These past two weeks have been an eventful time for the children as they browse and buy at the Book Fair. They have all had the opportunity to look through the shelves and compile their wish list. During their second visit they were able to buy their chosen books. I have enjoyed watching them handle these books and find joy in between the covers. A prep child came to me excitedly saying, “Mrs Steere, I bought four books!” Such joy!
Last Friday the staff and children participated in the school bush dance as our final event to celebrate 40 years. The choir, uke group and school band also performed having practised with Mrs Padden for a few weeks. While we cancelled the evening family event, the children had a great time in their session during the day then at the whole school concert at the end of the day. The older children were paired up with the younger children and it was delightful to see the senior children taking such care of the little ones.
Over the past weeks we have experienced an increase of mobile phones and devices being brought to school and at times used inappropriately. This includes mobile phones and apple watches. In the past we have not needed to address this issue as the children have used these devices responsibly. However, with the fast pace that technology develops and with the increased use of these devices, it is now apparent that a Mobile Phone and Devices Policy needs to be enforced. I understand that some children need a mobile phone for security as they walk home. I do ask that apple watches be kept at home and mobile phones sent to school only if necessary. This and other valid reasons have been addressed in the policy. I ask that you read the policy and explain it to your child, particularly if they have one of these devices. Next year we will be introducing a permission note for children who bring these devices to school.
Thank you to the families who participated in the school improvement surveys. The results of this survey will help inform school improvement going forward. As an incentive to complete the survey I offered a $50 movie voucher as a raffle prize with one person drawn from those who completed the survey. Congratulations to Trevor Goodison on winning this prize!
Tuesday Tullio Zavattiero, Principal from CRC Keilor, came to visit St Augustine's. Over the past years we have developed a strong relationship with CRC. Tullio was eager to visit and see for himself the ‘small school with a big heart’. He was most impressed with our natural environment, our STEM program and the welcome he felt as he entered the school and walked with me through the corridors. We hope to strengthen this relationship in the years to come.
This Friday we see the commencement of the first of the four prep transition mornings. This year the 2020 prep children will be given a T-shirt that says, ‘I am going to St Augustine’s Primary School Keilor. We hope this is one way they can begin to feel part of our community as they transition to school.
We know that at St Augustine’s we are doing great things so it was delightful to see one of our class art works, from our art show, include in the Catholic Education Today magazine. We have entered a few class pieces in the Catholic Education Art Exhibition also. We will wait to see if they have been chosen as part of the exhibition.
Congratulations to the Malekezid family on the birth of 'Ruby' on Wednesday evening. Sister for Rose.