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Week 2, Term 2 Newsletter
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Important Dates

Sports Day 2023

Thursday 13 April 2023

Last Day of Term

Friday 14 April 2023

Pupil Free Day

Monday 1 May 2023

Volunteers Induction 5-6pm

Tuesday 2 May 2023

Literacy Meeting R-2 6-7pm

Tuesday 2 May 2023

Child Protection

Over the year Catholic Education encourages us to share summaries of specific documents.  Below are this term’s documents. 

 

Bullying and Harassment Procedures and Concerns 

The school will provide a positive culture where harassment/bullying is not accepted, and in so doing, all will have the right of respect from others, the right to learn and to teach, and a right to feel safe and secure in the school environment. At Star of the Sea School we celebrate our individual talents, skills and differences. We will all try to live as God wants us to...  

“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:36  

·  To reinforce within the school community what bullying is, and the fact that it is unacceptable.  

·  Everyone within the school community to be alert to signs and evidence of bullying and to have a responsibility to report it to staff whether as observer or victim.  

·  To ensure that all reported incidents of bullying are followed up appropriately and that support is given to both victims and perpetrators.  

·  To seek parental and peer-group support and co-operation at all times.  

 

Policy for the Care, Wellbeing and Protection of Children and Young People 2017 

South Australian Catholic schools place the highest priority on the care, wellbeing and protection of children and young people.  In South Australia Child Protection policy and practices support a proactive role in the care, wellbeing and protection of children and young people, the provision of child safe environments and intervention procedures for responding to abuse and neglect.  

These responsibilities include: 

a duty of care to students 

responsibilities as mandated notifiers of child abuse and/or neglect the provision of child protection curriculum for every student 

a code of conduct to promote respectful and caring relationships 

 

Responding to Online Safety Incidents in South Australian Schools.  

Children and young people have the opportunity to learn and thrive through the use of digital technology. Positive and safe engagement in the digital world can support healthy development, creating positive opportunities for children and young people. However, it may also introduce risks. Children and young people are developing their skills in assessing information, weighing  

up risks and taking steps to protect themselves. Until these skills are fully developed, they 
have an increased level of vulnerability online and need adult guidance and support.  

The purpose of these guidelines is to help school staff to:  

respond consistently to online safety incidents  

recognise which online incidents need to be escalated for additional support  

identify which online safety incidents need cross sectoral and interagency coordination.  

 

Wellbeing for Every Child – A Reminder. 

We know that happy children learn well and can adjust to life’s challenges in positive ways.  All School staff and volunteers are mandatory notifiers meaning they are obliged by law to notify Families SA, if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child or young person has been, or is being, abused and/or neglected.  At Star of the Sea, Matt Perry and Damian Weeks are the contact people, especially for volunteers, who may need support with this process. 

 

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum 

Throughout the year students will be engaging with the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum. The curriculum is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection specialists, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals. It covers a range of concepts including new additional material on contemporary issues such as bullying and cyber safety.   

 

The curriculum is divided into 5 documents specific to the year level of the students plus 2 additional documents for educators working with students from cultural or linguistically diverse backgrounds and for students with a disability.   

 

There are 2 main themes: 

We all have the right to be safe 

Volunteers Induction Evening

Our next volunteer induction will be held in the Stella Maris Building Tuesday 2 May at 5pm.

Volunteer Requirements:

Collect a Volunteer Pack from the Front Office
Complete and read and sign off on all documents in the pack
100 points of identity must be presented to the Front Office, of which one form must contain a photograph (e.g. Passport of Driver’s Licence)
All volunteers at Star of the Sea School must hold a current certificate for Responding to Abuse and Neglect or equivalent. This training is available online https://www.plink.sa.edu.au/pages/signup.jsf  
Please select “Volunteer”, then relevant location. We recommend using Google Chrome web browser to access and complete this training due to compatibility issues.  You will be required to complete this training and provide the Front Office with a copy. 

Absentee – notifying the school when your child is away

You have 2 options to notify an absence:

1.       Call 8115 7400 and press 1

2.       Email us at absent@star.catholic.edu.au with the subject being ABSENT and provide us with the name of your child, their class and the reason for the absence. 

If you email the teacher your child’s absence, please also let the Front Office know by using the same email address absent@star.catholic.edu.au

If your child is late any time after 8.50am they must report to the Front Office to sign in so we can record their arrival on SEQTA. Also children leaving school before 3:05pm must be signed out from the Front Office so the early departure can be recorded.

Thank you for your co operation.

COVID reminder

COVID-19 continues to affect the community and we all have a part to play in keeping our school community safe and minimising the disruption to learning that can occur when illness circulates at school.

Students who are unwell should stay home if they have

  • cold or flu-like symptoms and get tested for COVID-19.
  • If students have COVID-19, please advise the school as soon as possible, and stay at home until all acute symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever) have cleared.

Friday 14 April Casual Day

LAST DAY OF TERM – CASUAL CLOTHES

As is the tradition in our school the last day of every term is a casual clothes day. Families might like to make a donation to Project Compassion through the QKR app

Save the date: Gala Ball Saturday 28 October 2023, Adelaide Oval.

Please see attache Gala Sponorship Letter from the P&F.

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OSCH Bookings

OSHC ON SPORTS DAY

Before (BSC) and After School Care (ASC) is still available for those children permanently booked into OSHC on, Thursday 13 April 2023 – Sports Day. 

Non-cancellation fees will apply if you do not cancel your booking or if your child is collected early and does not attend OSHC on the day. 

If you do not require care on this day, please notify us of your cancellation A.S.A.P to enable places for others. 

PUPIL FREE DAY

Term 2, Monday 1 May is a Pupil Free Day. Please confirm if your child/ren require care at OSHC on this day, by contacting us. 

We will contact our OSHC families and confirm if care will go ahead, with viable numbers by Wednesday 26 April.  

Regards  
OSHC Team  
Ph: 08 8115 7403 
Mob: 0404 174 076 
E: oshc@star.catholic.edu.au

Paint Playgroups REaD

‘Paint Playgroups REaD’ introduced the ‘Book Swap Box Project’ this week at Henley Parish Playgroup.

We encourage reading, singing, talking and rhyming with children every day so we can help them to be ready to learn and literally grow their brains!

Click here for more information.

Playgroup is on Tuesday mornings 9.30 – 11am during the school term.

Thank you
Kylie Casey

Track Pants

For the last three weeks of Term 1, the preloved uniform shop will be having 50% off all summer uniforms. 

With Term 2 only around the corner, now is also a great time to come in for winter uniforms. A reminder that we also have school soccer tops available to purchase. 

The preloved uniform shop is open on Wednesday mornings from 8.50-9.20am.

Road Monitors Term 1 2023

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