Welcome back, and for our new families, a big Welcome. We were thrilled to introduce 22 new Term 3 Reception children to RT/D class, as well as 5 new children to other year levels. A big, warm, St Pius X welcome to....
5B/L - Hridini
4M - Agoth
2C/G - Mishka and Rafael
1M - Nyanwell
RT/D - Jessica, Hannah, Soraya, Siena, Johana, Amalia, Sienna, Milana, George, William, Prabhsimar, Aarav, Aluk, Lukas, William, Claire, Trisha, Pahal, Eddie, Christian, Adrian and Sydney
We also welcome some new staff, including Lauren Hill and Anne-Louise Maiolo to the Year 1M class. Over the break we heard that Caitlin McManus (1M) has accepted a teaching position at Rostrevor College. Caitlin has been teaching here for 2½ years and will be greatly missed. We wish her well at her new school. Welcome also to our two student teachers, Kimberley Smith and Julia Koeffer who will be working with the Reception classrooms. Daneka Williams joins us as an ESO supporting classroom teachers. We also welcome back from leave Sarah Tirimacco (RD/T) and Tracy Mifsud (4M). There will be 2 Social Work Students starting in a few weeks, and they will introduce themselves to you when they commence.
I trust that you have had some time together to share during the school break. Next week we hare holding three way interviews for all Year levels excepting the new Reception class and 2 F/P (postponed until Ms Faraonio returns from leave). This is an excellent opportunity to meet your teacher, along with your child, to discuss the Semester 1 Report and to assist setting goals for Semester 2. If you haven’t booked a time, you will need to do so by tomorrow, Thursday 25thJuly.
At my last School Board Meeting I was able to show the general progress of our children in the area of literacy and this data was very impressive. We can clearly see the positive impact of the Initial Lit (R/1) program, Mini Lit and Macq Lit (small group intervention) and the whole school approach to the teaching of literacy, including the ‘Stars’ comprehension program. I am thrilled to let you know that the Initial Lit program will be extended to Year 2 in 2020. If you would like more information on this program, try this link.
Over the coming term I will provide links to information regarding our other Literacy initiatives from Years 2-6.
Our Tournament of Minds Team's training is well underway as they prepare for access to the 2019 Challenge and several classes have begun the Mathematics Challenge 2019. You may recall we were very successful in 2018 winning 6 State Awards!
It is a very exciting time of the year and lots to enjoy as our children are immersed into deep learning.
We are using the ‘School Interviews’ programme to coordinate our Parent/Student/Teacher Conversations bookings for next week. This will be an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s learning and their recent Semester One Student Report with their teacher(s).
Please see below for ‘how to’ instructions. If you have any issues with the booking format or do not have access to the internet please speak to Susan Trimboli at school office. Bookings close tomorrow, Thursday 25thJuly at 4:00pm.
The Year 2F/P class will be holding their Three-Way Learning Conversations in Week 4 next term – information regarding bookings for this class will be distributed in Week 2
Go to www.schoolinterviews.com.auand follow these simple instructions.
- Enter the code 8nxjzand press "Go".
- Enter your details
- Select the teachers you wish to see
- Select the appointment times that suit your family best
When you click FINISH, your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically. If you do not receive your email immediately – check your junk mail folder and make sure you have spelled your email address correctly
You can return to www.schoolinterviews.com.au at any time and change your appointment(s) - until bookings close tomorrow, Thursday, 25thJuly, at 4:00pm.
Term 3 Tuition Fees
These are due and payable by Friday, 2nd August 2019. If you have entered into a part time agreement to pay your fees over the whole year this due date does not apply. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please do not hesitate to contact me and part time arrangements can be made. Thank you to those parents who have paid promptly. Reminder statements will be posted home for parents who do not meet the due date. For your convenience, EFT, BPay, Visa and Mastercard are available.
Change of BPAY Biller Code
From beginning of this term, if you wish to pay your fees via BPAY, please note that the biller code has changed from “46698” to “299370” for our school. Please change your banking payment details for the school to reflect this change. Please also ensure that the full reference number (which is found on your statement) is entered so funds can be applied to the correct family.
A substantial payment was deposited into the school bank account on 17th May 2019 and, unfortunately, I can not identify the debtor who paid the money as the reference is incomplete. If you made a payment for school fees on this date, please contact me on 82669404 or email email@example.com
If you are holders of a Health Care Card you may be eligible for School Card and therefore Fee Remission, which is granted by the school. Please see me if you feel you may meet the criteria or have any queries relating to fees.
Do you have a child who will turn 5 years of age between 1st November 2020 and 31st October 2021? If you would like them to attend St Pius X School please complete and submit an Application for Enrolment From available from the school office. Interviews for Reception students in 2021 will be offered in August. If you have any questions about commencement dates and/or vacancies please speak with Susan Trimboli on 8261 4466.
Would you like to be able to read details and approve your child’s next excursion using your mobile device or ‘on line’ via email?
The benefits include -
- No need for notes in bags, notes getting lost, requesting replacement copies
- Saves paper
- Use your mobile device for one touch approval
This facility is now available through our SZapp!
What you need to do -
- Install the Szapp app to your mobile device
- Once installed choose the ‘Manage’ tab on the app and select your child’s class along with Parents/Guardians - your selections will be ‘green’
The Szapp will alert you to notices and forms for your selected groups. Whole school alerts and information (including the school’s Newsletter) will continue via Parents/Guardians.
Your child’s class excursion permissions and other forms will be distributed via SZapp so please subscribe to your child/rens group(s) soon.
Please contact Susan Trimboli at the school office if you require assistance with this process.
If you are unable to use the Szapp, paper excursion permission forms will need to be collected from the school office.
Congratulations to Conor W who sat for his Voice and Communication 3rd Grade AMEB exam in June and received an Honours (A) result; exams require extra effort and commitment and we are so proud of Conor.
Speech and Drama students are now working on their annual play to be performed at the school on Thursday September 19th at 11:30am and at a free public performance on Drama Day on Saturday September 21st at Walkerville Primary School Theatre at 4:15pm. This year the titles of the plays are “Goldi Meets the 3 Not-Bears” and “Another Cinderella”. All welcome!