From the Principal (Week 8, Term 2)

ReconciliationDayAs we come towards the end of Term 2 we should take the time to reflect upon a number of events that have occurred at St John Paul II. Just some of the events include the Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN Tests, Year 8’s Feast of the Ascension Mass, Nirimba Education Precinct’s ATSI Reconciliation Day, Student Listening Forum with Bishop Vincent, Inter-school Debating, MCS and MCCS winter sport and our 2018 Athletics Carnival.

Recently Year 12 students and their teachers spent three days at Collaroy on their annual Year 12 Retreat. This Retreat is always a highlight of school life for our students beyond the classroom and it allowed them to take time out of their daily routine to refresh themselves for what lies ahead this year and beyond.

The Year 7, 2019 Enrolment Interviews for the students from the non-feeder primary schools were also completed during this term. We have many applications for Year 7 next year and enrolment acceptances have been posted to the families. If you know of any family wishing to enrol for 2019 please ask them to contact Mrs. Fay Lovett on 92087205 to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a place next year.

Currently I am reading the Semester 1 Student Learning Reports and would like to congratulate the many students who achieved ‘personal bests’, and/or their own learning goals. Year 11 and 12 Semester 1 reports were issued earlier this term and Year 7 – 10 Reports will be issued before the end of this term. Students will be receiving their Parent/Caregiver/Student/Teacher Online interview information booking sheet for the interviews in the next week.

The Parent/Caregiver/Teacher/Student Interviews are scheduled for the Schofields Campus on Thursday 26 July from 3.30pm to 7pm and Friday 26 July from 8.00am to 2.15pm in the library and the Co-operative Learning Space (CLS). All families are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet their son/daughter’s teachers and to discuss their learning progress.

Thank you to the students and parents/caregivers who completed the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) survey about our  school effectiveness. The survey provided us with valuable feedback on what our students and parent/caregivers think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Information from the survey will be shared with the students and parent/caregivers at different meetings in Terms 3 and 4 this year.

We welcome the following staff back from leave to St John Paul II in Term 3. Mrs Alana Robertson will be working in a job share position with Ms Emma Kotowski. Mrs Shiela Fernandez will be working part time assisting a number of students to improve their overall numeracy knowledge and skills.

Finally a reminder that Term 3 commences for all students on Monday 23 July. There will be no Staff Development-Pupil Free Day in Term 3.

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