By Miss Stephanie Musgrave
I would like to take this opportunity to reflect with you all on the wonderful year we have had opening our primary school. Together we’ve laughed, we’ve sang, we’ve explored, we’ve reflected and we’ve grown in more ways than one.
I could not have asked for a better year, full of countless blessings, all thanks to the students, staff, and parents here at Santa Sophia.
Together we are building a community of friendship and learning through our values of faith, hope and love. I see this in action each and every day shared between every individual who has brought their heart and soul into this ever-growing school.
I would like to thank the parents for placing their trust in us and journeying alongside us as we nurture the hearts and minds of these precious young children. We are grateful for all of your support and continued involvement in the learning and faith formation of our school community.
To my kindergarten students … what can I say?
The very first kindergarten class of Santa Sophia will always hold a very special place in my heart. Together, we have had the most incredible year learning and growing together. I look back over the year and I am astonished with all that we have achieved.
From our very first day together with families, cameras and excitement filling my classroom, to the upcoming Christmas celebrations – we have not stopped. Each and every term, the students have extended themselves and not only impressed us with their learning but also the high school students and teachers plus our ever growing number of visitors to our impressive school!
Looking back on the year, we have had so much fun! From building billy carts in Term 1 and exploring how we can make things that move, to integrating our knowledge of movement with coding technologies. We had a wonderful time in the city watching the book 'Possum Magic' come to life and thoroughly enjoyed teaching our high school friends all about our family heritage.
One of my favourite units was our Investigations unit on living things. From learning about the needs of farm and zoo animals, the students then skyrocketed their learning into researching about endangered animals and how we can be wise like Saint Francis in caring for the needs of animals.
Kindergarten then continued to exceed our expectations in planning and making solutions to solve the problems of fairytale characters using their knowledge of the properties of materials.
Kindergarten continue to thrive in this rich learning environment and I can honestly say that every hour of learning is their favourite time of day! We have explored big numbers, learnt to read for meaning, write with persuasive language and pray with loving and generous hearts.
With our first year so incredibly blessed, I eagerly await 2020 when we welcome our new kindergarten families. I am convinced that as our community grows, each year will only be bigger and brighter.
Once again, I thank the entire Santa Sophia community for making this year so very special to us all. May the blessings of Christ be with you and all of your loved ones during this blessed Christmas time. Have a safe and relaxing holiday and I look forward to seeing you all next year!