Dear Parents and Carers,
I trust everyone kept warm and enjoyed watching or playing in the snow over the weekend. It is a weather event we all look forward to every year in Batlow but what a dumping of snow! The students have enjoyed sharing their stories of snowball fights and snow ‘fun’ they enjoyed over the weekend.
Students behaviour on our playground deserves a special mention this week. It really is something to celebrate as confirmed by a visiting Catholic Education staff member last week. We know it is a positive time for students when we see them happy and mixing confidently with others. Staff have been providing other opportunities and activities for them to do whilst on our small playground and Year 6 leaders have been helping out with activities on Wednesdays.
As mentioned in a previous newsletter we are reviewing our Pastoral Care Policy and Anti Bullying Policy devoting staff meeting time to discussing best strategies alongside Catholic Education policy. Details will be presented to Community Council soon and then parents and carers in due course.
This Thursday is the Feast of the Assumption and Mass will be celebrated in the church at 12pm. This is a day of holy obligation in the Catholic faith. Please know that you are always welcome.
This week I am away at meetings from Wednesday to Friday. In my absence please direct any enquiries to our front office staff, or Ms Saunderson or Ms Buckmaster.
In the Catholic church, holy days of obligation are days on which catholics are expected to attend Mass.
This Thursday 15th August, the feast of the Assumption, is one of those days. We are very lucky to have a Mass in Batlow this week; an open invitation is extended. All of the children will participate in the Mass on Thursday.
On the Feast of Mary MacKillop the children wrote their favourite Mary Mackillop saying on a footprint, they are now in the school foyer for all to see and read.
A reminder to send photos to the school email for the children's Mass on Sunday 1st September which is Father's Day.
The Todd Woodbridge Cup will be held in THIS Friday 16th August at the Tumut tennis courts. Year 3 and 4 will travel to and from Tumut with Shaw's Bus Service. There will be a sausage sizzle lunch provided or bring your own lunch, please bring your own drinks and recess. Please wear sport uniform including hat.
If you have not already done so please pay the $3 registration by direct deposit or send cash to school.
Winter Warmer tomorrow 14th August, Sausage Sandwich with sauce. There will be a vegetarian and beef free option. Hot Milo $1.50.
Orders to the office by 9am, Direct debit BSB: 062786 ACC: 000027184.
Please put donations in the tub in the office area.
This Fundraising event is St Mary’s biggest one, so please help support this and our school!
The next Community Council Executive Meeting will be held on
Monday 19th August at 5.30pm.
Please send any items you would like put on the agenda for discussion to: firstname.lastname@example.org by this Thursday.
Weather permitting and when goods arrive fundraising money will pay for:
### Replacing the windows in the 2/3/4, K/1 and foyer area in the original part of the school as these are very old and in urgent need of replacement.
### Cementing under the COLA area to replace the loose gravel.
These will make a big improvement to our school.
TODD WOODBRIDGE TENNIS CUP 16th AUGUST
SCHOOL COUNSELLOR 22ND AUGUST
BOOK PARADE FRIDAY 23rd AUGUST
SKI TRIP 27th AUGUST
PUBLIC SPEAKING AGAINST ST JOSEPH'S 29TH AUGUST
FATHER'S DAY CHILDREN'S MASS 1ST SEPTEMBER
WESTERN REGION PUBLIC SPEAKING COOTAMUNDRA 6TH SEPTEMBER
TRIVIA NIGHT SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER
K/1 ASSEMBLY 2.15PM 20TH SEPTEMBER
5/6 EXCURSION 24th SEPTEMBER
2/3/4 EXCURSION 11th NOVEMBER
AWARDS DAY 11th DECEMBER
YR 6 GRADUATION MASS 12th DECEMBER