2020 Term 2 Week 10

Dear Families and Friends,

Our final newsletter for Term 2 2020. What a term we have had. We can not thank you all enough for your continued support and patience. A  huge Welcome Back to our Middle and Senior students who have now re-joined us.  It was just wonderful to see you all and feel whole again.  Everyone – students, staff, parents and friends have done an amazing job, we have continued to focus on joy, rekindling friendship and enjoying the many simple pleasures we have once again. 

If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to call.

We will, as always, continue to follow the directives of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) who are working with the Chief Health Officer and Department of Education and Training.

HUB GROUPS!!! 

During the first term our school community has been busy researching, reading and naming our groups within each hub. So far our hubs have decided on:

 

DISCOVERY HUB 

Prep Groups

Wurun and Djeri

Wurundjeri people have lived on Footscray land for a long time. The Wurundjeri People take their name from the Woiwurrung language word ‘wurun’ meaning the Manna Gum  and ‘djeri‘, the grub which is found in or near the tree. 

Yr 1/2 Groups 

Walert, Marram and Waa

In our 1/2 Hub we have decided to name our spaces after the Australian animals found in our local area. To pay respect to the Wurundjeri people we have used the Woiwurrung language to name these animals. We have Walert meaning possum, Marram meaning Kangaroo and Waa representing the crow for one of the moiety ancestors. 

CREATE HUB

Yr 3/4 Hub

Bunjil and Maribrynong

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Bunjil is a creator deity, culture hero and ancestral being, often depicted as a wedge-tailed eagle (or eaglehawk). In the Kulin nation in central Victoria he was regarded as one of two moiety ancestors, the other being Waa the crow. 

Maribyrnong is a version of the Aboriginal term ‘Mirring-gnay-bir-nong’, which translates as ‘I can hear a ringtail possum’. Where the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers join was an especially important place as it symbolised the joining of groups who would travel along the river.

You may hear your child/ren talk about their group and the different ways of belonging to this group. 

Yr 5/6 Hub

Our 5/6  hub is in ‘motion’ literally as our Church will be transformed into our school hall, OSHClub and gathering place. Our 5/6 hub will become the previous hall – this space will include a maker space for discovery projects. The kitchen will remain to ensure our ‘older’ children have a greater sense of responsibilities and independence. We hope to launch both spaces by Term 4 2020. 

 

MORNINGS & DROP OFF ZONES  

Our drop off / pick up zones will exist into next term and most likely for the year. For Term 3 at least – we will only have children and staff within the school gates. We may move to parents inside the gates in Term 4 however not within classrooms – this will lessen the amount of people within each area and the cross touch of several items such as door handles etc. 

Thank you for all your support and organisation each morning. Our children are arriving at school in the allocated times and we are VERY impressed with the calmness of the learning areas. Children have settled into each day with a greater sense of independence and ownership. This change has allowed for learning to begin on time and our children have managed the organisation aspect extremely well. 

Morning drop offs – you will begin to see less ‘staff’ presence at every gate, however we will have the duty person on Joan’s yard and staff allocated to the backyard. Regardless of staff at gates – PLEASE ENSURE YOU DROP AT THE CORRECT GATE AND THE CORRECT TIME.  Please also ensure that you turn left when exiting the Back Yard, this is a council directive to ensure we maintain as smooth a traffic flow as possible.  This will help the ‘flow’ and safety of all.  We thank you all in advance. 

 

 

Faith 

As the term draws to a close we are grateful for the opportunity to once again be together as a community in these final weeks of the term. 

Online Prayer Gathering

We will be hosting a Prayer Gathering online tomorrow, Friday 19th June at 2pm. A link to a live stream will be shared via FlexiBuzz tomorrow morning. We will be focusing on the story of the Good Samaritan and how we are tasked with taking action to help all. You are very welcome to join us in a virtual sense! 

Aoife

 

Way of the West Planner 2020

Dear Families,

A reminder that in our last newsletter we explained that we would be launching our Social Justice project which aims to collect food and winter wear to donate to Way of the West. Below you will see the types of items we are hoping to collect. Donations can be placed in the boxes we will have in each home group space. We have listed some of the items that are most needed at this time but we know that any donations will be very much appreciated. We have also added a short video to the Faith Gathering page to share our project idea. Thank you for your support!

Elicia, Frederick and Timothy

Social Justice Leaders

 

 

 

OSHClub

Dear St John’s families,

Bookings are now open for the Winter School Holidays at St John’s OSHClub Footscray.

Please find attached the flyer outlining all the exciting in-service activities on offer each day. Our educators have prepared a program for our families that’s jam-packed each day with structured activities including indoor and outdoor play. Our heightened focus on safety and hygiene means we will not be running excursions, or bringing in incursion providers these school holidays.

You will see the attached flyer displays the daily fee (before any applicable Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is applied). Please note that the current funding package that provides for ‘free care’ has been extended to 12th July 2020 which means there will be no cost for any care up to and including this date. 

As CCS will recommence from 13th July 2020, we recommend that you check your enrolment in MyGov to ensure you receive all your CCS entitlements.  If you have any questions about CCS or how to apply, please refer to the Services Australia website here.

To secure your child’s place it’s as easy as logging into your online account here and making your bookings.

Kind regards,

Thank you

Novita

 

PARENT PORTAL now active 

 

Please email the office on admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au for log in details.

 

The Lunchbox Lunch Orders

 

Just a friendly reminder that the second instalment of School Fees is now overdue.

 

Please email accounts@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au if you would like an update of your account.

 

 

 

Community Noticeboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 2

June

Fri 19th:  Bootcamp with Stevie 8am Joan’s Yard

Fri 19th: Online Prayer Gathering 2pm

Fri 26th: Last Day Term 2 Sports Day – Finish at 1pm (Wear House Colours)

 

July

Mon 13th:  First Day Term 3

 

 

 

2020 Term 2 Week 8

Dear Families and Friends,

This week, and in following weeks, our children will continue to explore Reconciliation through discovery, passion projects and engaging with place at the farm. I have included a prayer today by Aunty Betty Pike as I believe it speaks of truth and hope. We continue to hear the call for reconciliation and love throughout our world. 

 

National Reconciliation Prayer by Aunty Betty Pike

Creator Spirit,

All creation once declared your glory

Your laws were honoured and trusted,

Forgive us our neglect as our country approaches the most critical moment of its history. 

Listen to our prayer as we turn to you. 

Hear the cry of Jesus, your Son on the Cross. 

Help us to replace your national shame,

with true National pride by restoring the dignity of our First Peoples whose antiquity is unsurpassed. 

May our faith and trust in you increase.

Only then will our Nation grow strong and be a worthy place for all who wish to make their home in our LAND. 

Amen.

 

Next week we welcome our Year 3-6 children. We cannot wait to spark joy with you all and reunite through story, care and fun. 

Thank you to all our wonderful families for once again tackling the changes, specifically the drop off / pick up zones with patience. Your support has helped us create a safe and calm environment. 

Gemma

 

Faith 

Online Prayer Gathering

We will be hosting a Prayer Gathering online on Friday 19th June. A link to a live stream will be shared via FlexiBuzz closer to the date. We will be focusing on the story of the Good Samaritan and how we are tasked with taking action to help all. You are very welcome to join us in a virtual sense! 

 

Prayer for unity and harmony

Our world is in such a state of turmoil and uncertainty at the moment but there are also signs of love and hope. We pray that this love and hope brings harmony to all who are experiencing hate, alienation, racism and prejudice. 

Aoife

 

Way of the West Planner 2020

Dear Families,

In our last newsletter we explained that we would be launching our Social Justice project which aims to collect food and winter wear to donate to Way of the West. Below you will see the types of items we are hoping to collect. Donations can be placed in the boxes we will have in each homegroup space. We have listed some of the items that are most needed at this time but we know that any donations will be very much appreciated. We have also added a short video to the Faith Gathering page to share our project idea. Thank you for your support! 

Elicia, Frederick and Timothy

Social Justice Leaders

 

 

 

New Parent Portal (coming soon)

As per recent correspondence, our new Parent Portal will be up and running VERY soon.
The first phase is almost complete with many parents verifying their information, thank you.
If you have not confirmed your information you will be unable to log on to the portal.  This verification will need to be completed by the 7th June.
The second phase will be when you receive login information to access the portal.
Please ensure you have verified your information by the 7th June to gain access to your child/rens Semester 1 Report.
If you have any questions, please contact Leonie in the office via admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Thank you

 

 

OSHClub

Welcome back!

Would you like to attend before/after school care?

Please register online: www.oshclub.com.au

To register choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735

OSHClub will be running a Holiday Program from 29th June until the 10th July 2020.

More information to come!

Thank you

Novita

 

 

ABC Music Lessons

Are excited to announce that we will begin doing Face-to-Face lessons again starting from  MONDAY 15 June with Thom!

Our team would like to THANK YOU all who have stood by and worked with us through what has been uncertain and challenging times for education – as a result of Covid-19 • We are thrilled to be able to continue bringing much-needed music education programs to the children who benefit most – and we could not do what we do, without your support!

Please bring your music books to school so students avoid the use of class copies

We look forward to seeing you all at your next lesson 🎶

 

 

 

 

Just a friendly reminder that the second instalment of School Fees is now overdue.

 

Please email accounts@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au if you would like an update of your account.

 

 

 

Community Noticeboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 2

June

Fri 5th:  5/6 Student Free Day – No scheduled learning activities or google meets

Mon 8th: Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Tue 9th: 3-6 children return to school (Joy Week – children may wear whatever sparks joy for them)

Fri 19th: Online Prayer Gathering 2.30pm

Fri 26th: Last Day Term 2 Sports Day – Finish at 1pm (Wear House Colours)

 

July

Mon 13th:  First Day Term 3