- 22 January 2018
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back to the new school year. I trust that you have had a relaxing summer break with your family and that the students are ready to embrace the many rich learning experiences and opportunities awaiting them this year.
A very special welcome is extended to the many new students and their families who will be joining the St Paul’s community this week. We look forward to getting to know you and growing a long and rewarding relationship with you and your child. We also welcome the following new and returning staff members to St Paul’s – Ms Charise Wills [Japanese, Year 4-6], Mrs Amanda Walker [Japanese, Prep – Year 3], Mr Ray Bellert [Year 6] and Ms Kelly Duyvelshoff [Kindergarten]. May God bless these staff members and their work as they nurture the students in their care.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for the hard work, which has taken place over the past fortnight, in getting the classrooms, learning programs and school environment ready for the arrival of the students this week. This was further supported by our FAD [Family Administration Day] initiative was highly successful with over 81% of our school families attending this day last week. This has further ensured that the students have returned to the best start to their 2018 school year at St Paul’s.
Over the summer break a number of building projects have taken place around the school. With the implementation and growth of Flexible Learning across the whole school, the Year 6 students have arrived back to occupy the next Agile Learning Lab. Do drop in to have a look at this wonderful learning environment. St Paul’s will be opening a dedicated Makerspace room to support our STEAM Program [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths] and our dedicated Digital Technology and Robotics Programs will be housed in the Library building. All year levels have also received furniture items to enhance all the flexible learning spaces as well as supporting the students in making choices about which learning style, throughout the day, suits them best.
Our school theme for 2018 is IMAGINE. This theme is applicable to the students, staff and the parent body. Our goal in 2018 will be to IMAGINE the possibilities beyond just dreaming and to begin filling in the gaps as we create the future. This theme will be underpinned by the words in Ephesians 3:20 which say, “God has more in store for you than you can even imagine.”
This year at St Paul’s we are going to review and fine-tune with you how we go about doing Home Learning [Homework]. We want to ensure that Home Learning time is exactly just that for you and your child. We want Home Learning to be a time of practicing and celebrating where your child is at with their learning and for you, together with your child and their teacher, decide on and commit to what you deem to be effective and quality learning time together. This process will be explained to you further at the upcoming Parent Information Evenings which kick off next week.
The following important event will be held at the school over the coming fortnight [Weeks 2 and 3]:
Parent Information Evenings Prep – Year 6. Each year level has been allocated an evening during which time you will be able to meet your child’s teaching team. These meetings will begin at 5:45pm and finish at 6:45pm. The first group to have their information evening will be Prep on Monday 29 January. More detailed information will be provided via your child’s class newsletter this week. I warmly invite and strong encourage all families to attend these meetings.
As we begin the new school year, I would like to appeal to every family to ensure that your student is on time for the start of each day. We would like all students to be at school by 8:25am. This will ensure that you child has a settled start to each day and that a late arrival does not impact on the morning routines for the rest of the students and classroom teacher. Do you know that being late by just 5 minutes every day will result in your child missing out on 3 weeks of school during the year! Thank you in advance for your support in this matter.
Both the teaching staff and the Executive Team propagate a strong OPEN DOOR POLICY. Open communication and transparency are vital to the success of your child’s time at St Paul’s. We look forward to building on and strengthening our working relationship with you in 2018.
In 2018 our goal continues to be that of growing our reputation as a school which is at the cutting edge of primary school teaching and learning. We will continue to work with you to provide quality learning within a safe learning environment provided by highly committed staff. I look forward to working with you in 2018.
Yours in Christ,