Thursday 16 August 2018

1. Principal's News Week 4, Term 3 2018

Jumangi - the 4 Rs

Magnus and the Year 7s ask, "Where is the Love?"
It's today.  All children in years 4 to 8 have a part in our senior production - acting, singing, dancing, stage direction or technical crew.  The children have had a big day with a dress rehearsal in the morning and matinee performance this afternoon.  We recommend that they have a nutritious tea and a rest before returning at 6.00 pm to prepare for their performance at 6.30 pm. 

There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.  But we can't overfill the auditorium so be early if you don't have a ticket.

Jack and Campbell are doing amazing jobs on lighting

Thank you to St Kevin's student Isaac Steel for providing excellent technical leadership and to St Kevin's for use of the auditorium.

Our main characters have had a lot of lines to learn and were focusing on Tuesday on speaking slowly.
The Home and School will be selling ice blocks in the interval.  As a health promoting school we remind parents that ice blocks have about 13g of sugar and the recommended daily intake of sugar for children should be below 25g so if you plan for your child to have an ice block you may need to make other sugar adjustments in the day's menu.  Popsicle ice blocks cost $1.00 each and ice creams cost $2.00 each.  Please bring the correct change.

Parent Feedback on Reporting
According to our feedback, overall  67% of parents found the report easy to understand and relevant to learning.  24% were neutral about it and 9% found it hard to understand and not relevant to learning.

Parents who made an individual comment were divided between those who loved the report and those who wanted the teacher to write more of the comments.

Examples of positive response were:
  • "Easy to follow, love the comments."
  • "Huge improvement on previous version, helpful to be given a tangible idea of where your child fits on the curriculum."
  • "Very informative, loved the self management aspect, overall good to see growth and self management, happy with what was said, keep up the good work.  Thank you."
Feedback for improvement was concerned with wanting more teacher comment.  All feedback was very respectfully given and received.  Thank you.  We will take it all into account when we make further plans.

If you have family members or friends who are planning to enrol at St Joseph's next year, please ask them to contact me as soon as possible so that I can organise classes and staffing for 2019.

Thank you to Bracken's Print
A big thank you to Bracken's Print who are subsiding the printing costs of year 7 student, Bridie McGeown's short story, "Houston and the Show Horse."  Well done Bridie!

Thank you to our parents
A big thank you to all our parents who support the school as we support you to bring out the best in your children.  We appreciate the transport you provide for our activities, coaching and management of sports teams and keeping up with school events.  A particular thank you to Leanne Tuffley (Subway on Friday), Adele Whiston (Uniform Shop), Caterina Campbell (Lucky Book Club), Susie Jorgensen (gymnastics) our Board parent representatives: Sharni Cunningham, Michael Plieger, Rose Davies, Rebecca Meek, Andy Bradley, Rory McGeown and Carl Herbst.  Also to our amazing Home and School led by Rebecca Heffernan. 

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

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