Around the Primary

Welcome back to each and every one of you. A very warm welcome is extended especially to all our new families and staff. We hope you really enjoy your time here in our school community.

It has been terrific to see the children after the summer break come back refreshed and excited for a new year and it has been wonderful to introduce them to our new College Principal, Mr Robert Henderson.

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All staff have been busy preparing for the start of school and we have had a very smooth start. This year we are delighted to welcome new staff members to the Primary school namely, Mr Dustin Fromm joins us as Year Five Teacher, Mrs Sasha Cattapan and Mrs Josephine Allen are our Performing Arts Teachers for 2016. We also warmly welcome back, Mrs Emma Distante (Year 3 Teacher) Mrs Liz Gardner (Numeracy Support Teacher) and Mrs Genna Haines (Literacy Support Teacher). I am very confident that we have an exceptional teaching team at John XXIII College and look forward to working together with parents to ensure we can achieve the best possible outcomes for your children in 2016. All parents need to feel very reassured that their children are in very safe and very dedicated hands!

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Thank you for your co-operation and patience with the afternoon drive-through and pick up at the 'loop'. 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 Tracy McGann in the office. All students not collected by 3.30pm will be waiting in the front office for their parents.

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As you are aware attendance at school is a critical factor in any child's academic success. Children should attend school every day, except in cases of illness or emergency. It is impossible to replace the learning that happens on any school day with make-up work. The teachers put a lot of time into the preparation of each lesson and children should be at school for the entire day. We do understand that children may need to attend medical appointments, speech therapy or occupational therapy sessions throughout the day. However, we are concerned that some children are attending extra tutoring during school time. We would appreciate if this tutoring could occur out of school hours so that children do not miss valuable lessons on a regular basis.

The Year Three to Six students thoroughly enjoyed their swimming trials at the pool today. Special thanks to all the parents who kindly assisted Mr Alderman with the timing on this very hot day. We can now look forward to our swimming carnival on Thursday, 3rd March.

Next Wednesday, 10th February is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. The students from Year 5B are kindly preparing prayers and songs for this Mass. All parents are welcome to join us at 9.30am in the Chapel. At the conclusion of Mass our Year 6 students will receive their Leadership badges. Our Junior Classes will be receiving the ashes during their class prayer reflections on the day.

This coming Monday evening (8th February) and Tuesday evening (9th February) we look forward to seeing all parents here at school. This is perhaps the most important night of the year as it brings us together as a community and gives families an opportunity to meet classroom teachers and find out more about class procedures and expectations, homework routines and special events. All Parent Information Meetings will take place in the classrooms.

Monday 8 th February
6pm Years 1 - 2
7pm Years 3 - 4

Tuesday 9 th February
6pm Years 5 - 6

Thanks again for a great start to the year. We have a busy calendar ahead and I'm looking forward to a productive and enjoyable year together.

Kind regards,

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Please be especially vigilant driving into the drive through - go slow, be patient and have your family name sign ready to go!
  • 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. We thank you for your cooperation and support in regard to this matter.
  • Students in Years 3 - 6 are invited to come down to the College pool and attend swimming training on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. These training sessions will help to build up the children's stamina and technique. It is very important that the children expressing interest are proficient swimmers.
  • Please also keep free Saturday, 19th March for our Annual Primary Picnic. More details will follow soon.
  • Class lists can now be viewed on the College website.
  • As we wander around 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.
  • A big thank you to all those parents who have booked holidays in school holiday time - this is absolutely wonderful and assists with your child's learning journey.
  • 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, music lesson, medical appointment etc please send an email to primary.absentees@johnxxiii.edu.au advising of the date/time of the appointment.
  • 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).

News from our Primary School Counsellor - Mrs Anne Murphy
Last year I enjoyed meeting both parents and children around the Primary school. In this role my aim is to compliment the work done by parents and teachers in developing children's social and emotional skills. I try and make my interventions a positive experience focusing on making children feel happier within themselves and more confident to deal with social situations and friendship issues. I don't see my role as just treating problems as some might think but rather finding opportunities to teach important social skills and to build resilience in any child. I also recognise that life can present sad and challenging situations and my intervention can help children cope with these difficulties and enable them to enjoy being children again. As a parent of four children myself I know that it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed or worried about your child and you are welcome to contact me anytime for a chat, coming to see me does not have to be a last resort. I am available at school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and every second Monday (odd weeks on the school calendar). My direct number is 9383 0469 and I can be contacted anytime by email: murphy.anne@johnxxiii.edu.au.