Dear Parents/Carers and Students,
This is the last newsletter for 2020 and as we all know it has been a challenging and a different 11 months of learning and teaching due to COVID-19. During the year, we have had to create varied and different events which still showed what a great community we have here at St John Paul II Catholic College.
Being a Catholic College, students and staff in smaller numbers did have the opportunity, on several occasions, to attend mass and liturgies to represent their College and year groups.
Learning at StJPIICC
As we wait upon receiving the HSC results on 18 December, St John Paul II Catholic College’s performance in our internal assessment has shown for most students, an increased learning gain. All Year 10 students who are required, have achieved the national minimum standard average requirements of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.
Congratulations to all students and parents/carers for working together in 2020 as we have improved our overall student attendance rate by 18%. This 18% is the increase from 2019 of students who attended school for more than 9 days out 10 per fortnight. St John Paul II Catholic College has a higher student attendance than most secondary schools in the Diocese of Parramatta.
Congratulations to Year 12
After the HSC Examinations, we had a final farewell to Year 12 as they celebrated their Graduation Mass, Ceremony and Formal. These much-anticipated events for the students and the parents/carers who were able to attend, this year more than other years, had an enjoyable time together. The Year 12 students are to be congratulated on the consistent application they have made to their studies throughout the year and during the examination period, while coping with the restrictions of COVID-19. We wish Year 12 students all the very best as they move into a new phase of their lives.
Schools and teachers know that good communication with parents/carers and students is important as it helps us all learn and succeed. The parents/carers and students’ responses in the Tell Them From Me Survey responses this year. has shown the implementation of Compass has improved the home school partnership with more timely and relevant communication. Further implementation of the different modules with Compass will occur in 2021.
At the College we also recognise that email is a fast and convenient way to communicate with your child’s teacher. As you could appreciate, teachers read their emails at various times throughout the school day. Further, that other than in the case of a genuine emergency, they are generally not expected to respond to emails from parents/carers and students outside of normal working hours. Please keep in mind that if you send an email to a member of our staff outside of normal working hours, a reply may not be received until the following working day.
If you wish to contact your child’s teacher, please continue to direct your emails to the teacher which will be replied to as per usual practice. We appreciate your assistance and understanding. If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact me at the College.
Communication between parents/carers, teachers and students is crucial to ensuring a student’s education and wellbeing is at its best. In response to the ever-increasing digital communications via social media, we will continue to embrace these technologies in a positive and productive manner. Currently we use Compass, College website, Facebook, intranet, SMS and email as the information is provided closer to the date of the event.
The use of Zoom for the parents/carers/student/teacher interviews has also resulted in a higher number of interviews being completed in comparison to being required to attend on site.
This year we also say farewell to the following permanent staff who are taking up positions at other schools as part of their professional development or moving to another location interstate. Ludi Bothma, Shane Blanksby, Kaytee Johnstone, Mark Kalwy, Alana Robertson, Maria Starick and Lee-Ann Kervin.
Alicia Shaw who was seconded this year as the Religious Education Coordinator to Marian College, Kenthurst has now accepted their permanent position and leaves St JPII after 11 years at our College.
The following staff who have been on temporary contract are also finishing with us at the end of the year: Sarah Azzopardi, Breanna Fitzpatrick, Anastasia Modderno, Kaelih Peaty and Sean Turner.
We welcome the following staff to St John Paul II Catholic College in 2021: Brittany Azzopardi (English/HSIE/RE), Ellen Celima (English/HSIE/RE), Olivia Cochrane (TAS/Science), Danial Conway (Assistant Leader of English), Jessica Gibbs (English), Rebecca Johnson (Teacher Librarian/English), Terri Lennard (Dance/VET Entertainment/Music), Natasha Prudnicki (English), Caitlin Refalo (Mathematics) and Kirsten Webster (TAS).
We also have staff returning from leave, Jessica Idone, Lisa-Maree Madigan and Amanda Saunders who will be working Part Time in 2021. Chris Wilson will be on long service leave until Term 4, Week 3.
Thank you to our community members.
I would also like to congratulate our staff, students and parents/carers who have coped with an extraordinary year in their learning. I certainly believe it has made us rethink how we do our work, how we teach and how we learn in the future. I wish everyone a safe, happy and above all holy Christmas and we all pray for a COVID – 19 Vaccine to be found in 2021. In 2021 we celebrate our 25th Anniversary of the college. (TSC/St JPII CC – 1996 to 2021)