Term 3 – Week 4
Congratulations to our Prep children as they celebrate 100 days of Prep today! What a different experience it has been for them all. Throughout this they have continued to demonstrate their resilience and adaptability. We are all proud of the learning they have continued to gain and the friendships they have made. Congratulations to Kristina Costello, Jo Crawford, Ash Gunn and all the staff associated with our Preps who continue to care for and support them, particularly during these challenging times. Well done and thank you to our prep parents and families for your positivity and partnership over these past 100 days!
This Thursday staff participated in a school closure day focusing on our school review. The School Improvement Framework we follow encompasses the following five spheres: Religious Education, Leadership & Management, Learning & Teaching, Student Wellbeing and School Community. The Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Framework (SIF) Review process occurs every four years and is a key component of the development of the next School Improvement Framework (SIF), a four year plan.
The SIF promotes an evidence and research based approach to planning for improvement within the school context and across all spheres of a Catholic school. Schools incorporate ongoing monitoring, deep learning and focus on their impact in order to enable continuous school improvement. The staff spent a long day in Zoom meetings reviewing the spheres and making recommendations for the next four years. Early September, we will engage with a Reviewer who will continue this conversation with staff through small group meetings. She will also be conducting small group meetings with our students to gain student voice and perspective about our school. A parent survey has also gone to a random selection of parents to enable parent voice. While challenging, as all meetings are virtual rather than face to face, we are in a good place to continue with the review and plan for the next four years.
Our new fences have started to be installed as we continue to consider the safety of the school, particularly in these times. The front fence along Old Calder Hwy have commenced and will be followed by the fences along Augustine’s Way. While it is difficult to fully enclose our property, particularly at the back of the school, these fences will certainly remind passers by that the school is private property and make it difficult for strangers and weekenders to enter.
The Parents Auxiliary has continued to meet to discuss ways families can continue our connection with each other. An online Trivia Night has been organised. We have had many families registering their interest. if you would like to register for this event follow the Expression of Interest link. The night is organised for Friday 11th September at 6.30pm. More information will come out soon with links to the online forum (and online protocols). This is an event for the whole family with questions and activities for all ages. Come and join the fun!
The Parents Auxiliary are also hosting an evening with Giuliett Moran. Giuliett is a parent at the school who is a Psychologist and founder of ‘Empowering Parents-Success Starts At Home’. She has worked as a Psychologist in private practice, primarily with adults and large corporate organisations as well as with children and families in a primary school setting. As the number of children (and adults) with mental health conditions rise, Giuliett is passionate about prevention and early intervention. She believes that working with parents and families is the most effective way of driving change in the early stages of a child’s development with parents to support and guide them in their most important job, raising their children. This event, with Giuliette, will take via Zoom on Thursday 27th August at 7.30pm. It is a free event that we encourage families to attend as Giuliett comments on the health and wellbeing of families and children during these restrictions. Follow the link to register to ensure your place. Webinar Registration Form Link
Next week ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ will begin for all students. Children will start the day with their usual class Google Meet. A series of slides will be shared with the children from which they choose 4 challenges. You may, as a family, choose activities you can all join in! Have fun!