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Drouin VIC 3818

Phone: 03 5623 7222

T2 W2 2022 Newsletter

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T2 W2 2022 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. 




    There are more than six million mothers in Australia and between one and two billion mothers around the world caring for children and other people every day of the year.

    Hopefully they feel appreciated every day, but Mother’s Day is a good annual reminder to say thanks to the mums and other special carers who help us be our best.

    Celebrating mothers isn’t a modern idea. Here is a snapshot of the history of honouring and thanking mothers across Australia and around the world.


    A mother is the most important being or character in traditional stories of many ancient cultures around the world over thousands of years.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have a strong storytelling tradition to record and share information about how to behave, survive and look after the land. Many of these stories explain the belief that the Earth is a mother or the mother of everything and everyone, to be respected, listened to and looked after.

    Ancient Greek and Roman cultures celebrated a powerful mother figure called many different names that generally meant something like Great Mother of the Gods. She was regarded as the giver of life to gods, human beings and animals. She was sometimes called Cybele or Cybebe and there were festivals, usually in spring, to pay respects to her.

    Many ancient or traditional cultures celebrated a special woman, or believe that Earth is a mother or that a mother was a giver of life to the world.


    Christians across Europe once celebrated a religious festival known as Mothering Sunday. It was on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was a time for people to return to their home towns to go to special services at the church they went to as children — called their mother church.

    Over the centuries Mothering Sunday became more widely celebrated outside the Christian religion. Children would give their mothers flowers and small gifts on Mothering Sunday.

    In 1870 one of a group of US anti-war campaigners and women’s rights activists named Julia Ward Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace after years of wars including the American Civil War (1861-1865).

    In the US, the first modern Mother’s Day was in 1908 and was the idea of Anna Jarvis, the daughter of one of the earlier anti-war campaigners. The white carnation — often regarded as the floral symbol of Mother’s Day — was the favourite flower of Ms Jarvis’s mother, Ann Jarvis, who had nursed soldiers in the Civil War.


    Australia first officially celebrated Mother’s Day in 1924. Sydney woman Janet Heyden, began the tradition because she wanted to help the lonely, elderly mothers at a hospital she visited. Ms. Heyden asked schools and businesses to donate gifts to the women at the hospital, many of whom had lost their husbands and sons in World War I or had never been wives or mothers because of the war.

    Mother’s Day in Australia is the second Sunday of May. It’s not an official holiday but many families have their own traditions of visiting or calling their mothers, giving gifts or going out for breakfast, lunch or dinner together.

    This Sunday, let’s take the time to make sure we show all our Mums, how much they mean to us. Let’s thank them for their love, their warmth, their protection, their care and their guidance. From everyone in the St Ita’s Community we wish you a very happy love filled Mother’s Day.


    At this stage we had planned to have our Mother’s Day assembly this Friday afternoon however the weather looks absolutely terrible with cold temperature and rain destined.

    Unfortunately we can not have students and Parents in our hall just yet as we still have to have to adhere to DOSCELs COVID safety measures (I will contact DOSCEL to explore if we have any movement in this space and will let all parents know what our options are prior to the assembly.)


    Our Mother’s day stall will be on this Friday and children can order a gift for mum through flexi schools. Students will be taken down in family groups and single students will go with classes on the day. Please see attached notice on the newsletter.


    A reminder to parents and teachers to limit parking in the top tier of the Church car park on Tuesdays and Thursdays when Mass is on between 9.30am and 10.30am. Please park on the bottom tier car park on these days.



    The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will take place on line this year between Tuesday 11th May and Friday 21st May 2021.

    Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

    The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests.

    NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance.

    NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

    NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through their regular school curriculum. All government and non-government education authorities have contributed to the development of NAPLAN materials. Students are assessed on the same literacy and numeracy curriculum content, regardless of whether they complete the tests online or on paper. Results for both formats can be reported on the same NAPLAN assessment scale.

    All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to participate in the annual NAPLAN assessment. Students with disability may qualify for adjustments that reflect the support normally provided for classroom assessments. You should discuss the use of any adjustments for your child with your child’s teacher.

    A student with a disability that severely limits their capacity to participate in the assessment, or a student who has recently arrived in Australia and has a non-English speaking background, may be granted a formal exemption. Your school principal and your local test administration authority can give you more information on special provisions or the process required to gain a formal exemption.

    If a child is absent, schools may arrange for individual students to complete missed tests at another time during the school’s test schedule but not outside of it.







    • If your child is unwell, even with mild COVID-19 symptoms, you must keep your child at home until their symptoms resolve and get your child tested with a PCR test (nose and throat swab) or complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
    • If symptoms continue, your child should stay home and take another RAT or PCR test in 24 hours. If that test is also negative, your child may return to school if another diagnosis is confirmed (such as an underlying health condition or medication).


    • All students and their families are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
    • Children aged 5 to 11 can now get vaccinated. Parents, guardians and carers are encouraged to book their child in for a vaccination at the first available opportunity.


    • RATs will be provided to all staff and students at no charge. Schools will inform parents, guardians and carers on how these kits can be collected from the school.
    • Students and staff should take a RAT twice-weekly on the morning before attending school. Test kits will continue to be supplied by schools during this time.


    • Household and household-like contacts are no longer required to quarantine but are required to undertake the following additional safety measures in the seven (7) days that would have been their quarantine period:

    Parents must;

      1. notify the school if returning during their seven (7)-day period;
      2. undertake daily rapid antigen testing five (5) times within the seven (7) days;
      3. wear a face mask indoors (if aged eight (8) and above) unless a lawful exemption applies;
      4. are not permitted to visit hospitals or care facilities unless an exemption applies. 
    • Household and household-like contacts are still permitted to participate in school activities, including camps and excursions, as long as they wear a mask when indoors (if aged eight (8) and above or have a valid exception) and complete five (5) rapid antigen tests within the seven (7)-day period that would have been their quarantine period.
    • A household or household-like contact attending an off-site activity during this period must notify the school they are attending under these requirements.
    • If a student, parent, guardian or carer cannot comply with the additional safety measures at any time, they must:
      1. quarantine immediately for the remainder of their seven (7)-day household contact period
      2. get tested on Day one (1) (or as soon as possible) and on Day six (6) of their household contact period
      3. not attend school until a negative Day six (6) test result is received.


    • If your child has no symptoms and there is a positive COVID-19 case in their household, class, year level or other grouping, your child can continue to attend school in line with Victorian Department of Health advice.
    • Staff and students who receive a positive RAT result must register it on the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form available on the Coronavirus Victoria website as soon as possible.
    • Staff and students who receive a positive RAT or PCR test result must tell their school as soon as possible, and follow Victorian Department of Health advice.
    • Students who test positive to COVID-19 must isolate for seven (7) days and not attend school during that period.
    • Students who have recovered from COVID-19, are not required to get tested or isolate if they are re-exposed to a positive COVID-19 case within 12 weeks of ending their isolation period.
    • If more than 12 weeks have passed since their isolation period concluded, students must follow the relevant testing and isolation advice depending on the type of contact they are.
    • Schools will regularly communicate to parents, guardians and carers about the presence and impact of COVID-19 in their school community. Parents, guardians and carers should expect to be provided with details of any impacted grade, year level or other grouping.


    • COVID-19 will continue to be considered in all activity risk assessments. Guidance will be provided to schools on applying appropriate safeguards across a range of activities, including school camps and excursions.
    • Parents, guardians and carers will be made aware of the risk of exposure and will need to provide their permission for their child’s participation in extra-curricular, out of school hours or off-site activities.


    • Visitors on school sites should be kept to a minimum to support essential school activities or student needs.
    • Visitors will be required to comply with COVIDSafe measures, including physical distancing requirements and practise respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene.
    • The use of Service Victoria QR codes for electronic record-keeping is no longer required in school settings.
    • Parents, guardians, carers and other adult visitors are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine if not performing work or volunteering at the school.


    • Any visitor or volunteer performing work at a school must be fully vaccinated (boosted) (with three (3) doses) with an approved COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid exception to attend on-site for the purpose of working.
    • Visitors or volunteers working on school sites include, but are not limited to:
      1. Parent and Friends Committee members
      2. School Advisory Committee members 
      3. volunteers performing volunteer work at the school (for example, parent helpers and those participating in a school working bee outside of school time)
      4. volunteers attending school camps or excursions.
    • Schools must collect, record and hold vaccination information for all workers, including visitors or volunteers performing work at a school whether inside or outside.



    We are in the process of finalising project compassion for this year, if you still have a box at home containing donations, please return these to the office as soon as possible.


    Important reminder to all families, orders for the Mother's Day Stall close at 4pm on Thursday 5th May.St_Ita_s_Mother_s_Day_Stall_2022.png


    A reminder to all parents that our whole school Religious Education Planning day is on Friday 10th June. There will be no school for students on this day as all teachers will be in team planning on this day.


    Term 1 fees were due and payable by 25th February 2022, if you have not finalised payment of Term 1 fees we request that you please tend to this at your earliest convenience.  Term 2 fees are due and payable by 29th April 2022.

    If any families would like to set up a weekly, fortnightly or monthly direct debit schedule for school fees, please complete the Direct Debit Form below and return to the school office. For any assistance regarding calculations of payments, please contact us via email on:

    For any families that have recently received a Government means-tested health care concession card, 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. 

    If your current Health Care card is due to expire this year and your card is re-issued, please send a copy of your new card details to the office as soon as possible for the concession to be checked and applied for next year's fees, if not already done so.



    Yesterday we had 20 students represent St Ita's at the West Gippsland Division Athletics Carnival in Newborough. Students competed against a number of schools within the division and 13 St Ita's students qualified in their events. Thank you to Miss Boettcher and Mr Osler for coming along to help out and also the parents who were able to make it up to support our students. A special mention to Cameron Brown for helping run the Shot Put event.

    Well done to all the students who competed and represented St Ita's.

    Eli Spargo

    Logan Allen

    Mejok Akang

    Rori Trimble

    Grace Rushbury

    Henry Driessen

    Nate Blaney

    Marley Nooy

    Tilly Kensley

    Jack Carbonneau 

    Lex Voumard

    Larissa Brown

    Summer Camileri

    Alisha Jamieson

    Josie Spain

    Amber Hammond

    Will Stammers

    Chloe Gargan 

    Madie Shaw

    Summer Meggetto

    Congratulations to the following students who qualified for Regionals in October.

    Larissa Brown - 2nd plc 800m, 3rd plc Shot Put

    Jack Carbonneau - 2nd plc 800m, 3rd plc 1500m

    Chloe Gargan - 2nd plc Shot Put

    Amber Hammond - 2nd plc Discus

    Alisha Jamieson - 3rd plc 200m

    Tilly Kensley - 3rd plc 1500m

    Summer Meggetto - 1st plc Hurdles

    Marley Nooy - 2nd plc 1500m

    Grace Rushbury - 2nd plc High Jump. 2nd plc Hurdles

    Madeline Shaw - 1st plc Shot Put

    Josephine Spain - 3rd plc Hurdles

    Eli Spargo - 1st plc 1500m, 2nd plc 800m

    Will Stammers - 2nd plc Shot Put 



    This week Ebony Seabrook in Grade 5/6KB had her book review published in the Geelong Advertiser. 


    What 1B learnt today!

    On Tuesday the 3rd of May, the Grade 6 Administration Captains interviewed students in 1B about what they are learning in maths. They started out watching a maths story. Before they watched they had to guess what the story was about. Part way through the video Miss Baker paused the video and 1B had to write down the maths equation. For example, there were 3 tigers on the screen. They were told to write or draw the number 3 and then add the addition symbol. After that 2 more tigers came along, they then had to add the 2 and work out the equation. Do you know the answer?

    After the video they worked with a partner and had to write their own addition story. For example, Linda had 3 cupcakes and then I bought 4 cupcakes. How many cupcakes do we have now?

    3 + 4 = 7 cupcakes

    Now onto the interviews starting with Sophie!

    When interviewing a few kids the results changed, I interviewed Evie Kneebone and here are her responses: 

    What are you doing in maths today?

    We were learning about sums and adding.

    What are you enjoying in maths at the moment?

    I'm enjoying learning about numbers to 100, adding and number lines!

    Now onto you Holly!

    I interviewed Axel Proctor:

    What are you doing in maths today?

    We are doing number stories

    What is your number story about? 

    Axel said that he wanted to do his number story about lollies with his partner Keon Hepner. I asked Keon what he was drawing. He responded, “I’m drawing a shop!” “Are you partners with Axel? Are you drawing lollies with Axel?” Keon had to think for a little bit but eventually said “Yes, Axel is my partner.” After a bit more thinking he responded “Yes I’m going to do lollies with Axel.”

    Finally carrying on Maygan and Ava! 

    We interviewed Aalayh Hill and Thomas Hudgell. Aalayh and Thomas said that they were really enjoying maths because they love to learn. You're probably all glad to hear that. Aalayh said that she had to make a maths story and add all of the numbers together from the story. And share all of their stories back on the floor.



    Sports Teacher: Hayley Roberts



    Students will be participating in AFL AusKick for Grades F-3 and Netball for Grades 4-6 during the next two weeks;


    AFL AusKick -  Friday 13th May

    9.00-9.40: Foundation N

    9.40-10.20: Foundation F

    10.20-11.00: Foundation H

    Recess 11.00-11.30

    11.30-12.10: Grade 1B

    12.10-12.50: Grade 1G

    Lunch 1.00-1.45

    1.50-2.30: Grade 1GR


    AFL AusKick -  Friday 20th May

    9.00-9.40: Grade 2T

    9.40-10.20: Grade 2SB

    10.20-11.00: Grade 2M

    Recess 11.00-11.30

    11.30-12.10: Grade 3A & 3K & 3V

    12.10-12.50: Grade 3O & 3L


    Netball Vic - Friday 20th May

    9.00-9.40: Grade 5/6B

    9.40-10.20: Grade 5/6W

    10.20-11.00: Grade 5/6KB

    Recess 11.00-11.30

    11.30-12.10: Grade 4A & 4K & 4V

    12.10-12.50: Grade 4O & 4L

    Lunch 1.00-1.45

    1.50-2.30: 5/6CM



    This weeks Teacher Profile is Mr Tyler Attwell from the Grade 3/4 team. Tyler is on the St Ita’s School Improvement Team and co-ordinates the Whole School Approach to Positive Behaviours (WSAPB). Tyler enjoys teaching in the senior area of our school 3-6 and is destined to be a valued leader in Catholic Education. 





    What does “eternal life” look like?(John 10:27-30) We don’t have much idea what it entails but the whole purpose of Jesus mission is to proclaim the Good News of eternal life in the Father’s Kingdom.

    Many Christians once had a juvenile image of eternity involving floating around on clouds with God the Father, a big white bloke with a flowing beard, accompanied by bunch of angels and harpists. Or the frightful alternative of Dante’s notion of life in a big barbeque. Mostly we’ve come to a more sophisticated understanding of life being either with or separated from God and we’ve come to more fully understand the unfathomable, merciful love of God who invites us to eternity with him, in spite of ourselves.

    Our path to eternal life with God is listening to Jesus’ voice, which, beyond the recorded words coming his from his lips, includes the example of his whole person and existence among us: his way of life, his love for all, his teaching, his death and resurrection.

    Often we struggle to hear his voice amid the magnitude and variety of voices and examples seeking to influence us. Incessantly we are bombarded by voices pursuing our money, our energy, our time, almost our souls. How difficult it is to be still or open enough to reflect on Jesus’ example, to listen to his quieter voice or the voices of those in our family or community who might need some care and attention. Jesus invites us to follow him to eternal life aware of our difficulties and assuring us of his all-conquering love.

    Paul reminds us that, though we will die, “neither death nor life, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, not any height nor depth nor any created thing can ever come between us and the love of God” (Romans 8:38-39). Whatever eternal life is – it will be good!

    Deacon Mark Kelly



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