Around the Primary

Welcome back for the start of Term 3. I hope everyone is energised and ready for another eventful term!

The students and staff have made a wonderful start to the term. Our goal continues to be 'excellence in co-education' and we aim to nurture the very best from every child, to help each child find the success they deserve and to make enthusiasm for learning an everyday reality.

Our future grand designers

As we begin a busy term it is timely to remind our primary community of the following important requests:

  • Please make sure your children arrive at school on time.
  • Please send children to school in the correct uniform.
  • Please read emails and newsletters.
  • Please let us know if any of your contact details have changed.
  • Please inform us of your child's absence from school.

Parents can assist us by making sure we are informed of all absences by 8.30 am. Primary Absentees may be reported by emailing primary.absentees@johnxxiii.edu.au. All emails will be forwarded to the classroom teacher. Feel free to leave a message if calling outside office hours by leaving a message on the Primary Reception Phone on 9383 0401. We understand that at times your child may be late for school for a variety of reasons. These latecomers will be marked absent unless the school is notified.

Parents are also reminded that they are required to sign their children out at the front office if they wish to remove children from school early. Teachers will not be able to release your child unless they have the 'leaver's pass' from the office.

Primary students should be at school at least 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the school day. Outside supervision is available from 8.15 am. No supervision is provided before 8.15 am and after 3.35 pm. All classroom doors (Years 1 - 6) will be open at 8.35 am each day. Students not collected by 3.35 am will be required to wait in the front office.

As you 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. Our teachers put a lot of time into the preparation of their lessons and it is imperative that children be at school every day for the entire day!

Thank you for your co-operation and patience with the afternoon drive-through and pick up at the 'loop' this week. 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 Cath Philpot in the office.

Congratulations to all the children who have recently received the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Year 3), Eucharist (Year 4), and Confirmation (Year 6). It would be greatly appreciated if we could have a copy of the certificates the children received from the Parishes for our school records.

Next Monday 28th July students in Years 3 and 5 will be completing the Bishops Religious Education Literacy Assessment. Throughout the term there will be also various opportunities for students to demonstrate 'competence' within classroom activities and extra-curricula activities. These activities include participating in Athletics and Cross Country carnivals, the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival, Primary Musical, Book Week competitions …

PUPIL FREE DAYS

Monday 1st September AND Tuesday 2nd September

Over these two days the Primary Staff will be attending the Catholic Education Curriculum Conference and participating in relevant and inspiring professional learning based on the new Australian Curriculum and a wide variety of other topics.

We have a busy calendar ahead and we can now look forward to another productive and enjoyable term. We hope to see many parents and grandparents at our Years 3 - 6 Interhouse Cross Country Carnival next Thursday 31st July from 12.40 pm.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary