Dear parents and caregivers,
We have reached the halfway point of term 3 already. While in some ways it has been a tricky few weeks, I have to say that I have been very impressed with the capacity of our staff and the children to maximise all learning opportunities presented to them. In my regular visits to classrooms, I continue to see engaged learners working in calm and purposeful settings. Our teachers continue to collaborate effectively and purposefully to provide quality learning opportunities and our Education Support Officers enhance those offerings with the extra support they provide teachers and students.
One aspect of school life that has been significantly impacted by the current COVID restrictions has been our capacity as a community to come together to celebrate. I am keenly aware that families have been feeling very disconnected from the normal routines of school life, through not being able to come into the school grounds and classrooms. I am also conscious that we would normally have had a number of school events and celebrations, such as Father’s day breakfast and Book Week parade, that families would have attended. Please know that the staff and students are feeling the impact of these restrictions as well, and we are very much hoping for an easing of restrictions soon. We would all much prefer things to be back to normal! At this stage, we are looking ahead to term 4 with hope for the opportunity for more community gatherings and celebrations.
While the community’s ability to come together to celebrate has been impacted, there are still some activities we have been able to continue with – the Year 5 and 6 students will host their annual Disco on September 10 during Social Justice Week, our Catholic Schools Music festival Choir is still due to perform on Tuesday 21st September at the Entertainment Centre, and many of our instrumental music students will have the chance to perform in our upcoming Instrumental evenings during week 9 – stay tuned for further information. In addition to these activities, our various sporting teams have had the chance to recommence matches, and SACPSSA and SACPPA carnivals have also been able to be held. Our year 5 students successfully completed their camp, and the year 4 camp is coming up!
This term, families and students have taken part in a number of survey opportunities, which has provided us with a range of datasets. I thank everyone who has participated in these surveys so far, and encourage you to get involved if you haven’t already done so. The data gathered from the strategic planning survey is being used to inform two important pieces of work – the development of a Master Plan brief for building improvements and a new three year strategic plan. I am excited to say that I have been meeting with Architects in recent weeks, and am looking forward to seeing their responses to the brief provided. Once we appoint an architect, further community consultation will take place as we work together to shape new facilities and resources for our students. A building program is an absolute priority and I am hopeful of this beginning by 2023 term 1.
I remind families of the 60th anniversary celebrations of Christ the King parish and school, to be held on Sunday September 12. As previously mentioned, a number of children will be involved in the liturgy, and it would also be great to see as many families as possible attend the celebration of a significant milestone in the life of the parish and school.
Have a great week everyone,