Two weeks ago our Year 5/6 students attended our Senior school camp at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. The two day camp was jam packed with activities ranging from panning for gold, investigating mines, to experiencing life in the gold fields to learning about our indigenous ancestors and their role in the gold rush. All of these experiences consolidated and complimented the learning the students have been doing in relation to the Gold Rush era.
It was a pleasure to be a part of this experience, where as staff we get to see another side to our students and them us. It is a great bonding time, where many laughs and good times are had.
A BIG thank you to the Senior school team and Mrs Jenny Fenton for all their organisation and preparation and to the other staff members who made themselves available to attend to enable this experience for our children.
I am looking forward to next year when we embark on our three day adventure camp at Mount Evelyn.
Our annual Carols evening will be held on Tuesday 10th December, where we will come together as a community to celebrate the special season of Advent. As this is a school event, ALL children are expected to attend. As a Catholic school, this is an important time in the liturgical calendar and therefore, attendance and participation by all our students and their families is required.
On the evening, each level will be singing two songs to celebrate the Advent season. We are hoping (weather permitting) to have it outside, where families are invited to bring along a picnic basket and blanket to enjoy and participate in the festivities. On the night we will have a sausage sizzle for families to purchase something for dinner.
The students and teachers are looking forward to coming together as a community to celebrate this special season in the liturgical calendar.
COLOUR FUN RUN
Our last major fundraiser for this year will be our Colour Fun Run, which will be held on Monday 9th December @ 2.15pm.
All children have received a fundraising pack explaining how to go about raising money for the fun run. All monies raised will go towards creating a beautiful and interactive play area in our back playground for our children.
We would encourage all families to support this fundraiser, as not only will it be a great event for our children to be a part of, but will also raise funds that goes straight back to the school for our children to benefit.
This week at assembly I announced to the children that I will be participating in the COLOUR FUN RUN and raising money too. I invited all children on the day to bring a gold coin so they could be one of the lucky people to spray me with the colour powder and water.
If each child raised $20, we would easily reach a target of $5,000, which would go a long way to helping our dream of an interactive play space coming to life. Let’s get fundraising!
Professional Promotional Photos
On Tuesday next week we will have a professional photographer taking promotional photos of our school, children and programs for our new school brochures, postcards and website, which we are currently in the process of designing.
Our Semester Two school reports will be sent home on Monday 16th December, which will outline the progress your child has made in the second half of the year. There are no scheduled Parent Meetings to discuss these reports, but if parents have any concerns or require clarification, they are more than welcome to make a time to speak to their child’s teacher about this.
School Fees and Levies
Thank you to all our families who have settled their 2019 accounts. This helps ensure that we can provide all of our children with the resources they require to be successful learners. All families who have not made regular payments or are not on a direct debit with an outstanding balance have been notified and are now required to settle their accounts ASAP.
School Fee Agreement Form
Upon enrolment at St Elizabeth’s, all families have agreed to pay the annual school fees as a condition of their enrolment. Therefore, all families are required to complete a Fee Agreement form that must be filled in and adhered to each year so that families are in compliance with their enrolment.
Even families who are already on a Direct Debit are required to fill this in, as we need authorisation every year to deduct the nominated amount each year.
School Fee Agreement forms were sent home on Thursday last week which need to be signed by the parent and/or guardian responsible for paying the fees and levies, along with how they will be paid.
We strongly recommend families to engage in a direct debit or credit card deduction (options 1 or 2), as this helps families manage their financial commitment and ensures that the account is settled within the required time.
This Fee Agreement form is required to be signed and returned to school by Friday 13th December 2019.
Please choose ONE option and only return that page.
All 2020 school fees and student levies will be required to be paid in full by 30th September, 2020. Tax invoices will be sent out in February stating the amount owing for the year.
If you did not receive a Fee Agreement form, please contact the office for one to be sent home.
Wishing everyone a great week.
Mrs Christina Ferguson