Dear parents and caregivers,
I hope you are all safe and well. Term 3 is winding down now, and while it has been a positive and productive term, the children could definitely do with a rest to recharge in readiness for term 4!
This week, I met with representatives from Catholic Education and from 3 Architectural firms, who presented to us, their vision for our Master Plan. As a result of these presentations, I am delighted to inform you that we have appointed Stallard Meek Flightpath as our consulting Architects in the development of a Master Plan for school Improvements. Stallard Meek Flightpath is a firm with plenty of experience in education, and particularly with Catholic Education, and I am very much looking forward to working with them in the development of our plan. A process of consultation will commence ASAP, and there will be opportunities for your input as part of wide ranging consultation. I am hoping to be able to present the Master Plan to the community at next year’s Annual General Meeting.
Last Tuesday evening, St Francis hosted our Instrumental Music concert. The event was held over two sessions, and included performers on the Violin, Guitar, Piano Keyboard, Trumpet, Voice and Drums. It was a wonderful celebration of the musical gifts and talents of our children, and I congratulate all performers who took part. My sincere thanks to Olivia Bozzon, our dedicated Music teacher, who planned and oversaw the event, and to our instrumental music educators, who have nurtured the talents of our performers over many years. While on the topic of Performing Arts, our year 5 choir is eagerly looking forward to next week’s Catholic Schools Music Festival performance, on Tuesday September 21. Again, my thanks to Olivia for her excellent work in preparing the choir this year.
Our year 6 students went back in time this week as they presented their History of Australia exhibition. I was so impressed with the depth of knowledge presented by the students, and their creativity and ingenuity in the way they displayed their learning. Congratulations to all of their students, as well as their teachers Libby Thomas, Mary Louise Stoddart, Ros Stevens and Andrea Edwards.
At the beginning of term 4, we will welcome 41 new children, who will commence their transition journey with us through our emerging ‘Little Francis’ transition to school program. The children will visit once each week during term 4, as they get to know our school. Our Reception team are looking forward to getting to know the children and families as well, in readiness for their beginning school in 2022. My thanks to Leonie Fitzgerald and her team for their hard work in getting the program up and running.
Our annual Sports Day will be held on Friday October 15 – last day of week one, term four. Last week, our year 6 children auditioned for the roles of House captains and Vice captains, and I was very impressed with their presentations. James Daley and James Goldy have been working hard to prepare the day’s events, and our intrepid Parents & friends Sports day committee have been working on a special lunch menu for the children. I am very pleased to confirm that we will be able to have parents join us onsite for the Sports Day! There will be some further information circulated about attendance requirements, very soon.
As this is our last edition before holidays, on behalf of the staff and children I wish every family a restful holiday period and I look forward to seeing you all next term……on Tuesday 12th October!