- School Review
- Classes for 2018
- School Uniform & Jo Jo Bows
- Prep 2018 Uniforms
- Term 4 School Closure Days
- Important Dates for Later in Term 4
- Springfest Beneficiary 2017
Yesterday we welcomed the School Review Panel of Helen Goode, Tony Perkins, Bill Slatter and Eileen Rice to our school. The Review Panel spent the day meeting with groups of parents, students and staff to discuss what are the great things about St Columba’s School and what areas can we continue to improve in the future. The Review Panel will return this Friday 27th October to work with our school’s Leadership Team to develop our School Improvement Plan for the next 5 years.
I thank those parents and students who willingly took part in these discussions.
Classes for 2018
All Learning Communities now work in open learning environments. All teachers share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of all students within their Learning Community. Though students are based in a home learning group, they regularly interact and work with other students and teachers across the community.
During November, in preparation for 2018, teachers will work together to place students into home learning groups. Decisions will be made based on teachers knowledge of each student’s learning and wellbeing needs. If there is any information that you feel your child’s teacher is not already aware of in regards to their learning and wellbeing, please make the time to have a conversation with them prior to Thursday 9th November.
If you feel that you cannot discuss information with your child’s current teacher for any reason, please make an appointment to meet with Kim Butler prior to Thursday 9th November.
Please note that this year correspondence re class groupings received via email or letter will not be considered.
School Uniform & Jo Jo Bows
By next week all children must be wearing full summer uniform. This includes wearing a school hat while outdoors.
We have a large number of students wearing colourful ‘Jo Jo Bows’ to school at present. Please note - these bows may only be worn to school if they are in our school colours - royal/navy blue or yellow.
Our condolences to Shelly McCarthy, Keeley (LG4) and Tanner (LG13) on the death of Shelly’s mother during the school holidays.
Last term we had a number of senior students enter the HarperCollins ‘Magic Book Project’. Students were asked to write, film or draw a review of a book that they had read. Congratulations to Leonora (LG7) who won the major prize for the most original entry; an Apple iPad Mini 2 and a copy of the reviewed book.
A number of our senior students also entered the Ballarat Writers Festival Children’s Writing Competition for students in Grade 5 and 6. Congratulations to Audrey (LG5) who shared ‘equal winner’ with three other students from Ballarat schools. Audrey will receive a $30 gift voucher from Collins Bookstore.
Prep 2018 Uniforms
New families to St Columba’s will be allocated an appointment time to be fitted with school uniforms. All current families will need to visit the uniform shop during the regular opening hours to purchase their child’s uniform. Opening hours are Tuesday morning 8.30 - 9.00 and Thursday 3.00pm - 3.30pm.
Term 4 School Closure Days
There are two school closure days this term where students are not required to attend school. On Tuesday 31st October, (Week 4) Colin Sloper will be working with staff to further develop our knowledge and skills working as a Professional Learning Community (PLC).
Monday 13th November (Week 6) is a Report Writing day for teaching staff.
Important Dates for Later in Term 4
Sunday 19th November - St Columba’s Colour Run/Walk (Vic Park)
Tuesday 5th December - Orientation / ‘Going Up’ Day
Friday 15th December - 2.30 Final Assembly
Monday 18th December - 6.00 Graduation Liturgy
Tuesday 19th December - Reports sent home
Wednesday 20th December - 12.00 End of Year School Mass followed by a bbq for students and families
Wednesday 20th December - 3.15 Students finish Term 4
Friday 22nd December - Staff finish
Springfest Beneficiary 2017
A reminder to please support Springfest through purchasing raffle tickets on sale at the school office. Tickets are $2 each, with the raffle being drawn at Ballarat Golf Club on Thursday, 7th December.
Prizes are as follows:
1st Prize - $6500 (Tools, Outdoor goods & 6x4 stock trailer)
2nd Prize - $800 (Flat screen TV)
3rd Prize - $500 Petrol Card
If you are able to sell a book of 20 tickets, please collect from the front office.
The next assembly will be held on Friday 3rd November at 2.30pm in the school Hall, LG 13 will lead this assembly.
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