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9th & 10th August - District Athletics

16th August - Bayside Combined Catholic Schools Athletics



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NAIDOC Weekhttp://www.stritasvp.qld.edu.au/Whats-on/Pages/NAIDOC-Week.aspxNAIDOC Week<p><img alt="naidocweek2018.jpg" src="/Whats-on/SiteAssets/Pages/NAIDOC-Week/naidocweek2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:628px;" /><br> </p><p>From the 8 through to the 15 of July we celebrated NAIDOC week throughout Australia. The theme for this year was ‘Because of Her, we can!’ Standing for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee,’ the occasion recognises and celebrates the culture, history and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is an opportunity for Australians to support their local Indigenous communities.</p><p>Here at St Rita’s we are celebrating NAIDOC week in week 2, as Mr Mulhearn has prepared activities for the students when he returns. These activities include students painting class totems and then partaking in a ceremony to bless them, visits from the BCE Indigenous team and Ngutana-Lui.</p><p>Mr Mulhearn explains the meaning and history of a totem below,</p><p><em>A totem is a natural object, plant or animal that is inherited by members of a clan or family as their spiritual emblem. Totems define peoples' roles and responsibilities, and their relationships with each other</em><br><em>and creation.</em></p><p><em>Totems are believed to be the descendants of the Dreamtime heroes, or totemic beings. Dreamtime heroes are linked to space and place. The places from which they emerged and travelled, and inter-acted with other spirit-beings, all become associated with the particular hero or heroes and are valued according to the importance of that part of creation to the local tribal group.</em></p><p><em>Each clan family belonging to the group is responsible for the stewardship of their totem: the flora and fauna</em><br><em>of their area as well as the stewardship of the sacred sites attached to their area. This stewardship consists </em><br><em>not only of the management of the physical resources ensuring that they are not plundered to the point of</em><br><em>extinction, but also the spiritual management of all the ceremonies necessary to ensure adequate rain and</em><br><em>food resources at the change of each season.</em>​​</p>
Reporting on Student Progresshttp://www.stritasvp.qld.edu.au/Whats-on/Pages/Parent-Teacher-Interviews.aspxReporting on Student Progress<p></p><p>Thank you to those parents who were able to attend Parent-Teacher Interviews during the final weeks of last term and to our teachers, who made themselves available outside of normal school hours so that those interviews could take place. During the last week of Term 2, Student Progress Reports were uploaded to the Parent Portal for parent access. Hopefully all families have been able to successfully access these reports - please contact us if you have been unable to do so. Parents wishing to compare their child’s achievement in the learning areas studied, with that of other children in the same year cohort within the school, may also request a copy of the Semester 1 Cohort Report, which indicates the percentage of students at each of the achievement standards within the year level.​<br></p>
Daily Routinehttp://www.stritasvp.qld.edu.au/Whats-on/Pages/Daily-Routine.aspxDaily Routine<h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">​School Hours & Supervision </h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Please send your child on time each day. Regular attendance at school is essential for progress and it is important that students are present for the start of school as organisational details are given to students in the first session.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">School commences at 8.30 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. for all students in P-6.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Formal supervision of students will be provided from 8.10 a.m. Students arriving at school early will need to be booked into Outside School Hours Care, telephone 3383 7090 or 0407 590 547. <strong> Students should not be on the grounds before 8.1​0 am each day.</strong></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Students will be supervised during the first and second lunch breaks.</p> <table align="center" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0" style="width:250px;font-size:1em;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6" style="text-align:center;"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" rowspan="1" colspan="2"><strong>Daily Schedule </strong></td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:50%;">8:30am</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">Music Plays</td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:50%;">8:3​0a​m - 10:40am</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">Session 1</td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:50%;">10:40am - 11:20am</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">1st Break</td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:50%;">11:20am - 1:20pm</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" rowspan="1">Session 2</td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:50%;">1:20pm - 1:50pm</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" rowspan="1">2nd Break</td></tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:50%;">1:50pm - 3:00pm</td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6" rowspan="1">Session 3</td></tr></tbody></table> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2"><img width="398" height="600" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="IMG_0763.jpg" src="/Whats-on/PublishingImages/IMG_0763.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:229px;height:344px;" /><br><br>After School </h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">If there is a change to the normal routine of travel, please notify the school during the day with the change of plans for the child/ren to be informed.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">At 3:00pm students move to these areas:</p> <ul><li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Outside school hours care</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Benfer Rd drive thru area – supervised by teachers</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Bus collection area – students taken to bus stop and supervised by teacher</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Directly to parents waiting in school grounds</div></li></ul> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Parents are asked <strong>NOT</strong> to organise their <strong>children to wait at the back of the school or the staff car park </strong>for collection.  If it is more convenient for you to collect your child/ren from Sycamore St direction, park the car and come into the school grounds to collect your child/ren.</p> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">Drop Off and Pick Up at Benfer Rd Drive Thru</h2> <ul><li><div class="ms-rteElement-P"><strong>The Drive Thru area is not a parking area. </strong> Parents dropping their children in the morning are asked to drop their children at the gate into the Drive Thru area and move on.</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">The Benfer Road Drive Thru is the ONLY designated drop off and pick up zone for students of St Rita’s Primary School.</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Students are dismissed from class at 3:00pm.  It takes some time for the students to move from their classroom to the Benfer Road Drive thru assembly area.</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Students sit quietly and wait for their family name to be called.</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">The family name is displayed in large letters and attached to the passenger side sun visor for the teacher on duty to read.  Family name signs are available from the school office early in the year.</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">When a family name is called, students move to the gate and wait until the teacher gives them instructions to move to their car.</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">For Drive Thru to move smoothly parents are requested to:</div></li> <ul><li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Practice with your children how to get into the car quickly and buckle up</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Have your family name displayed</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Have patience if the car in front is not ready to move when you are.  Stay in the line and do not overtake</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Move to the waiting area if requested by a teacher if your child is not in the waiting area</div></li></ul> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Drive Thru is cleared by 3:20pm – a good tip – plan to arrive at St Rita’s around 3:10pm.  You will move through easily and avoid congesting the roundabout at the carpark entrance.</div></li></ul> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><em>A Crossing Supervisor works on the crossing in Benfer Rd before and after school to facilitate safe crossing.</em></p> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">Cyclists</h2> <ul><li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">All cyclists must wear safety helmets while travelling to and from the School. This is a State Government Law.</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Bikes are wheeled when in the school grounds.</div></li> <li><div class="ms-rteElement-P">Once at the school, bicycles should be stored in the designated area, and are out of bounds to all students including their owners until the end of the day.</div></li></ul> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">Early Departure </h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">If your child needs to leave school early for any reason, a parent or registered caregiver​ is required to come to the school office and register their departure in the electronic system before collecting your child.  Students will be asked to meet you at the office.  DO NOT COLLECT THEM FROM THE CLASSROOM.</p> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">In Case of Emergency </h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">In the event of a storm warning, or other emergency, parents are encouraged to collect their children directly from the classroom prior to 3.00 p.m.; otherwise students will be kept inside the classrooms until the teacher considers the unsafe situation has passed.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">In the case of a school evacuation to the Assembly Area (School Oval), NO child will be able to leave until the all clear has been given.</p> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">Transport</h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">St Rita's is serviced by the Transdev Bus Company Capalaba depot (Ph: 3248 6100), which provides transport around the areas of Redland Bay, Victoria Point, Thornlands, Cleveland, and the Island ferries.  Difficulties being experienced on the buses need to be addressed with the bus company as the school has no authority over bus companies. The transdev Website (<a href="http://www.transdevqld.com.au/index.php?page=School-Buses">http://www.transdevqld.com.au/index.php?page=School-Buse</a>s) gives excellent descriptions of each of the bus routes.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:center;"><strong>See Also:</strong> <strong><em><a href="/school-profile/Facilities%20and%20Services/Pages/Outside-School-Hours-Care-Program.aspx">Outside School Hours Care</a></em></strong>​​</p>

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