Last week we witnessed a disaster that occurred in Lebanon that caused many deaths and injuries. The explosion was seen for kilometres and could be heard in other nations bordering Lebanon. We pray for the families who have lost loved ones and that the Holy Spirit will continue to give them the strength and courage to heal from such a devastating accident. May God be with you always.
Let us also keep in our prayers our friends across the borders in our own land, who are experiencing a different way of life in this COVID time. Let us ask God to fill us with patience, strength and compassion so that we may journey through this time together.
Continuing our Protective Procedures
Since returning from our Term 2 student vacation break, we have continued to follow all recommendations from NSW Health and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta. Included in this was additional areas around the school that will be cleaned throughout the day. All handrails, staff areas, photocopiers, and touchable surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day as well as continuing to clean toilets that commenced earlier in the year. We are also looking into safety screens in the front office to protect our office staff from close contact with visitors.
However our biggest safety measure is our community protecting each other.
I thank the parents who continue to support our protective procedures especially in not gathering in groups on school grounds, keeping your children at home if they are unwell or if a member of your family is awaiting a COVID19 test result.
I just wish to stress this point if I may, if you or a member of your immediate family is awaiting a COVID test result, please keep your children at home until you have a negative result. I ask that parents do not enter the school grounds if you have had a COVID test and you are awaiting a result. If you need to communicate with a teacher please use the email or the phone. The recommendation is that following a test you return home and isolate until your results return.
Mrs Baird on Leave
I will be on leave starting the 12th of August. I wish to congratulate Ms McDonald for her appointment as Acting Principal and to Mr Haynes on his appointment as Acting Assistant Principal. I will be returning to school on the 31st of August.
Fund Raising by the P&F
This year, events that we would have normally enjoyed have been put on hold. We have been able to have the Mothers’ Day stall and in September we will also hold our Fathers’ Day stall. Information regarding this event will be shared via a letter to families in the near future. I have had an opportunity to chat with the P&F President this term and the suggestion was made to install a water bottle filling station for the children to use while at school. I thought this was a great idea. The money that has been raised this year from our stalls will go towards this water bottle filling station; any additional funds will be paid for by the school.
St Andrew’s Awards
On Friday we celebrated the talents and great work of our students. As you are aware, our St Andrew’s Award ceremony needs to be held without a parent audience. To commemorate the event, the class teachers will send home to parents a photo of your child receiving the award. Congratulations to students on such outstanding learning and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus.
Our next Awards will be celebrated after week 6.
Enrolments for 2021
We are now at the tail end of our enrolment process for Kindergarten 2021. If you are a current St Andrew’s family member, that means you already have a child attending our school and you have a child ready to start Kindergarten in 2021, please lodge your application ASAP. There may be a possibility that we will not have a position for your child if you delay your application.
We also have a few positions available for 2021 across other grades. If you have any questions please contact the school office.