High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!
It’s an absolute privilege to work in a school seeing the students happy and engaged in the work that is out in front of them.
As I walk from room to room across both campuses, I see the children eagerly working on their tasks. They are either working on their new Smart Spelling words, carrying out reading activities, writing about their Inquiry work on the planets, the weather, the solar system or how to support the environment. The mathematics sessions are either on numbers, counting, addition, multiplication, probability or even fraction work.
The preparation for the Caulfield Concert is progressing well with Mr Podbury as Director. Costumes are being worked out, as the children eagerly wait for the big Concert day so that they can proudly perform their songs and play for the families.
At Glen Huntly, the children have almost completed their Art work and with Ms Liz and their teachers will proudly display their pieces at the Exhibition early next term.
The Seniors’ Confirmation is next week and they have been prepared with complete understanding of the potential they have as young adults in celebrating the gifts and talents that have been bestowed onto them.
Technology classes continue to remind children about being safe on line and teaching them how to be creative with programs designed to promote creativity and curiosity. PE teaches new skills and provides opportunities for the children to excel at what they do well, and Mandarin engages children in games that I don’t comprehend. (I might have to stay a little longer in the lessons).
Lastly the wellbeing of the children continues to be supported and developed via the Resilience Project lessons, Bounce Back strategies, You Can Do It! Skills and Circle Time discussions.
The dedicated teachers prepare the tasks for the children so that they can achieve success and where needed, are supported by the caring Learning Support Officers who work in the classrooms.
This is all in a week’s work! – How lucky am I to be able to witness the development of the children as they grow on their educational journey?
As primary educators of your children, parents walk alongside the work that is done at school. Your continued support, encouragement and partnership with the school is valued and always appreciated.
So,…. I say “Thank you!” to the staff, parents and carers who work together in the best interests of our children ensuring that they are happy, safe and engaged with all that they do at school.
What fantastic celebrations at both campuses for our fathers, grandfathers and special friends last week. The vibe was electric in having so many attend the special breakfast. Thank you to the staff, PFA at Caulfield and Glen Huntly as well as the troupe of workers lead by Dan Clohesy, who provided a delicious breakfast and such a variety of coffees. I hope that the dads received great pleasure in the gifts that were especially hand selected for you.
Thank you to the Year 5/6 mums and gran who helped out with the Stall. There are some fabulous photographs on a separate page in the newsletter under the heading "Fathers' Day" for you to look through.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SURVEYS
CEMSIS is a set of surveys that have been built specifically for Catholic Schools in Melbourne by Learning Services teams at Catholic Education Melbourne, in partnership with researchers at Learning First and in wide consultation with Principals in our schools.
Students, staff and families will have a 3 week window in which to participate in the surveys. Families should be receiving an email with the web link, and personal login details. You are encouraged to take part in the surveys so that you can respond with your feedback to the number of questions relating to St Anthony’s School.
On behalf of the children and parents, I wish Emma Clausen and her husband, Jeremy, the best of good luck as they prepare themselves for their new family. May the eventual arrival of their new baby bring them much joy and happiness and they embrace all that parenthood entails.
Mrs Georgie Timmins will return to our school and work four days in Year 1/2EM for the remainder of the year, working alongside Mrs Linda Di Camillo and the Junior team.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
We remind all families to update their CareMonkey profiles with contact numbers and addresses as soon as they are changed. We also encourage you to add contacts other than parents/ carers as your emergency contacts too, as these contacts on CareMonkey are our first point of call when required.
DISTRICT ATHLETICS NEWS
Congratulations to the following Year 5 & 6 children who have advanced to the next stage of the Athletics which will take place on Friday, Lewis, Hadassah, Cian, Nicholai, Ned, Lucy & Kiera. See heading "District Athletics 2019" in this newsletter, for events and photos.