A big welcome back to all students, parents and carers to the 2019 school year. There were some very excited faces on day one as students met their teachers and saw friends they hadn’t seen for a while. On Thursday, we welcomed our nine new Kindergarten students who were brimming with pride in their new St Mary’s uniforms.
Teachers began work a little earlier than that, with most coming in over the holidays to set up their rooms and prepare resources. I am very grateful to staff for the time they have devoted to having their classrooms ready from day one.
Parents received a letter in the holidays outlining staff and class groupings. To recap the class structure for 2019 is:
Kindergarten/Year One – Ms Jessica Soulsby and Ms Yolandie Oberholzer (Thursday)
Year Two/Three/Four - Ms Amy Buckmaster and Ms Rhiannon Clark (3 days per week)
Year Five/Six- Ms Mercedes Brown (Mon –Wed) and Ms Sarah Collins (Thurs-Fri)
Ms Anne Saunderson is our Literacy and Numeracy Coordinatorthis year and will also step into the role of Religious Education Coordinator for 2019 as I step into Acting Principal.
We will advise parents of a Parent Information Night as soon as the date is confirmed.
Tomorrow we have ourswimming carnival.The weather forecast is promising a good day, despite the thunderstorm this morning. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered their help. More help is always welcomed if you have the time. The Western Region Swimming Carnival is scheduled for Friday 15th February in Tumut for successful competitors.
A big thank you to our Community Council who have been busy in the school over the holidays. They have installed an air-conditioning unit in the weather shed which can heat and cool this area making it far more functional as an outside learning space, especially in winter. In the library the large cupboards have been removed with more work pending on new shelving. New whiteboardshave been installed in every classroom.
Next Thursday, 14th February, is our Opening School Mass. This special occasion is to bless the new school year, as we journey together in learning but most importantly in our faith. All parents and friends are invitedto join the student body in St Mary’s Church at 10am. After Mass we will induct our Year 6 leaders and present our new Kindergarten students with a certificate. Afterwards we have a small morning tea. I look forward to meeting you there.
Our first radio presenters for the year next Tuesday 12th February will beLiam P & Daniel. Please tune in to FM96.3 each Tuesday at 1.45pmto hear some of the exciting things that are happening at St Mary's.
Belated Birthday wishes go out to Dylan who turned 8 on January 4th, Isabelle who turned 10 on January 9th. Maverick who turned 7 on January 23rd and Angusand James K who turned 6 on January 29th. We hope you all had an amazing day.
Also happy birthday to EJwho turns 10 on February 7th, Thomaswho turns 9 and Nacewho turns 7 on February 8th and Ryley and Zaynwho turn 10 on February 11. Have a great day everyone.
Year 1 (Kinder rest day) will attend Storytime at Batlow Librarynext Wednesday 13th February at 10am. The Theme is "Villians and Heroes". The students will walk with Miss Soulsby to and from the Library.
Our St Mary's swimming carnival will be held at the Batlow Pool commencing at 9.30am TOMORROW WEDNESDAY 6th February. Students in years 2-6 will walk to the pool and K-1 will be transported by bus at 10.45am.
EVERY student will require
2 x towels,
swimmers,rashie or T-Shirt,
sunscreen and zinc
to enable them to participate. This is a necessity for all swimming activities but especially with this extremely hot weather.
Also a packed recess and lunch (if they have not ordered lunch), a small amount of money to spend at the canteen (lunch time only), plenty to drink, goggles (if needed), appropriate red or green clothing, mascots/banners and thongs to wear on their feet.
Please note: NO RASHIE/T-SHIRT- NO SWIMMING.
Could parents/carers also please ensure ALL articles of clothing are clearly labeled, including shoes, underwear, swimmers and towel.
From this carnival, children 8yrs up, who participate in 50m or 100m events may be selected to represent the school at the Western Region Swimming Carnival to be held in Tumut on Friday 15th February.
House colours ofREDor GREEN, please come dressed in house colours.
If you are taking your child from the carnival, please ensure you let their class teacher know and you sign the Sign out sheet.
Thank you to all those who have offered to help at the carnival but more helpers are needed. Please phone the school if you can help.
Please ensure the permission note has been filled out and submitted back to school.
Our Opening School Mass will be held on Thursday 14th February at 10am. Our school leaders will be presented with their leader badges and our new Kindergarten students will receive their Welcome Certificates. There will be a morning tea after Mass for students, parents, grand parents and carers.
Forms will be sent home soon to each family for the Scholastic book club. CORRECT money & orders (as these are not done at school) can be sent back to school by the due date or you can order through LOOP online by selecting St Mary's school and orders will then be sent back to the school.
Tumbarumba Batlow Minor League registrations are now open for the 2019 season. Our registration day will be held on Sunday, February 17that the Tumbarumba Pool from 2pm. Registered players will receive a training shirt and playing shorts and socks for the forthcoming season. Registration cost is $100 and registrations are now needed to be completed online. For more information please see our facebook page Tumba Batlow Minor League or contact Renae Smith on 0427491928.