Dear Parents and Carers,
I have been so impressed with the way our staff, students and parents have worked together to start the school year successfully and smoothly. All classes are now formed and the positive learning engagement in our classrooms is wonderful to see. Thank you to our teaching and administrative and support staff for their efforts in coordinating enrolments, preparing programs and getting our students off to a great start in 2020.
A warm welcome to all of our new Kindergarten students and families! It is great to have you with us at Stanmore PS. I enjoyed chatting to parents at the Welcome Morning Tea – thank you to the P&C and the Canteen for putting this event on. I look forward to visiting our new Kindergarten classes next week and getting to know our youngest cohort.
I’d like to farewell some of our staff members who are going on leave. Ms Mary Spink, one of our Learning and Support Teachers, has commenced leave prior to retirement later in the year. Thanks to Ms Spink for her contributions to the learning of countless students at Stanmore PS over many years. Ms Rachael Kozicki and Ms Peta Horsburgh are both commencing maternity leave in the coming days. All the best to Ms Kozicki and Ms Horsburgh for the exciting times ahead!
I was very impressed by our Year 3-6 students’ participation and behaviour at the Swimming Carnival yesterday. Well done to everyone who competed in an event and supported their teammates. A huge thanks to Ms Claire Mitchell for leading the organisation and running of the event, and to all the teachers who assisted in preparation and on the day.
A reminder that the P&C Annual General Meeting will take place next Tuesday 11 February at 7pm, in the Staffroom (one level above the office, follow the Dr Seuss stairs). I encourage parents to consider attending P&C meetings this year. They are a great way to understand more about what is happening at the school, be part of consultation processes, and further enhance the high level of community engagement in and contribution to the school.
Next week, we will hold our first school assembly for the year, at 11:20 on Monday morning where we will commemorate National Apology Day. Assemblies will now be held fortnightly, to allow more valuable learning time in class for our students and teachers. Next Wednesday morning at 9:00 we will hold the annual Chinese New Year Assembly, celebrating the Year of the Rat. This assembly will include performances, including a traditional lion dance. Thanks to Ms Ji for organising this exciting event.