Continuing our College Focus

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

 

We have continued the focus on improving school attendance this year. In recent years across all school sectors attendance has been an issue and we will be maintaining our focus on attendance this year and in future. 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. 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 Service at Riverstone as St John Paul II ambassadors, again showing great respect to the fallen.

 

Another important aspect of school life is the annual enrolment procedures and we continue to have large numbers of applications for enrolment into Year 7 in 2019. If you are aware of families who have not applied to attend St John Paul II Catholic College in 2019, 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, or a tour of our college please contact Mrs. Fay Lovett at the College on 9208 7205.

 

The Teaching and Support Staff Mission Day – Pupil Free Day is being held on Friday 8 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 St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. As such there will be no formal classes on this day and students will not be required to attend school. 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 5 June, if there are any difficulties in organising care for Friday 8 June.

 

From 21 May to 1 June, as part of our focus on school effectiveness, St John Paul II Catholic College will be participating in an online survey for students – Tell Them From Me (TTFM). The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help them improve. This survey replaces the Quality Catholic Survey which has been used in previous years.

Students who complete the survey will be given a random username and password to access and complete the survey online. Students’ names cannot be linked to their responses which allows it to be completely anonymous. The survey takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. The survey measures include such topics as emotional and social well-being, physical health, behaviours and attitudes linked to student success. Parents/Caregivers will also have the opportunity to complete the survey and will receive an SMS with details on how to access the survey. Information will also appear on the college website and Facebook page.

 

Staff Update

We welcome the following staff to St John Paul II this term 2018: Mr Shane Blanksby replacing Ms Kristine Hutchinson, Miss Dannielle Ward replacing Ms Rachel Aquilina as Marketing and Communications Officer. Mrs Sara Sundstrom will be on leave for the remainder of this term. We welcome back Mr Moyer who is currently taking these classes. We also say farewell to Ms Keira-Jaye Turner this term who will be replaced by Ms Emma Kotowski.