Dear Parents & Carers
“May the Blessings of Christmas be with you,
May the Christ Child light your way,
May God’s holy angels guide you,
And keep you safe each day.”
Reports will be sent home tomorrow. It is important to remember that a school report is not the definitive measure of your child’s abilities. It is only one measure amid a wide range of opportunities, experiences and activities. Setting a pattern of constructive support should help make report time a productive and positive experience that will help your child make progress at school. A few tips:
- Find the positive aspects of the report and praise your child;
- Take into consideration that the A-E grading scale is very different to the one you would have experienced;
- Discuss what your child found difficult. Look at work habits, homework routines, diet, sleep patterns, etc; and
- Discuss how things could be improved. Offer some constructive/criticism and attainable goals for next year.
Special thanks to the teachers for the many unpaid hours of work, outside school time, that go into marking assessments, preparing, editing and finalising the written reports.
As previously mentioned, students will find out their new teacher on the last day of school. Where possible, students will spend a short time in their new classroom meeting their new teacher. It is important to remember that in life, there are always going to be times when we have to work and communicate with people whom we may not always get along with so well. School is about learning for life and it is here that we also learn how to get on with others and negotiate experiences that are sometimes difficult. When this learning takes place the children become resilient, stronger people and gain skills that will support them through life.
I ask you to understand that it is highly unlikely that any changes will be made to classes for 2020.
If your child is feeling a little unsettled about their class placement and the year ahead, as parents you have the important role of being positive in reassuring them that making new friends and working with new teachers is an exciting experience and, although it may be different to begin with, they will soon settle in for a good year.
We have received information from the ACT Government that the path from the Nicholls walkways will now be linked to Holy Spirit via a new path running alongside the oval to the concrete area. This has been 12 months in the planning and I am pleased it is finally being constructed.
YEAR 6 GRADUATION
Congratulations to our Year 6 students who received their Graduation Certificates following our Graduation Mass on Wednesday. Special thanks to the Year 6 students, their teachers, parents, Fr Jiss and Cath Doig, our wonderful REC, for all their hard work.
Farewell to all the staff, students and families who are ending their association with Holy Spirit this year. Thank you for your dedication to our school and for assisting to making Holy Spirit Primary School the wonderful place it is. Good luck in the future.
This will be the final Newsletter for the year. Have a wonderful festive season and a well earned break over the holidays. See you all on Monday February 3.
This year has proved a busy one with excursions, activities, fun and many Defence students joining our Defence family. Our Defence family will continue to grow at HSP next year when we welcome returning families to our community and families posting in from overseas and interstate.
With say goodbye and good luck to Mary-Grace and Atticus who are posting to the sun and warmth up north. I wish them and their family well as they embark on new adventures. I also would like to congratulate our Year 6 graduates, Amity, Elisabeth, Grace, Mary-Grace, Izak and Hamish. I have sincerely loved being a part of their journey at HSP and I remind them to stay in touch with their friends here. They have each contributed to our Defence family at HSP and I wish them all the very best for their future.
Save the Date
What: DCO’s Welcome to Canberra Event
When: Friday, 14 February 2020, 16:30-19:00
More information will be on DCO’s social media and website soon, so check it out. Tickets will be available through Eventbrite. DCO Canberra Eventbrite
Duntroon Community Centre (DCC)
DCC Playschool is currently accepting enrolments for their 2020 Playschool program which runs 3 hours a day, Monday to Friday during the ACT school term. Visit https://www.duntrooncommunitycentre.org.au/playschool or call 6265 9411 for further information. DCC will be holding an Open Day for families on Saturday, 18 January 2020, 10:00-14:00. You and your family are invited to explore the centre, meet new people and find out about services available.
Support over the Holidays
VVCS - Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) changed its name to Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling in October 2018. Open Arms continues to provide the same professional, confidential service, with 24/7 support available to all current and former ADF members and their families on 1800 011 046.
Defence Family Helpline (DFH)
For advice, support or local community information, contact the Defence Family Helpline which is available 24/7. The helpline is staffed by qualified human services professionals including social workers and psychologists. It is run by DCO and is the best way to access the programs and services offered by DCO to help ADF families manage the military way of life. DFH 24/7 phone number 1800 624 608
If you have our last Defence Bear hiding in your home, please return him to HSP Barracks before Week 10. He has been MIA for a few weeks now and he needs to debrief and have a wash before he starts a new mission next year.
A huge thank you to all the families whom I have worked with over the year. Whilst it has been a tricky year for me, I have been humbled with the messages and actions of support from my Defence families. The presence of families at our Pink Spirit Day was amazing and you were all very generous with donations and offers of assistance. I promise to be back on deck properly next year! As always it has been a pleasure in my role as DSM and I feel very privileged to be able to support you and your children any way I can. I wish you a safe and beautiful Christmas and healthy New Year and safe travels for all those on the move. A big welcome home to our deployed personnel returning in time for the holidays and for those families who continue to have their loved one away over this special time, we pray for their safe return.
Feel welcome to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
Thank you to the families who have informed us that they are leaving our community at the end of the year.
It is important for our planning of classes for 2020 that we have this information and we also have a waiting list for most year levels.
If you are leaving at the end of the year and have not let us know officially, would you please inform the Front Office ASAP.
You can complete the online form by following the link below.
AUDITIONS - WODEN VALLEY YOUTH CHOIR
WVYC will hold auditions during January for its two senior choirs for students going into Year 7 or above.
Woden Valley Youth Choir has a strong emphasis on music education and is seeking young people who have an interest in developing their musical skills. The flagship choir, Australis Voices, is for young men and women with treble voices and Centauri Voices is a choir for young men with changing voices.
Audition times are flexible and can be held on dates and times to suit prospective choristers, with the expectation that successful applicants will attend the beginning of year camp on the first weekend of February.
For further information go to http://wvyc.org.au/join-us/ and download an application form.
Auditions for primary aged applicants will be held on Saturday 22 February following an open rehearsal on Tuesday 18 February.