We have had a busy couple of weeks at school. Last Monday was our first athletics carnival at the new venue of Peel Road. Despite the blustering, icy weather a great time was had by all. Thankyou to Mr Adams and his happy band of helpers, both teachers and parents, who worked hard to make the day run smoothly.
The beautiful faces of our students who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday week puts a smile on my face. Thankyou to Mrs Fairclough who supplied me with the picture from the mass I attended with her. Mrs Delvecchio, Mrs Lock and Mrs Watson also attended other First Communions. A very important person to our St Joseph’s community in the photos Fr Reuben. Fr Reuben always welcomes our school as part of the Mary Immaculate Parish and has a warm and friendly relationship with the school when he visits for mass and Reconciliation. We are fortunate to have him as our spiritual leader.
You would have received my note yesterday about the amazing changes to come for our school. We will have three Kinder classes for next year and possibly 3 for Year 1 and Year 2. We need to plan for the future so that our caring Catholic community school grows gracefully.
This week is NAPLAN week. For Year 3 it’s their first grown up opportunity to enter the world of formal assessments. On the whole they were excited to see what the experience would be like. Year 5 seemed a little more relaxed. NAPLAN does give us valuable information but its not useful in the day to day teaching and learning of the students as the results take a long time to come.
Only a few more days to school holidays. A very big thankyou to you all for the support you have shown the school this term. Support shown to the teachers, myself and of course to your child is always very much appreciated and more importantly positive support is an essential ingredient for a good school.
A very Happy Easter! Easter is the highlight of the year in the Catholic church even more than Christmas. This is because of the message of love and hope. Death by Crucifixion is a dreadful death indeed, designed by the Romans to cause humiliation and suffering. It seemed that Jesus’ message of love would be destroyed. This has resonance with us in the world today- our family may be suffering with serious illness, family breakdown and when we look at what’s happening in the world around us so many tragic things happen. Jesus rose from the dead and gave hope to the world- nothing is so bad that good will not come again.
So much great learning happens at St Joseph’s ! Already Kindergarten have been learning through play about school, Year 1 have become paleontologists, studying fossils lent to us from the Australian Museum, Year 2 have been learning about insects from live stick insects and meal worms. Astronomy is happening in Year 3 with a visit from the planetarium on Monday. Year 4 are learning about rocks and soil, Year 5 about earthquakes and Year 6 are preparing for their trip to Canberra by having classroom votes and campaigns.
What a celebration we had last Thursday. We gave our wonderful little school a great party, with special guests, family, solemn ceremony, food and fun! Special guests included: Sr Marea Ross, a sister of St Joseph and the founding principal, Mrs Fran Jackson, the first assistant principal , Mrs Jenny Langford, the first Religious Education Coordinator, Mrs Deb Sheriden and Mrs Brooke MacDonald- part of the original staff.
News about the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and news about the Parent Group Committee.
I hope you were able to enjoy the break from school routine and homework over the school holidays. The children and teachers have come back much refreshed. Over the holidays I looked into the school’s archives to get ready for our 20th birthday celebrations. Yes, We are 20 years old! .
Note from the Principal about the Term 3 Calendar, Grandparents Day re-scheduled & the afternoon pickup survey results.
The teachers and I are looking forward to meeting with you about your child’s learning next week. You will gain valuable insights into your child’s learning and how we can continue to work together to assist your child’s learning. If there is any part of the report that you need explained please let the teacher know. Lots of exciting events are happening at school and the parish at the moment. A highlight for me was the First Holy Communion last Sunday. The children were lucky to make their communion on the feast of Corpus Christi (the body of Christ).
At the end of this term you will receive your child’s half yearly report. At the moment the teachers are working hard finalising their grades and writing comments for the report. There are some changes to the reports from previous years which are outlined in this article.