Welcome 2021 students and families
We are excited to begin our 2021 year back together. Our students are now in level communities and have settled quickly back into the routines of school. The teachers loved seeing the happy smiles and excited stories about great holidays and adventures.
As we begin our 2021 year we express our thanksgiving to our school and parish community who support and nuture us. Fr Denis and our Religious Education Leader Mr Andrew McDermott will begin preparing families for celebrating the Sacraments this year. Please see elsewhere in this newsletter for information about the opportunity for your child to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
During 2020 the school undertook a 4 yearly School Review process. As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the outcomes for our students we developed a Strategic Intent to drive our work from 2021 to 2024.
The Strategic Intent
- Every child is known and connected to their community
- Every child is safe and can engage in learning
- Every child experiences explicit teaching at their identified point of need
Our school improvement work during this year will be based around these three points.
School structures for 2021
Students belong to a class and that class is part of a community. Each community has a Learning and Teaching leader who is not in the classroom. This person is leading the classroom teaching in improving teaching practice, developing skill in meeting a range of additional needs, supervising learning adjustment and the implementation of our Child Safe and Wellbeing structures. If you have any questions about classroom life please email your child's teacher. If you have a concern that includes wellbeing or learning needs please email both the child's teacher and the Learning and Teaching leader. Each community has supplied information about email contact and will continue to do so periodically.
We look forward to an exciting start to our year. It has been lovely to see how mature and settled our new Foundation students are.
When bringing a vehicle onto school grounds to drop off or pick up your children please remember the following important points:
Speed limited to 10km and please watch at all times for small children
No telephone should be used while in a moving vehicle unless through a bluetooth/handsfree device
Follow the path of travel along Denis Lane, around the roundabout, returning back along Denis Lane before turning in front of the school
During mornings drop off can be in either lane (you may be directed to one to improve traffic flow). At least the first 4 cars should be letting students out. Please do not wait to get to the front of the line.
Parents should encourage students to be independent, to be able to get their bag out and close the door. We ask that parents have farewelled the child before letting them out.
Children whose surname begins with A-K will be collected from the lane closest to the school building.
Children whose surname begins with L-Z will be collected from the lane closer to Fiorelli Blvd.
For families with children with surnames in both groups our past practice is that the eldest child's surname is the group that all those children will be in. Please email your children's class teacher and let them know which pick up group your child needs to be in (if it is NOT their normal surname letter).
While we appreciate that in hot and wet weather you are concerned about your child being left in the weather please know that they are kept under shade/shelter and that the teachers will keep an eye on the wellbeing of all children. Please remember that the teachers however will be out in all weather for 40 minutes and therefore abuse and unnecessary complaint will not be tolerated.
During this term we are looking at methods of improving the speed of pick up and will continue to communiciate that with you.
Parents who may not be able to attend the information session on the 2nd of February, have another opportunity to attend the meeting on the Tuesday, 9th February,at 7pm by Google Meet. Join us on this Link:https://meet.google.com/
Read along with Swoosh and Glide on Safer Internet Day
Our adorable eSafety sugar glider twins Swoosh and Glide, are launching their very own picture book on Safer Internet Day!
Join us online on Tuesday, 9 February from 9:00am AEST, to watch a special story time video of Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 by Jimmy Rees (aka Jimmy Giggle), and hear the new My Family Rules song by Lah-Lah. Learning about online safety has never been this much fun!