As we begin the 2019 school year I extend a warm welcome to new families joining our school community and to existing families to the new school year. We look forward to the year ahead and value your potential contribution and involvement in the school community.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
These words from Jeremiah speak of the vision that all who work at Ss Michael and John’s strive for with every child entrusted to our care.
The world in which our children live is so different to the generations preceding them. They are growing up in a fast-paced ever developing global world. The problems that our children of today will face into the future requires them to be more than acquirers of knowledge. More so now than at any other time in history it is vital that our children are not only literate and numerate but also be critical and creative thinkers and problem solvers with highly developed communication skills.
At Ss Michael and John’s Primary School, we are aware of and implement learning and teaching programs that address both the academic, personal and interpersonal needs of the students. Research informs us of the importance of the Arts and Physical Education in developing the whole child, cultivating their abilities across every area of the curriculum to foster flexibility of the mind. Likewise, learning a language broadens the students’ brain function and stimulates creativity. At the heart of all we do is the teaching of Jesus and the principles of Social Justice. If we can educate the students who walk through our doors to recognise the dignity of each person, to respond to injustice at local and global levels and to respect and promote an individuals rights, then we will have succeeded in educating them to be the citizens of the world, doing great deeds as Jesus commanded.
During our school review in 2018 we developed new strategic goals and identified the need for the school to:
- Develop student understanding of the relevance of the Catholic faith story to their world today
- Implement high-quality teaching practices that focus on student voice
- Engage with families and the wider community to optimise learning for ALL
These goals will be the major focus throughout this review period. We believe that a strong, supportive partnership between home and school promotes the best possible environment for student learning and we encourage parents to become involved and support our school. An outstanding well rounded education for your child is the common aim of us all – parents, the school staff and our community.
We welcome your family to our school and look forward to the year that lies ahead in 2019.
May the Grace of Jesus Christ be with you,