Welcome back for another school year which again promises to be busy and exciting for children, parents and staff! The beginning of Term 1 brings with it many new challenges and experiences and we look forward to working with all our existing and of course, new families.
A total of 48 Foundation students begin their educational journey with us this year and we look forward to sharing their many successes this year and in the years to come. We look forward to celebrating our Beginning of the School Year Mass on Wednesday 6th February and ‘Picnic in the Park’ on Tuesday 12th February.
We also welcome Ms Melissa Caine (Grade 2) and Mrs Elizabeth Teed (Performing Arts) who have joined our teaching staff, as well as our new support staff; Mrs Nicole Morrison (Foundation), Miss Bonnie Pridham (Grade 4) and Mrs Lindy Vance (Canteen). We look forward to working with them and I am sure everyone will make them very welcome.
Our parent ‘Meet & Greet’ night will be held on Tuesday 12th February for all year levels in the classrooms followed by the Beginning of the Year 'Picnic in the Park'. These nights are a great way to see where your children will be each day and to become familiar with the expectations and routines for different year levels. Our Foundation Meet & Greet sessions will be a more formal information night with two sessions, beginning at 4.40 and 5.00pm. All other classes will have an informal 'meet and greet' in their own classrooms.
Our timetable has also changed a little as a response to the children's needs. We are going to eat lunch between 11.40-11.50am and rather than have morning tea, we will have an afternoon snack at 1.45pm. All teaching times remain the same, however we hope this will promote healthy eating habits and provide better opportunities for children to join in active play.
This Term we will also have two of our major fundraising activities where we come together as a school community; the Marong Cup and ‘Movies on the Green’. These are great opportunities to socialise as well as raise extra funds for the school. Feel free to come along to our Parents and Friends meetings as we discuss many great opportunities to become involved in the school community.
The end of Term 1 will see the beginning of construction for our Senior Learning Building. The portables in Napoleon Crescent will be moved and an exciting new building to house the Grade 5 and 6 children will be built. We are grateful to be receiving Federal government funding to support us in improving the physical environment of the school.
Finally, the partnership between school and home is the most important part of a child's learning. Education is a journey. It’s not something that begins at 9am and finishes at 3.15pm. It is an important part of our lives and we aim to make the students in our care lifelong learners that approach new learning, experiences and relationships with optimism and energy. As such we look forward to working with you to develop and guide each child to reach their potential as 'Leaders for Tomorrow'. We will continue to have Parent-Teacher learning conversations each Term and I encourage parents and caregivers to contact teachers if they are unsure and to celebrate the success and challenges along the way.