Congratulations to our Year 3 students who celebrated the sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday night. This was a simple yet reverent occasion where the children celebrate the first of three sacraments while in primary school.  It was a fitting week for the children to be thinking about reconciliation as we recognise National Reconciliation Week. At the heart of this reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all of us as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The children’s weekly prayer reflected this.

A reminder to complete the tile picture for the 40th anniversary mural we are creating.  This will need to be brought back to school by this Friday 31st May. This way we have enough time for the pictures to be converted onto tiles and mounted to create the school mural.

Thank you to families for supporting the school in ensuring your child is wearing the correct uniform. Our uniform represents who we are and is designed with identity, uniformity, OHS and comfort in mind.

                              

What a fabulous night last Friday night at the Pyjama/Movie Night.  The children were all very excited when entering Cooinda as they compared pyjamas and found their spot to settle down. Thank you to the Parents association and Sabrina Rogic who organised the event.

Teachers often receive emails from parents as a way to correspond between each other. These emails are often a valuable way to raise issues and have them dealt with quickly. Most parents are extremely respectful when sending emails but at times of stress we can all become reactive and send what may appear as aggressive or demanding emails. We are all working towards the best outcomes for the children and we must all be reminded that that is always our aim:

Emails should:

Begin and end with an appropriate respectful salutation

Be brief and informative but avoid shorthand, overly familiar terms, SMS language and the like

Have a clear purpose ie: to communicate information between the parties concerned

Always be respectful, measured, constructive and sensitive

Respect confidentiality

Emails should not:

Be used to vent

Seek or divulge personal information regarding third parties (staff, students or parents)  

Contain personal or sensitive information that is better spoken about  

Be contentious, inappropriate or contain any offensive language

Be used to bully, harass or defame

Include jokes, chain letters or commercial solicitations

 

Today, during the closure day, the staff had a very productive time with analysing data, collecting information for reports, contacting outside agencies for incursions or excursions and working on a variety of projects including data gathering for reports, planning and professional learning in line with the School Improvement Plan.  As I informed you earlier this day it is in response to the new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement where principals must provide teachers with 20 hours release from Scheduled Class Time over the school year to address increased workload. This day has coincided with mid year meetings I have had with all the teachers to review their goals and practices. These meetings have reinforced the commitment the staff have to the children and to the school. A very passionate and forward thinking group of people!

Next Friday we will be holding our first ‘day time’ Parents Association meeting.  As mentioned earlier we have struggled with numbers during our evening meetings. A small group of existing parents met last week to map out the year.  The hope is that we can organise working groups to concentrate on one activity. This might help with assisting, knowing what job you are working on and when it will occur.  Please come along to the meeting on June 7th at 8.50am in the library. Many hands make light work!

Cathy

Condolences to the Bonello family on the passing of Angelo (Monique and Marcus' grandfather).  Please accept our sympathy and prayers on your recent loss.  May you find comfort in knowing our community is thinking of you at this difficult time and find comfort in the memories and stories shared.  May God's love be a source of strength and give you hope in your sadness.