Please note Monday 25th November is a school closure day. On this day, staff will be at school planning for the 2020 school year.
At the beginning of last week, I was certainly looking forward to seeing how the St Agnes’ School Fete would all come together and how the community would respond. On Sunday, I was left feeling extremely lucky to have joined this community and I am very grateful to the families of our school and parish for their efforts.
I haven’t been involved in a school fete for a long time, but from what I can tell, there are a number of aspects which were clearly evident on the weekend that make the St Agnes’ School Fete special. Of course there is the financial aspect, which is highly important and certainly appreciated by the school as it allows us to enhance school resources to improve learning and teaching. This year, the funds raised at the Fete will be used to replace projectors and interactive whiteboards in classrooms. Then there is the social aspect; parents, staff and the broader community working together to make the day special, all the while enjoying each other’s company. It was fantastic to watch everyone helping one another to set up, pack up, source materials, wrap cakes, cook souvlakis, paint faces and so much more. It is this selflessness that makes the fete so important to the school’s culture. It builds connections between families and ultimately strengthens our community. Having parents actively engaged in such events, in my view, although difficult to quantify, has a significant impact on the engagement of students in learning and their sense of belonging to the school.
I would like to thank all the families for supporting the fete with donations; be it chocolate, trash and treasure, time or expertise. Thank you also to Fr John O’Rielly for a $5000 donation from the Parish, which is very much appreciated by the school. It is also particularly important to thank the stall organisers who took charge of ordering materials or rallying support. Thank you to those who were key contributors in setting up and packing up - Many hands definitely made light work. Finally, I would like to thank a couple of individuals. Thank you to Leanne Sheehy for taking on the role of Fete Treasurer - A big job and an important one. And finally, I will again thank Carlyn Vilani and Shannon Shine for leading the charge with the fete overall organisation. It was simply superb.
On the morning of Friday 29th November we have the annual Walkathon, to be held at Peterson Street Reserve. Judging from the excitement at assembly today, a much anticipated event for the children. Students will soon be coming home with Sponsorship forms to record their sponsors in the lead up to and after the event. It might be that a parent, grandparent, neighbour, aunty or uncle sponsors your child per lap or for an overall amount. All sponsorship, big or small is appreciated and will again be invested in the classrooms. For the two classes that raise the most money on average per student and the most money overall, there will be class parties held. There will also be a special prize for the individual student who raises the most money overall. Further information can be found on the Parents and Friends page. If you are able to help out on the day as a lap marker or supervisor, please contact Fleur Luke.