Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese’s primary school,
Congratulations to our Year Six students who are graduating from primary school to start their next chapter at secondary school. Last Friday, the Year Six students and their teachers enjoyed a special catered lunch in our Parent Room. The students were very excited to see how beautifully the room was set with fancy table clothes, candles and photos of themselves from Foundation to now.
The Graduation Mass was absolutely lovely and for the first time in St Therese's history was held in our Hall. The staff did an amazing job transforming the Hall into a sacred space. Thanks to Paul Cowan for his leadership and organisation of the Mass, it was truly beautiful. Father Joseph was very impressed and even commented that our Mass was very well organised and executed and he was impressed with how reverent everyone was.
The Graduation Ceremony that occurred after Mass put our students at the centre as we celebrated their achievements and wished them well. Thank you to all the LSOs and especially Jayne for the organisation of the decorations and Donna for the magnificent graduation cake.
Congratulations to Sophie and Callum who were chosen to be the recipients of the Tom and Betty Memorial Scholarship. Both Sophie and Callum demonstrated leadership skills and have given their best effort towards their studies.
We wish all our Year Six students the best of luck as they begin secondary school in 2019. I hope that they will look back on their time at St Therese’s with fond memories.
I would like to acknowledge the following staff members who will leave the St Therese’s family.
- Lyn Kelly has worked at St Therese’s for the past fifteen years. She has been a Learning Support Officer, friend and a true professional. She has supported and guided many students over the years, especially as they transition from primary school to secondary school. The students and staff will truly miss Lyn and we hope that she visits us very regularly!
- Sarah Watson has been a Learning Support Officer for the past two years and a parent to Hope, Jacob and Summer. Sarah and her family are leaving us to move to Sale. We thank her for the work she has done at St Therese’s and we wish her well in her future endeavours.
- Mikayla Ramsay has taught in the senior team for the past six months. While she has not been with us long, she settled quickly into our school. We wish Mikayla all the best as she continues to pursue a teaching career.
- Nindy Brouwers from Catholic Care will finish her intern with us and we thank her for all the help she has provided to many of our students and their families. We wish her well as she pursues a career as a psychologist.
I would like to welcome Kirsten Beshara to St Therese’s. Kirsten will work within our Administration Team and you will see her at the office on Mondays to Fridays from 9:00am till 1:00pm. We look forward to welcoming Kirsten.
Community Spirit Leadership Award
This year for the first time, an award was presented to a student who has demonstrated community spirit. The award was presented at Monday’s assembly and went to Shyla in Year Three for organising and leading the fundraising event to collect pyjamas for those in need. We thank her for her initiative and encourage her to continue promoting community spirit into the future.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Taiko drumming excursion to the Diocese of Sale’s Warragul office and St Patrick’s school in Pakenham. The students represented our school with pride. I would especially like to thank Andrews Sensei for her commitment to the students who give up their playtimes to learn the Japanese dances, singing and Taiko drumming. Thank you also to Elle May and Rosie Osthmuller for supporting Andrews Sensei.
Finally, I would like to thank all the families for the support you have given me over the past six months. You have all made me feel very welcome. Looking back over the last two terms and thinking about the future years we will spend working together gives me much joy.
I hope that you all have a very Merry and Holy Christmas and a safe and happy New Year! I look forward to seeing you back on Wednesday 30th January for students in Years One to Six and Thursday 31st January for our Foundation students’ first day of school.
Yours in Christ,