Dear parents and caregivers,
We have nearly reached the end of term one, and I look back with a sense of gratitude and pride in what we have been able to achieve as a school community, under extraordinary circumstances. Families, staff and children have been under significant stress and pressure throughout the term, and everyone has been able to retain a sense of resilience and positivity in the face of some significant challenges.
The end of term 1, and beginning of term 2 Pupil Free Days directing by CESA are an acknowledgement of the complexities schools have faced this term, and the need to be prepared and agile, as we enter term 2. Moving forward, there remains the potential for schools to have to revert to remote learning for short periods of time, in the event of a significant outbreak of covid. These Pupil free days will allow teachers time to prepare for such eventualities. I acknowledge the impact on families, and I sincerely thank you all for your goodwill. Please note that our original Pupil Free Day schedule remains in place-as per our school calendar, these dates are Friday 10th June and Friday July 8 (last day of term 2)
One aspect of the covid Pandemic that has had a profound impact on the well-being of all school communities has been the restrictions placed on visitors to classrooms. At this stage, there hasn’t been a change in the current restrictions that are in place, and I anticipate that we will commence term 2 in the same vain as term 1-with parents unable to enter the Quad and class areas. Like you all, I very much hope and pray that this restriction can be lifted very soon. One thing that can happen is outdoor celebrations, and we are very much looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day on May 4, on the oval! Stay tuned for updates.
Families would be aware, from recent media reporting on the issue of vaccination mandates, that Catholic and independent schools are considering their options in regard to the matter of vaccinated workers, volunteers etc. Should families wish to express their thoughts on this matters, they are encouraged to engage in the conversation by providing their views to the overarching parent association, Catholic School Parents SA via their website at https://www.cspsa.catholic.edu.au or to Executive Officer, Trish Jarvis
Week 11 is Holy Week in our Liturgical year. This is the most solemn and sacred celebration of the church year, as we commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. During the week, the children will be involved in a number of prayerful activities designed to both commemorate and be a learning experience for the children. I remind all families that the giving of Easter eggs and other gifts before Easter Sunday isn’t liturgically appropriate and I ask that you be respectful of this, as we end our school term next week. Upon our return to school in term 2, we will celebrate the Joy of the Easter season!
It has been exciting to see our Little Francis transition program commence recently! These young children have been visiting for three weeks now, and will continue to visit throughout term 2 as they prepare to start ‘big school’ from term 3! My sincere thanks to Diem Savy for her excellent leadership of the program.
St Francis continues to experience strong enrolment interest and growth. Our reception cohort for 2023 is already very nearly full, and so I strongly encourage all families with siblings who haven’t yet confirmed enrolment for their children, to do so ASAP. If you are aware of other families who are considering an enrolment at St Francis for 2023 (and 2022 mid-year) please encourage them to make contact with Andrea Brown as soon as possible.
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our newest staff member-Mrs Suzanne Adams! Suzanne has joined our staff team as Communications & Community Liaison Officer and will oversee a variety of aspects of our communications with families, as well as Liaise closely with our parent community. Suzanne brings a wealth of experience and understanding of schools and is a welcome addition to our administration team.
Have a great week everyone, and an enjoyable holiday break-See you in term 2!