As we near the end of our second week of Term 3, holidays for many of us are a distant memory. The usual routines have recommenced and classrooms are busy and full of life. Our brand new receptions have been embraced by our community and are becoming confident in their school environment. Our Year Six students are now over half way through their final year with us at Saint Pius X, and are beginning to think about the big move to high school next year. The students who are participating in the Sacrament Program are continuing this journey, despite the challenges of COVID-19 Restrictions. We are hopeful that the celebration of these Sacraments will occur later this term. This is a snapshot of a busy and fulfilling life at Saint Pius X School.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been encouraging our students to maintain high standards of hand hygiene. This is one thing that we can all do to contribute to a safe learning environment. Good hand hygiene is an important factor in reducing possible spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. New hand washing taps have been installed near the drink troughs, and we continue to encourage regular hand washing before eating and after play. Hand sanitiser is also available in all work spaces and teachers have been diligent in reminding students to use this whenever necessary. Those who use the Kiss and Drop and the Windsor Grove main gate would notice that hand sanitising stations have been in place for some weeks. Please remind your children to use these stations when you drop them off in the morning. Many children are already in this habit, and I suspect this will be the new norm for some time.
In the second reading at Mass on Sunday, we will hear some reassuring words of hope which are very appropriate for our time. In Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, we hear that “nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried”. Over the past few days, as we have seen COVID-19 cases rise in Victoria, these words offer hope and reassure us of God’s infinite love for each of us. We continue to keep the world in our prayers and pray for healing and grace as we journey through these uncertain times. May your week be blessed.
Sacrament Program News
Confirmation and First Eucharist – Year 4
With current restrictions, we are able to celebrate these Sacraments in the church on Thursday 3rd September with limited numbers in attendance. I sent a letter home to all Year 4 families who have a child participating in the Sacrament Program. Please return the Confirmation Card as soon as possible. I thank all families for their patience, support and understanding.
Reconciliation - Year 3
At this stage, First Reconciliation will occur on Wednesday 9th September at 6pm in the church. The scheduled meeting for next week has been cancelled. A letter will be coming home today to families who have enrolled their child in the Sacrament Program in Year 3. More details about Reconciliation will be distributed in the coming weeks.
Tuition Fees Installment 3
Installment 3 of Tuition Fees are due & payable by 31st July 2020. If you have entered into a part time agreement to pay your fees over the whole year this due date does not apply.
If you are unable to meet this deadline, please do not hesitate to contact me and part time arrangements can be made. Thank you to those parents who have paid promptly. Reminder statements will be posted home for parents who do not meet the due date. For parent’s convenience, EFT, BPay, Visa and Mastercard are available. If you wish to pay your fees via BPAY.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BILLER CODE WAS CHANGED FROM “46698” to “299370” for our School in 2019.
Please make sure that you have changed your banking payment details for the school to reflect this change. Please also ensure that the full reference number (which is found at the bottom left hand side of your statement) is entered so funds can be applied to the correct family.
If you pay by EFT, please use for your reference the ID Number at the top right hand side of your statement. This will ensure that funds are applied to the correct family.
If you are holders of a Health Care Card you may be eligible for School Card and therefore Fee Remission, which is granted by the school. Please see me if you feel you may meet the criteria or have any queries relating to fees.