NEWSLETTER - TERM 2, WEEK 7
ST PAUL'S PRIMARY SCHOOL, MOUNT LAWLEY
The fruit of silence is prayer,
the fruit of prayer is faith,
the fruit of faith is love,
the fruit of love is service,
the fruit of service is peace.
- Mother Teresa
I hope everyone enjoyed a nice long weekend and got a chance to recharge a little, ready for the last 4 weeks of term. There are a few things going on over the coming weeks, so please make sure you have checked the school calendar.
Last week, we ran a session on Wednesday evening for parents, where we talked about St Paul's and our upper primary experience. We had a good number of parents there and I want to express my appreciation to those who were able to come and the interest they showed in our school and what we have to offer. For me, it was a valuable experience to put together the presentation and gather together so many of the amazing opportunities we offer, as well as analyse what it is that makes St Paul's such a special place. With the support of our School Advisory Council, some key messages have been developed and I aim to get these out to parents in the near future.
I would like to acknowledge our staff at St Paul's as we could not offer the opportunities that we do without their incredible dedication. Our staff go above and beyond for our students! For these people, education is definitely a vocation and not just a job. The time that goes into providing the richest learning opportunities and extra-curricular opportunities, along with all of the other requirements in education these days, is far more than can be done within work hours and my immense appreciation goes to all our staff.
Next week, St Paul's will be conducting a survey to find out about the climate at our school. The School Climate Survey is conducted every 2 years in CEWA schools so you may remember it from a couple of years ago if you were at St Paul's then. The survey is a really important opportunity for our school, which for you, our parents, allows you to tell us how things are going for you and your children. A version of the survey is also given to our staff and our students.
At St Paul's, we really value your feedback and will try to respond to the information that you provide through the survey to make your experience at St Paul's the best it can be. The feedback we get does not include data from individuals; rather, feedback is an aggregate of data from all parents.
The more responses we get, the better, as we would like to get a clear understanding from our whole community so I urge everyone to take the time to complete the survey. You will receive an email with information once the survey has opened. Thank you in advance for your support with gathering this important feedback.
This week, we welcome Miss Samara Van Nus and Mrs Fenny Hadiwinata to our staff at St Paul's. Samara joins our Early Childhood team as our new education assistant in Pre-Kindy and Fenny joins our education support team as our new education assistant in Year 2. Also, in Week 9, we welcome Miss Melanie Supanz as our new Pre-Primary teacher. Melanie will be visiting in the weeks before commencing to meet the students and have handover.
We are very pleased to welcome Samara, Fenny and Melanie to the St Paul's team!
Interschool Cross Country
Congratulations to our Interschool Cross Country team who represented our school well last week. Be sure to check out the post in our Latest News with some photos of the day.
In the last newsletter, I noted some impressive awards that some of our students achieved in the BEBRAS competition. We were so proud to also find out that Lucy from Year 4 did so well that she made it to the honour roll with a perfect score!
Congratulations also go to Olivia from Year 5 who was selected for the state swimming squad out of 200 students. Well done, Olivia!
Over the weekend, Mabel from Year 5 also attended an awards ceremony as she achieved a Highly Commended on her entry to the Italian competition that many of our students entered. Congratulations, Mabel!
There have been some impressive achievements lately. Go St Paul's!
Please make sure you are familiar with the uniform requirements. As we continue to transition to the new school uniform, it is important that the old and new uniforms are not combined. Students should be wearing the new uniform where possible and if they do not have the new uniform, they may wear the old uniform; however, the old and new uniforms must not be mixed, eg. old uniform jumpers with the new uniform. Thank you for your support with this as we make this transition.
This week, our Year 6 House Prefects will be accompanying me to the 2023 LifeLink Day Launch for Primary Schools. Our students have been busy working on projects for the launch. This year, to raise money for LifeLink, we will be having a Crazy Sock Day on Friday. Information has been sent to parents so please support this initiative by sending your child to school on Friday with crazy socks and a donation!
If you have been around the school, you will have noticed that the work I informed you about in my last email has not happen yet. With a couple of additional complications and an adjustment to the plan to hopefully help things run smoother with the installation of the steel, I'm told it should now be another couple of weeks before this work commences. The rain that is forecast this week also doesn't help with getting things moving!
Have a great week!
Mr Pete Merry