Dear Parents / Carers,
This is the final newsletter for 2018 and it is time to reflect on the 2018 school year. It has been an exciting and educationally rewarding year at Rowville Primary School. I am very proud of our achievements. It has been a privilege to work with our school community. Our Christmas Concert on Monday night was a wonderful time where the Rowville Primary School community came together in a relaxed 'picnic' environment to celebrate Christmas. One highlight was the short visit by Santa Claus and Mrs Claus! I thank our families for supporting the evening and I acknowledge Mr Andrew Birnie for leading the organisation of the concert and our talented staff for joining together to present the sensational closing item. I am pleased to announce that we raised $872.80 towards State Schools Relief, a charity that supports students in need.
Many special events have marked the 2018 school year. Our students worked hard and our results show that there have been significant improvements in learning outcomes. Our students have performed exceptionally well in a variety of sporting events at both State, District and Zone level. We were particularly proud of our Track and Field, T Ball and Softball teams. The Senior Students and choir performed “High School Musical JR.” over two nights to a full house at the Rowville Secondary College Theatre.
The end of the school year is always filled with a mix of emotions. There is a feeling of happiness as one reflects on the wonderful events and stories that have filled our school year. There is a feeling of sadness that we have reached another ending and that our year six students and some of our staff are leaving. There is the feeling of sheer exhaustion as one competes against time to complete all the necessary tasks to conclude the year.
Last night the year six class of 2018 celebrated their achievements at the Graduation Ceremony. It was a wonderful evening of celebration. I would like to acknowledge the many staff who contributed to the success of the evening. The class of 2018 commenced at Rowville Primary School in 2012. I have had the pleasure of working with them during their entire time at primary school. They are the eighth cohort of Preps that I have watched grow through Rowville Primary school. We wish our year six students all the very best as they embark on the next part of their educational journey. We look forward to hearing of their success in the future.
At the end of each school year we say thank you and farewell to members of our teaching team who are leaving to explore new opportunities: Mrs Robyn William, Mrs Loren Sepe, Ms Janelle Belisario, Ms Celia Williamson and Ms Jessica Ferroni. We also farewell members of our inclusive education team: Mr Shane Pearson, Mr Ben Cavarra, Mrs Melissa Myska, Ms Melissa Barbu and Mrs Doreen Brown. We thank them for their contribution to student learning at Rowville Primary School and wish them well for the future. Mrs Heather Brown is taking long service leave for the first six months of 2019 and we wish her a wonderful break.
I would like to thank all the parents who supported our school in many and varied ways. The Friends of Rowville Primary School have worked tirelessly to raise funds for our school. I thank Tammie Western and the team of dedicated and involved parents for their work which has enhanced our school learning environment. We acknowledge the support of our parents during 2018 and thank our helpers in classrooms, the canteen, the 21st century learning space, the kitchen and during our Beyond Boundaries program and excursions.
I thank our School Council for their positive contribution to the governance of our school. In particular I acknowledge Reiha Ternes the School Council President for her outstanding leadership of School Council and support of our school.
I would like to thank all staff- teachers and school support staff for working together to create a highly energised and stimulating learning community for our students. I thank Mrs Tiffany Bamford, our Assistant Principal for her outstanding support and dedication. We have a committed team at Rowville Primary School and we constantly seek to make our best better.
The school will close at 2.30 pm on Friday 21 December. We will be having a whole school assembly commencing at 1.15pm. This will be our closing ceremony for 2018. I invite all parents to attend. The student leaders for 2019 will be announced. Awards will be presented to students that have achieved excellence in Citizenship. The Hon. Alan Tudge MP will announce the winner of the Aston Shield. The Hon. Kim Wells will announce the Endeavour Award Winner. The year six students will sing their graduation song.
Finally, I extend to all our families peace, joy and all the best for Christmas and the New Year. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year. I look forward to working with everyone in 2019. The new school year for students will commence at 8.45am on Wednesday 30 January 2019.