Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Students and Friends of Nativity School,
I hope you have had an opportunity to relax and recharge over the school break. It is fantastic to have the students back at school full of enthusiasm for the possibilities the year holds.
Special welcome to our new Reception students: Lewis, Lily, Sage, Amity, Griffin, Naksh, Ivy, Taylor, Jasmine, Harrison, Hazel, Anastasia, Harry, Braxton, Danny, Hunter, Amelia R, Carmelina, Ronan, Ranveer, Amelia S, Amber, Vivien, Amelia T, Aaliyah. Beginning school is such a special milestone and we are excited to welcome you to our school community. Also to new students in other year levels: Isabelle in Yr 4, Zac in Yr 3 and Thomas in Yr 1 and we welcome back Moriah in Yr 6 and Marley in Yr 3. We extend a warm welcome to you and your family and look forward to getting to know you well. Please join us for the Parent Information Nights and the School AGM over the next two weeks.
This year we also have a number of new staff members joining the community; Lauren Copeland, and Julia Morrison (teachers) Sheryl Blowes and Charlotte Harms (ESO staff) and Paul De Lernia (Maintenance) Thank you all for sharing your gifts and talents with the students of our school.
Of course, I am also new to the school in 2021. It was lovely to have the opportunity to meet many school families at the Parish Mass over the weekend and to see the strong connection that exists between the Parish and School. For those of you I have not had the chance to meet yet, I look forward to doing so in the near future and learning about you and your child/ren.
This week will be Fr San’s last week as our Parish Priest as he is returning to India. On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank Fr San for all he has done in supporting the faith development of the students of Nativity School and wish him the best for the future. Fr Paul Mwaura will be our new Parish Priest. Welcome Fr Paul, we look forward to meeting and working with you in partnership.
Last week teachers continued their journey with Corwin, in the second year of a three year project on Making Learning Visible. This project based on the educational research of Dr John Hattie and provides a lens for us to measure the impact of teaching practice within the school and innovation within the classroom. Over the course of the year you will hear your child/ren talk about their learning intentions (We are learning to…..) and their success criteria (What I am looking for….) I encourage you to talk with them about this and the goals and reflections they have on their learning.
Finally, as the school year begins, a gentle reminder that punctuality and regular attendance bring enormous benefit in gaining maximum learning outcomes for your child/ren.
We look forward to working in partnership with you and to seeing your child/ren flourish during 2021.