- 5/6 Camp to Dunkeld
- Parent/Teacher Interviews
- Road Works on Gregory Street
- Blake Dridan Update
- Building Update
- Chicken Pox
- Volunteering at St Columba's
- Next Assembly
This morning our 5/6 students accompanied by many excited staff headed off to Dunkeld for their 3 day camp. With fantastic weather expected, and a host of wonderfully exciting and challenging activities in store, I'm sure both the students and staff will have a fantastic time. We look forward to hearing about their adventures via our Facebook page and in next week's newsletter.
Parent / Teacher Interviews will be held next Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March from 2.00-5.00. Please ensure that you book in for a Parent/Teacher Interview with your child's class teacher using the online booking form (attached below). Please Note: Bookings close on Monday 20th March. Parents who attended a PSG meeting do not need to book in for a Parent/Teacher meeting as well.
Children in grades Prep to 2 will walk to North Ballarat Bowling Club where they will watch a movie on both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Children in Grades 3 to 6 will participate in organised activities in the yard. Parents are able to take children home from school early on both these days, if desired otherwise they are to be collected at 3.15pm as normal.
Last Friday we were notified that Gregory Street would be closed to traffic from Tuesday 14th March so that work could take place on the speed hump/ crossing. We were asked to notify our school families that only local traffic would be able to use Gregory Street between Armstrong Street and Lydiard Street. Families were notified and the Gregory Street gates were closed from Tuesday, with all students entering and exiting the school grounds through the Howard Street gates. This practice will continue for this week and possibly into next week.
I thank you for your patience and ask you to take extra care when dropping off and picking up your children from school. Howard Street will be extremely busy with over 300 students entering and exiting through these gates. Though we will have extra staff on to assist with supervision over the next week, we will need the cooperation of all families to ensure that all children are kept safe.
Blake Dridan Update
Blake is currently in the transplant ward at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Last Friday Blake underwent a bone marrow stem cell transplant after a week of intensive chemotherapy. Though very unwell at the moment, Blake is being incredibly brave and is responding as expected at this stage. Michelle and Luke are incredibly appreciative of all the prayers and support of themselves and Blake and have asked me to pass this on to all in the school community. Please see attached flyer for a community fundraiser (Pot 'n' Parma night) for Blake. This is being run by the North Ballarat Sports Club.
St Columba's School will also be holding a fundraiser later this term. More information will be sent out next week.
Building works continue with the hanging of plasterboard in the new space and the installation of the glass in all the window frames.
At today's site meeting I was informed that the likely date for handover of the first stage of our building project (Prep and 3/4 Learning Spaces) will be the 15th May. This will be in the middle of next term. The builders will then move to the top end of the Columba Wing, where the current Grade 3/4 students are.
Though well behind schedule, the building is looking fantastic and will be an amazing space to work in once completed.
We have had a case of chicken pox reported in the school. A student from LG 2 has been confirmed to have chicken pox. As chicken pox is highly contagious, children showing symptoms are asked to stay away from school until all blisters have dried up and formed scabs. This usually takes 5 - 7 days from onset of the blisters.
Thank you to the many parents who have completed the Expression of Interest form for volunteers. We are having a few issues finding a site that can host our online training module. We are hoping to email the module out to those parents who have expressed interest very shortly.
I encourage all parents who plan on volunteering in any capacity at St Columba's now or in the future to complete the Expression of Interest form. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete. Please click here for the form.
Our next assembly will be this Friday 24th March 2.30pm in the church. This Assembly will be lead by LG 2. At this assembly 6 of our Prep students will be introduced to the school community by their grade 5 buddy.
The following prep students will be introduced:-
Jed Clark, Finn Clark, Zara Chetcuti, Sadie Jones, Evie Martin, Joey Burton.