Term 1 - Week 8, 2022
- Principal's Message
- Stage 3 Cascade Excursion
- Weekly Awards
- School Cross Country
- Easter Raffle Fundraiser
- Term 1 Swimming Program
- Term 1 School Fees
- Lenten Program for Parents
- School Facebook Page
- Library Day - Wednesday
- School Bus Travel
- School Drive Subsidy
- GLUE & Messy Church
- School Holiday Activities - Nature Play at Dorrigo National Park
- ANZAC Day
- Instrumental Music With Hazel
- Guitar Lessons
- Dorrigo Rangers Rugby Union
- Bellingen/Dorrigo Junior Rugby League
- Soccer Training - Wednesdays
- Library After-school Lego Activity
- Science Fair at Bellingen Shire Libraries
- Healthy Lunchbox Website
On Monday I had the privilege of attending the Stage 3 excursion to Cascade. It was a great experience for our students as they were presented with hands-on learning in a very different setting. We came across a termite mound and the questions the students asked about reproductive practices of the queen had to be heard to be believed. Did you know that the queen lays an egg every 9 seconds! You can imagine what Dorrigo students were thinking about reproduction as they tried to grasp the concept of what was taking place in the nest.
We also learnt about leeches. Did you know that once a leech has attached itself to you, to suck your blood, it does not have to feed for 18 months? I’m happy to report that the leech that got me will not need to eat until about September next year.
We had some excellent activities that helped the Stage 3 students learn about leadership. Some key concepts they learnt about were communication, trust and support. They learnt about leadership through working in small teams to navigate the low ropes course. They needed good communication, trust and support from each other to safely navigate the obstacles. I’m looking forward to seeing them apply what they learnt as they step into leadership roles within our school this year.
Stage 3 Cascade Excursion
Monday 21st March
Congratulations to the following students, who received class awards this week:
Chayse B - for being a part of our class discussions and taking turns.
Abby T - for great work sounding out words in writing time.
Keira T - for always doing your best in everything we do. Keep up the fantastic work.
Ruby M - for your work in multiplication. You were able to make arrays to find out the total. Well done!
Cayden W - for a great first day at Mt St John's School.
Chloe T - for bravery in a great reading effort in preparation for prayer assembly.
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.
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 sent 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
Lenten Program for Parents
Parent Assembly is offering a Lenten program via zoom for parents - see flyer below for registration information.
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.
School Holiday Activities - Nature Play at Dorrigo National Park
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 Training - Wednesdays
- Quolls (Under 12s) - 5:15pm
- Wallabies (Under 10s) - 4:00pm
- Sugargliders (Under 8s) - 4:00pm
- Miniroos - 3:30pm (from 30th March)
Library After-school Lego Activity
Science Fair at Bellingen Shire Libraries
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.