Term 1, Week 5 School Newsletter.
News from the Principal
Next week we will celebrate Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is the first day in the season of Lent. Lent is a way to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us and prepare us for the Easter season. Ash Wednesday has many traditions for Catholic families and ways to observe this day, and also, anything you are doing for the length of Lent will start on this day. Each year in the Diocese our Catholic schools support Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal that brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Our students will view a variety of education resources and listen to a range of stories that will bring this theme to life in our school and classrooms, and enable our school community to learn more and create change this Lent.
Next Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) our school children and staff will attend Mass at 9:15 am at St Patrick's Church, Gordon. Parishoners and Foundation children are welcome to attend Mass on this day.
On Friday, March 11th, we will celebrate our Twilight Sports annual social gathering. The children have been allocated house colours. Children are welcome to stay at school and we invite parents to join with us at 5 pm for socialisation and sports events. Please send extra after school snacks for children on this day.
Please complete the below link order form for family food orders on the night. Orders need to be completed on or before this Thursday, 24th February. Payment will be taken on the night. https://spgordon.schoolzineplus.com/survey/14
Please bring along picnic rugs and chairs and enjoy this wonderful night with your families.
Our Twilight Sports is a great preparation for the upcoming Moorabool Sports, which will be held on Monday, the 21st March. For new families, this event is held at Mason's Lane Reserve, Bacchus Marsh and sees our students compete against St Brigid's Primary school, Balliang East Primary school and Coimadai Primary school. All students participate in a range of events in their age groups (as shown in table below). It is a day when all families make their own way to the reserve by 9 am, but the school bus and transport is available for students if needed. A detailed note of requirements for students will be sent home next week.
Our Parents and Friends are in the process of organising a school ball on Saturday, 26th March at Donegan's Farm. Further details will be available later this week. It will be wonderful to be able to enjoy a night out.
This evening, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm we invite parents into the school for an information evening in regard to outlining the learning journey of our students for the 2022 school year.
Thank you for your wonderful support.
HOT LUNCHES AVAILABLE EVERY THURSDAY
Lunches for all school children are available from the Gordon Shop on a Thursday.
Please order and pay directly at the shop, on the Wednesday prior.
Family Fee Assistance Scheme
In all Ballarat Diocesan Catholic Primary Schools, tuition fee discounts are available to
families eligible for a means tested Centrelink or Veteran Affairs concession card. The
scheme offers tuition fee discounts to both Catholic and non-Catholic families, to new and
current students. If you are eligible for the above concession card and require further
information regarding this scheme, please contact the school office for more information.
Camps Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are
eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students.Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student.
Families holding an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card,
Veterans Affairs Gold Card on the first day of Term 1 or first day of Term 2 or be a
temporary foster parent will be eligible to apply.