As our children and young people have adjusted to their new classes and teachers for 2020, there has been a strong focus on building a sense of belonging. Belonging to a group or a community contributes to one’s sense of self, and supports positive self-esteem.
Today, we asked students to put the hand on their heart and notice that the St Leonards logo sits between their heart and their hand. By incorporating the values of respect, readiness and resilience, we stand together and will continue to achieve great things together.
Governing Council AGM
On Tuesday night, we welcomed many new and existing parents to become acquainted (or reacquainted) with the school, and elected the 2020 Governing Council at the AGM.
We are thrilled to have received a record number of new nominations which were accepted to make up a Governing Council of 16 parent members.
The following are our Governing Councillors for 2020 including those providing their second year of service: Heather Pronk, Melanie Perkins, Emma Scott, Rachel Newrick, Michelle White, Rebecca Chrisan, Warren Ainscough, Bret Prew, Sarah Darbyshire, Peter Heading. Lisa Dash, Kellie Grant, Linda Marrollo, Matt Clarke, Shaun Atkinson and Romildo Votto.
Thank you to all of the parents who contribute to the Governing Council and its subcommittees so that our children and young people can feel proud when they put their hand on their heart as students of St Leonards Primary School.
It was wonderful to see so many parents attend both the reading workshop and in their child’s classroom, meeting the teacher. The overall theme of the evening is that we work in collaboration with each other, we are “Learning Together” and that we are developing consistency across the school. There was a very positive and community buzz in the air. Thank you to the school community for your attendance.
Birthdays at St Leonards
Birthdays are acknowledged as a special occasion for all of our students and teachers use many strategies to celebrate, including singing ‘Happy Birthday’ with the class, providing special privileges throughout the day, and a number of class-specific rituals. We also support Right Bite Strategies to promote healthy eating and inclusive practices for children and young people with food allergies and intolerances. For these reasons, please do not bring cakes to school for sharing with classmates. Class teachers are not able to accept and/or distribute sweet food treats to students. Thank you in advance for your support.
It is fantastic to see so many active children and young people riding their bikes and scooters to school each day. Please be aware that at times the bike shed has been full to capacity and some bikes have needed to be ‘parked’ outside of the shed. Whilst we do our best to ensure that bikes are secure, the school cannot guarantee this, and we urge you to provide your child with a bike lock. A side-benefit of this practice is that it also promotes personal responsibility for our learners.
Partnering with parents is a key priority for St Leonards, and we strive to build positive relationships and good communication with parents of all students. Please be mindful that teachers often have a lot to organise in the mornings, and are required to attend a staff meeting promptly at 3:20pm on Tuesdays. Your child’s teacher will let you know the best times to get in touch with them, and will respond to emails within two working days.
Supporting the Henty-Smith Family
The staff would like to thank our community for their support and compassion as we come to terms with the grief the Henty-Smith family is experiencing. At the request of our Ambassadors, today we observed a minute of silence at assembly, and gathered for an aerial photo which we’ll forward to the family as an expression of our sympathy at this difficult time. If you would like to send a message to Dave, please collect the special envelopes from the Front Office and return it by 3pm Monday 17 February.
Jo Meredith, Acting Principal
Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator