Welcome back to the new school year. It was just wonderful to see the students all pouring back into the school last week with bright, smiling faces, looking rested, refreshed and ready to learn. It was also wonderful to see the school staff coming back with such enthusiasm for their work with the students at the school after their well earned break.
We started the year welcoming some new (and almost new) teachers to the school. I am sure you will join me in welcoming Jenny (Kindergarten), Anna (Class 1), Paddy (HS Geography), Alix (English) and Phoenix (HS Drama T1). Later in the term we will welcome James (Class 5) and Emily (Kindy) and next term Ben (HS Drama).
It was wonderful to meet with our Class One parents at a morning tea on Tuesday and then our Kindergarten parents on Wednesday morning. The relationship we have with the families within our school community is so important to our work with the students. I really value every opportunity to meet with parents and to strengthen the work we do together. Class meetings are another opportunity for us to come together and I really enjoyed attending part of the Kindergarten and Year 9 parent meetings this week.
Over the holiday break, Gavin and his team were busy working on a range of maintenance tasks across the school. One of the most significant (and beneficial) changes was the addition of a new road surface to the bottom car park. I nervously watched on the first day of school and was really pleased that the dust problem has been very noticeably reduced (there was almost no dust on the day I watched). Fingers crossed that it will stay that way!
Next Tuesday we will be having our first twilight RC&M day. The idea for this was raised in the parent engagement evening we held last year; a number of parents said that Saturdays were busy family or work days and they would like some other options for RC&M events. Our RC&M events are a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the life of the school and contribute to the ongoing care of our wonderful buildings and facilities. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday. (Yes, Tuesday is St Valentines Day…. what could be more romantic than pulling out weeds together in the garden beds at school!)
I am looking forward to a great term, working together with staff, parents and the broader school community to bring the best possible education to our very precious and wonderful students.