WISHING YOU ALL A SAFE, HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS
Thanks to everyone in our school community who have worked so hard this year to make St Ita’s a truly wonderful learning environment.
Each year we grow bigger in terms of student population, and with this growth the dynamics of our school change immensely.
I thank all those in our learning community who are able to embrace this changing dynamic and work so hard to make St Ita’s a place where all students are nurtured academically, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially.
Thank you to all our students for the effort that they have put into their studies and for the way that they have endeavoured to live the Gospel values in their day to day schooling. Your efforts are to be commended.
To all our parent’s, thanks for your support in the partnership of learning. The research shows that the best learning comes when the student, the parent and teacher are all in sync supporting one another.
A big shout out to our wonderful teaching staff for their enthusiasm, dedication and ongoing commitment. We are blessed to have such a professional staff who constantly give above and beyond to make sure your children are respected, protected and cared for whilst on their learning journey.
Finally, I would like to thank Father Confidence for his spiritual leadership, his wisdom and his ongoing support to all in our school community.
I wish everyone in the St Ita’s learning community a safe, happy and Holy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
The sorting of children into class groupings is a complex and time-consuming process where teachers are expected to exercise and make professional judgments. It’s all about identifying the particular social, emotional and academic needs of all our children and making sure there is a balance across each grade level.
Groupings of children are based on a number of factors such as:
- Current educational philosophies held by the school
- Social, emotional, physical and academic needs of the children within the cohort
- Gender balance
- Student behaviour
- Children who work well together / children who don’t work well together
- Family siblings or family relations
- Court Orders or Legal Interventions
Occasionally we receive parental feedback that their child is unhappy or emotional when they find they are not in the same class as their best friend/s. Whilst we will always do our best to make sure children have good social connections within classrooms, it is often the case that best friends, doesn’t make for best learning. The strong message across all our grades at St Ita’s is that class time is for learning and recess and lunch times are for socializing.
If your child comes home disappointed that they are not in the same grade as their best friend, use this as a teachable moment to give your child the skills and capacity to be resilient and work through the situation. It’s great preparation for students going into secondary school and moving into the working world with people you have never met before. It is also a great opportunity for children to develop an inclusive, resilient mindset and develop new friendships.
Our classes and teachers are now locked in for the 2023 school year and unless it is an error from our end, we will not be making changes to any classrooms as doing so creates a domino effect across levels.
Our experience shows us that children are naturally nervous or anxious when moving to their new classroom but we find that once they have their orientation experience and they come back from the end of year break they settle very quickly into their new environment.
SCHOOL CAPTAINS / VICE CAPTAINS 2023
It is with great please that we announce our school captains for the 2023 school year as Ollie Robinson and Chloe Gargan. These two students will be supported by our two vice school captains, Ruby Jose and Nate Spargo.
Ollie, Chloe, Ruby and Nate were selected from a strong pool of exceptional young leaders at St Ita’s who applied for the leadership positions. A big shout out to the 5-6 team for their preparation and organisation getting this big task pulled together.
ST ITA’S CAPTAINS FOR 2023
CHROMEBOOKS WIPED FOR DEPARTING STUDENTS
Any students in grade 3-6 who are leaving the school and no longer require management under St Ita's have sent a command to be wiped automatically once connect to Wifi. Any students who have left the school and has not been wiped are asked to contact Steve Pitt at firstname.lastname@example.org and send the serial number of the machine to be decommissioned. Student email addresses will be also be closed down at the end of the year so any work or emails that need to be kept should be transferred or forwarded to an personal email/gmail account.
STUDENTS TESTING - 30TH JANUARY
Parent will be asked to book their students into their 2023 class teachers testing schedule before the 30th January to complete a Maths Assessment. This data is used to correlate and confirm the level of understanding and teach students to their point of need. It is extremely important that parents and students are prompt to the booking time. Bookings will be made through PAM once the 2023 rollover has occured later in the week. This will be communicated through Class Dojo and Schoolzine once completed.
2023 IMPORTANT DATES
|30 January 2023||Student Testing (further information for booking will be sent to families closer to this date)|
|31 January 2023
||First Day of Term 1 (All students)
SCHOOL FEES & CONCESSIONS
A reminder to all families that all outstanding fees must be finalised by the end of Term 4. All school fees should be finalised in the year they are billed, if you are experiencing difficulty, or feel you will not be able to finalising payment please make contact with Beck at the Admin Office as soon as possible either by phone (03) 5623 7222 or via email email@example.com
If any families would like to set up a weekly, fortnightly or monthly direct debit schedules for school fees, please complete the Direct Debit Form below and return to the school office.
SOTSUGYOU means “GRADUATION” and OMEDETOU is “CONGRATULATIONS” in English.
On Thursday 8th December Grade 6 students enjoyed a Japanese lunch in the staff room to celebrate their graduation. Sushi Bingo was a thrilling start to the session with prizes for everyone. Jack Carboneau won the Jan Ken Kai (Rock Scissors Paper Competition) and won a Sushi Making Kit. Students had a go at using chopsticks after watching a funny instructional video. From all accounts everyone loved the sushi, although Riley Davidson was surprised to find out how hot WASABI is!
Last week we held our school disco and we were fortunate enough to get local legend DJ CB (Cooper Bills) who turned out some ripping tunes and beats, mustering up some serious heat on the dance floor. No one rocks it like DJ CB. And even better he’s booked us in for next year. Thanks for a job really well done Coop.
Faced with hurts and humiliations, ethical and moral dilemmas in our lives, we could do a lot worse than following the example of Joseph, the Nazarene carpenter.
Joseph would have been, to say the least, mortified, perturbed and confused to discover that his betrothed is pregnant and he knows he is not the father. What personal, ethical and moral decisions must he make? He is certainly not going to live with Mary now but should he, as was his right according to the law, publically reject Mary? She would be stoned to death! He must have been tempted. Instead, as an honourable man, Joseph determines to informally, quietly, divorce her instead. This is a man of courage and compassion who sees beyond his own personal perspective.
Joseph doesn’t lash out angrily in his hurt but rather, we imagine, goes to bed prayerfully, ruefully, pondering on this debacle in his life. In an astounding revelation, God sends him clarity to resolve matters and to go forward with confidence.
Matthew’s gospel (Mt 1:18-24) seamlessly links the angel’s message to Joseph with the Old Testament prophecy from Isaiah (Is 7:10-14) in our first reading this Sunday. Joseph understands that his awesome mission is to protect the mother of God and her Son. His demeanour has much to teach us.
His steadiness of character and his reflective, considerate decision making are worthy of emulation. Joseph’s compassionate humanity manifests so that, whatever the legalities, whatever his hurt, he doesn’t want barbaric revenge on Mary. Neither she nor her child deserve to die and his compassionate instinct is still to spare her indignity.
Situation clarified, Joseph immediately embraces the mission God has called him to, without counting the cost. Would that we all be faithful as Joseph is faithful!
Deacon Mark Kelly
2023 SACRAMENT DATES - RECONCILIATION
Combined Parent Information Meeting:
Drouin: Wednesday 8th February
Warragul: Thursday 9th February 7pm
|Parent/Child Workshop 1:
Drouin: Wednesday 1st March 7pm
Warragul: Thursday 2nd March 4pm & 7pm
|Parent/Child Workshop 2:
Drouin: Wednesday 15th March 7pm
Warragul: Thursday 16th March 4pm & 7pm
|SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
Drouin: Wednesday 29th March, 7pm
Warragul: Thursday 30th March, 7pm
Drouin: 19th & 26th February 10.30am
Warragul:18th & 19th February 7pm & 9am
PARISH SACRAMENT ENQUIRIES
Sacrament Enquiries: Mrs Therese Meggetto
Mobile: 0439 306 642 Email: Warragul.firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMETABLE
SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 2022
7.00pm - Marist Sion Hall Warragul (Carols 6.30pm)
9.00pm - St. Joseph’s Church Warragul (Bell ringing 8.30pm – 8.50pm)
SUNDAY 25TH DECEMBER 2022
9.00am - St. Ignatius Church Neerim South
9.00am - St. Joseph’s Church Warragul
10.30am - St. Ita’s Church Drouin
2ND RITE OF RECONCILIATION BEFORE CHRISTMAS
As well as regular times there is to be a communal service for Reconciliation at St. Ita’s Church on Tuesday, 20 December 2022 at 7.30pm.
All parishioners are welcome.