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Principal’s Report: Term 3, Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers

On Friday all staff will be attending the Reflection Day, which is held each year. So why do we have this day? As an Anglican and Catholic school we hope that each day to bring to life for our students, families and ourselves a lived experience that God wants for each of us. That is to create a community where each person lives life to the full where love, hope, peace, forgiveness and reconciliation are at the heart of who we are. Staff will have the opportunity to reflect on this mission both individually and as a whole staff through prayer and liturgy on Friday. It is an important day for our staff to be involved in and I do thank the support of the community.

The past fortnight has ben a busy one for our senior students. Our Stage 2 Drama and PE students (Year 12) participated in their moderation assessment last week. Grimm Tales was performed over two nights and it was excellent to have close to 100 people attended each night. Our Drama students were very impressive and they should be proud of their achievements. Two external moderators from other schools assessed the performance on Thursday night. Congratulations to all the staff especially Daniele Ray our Drama teacher and the support she received from Mrs Kelley Lewis, Mrs Alice Pudney, Mrs Abbie Klassman for their support of the production. Well done to our Year 10 Drama students for helping backstage and lighting too on the both nights. On Thursday morning our PE students from Ms Symons and Mr Dowling’s classes undertook their Touch Football practical under the eye of an external moderator. So this time and in the coming weeks is a critical one for our Year 12 students as they complete their final assessments and prepare for exams.

Work completion and within timelines is a skill students need across all year levels. So what can parents do to help with this (without doing the work!)? Parents play an important role in their child’s learning. Taking an interest in what their child is learning is the first step. Ensuring homework and time given to study is completed each night. Checking the homework and discussing what needs to be done next is also helpful. Ensuring a quiet time and place is available for the child to work is also beneficial if this can be done. We support our students with completing work by following up with students who have not and giving additional support when needed. It is an important skill for students to learn to manage their time and work within set times to complete their assignments. To support our young people in Years 6-12 the library in the Middle School is open after school from Monday – Thursday until 4.30pm for quiet study.

At this time of the term we keep our Year 12 students in our prayers. I wish you and your family every best wish for the coming fortnight.

With best wishes,

Ms Leanne Carr Principal

7/09/17