Dear Parents & Carers
Over the past few weeks Anna and I have begun interviewing 147 Kinder students and their families who would like to join us in 2022. We are well oversubscribed again this year and any late applications are now on a waiting list and we are already full in many year levels.
It is perhaps timely - mid-year and asking new families why they have chosen our school- to ask the question what exactly do we expect of our school?
We have over 500 families here at Holy Spirit and no doubt every one of these families would have different expectations at different times. But there is something special about parents sending their children to a Catholic School: a choice has been made. As a family, you have specifically chosen this school for your child. For many in the Government education system choice of school is based mostly on the local offering, the school that is most convenient. But why have you chosen Holy Spirit for your child’s education?
It has been a privilege of listening to many reasons why our school has been chosen. For many the reasons are:
- Catholic education and attaining the values and morals for life;
- Sense of community and belonging;
- Excellent reputation in the community;
- Friendly staff and students;
- Focus on Literacy & Numeracy;
- Effective behaviour management and school rules;
- Student leadership opportunities;
- Buddy programs;
- Communication – App, email, electronic newsletter, etc;
- Relationships - warm relationships between teacher/student, student/student, teacher/parent;
- Multicultural community - where diversity is encouraged;
- Inclusive - we are known as a community that welcomes students with a range of needs;
- Good balance between keeping kids in line but maintaining their individuality and spirit.
However, there is a strong sense of wanting their child to belong, to feel safe, to be loved and valued for themselves. They want their child to hear and know the stories of Jesus, and to learn Gospel values. They want them to know right from wrong, to be treated with dignity and to be in an environment where they learn to treat others with respect and dignity. They want their child to be known and loved, to be part of the daily life and the special celebrations of the community. They want their child to be part of Holy Spirit: to be respected, to be kind and to be their best!
All of these reasons speak powerfully of our own longing and need to belong, our need for inclusion and acceptance and a realisation that school is definitely part of the whole journey of learning about life and how we are a part of a wider world. Realistically we cannot meet these expectations on our own. It is only through genuine partnership between the school and the home, based upon the core principles, philosophy and faith that underpin our school’s foundation that we can together achieve great things at Holy Spirit!
As you are aware, Reports will be available at the end of term via the Parent Portal. In determining the overall achievements of students, teachers have assessed students using a variety of assessment tools, based on essential content set out in the Australian Curriculum. The results from these assessments allow teachers to make a balanced, professional judgement.
Tasks include formal assessment activities such as tests, quizzes, projects, presentations, etc and informal assessment opportunities that include observations, checklists, discussions, etc. Teachers make consistent and reliable judgements about the student’s work. They discuss consistency across the year level with their colleagues and may also seek assistance and information from Classroom Support staff. Teachers take into account the student’s knowledge, skills and understandings up to the point the judgement is made. The allocation of A-E depends on the level of achievement as set out in the common grade scale.
There will be opportunity to meet with your teacher at next term’s Parent Teacher Interview. More information to come.
Please register with the Compass Parent Portal if you have not already done so. Please ensure your email address is correct for registration to go through. If you are having difficulties with registering please contact the Front Office. Reports will only be distributed via the Compass Parent Portal so please register.
ENROLMENTS HAVE CLOSED
Enrolments for Kindergarten 2022 have now closed and the FULL SIGN is up. All late applications will now be placed on a waiting list, even for siblings and ELC. We are currently anticipating the preschool and school to have an enrolment of approximately 850 students in 2022.
If your child is ill please keep them at home for their own benefit but also so as not to spread it to other students and staff. Please make sure that your emergency contacts are up-to-date so that we can contact you quickly if your child becomes ill or is injured at school. If your child needs medication at school, you are required to complete a “Request to Dispense Mediation” form which is available at the Front Office. A reminder that students are not to self-administer medication. Medication should not be kept in children’s bags but kept in the Front Office area and Kerrie, Sue or Kathy will administer. All information is then noted in a medication book. Teachers will not administer or supervise the taking of medication. Please ask your child to take medications to the Front Office upon arrival at school.
As we enter the final days of Term 2 I have noticed that there are a significant number of students who are wearing items of clothing that are not part of our school uniform.
School uniforms are a way of developing a sense of equality and belonging among students. They also make getting dressed simpler each day and provide families with durable and easy to care for items of clothing. There are so many benefits to our school uniform.
- Navy socks (not white) for the normal winter uniform;
- Navy jackets, navy beanies, navy scarves and navy gloves only;
- Black leather school shoes (not black sneakers);
- School bags only (with Holy Spirit Logo);
- Predominantly white sneakers for sports uniform.
Have a good week
On Wednesday, 16th June, Holy Spirit celebrated NAIDOC Day.
The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. NAIDOC Week 2021 will be held from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July. As this is in the school holidays, we got to celebrate early!
Students from the ELC to Year 6 joined Chaydin Reid and Uncle Fred from Maluerindi in Indigenous Song and Dance workshops where they all learnt about and took part in traditional Indigenous dances. Chaydin and Uncle Fred also led a session with our Indigenous students and spoke to them about this year's NAIDOC theme and the importance of being proud of their culture.
Years 3-5 were led by Mackenna and Pat from Year 6 in Yulunga Indigenous Games. The students enjoyed taking part in games such as Buroinjin, Kabi Kabi Buroinjin, ChubooChuboo and Wana. Luckily the rain stayed away for this session!
As we as these amazing sessions, students across the school took part in classroom activities and lessons which taught about Indigenous culture in Australia.
Chaydin and Uncle Fred then delivered a performance for the school community. A number of students (and teachers!) joined them in performing a range of songs and dances.
It was a great day of celebration and learning.
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 2022 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.
Author Visit - Years 4/5/6
Next Monday, students from Years 4-6 will partake in both a descriptive writing and an illustration workshop with Dr Cameron Stelzer aka 'The Story Doctor'. Cameron visited our school two years ago and the students loved him so much, we thought we would invite him back.
Cameron has a doctorate in Visual Arts and has been a full-time author/illustrator for seventeen years. He has written and illustrated twenty-two books for children and has worked with over seven-hundred-and-fifty schools around Australia and Asia. His books have won a dozen international book awards. Cameron was born in Hobart in 1977. He attended school in Adelaide before his family moved to Bundaberg, QLD.
Students will be given order forms if they wish to make purchases of any of his books. Here is a link to Cameron's website if parents would like to check out his collections before order forms come home https://drcameron.com.au/index.html
Students in Kindergarten to Year 3 won't miss out as they will participate in a Book Week show next term performed by Tony Bones and his 'Books to Life' team. This performance will bring to life on stage one of the Notable picture books for this year.
It's that time of term where we ask parents to have a good look around the house and return any overdue items. Many students currently have overdue loans and we would love to have them back before the holidays.
If you feel you may have misplaced books, please contact the Library team to arrange payment.
Don’t forget to rsvp for our Defence Families dinner next week. For more information please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a Defence Take Home Bear, can they please be returned to HSP Barracks for their end of term debrief. Thank you.