Winter is well and truly upon us, with a period of wet and cold weather settling in. Please ensure your children come to school appropriately dressed for these conditions! Term 2 continues to hum along and we have been fortunate to have not had too much of a significant covid impact thus far. Having said that, we are still experiencing the ongoing effects of staff and students being unwell. Please remain vigilant in following all advice and protocols put in place by the government, SA Health and CESA to ensure we keep our school community as safe as we can.
Earlier this week, our year 4 classes were able to go away on camp. This was a significant move forward in covid management, as camps had not been permitted up to this point. A very successful camp was enjoyed by all, and my particular thanks go to all of the staff who attended – James Daley, Angela DeNadai, Christie-Lee Hansberry, James Goldy, Chantal Driver and Nives Kresevic. For each of these staff members, camp was time away from their own families and their commitment is greatly appreciated.
Sacramental preparation is beginning to take shape. As the Catholic School of the parish of Christ the King at Lockleys, preparation of young people for full and active participation in the life of the Catholic Church is central to our mission. I am looking forward to witnessing the process and the celebrations that come with these important milestones on our young people’s lives. My sincere thanks to Angela DeNadai, the year 4 teachers, Joan Walsh our Pastoral associate and Fr Michael Trainor for their work together in bringing the Sacramental program to life.
In recent times, we have been able to more fully roll out our ICT infrastructure improvements through the allocation of iPads for our year 3 students and Apple MacBooks for our year 6 students. These have been exciting developments as not only do our students have some brand new hardware to learn with and from, we have also been able to create the enabling conditions for a 1:1 device allocation for students in years 3-6 and a 1:2 device allocation for students in years R-2. These devices will further enhance the learning capability of all of our students. My thanks to the teachers and particularly to David Giannotti for this important development.
During this week, I have spent some time in Canberra as part of my dual roles as National Vice-President of the Australian Catholic Primary Principals Association (ACPPA) and as member of the National advisory Council of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA.) Both of these important national bodies engage with important issues in education, and this work directly impacts locally. One of the key pieces of the conversation was around the continued implementation of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards for teachers and the development of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers across Australia. As you can appreciate, the development of more HALTs has a direct positive impact on student learning outcomes. I would like to commend all of our teachers-each of whom strives daily to develop and improve their practice, in the interests of better learning and well-being outcomes for your children. We also discussed aspects of the National School Reform Agreement, which impacts directly on appropriate funding for all school students as well as a number of other key components of our work in education.
Have a great week everyone.