As the weather improves our grounds are looking lovely. A big thank you to Danny Matthews for mowing our lawns and tending to our other garden needs. The spring season is certainly keeping him busy!
Last week, Star Maglinte represented St Mary’s in the Year 5 division of the Western Region Public Speaking Competition. She spoke with confidence, expression and held a commanding presence on the topic: It’s Complicated. The speech was perfectly polished and timed to 2:58 minutes. Perfect for a 3 minute time limit! With a statewide lockdown, remote learning and school holidays impacting on the organization of the competition, the standard across the region was superb. Star’s journey in the competition finished here, but we are so very proud of her efforts. Congratulations Star on an excellent presentation!
As the weather improves please start using the summer uniform for your child/ren. Our uniform shop is set up with new and second hand items for your convenience. Contact Tracee Holland via phone or email (Thursdays and Fridays) for any support required with uniform. Parents may still have their $50 voucher to use in the uniform shop if they haven’t already used it.
COVID Fee Relief
On a final note I would like to remind parents that if their family income has been impacted by COVID then you may be entitled to School Fee support. Please contact me to discuss if you would like further information. Catholic Education school Fees Policy states that No student will be denied a Catholic Education because of a family’s inability (not unwillingness) to pay school fees.
This year, Anti-Poverty Week (APW) will take place from 17 to 23 October with the aim of supporting the Australian community to have an increased understanding of poverty and to take collective action to end it.
Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn is part of a diverse network of individuals and organisations who share this purpose. Their key message is: Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it. It is one of hope, not despair. Students will be learning more about Anti-Poverty week in class.
Students needing a travel pass for 2022 can apply now. A new application will need to be submitted if they are applying for a school travel pass for the first time, or if they are requesting an additional travel entitlement as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody). Students who change address, school, campus location, or who have repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should renew or update their details before the end of term 4. This will ensure that schools can endorse applications and current entitlements are updated and remain valid. School Opal card holders will have the changes applied to their existing card. If a student’s distance eligibility has changed based on their grade the system will automatically update their entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email. Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition that is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply. Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.
Students living in rural and regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the start of the new school year from their nominated transport operator. It may come via the school or be sent directly to them at home.Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes.Students/parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.
School Student Transport Scheme site change - On 1 October 2021 theSchool Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) information and application portal was moved to transportnsw.info.This will assist families to find all their travel information in the one place.
Travel from Term 1 2022 We ask that parents plan ahead and make sure their child knows which service/s to use and has a valid ticket to travel; a School Travel Pass from the start of the school year. Applications for the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)open at the start of Term 4 2021 for travel in 2022,so parents/students can apply or update details early and be ready for the start of the new school year.
Parents should contact their local bus operator to discuss their travel needs. Bus operators are flexible and understanding, particularly at the start of the school year, and will ensure students can travel safely to and from school. But to best support our operators we encourage all students to have a valid ticket, as early as possible, from the start of the school year.