As the end of the school year approaches, we are packing a whole lot of fun and learning into the weeks ahead. You will see this by the calendar items below!
This year we have included a community day culminating in a whole school Christmas concert on the evening of December 9. Lock that one in as all students will be involved in some way. Andrew Chinn from Butterfly Music (http://www.butterflymusic.com.au/) will join us for the day performing with our students that evening. I have been associated with Andrew for many years and his concert days are always a highlight for the students and the whole community.
Since before I began at Mary Immaculate, the Parents and Friends had been discussing doing something more comprehensive around fundraising for all the projects they want to support at the school. The school had a history of working bees, fetes and other events in which the parents participated. However, the reality for most families currently is that they are just so time poor. They find it impossible to attend things like meetings and working bees. Parents have consistently told us that they are keen to support the school in providing great experiences and a wonderful environment. They are not keen on the old practice of taking chocolates and walkathon/skipathon/spellathon cards to work, to family gatherings and then basically just providing the fundraising money themselves!
For years, they have wanted to introduce a fundraising levy or fee of some kind so each family contributes a reasonable amount. In listening to the time-pressures that families are facing, your desire to support the Parents and Friends goals for the school and our shared vision to provide the best environment and opportunities for our students, I am convinced that such a contribution will need to be introduced in 2020. I am mindful as well of individual family needs and I welcome the opportunity of discussing individual family situations. We have been able to put to great use the contributions already made by parents allowing us to further provide a rich environment for our students. The Parents and Friends will then be able to concentrate their efforts on building our school community and being of practical support to each other instead of extolling so much of their time and energy so generously on fundraising. I deeply appreciate everything our parents do to support the school. We have a fabulous learning community that is a tremendous example to what we can achieve together!
With appreciation of your ongoing support,
Stephen Dowd, Principal