St Ita's Primary School Drouin
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50 Victoria Street
Drouin VIC 3818

Phone: 03 5623 7222

T2 W5 2021 Newsletter

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T2 W5 2021 Newsletter


St Ita’s Catholic Primary School acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.



Ships are safe in harbour, as disciples are safe huddled in the upper room. But ships are meant to be at sea and disciples are meant to be out spreading the Good News. Though tempted to hunker down behind familiar barriers - what we have always done and thought - if we avoid Christ’s message, least it impact too strongly on our lives, then we just haven’t got it!

Pentecost revisits the Holy Spirit descending upon the assembled men and women in Acts (Acts 2:1-11) and John’s, slightly different, gospel (John 20:19-23). We are called to burst from that upper room like those first disciples, immersing with and loving our brothers and sisters in the world.

 “Many good men and women live on the epidermis of faith, nourished by a conventional Christianity. They find religious security in the belief and practices that are within their reach, but they do not live in joyful relationship with Jesus Christ. They have heard of him since they were children but they are not seduced or enamoured by what they know of him. Meeting Jesus can transform their lives.  …. It is (tempting) to live correctly within the church without worrying about the one thing Jesus sought; the kingdom of God and its justice………… We have to return to the roots, to the experience that set off the long chain reaction. It does no good to confess Jesus as God incarnate if we never try to find out what this man who revealed God to us was like, how he lived and acted.

We begin to encounter Jesus when we begin to trust God as he did, when we believe in love as he did, when we look at people as he did, when we confront life and death with hope as he did, when we pass on the contagion of the Good News as he did.” (Pagola, J. Jesus – An Historical Approximation pp 27/28).

     Deacon Mark Kelly


Weekend of May 16th:

This will bring up the list of Masses.

Click on book now button and follow the prompts

Click on the Mass you wish to attend (please only choose one Mass)

Then click on the number of tickets required.

 (Please note Children over 12 months need to have a ticket booked)

Then fill in your details.

Click on purchase ticket. TICKETS ARE FREE.

Make sure that you have completed the purchase of your ticket by checking your email confirmation. If you do not get an email confirming your ticket please contact the parish office.

(You don’t need to print or bring your ticket.)

You must book in to come to a Sunday Mass.

Warragul & Drouin Masses are strictly limited to 80 people. Neerim South 50 people.

If you have any issues please call Prue at the Parish office p: 5623 1642. 





Our first parent/child workshop will be held tonight, Wednesday, 19th May in St Ita’s School Hall, Drouin at 7pm, and on Thursday, 20th May in St Joseph’s Church, Warragul at 4pm & 7pm. We ask all families to please arrive 15 mins before this time so we can start promptly at 7pm. If your family has not handed in your preferred Mass time, enrolment form or fee envelope with your payment details, please bring it along to this workshop. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.

For further information please contact Thérèse on 0499 116 428


Check out our Catholic Parishes of Warragul & Drouin Facebook presence.


    “Faith in the future - I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."

    This year’s theme for Catholic Education Week, “Faith in the future - I have come that they may have life and have it to the full,” is a combination of a quote from John’s Gospel and the theme for the bicentennial celebrations of Catholic education in Australia.

    Catholic Education Week is an opportunity for all members of a school community to consider the call of the Gospel to build the Kingdom of God here and now.

    I encourage everyone involved in Catholic education to contribute to one another’s growth and journey towards the fullness of life.

    “During Catholic Education Week we are reminded that Jesus is the good shepherd who invites us to be the best people we can be. In all we do in Catholic schools, we strive to help each person experience the love of God, thus enabling them to live life fully,”

    “This year’s theme serves as an invitation to focus on the unconditional love of God and how this love is demonstrated throughout our lives, in our academic and spiritual pursuits. We have been created to be fully human, fully alive and able to participate in the life and love of God.

    “The theme also reflects the core purpose of Catholic education, which is to provide an education that enables our students to make a meaningful contribution to the world, and enable them to enter into a life-giving relationship with God.

    “I hope that staff, students, families and Parishes enjoy this special time and that our schools continue to be harmonious places where children are able to reach their full potential.

    “Catholic Education Week is a highlight of the year for the Diocese of Sale, as the broader Catholic education community comes together to celebrate our Catholic identity and unique mission,”

    Director of DOSCEL Ms. Kirkwood



    Thank you to all the families that attended our assembly last week and Cross Country. It was great to see parents back on the school site and hope this can continue with this Friday's Foundation BBQ. (Please check important information for more information)

    I would also like to annouce that we will return to running our P&F Meetings and School Board Meeting on school site starting next Term.

    Parents and Friends

    The St Ita’s Parents and Friends Association (P&F) promote the interests of the school through a range of fund raising, social and other activities to enrich the school community.

    We believe that involving parents and families within the school and its decision making adds a wide range of benefits to the school students, teachers and families.

    How you can be involved

    The P&F plays a very important role in contributing to the running of the school fundraisers, helping out at school events, providing direction for Parents with issues or concerns.

    All Parents are automatically members of the P&F.

    We would like to encourage anyone who has any ideas, suggestions or feedback to come along to one of the meetings and help us build a stronger, closer community of parents, friend’s, teachers and students. Minutes are taken at these meetings and discussed at the school board by the P&F representative. 

    We know that all parents are busy with family committments and the availability to attend meetings might be tough. So feel free to get in contact with the school that could pass on your suggestions. The P&F will meet twice a term in the staff room with leadership -this is a great opportunity to ask questions or raise opinions about school activities, fundraising for St Ita’s, social events and ideas to enhance the school community.

    The School Board

    The St It's Advisory Board works in an advisory capacity to the Principal, to oversee policy development, financial management, pastoral care of staff, parents and students, capital development and maintenance planning.

    The Board operates according to the guidelines set down by the DIOCESE OF SALE CATHOLIC EDUCATION LTD (DOSCEL) School Advisory Committee Charter

    Parents can nominate for a two year term once vacancies become available.

    The School Board meets twice a term. Any questions regarding the school board can be directed to the principal.

    The board consists of:

    • The Parish Priest: 
    • The Principal 
    • School Representative (Deputy Principal)
    • Parish Representative - (Deputy Principal) 
    • Chair Person 
    • Deputy Chairperson
    • P&F Representative
    • 4 Elected Board Members


    This is our final reminder to all our current parents that Foundation enrolments for the 2022 school year are now open and we are now taking bookings for enrolment interviews and school tours.

    If you require an interview and school tour with your child, please contact our school admin on 5623 7222 as soon as possible to book a time.

    All parents will be required to complete a student questionnaire prior to the commencement of your interview (this takes a couple of minutes and you will receive it on arrival). You will also receive an enrolment pack with an enrolment form enclosed.

    All sibling enrolments are given first preference of a place in the 2022 school year and therefore we strongly advise you to book your interview and return your application form promptly to guarantee enrolment for next year.



    We welcome Mrs. Beck Bradley into the St Ita’s Teaching and Learning Community. Mrs Bradley will begin working in school admin next Monday. Mr Bradley has a strong background in finance that will assist her in the new role and is very excited about starting work at our school. On behalf of all the parents, students and staff, we welcome Beck into our St Ita’s Teaching and Learning community.



    As we approach Winter our bottom oval is an area that chops up very quickly and it’s an unsafe space to play. We also have a lot of mud being transferred into the classroom via. During winter we will be limiting the use of our oval to specific days for specific grades.



    This Friday 21st May all St Ita’s students have the opportunity to participate in our annual Wear Your PJ’s to school day. This is to support our Mini Vinnies food pantry stock up. Each child wearing their Pyjamas is asked to bring an item of NON perishable food on the day.

    All St Ita’s Staff please feel free to put on the Jim Jams and enjoy the day knowing that we are helping a great cause.




    To celebrate getting parents back into our school community we have come up with a great little idea. Between now and the end of the year we have decided that on a specific non-assembly Friday we will hold a sausage sizzle for each level of children (Foundation - 6) and invite the parents to come on site to join us.

    This Friday 21st of May we will be having a free sausage sizzle for all foundation students on the top yard starting at 12.00pm. The BBQ will be set up under the shelter and food will be served out of this area by our St Ita’s Mini Vinnies team. We will cook a few extra sausages each week but there will not be enough for parents or children to have 2 sausages, so we encourage parents to bring their own lunch along or pack a bit extra for their child if required. 

    All foundation parents are welcome to join us on the yard and all we ask is that you sign into St Ita's via the schools QR code which is located near the gate entrance and please adhere to correct social distancing guidelines.

    This is a special opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, their friends, have a play with your child and meet the other parents.



    At our next whole school assembly, I will be inviting parents of the "Student of the Week" Award and our "Sports Star" Award to attend so they can share in their child's success. Parents of these two awards will be notified prior to assembly. I will also be allowing parents whose children are presenting Assembly Prayer or Class News to attend our assembly. All Parents attending the assembly will be asked to sign in via a QR code before entry and observe correct social distancing rules outlined in our hall space.



    Book Club orders are due online on Friday 21 May and Wednesday 2nd June for free delivery to school. 


    I have had a number of parents contact me about car speeds at drop off and pick up. In the interest of child safety could I ask all parents using drop off and pick ups to make sure they do not exceed the school speed limit of 10KM.


    Thanks to everyone who donated cardboard boxes for our Art program. If anyone has any old egg cartons at home we would happily adopt them.


    School buses will not be operating in the Drouin network on the following days in Term 2 & Term 3. All bus travellers will need to make alternative arrangements to/from school on these days.

    Term 3 - Monday 16th August 2021.


    Early notice - We have a Religious Education whole school closure day on Friday 11th June (this is the Friday of the Queens birthday Long weekend). The school is closed for all students and students will not be at school on this day.

    Monday 14th June is the Queens Birthday public holiday and the school is also closed on this day.

    Students will finish school at the normal time of 3.20pm on Thursday 10th June and return to school on Tuesday 15th June.


    Term 1 school fees are now overdue & Term 2 school fees are due by Friday 14th May . BPAY details are available on your school fee statement. School fees are due by the 4th week of each term and must be paid in full by the end of the school year they are due, December 2021.

    If any families would like to pay off their fees either weekly, fortnightly or monthly, please set up a direct debit schedule by completing a Direct Debit Form and returning to the school office at your earliest convenience.  Please calculate the total fees payable by the number of weeks/payments required for your fees to be paid by December 2021. For any assistance please contact the school Admin office via email on:

    For any families that have recently received a Government means-tested health care concession card & have not already advised the school office, please forward a copy of your card to the office to check your eligibility, as a fee concession may apply. The card must be in the name of the parent/fee payer for a fee concession to apply with the student details listed on the card.  A CSEF (Camp, Sport & Excursion Fund) form must also be completed. Application forms must be completed each year.

    If your current Health Care concession card has expired, or is due to expire and your card is re-issued or any details have changed, please send a copy of your new card details to the office as soon as possible for the concession to be checked and applied to your fees. 

    West Gippsland Division Cross Country

    Yesterday 24 St Ita’s students competed in the West Gippsland Division Cross Country at Chairo Christian School. 

    It was a tough and crowded course with each race consisting of approx 60 runners, all students showed great determination and resilience!




    12/13 Boys

    Jett Proctor

    Christian Dorian

    Charlie Adamiak

    Tobi Senini


    12/13 Girls

    Eliza Achilles

    Jenna Garner

    Michelle Stanfield

    Asher Burton


    11 Boys

    Jack Carbonneau

    Nate Joiner

    Riley Davidson

    Harry Sheehan


    11 Girls

    Keelie Carbonneau

    Makaylah Monckton

    Taylah Wassenberg 

    Ava Upston


    9/10 Boys

    Mejok Akang

    Brodie Beechie

    Oliver Robinson

    Taj McFarlane


    9/10 Girls

    Lilly Timble

    Tilly Kensley

    Marley Nooy

    Taylah Wasseberg


    We had 7 students qualify for the Gippsland Regional Cross Country which will be held at Lardner Park on June 3rd. Congratulations to the following students on their qualification.


    Jack Carbonneau (3rd - 11 Boys)

    Keelie Carbonneau (7th - 11 Girls)

    Mejok Akang (10th - 9/10 Boys)

    Marley Nooy (10th - 9/10 Girls)

    Lily Trimble (4th - 9/10 Girls)

    Tilly Kensley ( 7th - 9/10 Girls)

    Indi Joiner ( 8th - 9/10 Girls)


    Well done to all of students who represented St Ita’s!



    Mr Carroll


    The Grade 3 – 6 students have recently participated in a Judo Unit this term. Hunter Richardson and Tim waterman, coaches at the Dojo Factory in Drouin, took each class through a variety of skills and movements for four lessons. Students developed their understanding of the sport and the various competition rules, applying them when working with a partner. What a great opportunity this was and with the Olympics not too far away, I am sure the children will be keen to catch some of the action on TV. This program was conducted through funding from the Federal Government initiative, ‘Sporting Schools’. This week, all Foundation, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students will have the chance to undertake a Gymnastics Unit, made possible again by ‘Sporting Schools’.