I would like to start this newsletter by thanking everyone who contributed to, participated in and attended our Autumn Festival last week. It was such a special event and the warmth and community spirit it generated is still reverberating around the school. These moments when we come together as a community are truly precious and help to anchor us into the rhythm of the year.
This week I would like to honour our teachers for their attention to detail, particularly in relation to the aesthetic in the classroom. If you walk around the school, you will see some incredible works of art on the blackboards. Many of our teachers stay back at night or come in on the weekends to create beautiful blackboards to support the current Main Lesson. We know that one of the best ways to access learning is through the feeling life, and the beautiful blackboard drawings can certainly evoke a depth of feeling towards the topic. When students walk into the room and see a new blackboard drawing, the message the students receive is that their teacher cares about them and cares enough about the topic to create something beautiful to introduce it. If you happen to be wandering around the school, I encourage you to have a peek into some of the classroom windows to have a look at our teachers’ amazing work.
Next Monday is the P&F AGM. Our P&F do such a wonderful job of supporting parents and the school. Each P&F meeting provides an opportunity for you to hear from the leadership of the school and a Board member as well as the chance to discuss issues and topics of interest relating to the school. The P&F is not just about fundraising, but provides parents with an opportunity to come together and share thoughts and ideas as well as having some social time. It is such an important part of the fabric of our school and can only exist with the support of parents who are willing to participate. If you have never been to a P&F meeting before, I encourage you to come along on Monday night. I look forward to seeing you there.