Dear Parents/Caregivers and students,
As we come towards the end of Term 2, we should take the time to reflect upon several events that have occurred at St John Paul II Catholic College. Just some of the events include the Principal/Parent Chat Groups, Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN Tests, Feast of the Ascension Mass, Nirimba Education Precinct’s ATSI Reconciliation Day, Father Galea Concerts, Ignite Food Drive, Year 8 Wellbeing Day, Inter-school Debating, MCS and MCCS winter sport and our 2019 Athletics Carnival.
The Year 7, 2020 Enrolment Interviews for the students from the non-feeder primary schools were also completed during this term. We have many applications for Year 7 next year and enrolment acceptances have been posted to the families. If you know of any family wishing to enrol for 2020 please ask them to contact Mrs. Fay Lovett on 92087205 to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a place next year. There are also some vacancies in Years 7-11.
Currently I am reading the Semester 1 Student Learning Reports and would like to congratulate the many students who achieved ‘personal bests’, and/or their own learning goals. Year 11 and 12 Semester 1 reports were issued earlier this term and Year 7 – 10 Reports will be issued before the end of this term. Students will be receiving their Parent/Caregiver/Student/Teacher Online interview information booking sheet for the interviews in the next week.
The Year 7-12 Parent/Caregiver/Teacher/Student Interviews are scheduled for the Schofields Campus on Thursday 25 July from 3.30pm to 7pm and Friday 26 July from 8.00am to 2.15pm in the library and the Co-operative Learning Space (CLS). All families are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet their son/daughter’s teachers and to discuss their learning progress.
Thank you to the students and parents/caregivers who completed the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) survey about our school effectiveness. The survey provided us with valuable feedback on what our students and parents/caregivers think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Information from the survey will be shared with the students and parents/caregivers at different meetings in Terms 3 and 4 this year.
We have continued the focus on improving school attendance this year. In recent years across all school sectors attendance has been an issue and we will be maintaining our focus on attendance this year and in the future. We know that students who attend school regularly find it easier to keep up with work and they also find it easier to form strong friendships with others. Unless there are significant reasons for your child not to be at school on any given day (they may be ill etc.), then we urge parents and caregivers to continue to ensure their children attend regularly. Regular attendance at school not only helps students understand and complete their classwork it also provides valuable social and cultural experiences.
I welcome the following staff to St John Paul II during this term: Mr David Wick replacing Mr Kevin Corke, Mrs Natacha Warnant replacing Mrs Dannielle Hamilton. Mr Mariano Papa replacing Mr Robert Staerk and Mr Branden Sarafov replacing Mrs Rebecca Gibson from the start of Term 3. Support staff– Administration Ms Karen Garth and Ms Krystal Harrison - Support staff– Administration. Learning Support – Teacher’s Aides Ms Stephanie Fitzpatrick and Ms Rosemary de Santa Brigida - Learning Support – Teacher’s Aides
I will be taking some long service leave from 22 July to 13 August. During this time Mr Peter Regan will be Acting Principal and Mrs Raquel Sheehy will be Acting Assistant Principal – Stage 5.
Finally, a reminder that Term 3 commences for all students on Monday 22 July – Week A Timetable. There will be no Staff Development-Pupil Free Day in Term 3.