Deputy’s Message Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope that you enjoyed the break with your children. I have loved catching up with students today about their holidays and was pleased to observe how excited students were to be back at school this morning.

School staff spent a productive School Development Day yesterday undertaking school self-assessment of the current Kapinara Business Plan followed by discussions and workshops outlining future directions for the next business planning cycle, 2019 – 2021. We spent some time reviewing our whole school approach to the teaching of Science, led by Joanne Dixon and rounded off the day learning more about using Brightpath Assessment to improve our professional judgements when assessing student writing, led by Kylie Powell.

This week we have Year 5/6 (on Wednesday), Year 3/4 (on Thursday) and Year 1/2 (on Friday) teams competing in the annual St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School STEAMING Ahead Challenge. The Year 5/6 and Year 3/4 days are competitive challenge days with teams required to participate in challenges involving, mathematics, electronics and robotics. The Year 1/2 day is non-competitive and students will work through a range of problem-solving challenges over the course of Friday morning. I would like to wish our 24 girls attending all the very best of luck and hope that they enjoy the challenges presented to them.

You may have noticed that the slope has had an upgrade over the holidays. There has been a limestone wall constructed and hundreds of small shrubs planted on the slope in order to stabilise the area. Until further notice students will not be allowed to play on the slope or the wall so that we give the area plenty of time to establish. We would ask for your assistance to reinforce this both before and after school and on weekends. We will share photos and acknowledgements of the area in our next newsletter.

We are upgrading our home reading book boxes so the regular home readers for Year 1 – 3 will not be available for the next two weeks.  It would be appreciated if you were to continue your daily home reading program, using either books from home or the school library. Please see your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Finally, some sad news to share with you. Mrs Blackwell is unexpectedly on leave this week due to a bereavement in her family. On behalf of the school community I extend my deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and her family at this very sad time.

Kind regards, Kim Knowles