We are getting very close to the end of the year with still many events to come.
Our Kindergarten children will tell the Nativity story tomorrow with a special concert. They have been rehearsing every day to ensure this is a memorable event. Not only does it tell the story of the birth of Jesus but it allows us to see the incredible growth our Kinder students have made over the year. It is an event that all parents, grandparents and special visitors look forward to. The Kinder Nativity will be held in the hall tomorrow at 11:30am. Everyone is welcome.
YEAR 6 GRADUATION
On Wednesday evening we celebrated the Year 6 Graduation. This is a major celebration for our Year Six students who, after seven years in Primary school, move into the big world of High School. On behalf of the school community I wish all the best to our Year Six students. Farewell too to our many families who move on from St Francis of Assisi Primary School after many years here with us.
The Graduation dinner was a great success. A big thanks to the Susan Jones and her committee who organised the night and ensured it was a great success.
Our Farewell Mass will be held next Wednesday in the school hall, commencing at 9:30am. We encourage you to come along and celebrate a great year as we farewell many staff, students and their families.
Our Year 5 and 6 Candle Ceremony will be held at 2.00pm next Tuesday 17 December. This is a special ceremony where we recognise the Year 6 students who have been our student leaders for 2019 and hand over the light of leadership to our Year 5 students- our new leaders for 2020.
During this ceremony our 2020 School and House Captains will also be announced. You are all most welcome to attend - it is a very moving and special ceremony.
ICE BLOCK SALES
Next Tuesday 17 December we will be selling all left over ice blocks from the fete out of the old canteen. We have a variety of Paddle Pops for $2 and Zooper Doopers and Lemonade Twists for $1. Items will be available at recess and lunch or until sold out.
The last St Francis of Assisi Community Council Meeting for 2019 was held a couple of weeks ago. I would like to thank all members of our Community Council for their hard work and contributions during the year. Our Community Council members are Kate Markcrow (Principal), Tiffany Reedy (Assistant Principal), Wayne Young (Staff Representative), Sandy Scensor (Council Chair), Kristen Lumley, (Deputy Chair) Christina Knobel (Treasurer), Alison Bond (Secretary), Belinda Duffy and Sarah Chifley. This year the council has been very productive in both leading community events and in working with the staff of the school. I thank them for their time and effort throughout the year.
Our council sees many outgoing members this year and I would like to thank Alison Bond, Belinda Duffy, Kristen Lumley and Wayne Young for their contributions to the school community over the last couple of years.
I would also like to acknowledge Sandy Scensor whose time at St Francis has come to an end after 13 years. Sandy has been an invaluable asset to our school, she is the outgoing chair of our Community council and has been the fete convenor for at least 6 years. She is involved in all aspects of our parent body, from BBQs, fundraising, graduations, classroom helper, even playgroups. She has been a wonderful support to myself and the school. We need more parents like Sandy to help our school move forward. We will certainly miss you.
Our new council will be commence their work early next year. Congratulations to our new council members; Christina Knobel and Sarah Chifley are returning to continue all their hard work and are joined by Jessica Cotton, Lisa Hyland and Amanda Lenard. We still have one more position vacant, if you are interested in nominating, please email me before the end of the term.
Last week, Mr Jamie Kemp was fortunate to secure a teaching and learning position at the Catholic Education Office for 12 months. Jamie has been a staff member at St Francis for 8 years now and a valued member of the Leadership team. His 12 months at the office will allow him to learn more skills to bring back to our school in 2021. I am sure you join with me as I wish Jamie all the best for the 2020 year.
Congratulations to Mr Peter Collins who has been appointed Acting Coordinator for the next 12 months.
REPORTS HOME TOMORROW
The reports distributed tomorrow have been prepared in line with the school’s Assessment and Reporting policy and also the Australian Government funding requirements and associated legislative regulations. The teachers have worked extremely hard throughout the year to ensure assessment strategies are implemented to develop clear and fair assessment tasks; to make consistent and reliable judgements about a student’s work; to ensure effective, explicit teaching has occurred and that assessments are placed within those parameters; to ensure that the assessment process is known by the students prior to being conducted; and that assessment data is utilised to inform teaching and learning programs.
When reporting, the teacher is awarding a grade to the student taking into account knowledge, skills and understandings covered up to the point when the judgement is made. This means the staff are making an ‘on balance and professional judgement’ of student progress and attainments.
I hope that you found your child’s Semester Two Report beneficial in providing information related to their learning and progress at school. Thank you for working in partnership to support your child’s education. This partnership between home and school will be healthy and enhance our children’s learning if it is fostered in a positive way.
Thank you also to the staff who have literally spend hours and hours over the past few weeks writing reports and completing assessments. They are a very committed and dedicated group of people.
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI STAFF 2020
|Parish Priest||Fr James Antony|
|Assistant Priest||Fr Andrew Lotton|
|School Leadership Team|
|Principal||Mrs Kate Markcrow|
|Assistant Principal||Mrs Tiffany Reedy|
|Religious Education Coordinator||Ms Lisa Conroy|
|Coordinator||Mr Peter Collins|
|Coordinator||Mrs Lauren Macdonald|
|Classes & Teachers|
|Kindergarten Earth||Mrs Jo Grogan|
|Kindergarten Fire||Mrs Katie Brook|
|Kindergarten Water||Miss Lauren Mewburn|
|Year 1 Earth||Miss Sarah Ciuffetelli|
|Year 1 Fire||Ms Karen Jones|
|Year 1 Water||Mrs Antonietta Shean|
|Year 2 Earth||Mrs Shelley Salzke & Ms Lisa Conroy|
|Year 2 Fire||Miss Holly Haling|
|Year 3 Earth||Miss Rachel Southwell|
|Year 3 Fire||Miss Emily Barr|
|Year 3 Water||Miss Emma Gillan|
|Year 4 Earth||Mrs Lauren Macdonald & Ms Lisa Conroy|
|Year 4 Fire||Miss Andrea Gatt|
|Year 4 Water||Mrs Annette Maruskanic|
|Year 5 Earth||Miss Nikki Arcidiacono|
|Year 5 Fire||Mr Simon Hargraves|
|Year 5 Water||Mr Tim O'Brien|
|Year 6 Earth||Miss Anna Corkery|
|Year 6 Fire||Mrs Michelle Marshall|
|Year 6 Water||Mr Matthew Smith|
|St Francis of Assisi Staff 2020|
|ICT Coordinator||Mrs Debbie Cossettini|
|Sport and PE Coordinator||Mr Matthew Smith|
|Aboriginal Contact Teacher||Ms Anne-Marie Dimmock|
|Secretary||Mrs Sharon Aksila|
|Finance Secretary||Mrs Susan Rowell|
|Teacher Librarian||Mrs Debbie Cossettini & Mrs Terri Walker|
|Librarian Assistant||Mrs Robyn Jolly|
|STEM Teacher||Mr Peter Collins & Mrs Sarah Lehmensich|
|Music||Ms Anne-Marie Dimmock|
|Learning Support Teachers||Mrs Karen Western|
|Mrs Christine McGinness|
|Classroom Assistants||Mrs Marie Taylor|
|Mrs Kylie Hynes|
|Mrs Wendy Edwards|
|Ms Elizabeth Shore|
|Mr Jeff Alcock|
|Mrs Nancy Buckley|
|Ms Kathryn Gallagher|
|Mr Matt Verdanega|
|Mrs Susan Harris|
|General Hand and Maintenance||Mr Jeff Alcock|
|School Chaplain||Mrs Susan Harris|
|Playgroup Coordinator||Ms Elizabeth Shore|
|Counsellor||Ms Amy Kennedy|
|Canteen||Mrs Jo Summerfield|
|Mrs Sue Lever|
|BASCA Director||Mrs Louise Eggleston|
|BASCA Finance Officer||Mr Kurt Munro|
|Parish Sacramental Coordinator||Mrs Gail Walker|
Every year at about this time, the talk starts! Who will be my child’s teacher next year? My question is ….. does it really matter?
I often wonder why parents have certain views about different teachers. Is it based on previous experience or gossip? St Francis of Assisi Primary School is fortunate to have a wide range of talented teachers. We have a fabulous reputation in the community for providing excellence. We have experienced and early career teachers. We have teachers with a passion for Maths, for Literacy, for the Creative Arts, for Technology and the list goes on.
Over 7 years at primary school a student will experience a wide range of teachers and gain valuable skills and knowledge from each and every one of them. Parents cannot always shelter and protect their child or choose their teachers for them. A big part of life is learning to deal with a range of people, whether it be other children or adults. It is about building skills and resilience that can be used in later life. Sure some students may not like a particular teacher, but how do they really know if they have never actually been taught by them.
I do not know how many times a student (and parent) has been apprehensive about a teacher, only to find that they then have a great year. How your child responds to the news of their class teacher for 2020 will largely depend on your own response. Whether you are satisfied or not, you need to be positive and encouraging. If your child sees that you are upbeat, then they will be confident and optimistic about the future.
Our staff members are currently in planning mode for next year. Their thoughts are being occupied by class placements. They have been very careful in placing each child into a class for next year, taking into consideration the following:
- Gender: We aim to achieve an even split of boys and girls (this is made easier by the fact that our school does not lose boys in great numbers to single sex schools in the Primary Years).
- Ability: We believe that children learn from each other and that applies to the more and less abled child. Classes operate most effectively when children learn cooperatively from each other, the learning may not just include academic areas but social growth as well.
- Friendship Groupings: This is always problematic because Primary- aged children move in and out of groups on a regular basis, and as you know from adult life mutual friendships can sometimes be one way on occasions.
An additional layer of complexity in this process is the placement of teachers on grade levels. Our teachers work in teams so it is crucial to have the right mix of team members on each year level. Once again we aim to spread the experience and gender of staff across the grades. We also take into consideration the preferred teaching levels of staff and a need to keep staff fresh by moving them regularly across different grade levels. In short putting classes together is somewhat of a giant jigsaw puzzle but at the heart of the jigsaw must remain the needs of the child. Our staff appreciates the huge trust that you place in them to get the jigsaw right!
Tomorrow, each individual student will get to go to their new classroom for 2020 and spend a little time with their new class teacher. They will bring home a list of their class - so you will know who is in their class.
Thanks for your understanding.
Peace and best wishes
We would like to thank Jessica Lever and Belinda Stewart for their help with the Mexican special lunch, your help was very much appreciated.
We would also like to thank the volunteers who helped out in any way throughout the year, the canteen would not be able to operate without you.
We will be selling lollies and other treats on the last day of school with prices ranging from 50c to $2.00.
Sue and Jo. Canteen Managers. PH: 62927477.
Helpers roster for week 10
Monday 16 December
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PM Help please
Wednesday 18 December
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PM Help please
Thursday 19 December
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PM Help please
Mr O'Brien is running a cup cake drive this Tuesday 17 December and cup cakes will be available for sale at recess time at the canteen.
Cup cakes will cost $1.00 for standard cup cakes and $2.00 for special cup cakes with chocolate freckles on top.
All proceeds will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy cause!
A reminder to all families that Term 4 fees are now overdue for payment. Please make payment of your Term 4 fees as soon as possible so that accounts can be finalised for the year.
If you require a copy of your fee statement, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy.
Fees for 2020 have been communicated to all families. If you would like assistance to recalculate your fees for next year, please send me an email and I will be happy to help.
BASCA statements for Weeks 7 and 8 were sent out on Monday, with payment due by this Friday 13 December 2019.
Statement for Weeks 9 and 10 will be sent out on the last day of term, with payment requested to be made by 31 December 2019.
A reminder to parents using Vacation Care in January that a 50% deposit is payable prior to Vacation Care commencing.
A reminder that today is the last day of school for this year!
Term dates for 2020:
|Term 1 commences||
Monday 3 February 2020 (Year 1 to Year 6 - Kinder commence Tuesday 4 February 2020)
|Term 1 ends||Thursday 9 April 2020 (Good Friday, Friday 10 April 2020)|
|Term 2 commences||Tuesday 28 April 2020|
|Term 2 ends||Friday 3 July 2020|
|Term 3 commences||Monday 20 July 2020|
|Term 3 ends||Friday 25 September 2020|
|Term 4 commences||Monday 12 October 2020|
|Term 4 ends||Friday 18 December 2020|