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Principal’s News


  • 16/08/19
    Dear Parents and Friends, At St Mary’s, the focus of all that we do is embedded in our Vision Statement which is, “We are a dynamic community of empowered learners engaging justly in the world” As a team of educators, we are passionate about knowing our students and employing the best strategies to address their learning needs. Students’ particular learning needs are addressed through teachers analyzing assessment data, moderating student work samples and maintaining clear observations of student learning. Learning plans are then developed that target particular learning needs so that there is growth for all students. Recently we employed an additional Learning Support Officer to enable us to meet the identified learning needs of our students, which brings to 12, the number of Learning Support Officers working alongside our teachers to support students to reach their full potential. Last Term we received what is known as our tabloid data, which is a collation of various sets of data held by Catholic Education Melbourne on the progress of schools. Within this set of data, our NAPLAN results (Yr. 3 to Yr. 5) in the area of Reading showed that the percentage of students in the high achieving category, over the past five years from 2014 to 2018, grew from 22.5% in 2014 to 42.4% in 2018 and students requiring intervention over the same time period, reduced from 35.2% to 12.1%. This significant improvement has come about as a result of teachers using evidenced based practices, teachers utilising student performance data, programs being timetabled to explicitly address needs, Learning Support Officers being available to assist with the learning, along with the school adopting and implementing professional learning initiatives. We are so fortunate at St. Mary’s to have committed teachers who are extremely professional in their approach in focusing on the individual needs of all students, and we are also blessed to have strong leadership by our Curriculum leaders who work alongside teachers and Learning Support Officers, leading and supporting them in their work in the classrooms. FAREWELL TO LIZ On Thursday 12 September, we will hold a special Assembly commencing at 9.15am where we, as a community, can express to Liz our appreciation for her magnificent work as Deputy Principal. We have been so fortunate to have had Liz as a part of our Team over the past seven years where she has been able to make so many valuable contributions which have supported the growth of our school. Her work in the area of Student Wellbeing has enriched the lives of countless students and I am sure all students will remember Liz with much affection. Following Assembly, there will be morning tea for parents. DEPUTY PRINCIPAL ROLE TERM 4 Filling the role of Deputy Principal in Term 4 will be Gabee Leone and Elizabeth Whiting. Both Gabee and Elizabeth will assume different components of the role and I am certain that they will do an excellent job. We are most fortunate to have a strong leadership structure which enables us to work as a committed Team for the good of our students and families. FIRST RECONCILIATION Parent Faith Night: Tuesday 8 October. This will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church 251 Diamond Creek Road Greensborough North commencing at 7.00pm Reconciliation Commitment Masses. Students and families are to attend one of the Parish Masses: Saturday 12 October 6.30pm Sunday 13 October 8.00am, 10.00am and 5.00pm SIGN IN It is important for security reasons and for accountability, should there ever be an emergency procedure, that all people on our property are accounted for. Therefore, all persons coming into the school other than at drop off/pick up time, must sign in and out at the Office. This includes those assisting in the Tuck shop or Uniform shop. INDUCTION MODULE A reminder that the online Induction Module must be completed to enable volunteers to assist in any school activity. This module must be completed each year. The module can be found on St. Mary’s website under Community – Child Safe Requirements. All details for completion can be found on the website. Please contact Gabee Leone if you require any assistance. FAMILY LIFE PROGRAM On Monday 19 August, we will be holding two sessions presented by a facilitator from the Family Life Program on Human Development, focussing on preparing for puberty. These sessions will be held in the Church with the first session commencing at 6.00pm-7.00pm and the second session at 7.15pm – 8.15pm. You may choose which session you wish to attend. All students and a parent are asked to attend. There will be a charge of $32 to cover the cost of the presenter. FR. STEVE’S INVITATION Please find attached to today’s Candela, an invitation from Fr. Steve for any interested persons to attend a formation evening with Fr. Frank O’Loughlin on Tuesday 27 August commencing at 7.00pm at St. Thomas’ Church Diamond Creek Road Greensborough. This formation evening will assist in deepening your understanding about Liturgy. THE GREAT BOOK SWAP On 5 September, we are hosting, “The Great Book Swap.” Students are asked to bring a book to donate and a gold coin donation to receive a book in return. All monies raised will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. FATHERS’ DAY BREAKFAST – KEEP THE DATE We will celebrate Fathers/Grandfathers/Special Friends on Tuesday 27 August with Breakfast followed by Mass. Breakfast will be served between 7.00am – 8.30am and a special Mass will be celebrated for Fathers/Grandfathers/Special Friends and their children at 8.45am. It is absolutely necessary to return the attendance form if you wish to attend so that catering can be appropriately planned for the numbers expected. SINCERE SYMPATHY On behalf of all, I extend sincere sympathy to Natasha and Damian Mills and their children, Dempsey, Wesley, Trinity and Abbey (6V) on the recent death of Natasha’s father, Ian Palmer. At this time of loss and grief, we hold you in our prayers and trust that Ian is now resting peacefully in the loving care of God. Regards, Helen