Welcome to Week Six- I can scarcely believe that we are so busily preparing for the final part of this term together! My reflections over this past fortnight have seen me scroll down the Term Four Planner, revisiting all the wonderful events and occasions that we can look back on fondly and celebrate.
The concluding events that are such a special part of this coming Advent Season, will be occupying much of the children’s coming days. Many of our parents may need an additional reminder that the celebration of our 2020 school year together, our Concert and Prize Night will take place on the School Oval on Friday evening, 4th December from 6.30pm sharp. All the necessary details about costumes, gates and access have been directly communicated to all families and today’s Newsletter will have an abridged version of these important reminders.
It promises to be a wonderful evening for all to enjoy. Parents are asked to remain at the back of the seating area if they are going to be using chairs, and those on rugs will be prioritised at the front of the family section, to allow for the best viewing.
We await the performances of the story we all know so well, with much anticipation.
The occasion will provide all families with the opportunity to come together and acknowledge the hard work and beautiful voices and acting skills of our boys and girls, who will shine in the Arts Learning Area as they perform and sing for all!
Family events at school when children are in attendance, are alcohol free evenings, as the potential for injury (eg broken glass) is ever present. The children in Years K-6 will be sitting in their class groups with their teachers both before and after their performances, until the conclusion of the night, at 8.30pm. Families are welcomed and encouraged to join us for the evening!
Learning from our experiences
As our term comes to its final weeks, teachers are busily attending to assessments and the analysis of our boys’ and girls’ progress. This is in preparation for the Semester Two Reports, that will be issued online to all families, during the pupil free week following the close of school for our boys and girls following the conclusion of this Term. This enables our staff to continue with the teaching and the presentation of content and concepts, until the very end of the term. Please ensure your login details and passwords are known from Semester One, to ensure Reports can be accessed. A text message will be sent to all families, alerting them to when these are going to be available. A special thank you to our class and specialist staff, for their work in Reporting and the analysis of assessments.
Last night, the parents of next year’s Year Four Class joined us for the first of the 1;1 Mac Book Programme Information sessions. Thank you to those who were able to attend and learn from our upper cluster staff, how this wonderful technology will compliment the children’s learning and their journey with research and creativity
Last week also saw us welcome the 2021 Kindergarten families for their Orientation session and parent night- we anticipate many happy years of journeys with these excited and enthusiastic little people and their parents!
Both of these out of hours occasions have called for preparation by our staff, at what is a busy time of year- I’m sure you join me in expressing your gratitude for their devotion to their work.
The promotion of positive relationships with our students/staff/parents
The Sacred Heart Primary School Board and Parents and Friends Association will gather next Wednesday 25th November at 6.00pm in the Hall, to conduct their respective Annual General Meetings. This AGM is where the presentation of the 2021 Budget and School Fee Schedule is made, and additionally, the election of ordinary members to the School Board, and the Executive members to the Parents and Friends association take place. Parents have been asked to RSVP to the evening for preparation of seating and catering purposes.
I wish to acknowledge the very generous service offered by parents in our school community, who have volunteered their time, and wish to contribute so positively to our journey together in providing a “Sacred Heart” education for our boys and girls. It continues to be a very real pleasure to work with so many of our parents who are committed to serve the school, in order for all children to benefit. Well done everyone!
As the year comes to a close, plans for some second-hand uniform sales in the Hall over a couple of mornings in coming weeks are underway- these are fabulous chances to stock up on items that are essential, and very well priced. Our P and F Uniform co-ordinator, Mrs Donna Brolese is devoted to ensuring access to these items is both regular and continued- thank you Donna for this valuable “boutique” work!
Taking responsibility for the quality of our work
The Year Six Graduation is scheduled for Week Nine on Wednesday 9th December, with Mass taking place at Sacred Heart Church at 6.00pm, and our beautiful Dinner being served by our exceptionally capable Year Five parents, at the Mt Lawley Bowling Club from 7.30pm. We look forward to a very special celebration.
I’m sure the work of our Year Five parents in transforming the venue and providing an opportunity for our children to “take their parents out to dinner” will be appreciated by all!
As preparations for the new school year continue, I will be able to announce the finalisation of staffing placements for 2021 in the coming days. I’m sure parents look forward to and appreciate this information, and will assist children to view challenges and changes with a positive outlook, and the new school year as an exciting opportunity.
Living out the teachings of Jesus
This Sunday, our Church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King.
Lord God, King of Heaven and Earth, We worship you! We Praise You! We give you glory! Amen.
Next Sunday 29th November sees the Church season of Advent commence with the lighting of our first candle. Our school will conduct an Advent Wreath ceremony on the preceding Friday with the Year Six children leading us all in prayer.
Advent is a season of joyful waiting. The week’s Gospel calls us to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord.
“Be on your guard! Don’t let yourselves become preoccupied with too much feasting, drinking and with the worries of this life, or that day may suddenly catch you like a trap.”
What is your family going to do to approach Advent positively?
In closing, can I ask that we all call to mind the work of our teachers and staff at this time of our term- I’m sure many of you are experiencing the usual busyness of this time of the year, and our staff all continue to work hard to accomplish what is required of them as the year concludes. Their families are probably longing for them to return to their homes at more reasonable hours!
At this special time of the year, we are reminded of those who are not with us, and I ask that we continue to remember the ones we love. We particularly keep in our prayers, our colleague Mrs Rosie Stewart, who has recently lost her beloved father after a short illness.
Many thanks and God Bless
Mrs Tanya McGuire