- 03 October 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back to the start of the final school term for 2017. I hope that you have enjoyed the Spring break which brought with it beautiful outdoor weather and then some much needed rain over the past two days to slow things down again. We are thankful for this time of rest to catch up with friends and family. We are also thankful for safe travels for those who have been away over this time. Traditionally, Term 4 is a very busy time for all as we look at finishing the school year strongly but also find ourselves planning for the following year.
As part of our planning and preparation for the 2018 school year, I have included an information letter [see attachment] regarding the ongoing implementation of Flexible Learning at St Paul’s in 2018 and beyond. This will provide you with both accurate and up-to-date information regarding how we continue to approach learning at St Paul’s to create better learning opportunities for every student in our care.
This is also the time of year where we get ready to farewell our Year 6 students as they begin to prepare for their transition to high school next year. We also look forward to welcoming around 52 new Prep students and their families to school as they take part in an orientation morning in Week 4. In light of this it is most appropriate that our first value for Term 4 is Courage [being brave] as these students and their families at opposite end of the schooling spectrum begin preparing for changes in 2018. As part of our ongoing partnership and transparent communication with you as a family, every family continuing at St Paul’s in 2018 will, next week, receive a Class Placement Form to complete and return to us as we begin to put in place our draft class lists for next year.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome those students and their families who are new to our school this term. We look forward to our partnership and journey with you as we together nurture the growth of your child during your time at St Paul’s. We also welcome back, from extended leave, our PE teacher Ms. Jess Gall. We look forward to hearing her many stories and adventures from her time overseas and I know that she is looking forward to connecting with all the students again.
One of the events to be celebrated at St Paul’s this term is the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation which was led by Martin Luther and became one of the most significant turning points in the history of the Church. Information about Martin Luther and the Reformation will form part of our weekly Chapel services on a Wednesday morning, with these celebrations culminating in the Year 6 students leading our Reformation Celebrations at their School Sunday service on Sunday 5 November. Everyone is warmly invited to attend these events over the coming weeks.
As announced in our weekly newsletter last term, one of the major events on the school calendar this term will be our whole school [Prep – Year 6] End of Year Graduation and Awards Service. This event will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday 28 November. In order for us to begin planning for this event, every family will receive an invitation this week asking you to indicate whether your child[ren] will be in attendance as well as the number of adults from your family attending too. I thank you in advance for your co-operation in returning the required RSVP on time.
As we begin to wrap up the school year, you are all reminded of the strong open door policy which is propagated across all areas of school life at St Paul’s. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment, sooner rather than later, with either any member of the school’s Executive Team or your child’s classroom teacher should you need to discuss any aspect of your child’s journey with us.
Many blessings to everyone for a wonderful Term 4.
Yours in Christ
Anton Prinsloo Principal