Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese’s primary school,
ADVENT - A time to prepare
This week is the first week of Advent. Four weeks of waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. Four weeks of hope and anticipation. And four weeks to prepare ourselves, to get ready. This is what Advent is about. In the RE News section of the newsletter, please read the reflection for Week One that Mr Cowan has prepared.
Over the past few weeks, the children at St Therese’s have been busy preparing for the Christmas Concert that will take place this Thursday 6th December. The evening will begin with families being invited to picnic on the oval. At 5:30pm, our Japanese drummers will delight us with pre-concert music and then at 6:00pm the concert will begin.
All students are expected to attend as each one of them has been preparing with their class. I would like to thank all the staff at St Therese’s for their creative spirit in setting up the Hall and preparing the children. I would especially like to thank Miss Bishop for her leadership and organisation in the preparation of this event. I am sure it will be a wonderful and festive experience for you all!
Tracey Holt, who has been a valued staff member at St Therese’s for the past thirteen years is leaving the school to pursue further study and to focus on her restaurant located in Karingal. On behalf of St Therese’s learning community, I would like to thank her for the work she has done at the school, in particular in the area of Learning Intervention.
I would also like to thank Jayne Smith for her work in the area of Public Relations where she was dedicated to creating opportunities for our learning community to connect through events such last year’s carnival, Mother’s and Father’s Day events and Graduation. We wish Jayne all the best as she pursues alternative employment.
On Monday this week, our Year Five students participated in a Learn to Lead incursion. By doing this, they are preparing to be part of the Leadership Team at St Therese’s. The students learned about the necessary skills required for strong leadership. They discovered how they can lead the younger students of St Therese’s.
Last term, I met with the Year Five students in order to get to know them and also to begin the discussion to create a child-friendly Code of Conduct. Then, earlier this term, Mr Cowan worked with a group of Year Fives who volunteered to create the child-friendly version of our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is part of our child safety requirements and provides students from Foundation to Year Six an explanation of the acceptable behaviours that are expected from all adults in our school; from teachers, contractors to parent helpers. It outlines what students need to do if they believe that adults are not acting within these guidelines. Please read the Code of Conduct attached.
THANK YOU TO THE SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD
Last week, St Therese’s School Advisory Board had our last meeting for the year. Thank you to Keith (chairperson), Edyta (secretary), Marzena (Fundraising coordinator), Justin, Father Antony and a special thank you to Jess who is leaving the Board. If would like to join the Advisory Board please email me or contact the office. We would be very appreciative of new members.
NEXT YEAR’S CLASSES
This week we will finalise classes for 2019. On Tuesday, December 11 all students from Foundation to Year Five will meet their new teachers and class group.
When deciding on class groupings, a great deal of time, thought and energy goes into the task.
Teachers consider the following things:
A balance of gender
A balance of personalities and learning styles
A spread of abilities and stages of readiness for learning
Placement of students with additional learning needs
The professional educators (teachers) who observe your children in the learning and playground environments every day are best placed to make these decisions. With this in mind, I will not be taking requests from parents to request specific teachers, instead, I ask that you display trust in our process and that you support your child to do the same.
I hope you enjoy this week as we move into the festive period.
Yours in Christ,