We have reached Week 6-the mid point of term one. It has been quite a roller coaster of a term for staff, students and families, and I have been moved by everyone’s capacity for resilience and for being agile. I have very much appreciated the level of goodwill amongst families as we attend to the myriad of changed rules and restrictions. Our staff has been amazing in their professionalism and care for the students and one another, and our beautiful children have stayed happy and positive throughout! I am keenly aware that many students have had a disrupted start to learning for 2022, and I want to reassure families that we are working very hard to maintain their learning entitlement. Here’s hoping for smoother sailing in the next 5 weeks!
Last week we marked the beginning of the Lenten season through the celebrations of Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday. The children all very much enjoyed their pancakes on Shrive Tuesday, and I was grateful for the support or parents and parishioners in the preparation and cooking of the treats. Wednesday’s outdoor Ash Wednesday Liturgy was a sombre but also beautiful occasion, and Fr Michael led the students prayerfully through this significant moment in the Liturgical calendar. The students themselves were prayerful and reverent throughout. My sincere thanks to Angela DeNadai for her excellent organisation and leadership of both events. Through the generosity of our parent community we were able to raise over $800 for caritas Australia as well!
Last week we also hosted online parent information evenings. I am grateful for the efforts of our staff in preparing and presenting these information evenings and for those who were unable to attend, a recording has been shared via Seesaw. We pivot now to preparations for parent-teacher interviews, which will be held during week 10 of this term – April 4-8. At this stage, we are planning for these interviews to be conducted via telephone, however if restrictions ease, we will welcome families face-to-face. There will be further information about how to book an interview, very soon.
Given current restrictions, the School board AGM needs to be hosted online, through the sharing of reports, and through an online voting process – this was advised via SZapp yesterday and I would encourage you to strongly consider casting a vote! In all, we have 7 candidates for 5 board positions:
Tom Atyeo-dad of Frankie (yr 1), Archie (Yr 3) and Ollie (yr 5)
Slavka Rosewall-mum of Mila (REC)
Penny Fisher-Mum of Sidney (yr 4), Angus (yr 2) and Miriam (yr 6)
Jennifer Dullens-mum of Reece (REC)
Sarah McCabe-mum of James (yr 3) and Kathryn (yr 6)
Paul Gobell-dad of Josh (yr 4) and Sophia (yr 2)
Natalie McKellar-mum of Asher (yr 2)
My sincere thanks to all those families who have expressed their interest in being a part of the school board.
As we are now part way through term 1 of the 2022 school year, we are looking ahead to later this year, 2023 and 2024. Children commencing in term 3 this year will be invited to join our transition program from March 25, and continuing throughout term 2. We are looking forward to welcoming them to school!
Children who have enrolled to commence at the beginning of 2023 will join our transition program from the start of term 3. At this stage, we have a significant number of students enrolled to start in Reception in 2023, and so if you know of anyone who is still considering a place at St Francis, please ask them to get in contact with us ASAP.
Families whose children will be ready for school in term 3 2023/beginning of 2024 are now invited and encouraged to submit their application for enrolment. We already have significant interest in our school and we encourage families to enrol early to secure their places. Please contact our Enrolments Manager Andrea Brown for further information.
This Friday is a Pupil Free Day here at St Francis, and our teachers and ESOs will be hard at work, learning more about data analysis, as well as continuing the professional learning needed to embed our Science of Reading focus across the school. OSHC is available for the day for families who require it – please book through normal OSHC channels.
March 8 marked International Women’s day. I give thanks every day for the women in my life who have been strong role models and who have shaped the person I am today. I am thankful for the capable and passionate women who work at St Francis in support of the best learning and well-being outcomes for all students. I pray for all girls and young women in our St Francis community that they grow into strong, capable and compassionate women who are leaders for the world God desires. Finally, I sincerely thank all mothers, grandmothers and significant women in the lives of our children. If you want to know more about International Women’s day, please visit:
Have a great week everyone,