Term 1 - Week 7, 2022
- Principal's Message
- Weekly Awards
- Mary Mackillop Production
- School Cross Country
- Easter Raffle Fundraiser
- Term 1 Swimming Program
- Lenten Program for Parents
- Term 1 School Fees
- School Facebook Page
- Library Day - Wednesday
- School Bus Travel
- School Drive Subsidy
- GLUE & Messy Church
- ANZAC Day
- Instrumental Music With Hazel
- Guitar Lessons
- Dorrigo Rangers Rugby Union
- Bellingen/Dorrigo Junior Rugby League
- Soccer Registrations Now Open
- Library After-school Lego Activity
- Healthy Lunchbox Website
In recent weeks we have been working with students on our approach to Anti-Bullying. Today is a National Day of Action against bullying. I encourage you to read the two attachments below to learn about how we approach it here at Mt St John's.
One key learning for us all, is that it is good to talk to all students about bullying before it happens. Then if students are feeling like they are not being treated fairly or respectfully they have an idea of how to manage that.
In recent weeks we have had a focus on 'talk to please, not to tease'. This is a mantra to help students remember to use kind words with each other. We have focused on using language to encourage each other and have role-played what happens when this language is not used. We have also been teaching about 'stop, walk and talk'. This is what we expect students to do when they face problems with their peers. It is up to all of us to support our students in learning to be kind to each other and how to articulate their feelings when something happens.
Congratulations to the following students, who received class awards this week:
Billie T - for great thinking in Maths when sharing your teddies.
Charlotte B - for great effort in your daily writing and using the Word Wall.
Aurora W - for giving such thoughtful compliments to others. You always "talk to please, not to tease". Thank you.
Ethan Mac - for using the lines in his book and on his paper to write neatly. Great improvement - keep it up!
Eden G - for a big improvement in her willingness to have a go in Mathematics. A "can do" attitude which is amazing!
Ruby F - for a big improvement in reading and in her understanding of what she reads. Great job!
Abbi M - for some excellent work in being able to mentally calculate 1/2 and 1/4 of a given number between 1-100.
Willa M - for a descriptive and well-written piece about your dog Astrid.
Mary Mackillop Production
On Wednesday we hosted a performance of Mary Mackillop by Starrs Production. The production was both entertaining and engaging. The students made some impromptu appearances on stage with the actors and learned about the life of Australia's first Saint, Mary Mackillop. It was great to have some live performance back in our school.
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! It will be held here at school and will begin at around 9am. Family members are welcome to come along and cheer - this is always a fun day, so we are excited to be able to welcome spectators to school once again.
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. PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL SWIMMING GEAR IS LABELED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME.
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 now due, 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. Reminder statements have been emailed out this 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
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.