Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese’s,
I hope that all the Fathers had a terrific Father’s Day on Sunday.
I was lucky enough to attend one of the Masses at St Agatha’s over the weekend and enjoyed Father Joseph's homily about fatherhood. He explained, that to become a father requires a choice and that choice may be made quickly or could take many years. However, once the choice has been made to become a father, there is no going back. Once a father, there is no choice but to be a father! How true. The following is a hilarious job description for a parent taken from http://www.familyfriendlyhq.ie/family-blog/parents-job-description-hilarious Please read and enjoy!
Thank you to the teachers last week for setting up, cooking and sharing breakfast with the dads from St Therese’s school. It was an absolute pleasure seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they proudly brought their dads in for a bacon and egg roll and cuppa and the smiles of the dads as they lovingly spent time with their children before many of them had to head off to work. Thank you to the mums who organised and helped at the Father’s Day stall. I hope that you all had very happy Father’s Day and enjoyed spending time with your families.
Grandparents / Book Week Day was also celebrated last week.
It was very well attended and the children wore some excellent and well thought out costumes. Thanks to the parents who helped their children with their dressups! We had super heros, some Wallys, anime characters, fairy tale characters and many others. There was a distinctly nautical theme with many of the teachers dressing as pirates. The parade was great and Captain Cowan entertained us all with his infamous pirate jokes. The Book Fair stall was very successful with many grandparents buying up big for their grandchildren!
Book Week is always an excellent reminder about the importance of reading to and with our children. The gift of becoming literate through learning to read is one of the best things we can do for our children. Please encourage your child to read regularly and provide them with books they are interested in. This will not only help them learn to read but it will instill in them a love of reading!
NAPLAN results are coming home today.
Earlier this year, children in Year Three and Five sat the NAPLAN tests. Today, your child will bring home their NAPLAN report. Overall, the results have been positive and the trend of the St Therese’s NAPLAN suggests that learning outcomes are improving steadily. Please understand that NAPLAN is only one measure of your child’s academic progress and needs to be looked at with other forms of school data, such as school reports. If you are concerned by the results your child has received, please speak to your child’s teacher.
Student Conversations are to be held this week on Wednesday 4th September.
We have asked that children be collected from school by 1:30pm on this day. The conversations will begin at 2:30pm and conclude at 8:00pm. This is a great opportunity for your child to reflect and share on their learning so far this year. It is imperitive that the children attend these learning conversations as they will be leading the discussion.
Child Safety is extremely important to us!
Ensuring that each child is safe while they are at school is a key focus for all staff at St Therese’s. One of the ways we are addressing safety is through enforcing drop off and pick up times. The gates will not open until 8:30am in the mornings as we do not have staff on duty to supervise children until this time. After school, children are to be collected by 3:45pm. If you are going to be late, please phone the office to inform the administration staff so that we can organise extra supervision for them. If you require child care prior to 8:30am and after 3:45pm please organise Before and/or After School Care with Merinda Park Community Centre. Thank you to the parents who are working in partnership with the school on this matter, it is most appreciated!
The Child Safe policy has been revised and is attached to this newsletter. Please take the time to read the policy. If you require it to be translated please let us know and this can be organised for you. The policy explains the seriousness of Child Safety and the fact that as teachers we are mandated by law to report to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) if a reasonable belief is formed that a child is not safe or is not being adequately protected by their caregiver.
Last week, I met with all the Year Five students to discuss the important role they will have in 2019 when they become the student leaders of our school. They are very excited to be given more responsibility as leaders and they have some terrific ideas about how they can positively influence the younger students. I am looking forward to working with the Year Six students of 2019! Please remember to order their personalised polo tops and senior rugby tops before the end of term.
I hope that you all have a lovely week!
Yours in partnership,