Welcome back!
It has been great to welcome students back to school in line with the state government's plan for a phased return to onsite learning in Victorian schools. Principal, Mary Abbott, said the teachers and staff were very much looking forward to the students' return. "Tuesday will be an exciting time as our students reunite with their friends, peers and teachers, and our school begins to return to being a vibrant Catholic learning community." "Our parents and carers have been incredibly supportive of remote learning over the past several weeks, but I know many will join me in looking forward to the return to the school routine and face-to-face teaching," Mary said. "The period of remote learning, while challenging in some ways, has strengthened the sense of partnership we have with our parents in the education process." "I am very proud of our team here at St James the Apostle School, who have done an enormous amount of work to keep our students progressing with their learning and then preparing for their return." "Our teachers are also very aware that some students will need extra support when they return and we will monitor each child’s progress closely," Mary said. St James will operate within the Victorian Government's recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines, including around hygiene practices, social distancing and restricted access to the school site. "I also remind any parents and guardians who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 to please contact me to discuss fee relief arrangements," Mary said. During the period of remote learning, the school provided communication via sjhcn.catholic.edu.au/remote. With face-to-face teaching resuming, this page will no longer be updated, except for the fortnightly Virtual Assembly. The next Virtual Assembly will be at 2:15pm on Friday 19 June.
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Happy Easter: A message from Fr Jude
During this very different Easter of 2020, we are called to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus together at home. The most important event for Christians provides us with hope for the future. While we cannot celebrate as a parish community, Fr Jude still wants us to be together spiritually, thinking about our brothers and sisters who need our prayers at this time. https://youtu.be/0w1rNfhiTh0
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Bringing sons, dads, nephews, uncles and brothers together
The boys and men of our school community gathered for an evening of fun together - our annual Boys Night. Organised by Luke Moore, and supported by Mary, Renae, Chris and our male staff, Boys Night allows male learners in Years 4 to 6 an opportunity to spend some time with their dads, or other significant male role model. Not only do the learners get to have fun with their peers, but the men have the chance to network, connect and find out more about each other. Families were involved in a number of sport activities, including basketball, tennis and soccer. While they weren't competitive activities, lots of our learners and their teachers did whatever they could to win for their team! After time getting to know each other in these games, families were invited to take part in the annual three-legged race. There were some tumbles on the sprint to the finish, while some dads thought that carrying their sons was the way to win! As pairs were sent packing across the heats, we waited to see the grand final line-up, and they were ready to do what they could to get their names engraved on the Boys Night trophy. Winning by a long shot was last year's winners - Jake and his dad, Scott. To celebrate, everyone shared in a delicious BBQ. It was great to have so many fathers, uncles and brothers in attendance for a fun evening together. [foogallery id="2079"]
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