Dear parents and caregivers,
It’s week 3 already! I am thoroughly enjoying myself as I settle in to life at St Francis. I am constantly struck by the strong sense of pride and purpose shown by everyone in the community. The children have been wonderful-they have a very strong and clear understanding of the school’s vision and of their faith and they can articulate each of these things very clearly! I have enjoyed spending time with the children as they go about their learning, and have particularly enjoyed joining various classes during ‘Peace time’ each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I continue to be very impressed with the professionalism and collegiality of all of the staff who work at St Francis. I feel blessed to be working with such committed educators.
Last week’s Mother’s Day celebration was fantastic. It was so nice to be able to welcome Mums back in this celebratory manner. Attendance was strong, and the children’s performances touched the hearts of those present! The morning tea was delicious and the prizes on offer in the raffles were impressive! My sincere thanks to Sarah McCabe and the Parents & Friends for the excellent organisation of the event, and the subsequent gift stalls. Our P&F met this week to discuss future fund raising and community building initiatives-more information to follow!
Last week was the celebration of Catholic Education Week in Adelaide, and while our celebrations were low key, I was impressed with the school spirit shown by our students in singing our school song at last Friday’s gathering. This shows me that our students have a strong sense of pride in their school, which is a lovely expression of the value of a Catholic education. In a couple of weeks, I will be accompanying 2 of our year 6 students, Sienna and Xavier, and Nives Kresevic to St Francis Xavier Cathedral for a Mass to commemorate 200 years of Catholic Education across Australia. Catholic schools have been the lived expression of the mission of the church in Australia, from the early beginnings of the colony, and currently there are 1746 Catholic schools educating over 764000 students across Australia, including nearly 48000 in South Australia! This underlines the importance of Catholic Schools in the educational landscape in Australia.
On Friday 11th June, there will be a Pupil Free Day, backing on to the June Long Weekend. I apologise for the relatively short notice of this day, however it will give me the opportunity to work with our staff on a number of key CESA initiatives. Our OSHC service will be running full day care for those families who need this support. Hopefully, this is an opportunity for some families to have a long weekend holiday!
As previously advised, NAPLAN assessments have commenced this week. Our thoughts are with our year 3 and 5 students as they undertake these important assessments, which will provide us with valuable information in planning for their ongoing learning success.
On Saturday May 1st, Nives and I attended a parish formation day, with other leaders of the Christ the King parish. We celebrated Mass together, as well as discussed how to ‘be church’ in contemporary society. An important part of the overall conversation related to strengthening our school-parish relationship. I would encourage all families to recognise that as a member of the St Francis school community, you are also a part of the parish community, and there are many opportunities to celebrate faith and fellowship with others! My thanks to parish Priest Fr Michael Trainor for his leadership of the formation sessions and his welcome and support for me as Principal.
A reminder to all families who use the Arcoona Ave entrance to our school, that we share this space with many residents. I have received some complaints from residents that members of our school community who congregate around driveways, sit on others fences, smoke, and allow their children to play on grassed areas. I would appreciate it if you could be mindful and respectful of the property of others.