Dear parents & caregivers,
Term three has had a somewhat rocky beginning! The recent COVID lockdown has called us to be agile and resilient in everything we do. I must say how delighted I have been with the way our school community has coped with the last three weeks. The staff have done an amazing job of ensuring continuity of learning and well-being for the children. I have been very grateful for the way our parent community has accepted and worked with, the restrictions put in place to keep us all safe. Our children have been brilliant in managing a set of circumstances completely out of their control.
With the ‘state of play’ being as it is in SA and nationally, a number of school events and activities which may be impacted by restrictions – eg Book Week, Father’s Day, Sports day in term 4 etc. We are planning hopefully, however we have contingencies in place as well.
As you would no doubt be aware, the road ahead is uncertain, and so I am asking that you continue to observe the current restrictions conscientiously for the foreseeable future. Like you, I am looking forward to the easing of these restrictions and for us all to return to some sense of normality.
Next week, our intrepid year 5 students will venture down to Wirraway for their annual camp. There had been uncertainty regarding the camp going ahead, but thankfully, restrictions have eased just enough for the camp to go ahead. My thanks to year 5 teachers Richard Bailey and Rebecca Pawson, as well as Nives Kresevic, Andrea Edwards and James Daley for leading the camp. We will look forward to hearing about their adventures upon their return.
Later this term, Christ the King parish celebrates its 60th year anniversary. St Francis is a parish School and was established around the same time! This is indeed a momentous occasion for the parish and school. Significant planning is taking place to ensure the occasion is marked appropriately, and our school children will be actively involved in the Liturgy, which is to be held on Sunday September 12 – COVID restrictions notwithstanding. I encourage all families to mark this date in your calendars and to strongly consider coming along to celebrate! After mass, there will be food and activities for all, and it promises to be a great day! Further information will be distributed in due course.
Next week, Catholic Education SA celebrates Catholic Schools open week. Our schools have had to significantly adjust the various ways in which we engage in this week. However there are plenty of signs of the celebration! We have bus shelter advertisements, on Henley Beach Rd and in the city, as well as adverts in local business directories. We were to host a school tour next week as well, however that has been postponed. You may have seen the Magazine insert in last week’s Saturday Advertiser as well!
Recently we circulated an email outlining an invitation for families to participate in the “Living, Learning, Leading” survey being conducted by Catholic Education SA and Curtin University. It is a perception survey designed to find out families perception of our school. I encourage you to complete the survey, which will be open for the next couple of weeks. Staff and students from year 2-6 have also had the chance to complete the survey. The data will be valuable in helping inform our current actions and future developments.
Speaking of developments, today we hosted the first of four visits from architects, who have been invited to submit proposals to develop a Master Plan for school development. This is an exciting time for our school community as we look to consolidate our existing facilities as well as create contemporary new facilities to allow for continued interest and growth. Once an architect has been appointed, there will be opportunities to provide feedback in the design phase – stay tuned!
It has come to my attention that morning drop off on Henley Beach Rd has been a little problematic. Families are reminded that children should be dropped off at the front of the church, to walk to the school. No cars are able to drive down the driveway and up to the school gate to drop children off as this creates a safety issue. I ask that you please observe this protocol in the interests of student safety – NB-OSHC drop off and collection can take place out of normal hours – before 8.10am and after 3.45pm.
Have a great week everyone – go the Crows!