Science Corner

Thank you to all the wonderful students who have helped keep our school environment clean of rubbish at play times! 

Mrs G 

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2025 Enrolment Applications Open

 We are now taking enrolment applications for 2025. Please complete an Expression of Interest form through our school website (link below) if you have a child/ren starting school in 2025 or beyond. We will be conducting enrolment interviews later next term. Likewise please let the school know if your child/ren will not be returning to our school in 2025.  

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School Student Broadband Initiative


A reminder to schools to ensure their families are aware of the Australian Governments School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI) which is available to families through to December 2025. This means for eligible families who sign up now, there is still over 18 months of free internet.

The Australian Government initiative was designed to boost education opportunities and narrow the digital divide, with the Australian Government providing up to 30,000 eligible families with school age children with no internet at home access to free NBN under the SSBI.

Access to the SSBI has become easier, with applications made through the National Referral Centre that parents/carers with school students can contact directly to check their eligibility.

Victorian families with students enrolled in Prep to Year 12, who do not have an active NBN connection (or had one in the previous 14 days) but can access a standard NBN service at their premises can become eligible with an application to the National Referral Centre.

You can find more information about the NRC on Anglicare Victoria’s website available here: Student Internet Program - Anglicare Victoria or contact Jordan Smith at the DOBCEL Office at jsmith@dobcel.catholic.edu.au

The links below contain the promotional and information packs which have been provided directly from the initiative for distribution to families.

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School Saving Bonus

This week the Allan Labor Government announced a $400 School Saving Bonus for all school students in government schools regardless of income, but only for Health Care Card holders in Catholic schools.
This is deeply unfair.

We believe the payment should be means tested for all students or apply to all students.
It should not be based on which school you attend.
This policy punishes families for choosing to send their children to a Catholic school.

Our school, St Augustine's and the peak body, the Victorian Catholic Education Authority, are working hard to oppose this policy and we need your help.
We need to show the Victorian Government that punishing families who choose a Catholic school is unacceptable.

Please consider contacting your local Member of Parliament to express your concern.

Our school’s local MP is Martha Haylett and she can be contacted by calling 54611255 or by emailing;

martha.haylett@parliament.vic.gov.au

Below is a template for you to send to Martha Haylett.

Thank you for your time in reading this and for advocating for your family and our school.

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BOOK CLUB Issue 4

 All orders are to be placed through LOOP, instructions as attached.

Each purchase accrues points which are used to buy library books and resources for our school. Thank you to all who support Book Club and our school. 

Orders are due in by Friday 14th June.

PROMOTION FOR Issue 4 - $5 credit towards next issue. Details below.

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SchoolTV

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

St Augustine’s is very excited to introduce a new initiative to help support the wellbeing of your students and better resource key staff. After all, happy and well supported students are better equipped to learn and succeed.

Because parenting doesn’t come with instructions, SchoolTV is an online wellbeing resource that can support you in the challenges of modern-day parenting. This award-winning resource helps build relationships, foster connections, enable understanding and break down barriers to navigate a pathway towards better mental health and wellbeing for young people. It can assist you in starting conversations on topics that are sometimes awkward or difficult to tackle. 

Parenting is a learning journey and SchoolTV supports families by providing credible information from trusted sources offering practical strategies with a focus to empower confidence when difficulties arise.

We invite you to visit our SchoolTV site and view the content. Discover a host of interesting topics featuring interviews with leading youth wellbeing experts and researchers from around the world offering hours of relevant and practical information. Additionally, each topic includes a compilation of related resources from key organisations providing a comprehensive stream of content. Resources include informative fact sheets, articles, apps, books, podcasts, websites, and other videos - all related to a single topic, in one place for easy access!

Start exploring SchoolTV today!

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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.

https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Head_injury_return_to_school_and_sport/

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.

https://www.headcheck.com.au/

 

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2024 School Fees & Levies

ALL Resource Fees, Year 5/6 & 3/4 Camp fees are now outstanding.  Payment can be made via EFTPOS or cash at the school office, credit card over the phone or direct deposit to our account. 

We welcome all students and their families who share or respect our Catholic faith, values and traditions. Catholic education is supported by State and Federal funding, with families contributing the balance of the cost of educating their children. At times, some families are unable to meet their commitment to the full costs of education. As a Catholic school system, we ensure fee relief mechanisms are available to support families in time of need. We encourage these discussions on enrolment or as these needs emerge.

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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.  

Please note with the temporary office relocation we only have one phone line in so please leave a message and we will return your call ASAP.

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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

8:45am  -  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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Uniform Shop

Uniform orders will continue to be filled and sent home with your child(ren) weekly. If you would like to enquire about secondhand uniform, please send a message to Amber on Class Dojo with your required items and sizes and we will send home what we can supply, $5 per item.

School hats are now not needed outside. We do have our winter beanies for sale in our uniform shop and in the school office which are optional to wear. All profits go to our Energy Breakthrough program. 

Beanies available from the front office and the uniform shop for $20.

If you have any queries or items to be exchanged, please contact 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.

School hats are compulsory in Term 1, up until 30th April of Term 2  & Term 4. No hat, no play! 


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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.

All of our Child Safe policies and procedures are accessible on our website through the link below.


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Principals Letter

Dear St Augustine's families,

Today & tomorrow students have the opportunity to participate in the Worl of Maths Incursion. They experience Maths problem solving in  fun hands on learning activities. This is a great way to share new learnings with classmates in a stimulating environment and connecting to our curriculum. Photo's below.

Reports and Learning Conferences With only 3 weeks left until the end of the term it's hard to believe we are almost halfway through the year. Teachers are busy at the moment finalizing assessments for mid year reports. These reports will be accessed through PAM and we will release them on the afternoon of Friday 21st June. These reports are a snapshot of your child's learning to date; socially, academically and spiritually. They will be followed up with Learning Conferences. These are an opportunity for families to meet with your child's teacher to further discuss these reports and to set goals for future learning in the second half of the year.

Learning Conferences will take place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June. Children are invited along to these discussions as they are responsible for their learning and it's really important they know where they have come from and where they are going. Learning Conferences will be opened up tomorrow, Friday 7th June, so I encourage all families to book this valuable one-on-one time with your child's classroom teacher. 

 
Sacrament Of Confirmation This Sacrament will be on Saturday 15th June & Sunday 16th June, we continue to pray for the children who are preparing for this important Sacrament. They will have the opportunity to renew their promises made by their parents and godparents at Baptism.  

Reconciliation 

National Reconciliation Week is the perfect time to reflect and act on your role in creating a better Australia. Because now more than ever, we need you on this journey with us. 

The 2024 theme, Now More Than Ever, is a reminder to all of us that, no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will – and must – continue.

We would like to acknowledge that we are gathering on Dja Dja Wurrung Country; land that the Jaara Jaara People and their ancestors have been traditional custodians of for thousands of years, their connections to land, sea and community and their stories, traditions and living cultures. 

We would like to pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging of the Kulin Nation and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. 

At St Augustines, we acknowledge the past, recognise the present and look forward to contributing to a bright future.

Congratulations to An & Bill on the safe arrival of Amelia. Little sister for Vivian in 1/2H. May your family be blessed with good health, love and laughter.

Many blessing, 

Mrs Sonia Turner

Principal

My New Gallery

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Bus Travel & Conveyance Allowance


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.

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 Heather Jennings at MEC, Heather.Jennings@education.vic.gov.au. It is important that this form is completed as these details will be used in the event of an emergency.

PTV forms are now required to be updated and completed yearly by all families who have bus travellers.


CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE 

Eligibility

An application on behalf of a student may be submitted if the student is:

  • a Victorian resident.
  • school aged and enrolled (3) three or more days per week at a school; and
  • attending a school/campus located outside the Melbourne metropolitan conveyance boundary

A student who meets the above requirements may be eligible if they:

  • attend their nearest or designated neighbourhood government school/campus appropriate to their year level, at which admission is permissible, or
  • attend their nearest appropriate non-government school/campus appropriate to their year level, at which admission is permissible, and
  • reside 4.8km or more by the shortest practicable route from the campus attended
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Parking & Road Safety

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

PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR PAM ACCOUNT AND CONFIRM/COMPLETE YOUR CHILDS MEDICAL PROFILE. THIS INFORMATION IS MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS. 

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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Canteen

All orders must be placed through CDFPay prior to 9.00am Fridays.   Please ensure you complete all orders on CDFPay and proceed through payment screen to the green receipt screen.

Please contact the office if you are having any issues with your CDFPay account. 

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