion coaching and regulation of behaviour. Daryl comes to us with a wealth of experience. He has worked as a counsellor at O’Connor Catholic College in Armidale.
We welcome these new staff members and look forward to working with them. If you would like your child to be supported through the school counsellor please contact your class teacher to complete a referral.
Congratulations to the following students, who received class awards this week:
Rokko B - for your awesome work counting to 30 in Maths.
Chayse B - for your super hard work in Maths, learning how to count to 30.
Hunter G - for your work in addition, and using the doubling strategy to add 2 numbers. Well done.
Ryan B - for explaining how to use a bead kebab to take away 2 numbers. Well done!
Kyrin M - for being able to accurately estimate and measure the size of angles in geometry.
Chloe T - for her high level of engagement in our Guided Reading lessons. Well done Chloe, it has been great to hear your thoughts about the text we have been reading.
Harry W - for your ability to solve problems with fractions and being able to identify common denominators.
School Cross Country
We will be holding our school cross country in Week 10 on Wednesday 6th April, so children may want to start training now! More information will be provided in the coming weeks.
Friday Meal Deal
As a meal special next Friday 18th March, we are serving Amei’s delicious pork dumplings for lunch and biscuits and fruit cordial for recess.
A serve of 6 dumplings for lunch and 2 home-made biscuits and a fruit drink for recess will cost $7. If your child would like to order for next Friday, please return the order form and money by Tuesday.
Easter Raffle Fundraiser
We are holding an Easter raffle again this year to raise money for those people who have been impacted by the floods. Donations of Easter eggs or other Eastery things are welcomed! Tickets will be 50c each. Tickets will go on sale in Week 9 and the raffle will be drawn on Friday 8th April.
Term 1 Swimming Program
Hopefully we will be able to hold our swimming lessons again next week!
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. Please pack swimming gear even if the weather isn't good in the morning, as it could be fine in the afternoon.
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 1 school fees are payable by next Friday 18th March, unless you are paying by regular direct deposit into the school's account. If you feel you will be unable to make payment by this date, please contact Cathy at the school and we can discuss alternative payment methods.
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
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) is 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 (titled 'Messy Miracles') 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.
Rob Harpley is available again this year for guitar lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday during school time. Phone Rob on 6775 9282 for more information.
Dorrigo Rangers Rugby Union
Bellingen/Dorrigo Junior Rugby League
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.