From the Primary Deputy Principal

Cross Country Carnival

What a great day we had for our recent Cross Country Carnival.  Changing days worked out well, and we were blessed with great weather.  A big thank you to the high school students who helped out on the course, as well as with the coffee cart.  Thank you also to the parents who tirelessly manned the BBQ and fed almost 300 hungry children.  Congratulations to the students who are going to the State Cross Country Carnival, to be held on Friday 2nd June.

Family Photos

Family Photos, L-Z surnames, will be taken on the upcoming High School Photo Day, Thursday 1st June.  If you wish to have a family photo taken, please pick up an envelope from the Primary Office ASAP.  Photos will be taken at lunchtime.

Primary Athletics Carnival

The Primary Athletics Carnival is coming up very soon.  This year we have made a change, and are including Year 2 for the first time.  We are hoping this will be an enjoyable experience for them, and perhaps interest them in the various track and field events involved.  A separate note will come home, with all of the details.  As usual, parents are welcome to attend.

Late Arrivals

Let’s do some maths…  If a child regularly arrives at school at 9:00 am, they are missing 20 minutes of teaching time per day.  Over one week, they are missing 100 minutes (1 hour and 40 minutes).  If this continues over the term, then they are missing 1000 minutes, which equates to 16 2/3 hours (or almost 3 full school days!).  I have chosen not to multiply this over the year, as I’m not sure I could cope with the answer.  Sadly, a number of our children are regularly arriving after 9:00 am each day.  School begins at 8:40 am each day, and we need the children to be here by this time.  As well as missing vital work, when children arrive late they disrupt the class significantly.  They also have to deal with the awkwardness of 25 pairs of eyes watching them enter the room.  If there are any ways in which the school can assist your child/ren to be at school on time, please have a chat with their teacher.

Veggie Patch and Chickens

Have you heard about our new veggie patch and chickens?  Thanks to a grant from Liverpool Council, we have installed a number of raised garden beds, each containing vegetable seedlings.  We have also installed a chicken coop, with four inhabitants at the moment.  The idea is for selected children to be involved with maintaining this new area, and the food produced going to the canteen.  Don’t forget the scarecrow competition that is going alongside the new gardens.  We have a number of fantastic entries thus far.  The competition close on Friday 9th June.

Lost Property

As we move into the cooler months, our lost property collection is growing at an alarming rate.  Students discard excess clothing as the day warms up, and then forget to pick it up again.  While we endeavour to return items to the rightful owner, the job has become almost unmanageable.  Likewise our collection of lunch boxes, drink bottles, etc is also growing, some replete with old sandwiches.  Please encourage your children to be responsible for their possessions and definitely ensure names are written on everything.

 

Upcoming Events

Saturday 27th May
BRICKFEST!

Wednesday 31st May
IPSSO – St Mary’s vs. WCCS (Away Game)

Thursday 1st June
High School Photo Day AND Family Photos (L-Z Surnames)

Friday 2nd June
Primary CSSA State Cross Country

Tuesday 6th June
Primary Athletics Carnival (Years 2-6)

Wednesday 7th June
IPSSO – St Mark’s vs. WCCS (Away Game)

Friday 9th June
Business Studies Market Day (Years 3-6 Mufti Day)

 

Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honour. – Romans 12:10

In His service,
Robert Burgess