- 07 February 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers
We are looking forward to formally acknowledging our school leaders for 2017 at next Monday’s Student Leaders’ Induction Service. Please feel free to attend on Monday afternoon if you wish to be part of this wonderful school event.
The Senior School students need to be congratulated on the smooth start which they have made to their swimming program this week. This has laid a wonderful foundation for future excursions or sporting events this year.
Over the past couple of weeks a lot of media debate -newspaper articles, current affairs programs [60 minutes – “Can Do Better”] and government informed reports [Grattan Report] - have been focussing on what schooling in Australia should look like today and in the future and why so many students are becoming more and more disengaged from school. What is being highlighted, time and time again, is the fact that the majority of today’s schooling environments have not changed much since the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century i.e. students seated in rows regurgitating teacher-driven content. There is growing national and international awareness that innovative schooling models and environments are needed to equip this generation of school children for future work places. At St Paul’s -and for that matter at a growing number of Lutheran education schools - innovative learning spaces, student-driven learning opportunities/programs and staff professional development with this philosophy in mind, have become central to our strategic thinking, planning and direction as a school of the future. I, along with a number of other stakeholders, look forward to sharing with you in the coming weeks our current student data and future initiatives in providing more agile/flexible learning spaces and opportunities at St Paul’s.
Over the next fortnight the school will be calling for expressions of interest from those parents who wish to give of their time and expertise by volunteering to be part of our P&F Group and/or our Parent Consultative Committee for 2017. A new P&F Executive will be elected at the AGM on 7 March, (see nomination form in this newsletter) while this will be the third year that a Parent Consultative Committee will be gathered to represent your thoughts and interests in the school. Do not hesitate to contact my office if you wish to know more about the operations of these two groups. More about this in next week’s newsletter.
This week also wraps up the last of our Teacher Information Evenings. Thank you to the classroom teachers for hosting these very informative sessions and thank you to the many parents who took the time to make meaningful connections with their child’s classroom teacher at the beginning of the new school year.
Wishing everyone a very blessed week.
Yours in Christ
Anton Prinsloo , Principal