Congratulations to all our students, teachers and families for another wonderful term. Every day I see our students engaged in learning in so many different ways across the school. Whether it is gardening, debating, chess, or perhaps some ‘sweaty brain’ thinking in mathematics or imaginative writing, we are always celebrating teaching and learning in every classroom.
This week is Refugee Week, a very important week for our school and the wider community. We will be hosting a morning tea after our P & C meeting on Wednesday 23 June in the SaCC. This will be in partnership with STARTTS who have been running the drumming group and learning hub projects through our SaCC in first semester. These projects directly benefit our refugee students and their families.
Attendance is always a focus for our school. We have many procedures in place to reward and support daily attendance at school. Just 5 minutes missed daily is equal to 3 full days of schooling a year. Parents and carers must provide an explanation for all absences. This can be a note, email, phone call or conversation with school staff. Also, our Skoolbag app has an online absence eForm which can be quickly filled in and sent through the app directly to school. If the school has not received an explanation for your child’s absence, the school will contact you within two days.
This term, Stage 2 have been engaged in weekly workshops with Bell Shakespeare, which culminated in a performance for Stage 2 and 3 of Romeo and Juliet. Our students have benefited greatly from these specialised workshops; increasing their confidence and understanding of dramatic techniques as well developing a new found love of Shakespeare. We thank Bell Shakespeare for providing these workshops to our students.
This week parent-teacher interviews will be taking place to discuss student progress and future learning goals with parents. Your child’s half yearly report was sent home with them on Friday. These interviews improve the communication between home and school, allowing teachers and parents to discuss current learning as well as ask questions about your child’s attitude to learning and their overall wellbeing. I look forward to seeing parents and teachers engaging in this process.
Our Aussies of the Month in June were Annasimone and Noor . Well done to these two students who are exemplifying our school values of respect, safety and learning in all their interactions across the school day.
Life Education - Healthy Harold has also been visiting the school providing vital lessons in health and wellbeing for all our students P-6. Thank you to the Canterbury Leagues Club for subsidising this program for our students.
Our next P & C meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 June in the SaCC at 9:00am. I will be talking more about reporting for our EAL/D students.
On the last Friday of Term, the community will be hosting a morning tea for Mr Dace Elletson. The event will be held in the SaCC from 11am – 12 noon. This will be a chance to farewell Mr Elletson and wish him well with his new role as Director Educational Leadership for Glenfield.
I wish everyone a safe, relaxing holiday. School resumes on Tuesday 13 July for all students.