2019 has been a fresh start here at St Andrews Primary School with the arrival of our new Principal, Hayley Bawden. Hayley has brought with her an enthusiasm for learning as well as an understanding of how small schools work. She, along with the rest of the staff, have been very focused on developing programs that will ensure a consistent approach throughout the school in order to obtain the best outcomes for our children. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Hayley this year and I think our future is bright with her at the helm (along with Angus of course).
We have also welcomed Kristie (4/5/6), Kerry (Japanese) and Sophie (art). We seem to have a real knack of attracting great teachers at STAPS – lucky us! However, sadly, Kristie was only on loan to us and she will be returning to her other school next year. Thanks for everything Kristie, we’ll miss you.
I am constantly amazed and so appreciative of all of the staff at STAPS. They really care for our kids and put in so much time and effort to make sure they get to have enriching educational experiences. Thank you to all of the STAPS staff for everything you do.
Also, to be noted is that we have had 10 Preps finish their first year at school. Well done to all of you and to your families. I hope you’ve had a great year and I’m sure you’re all ready for a big rest before you start Grade 1.
Once again, the students have had a never-ending list of extra-curricular activities. Sometimes I think I would like to keep a list of them all but I know it would be way too long to tell you all about it. Some of the highlights have been interschool sport, Hooptime, cross country, Bookweek, spooky day, footy day, swimming and band night. Camp is always a highlight for the 4/5/6s. The 2/3s also especially enjoyed camp and the Day for Daniel while the Prep/1s had an amazing time learning about dinosaurs and enjoying their new playground. And to top it all off of course, in recent weeks, two amazing events – the Christmas Market and Circus STAPS. I have to say an extra big and special thank you to Eliza for all of the time and effort she has put in to creating our school production. It has been a great experience for our kids.
School Council has had another productive year with our sub-committees firing on all cylinders. Thank you to all of our families for all of your fundraising efforts. This year, we have come incredibly close to our goal, raising nearly $10,000! Pretty good going for such a small school. Thank you so much to our PFA – Carla Perry and Nic Maher, for all of the time they have put in to organizing all of the events and to everyone who volunteered. I would also like to acknowledge everyone else who contributes to our beautiful little school in other ways. Everyone does their bit and it doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. We really have a great community at STAPS. Thank you also to all of our school council members – Felicity, Michelle, Colin, Nicola, Elise, Tania, Marguerite and Rachelle – for all of their input and the effort they put in to helping us achieve our goals. If anyone is interested in joining school council, there will be positions available next year. Being a part of school council is a great way to be involved in your child’s education. Keep an eye on the newsletter for more info.
Next year, we won’t be seeing Carla or Felicity very much as they both take maternity leave. I’m so excited for you both and wish you and your families much health and happiness. I’m also looking forward to visits and baby cuddles!