Welcome to the new school year with all its hidden joys and challenges. 2017 has very quickly come upon us following what has hopefully been a restful and enjoyable summer break. As we set out once again on a new year of learning and discovery, I invite you to share in the challenge of all that lies ahead.
We all know that children receive the best education when parents and staff work as a team. Parents’ enthusiasm, support and involvement are integral to the success of our school as are the skills, dedication and professionalism of teachers. Together, staff and parents can provide educational excellence for every student, so that they can achieve their personal best. Together, we can support one another to provide a friendly learning environment and celebrate our achievements.
I hope that throughout the year, our school will be a place where staff, students and families have opportunities to experience God’s presence in our lives. Although he lived about two and a half thousand years ago, the prophet, Jeremiah, has words that are still relevant for us at the beginning of this new school year:
“The Lord says, I know the plans I have for you…… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Within our school, we can all try to model God’s love for each one of us, by being a renewing community where all members are valued, affirmed and empowered; where our commitment to Gospel values is expressed in every facet of our school’s endeavours. For this sentiment to continue throughout the year, it will require our collective wisdom and generosity of spirit to be at the forefront of all our communications.
Education today is a complex engagement because of the intensity and variety of external influences particularly through various forms of media and electronic communications. Our school has a special role in assisting every parent with the education of their children, so that all children will develop a sense of personal responsibility and learn the correct use of freedom. Throughout the year, our school will also provide experiences of liturgy and prayer as invitations to know and experience the enormous love and special friendship of God.
May the school year ahead, see staff and parents in genuine partnership in our collective role of secular and faith education.
In a special way, I would like to welcome all those who are new to the family of Infant Jesus School. My prayer and hope for you is that your association with the school will be long and lasting, and one filled with many memorable memories. May your settling in be a gentle one.
Along with new families, we also have some new faces who have joined our staff for 2017. We welcome the following new staff members:
- Miss Mitzi Phoebe
- Miss Sophie Houston
- Mrs Amanda Edwards
- Miss Yen Wong
- Mrs Francesca Ienco
As they too begin their time at Infant Jesus School, I have no doubt that you will join with me in making their transition into the school community as smooth and as welcoming as possible. I am sure that before long, they will also come to experience something of the warmth and school spirit, which is unique to Infant Jesus School
We also welcome back to school, Mrs Janelle White and Mrs Leanne Griffin who are rejoining the staff after taking leave.