Queen of Apostles School
Term 1 Week 4 - Thursday 24 February 2022
Monday 28 Feb - Fri 4 March
Wednesday 2 March
Monday 7 March
Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 8 March
Pupil Free Day - Staff PD
Wednesday 9 March
Year 3-6 First Aid
Thursday 10 March
Faction Swimming Carnival - postponed
Friday 11 March
Yr 6 Cricket Carnival
Monday 14th March
P&F Meeting 6.30pm
From the Principal
I would really like to thank our wonderful community for your support and agility over the past week as we navigate our new COVID world together.
Unfortunately, we know that we will have more COVID positive cases in our community and classes will be impacted as a result. What has been clear over the course of this week is the Educational Continuity Plan we have in place here at Queen of Apostles means our students are still able to access learning while isolating at home. I thank our teaching staff for being prepared and able to switch to remote learning at very short notice. All being well, we will welcome back our Kindy and Year 2 students and staff to school on Monday morning. I know they will be excited to be back and we are looking forward to seeing them.
The classrooms have been COVID cleaned according to the Health Department directions and our mitigation strategies remain in place. Can I ask parents/carers to please inform us ASAP if a positive result is received either by a RAT or PCR test. I again thank you for sticking to rules and helping us keep our community safe.
On Friday I sent out communication to our Year 3 to 6 families about the students ‘trying a mask’. The take up of this initiative has been very positive. The idea of the trial is to educate the students on the correct wearing of the masks in the event they become mandated in the future. They will also help protect the students from infection if they come in contact with COVID positive case. This is a trial only and the students can choose not to wear them. I understand each circumstance is different and I encourage you to have a chat with your health professional about the wearing of masks.
School Advisory Council
The 2022 School Advisory Council members:
Council Chairperson: Rob Wynne
Vice Chairperson & Treasurer: Paul Martin
Secretary: Andrew Upfold (co-opted)
SAC Member: Ben Indrisie
SAC Member: Sheri McDonald
SAC Member: Jamie Liu
SAC Member: Belinda Fabling
P&F Representative: TBC
Parish Representative: Pavel Orzjanowski
Ex Officio: Fr Paul
Ex Officio: Mark Ryan
Standing Invite: Jennifer Anderson
I would like to thank the School Advisory Council members for giving up their time in the best interests of everyone at Queen of Apostles School. I look forward to working closely with them again this year.
Executive Committee Members:
President – Kath Anthony
Vice President - Aislinn Trodden
Secretary - Ashlee Lang
Treasurer – Alicia Chee
P&F Class Representatives:
Kindy - Christina Liew /Ashley Stothard
PP - Tracy Italiano
Year 1 - Faye Konrath / Aislinn Trodden
Year 2 - Sophie Probett
Year 3 - Karen Joyce
Year 4 - Chandima Dissanayake / Marnie Selten
Year 5 - Sarah McIntyre / Leanne Mullins / Carly Watts
Year 6 - Elena Natale / Rebecca Day
As you can see, we have had a wonderful response to people willing to join and assist the P&F this year. We have a new executive team lead by Kathryn Anthony and I look forward to working with them in the best interests of our school community.
This year in our school calendar we have introduced Wellness Week. Wellness Week is where students and families have a break from homework and instead focus on using that time to play some games, go for a walk, read together or watch a movie.
Staff too share in this week by limiting the number of meetings and making sure that they also spend quality time with family and friends. The benefits (especially in terms of mental health) we reap from ensuring that we have some time to rest are countless! Wellness Week in Term One will take place next week (Feb 28 to March 4).
Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent and a time when we begin to prepare for Jesus’ great self-sacrifice on Good Friday and then his resurrection on Easter Sunday. We look during this time of Lent for ways that we can show self-sacrifice. People like to give up sweets or cool drink for Lent. Personally, I like to give up my time to help others that need it. What will your Lenten promises be?
Parking and Drive-Thru Arrangements
With a number of new families to the school this year I would like everyone to be aware of our parking and drive through arrangements at the front of the school as the safety of our children is of paramount importance.
- Vehicles will enter via the middle driveway on Tribute St East.
- If you wish to park and leave your car to come into the school, please turn to the left and park in one of the bays adjacent to the Early Learning Centre or use the marked roadside bays outside the school.
- When exiting the car park, you will do so at the exit closest to Vahland Ave.
- If you are only dropping-off or picking-up then please veer right and enter the drive-thru area. In this area you may not park or leave your vehicle unattended - it is strictly drop-off or pick-up only!
- When exiting the drive-thru section you will use the exit closest to Tudor Ave.
- Children waiting to be picked up are to wait on the verandah, under teacher supervision, and when they see their parent’s car enter the drive-thru, they may proceed down the steps at either end of the ramp and wait on the footpath adjacent to the bay where their parent has pulled up. Children should enter vehicles from the curbside only to avoid passing vehicles.
Student Leadership Positions Announced
Tuesday at our Leadership Mass we announced the names of those students who will be fulfilling various leadership roles this year. These students were elected by their peers and the staff because they have demonstrated the energy, passion, commitment and selflessness necessary to be a good student leader in our school. I would like to congratulate them all on being selected for the various positions they will hold this year and I look forward to working with them. I would also like to thank Mrs Maloney for organising this wonderful celebration. Please see the full list of student leaders later in this newsletter.
Please remember that Tuesday March 8th is a Pupil Free Day. Our staff will be working with Ben Saulsman from CEWA on differentiation in Mathematics. Monday March 7th is also a public holiday (Labour Day) so you will have an extra-long weekend to enjoy with your family.
Year Six Committees: 2022
Student Representative Council Executive:
President: Coby Wynne
Vice President: Marlah Vaz
Executive Officer: Vivienne Adragna
Executive Officer: Nathan Forbes
Social Justice Committee:
Sports Committee: Magdlen
Isabelle Mathews (Captain)
Luke Sullivan (Vice Captain)
Sports Committee: Luemman
Bryn Wilson (Captain)
Sophie Liu (Vice Captain)
Sports Committee: Flynn
Neve McDonald (Captain)
Charlie Norrish (Vice Captain)
Sports Committee: Canning
Emma Thomas (Captain)
Abby Hollow (Vice Captain)
Gardening Committee (Semester One)
Sustainability Committee (Semester One)
Zeva Lang and Scarlett Day