Welcome to the new school year. A special welcome to all our new members of the school community; our Prep students, new students in other classes, the parents and caregivers and our new member of staff – Ms Tammy Threlfall. I trust you will feel the joy and reward of participating in our school community as you and your children participate in the journey of learning at St Augustine’s School.
The commencement of every school year is a balance between excitement and uncertainty. It is tremendous to see children have returned to school routines quickly and are busy engaging in their learning in a passionate and diligent manner. A key phrase for 2020 is “Saints has a Learning Culture” and more will be said about this in future Newsletters and Assemblies.
There are some significant changes in policies, procedures and Communication channels. These changes went through a robust change management process in the second semester of 2019. On the back of parent feedback, staff input and the efforts of the School Board, changes have been made to reflect the desires of the vast majority of parents and staff. I thank everyone who contributed to the change management process. It is by listening to the feedback and suggestions we are able to find a shared workable position for the benefit of the Saint’s community. The major changes deal with 1) Departure Guidelines, 2) Weekly Wrap (not compulsory Homework) and 3) How we communicate between school and parents. Information on all these matters – and more, are accessible through the PARENT PORTAL. May I encourage everyone to make the Parent Portal their first and official avenue of finding information about school matters. The Newsletter will be published Week 2 and Week 8 each term.
Wednesday evening we hosted the annual Parent Information Evening. If there are any matters parents would like to follow up on, please do not hesitate to email or phone the school and make an appointment with your classroom teacher. There is a short survey open until Monday 10th Feb seeking feedback on the evening
The P & F will have an AGM on Tuesday 18th Feb at 5:30pm in the school library. The agenda item for this meeting is the election of the P & F Executive. If interested in standing for one of these positions please send me an email or respond to the P & F invitation email that will go out early Week 3.
So, as we complete our second week of 2020 I thank all for a positive start to the new school year and I wish everyone every success for what I believe will be another great year at Saints..