This week has seen many parents and students participate in the Semester 2 Parent – Teacher interviews. Feedback from interviews is that there has been many rich discussions containing affirmations and identifying areas for improvement. Any parent who has not made an interview time through the PTO link on the Parent Portal are invited to make an appointment with their child’s teacher after the current series of interviews are completed.
Some communication changes have been put in place. Firstly, we have a new website. I encourage all to visit and bookmark our new homepage. Secondly, a decision has been made to publish the Newsletter fortnightly and releasing the Newsletter on the odd weeks of each term.
Next week is Book Week. To encourage students to find joy in books there will be a Book Parade on ?? morning and all students are encouraged to dress up in a character from their favourite book. All parents and caregivers are encouraged to come along and watch the students and staff parade their favourite characters.
Over the past week there has been a small rise in the frequency of inappropriate student behaviour. Many of these incidents are isolated one off events and it is important that students and parents do not make the error of labelling these incidents as examples of bullying and harassment. All expect our school to provide a happy and safe environment for learning and playing. For this to occur all students must play their part. The school is not responsible for teaching manners, respect and how to behave safely. Parents are the primary educator of their child. Good manners, behaviour and respect are taught by parents and the school will support parents and children by reinforcing these social norms each day. I encourage all parents to have a chat with their child regarding acceptable school behaviour and the importance of being engaged in learning when at school.
A new student behaviour that is occurring is an action referred to as “FACING”. This is where two students sit facing each other and deliberately exclude all others. Exclusion of others is not a gospel value nor what we encourage within our school community. I ask parents to reinforce with their children “Facing” is a behaviour we do not wish to see at St Augustine’s.
Have a great fortnight.