WELCOME BACK TO ONSITE LEARNING
Today we welcomed all our students back to school after another snap lock down. It is an extremely disruptive process but we have to learn to work through these tough times and most importantly support everyone as best we can in the process.
The School will continue to implement the drop off and pick up procedures from Drouin Rec Reserve and Admin to limit the number of students and families congregating on or near school grounds at the beginning and conclusion of the school day.
The school will continue to ensure that the health, safety and well-being of all students, staff and the wider school community remains our highest priority. We will continue to emphasise for all staff and students in attendance at school.
Visitors including parents, guardians and carers will be required to wear a face mask when on school sites, both in indoor and outdoor locations, including reception areas and classrooms. Parents must also sign in via the QR code in reception. Any appointments for parents wanting meet with teaching staff must be made via a call to Admin on (03) 5623 7222.
I would like to take this time to thank both the parents and the students for their efforts through these challenging times. The community as a whole has united to push through these tough times and soldier on to best support their child/ren. I have received so many emails and calls of support from parents letting me know that whilst remote offsite learning is tough and presents many challenges, the teaching staff of St Ita’s have gone above and beyond to support all our students to achieve their best.
I am really grateful and appreciative of all the St Ita’s staff; our Teachers, our Aides and our Admin who have done an amazing job in relation to their planning and preparation, their delivery of work to our children and their communication and follow up with students and parents. The positive way that they have approached offsite leaning and onsite learning has been nothing short of outstanding.
Whatever the announcement that comes out on Tuesday, we have done this before and we can do it again. Let’s all do it with integrity, respect and support for one another and hopefully we can resume school sooner rather than later.
Stay well and stay safe and thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to implement COVID Safe practices at our school.
HOW NCCD FUNDING WORKS?
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a compulsory annual process participated in by all Australian schools across the country. The aim of this process is to provide the Australian Government with consistent information about the number of students with disability or inferred disability (learning difficulty based on professional judgement about a students individual needs as a learner) in Australian schools and the type of adjustments they require in order to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. The NCCD is a collection that counts:
- the number of school students receiving an adjustment or ‘help’ due to disability or inferred disability
- the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.
- Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability.
This ‘help’ allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without disability. The NCCD uses the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Schools provide this information to education authorities.
WHY IS THIS DATA BEING COLLECTED?
All schools in Australia must collect information about students with disability (or inferred disability).
- ensures that the information collected is transparent, consistent and reliable
- provides better information that improves understanding of students with disability or inferred disability
- allows parents, guardians, carers, teachers, principals, education authorities and government to better support students with disability
WHO COLLECTS INFORMATION FOR THE NCCD?
Schools identify which students will be counted in the NCCD. At St Ita's the School Improvement Team (SIT) leads this process. Decisions regarding levels of adjustments for students are based on the following:
- adjustments provided for the student (after consultation with the student and/or their parents, guardians and carers)
- the school team’s observations and professional judgements
- any medical or other professional diagnoses
- other relevant information such as testing results.
School Principals have the responsibility to ensure that the information for the NCCD is accurate and honest.
WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED?
A student is counted in the NCCD if they receive reasonable adjustments at school due to disability or inferred disability. Each year, schools collect the following information about the student, including:
- their year of schooling
- the level of adjustment received
- the broad type of disability.
For students who have more than one disability, the school uses professional judgement to choose one category of disability. They choose the category that most affects the student’s access to education and for which adjustments are being provided.
WHAT MUST SCHOOLS DO FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY?
All students have the right to a quality learning experience at school. Students with disability must be able to take part in education without discrimination and on the same basis as other students. To ensure this, schools must make reasonable adjustments if needed for students with disability. Educators, students, parents, guardians, carers and others (eg health professionals) must work together to ensure that students with disability can take part in education. The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 describe schools’ responsibilities.
WHAT IS A REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT?
An adjustment is an action to help a student with disability take part in education on the same basis as other students. Adjustments can be made across the whole school (eg ramps into school buildings). They can be in the classroom (eg adapting teaching methods). They can also be for individual student need (eg providing personal care support). The school assesses the needs of each student with disability. The school provides adjustments in consultation with the student and/or their parents, guardians and carers. Schools must make reasonable adjustments if needed. The Disability Standards for Education 2005 define ‘reasonable adjustment’ as an adjustment that balances the interests of all parties affected.
HOW DOES STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING WORK FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY?
Funding from the Australian Government for students with disability is based on the NCCD through the student with disability loading. Students with disability who are counted in the top three levels of the NCCD (extensive, substantial and supplementary) attract the loading. Funding is based on a per-student amount at each of the three levels of additional support. The amount of the loading reflects the level of support students with disability need to participate fully in school, with higher funding for those who need higher levels of support. Australian Government recurrent school funding is provided as a lump sum to school authorities including state and territory governments, which can then distribute the funding to their member schools according to their own needs-based arrangements. The Government expects schools and school systems to consider their funding from all sources (ie Australian Government, state and territory and private) and prioritise their spending to meet the educational needs of all of their students, including students with disability. This can include payment of professional learning for staff and building inclusive cultures in schools.
It is important to remember that schools receive funding as a lump sum and this goes towards providing staffing and support structures for students with disability.
WHEN DOES THE NCCD TAKE PLACE?
The NCCD takes place in August each year.
IS THE NCCD COMPULSORY?
Yes. All schools must collect and submit information each year for the NCCD. This is detailed in the Australian Education Regulation 2013.
HOW IS STUDENTS’ PRIVACY PROTECTED?
Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all students is an essential part of the NCCD. Data is collected within each school. Personal details, such as student names or student identifiers, are not provided to federal education authorities.
This week we feature two more of our students who were published in the Herald Sun recently. Congratulations to our Grade 5/6's Ethan and Aidan
Author: Jeff Kinney
Review by Ethan Nikolasev
What to Expect: Spooky themes and comedy
Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories is based on 14 short stories with names like the Human Head and Ghost Friends. It is a great read for people who like spooky stories that are not really that spooky.
From the same author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, there are definitely some laugh out loud hilarious story lines.
My particular favourite story was The Demon, in which the friend of the main character pretends to be controlled by a demon, which leads to some very funny things happening.
I would recommend this book.
Seriously stacks it
Author: Jack Heath
Review by Aidan Noonan
This book is about an 11 year old boy, Levi, who works as a stunt person for his dad’s series Kid Kablam. Levi doesn’t really enjoy doing this but he doesn’t tell his dad. He has already jumped out of an exploding boat, escaped from an attack dog and crashed a blimp into the Eiffel tower. Now his dad wants him to do the deadly spike pit stunt. Can Levi survive the stunt without seriously stacking it? Read to find out!
I enjoyed this book because Levi is a regular kid, but with a dad who wants him to be who he isn’t.
CONCERT PROPS TRANSPORTATION
We are looking for any parent/s who have a large van, horse float or enclosed truck to support in the transportation of some large school puppets from St Ita's to the West Gippsland Art Centre on Wednesday 18th August at around 9am. There are 4-5 large puppets, with the largest being the size of small horse. If you can help, can you please call the office or email - email@example.com.
Our fingers are crossed that this can still go ahead with minimal restrictions. There will be more information about the attendance restrictions and buying of tickets shortly when more informaiton is made available by the West Gippsland Art Centre and the Department of Health.
Thanks for your support.
SICK BAY VISITS
PARENT ACCESS MODULE (PAM)All visits to the sickbay will be recorded on our Parent Access Module under Sick Passes.
SCHOOL FEES & FEE CONCESSION
Term 1 & 2 School Fees are now overdue & Term 3 School Fees are due by Friday 6th August. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any families that have recently received a Government means-tested Health Care Concession Card and 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.
PARENT ACCESS MODULE (PAM)
We have had very good feedback with the access of school reports through the new parent portal. Please contact the school if you still have not been able to do this or please follow the instructions on the school website. This portal is accessible via https://pam.stidrouin.catholic.edu.au/
If parents can please start updating the medical information through this portal that will be great.
2022 ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN
Enrolments are now open and we are now taking bookings for enrolment interviews and school tours. (COVID-19 Dependent).
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.
We strongly advise you to book your interview and return your application form promptly to guarantee enrolment for next year.
BUS FREE DAYS
School buses will not be operating in the Drouin network on the following days in Term 3. All bus travellers will need to make alternative arrangements to/from school on these days.
Term 3 - Monday 16th August 2021.
CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
Congratulations to the following students who represented St Ita’s at the SSV Gippsland Region Cross Country finals on Thursday the 15th July at Lardner Park. All St Ita’s students put in a fantastic effort as they were competing against runners from all over Gippsland.
These are the results of where our runners finished in their race.
9-10 Year Old Girls 2000m:
Tilly Kensley 30th with a time of 10:24
Indi Joiner 32nd with a time of 10:32
Marley Nooy 44th with a time of 11:02
Lilly Trimble 50th with a time of 13:11
11 Year Old Girls 3000m:
Keelie Carbonneau 46th with a time of 14:16
11 Year Old Boys 3000m:
Jack Carbonneau 39th with a time of 12:09
WORKING FOR GOD
“What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?” Jesus gave them this answer, “This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:24-35) Jesus himself is the one sent by the Father, aware of his mission and of his unique relationship to God as Son. No-one else can talk to us as he does. God has become flesh in him. So this is the first choice of a Christian: to follow Jesus proclaiming the justice and mercy of God. What makes God happy is to see us happy, now and forever. That is the Good News revealed to us in Jesus Christ: God gives himself to us just as he is, as Love. This is the kingdom of God that Jesus yearns for: the defeat of evil, the irruption of God’s mercy, the elimination of suffering, the acceptance of those previously excluded from community life, the establishment of a society liberated from all affliction. And there is more!
Despite knowing its limitations, we live with constant temptation to “work for food that cannot last”, not simply food but all aspects, good and bad, of our lives. Rightly, we cherish the lives and the bounty our Creator has given us. Those of us living in satisfaction and abundance may be able to nourish short-lived illusions here and there; but that’s not much if death is the end of everything. If all that abundance, the fine houses and cars, achievements and experiences and even relationships end with death. But what about food that endures to eternal life? Now we are talking! Jesus offers himself as “the bread of life,” food that lasts forever.
“In following Jesus. We dare to look for clear hope from God just where Jesus found it: on the other side of death.” [material from: Pagola, J. Jesus: An Historical Approximation p247, 451, elsewhere ]
Deacon Mark Kelly
IMPORTANT UPDATE-SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION 2021 :
A reminder to our Confirmation families the information Zoom meeting will be held tomorrow night, Thursday, 29th July at 7.00pm. The invitation link will be sent at 6:50pm on the night so we can have everyone online for a 7pm start.
We are asking Confirmation families to please send their preferred email address and candidates name to Thérèse.
If you have not already sent your details could you please send them ASAP to Thérèse at the following email address Warragul.email@example.com to ensure you receive the link.
We will not be able to send a separate link for those that leave it until Thursday night, as this causes unnecessary delays on the night making it very difficult to start on time. Thank you so much to all those that have already sent their information, very much appreciated.
Please note we will be sending your family’s information pack home via your child before Thursday night.
Thank you for your patience, we look forward to seeing you all via Zoom.
If you have any questions please contact Thérèse on 0499 116 428
RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
An Information evening will be held on Wednesday 28th July 7.30pm Marian Room (attached to St. Joseph’s Church Warragul; enter car park from Bowen Street) for those:
- Who want to find out more about the Catholic faith!
- What Catholics believe and why?
- Considering possibly becoming a Catholic!
- An Adult Catholic who has not received First Communion or Confirmation.
If you know of someone that may be interested please bring them along to this session.
For more information you can contact:
Fr. Peter Slater: 56231642
Joan Robertson at St. Joseph’s Parish Office, Warragul: 56231642
Deacon Mark Kelly at Marist Sion College: 56235944 or 0427748646.