A message from our Principal:
Dear Parents, Staff and Students
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Next Tuesday June 27 at 9:30 our school will celebrate NAIDOC week with a special liturgy which will include the official acknowledgement and blessing of our totem poles, a gift from year 6 2016. Thank you especially to Cheryl Roberts our Pastoral Care Worker for her work in preparing this.
Next week concludes the first cohort of teachers to complete their Microsoft Technology Professional Development with Lynette Barker, our Learning Technology Coordinator. Lynette’s ‘Hands Held Out Academy’ has worked with a group of fifteen teachers throughout this semester in various technologies to aide and enhance our teaching and learning such as Skype, Snip, Office Mix and Coding. I thank Lynette for the enormous amount of work she puts into making these Professional Development opportunities authentic for teachers, which makes the learning for your children so much more engaging and relevant. In term 3, the next group of staff will begin their PD with Lynette.
Semester 1 reports will be sent home at the beginning of week 10. Parents who wish to discuss their child’s report are asked to contact the office to arrange an appointment with the relevant teacher.
Last week St Therese's again hosted a Professional Development day in Gifted Education (GE) for several schools from our diocese. The day was facilitated by Bronwyn McLeod from (University of NSW and Gateway Education) who is working with the Catholic Schools Office on their GE project. St Therese's, as you are aware, is one of the schools in the Central schools cluster participating in the trial project. Our GE Team, led by Lynette Barker, will embark on further work in this area in term 3.
Enjoy your week,
Sallyanne Stanbridge - Acting Principal
Events for your diary..
27 June Reconciliation Service
27 June Regional Athletics
28 June Pizza combo day
30 June Last day of Term 2
Pyjama Day - Gold coin donation
17 July First Day Term 3
18/19 July School Photos
4 August Yr 2 Wetlands Excursion
8 August Special Needs Mass
11 August Yr 1 Wetlands Excursion
15 August St Pius student visit 10am
16 August St Pius parent night 7pm
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