Friday 2nd of July, 2021
Thank you for another fantastic term of learning at Virginia Primary. From everyone at Virginia Primary/ Preschool, we wish you a safe two week break and are looking forward to what promises to be a very exciting Term 3!
Room 1 – Mrs Krystal Abela will be going on maternity leave from term 3 onwards. We wish her and Johnny all the very best with this next exciting chapter in their lives- the birth of their first child. On behalf of the students, staff and school community, I would like to thank Krystal for all her hard work and positive contributions to VPS. Krystal is a highly passionate, quality educator who will be missed.
We look forward to her return, however in the meantime, wish her all the very best being a mum. You will be an exceptional mum!
We welcome Catherine, who has already met most parents and established strong positive relationships with the students. Catherine is highly passionate and dedicated as well and has slipped into the role seamlessly.
SSO support – On behalf of VPS, I would like to thank Charmaine for all her work and positive contributions. Even though Charmaine was here for a short time, she has established strong relationships. We wish Charmaine all the very best at her new school, Angle Vale. Thank you Charmaine.
Student Support/Intervention - We would like to welcome Danielle who will be backfilling Robyn. Danielle has worked in student support for many years and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Danielle has completed a thorough handover with Robyn and is eager to begin her role with us. If you see her out in the yard, please say hello and introduce yourself to her.
Robyn Lewis – Thank you and Happy Retirement – I have not been looking forward to this moment as it is a difficult ‘thank you and farewell’ but one that deserves to be mentioned and acknowledged.
As we all know, Robyn made the difficult decision to retire at the end of this term. Even though it is a sad time for us and the VPS community as we are losing an incredibly passionate and highly dedicated educator who has given and done SO SO much for so many students and families over the years. Always going above and beyond.
Her contribution to not only VPS but to the whole Education system has been phenomenal. Robyn has completed many different roles over her years (too many to mention) and has worked tirelessly giving 110% until the very last day of work. As highly knowledgeable of a person Robyn is, she has not stopped reading and learning to ensure that she is updated with current research practices. She has always lead by example and is a true definition of a highly committed educator who understands how influential teachers can be if they are dedicated and care about their work. She has been the voice for so many students and families – she’s been a teacher, a friend, a colleague, a mentor, a leader, a safe person to go to but she can now devote her time and enjoy being a mum, wife and grandmother. Not that she hasn’t, but she can now stop juggling the ‘work ball’ and hold onto the ‘family ball’ the most important one of them all and take time out for herself.
Robyn – words are not enough to acknowledge your work and worth. We cannot thank you enough for all that you have done. For me personally, I have worked alongside you for many years and they have been some of my best years and fondest memories. Your ability to highlight and build upon peoples’ strengths is second to none. I can go on and on as I want to say so much more. I want everyone to know how amazing you are and what a remarkable, positive impact you have had on so many families. Your sense of calmness will be missed.
Anyone who has worked with you has been privileged! On behalf of everyone at VPS, past and present, we have been honoured to share many memories with you – thank you! We wish you all the best with your well-deserved retirement. It’s time to look after Mrs Lewis now and enjoy extra time with your precious little granddaughter. You have so many beautiful moments waiting for you – embrace and cherish them. Enjoy your reading and craft groups with friends. You deserve this Mrs Lewis!!!
I end with a thank you and a happy retirement but NO goodbye. We want Mrs Lewis to visit us amongst her coffee, reading, craft, Nanna duties and dates. Thank you for the memories and for your guidance – I’m forever grateful as many others are as well. We will miss you!
Robyn would like to sincerely thank everyone – students, staff, governing council and families for all your support and well wishes.
Pupil Free Day - first day of term 3
We have a Pupil Free Day on Monday 19th July so school will begin on the Tuesday for our students, however OSHC will be available on the Monday.
As we are at the evaluation stage of our literacy journey, we will be spending the day with Stephen Graham and work through the processes that we are going to put in place to ensure our work continues to be implemented and strengthened.
As always, we are looking forward to this day as we find these professional learning sessions with Stephen, exceptionally useful and practical.
Looking forward to sharing some of this day with you in the next newsletter.
Thuy and I would like to once again, thank everyone for all your work and support. Congratulations to all our students who continue to persist and strive for excellence. To our teachers and SSOs – make sure you take this time to rest up and re-energise. Thank you for all your tireless work. To our families - thank you for all your continued support. We are privileged to be able to work amongst an amazingly supportive school environment.