NEWSLETTER 1st February 2007 Issue Number 1 Loving God Your creative Spirit called the Good Samaritan Sisters into being. Our gratitude is deep for their 150 years of loving service. You have journeyed with them across the lands and seas, encouraging their gifts and forgiving their failures. Thank you for your faithfulness and love. In this year of celebration, teach us to be neighbour to all. May the justice and compassion of the kind Samaritan be our mission too. from www.goodsams.org.au Dear Parents, Middle Years Program begins Students & Friends, Welcome to the 2007 school year, and especially to Founders Day on 2 February, when we celebrate the sesquicentenary (150 years) of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict. A small group from Mater Christi College will participate in the official Mass of celebration at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Friday 2 February while all members of our Mater Christi College community are invited to join with students and staff at our local celebration, the Opening School Mass on 19 February. We are especially grateful to many sisters over these years for their acceptance of Maryanne Karoussos – Sports There are many exciting changes, including and commitment to the service of women Co-ordinator & Teacher of Psychology the provision of new facilities and while some as requested by Archbishop Bede Polding Angelica Ricci – Teacher in Arts Domain of these are in final stages of completion, I in Sydney in 1857. What a wonderful gift, Donna Catanese – School Psychologist believe that our students will soon benefit which has inspired so many other women Catherine Nicholls – Teacher from them as well as from a new timetable – and men – across Australian parishes, of Maths & English (four class sessions per day mostly) and a schools and communities! The teaching new House and leadership model. Please Jennifer Cain – Teacher / Librarian from The Rule of St Benedict, itself over 1500 check your daughter’s Planner and the Marisa Danese – Teacher of Science & years old, remains relevant, practical and an College Calendar for details, especially of Maths revised starting and finishing times! inspired source of wisdom for community Ian McKenzie – Teacher of Maths living. If you’ve not yet read it – it’s time…. Finally please remember in your prayers, begin now. Gloria Bower – Teacher of Science & Paula Hall and Josette Hocking following Religious Education Hospitality, seeing Christ in the other the death of their mothers and Madeleine Katrina Buttigieg – Music Teacher Petrulis following the death of her father. person, is at the heart of our commitment Mary Lo – Music Teacher And congratulations to Jane Lawrence and at Mater Christi College, and so, we welcome all those who join our community, Andriana Avraam – Teacher of David Cope on the safe arrival of their twin students, staff and families, especially those English & Religious Education boys – Aidan and Thomas. students in Year 7 who embark on a new Sarath Wijesinghe – Information May we together be courageous and bold, journey in secondary education through the Technology Systems Manager living such that “justice and compassion Middle Years Program of the International Kaye Sherriff – School Nurse are at the heart of our mission to be Baccalaureat. neighbour”. Welcome to new and returning International students along with our I welcome the following staff as they join Mary Fitz-Gerald our Mater Christi College community: new staff team in the Boarding House Martyn Wood – Domain Leader, Science with Sue Bayley, Beverley Jackson, along Principal with former staff, Maureen Fields, Chris Tony Kolb – Curriculum Convenor Magnus and Annette O’Reilly. & Learning Leader, Year 11 Welcome to our new Yea Education Maintenance Allowance Dear Parents/Guardians I am writing to advise you of the arrangements for the Education Maintenance (EMA) for 2007. The EMA is indexed annually to the Consumer Price Index to ensure that payments reflect the increase in the cost of living. For 2007 the total yearly EMA payment for parents/guardians is $420 for secondary students. This amount is split evenly between the parents/guardians and the school. Schools receive the school portion electronically twice a year and the parents/guardians receive their portion via two cheques. The first EMA instalment will comprise 70 per cent of the total EMA and will be paid from March 2007. The second instalment will comprise the remaining 30 per cent and will be paid from September 2007. This arrangement recognises that families incur the highest educational costs at the start of the school year. Students turning 16 years in 2007 will be paid on a pro rata basis and not on the 70/30% basis. To be eligible to receive the EMA, you must: • be either a parent or guardian of a secondary school student up to the age of sixteen; and • be an eligible beneficiary of a Centrelink pension, allowance or benefit within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 2004 or be a Veterans Affairs (TPI) pensioner or be a foster parent; and • submit your application to the school by the due date. The eligibility criteria must be met as at the first day of 1st term (30 January 2007, which is the first day for teaching staff) for the first instalment and the first day of 3rd term (16 July 2007) for the second instalment. Any applications based on Centrelink payments that are not income test (e.g. Carer Allowance, formerly Child Disability Allowance, Mobility Allowance and Remote Area Allowance) are not eligible unless the claimant, in their own name, complies with the second dot point above. As you know, the EMA is made to help you cover the costs associated with educating your children. Schools have been advised that they must spend the portion of the family’s EMA which is allocated to the school on that student, for essential items for which parents are normally expected to provide or pay the school to provide. Details of the application process, eligibility requirements and the exact amount you can expect to receive in each EMA payment is available from the school’s main reception desk. You may expect to receive the first instalment of your EMA payment from March 2007. I hope this EMA payment helps you to meet the costs for the new school year. Yours sincerely Jacinta Allan, MP Minister for Education Services Welcome to our new s ar 7 students for 2007 Special Bulletin to Parents - Total Fire Ban/Bushfire Procedures Due to the College’s unique location in a Outbreak of Fire Notices of evacuation and evacuation richly forested area, it is important that centre location will be displayed at the parents be familiar with the precautions In the event of fire in the area we will school to advise any parents who arrive we take on days of total fire ban and liaise with the local CFA to ensure all after evacuation. in the event of a bushfire in the area. is safe – this contact will be constantly Our main perceived threats are an monitored during the day. The students will be admitted to the emergency situation on-site (e.g. fire on evacuation centre using the emergency If there is no immediate danger, then the property), or, more likely, a bushfire rolls and labels and their whereabouts school shall continue throughout the in the area. In either case, our immediate recorded for use by both the Police and day until normal closing time. The response is to ensure student safety. Red Cross. following transport regulations will then If deemed necessary students will be apply. Whenever possible the Home Group evacuated to a safe location on-site. The Teacher will remain with the home Hall and Gym are ideal safe locations. Students will be dismissed only if there group until the emergency is clarified. With both the CFA and the Police close is NO doubt about the reliability and by, our school is well placed for keeping safety of their transport arrangements Discharge from Evacuation Centre informed on any emergency situation in and the safety of the environment at – whilst children will be discharged in the Dandenongs. their destination. Students will only be the care of their parents/guardians, no dismissed when the situation is safe, or general discharge will be made until Beginning of the Year into the direct care of their parents. such time as the officer in charge of the Identification tags for all students are fire declares the area safe. Any student who is collected by parents prepared each year and held in a safe during the transport process must be General Welfare – 24-hour care is place for easy identification in the event marked on the roll as having being provided. The centre provides meals, of an emergency situation. collected by her parents, AND SIGNED first aid, bedding etc. These ID tags include:- student’s name, FOR BY HER PARENT/GUARDIAN. Enquires regarding evacuees – address, primary contact, year level and No child is to go with anyone other than please contact the College on home group. her own parents and no child is to be 9754 6611 Procedures for Total Fire Ban removed from any form of transport If unsuccessful… The Shire of Yarra (as declared by the CFA) during the trip home. Ranges arranges an emergency School proceeds as normal, but with Off Site Evacuation Regulations telephone number on which enquiries restrictions on student movement. can be made (1300 368 333) as the If fire is threatening, then the State Careful consideration will be given to normal service may jam in the event Emergency Service (SES) procedures excursions/off-site activities. Where of emergency. Until arranged – all will apply: we believe that risk may be increased messages relating to evacuees will be an excursion/off-site activity will be Transport will be arranged by the SES broadcast by the Police Department cancelled. to a major evacuation centre. through TV and radio stations. staff members for 2007 28 Bayview Road Belgrave Victoria Australia 3160 P + 61 3 9754 6611 F + 61 3 9752 5180 W www.materchristi.edu.au Important Travel Reminder Important dates 2nd February Thank you to all families for patience and consideration that was shown during the heavy Good Samaritan Foundation Day traffic flows as our students returned to school. (150th Anniversary) It is important that we continue to make safety a key priority – for drivers, for pedestrians, AND for our local residents. 3rd For travelling to and from school, all parents and staff are asked to: Uniform Shop - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm travel with utmost care - observe 40 km per hour zoning 5th • enter Bayview Road from the eastern end Mater Christi Foundation Day (1963) (see diagram) • keep school entrances clear 6th • avoid double parking Parent Forum • ESPECIALLY keep clear in front of the FIRE STATION — AT ALL TIMES VCE Information Night • For exiting Bayview Road, in peak times, please obey the “Left turn only” sign 7th and use roundabout 300m away to return to station and town centre). Year 12 2006 Reunion • Please support safety for everyone. 8th Year 11 Father/Daughter Quiz Night 15th Open Day 9:00 am - 12:30 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Canteen Roster Monday 5th Februiary Virginia Currie, Wendy Warren Tuesday 6th Cathy Raaymakers, Marina Maccora Wednesday 7th Lisa Colosimo, Leonie Taylor Thursday 8th Brenda Felton, Miriam Aalberts Friday 9th Barbara Healey, Sabrina Martenstyn Monday 12th Canteen Help Needed Donna Burmeister, Margaret Ruse St John’s Ferntree Gully Parish Musical Tuesday 13th “If the Shoe Fits” Here’s a chance to be involved in Robyn Hughes, Bernie Lamanna Auditions Sunday 4th & 11th February your daughter’s school. If you could Wednesday 14th Sue Henderson, Anne Bourne If you would like to be involved in spare one day a month your help Thursday 15th this brand new modern musical full would be greatly appreciated. Sylvia Coad, Gilliam Frey of song and dance then email the Friday 16th production team at sjbproductions@ Phone Annette or Wendy on Leonie Marotta, Nella Bonanno, stjohnthebaptist.net.au for more 9757 0832. HELP NEEDED information or contact Melissa Sombekke on 9754 8887 St John’s Netball Registration Day Date: Saturday 10th February A reminder to canteen helpers: Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Due to the earlier recess this year Uniform Shop SALE Venue: St John’s School Hall please arrive at 10:00am on Enquiries: Leonie Maybery on 9759 6371 your rostered day. Blue Jacket - Size 10 only 20% discount until end of Term 1 2007 Start Date” Saturday 17th March. New players are most welcome.