- 24 January 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back to the 2017 school year! A belated Happy New Year to you and your family! It is wonderful to have you all back safe and sound. One of the things that the summer break does for us is that it gives us time to reflect – to see into the future, to look back, to see through some past problems/people, to soul search about any blind spots and to look into things that help us gain our balance and give us new hopes and dreams! We thank God for rest, reconnecting and safe travels during this holiday time.
A very special welcome is extended to the many new families who will be joining the St Paul’s community. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with you and your child. We also welcome Miss Brooke Herbert as our new classroom music teacher and Mrs Ruth Byers who has returned from maternity leave.
I would like to thank ALL the staff for their hard work, which has been put in over the past fortnight, in getting the classrooms, learning programs and school ready for the arrival of the students. Last week Thursday’s family Administration Day [FAD] will also ensure that the students will return to the best start to their new school year and this was very evident with good routines and learning underway already.
Two major infrastructure programs were undertaken during the holiday period. We have had contractors build a new car park and renovating the Year 5 classroom block to reflect the ongoing implementation of our Agile Learning philosophy in the school. Thank you to our Business Manager, for overseeing aspects of these projects during the holidays. As we wait for the new carpark to officially open next Monday [thank you for your patience in this process] a letter will be coming home this week outlining the expectations for the safe use of this area. Please familiarise yourself with this information and do not hesitate to contact the school should you require further clarification on this matter.
Our school theme for 2017 is “Learn-Live-Grow”. This theme is not just applicable to the students but to all of us as a learning community as we often hear the expression about being “life-long learners!” Learning isn’t only confined to academic rigour, but also applies to our everyday lives as well as our Christian journey. Without learning about “things” and from everyday experiences we are unable to live well [with wisdom] and without living we don’t grow as academic learners, human beings and as Christians. The following quote best sums up Learn-Live-Grow, “We are humans. We are not perfect. We are alive. We try things. We make mistakes. We stumble. We fall. We get hurt. We rise again. We try again. We keep learning. We keep growing. And we are thankful for this priceless opportunity called life.” [Author unknown]
As a Christian learning community, 2 Peter 3 verse 18 says, “But grow in the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever.”
As you will have noticed from today’s newsletter, we have changed the layout to make it more user friendly when reading it online. We are working towards going completely electronic with the weekly newsletter during the course of the year. Your feedback, to the front office, on the new layout will be appreciated.
The following important events will be held at the school over the coming fortnight:
Parent Information Evenings in Weeks 2 and 3. Each year level has been allocated an evening during which time you will be able to meet your child’s classroom teacher and be provided with first-hand information regarding the ongoing working relationship and expectations for all stakeholders. More detailed information about these meetings will be provided to you by your child’s classroom teacher this week.
Installation of new staff and staff dedication service. I would like to invite you to attend this service on Sunday 5 February. The service will begin at 9:30am and be held in the church [which is the building next to the school].
2016 End of Year Awards
Congratulations to the students who were presented with the end of year awards at our respective closing services for 2016.
Both the teaching staff and Executive Team propagate a strong open door policy at St Paul’s. Open communication and transparency are vital to the success of your child’s time at school. Please familiarise yourself with the process for effective communication to take place at our school.
We are proud of the innovative learning programs being offered at St Paul’s. Our goal in 2017 is to continue improving on our reputation as a school which provides quality learning within a safe learning environment provided by a highly committed staff for all our learners. We warmly invite you to walk the journey with us.
May God bless you and your family in 2017.
Yours in Christ