Celebrating our 70th Year
Dear Families and Friends,
Welcome to the 2021 school year! It’s been a fantastic start to the year with all children and classes being settled, positive and already establishing their routines and expectations for learning.
The children all look well-presented and are so happy! Thank you to all parents for ensuring your child is here on time, ready to learn with all they need and in correct school uniform. I love the start of a new year because for children, parents and teachers the start of the year brings with it a sense of freshness, a sense of hope, optimism, excitement, a desire for improvement and new possibilities. We are in for a great year at IHM and I look forward to watching everyone grow and flourish in this our ‘Year of Love’.
3.00 pm Dismissal
This year we have had to change our school finish time because of the requirements of the Enterprise Agreement for South Australian Catholic Schools (EA). The EA covers all the conditions of work for all employees in SA Catholic Schools. It stipulates the amount of timetabled time we must have in a school week and the amount of student contact time teachers can have per week.
This year, we needed to reduce the contact time for teachers, hence the 10 minute earlier finishing time was the best way we could meet the EA requirements, without having a significant and detrimental impact on the school budget. I assure you that in terms of minimum hours of timetabled time per week, IHM is still well within the requirements and this change will not impact on the quality of education your child receives.
I apologise that this was not communicated to the community earlier as the decision was made very late last year. When you look through the Parent Information Book you will see that we have reduced the number of pupil free days for this year, so this will offset some of the time missed for students. IHM’s after school care through Camp Australia will operate from 3pm - 6pm. As a school staff, we are very understanding of individual family situations and offer flexibility in drop off and pick-up times, when it is necessary and possible. I hope we can all settle into the new routine easily and smoothly.
Please call me if you have any concerns or queries. Parent Information Booklet 2021 Knowing our school expectations, routines and procedures is important to belonging, forming a basis for clear communication and respectful relationships.
Today each family received the 2021 Parent Information Booklet which outlines who we are, what we do and how we work together. I encourage you to read through the booklet and keep it handy for reference throughout the year. If you have not received a booklet please ask at the office or you can access it from our website.
Three new staff members have joined the excellent IHM teaching team. We warmly welcome Ms Kristine Rebeiro as music teacher, Ms Rochelle Sharman as Year 4/5 teacher (0.6) and Mr Ryan Campbell as Year 5/6 teacher. As it’s always good to connect the name to the face, for your information, photos of staff members are included in this newsletter. Our staff are very friendly, dedicated and skilled and they value parent and community relationships highly, so don’t hesitate to say hello or come to speak with us.
Hopefully the building program to upgrade our school will begin this year, with significant renovations being made to the front of the school, the office area, the hall, OSHC and the upstairs classrooms. This has been a long and detailed planning process and plans are currently being approved by council. More details about how it will all unfold will follow once this has occurred. Exciting times ahead!
In the next few weeks all teachers will be holding ‘Book-a-Chat’ sessions where we invite parents to book a ‘chat time’ with class teachers. The purpose is to meet and share your expectations and hopes along with your child’s strengths, unique qualities and learning needs. An invitation notice about this will be coming home soon. Also please save the date for our Welcome Wine and Cheese night and Parent Forum, Wednesday 24th February 2021. More information on all these will come to you as the weeks unfold, so stay tuned! Lastly, warmest wishes to you all for a year filled with the goodness and inspiration of our pillar of Love!