I’m sure you share with me great concern for the necessity of Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria. Join me in prayer for all those who are being deeply affected by these necessary restrictions. If not the virus, it would be the emotional trauma and anxiety that each person living in Victoria will be facing at least for the next 6 weeks. My daughter and grand daughter have been in isolation for 4 weeks now in Melbourne and my son-in-law is now in quarantine as he has two colleagues in Victorian Police with COVID-19. He has been tested twice and thankfully negative readings.
Here at St Pius X we have been asked to prepare an emergency plan in the case of the need to shut down for a full school clean as well as a plan if a long term shut down is necessary, requiring return to remote learning. I pray this would not be necessary but Victoria has shown us how small incidences lead to massive outbreaks, such is the nature of this virus.
On Monday we opened the new Reception M/S classroom alongside the Reception T/S classroom (old Music room). The RM/S classroom used to be small office spaces and a kitchen and storage, mostly used for small group literacy intervention. It has taken us 3 weeks to transform this space. This will allow us to remove all of the current transportables rooms for the next building stage.
The current build (1C) that you have seen develop on Acton Avenue is set to be occupied mid August, just weeks away. Carpets are almost all down and we are completing all of the carpentry over the next 2 weeks.
We are hoping, God willing, to have our STEM Showcase in this space later in the term so parents and community can have a good look at our new classrooms and breakout spaces.
Thank you for your patience in all of this, I know that Acton Avenue is a nightmare to park in with all of the tradesmen’s trucks but we are ‘flat out’ to complete the construction on time and within budget so there are many on site at any given moment. Your patience will pay off!
Three Way Conversations
I am very impressed with the large number of families that have booked the Three Way conversations with their teachers. I look forward to hearing from you how you have found these and, in particular, the extra assessment information provided via PAT Test or Initial Lit assessments. Please email any thoughts and feedback. I know the teachers have expressed delight in meeting with you as it has been so difficult this year. If you have been unable to make a time this week, just contact your teacher and organise a mutual time together.
I’m sure you share with us the concern about a second wave and whilst we are very fortunate so far in South Australia, our fear is that any complacency will lead to an outbreak that we can ill afford. So we are maintaining restrictions here and implementing extra procedures. Below is information that will be placed at our entrances. I have arranged an extra sanitise of the whole school this weekend and we will ensure handwashing practices continue.
Please do not enter the school grounds if you have:
- Returned from NSW, ACT or VIC within the past 14 days and are required to quarantine.
- Been in close contact with a person who has returned from NSW, ACT or VIC within the past 14 days.
- Been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- Are currently unwell and experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Shortness of Breath
Thank you for helping us to protect the health and safety of our school community.
Tuition Fees Installment 3
Installment 3 of Tuition Fees were due and 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.