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Dear Parents and Carers

Next week will be a very important week for our school community. This will begin with our Student Leadership 2019 Induction Prayer on Monday morning in the School Hall from 9:00am. Parents of these children have a very special role to play within this prayer service. This will be followed on Tuesday by our whole school beginning Mass starting at 12:30pm. We would like to invite all those connected to our school to these two very special events.

MATERNITY LEAVE - EARLY DEPARTURE: After attending my normal obstetrician appointment during the week, we have been made aware that Baby Yarnold #2 has had a massive growth spurt. As a result, I have had to readjust my Maternity Leave departure date. My planned final day of work was set for Friday 1 March, with leave beginning on Monday 4 March. My formal due date is still set as 19 March, however, with the updated scan information, my obstetrician would now like me to finish work at the allowed date of four weeks before the due date. This puts my final work day as Monday 18 February, with leave beginning from Tuesday 19 February. This is certainly 9 work days earlier than I expected, but obviously I don't want to run the risk of having the baby at work!

At a school level, we made several provisions for staff to be off class for the first five weeks as a handover opportunity and allow a chance to have some training on the job, especially about where we are heading in 2019. Therefore, I have no concerns that Rick and Eloise can assume their new roles nine work days earlier. Leadership for the remainder of the 2019 school year will now be:

Principal (Acting): Mr Rick Galvin Assistant Principal (Mission): Mrs Donna Sprague Assistant Principal (Learning and Teaching): Mrs Eloise Toombs.

I would like to sincerely thank all of the staff and families for their support, thoughts and best wishes. I cannot wait to send you through a photo of the new addition to the Yarnold family.

CARPET REFURBISHMENT FOR YEARS 3-6: We are so excited that our classroom refurbishments will continue to happen throughout the early stages of this year. Our next project involves a new carpet installation into the twelve primary classrooms. This will happen at school next weekend (22, 23 and 24 February), so the children will be excited to see the new learning environment for the start of Week Five.

STAFFING ANNOUNCEMENT: It is with great pleasure that we announce that Kaja-Maria Culbertson has been appointed to the role of Teacher Assistant for Year One. Kaja (pronounced Kiyah) comes to St Agnes' after working at St Joseph's Laurieton and Camden Haven High School since moving to the area. Prior to this, Kaja has worked at schools in Windale - Newcastle, as well as in Germany, with students from a wide range of backgrounds. She brings a range of skills, talents and experience to our community and is currently studying to be a teacher. Kaja has a passion for supporting students who are challenged in the school environment. She is warm, friendly and dynamic and we are so pleased that she was able to join our team at St Agnes'. Please join with us in welcoming her to the St Agnes' community.

P&F MEETING: Our first P&F Meeting for 2019 will be held on Monday 18 February from 5:45pm in the Staffroom. These meetings are a great opportunity for parents to be more involved within the school community and coordinate fundraising activities to further improve our school environment. Please join us in planning some great events for 2019 and also finding out more information about the school. Please note that the AGM will be held in March.

SPECIAL PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS: We offer special prayers to the Dickson family: Tyler (3KM), Isiah (1S) and Makayla (KJW) and Zayne (not at school yet), as they deal with the significant family trauma and loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.

PARENT/TEACHER INFORMATION SESSIONS: Similar to last year, we have decided to leave the format choice of the Parent/Teacher Information Sessions to the individual grades. This year we have two different ways to gather across the K - 6 community. This will include Teacher/Parent Meet and Greets (5 mins) and a Social Teacher/Parent Gathering.

TEACHER MEET AND GREETS: (For Kindergarten, Years 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6). These will be held in your child's classroom and provide an opportunity for you to have a quick chat about things you would like the teacher to know about your child. Please note this will be an on-line booking process and further information and booking codes will be sent home next week.

Tuesday 26 February Kinder - 3:30pm - 6:00pm Year 2 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm Year 5 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm 5H & 5A / 3:30pm - 5:30pm 5E

Wednesday 27 February Year 6 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Thursday 28 February Year 1 - 3:30pm - 6;30pm Year 3 - 3:30pm - 7:00pm

YEAR 4 SOCIAL TEACHER/PARENT GATHERING: This will be held in your child?s classroom. Students are welcome to attend the gathering with their parents/carers.

Wednesday 27 February Year 4 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

VERIFICATION FORMS: In the next week or so all students will receive a student verification form. It is very important that the school is notified of any changes to student information. This includes changes to parent contact details, address, emergency contacts and most importantly medical information. Thank you in anticipation of your attention to this process.

GOD MOMENTS: Mr Brazel and Mrs Thurlow would like to recognise all the students who attended the Zone Swimming Trials at Wauchope on Monday. They were so impressed with the way the students supported and encouraged each other throughout the day. I would also like to congratulate our current Year 6 students who have taken on their role as the new school leaders exceptionally well. They are setting a great example for our younger students and have been very supportive and caring to their ?Kinder Buddies?over the past couple of weeks.

CAR PARK PICK UP: Thank you to those families who have been delaying their arrival time at car-park pickup and making an effort not to queue in Boronia Street each afternoon. This assists in traffic flow around our school during a very busy time and is greatly appreciated. Please be aware that queuing in this area is considered illegal double parking and comes with a $330.00 fine and a loss of 2 demerit points.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: It is very exciting to see many of our extra-curricular activities begin this week. At Craft Club this week Mrs Halloran helped the children to make a Valentine's Day card for someone they love. Chloe de Bressac said "We watched videos of how to make the card. It was fun doing craft."The K-2 students had the opportunity to join the Junior Choir this week and they began by practising songs for Mass next week. We look forward to hearing their glorious voices this year. A reminder that all students are welcome to join our lunch time extra-curricular activities this year.

SCHOOL LEADERS BADGE CEREMONY: On Monday morning the Year Six SRC and House Leaders will receive their badges during morning prayer at 9:00am in the hall.

BEGINNING OF SCHOOL MASS: Parents, families and friends are warmly invited to attend our Beginning School Mass for 2019 next Tuesday 19 February at 12:30 pm in the school hall. The theme of the celebration is WELCOME and you are all most welcome to join us.

PENANCE: The first registration session for Penance was held last night. Thanks to those parents who attended. The second registration session will be held next Tuesday 19 February at 6:00pm. Parents or carers for each of the candidates are required to attend one of these meetings.

The actual Sacrament of Penance for St Agnes' Primary students will take place on Wednesday 27 March at 6:00pm. Parents will be invited to attend workshops with their child prior to this. The workshop at St Agnes' Primary will be held on Thursday 7 March at 3:30pm.