A growing community continuously working towards improvement

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As you are aware we are maintaining the focus on school attendance this year and our efforts are having significant results with student attendance rates improving. In recent years across all school sectors attendance has been an issue and so maintaining our focus on attendance this year and in future will continue. We know that students who attend school regularly find it easier to keep up with work and they also find it easier to form strong friendships with others. Unless there are significant reasons for your child not to be at school on any given day, they may be ill etc., then we urge parents and caregivers to continue to ensure their children attend regularly. Regular attendance at school not only helps students understand and complete school work it also provides valuable social and cultural experiences.

Recently ANZAC Day ceremonies were held at the Schofields and Nirimba Campuses to pay respect those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Three services were held: one for each Stage on their respective campuses. To see the students participate in the services with such dignity served as an example for all of us in the wider community. In addition, on Anzac Day itself, a number of staff and students once again attended the Dawn Ceremony at Riverstone as St John Paul II ambassadors, again showing great respect to the fallen. The students at these assemblies certainly gained a greater understanding of the importance of the creation of a community and a world that supports and encourages everyone.

Another important aspect of school life is the annual enrolment procedures and we continue to have healthy enrolments with large numbers of applications for enrolment into Year 7 in 2018 having been received at the time this newsletter was printed. If you are aware of families who have not applied to attend St John Paul II Catholic College in 2018, please let them know that they need to send their application in now otherwise they may miss out on being enrolled. If parents/caregivers have forgotten to send in their applications or if you know someone who needs to apply and receive further information, an interview, and a tour of our college please contact Mrs. Fay Lovett at the College on 9208 7205.

Thank you to the families who have completed the Survey Keep in the Loop with StJPII.

Communication between parents/caregivers, teachers and students is crucial to ensuring a student’s education and wellbeing is at its best. Due the variety ways in which information is provided to the community, the survey results indicated that having two online newsletters is sufficient. The greater preference was to gain information via the college website, Facebook, Skoolbag app, Intranet, sms and email as the information is provided closer to the date of the event. Thus the newsletter will generally be available on line in Weeks 4 and 8 of each term.

The Teaching and Support Staff Retreat and Evangelisation Day based upon St John Paul II is being held on Friday 9 June. This day will assist in the ongoing spiritual formation of all staff at St John Paul II Catholic College. This day will be held at Mt Schoenstatt, Mulgoa. The main office will be open only at the Schofields campus. However, as always, the College will assist parents/caregivers if there are difficulties in arranging care for their son/daughter on this day. Please contact us at the College by Tuesday 6 June, if there are any difficulties in organising care for Friday 9 June.