Welcome to Week 7. I hope you and your family were able to enjoy some quality time over the extended weekend. The weather was very kind to us and with some restrictions lifted in regard to COVID -19 there was opportunity to be out and about much more. I know that I enjoyed the change of scenery from being at home and I took the chance to do some exploring of the McLaren Vale region in a little more depth. It’s amazing what you can find when you have time!
Welcome to Week 3. We’ve had what one would describe as an unusual start to the term! During this transition back ‘to the new normal’ in schools I have been most impressed with the enthusiasm the children have shown and their willingness to engage in all school activities upon their return. For many of our children the extended break of 4 weeks can present some challenges in the return to the routines of the school day.
Welcome to a very different Week One as we return to school for the beginning of Term 2. I could ask you how your holidays were, but they were probably very similar to mine, a lot of time at home with a whole list of jobs completed that you’ve been meaning to get to over the last 12 months but haven’t got around to! One of those jobs for me was cleaning out my cupboards. I found things in them that I didn’t even know I owned!
Welcome to Week 9. A lot has happened in the last two weeks! In the face of all that we are experiencing as we journey the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, our schools remain such positive and calm spaces for our children and that is reflected in the daily life at St Francis at the moment. For those children at school, the learning continues as per normal. For those who are not we are in a new time as we work out ways to provide a comprehensive and practical remote learning program to give all our students on-going learning experiences in their absence.
Welcome To Week 7. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful extra-long weekend break with your family. As you know today has been a student free day and it has been a wonderful opportunity for all staff from the 5 Eastern Star Project Schools to gather for some quality professional learning. Today’s main facilitator was Louka Parry. Louka is an award-winning educator, speaker, facilitator and consultant with a powerful ability to communicate ideas with clarity. He works across the globe with changemakers, teams, schools and organisations speaking on leadership, wellbeing, innovation and the future of learning and work.
Welcome to Week 5. We have been very lucky with the weather over the last few weeks. Given the hot December and January we have had, it has been mostly mild for the return to school. It has been wonderful that the children can be outside and able to enjoy such temperate conditions. I’m sure that we will get one or two more hot spells before the end of the term though.
Welcome to Week 3. We have had such a positive start to the school year. The children are very settled and enthusiastic, the teachers are very focused and the parent community have been very engaged with the changes we have made to our teaching and learning program. All is set for a really exciting year of learning and new experiences.
Welcome to Week 5. We are half way through Term 4 and it is flying! Term 4 is always full of activity with events like our wonderful whole school Sports Day last Friday, which contributes to the great array of experiences St Francis offers our students.
Welcome to Week 3. Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the very large group of Grandparents and Grand-friends who joined us last Friday for classroom visits, Mass and morning tea. It was wonderful to see so many people here and I know the children were so excited to host our families.