Bread Bag for School Play Equipment

The collection bin is located in the front entry of the school. Any bags that have contained bread are acceptable to place in the collection box, they don't have to be 'Wonder' branded.

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Parent Tips

Guiding your child through tough situations by letting them choose their hard gives them some independence and control. And the result is self-confidence.

Go ahead and try it with your child! I can't wait to hear how it works for you. My inbox is always open.

In Gratitude,

Alexandra
Founder, Big Life Journal

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P.S. Big Life Journal Adult Edition is coming in June 2022! We're about to place a print order. Sign up for the waitlist so we can count you in.

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BABY NEWS


Warmest congratulations to Kristy & Stephen on the safe arrival of little Louella Rose. New little sister for Dave, Cam, Will & Chris Compt.  Many blessings of health and joy to you all!

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PARISH HALL TRANSFER

Message from Father John Monaghan:

 The Parish Hall is being used little by our parish and increasingly more and more by St Augustine's School. Our parish council and finance committee have approved the transfer of St Augustine’s Hall from our parish to St Augustine’s School. Under this arrangement, our parish would continue to be able to use it for Deb Ball practice and funeral catering; similar to our current shared arrangement with the Marian Centre and our Parish Office that are part of St Augustine's School. Administration and running costs would become the school’s responsibility who can then use and modify this building in whatever way the school needs to in the same way as every other school building. While further considerations and negotiations need to be entered into before this transfer can be made, we see this as being in the best interests of both our parish and our school. Please share your thoughts about this proposal with School Advisory Council members and I’m also happy to receive comments and questions. Fr John Monaghan 0466 451 984

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Fundraising

EBT FUNDRAISING

The year 5/6's will continue to sell raffle tickets for the Cadbury 10kg block each morning outside the library. Tickets are 50 cents and the raffle will be drawn at the end of term.

FUN BOXES

Thank you to everyone who particpated and donated.

Please return money by Friday 16th June.
Payment is preferred via CDFPay but cash in the envelope provided is accepted.

ROYAL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL FUNDRAISER

LOOM BANDS are being sold each day at first break in the courtyard (except Wednesdays or until stock sells out).
This fundraiser has been organized by year 4 students - Evie R, Georgia B, Liberty R, Rose J, Mia P and Molly A to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital. There are rings on sale for 50c, bracelets for $1.00 and necklaces for $1.50

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PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE

If you call the office and the phone is unattended or busy, please leave a message. Messages are checked regularly throughout the day. Often there is only one person in the office and they may be busy on another call or with a student or parent.  Alternatively you can email a message through to admin@samaryborough.catholic.edu.au or send a class dojo through to Ms O'Kearney.  Please try and avoid last minute end of day changes for students. We understand that things do come up and if a change needs to be urgently relayed to your child/ren, please call and speak with the office so we can make sure they get the message immediately.  

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Bell times

5 minutes prior to classes commencing there is music played. This signals to the children it is time to start moving to class. This is the time children need to have a drink, go to the toilet etc. so they are lined up and ready to start class when the bell goes. 

8:30am - Yard Care Supervision begins

8:40am  -  Classroom teacher in classroom - meet & greet

8:55pm - School classes begin

9am-11am - 2 hour learning session

11am-11:40am -  First break

11:40am-1:40pm - 2 hour learning session

1:40pm-2:20pm - Second break

2:20pm-3:15pm - 55 minute learning session

3:10pm - Fiscalini & Flanagan dismissal

3:15pm - Arundell & Scanlan, Bus students dismissal

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Conveyance Allowance

The conveyance allowance is a form of financial assistance to help families in rural and regional Victoria with the cost of transporting their children to their nearest appropriate school/campus.  The conveyance allowance is available to eligible students travelling by public transport, private car and private bus.  The conveyance allowance is also available to eligible students whose nearest school is not serviced by a free school bus.

Students attending a non-government school must:

  • attend their nearest non-government school/campus appropriate to their year level at which admission is permissible
  • reside 4.8km or more by the shortest practicable route from that school/campus attended
  • be of school age (5 to 18 years old at time of application) and reside in Victoria

For further information, please go to the link below.

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Students with underlying conditions

Recent and most up to date information for children in schools:

Students with underlying conditions (such as hay fever or asthma)

If a student has persistent symptoms due to an underlying condition such as hay fever or asthma, the student should still be tested for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms that are different to or worse than their usual symptoms. Students whose symptoms are clearly typical for their underlying condition can continue to attend school.

Parents/carers should also consider getting a medical certificate from the child’s treating GP to confirm that it is safe for them to attend school with persistent symptoms that may overlap with some of the symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough or runny nose.

Young children with persistent mild symptoms

For younger children (in Prep to Year 2) who have had a negative COVID-19 test that was taken after they developed symptoms, the decision about return to school should be made in conjunction with the child’s treating GP. If the GP is satisfied the child has recovered from their acute illness, is otherwise well and does not need a repeat COVID-19 test, the child can return even if they are not completely free of symptoms. Any worsening of symptoms will require review and repeat COVID-19 testing, if considered appropriate by the doctor.

Students with a negative COVID-19 test whose symptoms have completely resolved do not need a medical certificate to return to school.

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Cyber Safety

Each fortnight we will post helpful eSafety information for students and families here. 



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Uniform Shop

The uniform shop will continue to fill CDFPay online orders once a week and send them home with your child/ren. Please understand that there may be times that orders are not filled within the week and will be filled the following week.

Note: As per 2021 announcement, there is no longer a designated period for summer or winter uniform. Students can choose what they would like to wear in any season. The only exception is that sports uniform must be worn on designated sports days and bucket hats are to be worn in Term 1 and 4.

Dont forget to grab a beanie as part of our EBT fundraising!

Beanies are available through CDFPay and in the school office for $20.

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Child Safety

St. Augustine's Primary School Maryborough demonstrates a strong commitment to the care, safety and wellbeing of all students at our school.

Each fortnight we will be sharing information around child safety and the obligations that we have as a school, staff and community.  All of our Child Safe policies and procedures are accessible on our website at samaryborough.catholic.edu.au.


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Principals Letter

Dear St Augustines families,

Next term, I have been afforded the opportunity of Enrichment Leave. This leave is granted to Principals for personal and faith development. Ms Rebecca Pickthall will be in the role as acting Principal in my absence. Mrs Kate Balzan and Mr Warren Berry will continue in their respective roles as the Co-Deputy Principals of the school and support Rebecca across the term. I am very thankful to be able to go away knowing the school will be well placed.

FRIDAY - Tomorrow, the classroom teachers will be planning for Term 3 and the children will be engaging in whole school, cross age activities. We will be working in the gym and as the gym has no heating, children can bring a blanket and pillow to sit on. Sports uniform is optional for tomorrow as well.

LEARNING CONFERENCES - Formal reports are being prepared and will be available to families next Friday via PAM. The opportunity to discuss these reports with your classroom teacher will be the first week back next term. They will happen across 2 nights and there will be 2 modes of delivery - face to face and over the phone so families can choose their preferred option.
Tuesday 12th July -face to face Wednesday 13th July - over the phone
If you would like a face to face interview, please choose the Tuesday night. If you would like an over the phone interview, please choose the Wednesday night.

Interviews will be open for bookings through PAM on Monday 20th June. 
*Please contact your classroom teacher via Class Dojo if you require another time.

Congratulations to the children who completed their confirmation on Sunday 5th June;

Taiya, Peyton-Rose, Evie, Emerald, Tyson, Henry, Alfie, Isla, Connor & Isabelle

This was a beautiful day of commitment, celebration, and joy. I hope nothing but the best for you as you continue your spiritual journey.

Many blessings,

Mrs Sonia Turner

Principal


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Bus Travel

Bus travel on the country buses is available for students at St Augustine’s School and arrangements are made through the bus co-ordinator, Benedict Stewart, at the Maryborough Education Centre on 5461 7900.  Parents of the student/s must organise the pass through MEC at least two days prior to travel. Students cannot travel on the country buses without a pass. The town bus does not require a pass but costs 50cents a trip, payable on the day of travel.  Please advise the office if your child will be travelling on any of the buses so we can update our bus rolls.

IMPORTANT

All bus travel requires parents/guardians to complete a Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Application for Permission to Travel form prior to any bus travel. This form can be emailed direct to Ben Stewart at MEC, Benedict.Stewart@education.vic.gov.au. It is important that this form is completed as these details will be used in the event of an emergency.

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Parking & Road Safety

There are three minute parking bays in Burke Street outside the school entrance.  Your co-operation in only parking in this area for the specified time would be appreciated.  These parking bays are for quick pick up and drop off for students leaving early due to appointments and illness.

Likewise we also ask parents to respect the parking restriction on the disabled parking area.

Parking behind the church & tennis courts is STAFF ONLY parking. Please do not use these areas to park or pickup your children. Vehicle movement in and out of these areas means you are driving over footpaths/walkways which both our students and Highview students are using. This creates a potential safety hazard.

Follow road safety regulations, keep driveways clear, check carefully before reversing and avoid letting your children exit or enter a car whilst on the road or stopped at the crossings. Please do not double park. We all want to keep our families safe so your co-operation is appreciated.

Please observe road rules around our school for the safety of all of our children.

* Schools have 40km zone.

* Parking behind the church & tennis courts is STAFF ONLY parking.

* Please use the children's crossing on Burns, Kars St and Burke St.

* For safety purposes, please avoid letting your children exit or enter a car whilst on the road or stopped at the crossings. Please do not double park. 

Thank you for your co-operation.


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PAM - Parent Access Module

STUDENT REPORTS

Student reports will be released next week through PAM. Please ensure you are able to login. If you are unsure of your PAM credentials, please contact the school office asap. 


PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR PAM ACCOUNT AND CONFIRM/COMPLETE YOUR CHILDS MEDICAL PROFILE ASAP

We require ALL families to complete and update their child/ren’s medical details and contact information for 2022 through PAM and throughout the year as changes occur. 

This information is mandatory and vital in the case of an emergency.   It is important that if you have any change to your contact numbers, including work place, mobile, home number, that these be updated through PAM and to advise the school office.

To complete your child/rens medical profile including contact information, go to PAM, click on your child/rens name, go to 'Medical Profile' and click 'Edit Details'. Complete details then click in the box at the bottom of the page to confirm the details are correct and click ‘Update Details’.

If you have any questions or require your login details, please contact the school office.

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