A great beginning
While many of us have been about the place for a few weeks, school isn’t school without students. I really enjoyed our first day of students. Many of the parents and teachers commented on how enthusiastic students were to get back, see friends and their new rooms and teachers. Introducing the terms new themes in classes made an exciting start for the Primary school: mechanics, explorers of the wild, and a visiting wheel-chair athlete built a sense of enquiry and energy for the terms learning.
There was a great sense of community in our introductory Assembly and I appreciated parents who stayed as their children began the new day and the manner in which students welcomed new teachers. We have a large number of new students starting this year as the College continues to grow significantly. As I have been into classes to say hello, I’ve noticed that they already seem settled and are sitting engaged with new friends.
The theme for our work and planning for 2014 is “Diversity in Community”. We are working to recognise the individual needs and strengths of every member of our College and building a community approach that provides support. The first day was a great celebration of this theme in action. Our support for those affected by the recent fires has been another example. Over the next few weeks there will be afternoon teas for each of the Primary classes. I am sending a letter to Senior School parents to explain our collaboration meetings with parents to start the year aiming for good support and success.
I encourage everyone who can to come to our “Meet, Greet and Eat” Bush Dance on Friday evening from 5:00pm. The band will be set up in our Undercover Area, sausage sizzle for sale provided by our leaders on the Senior School lawns, plenty of room to park yourself, pull up a chair or a rug, and get to know other parents and teachers. There will be parking on our front oval.
Together let’s make this a great year.