A belated welcome back to term 2 to all our families. I am very pleased to be back after several weeks recuperating from my recent surgery. My thanks and appreciation to the community for the prayers and well wishes during my absence. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Walsh for capably taking on the Acting Principal role over recent weeks. Thank you also to the staff at Christ the King who over the last two months adapted so quickly to transitioning from face to face teaching to learning online. Their commitment and professionalism is second to none and a credit to each and every one of them as educators. Finally I would like to commend the students and their parents for jumping on board so promptly and adapting to a new style of learning at home in these most trying and challenging times. Congratulations and thank you to all members of the CTK community for your efforts and persistence over the last few months.
As you would be aware the NSW Government and The Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta announced this week that from Monday 25th May, all schools will return to face to face teaching. Online monitored learning will cease from today, Friday 22nd May. The marking of attendance rolls will revert back to normal practice [pre COVID -19]. The recording of flexible learning will cease with students being marked as either present or absent [explained or unexplained leave] Parents of students who have home situations that are characterised as vulnerable due to health concerns, are asked to get in contact with myself via email or phone. This will enable a discussion to occur, as to determine how these vulnerable students will be able to access the curriculum and maintain their learning. Your understanding and patience during this time of transition back to fulltime face to face teaching is greatly appreciated.
The current daily drop off and pick up procedures will remain in place until further notice.
Students are to be dropped off via the Top COLA and picked up at either the Bowral gate or TOP COLA. Parents are not permitted to enter the site. Burradoo Close access remains closed at this stage. All correspondence with staff is to be via email or phone. Access to the uniform shop is by appointment only that can be made through the office.
This Sunday we are celebrating the ascension of Jesus. Today we celebrate the climax of Jesus’ life. At his death he entered into the fullness of communion with God, seated at the right hand of the Father in ‘heaven’, where he became, in the words of scripture ‘the great king over all the earth’. Since Easter we have had a period of forty days in which we have been reflecting about all the different ways in which Jesus has kept the promise which he gave his disciples in today’s Gospel: ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age’. The forty days is itself symbolic of our life’s journey. We know that he will be with us at every stage of our life’s journey.