From the Primary Deputy

Term 4
Welcome to Term 4, the “blink and you’ll miss it” term.  There is a lot to do, and only eight short weeks in which to do it.  I always enjoy Term 4, as we get to look back on the growth and changes in our students over the year.  It is especially exciting to be part of the Year 6 activities, as they prepare for High School.

Electronic Communication
Over the term, we will be experimenting with using Edumate (formerly the Parent Portal) to communicate with families.  For any excursions or events over the term, you will receive both a paper copy of the information, as well as an electronic copy.  This will be via Edumate on a computer, as well as the Edumate App (have you downloaded it yet?) to your phone.  The hope is that we will iron out any bugs in the system over the term, ready to go fully paperless in 2020.  We need your feedback as we work through this process, as our goal is to make communication easier and more efficient for our school families.

Dogs
I have noticed, from time to time, that dogs are being brought onto school grounds.  This is generally at drop off or pick up time, at the front of the school.  I wish to remind parents that dogs of any kind are not to be brought onto school grounds, without prior permission from the Primary Office.  While I respect the fact that you know you own pet and its behaviours, when you add hundreds of jostling children to the mix, things can become very unpredictable.  For further information on the regulations regarding this, you can go to: http://nswschoolanimals.com/dogs/dogs-environment/

Caring for School Property
We are blessed to have a very well-maintained school, with abundant facilities and resources.  It is our responsibility to care for these well, so as not to waste money on unnecessary repairs.  While it is extremely uncommon for our students to intentionally damage property, there are ways in which they could be more careful. 

For example:
* If you see something damaged, tell a teacher.  DON’T play with it and damage it further.  We had a situation last term, where a tap was coming loose.  Students fiddled with the tap and ended up snapping a copper pipe!  As you can imagine, this was a fairly significant repair.
* If you accidentally damage something, let a teacher know so it can be repaired before it gets worse.
* Don’t touch/play with things that aren’t yours, especially school equipment.

However, there is one area in which students sometimes do make a conscious decision to cause damage, and this is graffiti.  Students are not to write on any surface (other than their own books) with any item – pen, pencil, texta, etc.  Graffiti is extremely difficult to get off some surfaces, and very unattractive.  Due to the serious nature of graffiti, the school deals with all instances strongly.  Parents are usually contacted, and suspensions can occur.  Please discuss this with your child/ren so they do not get into trouble in this area.

Coming Soon:

Monday 21st October
Book Fair buying

Tuesday 22nd October
Book Fair buying
Fast Football (those who have signed up) – 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Wednesday 23rd October
Book Fair Buying (Before school only)
IPSSO – St Marks vs. WCCS (Away Game)
PSSA Athletics

Thursday 24th October
CSSA Splash and Dash Biathlon
PSSA Athletics

Friday 25th October
Kindergarten 2020 Orientation

Tuesday 29th October
Fast Football (those who have signed up) – 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Wednesday 30th October
IPSSO – WCCS vs. ASG (Home Game)

Thursday 31st October
NAP Civics and Citizenship Assessment (selected Year 6 Students)

Friday 1st November
Year 3 to 6 BBQ Lunch (students who order only)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12:9-10                                                                                                                                  

In His service,
Robert Burgess
Primary Deputy