Dear parents & caregivers,
Week 7 already-hasn’t it been nice to have some Spring weather this week! Learning continues apace at St Francis and on my regular visits to classrooms I continue to be impressed with the quality of the learning experiences your children are involved with. There have been a number of significant activities in recent weeks – and upcoming – that showcase the holistic nature of our learning experiences. A great example of this has been recent Book Week activities, where the students not only dressed up for our annual parade but also connected with the world of books through class activities and rotations, as well as a myriad of activities through the resource centre. My thanks to Andrea Edwards for her organisation of Book Week activities. In coming weeks, we have Social Justice week, our year 6 history exhibition, our Instrumental Music evening and Catholic Schools Music Festival and-early in term 4 Sports Day! Each of these activities contribute to the curriculum experience for the children and add richness to that experience.
Students from St Francis have taken part in two sports carnivals this week – SACPSSA Touch Football, and SAPSASA Athletics. These carnivals are fantastic opportunities to participate in healthy physical activity, as well as to showcase the many talents of our students in the sporting arena. My thanks to James Daley and James Goldy for their continued advocacy and expertise in the sphere of Physical Education. As we talk all things Sport, an early reminder that our Annual Sports Day is to be held on the first Friday of term 4. We are currently planning for the carnival, and very much hope that we can be able to welcome families to the event. While the current restrictions will impact on that, we are praying for an easing of restrictions to allow for families to attend. More information to come!
Families would be aware of my recent communication regarding the future of SAPSASA. I am very pleased to be able to inform you that the proposed review of SAPSASA has been placed on hold, and the Minister for Education has expressed his strong commitment to the future of SAPSASA for all children in SA. I sincerely thank those who took the opportunity to discuss this matter with our local members!
During term 3 there has been a plethora of surveys circulated to you, and I am grateful for the very active responses received so far! One of those surveys was regarding the development of our next Strategic Plan, and I have appreciated the wisdom and insights families have provided. Your voice has been important in the development of this plan and we enter the next stage of the development of the plan with plenty of food for thought! I hope to be able to publish the Strategic Plan at the Annual General Meeting in term one 2022. One aspect of this planning, as you would be aware, has been the development of a Master Plan for building improvements. We will be meeting with each of the short listed Architects on Monday 13th September to hear their further thoughts on the development of a Master Plan. I will continue to keep you informed of this very important project.
Commencing term 4, St Francis is introducing a long transition to school program for children beginning reception, called “Little Francis.” I am excited about this initiative, which will see children visiting school regularly throughout the term, to get used to being with us, to make some new friends, get to know our staff, orient themselves with our school etc. The aim of the program is to ensure a very smooth transition to school for all children – we will be offering a very similar program for our term 3 2022 cohort, during term 2 next year. This transition program will become a regular feature of life at St Francis and I am very much looking forward to welcoming the children early next term!
A reminder of the 60th year celebrations for Christ the King Parish and St Francis school, on September 12. If you intend coming, please register at the parish office.
Finally, a very Happy Father’s Day for Sunday, to all of our dads, Grandads and other significant male figures in our children’s lives. We hope it is a day to celebrate the wonderful contribution to your children’s lives you make!