Sewing Club

In Term 3 the St Augustine’s Sewing Club have been busy hand making hearts to share and celebrate kindness within our school community.

Today all students and staff will receive a kindness heart.

“I think it was pretty fun” - James R
“I think sewing club might have been tricky but after making my first 2 hearts it got easier. I hope more people come to sewing club in Term 4” - Will C

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Year 5/6 Excursion

Grade 5/6 enjoyed an excursion to Ballarat this week. We visited a newly opened Aboriginal Art Gallery and the Koori Hub. We explored different forms of art, created our own art, hunted through some history boards to answer questions and interacted with some aboriginal cultural artifacts. This was a terrific way to finish off our inquiry work this term.

My New Gallery

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Our Diocesan Community

A link to the July 2023 Diocesan community magazine.

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Medical Information

Concussion – Important information

If your child has experienced concussion, it is important that you follow recommended medical advice. Returning to school can be a graduated approach with the aim of increasing tolerance to a full day, the same situation could occur with sport. It is always important to check with your doctor and seek medical treatment after a child sustains a concussion.

It is important to inform the school if your child has sustained a concussion outside of the school setting so we can monitor for ongoing symptoms and adapt activities if required.

This factsheet link below from the Royal Children’s Hospital is valuable to read and understand.

There is also a great evidence-based app from the Murdoch children’s research institute that walks you through what to do in the result of a concussion.


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School Approved Scrunchies

School approved Scrunchies are for sale in the school foyer for $5 each.

$1 from each scrunchie sold goes to our Energy Breakthrough Program.

We now also have coloured scrunchies for sale. These are 'not ok to be worn on a school day'. $1 from each scrunchie sold goes to our EBT program.

Lots of different patterns and colours available so come check them out!

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2023 School Fees & Levies

REMINDER - Resource, 3/4 Camp & 5/6 Camp fees are now overdue and need to be paid ASAP. Balance of all fees to be finalised by the 30th November 2023. Payment can be made via EFTPOS or cash at the school office, credit card over the phone or direct deposit to our account. 

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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 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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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

SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday 17th October 2023

Susan McLean
Susan McLean is Australia's foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. Widely known as the 'cyber cop' she was the first Victoria Police Officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people.

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Uniform Shop

All orders are to be placed through CDFPay Orders will continue to be filled once a week and sent home with your child(ren). 

We are still experiencing delays with our suppliers. If you have items on backorder these will be filled and sent home as soon as we can. If you have been waiting a while please send Amber a message through Class Dojo. 

With the sun coming out and the feeling of Spring in the air, we have Bucket Hats available from the front office and the uniform shop for $10.

If you have any queries or items to be exchanged, please come to the school office. 

Note: 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.

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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

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Principals Letter

Dear St Augustine's families,

It's hard to believe we are at the end of Term 3 and only one Term left for 2023. This term we have enjoyed and celebrated Foundation 100 days, Junior Ballarat Wildlife Park Excursion, Noel Pollerd Basketball competition, Athletics and Division Athletics, Confirmation, swimming lessons, Science Week and lunchtime activities, Book Week with the Book Fair, Family Night and the parade, St Augustine Feast Day, Fathers Day stall and the 5/6 excursion to the Ballarat Koori Hub. This week we thank Clair and Meagan who have organised the Footy Colours and Hot dog day and our pie drive. Thank you to all the helpers who have assisted on these occasions.

We have been fortunate to be awarded a Federal Government Grant of $1.6 million to upgrade, refurbish and renovate the staff area, office/admin area and the library learning space. There has been a lot of work going on in the background to bring this project to a starting point. We are almost there and I cannot wait to share the final outcome. In readiness, over the holidays we will be relocating the office/admin area. The entrance to the school and office/admin area will be on the Burke St side of the Marian Centre. There will be temporary fencing erected to show the way. Year 5/6 Palmer class will relocate to the portable in the Indonesian room, Year 3/4 Berry class will relocate to the Marian Centre, canteen will now operate out of the Parish Hall on Burns St. Our staffroom will be located in the Presbytery. 

Please note next term, there will be no access via the playground as there will be a lot of construction work taking place in that area. I will provide more details on pick up when we know exactly where the builders will be set up. 

Our school will eventually be amazing but while construction is happening I thank you for your understanding and patience in some of our routines and procedures having to change. I will keep you as informed as early as I can and as much as I can.

Wishing all families a restful holiday break and see you all MONDAY 2nd OCTOBER. 

Many Blessings,

Mrs Sonia Turner


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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, Heather Jennings, 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.


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 Heather Jennings at MEC, 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


We require ALL families to complete and update their child/ren’s medical details and contact information for 2023 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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