Newsletter – Friday 31 May 2019

Message from the Principal

Each week between 27th May and 3rd June, members of all faith communities across Australia offer prayers for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This week is a time for us to renew our commitment to working together in partnership for justice and the healing of relationships:

Almighty and loving God, you who created ALL people in your image,
Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.
You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.

We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship
that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.
We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones,
through the separation of children from their families.

We are sorry and ask God’s forgiveness.
Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits.
In your mercy and compassion walk with us as we continue our journey
of healing to create a future that is just and equitable.

Lord, you are our hope.
Amen

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At one of the schools I recently attended a meeting at, I noticed the following sign,

10 WAYS TO IMPROVE READING
1 Read
2 Read
3 Read
4 Read
5 Read
6 Read
7 Read
8 Read
9 Read
10 Read!

In my many years of teaching this was one belief all staff shared: The more children read, the better they become at reading. Additionally, the more enjoyable the things they read are, the more they’ll stick with them and develop the reading skills that they’ll need for full access to information in their adult lives. I’ve been listening to students reading recently and it is wonderful to see the care many parents take to listen to their child read and often write a short comment in their reading log. It was also evident that the better readers read every single night, including weekends. Try and ensure that your child’s reading is given top priority in your home.
Parents sometimes write that a particular home reader is “too easy.” Please remember that the home reader is meant to promote simple, fluent and enjoyable reading. Imagine if the only thing you as an adult had to read was some highly technical manual on hydraulics! You’d decide that anything would be better than reading that. It’s the same with our children. We want them to improve their “reading mileage;” to read lots and lots with ease and fluency. The so called “easy” home reader allows the child to concentrate on looking ahead and reading in a smooth fashion.

PIRATE DAY – Today our school was invaded by Pirates! I sincerely thank Regan Smolic (6B) for sharing a video on the importance of raising funds for research into childhood brain cancer. Regan is a daily inspiration of strength, bravery and resilience. I sincerely thank everyone in our community for your support of this important research. Please see our special Pirate Day gallery for photos below.

KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS 2020 – I wish to thank everyone in our school community for the fabulous feedback shared to prospective parents. It is always the positive experiences shared by those already in the school that is our best piece of marketing. Our numbers for next year are excellent and that is because of the outstanding education provided by our staff and the fabulous feedback our wonderful community share with others.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE SURVEY – We received 125 responses from our recent survey. The response was overwhelming supportive of an onsite service. The community key requests were Before and After School Care, Homework Club, Breakfast Club, and Vacation Care. I am currently meeting with various providers and look forward to making an announcement in Term 3 regarding a 2020 program.

SPECIAL VISITORS – We recently hosted a meeting at our school for the CEWA Curriculum Committee, who inform CECWA on Curriculum matters. We combined the meeting with a school tour on Wednesday 29th May. The Committee, of which I am the Primary Principal representative, shared in a morning tea with our staff. The committee was extremely impressed by the school’s facilities and the welcoming and engaged students they had the pleasure of meeting.
On Thursday, we hosted a visit from the President and Vice President of the Australian Catholic Primary Principals’ Association. They were extremely impressed by the modern classrooms and the engagement of our students in their learning. We are very proud of our school and welcome the opportunity to share it with our system leaders.

DROP OFF ZONES – Over the last few weeks the Pick Up and Drop Off Zone standards on both Salisbury and Wood Streets have slipped. Please note at Drop Off, parents are not permitted to exit the vehicle. Children should be independent and enter and exit without assistance on the kerbside. Teachers on duty will be reminding all parents / grandparents of the rules. Please click here to DropOffZonesInstructions2019 (002)  to view Pick Up and Drop Off rules and remember that the safety of our children is paramount!

CONFIRMATION – Our Year 6 students will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on 8th and 9th June. I thank Father Jeronimo on his commitment to our students and families. My sincere gratitude is also extended to Chris Neville and the Year 6 teachers for their collaboration and dedication to this Parish-based Sacrament. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit empower and guide our students in their young adult life.

ST PETER’S FEAST DAY – We look forward to the celebrations ahead as we honour our patron saint, St Peter, on Friday 28th June. Our families are most welcome to join us at our Eucharistic celebration.

Ciao and keep smiling!

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

Please see our gallery of photos from the last 2 weeks below!