Dear Families and Community of Blackfriars Priory School,
Welcome to the 2018 school year, a year that the Australian Bishops have identified as the Year of Youth. I look forward to the opportunity of our students engaging in programs and events that will enlighten the spirit and life of the living and loving Christ in their lives. Further information can be located at http://youth.catholic.org.au/projects/year-of-youth
I hope the holidays have given the opportunity for all students and staff to renew their energy and refresh mind, body and spirit for the year ahead. We especially welcome our new students and International students and extend our hospitality and friendship to you as you make this important transition in your lives. In welcoming new students, I am conscious of welcoming new families to our School and I encourage you to become fully participating members of our community. I know that you will find our staff going the extra step for every student and family to provide a safe, secure and challenging learning environment conducive to bring out the best in each person.
The Mission of Blackfriars is to be a ‘Catholic School community in the Dominican tradition with the Four Pillars of Prayer, Study, Community and Service central to our education and way of life’. I invite families, staff and students to wholeheartedly embrace the Mission of Blackfriars throughout the year. Our essential purpose as a Catholic School is to educate the whole person and to invite young people into a relationship with Jesus and to encourage that relationship to be a foundation for life’s journey. At the same time, we respect the religious faith and cultural traditions of each member within our Dominican community as we work together to make a positive difference in our world.
This year I would like to introduce to you the School Executive Team and the following staff members who we welcome to Blackfriars:
School Executive Team:
Mr Simon Cobiac Principal
Fr Matthew Boland (OP) Chaplain
Mr David Ruggiero Acting Deputy Principal, Secondary (7-12)
Mr Matthew Crisanti Acting Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission
Mr Gerard Leahy Business Manager
Mr Frank Ali Head of Primary
Mr Patrick Kelly Director of Development and Community Relations
Mrs Mary Surman Executive Assistant to the Principal
New Support Staff:
Mr Mitchell Brealey – Learning Enrichment Assistant
Mr Samuel Budden – Learning Enrichment Assistant
Mrs Rosemary Dubiel - Finance Officer
Mr Patrick Kelly – Director of Development and Community Relations
Mr Ben Waechter – Learning Enrichment Assistant
New Teaching Staff:
Mr Frank Ali – Head of Primary
Ms Lacey Hutter – Secondary English, Humanities, RE
Miss Laura Whalan – Secondary Psychology, Science, RE
Mrs Elizabeth Rowley – Primary School (Year 1)
Returning from Leave:
Mrs Melanie Golding – Secondary Teacher: Chemistry and Science
Mrs Amelia Eagle – Acting Curriculum Leader: Religious Education and
Ensuring our School is a Safe Place for All
As the school year commences I want to assure all parents and guardians of our absolute commitment to ensuring that Blackfriars is a safe place for all.
- Our staff are committed and trained to protect the children and young people in our care.
- All staff and regular volunteers have current police checks.
- We teach our children age-appropriate strategies to keep themselves safe through South Australia’s Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum.
- Staff complete certification and undertake regular updated training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect in Education and Care Settings.
- We also promote strategies to minimise bullying and help students stay safe online.
Additional information about the broader child protection policies of Catholic Education SA can be found on their website. http://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/our-schools/safe-environments-for-all
The website also includes links to online resources for parents and students on a range of topics including anxiety, depression, bullying and how to support your child.
I encourage all parents/caregivers to visit the Catholic Education website as a valuable source of information. If you have any questions or concerns about child safety please contact any member of the School Executive Team in the first instance.
School Opening Hours
Parents should be aware that supervision is provided in the mornings from 8:20am onwards and in the afternoons up until 3.35pm. Parents who send their children to school outside these hours should recognise that they are unsupervised and should take steps to insure them against accidental injury.
The only occasions when students should be on the premises beyond these times would be for attendance at sport or for scheduled school events, if they are attending the Out of School Hours Care Facility or other special purposes, during which time they will be provided with appropriate/reasonable care.
Uniform Standards and Expectations
Summer School Uniform
I ask all parents to ensure that your son is in the correct school uniform according to the Uniform regulations in the Student Diary. To date I have been very impressed with the cooperation of students in presenting themselves with pride as students of Blackfriars. Our Uniform expectations extend to grooming (length of hair, facial hair) and personal presentation which must be of a high standard in compliance with our uniform code.
As I communicated in the newsletter at the end of 2017 (10 November 2017), we are in a period of transition during 2018 with the introduction of the new Physical Education Uniform and Co-Curricular Sporting Uniforms in Term 2-4.
New PE Uniform
The ‘rollout’ of the new PE Uniform is almost complete. If you have pre-ordered the new PE Uniform, it is now available to collect from the Uniform Shop.
If you wish to purchase the new PE Uniform – please visit the Uniform Shop.
Old PE Uniform
The old PE Uniform is being sold at a special 50% discount – hurry into the Uniform Shop to purchase while stocks last! However, note that the old PE Uniform is only able to be worn for 2018.
New PE Uniform Feedback
Students, families and Staff have provided positive feedback regarding the look and design of the New PE Uniform - it is smart, dynamic and modern.
PE Uniform 2019
Term 1, 2019 the New PE Uniform will be compulsory.
Matching PE Uniform
New and old PE uniform items are NOT to be mixed and matched:
- New PE Uniform to be worn as a set
- Old PE Uniform to be worn as a set
- Primary Years through to Year 9 wear their PE Uniform to and from School, therefore it is imperative that the old and new PE Uniforms are worn as sets.
- Please do not wear parts of new with parts of old.
- It is important that students looks their best when wearing any Blackfriars Priory School Uniform, especially when worn beyond the gates.
Non-Compliant School Uniform Items
Please DO NOT purchase outdated, second-hand Blackfriars Priory School Uniform items – the wearing of non-compliant (outdated) uniform items will NOT be permitted beyond 2018.
The School has been mindful of expense to parents/caregivers in the purchasing of School Uniform and so has, until now, reluctantly accepted the wearing of outdated School Uniform items. However, it is time for the School to enforce a branded and unified School Uniform image that will promote the School as a preferred school for the education of boys from Reception – Year 12. Therefore, 2018 will be a transition year to the current ‘branded’ look of Blackfriars and in 2019 when all boys will be required to wear the correct School Uniform.
Parents are asked to check with the Uniform Shop prior to purchasing second-hand items to ensure that the item is branded with the current and correct crest, colour and design. There are many second-hand uniform items available from a variety of sellers, but many are outdated and are no longer compliant with the current School Uniform.
Remember, the wearing of non-compliant Blackfriars Priory School uniform items will NOT be permitted beyond 2018.
Winter School Uniform
Term 2 will require the full Winter Uniform, including the School Blazer:
- Please ensure that your son is wearing the current blazer with the correct ‘crest’.
- New parents to Blackfriars – please ensure you purchase the correct blazer for your son – either through the School Uniform Shop or if purchasing second-hand, please check with staff of the Uniform Shop to be certain you are purchasing the current design.
The Uniform Shop is NOT able to accept any used uniform item for resale that are not the current, correct design (ie crest, colour, cut). This includes: Blazers, Jumpers, Shirts, Ties.
Cricket Co-Curricular Uniform
Cricket Co-Curricular uniforms will NOT be available until Term 1, 2019.
- The current practice of supplying Cricket Kits will continue until the uniform is available.
All winter co-curricular sports will require the new Sport Uniform – Kits will no longer be provided.
Please contact Mrs Cheryl Hadrill, the Uniform Shop Manager (PH 8169 3950)
if you have any School Uniform queries. Cheryl will be happy to discuss what uniform items your son requires and provide any additional information that will assist with the implementation of the new PE and Co-Curricular Uniform.
Finally, I am delighted with the smooth start of the school year and the ease with which students have settled into learning during the recent hot weather. My sincere thanks to the many parents who attended the R-12 Parent Welcome Evening on Wednesday to meet your boy’s key academic and well-being staff. I look forward to developing further the School and family partnership throughout 2018.
Mr Simon Cobiac