A Happy New Year to each one of you and welcome back to St John Vianney's as we begin 2020!
The staff and myself as Principal aim to work in partnership with families to provide an environment both at home and at school which nurtures, affirms, challenges and engages our children to do their best and reach their potential.
As a Catholic school we focus on building life giving relationships. May the St John Vianney’s community be a place of welcome, acceptance, care, faith, support and celebration!
I acknowledge that this summer has been a very difficult time for many people as fire and drought have ravaged many states within our country, particularly Victoria and New South Wales. In the past couple of months, we have witnessed and grappled with the effects of the ongoing bushfires. Added to this now is the global concern of the Coronavirus and the uncertainty and anxiety that this may bring.
In relation to the Bushfires I hope that you were not directly impacted (please let me know if you were). The bushfires have been devastating; lives have been lost, towns and homes destroyed and smoke continues to shroud large parts of our nation. Despite this calamity I’m sure that you, like me, are also in awe of the way people have come together both nationally and globally and responded. The resilience of the communities effected has been remarkable. The firefighters and emergency response teams have been amazingly courageous and heroic. The amazing spirit of generosity and empathy shown by so many both locally, across our country and globally is indeed heartening.
Whilst many of you have already have contributed in some way to the Bushfire appeal, as a school we will have a free dress day and ask that students bring a gold coin. This way we also say we stand with those stricken by this devastation. We will donate via St Vincent de Paul. As a community we need to continue to pray for our country and those who have been affected. I have included on the next page a prayer that many Parishes are using. Feel free to print it off.
The outbreak of novel Coronavirus has also raised a degree of anxiety and is a global concern. The safety and care of your children and community members is paramount. I am following the advice given by the Australian and Victorian Governments and has been shared with the Catholic Education Commission Victoria. On Monday an updated letter was sent out to all Parents on our data base via email and hard copy. Last Thursday a Novel coronavirus ‘fact sheet’ was sent out.
At school we are encouraging students to implement good respiratory and personal hygiene practices. You will have seen the hygiene posters around the school buildings including classrooms and teachers have spoken to their classes about the posters. I will continue to update you should there be further advice.