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Dear Parents/Carers and Students,
As we come towards the end of Term 2, we should take the time to reflect upon several events that have occurred at St John Paul II Catholic College. We were not able to have these events in 2020. Just some of the events include the Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN Tests, Year 8 Mass, Subject Excursions, Nirimba Education Precinct’s ATSI Reconciliation Day, Project Compassion Collection, Year 8 Wellbeing Day, Inter-school Public Speaking and Debating, Cross Country, MCS and MCCS winter sport and our Year 11-2022 Subject Selection Evening.
National Mass for the Bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia on the Solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians. Parramatta is known as the ‘cradle of Catholic Education’ in Australia, as the first Catholic school was founded on Hunter Street in 1820. On Monday 24th May I had the great privilege of attending a mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, to celebrate not only this bicentenary but also all those past religious and lay men and women who set the strong foundations for Catholic schooling, through their determination, spirit and faith.
This is a story that should not be underestimated in our history because from the small beginnings of 31 students, two hundred years ago, Catholic schooling now spans 1,755 schools, 100,000 staff and 777,000 students.
During 2021 we continue to acknowledge and celebrate within the COVID-19 event restrictions the 25th Anniversary of Terra Sancta / St John Paul II catholic College (1996-2021)
2022 Enrolment Update
We have many applications for Year 7 next year and enrolment acceptances have been posted/emailed to the families. If you know of any family wishing to enrol for 2022, please ask them to contact Mrs Fay Lovett on 9208 7200 to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a place next year. There are also some current vacancies in Years 9-11. We may be increasing our Year 7 Enrolment from 210 to 240 students in 2022 as we have had an increase in many families wishing to attend St JPIICC.
Parent/Carer/Student/Teacher Semester 1 Online Interviews
Currently I am reviewing the Semester 1 Student Learning Reports and would like to congratulate the many students who achieved ‘personal bests’, and/or their own learning goals. Year 11 and 12 Semester 1 reports were issued earlier this term and Year 7 – 10 Reports will be issued before the end of this term via compass.
Due to the unknown future COVID-19 NSW Health guidelines we will continue with the Year 7-12 Parent/Carer/Teacher/Student Interviews being held via zoom on Thursday 15 July from 3.00pm to 7pm and Friday 16 July from 8.00am to 2.15pm. Hopefully, at the end of this year we will be able to have face to face interviews on site.
There will not be any formal classes held on Friday 16 July. If your child requires supervision at school on this day, they can attend the Schofields campus for supervision in the library. All families are encouraged to take this opportunity to discuss online with their son/daughter’s teachers their learning progress. Information about how to book an interview has been sent to all families via Compass and is also available on the Website/In The Loop/School Notes.
Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Surveys
Thank you to the students and parents/carers who completed the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) survey about our school effectiveness. The survey provided us with valuable feedback on what our students and parents/carers think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Information from the survey will be shared with the students and parents/caregivers at different meetings in Terms 3 and 4 this year.
We have continued the focus on improving school attendance this year. In recent years across all school sectors attendance has been an issue and we will be maintaining our focus on attendance this year and in the future. We know that students who attend school regularly find it easier to keep up with work and they also find it easier to form strong friendships with others. Unless there are significant reasons for your child not to be at school on any given day (they may be ill etc.), then we urge parents and carers to continue to ensure their children attend regularly. Regular attendance at school not only helps students understand and complete their classwork it also provides valuable social and cultural experiences.
We welcomed the following staff to St John Paul II Catholic College in Term 2. Mr Sean Turner who has replaced Mr Brad Horder. In Term 3 we also have staff returning from leave. Mrs Nicole Debono and Mrs Jennifer Pavic who will be working Part Time for the remainder of 2021.
Staff Learning – Pupil Free Days in 2021
To assist with your planning, our next Staff Learning - Pupil Free Day is Friday 25 June. The other Staff Learning-Pupil Free Days for this year are Friday 13 August, Thursday 16 December and Friday 17 December. Please contact the college by the end of Thursday 24 June before the Staff Learning-Pupil Free Day if you require supervision for your children on Friday 25 June.
Finally, a reminder that Term 3 commences for all students on Monday 12 July – Week A Timetable.