EARLY DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY APRIL 9th
Please note there is an early dismissal time of 2:05pm on the last day of school, April 9th.
GOVERNING COUNCIL FOLLOW UP FROM LAST NEWSLETTER
In my last newsletter article I inadvertently missed thanking outgoing Chairperson Simon Gierke. Simon has been our Chairperson for a number of years and a member of Governing Council much longer. In his roles, Simon worked tirelessly on behalf of parents working closely with me as Principal and with the school. He also provided strong support for our OSHC and Canteen personnel. On behalf of the school community I would like to thank Simon for his work on Governing Council. It has been greatly appreciated.
FAREWELL LISSY OPPERT
Those of you who utilise OSHC and Vacation Care services will know that our OSHC Director Lissy Oppert officially retired this week. A presentation was made to Lissy on behalf of Governing Council and the OSHC family community. On behalf of the whole school community, we thank Lissy for the outstanding leadership she has shown in OSHC and wish her all the very best for the next chapter of her life with her family.
2 new SSOs have been working in the front office. Rod McGuiness, who has a number of years’ experience working in schools, started at the end of Week 8. Simone Green, who recently completed study and is now an SSO, is also providing office support. We welcome both of these people to our team.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TERM 1 2021
When you think back to this time last year and that Week 11 was made up of 4 pupil free days for staff to organise a home learning program, it has certainly been a pleasure to operate almost as normal in Term 1 this year. This term we have participated in a range of activities aside from our routine programs including:
- Student Leadership application process and commencement of roles
- Genki Kids program
- Traffic Monitor training and work
- R-5 Swimming program
- National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and Harmony Day activities
- Premier’s Reading and Be Active Challenges commenced
- SAPSASA district swimming competitions
- Cross country training
- Incursions and excursions: Schools Clean Up day, Woodhouse, Glenthorne Park, Newry Studio of Irish Dancing, native animals visiting from the Nature Education Centre
- External School Review
- A new Governing Council elected
- Acquaintance meetings
Thank you to all families for ensuring your children are wearing the correct uniform every day. Our uniform is smart, supports our school values and engenders pride in our school as a whole. During offsite, school activities it also ensures staff and volunteers can readily identify students whom they are supervising. If you are unclear about expectations, please refer to the updated Uniform Policy approved recently by Governing Council that can be found in the school’s website.
HATS IN TERM 2
According to our SunSmart policy, students do not need to wear hats during Term 2. I would ask however, that students still bring their hats to school for the first week or two just in case we have weather where the UV reading is above 3. Hats are also still required for all sporting events (eg SAPSASA) and excursions.
THE LATEST YR 7 TO HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE FOR PARENTS CAN BE FOUND here.
SCHOOL SECURITY IN THE HOLIDAYS
To help prevent vandalism and other crime in the school during the holidays, we seek your support to please report any suspicious behaviour you may observe in and around the school to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to Police on 131 444. I thank you in advance for doing so.
Please stay safe during the holiday break with your children. We look forward to seeing all students back at school from the start of Term 2, Tuesday 27th April.
PUPIL FREE DAYS
FRIDAY JUNE 11TH (FRIDAY BEFORE LONG WEEKEND IN TERM 2)
MONDAY 19TH JULY (FIRST DAY OF TERM 3).