Welcome back to our staff, students and the families to the second Term of 2019. I trust everyone enjoyed the break and was able to relax, step out of the “school week routine” and enjoy some down time with your families over the two weeks. These next ten weeks are a busy time with a focus on assessment and reporting in the second half of the term culminating in parent teacher interviews in the weeks 9 and 10. I encourage all students to focus on their studies, enjoy their learning and do the very best over the next ten weeks setting goals and striving to achieve them. Best wishes to everyone for a most enjoyable and successful term.
Over the next two weeks, Year 3 and 5 students will participate in NAPLAN online assessment tests. These students will complete a series of tests in numeracy, comprehension writing and language conventions over the two-week period from Tuesday 14th May –Friday 24th May. These series of exams are completed by all Year 3 & 5 students across the country and are another valuable assessment tool that teachers utilise to evaluate their student’s learning and growth in literacy and numeracy as well as assist them in their future planning and programme.
On Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day and all the wonderful things our mums do for each of us every day of our lives. During the recent holidays I read a book titled “The Best Mum in the World” which was a collection of humorous and inspirational quotes that are indicative of motherhood and what our mums mean in our lives. As we draw close to this special day I would like to share a few thoughts from the book that resonated with me and the love and appreciation we each have for our own mothers.
A mother is……
-the one who is still there when everyone else has deserted you.
-someone who dreams great dreams for you but then she lets you choose the dreams you have for yourself and loves you just the same.
-the truest friend a person can have who loves you unconditionally.
-a child’s first looking glass into the world.
-is about making choices everyday putting someone else’s happiness and wellbeing ahead of her own
- is the next closest thing to divinity It is the highest holiest service to be assumed by mankind
-the only person who can think of the future-because they gave birth to it in their children.
May God bless all mothers in our community not only on Sunday but every day of the year. May we all continue to love and appreciate the significant role they play in our lives.
Today we celebrated Mothers Day with a liturgy, morning tea and open classrooms. Thanks to all our families and friends who attended. It was a great morning where as a Community we celebrated through song and prayer the roles our mums play in our lives. Thanks to the teachers who prepared the children and to Mr Horne who organised and facilitated the event with our Year six Faith and Justice team. A special thank you to Mrs Szoloch who so beautifully reflected on her role as a mum and what it means to her. See inside for her reflection. Thank you also to the CTK Cuppa Crew and our own Office ladies for organising the beautiful morning tea. A great celebration- well done and thank you to all concerned.
Congratulations to the CTK Cross Country squad who ran the Carnival on Tuesday. Many of our runners ran personal best time and represented our school with great pride. Thank you to the parents who attended the Carnival to support our team and to Mr Debrincat for organising the team in the lead up to the event and to Mr Barbaro who managed the team on the day. Thank you also to Mr Mogan who was part of the Diocesan team who organized and facilitated the day. See the story below for Mr Barbaro’s full report of the day. Well done to all concerned.
The Year Six parent and student graduation dinner will be held on Wednesday evening the 18th December at the Epping Club. For all inquiries and for those not already in the year 6 What’s App group please contact Louise Gebran [Marianne- please put in her email address].
Staff Development Days
Please note that both the term 2 [17th June] and term 3 [13th September] Staff Development Days [Pupil Free Days] are different dates than were advertised at the start of the year. My apologies for the change in dates and any inconvenience caused.
All children are to be in their winter uniforms from next Monday 13th May. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Have a great week!