Dear Parents and Carers
Our Focus Assembly yesterday centred around Social Justice and was coordinated by our Year 6 Social Justice Leaders. Holy Spirit has joined with Global Partners to support Obwari Academy in Kenya. The school was started by Barnabas Onduso Mogondo because he saw a need for local children to have easier access to school, rather than having to walk a long distance. The school is in a rural and remote area, a long way from other infrastructure. The land is fertile, and many local people are subsistence farmers.
Many Obwari students are orphans or partial orphans, frequently a consequence of their parents having transmitted diseases. These students find it very difficult and Obwari Academy is assisting them personally to stay in school, rather than being sent into the community to find work.
Through our association with Obwari Academy we hope to raise funds over the next few years to develop the following projects:
- Brick classrooms
- Water access - tanks or well
Special thanks to Jessica Pearson and the Year 6 Social Justice Team.
PINK SPIRIT DAY
Thank you so much to everyone in our school community for helping to raise awareness for breast cancer. Our Pink Spirit Day celebrations were such a wonderful success. Breast cancer affects many people in our community, including our very own staff members Vicki Walsh and Jane Johns. Thank you!
2020 CLASS GROUPINGS
This term teachers will commence planning class groupings for 2020 and will be asked to consider the following:
- gender balance;
- learning styles;
- learning difficulties;
- enrichment needs;
- work habits;
- social needs;
- health considerations;
- emotional needs;
- behaviour considerations and
- other relevant issues.
We will not be asking for parent assistance or for any form of request.
I would also like to make the following points:
- We aim for an equal spread of both positive and challenging characteristics;
- Every care will be taken to ensure that your child is placed in the best situation to enhance learning and social development;
- Part of life is having to deal with people and situations we may not like. We need to build resilience in children, so they can face the reality of life;
- Where appropriate, advice will be sought from the Classroom Support Teacher, School Counsellor, School Welfare Officer, etc during this process;
- Teachers should already be aware of any issues you have;
- Teachers have the main responsibility for placing their current students in the most appropriate class for next year;
- Students will not be asked to name friends they want to be with;
- All staff will examine the draft lists to highlight any concerns; and
- As Principal, I will make the final decision on all class placements.
Students will be informed of their class placement for 2020 later this term and the opportunity will be provided for them to spend some time with their new class teacher. Class lists will not be sent home or displayed. Once classes are announced, no changes will be made.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on email@example.com
SCHOOL APP - SZApp
We have now moved to the SZApp for all communication. We will no longer be using the Skoolbag App for any communication including absentee notifications.
At this time of the year staff changes begin to occur as staff set new goals and often seek new experiences! Jake Anderson and Kate Macgregor are both moving into secondary education next year. Jake Anderson is moving closer to home in Tuggeranong and is moving to Mackillop College. Kate Macgregor is not moving as far and going to JPC from 2020! We thanks these two wonderful educators for the valuable contribution they have made to Holy Spirit.
BEGINNING OF TERM REMINDERS
- Supervision commences at 8.30am and NO STUDENT should be at school before 8.30am. Students arriving before 8.30am are unsupervised. Please use before school care if necessary.
- A student’s hair should be cut off their face and, if longer than shoulder length, it must be tied back in an appropriate school coloured band. Hair should also be of natural colour and extreme haircuts are not permitted.
- No jewellery should be worn to school and only plain studs and watches are acceptable. No bracelets, bangles, sparkly ear rings, nail polish, make up, etc are allowed. Small sleepers are only permitted with written recommendation from a medical practitioner.
- Correct School Uniform must be worn at all times. Students who continually wear incorrect uniform will receive a reminder note to be sent home to their parents.
- Holy Spirit Primary School has a NO HAT PLAY IN THR SHADE Students without a correct school hat will be asked to sit under the shade structures on the concrete area..
- Black canvas type school shoes are not part of the school uniform. The only school shoes allowed at Holy Spirit Primary School are the traditional or formal black leather school shoes.
- On sport days, sports shoes should be predominantly white.
- Students with Mobile Phones are asked to switch the phone off and leave it in their bags. If mobile phones are heard or sighted during school time they will be confiscated. The School takes no responsibility for lost or broken mobile phones, smart watches or any other valuable items.
- Students who are collected by their parents during the day for appointments must be signed out/in at the Front Office before and after the appointment.
- If your child is late to school ie after 9am they are required to be signed in by an adult.
- Parents visiting the school to assist must have a Working with Vulnerable People Card and are also asked to sign in at Front Office and receive a Visitor’s Badge. A copy of your card is required and will be kept on file.
- Please ensure that the School always has up to date contact and emergency details for your children.
- Holy Spirit Primary School is a NUT FREE School. Please remember this when preparing recess and lunch, including peanut butter, Nutella, cakes with nuts, etc.
- Dogs are not allowed on school premises.
- Afternoon messages regarding changes to the afternoon routine must be received by the Front Office by 2.30pm or we cannot guarantee your child/ren will receive the message.
- Medical and personal details must be updated and sent to the Front Office.
- Carpark - Please remember to be patient and considerate of others when driving in the car parks. School carparks are notoriously dangerous and ALL PARENTS are asked to be patient and alert. If you are in a hurry, collect your children early or wait until after 3.20pm when the carpark is less congested.
- Absences from school – it is a legal requirement that all absences are explained. Please notify the school of your child’s absence by either :
- Using the SZApp
- Calling the Front Office followed by a note to the classroom teacher indicating date and reason for absence.
- Emailing the Front Office at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your child’s name, class, reason for absence and date.
- Sending a note to the classroom teacher indicating date and reason for absence.
- If your child is unwell in the morning prior to school, please keep them at home for 24 hours as a courtesy to the rest of the school community.
Have a great week.
Pink Spirit Day
What a fantastic turnout to our Pink Spirit Breakfast yesterday. Couldn’t believe how many happy, smiling faces there were to help raise money for Breast Cancer Research and awareness. It was wonderful to see a sea of pink! Many people made a donation after buying their food. We heard the phrase “keep the change!” a lot through the morning. We were so relieved that there was enough food to feed everyone.
We were thrilled to have JPC band members (Adam, Will, Tafara, Christiaan and Sultan) and their music teacher Miss Robinson entertain us as we ate. Thank you for giving up your morning to spend it with us. Hannah was there busking again with her violin and raised another $30 to put towards her already generous donation.
The HSP teachers and families were in there cutting, cooking, serving, collecting, laughing and having a great time being a part of the morning. Maybe they have missed their call in the hospitality industry!
Thank you to all our sponsors who through their generosity ensured our costs were kept to a minimum and that all money raised could go straight to Breast Cancer Research – WW Dunlop, WW Majura, WW Franklin, St John Paul College II, Farmer Brown’s Eggs and Coles Belconnen.
To our lovely year 6s who sold raffle tickets every lunch and then helped to sell the baked goods at our Pink Sale at recess. We greatly appreciate your efforts. To Mrs Bell for sectioning off Mrs Johns’ hair and supervising to ensure no ears were harmed in the process of the haircut. As usual HSP rose to the occasion by chanting “Cut it off! Cut it off!” Mrs Johns is loving her new hairdo.
To all those who donated via the donation page our hearts go out to you with thanks for your generosity. There is still time to donate through this link if you like
Lastly, we need to thank our Principal Mr Gaynor, who supported us today and along the way.
Now for the good news. As of Thursday, we have raised a total of $5206!
Pink Spirit Breakfast $1859
Pink Sale $971
Hair Raffle $350
We are tickled pink for all the love and support shown today.
With love Vicki and Mrs Johns
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