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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we commence Term 2, it is great to see students return to school full of energy and excitement about catching up with their friends and ready to participate in a myriad of learning experiences.

A special welcome to Devam (2M), Justin (2I), Georgia (RP), Savvas (1S), Dimitrios (3G), Ayaan (3J) and Aviraj (4G) and their families who join our community this term.

I also welcome Georgia Parisotto who will be teaching in 1V when Mrs Monica Vincenzino takes Maternity Leave next month and Miss Jessica Barolo who will be taking our Term 3 Reception class. This Saturday morning and next Tuesday morning, we have our new Reception students participating in ‘Come and Try’ Sessions which always is a wonderful opportunity for them to come to school with a family member and have some fun.

At the end of last term, our 2022 School Board met for the first time and the following roles were filled - Chris Schapel (Chairperson), Hue Kieu (Deputy Chairperson), and Jennifer Rees (Treasurer). One of the agenda items was the approval of a Pupil Free Day on Monday, 29 August, for all staff to participate in a joint Retreat Day with St Monica’s School staff. This day was originally scheduled in January but due to various COVID-19 restrictions, it was postponed until later this year.  As we have been able to secure a venue and the facilitator is available on this day, our school will be closed on Monday, 29 August and OSHC will operate for those families who need the service.

Next week, our students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) is a nationally developed program commissioned by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA). The tests assess several aspects of literacy and numeracy and are administered simultaneously in all schools across Australia. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, States and systems with information about how education programs are working and what areas need to be prioritised for improvement. All students are encouraged to participate. The best way that parents can help their child prepare for NAPLAN is to assure them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day.

Winter uniform is to be worn in Term 2 and Term 3. Hats are optional this term but need to be kept at school for days when the UV reading is high. All students need to ensure they are wearing the correct full winter uniform please.

Please note the following points:

  • Girls in Year 3 are able to wear the pinafore, skirt or long navy blue trousers
  • Girls in Years 4 to 6 wear the winter skirt or navy blue trousers
  • All boys are to wear navy blue long trousers
  • Long sleeved school chambray shirts are worn by all students
  • Grey ankle socks to be worn by boys
  • Navy knee-hi socks or navy tights to be worn by girls – no black tights are to be worn.

This Friday, our Parent Network will be running the Mother’s Day Stall and all students have the opportunity to purchase a special gift for their mother or special person in their life.

Interviews for the 2024 Reception intake will be conducted early next term. If you know of any friends, relations or neighbours looking at attending our school in 2024 (or beyond), please ask them to contact Catherine Hill (School Registrar) for a prospectus and school tour.

On Tuesday morning, there was a police presence in Princes Road and several parents were fined for turning right into the crescent between 8:00am – 9:00am, when signage clearly states NO RIGHT TURN between 8am– 9am. The fine is $488.00 and the loss of 3 demerit points. I ask all parents to be mindful of the traffic rules around the school and adhere to them.

In conclusion, may God’s richest blessings be bestowed upon all mothers, grandmothers and special mother caregivers this Sunday.  I hope every mother enjoys being spoilt by their loved ones.

Wishing you a wonderful fortnight.

Christine Comas