Head of Primary Years

As the year draws to a close, there are opportunities to reflect on the great work that has been done round the College this year, particularly in the Primary Years. It has been a year of many firsts as we combined all members of the Prep to Year 6 communities together.

Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on one's actions so that a process of continuous learning can occur. This is as important for adults as it is for the students in our care and can be done in a variety of ways, including asking others to reflect on what they have seen or through self-reflection.

I would like some feedback from you as parents too. This is in regard to the events and community involvement held in the Primary years, which is such an important aspect of your child’s schooling.

In the next week or so, you will be invited to partake in a short survey to look at the parent support groups as they currently stand and also some of the events which have been held over the last few years. By answering this, I hope to gain a greater insight into what your needs are as a community, so I encourage you to take the time (no more than 3 – 4 minutes) to complete the survey in order to refresh our offerings and move ahead in 2018.

End of an Era

Another area which the College has looked at improving is the area of formal communication, and this year we have moved our weekly newsletter, ‘The Rock’ to an online medium, and introduced Firefly as our Learning Management System. The St Peters App also provides good reminders and updates in a timely manner. These initiatives have moved the communication into the 21st Century.  As such, though, it has made our Primary Pebbles redundant. So next week will be the last edition of the Primary Pebbles. We will move to using these forums in 2018 to provide you with the most up to date information. 

Next Week

Many classes choose to have end of year celebrations during the final few days and your child’s teacher will be in touch with you regarding the details. 

Monday Fun Day

Monday Fun Day on 27 November has been organised for all students from Prep to Year 4. This will include a group of external presenters working with the students, a free swim at the 25 metre pool, rehearsal time at the Chapel for the Christmas service as well as craft activities inside classrooms and outdoor activities. The students are very much looking forward to an exciting day away from regular routines.

Final Day of School

On our final day at school for 2017, Tuesday 28 November, we have two very special events.

Our Years 5 and 6 Presentation Morning will commence at 9.00am and should conclude around 10.30am. Parents are then invited to join us for morning tea afterwards in the Performing Arts Centre servery. Invitations went home last Monday with your child. 

Finally, we will hold a Christmas service commencing at 1.35pm in the Performing Arts Centre for all students, Prep to Year 6. Parents are very welcome to attend. You may also wish to collect your child from their classrooms following the service. Students are required to wear full formal uniform on this day. I look forward to seeing you at the various events between now and the end of the year.

I wish all our Primary Years families a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Blessed New Year. For our families leaving the College, we wish you the very best in your future learning journey.

On behalf of the Primary Years staff and myself, we wish you rest and relaxation and time to regroup, reflect and rejuvenate during this festive season and look forward to meeting you again in 2018.

Pam Carden, Head of Primary Years