Dear parents and caregivers,
As you are aware we have been focusing very much on school attendance this year and our efforts are having significant results with student attendance rates climbing. In recent years across all school sectors, attendance has been an issue and so 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 2017 having been received at the time this newsletter was printed. Our first interview sessions are being held on Tuesday, Week 2, for all those students who applied from outside our three feeder schools. Applications from families with children at Mary Immaculate, St John’s, St Joseph’s and Our Lady of the Angels Primary Schools are also being processed and they will be enrolled without need for an interview unless the family requests one or there are special needs to be considered. If you are aware of families who have not applied to attend St John Paul II Catholic College in 2017, please let them know that they need to send their application in now otherwise they may miss out on being enrolled. Interviews will be arranged for these families in the next few weeks. 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.
Jim Fanning and Phil Smith