Well Term 1 is now in full swing. The students have settled in really well as is evidenced by the way they are approaching school activities with confidence and enthusiasm.
Next week on Monday February 24 a school closure is scheduled so staff can continue to develop their knowledge and expertise in analysing data and collaboratively planning to address the variability of student capabilities in their respective neighbourhoods. The focus will be on improvement in the students’ English and Mathematics outcomes. The importance of taking the time to look at this in-depth as a staff cannot be underestimated, this is a highly valued opportunity.
Ash Wednesday next week heralds the beginning of the Lenten period. Lent is an old English word meaning 'lengthen'. It marks the 40 days before Easter where we focus on reflection and preparation for the most significant event in our Catholic Christian calendar-Christ’s resurrection and the events which lead up to it. The focus during Lent is on prayer, fasting and alms giving.
This is why traditionally we strive to raise money for Caritas Australia.
All are invited to join us as a school at the Ash Wednesday Mass at 9.30am in our parish church.
Parent Teacher interviews will occur next week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and PSG meetings have also been scheduled. The staff are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with parents and discuss their children’s learning.
Mrs Susan Holmberg, teacher of 5/6F, will be leaving St Joseph's at the end of Term 1 as she has accepted a teaching position in Enishi International School in Nagoya, Japan, beginning in April. While it is a wonderful opportunity for herself and her family we will be very sad to see her go! We thank her for all her hard work and dedication over the last few years and wish her the best for the future.