May 11, 2022
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents & Guardians
Welcome to Week 4.
I hope all the mothers in our community had a wonderful day last Sunday. I heard our Year 1 class had a great time during their assembly and at their pampering party last Friday.
With our Semester 1 parent/teacher interviews completed, I thank our staff who made themselves available both before and after school for the last fortnight. Although this is in the scope of their job, it nevertheless is a stressful time away from family routines and responsibilities. For those families that booked appointments, I thank you for your diligence in supporting the joint relationship in your child’s education.
This is great as it has been proven that when both home and school, work together, it yields greater outcomes in a student’s education.
If you missed our scheduled interview dates, please remember that if you need to, you can reach out to your children’s classroom teachers via email at any time.
This week we will be commencing our NAPLAN testing for our Year 3 and 5 students. During this week we will be trying to reduce both movement and noise around the school. If you have students who will be taking part in these national tests, please ensure that they have enough rest, a good breakfast and as calm of a morning routine as possible.
NAPLAN is only a snapshot of your child’s education and is not the be-all in their educational results, but these results are increasingly being used in a school’s data comparisons from year to year. So even though we try not to put too much emphasis on the changed testing routine in order to reduce student anxiety, like all things, we still need to strive to perform at the very best of our abilities.
Well done to our Year 5 and 6 students who competed at the CAPRAS Challenge Gala Day last Friday. Our team competed in the ‘A’ division on the day and came third overall in Rockhampton. The team competed with great pride and sportsmanship. We look forward to competing at the Challenge Cup against all the other schools in the Diocese in the first week of Term 3.
I have posted a reminder about our ‘Wet Weather Pick-Up Procedures’ on the Skoolbag app on Monday. Please read over these as we are expecting more wet weather in the coming days. An alert will be sent out by 2:30pm at the latest if we are enacting these procedures.
Principal – St. Joseph’s Catholic School Park Avenue
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