Around the Primary

Welcome back!

A very warm welcome to all the new families joining the John XXIII community and a heartfelt 'JTC welcome back' to existing students, parents and staff.

The new school year has commenced with a genuine buzz of excitement throughout the Primary school. The students have settled very well into their new classes and have spent the last three days making new friends, familiarising themselves with new routines and building relationships with their new teachers.

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As we have a busy term ahead, please find attached our Primary Term One calendar so you can start planning ahead. It is important to note our Parent Information Meetings occur early in the term. We encourage at least one parent from each family to come along to find out about the curriculum, class expectations, homework routines…

All Parent Information Meetings will take place in the classrooms.

Monday 13 February

Year 1 – 6pm

Year 2 – 6pm

Year 3 – 7pm

Year 4 – 7pm

Tuesday 14 February

Year 5 – 6pm

Year 6 – 6pm

Tuesday 14 February

Year 5 Parent iPad Workshop

8:45am in the MacKillop Room

5:15pm in the MacKillop Room (before the Parent Meeting)

Special thanks for sending your children to school in the correct uniform. It is lovely to see the students wearing their uniform with such pride. Students can only wear their sports uniform on their allocated Physical Education/Sports days.

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Once again we would like to offer swimming training for children in Years 3 - 6. The lessons will be run by two UniSwim instructors and they will commence from Monday 13 February. The training sessions will then occur every Monday and Thursday afternoon until Thursday 16 March at the College pool. It is essential that children are picked up at the College pool by parents at 4:30pm sharp.

This swimming training is offered to our competent swimmers that would like specific instruction for extra speed, improved technique and endurance. The College pool is fairly deep and your child will need to be able to train in the deep water. Please ensure your child has sunscreen, goggles and suitable swimming attire (no board shorts).

The Year 3-6 students have thoroughly enjoyed their swimming trials at Claremont pool. Special thanks to all the parents who kindly assisted Mr Alderman with the timing.

Thanks again for a great start to the year. The staff and I are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable year ahead with your delightful children.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

The commencement of the new year is also an opportunity for a few reminders, so please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our important procedures.

DUTY OF CARE If your child arrives after 9.00am they must report directly to the Office. If your child has a recurring appointment, such as, OT or Speech appointment etc please send an email to primary.absentees@johnxxiii.edu.au advising of the date/time of the appointment.

AFTER-SCHOOL PICK UP

Please be especially vigilant driving into the drive through - go slow, be patient and have your family name sign ready to go!

Parents with children in Years 1-3, need to display their 'family name' sign on their wind-shield or on the back of your car sun-visor. This visual reminder helps the teacher to call for children quickly and greatly assists with the flow of traffic. If you have lost your name sign or need another one, please contact Tracey McGann (mcgann.tracey@johnxxiii.edu.au) in the office. All students not collected by 3.30pm will be waiting in the front office for their parents.

UNIFORM

We really rely on the cooperation of families when it comes to children wearing their correct uniform to school. Our school policy is clear, that a neat haircut is expected and that long fringes are not acceptable. Also, all children need to wear predominantly white sneakers with white shoe laces on allocated sports days. We thank you for your co-operation and support in regard to this matter.

FAMILY PICNIC

Please also keep free Saturday, 18 March for our Annual Primary Picnic. More details will follow soon.

HEALTHY FOODS

As the staff have been on duty at recess and lunch time this week we have seen some fabulous examples of food that really gets children's brains ready for learning. Thank you to all the parents who have set their children up so well for a full day of learning by packing a healthy lunch box. As we are an 'allergy aware' school, we request that any products containing nuts are not brought to school.

SACRAMENTS

All children receiving Sacraments this year need be enrolled through their family Parish. Please contact your own Parish for information regarding First Reconciliation (Year 3), First Communion (Year 4), and Confirmation (Year 6).

BIRTHDAY TREATS

We love to celebrate birthdays at school and the teachers will make it special for each child; however, we request that no cakes, treats or token gifts are brought to school for distribution to the class.

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