Principal’s Weekly Message

Dear Parents

This week will be a very busy week for both parents and teachers due to Parent Teacher interviews.  Could I suggest to parents to be prepared for the interviews by having a set of questions you would like to pose as well as being familiar with their report and their current classroom work.  I thank the teachers for their dedication and time in ensuring this experience is a valuable one.

 On Monday of next week (9th August) the school will shift from the SAS programme to the new Tech One system.  Could I ask parents to hold off on paying any monies this week as we are in a transition period and unable to process payments. Can I thank the clerical staff and in particular, Mrs Vicki McSpadden, Bursar, for all the hard work she has put into the preparation for this major change.

P & F Meeting

Our P & F will be holding their August meeting via Zoom tonight at 7pm  https://mncatholic.zoom.us/j/92532631579

Password: 841281. All are welcome to join in and share their opinions.

Strategic Plan

As we come to the end of our three year Strategic Plan for St Therese’s I write to inform you that the process is due to recommence.  I will keep you informed as to our Strategic Plan as we confirm our direction up to 2024.

Vinnies Winter Sleep out

Last weekend Helene O’Neil rugged up to support the Vinnies Winter Sleepout as well as some of our families from St Therese’s (see photos further on in Newsletter).

Well done to all involved.

Last year parents, staff and children from Year 4 to 6 were asked to fill in the survey Tell Them From Me.  The results of the survey are used to address the yearly Strategic Plan.  Later this term you will receive a new survey link.  I ask that you take the time to fill it in so that the school is able to address the matters that you and your children raise.  Below is a summary of the key elements that the School addressed in relation to the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) survey.  Thank you for your assistance.

 

STUDENTS 3 KEY LEARNINGS/AREAS FOR ATTENTION STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS AREA NEEDING ATTENTION
1. The student results show that students feel safe and included.

 

2. There is a strong sense in students that their learning is relevant, and that feedback is well received.  Students believe that their teachers care about them and their learning

 

3. In the student data, there was a downward trend from Year 4 to Year 6 in the areas of effective learning, relevance and rigour

1. In week 6 of each term, we have a focus on wellbeing

 

2. Last 3 weeks of each term there is a focus on Child Protection

 

 

 

 

3.PMs focusing on data and the use of descriptive feedback as well as bump it up walls to address relevance and rigour

 

 

 

PARENTS & CARERS 3 KEY LEARNINGS/AREAS FOR ATTENTION STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS AREA NEEDING ATTENTION
1. The parents see the school as generally being supportive of them and their children.

 

2. Parents appreciate the communication from the school.

 

3. Bullying was an area of concern, particularly social/cyber bullying.

 

 

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3. review of procedures in relation to social bullying, in particular cybersafe.  Police Liaison Officer contacted for resources.  Online cybersafe courses advertised in the Newsletter.

 

Duilio Rufo

Principal