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From the Principal

31.08.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Recently, I attended a Leader’s Retreat over a 3-day period. The essence of this reflective time was about ecological spirituality. We were able to focus on one particular Saint and her visionary approach way back in the 12th century. St Hildegard of Bingen was an activist, writer, poet, composer and philosopher and someone who influenced thousands throughout her life, she was even considered by many as the founder of scientific natural history. She developed four rules to live by which are still relevant today:- 1. See possibilities – live with hope and bring love to the world. 2. Be generative – do a good deed, be productive in life. 3. Be interconnected – make decisions that brings togetherness and look for the common good. 4. Be fruitful – come alive and be filled with the holy spirit. I found the retreat very inspiring and a time of great personal reflection, a time for being thankful and an opportunity for spiritual growth. In these challenging times it certainly made me feel blessed to be able to serve this wonderful school community and be witness to the educational and spiritual growth of all our students as they experience the love of God through our wonderful staff, their friends and most importantly through their families.

For more information about Confirmation, Uniforms & Hats, Bookweek, Sports Day, Toys & Equipment from Home and our Building Update  .......

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From the APRIM

26.08.21

Two Marys

Over the last two weeks we have remembered and celebrated two inspirational women in the Christian Tradition.  The Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross was celebrated on the 8th August and our school community gathered for a liturgy. We recalled the strength and courage of Australia’s First Saint and how our school values are founded in the life of Mary MacKillop and the Josephite charism. We also celebrated Mary, the mother of Jesus on the 15th August with the Feast of the Assumption. As the mother of Jesus, Mary offers people a model of discipleship based on faith, love and service. We are fortunate to have these two Marys for inspiration.

For more about the Confirmation & First Eucharist Celebrations and Stillness, Prayer and Wellbing Meditation ......

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From the Principal

05.08.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a very interesting start we have had for term 3. It certainly feels like we have started the term twice. It has been another challenging time for everyone across our state as we settled into this new Semester. The important thing is for all of us to look out for each other, taking the time to check in on each other’s wellbeing. It is also very important for our students to  begin again and establish a good school routine so that they are feeling good about coming back to school and being with their friends and engaged in their learning.

I must say it was very timely having the Olympic Games to watch during lockdown, as it provided a real distraction and a wonderful feeling of national pride. Nothing like cheering on our athletes and getting into sports that you don’t normally see on centre stage.

I would like to thank you all for the way you have handled the restrictions, especially around the wearing of masks and the way families have adjusted to the pick-up and drop off arrangements. This is greatly appreciated and allows us to be safe and efficient during these times. We hope we can have families coming back on to the school grounds soon.

We welcome our very new Mid-Year Reception students and their families to our school. I would like to congratulate them on the way they have managed their start to school life and thank Ms Mae McGee for such a smooth start, even if we did do it twice! I would like to welcome to our school community:

Paloma, Emiliana, Allegra, Alessandro, Benjamin, Mason, Alexis, Victoria, Oscar, Isaac and Vivien. We wish them well in their learning journey.

Congratulations to our Term 3 School Captains, Adriana and Kaspar – we look forward to seeing your leadership skills in action throughout this term.

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From the Principal

25.06.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is incredible to think we have almost reached the half way mark of the school year. This week we saw in the winter solstice, our longest day of the year, and the winter weather has certainly hit. We certainly encourage you to keep your child home if they are unwell, coughing or have a runny nose. Thank you for your support on this matter.

I would like to congratulate and thank all the students and teachers on a VERY productive and active term. There have been many wonderful learning outcomes achieved and excellent activities experienced by all. We all should be proud of our achievements.

Next week students will receive their mid-year report. This assessment is an important reporting tool that provides a summary of a students’ learning achievements in the first semester of the year. The important thing with any report or assessment is to:

Look for the effort – this is what makes learning and progress possible;
Find the strengths in the report, there will be areas working well for your child;
Look for areas of focus for the future and the opportunity to set learning goals for the next semester.

I would encourage you to take time to sit down with your child and read the report together, discuss and celebrate achievements as well as establish strategies for improvement.

If you have any questions about the report, you can certainly make a time early next term to discuss these with your child’s teacher(s).

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From the Principal

25.05.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Mid-year Reception Class

In our Catholic school system, children who turn 5 years old between the months of May and October are eligible to start school in term 3 for our mid-year intake. Children who turn five from November 1 onwards commence Reception at the beginning of the following year.  Students who start in Term 3 will spend 18 months in Reception before progressing to Year 1.  The benefit of being able to start mid-year provides families with an opportunity to be flexible and responsive to what is best for their child.

 

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From the APRIM

03.05.21

Happy Easter to everyone and I hope you enjoyed some time together with family and friends.

Crossways Curriculum (Religious Education)

This year we are planning with the new Crossways (RE Curriculum). This curriculum focusses on skills and dispositions and knowledge and enables children to learn more about the Catholic faith while engaging with other world views and their own perspective.

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From the Principal

01.04.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Adopt a Family Tree Project

Last Friday night, I attended the opening of the art exhibition for the ‘Adopt a Family Tree project. This project has been one of many that has involved our special partnership with the Landcare Group at The Gums Reserve.

This recent project was inspired by Kaurna/Peramangk Aboriginal Elder and Patron Ivan ‘Tiwu’ Copley, which resulted in some of our students and their families having the opportunity to adopt a tree in The Gums.

The students selected a tree for their family adoption and with the support of Laura Wills, an Adelaide artist, they captured their feelings, emotions and understanding about the significance of the tree in the landscape. This involved the students drawing a portrait of their tree and then writing a poem about it and what it means to them.

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From the Principal

11.03.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s amazing to think we have reached half way through term 1. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend break and were able to get out and about enjoying this wonderful autumn weather.

Building Update
As you would be aware, with the completion of the Master Plan last year, we have been working hard behind the scenes to start Stage One of the plan. You may recall this stage involves the building of a new adventure playground and refurbishing the heritage listed Parish Hall. I am hoping this project will start in the middle of this year with completion by the end of the school year. The School Board and the Steering Committee are all committed to this new and exciting venture as it will certainly improve our play space and gathering space for the school and the parish.

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Community Noticeboard

18.02.21

Notices from Community Organisations in our local area:

  • Join the Junior Parkrun Family at Thorndon Park every Sunday morning....

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Finance News

18.02.21

Janet provides updated information concerning School Fees and the due date, OSHC Payments and how they should be entered online, as well as School Card information ............

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