What a week it has been! We began our final week of school for 2018 with our Prep Christmas Concert. Those in attendance witnessed a singing extravaganza from our youngest students. The highlight for me was the Christmas rap and breakdancing. Congratulations to our Prep students for putting on a wonderful Christmas story and thank you to Mrs Rebekah Tayler and Mrs Tracey Grubb for putting it all together.
A huge thank you to all teachers and staff at St Anne’s for an amazing year. It has been full of excitement and challenges. I know all of our School community understand and appreciate the extra effort that you all put it to make our school great.
To our parents and carers, thank you for being a part of the team and supporting your child. It is so important that parents, teachers and students create a positive team, with everyone moving in the same direction.
To our students, thank you for so many different reasons. Thank you for challenging yourself when learning is tough. For making us laugh and smile. For having and sharing ‘lightbulb’ moments when you learn something new. For achieving amazing things. For demonstrating our CLERR values. Finally, for being you!
Year 6 Valedictory
This morning we celebrated and said goodbye to our 2018 Year 6 students during an upbeat Valedictory service. These students have had a major impact on our school culture, with many starting their Gippsland Grammar education at our Early Learning Centre with Mrs Lisa Burgess. I would like to thank all of our Year 6 students and their families for the positive impact they have had on our campus. Embrace the challenges of Year 7. Thank you to Mrs Julie Jago and Miss Prue McNaughton, our Year 6 teachers, for creating such a meaningful Valedictory service.
As a sign of appreciation for those families who are finishing at St Anne’s this year, we presented each family with a gift wrapped plant. The plants are a symbol of the growth throughout our Year 6 students’ time at St Anne’s.
On Tuesday this week, our campus came together to acknowledge our Citizens of the Term, Class of the Term, and to say goodbye to some students and teachers. Based on our school CLERR values, our Citizen of the Term is awarded to students who have consistently demonstrated these values, or have demonstrated real growth in one or more of the values. It is always a challenging decision for teachers to make. Congratulations to our students who received Citizen of the Term and to McCubbin students, who were awarded Class of the Term.
We also said goodbye to two important teachers. Mrs Louise Hulls, our creative Art teacher and Mrs Amy Laverty, our energetic Physical Education teacher, are both taking maternity leave for 2019. Both teachers will be missed, but we wish them well with the upcoming additions to their families.
Parents will received their child’s school this afternoon. Our school reports are a formal means to communicate how your child has grown socially, emotionally and academically. Please take your time to read your child’s report. Share and celebrate achievements and growth. Reflect on areas for improvement and put strategies in place to address them.
2019 School Year
The School Office will close for the Christmas break on Thursday 20 December and reopen again on Monday 7 January. School officially begins for students on Thursday 1 February.
I would like to wish all families a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Jie Van Berkel