Thanks

Thank you to Mark from PRD and Greg Slade who have made it possible to get our second sign up, advertising enrolments at out school. The new sign is at Dean and we are hoping to attract families that may come through the Daylesford, Newlyn and Dean areas.

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SIMON / PAM Identity Changes

Dear Parents,

In January 2023, your SIMON Everywhere /PAM account will be undergoing a major upgrade to provide greater security and other improved functionality.

During the week of the 16th of January 2023, your current SIMON Everywhere/PAM account will cease to function.

New PAM accounts will then be created by your school, and you will receive an email asking you to create new credentials for a new PAM account.

This will be as simple as:

  • clicking on the link provided in the email
  • following the prompts to create a new password for your new account.
  • opening the SIMON Everywhere app and log out of your old account
  • navigating to the “Tools” menu in SIMON Everywhere and then “Add School”
  • finding your school on the list and clicking on the “Login” button for Parent Access
  • using your new credentials to log into your new PAM account via SIMON Everywhere

Your username will be your email address.

Your SIMON Everywhere/PAM interface will not look any different, but you may receive an account per parent if you were previously sharing an account with your spouse.

Please refer to the below FAQs for further information:

  1. We have a single, family email address that is used by both parents. Is that still ok?
    1. If the parents both use the same email address, you will only receive a PAM account for one parent.
      1. Example single email:

Parent 1 - Mother - Mrs Joanne Smith - jandcsmith@myemail.com

Parent 2 - Father - Mr Chris Smith - jandcsmith@myemail.com

Please refer to the below FAQs for further information:

  1. We have a single, family email address that is used by both parents. Is that still ok?
    1. If the parents both use the same email address, you will only receive a PAM account for one parent.
      1. Example single email:

Parent 1 - Mother - Mrs Joanne Smith - jandcsmith@myemail.com

Parent 2 - Father - Mr Chris Smith - jandcsmith@myemail.com

A PAM ACCOUNT CAN ONLY BE ASSIGNED TO ONE PARENT, who can then share their login credentials with their spouse.

  1. I do not have an email address OR have not provided my email address to the school.
    1. Parents with no email address provided cannot have a PAM account

  2. Will any historic data be lost in this process?

    1. While no data will be lost in this process, it is possible that some information may become disconnected from the new account, such as historic letters, historic excursion permission and historic parent notified absences.

    2. You may have to review your personal details (Medicare number etc) if you previously had split access with another parent to your child’s medical information.

    3. You will definitely still be able to access historic student assessment reports and learning area assessment tasks. However, access to historical parent reflections may be lost if the school has chosen to not allow parents to see reflections by other parent accounts attached to that student.

  3. What do I need to do now?

    1. This letter is to simply let you know about the changes that are coming. Right now, the best thing you can do is make sure that the school has your preferred email address on file.

  4. What do I need to do in January?

    1. Be aware that your current SIMON Everywhere/PAM account will stop working as of the 16th of January.

    2. Look out for the email later in that week asking you to set up credentials for your new account (this may go to your junk/spam folder).

      Please contact Claire in the office you have any queries regarding these changes.

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Gardening & Tidying Roster 2022

6th December - 19th December:  Prendergast Family

30th January - 12th February:  Rafter Family

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Authority for Student's Photo Permission and ICT Permission for 2023

Moving into 2023, the Student Photo and Recording Permission and the Student ICT Permission will distributed and approved through the PAM accounts.  When we rollover the PAM accounts at the end of the semster you will receive an email.  Before your child starts school in 2023 all health details will need to be completed.  Asthma plans will need to be uploaded and any anaphylaxis documents attached. 

The Student ICT Permission form will need to be authorised by a parent before students can use computer equipment.  Also, the Student Photo Permission will need to be authorised or delcined.

You will no longer receive these documents in paper form at the start of the school year. 

Please don't hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions regarding these forms.

Many thanks, Claire 

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Asthma & Anaphylaxis Plans 2023

Before your child starts school in 2023, all health details will need to be updated in PAM.  Asthma Plans and Anaphylaxis documents will need to be uploaded.   As per the Asthma and Anaphylaxis Policies, a new plan is required at the commencement of each school year.

Please only upload documents under the designated area in PAM.  Anaphylaxis documents are the only documents to be uploaded under the Anaphylaxis section.  This must be an Anaphylaxis plan completed by a GP.

Students with an Allergy plan are uploaded into the Allergy area of PAM not the Anaphylaxis section.

Legally your child cannot attend school without this information.  

Please ensure that on the first day of the 2023 school year, that you supply the school with pharmacist labelled asthma pumps, epipens and medications in a suitable labelled plastic container.  You must also complete a medication form.  Link is below.  

If you have any questions please see Claire in the office. 

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Senior Room Reflection

We are very excited to announce that. St Mary's Clarkes Hill won the Aggregate at the Kingston Royal Agricultural Show this year! We are very proud of all the children for enthusiastically making entries to go in the show and for being so gracious and encouraging of one another.

Many children were awarded a ribbon and all children contributed to the winning of the $100 prize. This will be awarded to the school by Meg Barry at some stage soon. Our Leadership team will have a lot of fun deciding how to spend this money!!

The senior children would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and safe holidays. Some of the highlights for them this year have been:

The camp at Sovereign Hill

Little Feet Big Footprints

The Goldfields Sports Day at Daylesford Lightening Premiership

Being at this school!!

Cooking the vegetable muffins

The whole experience of our end of year Thanksgiving Mass, Graduation and dinner at the Robinhood

So please stay safe and have lots of fun over the holidays, 
Sue, Jenny & the Senior Children 

Kingston Agricultural Show

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Junior Room News

The Junior Class have had a busy year with lots of learning adventures here at school or away.  There have been Combined Schools Days, excursions to Melbourne and Ballarat and special visitors. The Tesla car and scientists explained new forms of solar energy and cars, the Bee Lady helped us to understand how bees work to make the yummy honey that many of us enjoy.

Our Grandparents came to school and helped us learn about school when they were young, then we investigated and learnt how to play Jacks, Elastics and Marbles. These games have no screens involved! We also learnt about our environment and ways to be sustainable, especially with our rubbish. We continue to use the school BRICKs to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, living a life of love and kindness. We celebrated the end of the year with an Italian luncheon. 

Quinn: My favourite thing this year is the Christmas rotations because they are fun and maths. It is fun learning about maths.

Paige: The best thing about this year was the Teddy Bear Picnic and doing art.

Adelaide: Some of the best things this year for me have been  giving people things in the reverse advent calendar box and learning to read.

Patrick P: My favourite things this year at school have been going on excursions and art and maths.

Kaezia: Some of the best things at school this year has been combined schools day, helping people with the reverse advent calendar box for Christmas and improving my reading and colouring.

Kamden: The best things this year for me have been having Louise as my teacher and coming to this school. Helping people if they need help. I've made new friends and also old friends here too.

William: I liked learning Maths and going on excursions.  The MCG visit was great and I got to meet Dyson Heppel.  I was lucky to have all of my grandparents here for Grandparents' Day.

May the sparkle and joy of Christmas fill your hearts and homes and may the season be filled with love and happiness.  
Merry Christmas to all four families and friends,

From the Junior Classroom: Adelaide, Kaezia, Paige, Patrick, Quinn, Kamden, William and Mrs Louise

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Principal's News

Graduations and Masses

What a fabulous celebration we had for each school last week. Both Graduations and End of Year Thanksgiving Masses were attended by all families and were wonderful community events. The staff did a fabulous job of having the children well prepared and everything organised so that all went smoothly. The children and many families all had a part to play and overall, they were special events that we could all be part of.

What a beautiful way to reflect and celebrate the year that was!!

This year we farewell Stella and Liam at St. Mary’s and Kade, Sienna and Bonnie from St. Brendan’s. We are all so proud of our Year 6 students that have come to the end of their primary school years. They have shown persistence, adaptability, resilience and remained positive at all times, especially over the past three years.  Our school communities wish them all well as they continue their life journey at their respective schools and know that they will go onto achieve great things in their lives.

Excursion

A reminder that our end of year school excursion is on Wednesday, the 14th of December. We will be going to Xtreme Bounce at 10am until 11am, and then move on to have lunch and a play at the All-Abilities playground in Sturt Street. We will return to school around 1.30pm. We had planned to go to a water park, however it is predicted to be about 14 degrees so we have made other plans. If it is very wet, then we will return to school after Xtreme Bounce.

Parents are welcome to join us at any point during the day.

Combined Schools Days next year

Next year, we will go ahead with two CSD a week. Thank you all for your feedback. After some thought, we have decided to have Wednesdays at St. Brendan’s and Fridays at St. Mary’s. By doing this, we will have an admin lady in the office each day we come together. Remember, we can help out with transport if needed.

These days will begin the first week back with the first Wednesday being the 1st of February at St. Brendan’s. All days are marked in our calendar. Sports uniforms will be worn on each CSD. Our days will start at 9:00am and finish at 3:30pm.  Permission forms will be circulated to parents via PAM this week.  Parents are asked to complete them as soon as possible in readiness for the start of Term 1.    

We will need to be very mindful of traffic and the safety of children, especially at St. Mary’s where there is limited parking.

Meeting With Tom Sexton and Jo-Anne Bond – DOBCEL

Tony Dalton and I met with Tom and Jo-Anne on Tuesday morning to share the work we have been doing this year with our communities around building enrolments.

Tom commended us all on our efforts, commitment and enthusiasm in the work done up to this point. Tony and I are now working on a timeline and plan to move forward next year. Tony did a fabulous session last Wednesday on Family Engagement with the staff. We considered the things we already do and how we can engage families and the wider community more. It is about tweaking we what already do.

Special visit

Following our meeting on Wednesday, we had a surprise visit from some very special people. Katie and Nate came to say hello. Callum was thrilled to introduce his and Katie’s gorgeous son to us all. The smiles say it all. Callum is even more excited than most for the holidays so that he can spend all of his time with his new little family.

Thanks to all

I take this opportunity to sincerely thank each and every special member of our schools – the children, staff, parents and wider community - for their continued support throughout yet another challenging year. As communities, we have shown time and time again that we are strong, resilient, committed to our children's education and together, work to get through tough times and still remain optimistic.

When we all work together, we are better and stronger.  Then children in our care need us all so that they can be the best they can be.

I wish you all a very happy, fun-filled and most importantly, restful break. It is well deserved for everyone. We look forward to 2023 with hope and enthusiasm for what is to come.

May God bless you all and keep you safe during the holidays.

Take care,

Inez 

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Upcoming Dates

14th December:  End of Year Excursion to Xtreme Bounce & All Abilities Playground at Vic Park

16th December:  Last Day of Term 4 for students; Assembly at 12:00pm, followed by BBQ Lunch

30th January 2023:  First Day of Term 1, 2023

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Asthma & Anaphylaxis Plans 2023

Before your child starts school in 2023, all health details will need to be updated in PAM.  Asthma Plans and Anaphylaxis documents will need to be uploaded.   As per the Asthma and Anaphylaxis Policies, a new plan is required at the commencement of each school year.

Please only upload documents under the designated area in PAM.  Anaphylaxis documents are the only documents to be uploaded under the Anaphylaxis section.  This must be an Anaphylaxis plan completed by a GP.

Students with an Allergy plan are uploaded into the Allergy area of PAM not the Anaphylaxis section.

Legally your child cannot attend school without this information.  

Please ensure that on the first day of the 2023 school year, that you supply the school with pharmacist labelled asthma pumps, epipens and medications in a suitable labelled plastic container.  You must also complete a medication form.  Link is below.  

If you have any questions please see Claire in the office. 

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What is "Little Feet, Big Footprints"?

Little Feet, Big Footprints (LFBF) is a group of Year 6 students from local primary schools who get together at least once a term to interact and learn leadership skills. It allows us to meet people we may go to high school with. The name means we are young people with little feet but we can make big impacts in our lives and the world we live in. (Stella)    

Who was involved?

The schools that were involved in Little Feet, Big Footprints were: St. Augustine’s Creswick, St. Brigid’s Ballan, St. Michael’s Daylesford, St. Patrick’s Gordon and, of course, St. Mary’s and St. Brendan’s. I met some of my old friends as well as some new people along the way.  (Liam)

Things we did on Little Feet Big Footprint days:

  • At St Augustine's Creswick, we got to talk to the captains from different high schools and asked them questions about leadership and their roles as school captains.
  • We had a fun, social day at Major league and played different sports.
  • At St Brigid's we started a leadership project to help the community.
  • On our last LFBF day we went to Vic Park and had fun.         (Sienna)

How has it been beneficial?

I found it very helpful as a way to meet and get to know others going to high school with me. Before LFBF I was a little bit concerned about how many people I was going to know at high school, but after meeting so many other people it made me feel more excited about high school.  (Bonnie)

What I liked and what could be improved for next year?

I think that the Little Feet, Big Footprint group helped us to meet new people, however, I think that we could have had a few more days just to help us to get to know people better. We had the opportunity to start some social justice projects, but unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to finish them so I think we could have had a few more chances to work on those. Hopefully next year's Grade 6 students get the same opportunities because it was great. (Kade)

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Senior Room News

The senior children have been learning about various things relating to growing up and dealing with relationships. They also discussed many of the issues that become important as they get older and so they have written a letter to their teenage self. Pat and Sullivan have been willing to share their letters with you.

The children will all take their letter home in an envelope, which will hopefully be handed to them again when they become a teenager and their words of wisdom may be a helpful reminder of what an amazing person they are.

Dear Teen Sull,

Do not listen to people's opinions, just be yourself and do not doubt yourself - you can do anything .

Tell a parent if you have a problem so they will fix it 

Do not take a brick out of your friendship - show up for your friend and always ….

Conflict is normal in friendships 

crossing the boundary 

do not talk about people behind their back and two wrongs do not make a right. 

Sullivan

To Patrick,

Your opinion is the only thing that matters, not other peoples, yours. Choose trusted adults to talk to. Friends may not always be your friends and words matter too. Friendship is about showing up for each other and conflict is normal in friendships. Be honest no matter what and know everybody screws up sometimes. Own up and apologize and ask if something is wrong if you see someone upset.

When there is an argument don’t try and get involved, it will turn on you. If someone is acting strange, ask if they're okay and help them out. If someone isn’t being kind to you don’t start fighting back - two wrongs don’t make a right. 

Don’t cut what you can untie. For example if someone is being annoying don’t go off at them just ask them to stop, it can be as simple as that.

Love yourself no matter what.

Sincerely,

Little You (Patrick)

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Gardening & Tidying Roster 2022

22nd November - 5th December:  Singline Family

6th December - 19th December:  Prendergast Family

30th January - 12th February:  Rafter Family

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Authority for Student's Photo Permission and ICT Permission for 2023

Moving into 2023, the Student Photo and Recording Permission and the Student ICT Permission will distributed and approved through the PAM accounts.  When we rollover the PAM accounts at the end of the semster you will receive an email.  Before your child starts school in 2023 all health details will need to be completed.  Asthma plans will need to be uploaded and any anaphylaxis documents attached. 

The Student ICT Permission form will need to be authorised by a parent before students can use computer equipment.  Also, the Student Photo Permission will need to be authorised or delcined.

You will no longer receive these documents in paper form at the start of the school year. 

Please don't hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions regarding these forms.

Many thanks, Claire 

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Junior Room News

My School Stayback Sleepover

On Thursday after school we went to St Brendan's for the Year 2 sleepover. I  was really, really scared and nervous at the same time. First we played musical chairs. Clare played and stopped the music, it was lots of fun. After the games we had dinner.  All the kids had poppers and some pizza.  My favourite was the cheese pizza! Next we got bubbles and we all ran around and popped some of the bubbles. Then we ate ice cream with sprinkles. The Year 1 and Foundation kids went home. Finally we went on a night walk and then we watched a movie. The movie was Back To The Outback.  We watched the movie in bed. In the morning we had breakfast before everyone else came back to school.  Kamden

Bee Lady Visit

Last Friday Angela visited the CSD at St Brendan's.  I learnt that Australian bees love blue flowers. I saw the bees wax and held it, it was smooth. I held the honeycomb too. I found it interesting to try to find the queen bee.  Kaezia

On Friday the Bee Lady visited us at the CSD at St Brendan's. I learnt that the Queen just laid eggs instead of helping the other bees. I saw the Queen Bee in the hive and she had a blue dot. I did feel the wax and it was weird, but it was cool. It was interesting when the bees got the pollen from the daisy.   The best thing was trying the honey. It was delicious!  Quinn

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Principal's News

Advent

This week we begin our first week of Advent. Advent is a Latin word that means ‘coming.’ Advent wreaths are set up in our classrooms and are part of our daily prayer during the season of Advent.

The first candle on the Advent wreath represents Hope. The first Sunday of Advent not only leads us to anticipate the birth of Christ, but celebrate the beginning of a new liturgical season. This candle is purple, the primary colour of Advent and a colour symbolising royalty.

Going up day / Orientation Day

Yesterday the staff and children got to have a feel of what our classes will look like next year. The Year 6 children experienced a day at their secondary schools and our students spent time in their 2023 class. This included welcoming our new potential Foundation children – Kingston at St. Brendan’s and Bernie at St. Mary’s. Coby will be joining the Senior class as a Year 6 child next year and is already spending time transitioning to St. Brendan’s.

Training

Today our staff spent time completing Emergency Control and Incident Management training. We are also booked in to do our CPR and anaphylaxis training early next year. These sessions are just a couple of examples of the number of compulsory courses we regularly undertake as a way to ensure that everyone stays safe at our schools.

End of year things

There is a lot going on in the next few weeks. Graduation, End of Year Masses, excursions, Christmas rotations, assemblies and general end of the year things that need to be done. Everyone – staff, children and parents - all appear to be getting tired. The end of the year is not far away, but we have a lot to get done before Friday, the 16th. I urge everyone to rally together and support each other so we can get to the end of the year in a positive, optimistic and hope filled way.

Please be kind, patient and tolerant as we move together as a united team towards the finish line. We are almost there. Let’s finish the year on a high!

Stay calm, go gently and look after yourselves and each other,

Inez

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Upcoming Dates

2nd & 9th December:  Combined Schools Days at St Brendan's

8th December: 6:00pm Graduation End of Year Mass; 7:30pm Dinner for Families at the Robin Hood Hotel

14th December:  End of Year Excursion to Xtreme Bounce & Waterpark

16th December:  Last Day of Term 4 for students; Assembly at 12:00pm, followed by BBQ Lunch

30th January 2023:  First Day of Term 1, 2023

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Authority for Student's Photo Permission and ICT Permission for 2023

Moving into 2023, the Student Photo and Recording Permission and the Student ICT Permission will distributed and approved through the PAM accounts.  When we rollover the PAM accounts at the end of the semster you will receive an email.  Before your child starts school in 2023 all health details will need to be completed.  Asthma plans will need to be uploaded and any anaphylaxis documents attached. 

The Student ICT Permission form will need to be authorised by a parent before students can use computer equipment.  Also, the Student Photo Permission will need to be authorised or delcined.

You will no longer receive these documents in paper form at the start of the school year. 

Please don't hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions regarding these forms.

Many thanks, Claire 

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Senior Room News

Students have been busy in the Senior Room.  Here's what they have been doing:

Sull, Evie, Jack and Leo:   We emailed Turia Pitt for our Friday project about people with a disability. We were excited to see that she had kindly responded with a short video giving us information about herself.

Maeve:  We have been writing letters to our teenage self about things that we should do when we're in a friendship that has been a bit shaky.

Tara:  We have been writing a letter to our teenself about how to deal with arguments or hard times in our life and have also watched a video that showed people sharing some strategies. Some strategies include saying stop and walking away.

Pat:  These past days we have been writing letters to our teenage self about what to do if you get in the middle of an argument or if you hear someone putting someone down. It is best not to go and tell the person, because that could ruin their self confidence.

Chloe:  With Sue, we have been learning about what is good and bad for our body.  We have started to learn about the traffic lights -  GREEN is our fruit and vegetables so what is very healthy for us, AMBER is still good for us but not as healthy as GREEN.  Food that come under the RED banner are very, very unhealthy and are sometimes food.     

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NGV On Tour

Moorabool Libraries has once again joined the National Gallery of Victoria’s fantastic Kids on Tour program for 2023.

This program offers opportunities for children and families to engage with art and creativity through a range of free hands-on activities and workshops.

 Get creative this summer and drop by your local Moorabool Libraries during 14-22 January 2023 to take part in the NGV Kids on Tour. There will be free craft sessions and packs that you can take home as well.

Drop in craft sessions:

Ballan Library Wed 18 Jan 2023 – 9am-12pm

Lerderderg Library Thurs 19 Jan 2023 – 9am-8pm

If you have any other questions about these programs please feel free to email me or contact the Moorabool Libraries at 5366 7100.

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