I love my job, I really do! I can guarantee that no two days are ever the same and what’s not to love about that?   We say that education is an ever changing, fluid environment so it should come as no surprise when things don’t go to plan.  I found this graphic and I must admit I laughed out loud (lol for the more contemporary reader!) when I saw it because this week, it’s a pretty accurate representation of the way things have gone for me!  That’s not to say it’s been a bad week because it isn’t,  it’s just a timely reminder that there are many pathways to the top of a mountain, you may start at different points but eventually, if you keep placing one foot in front of the other, you will reach the summit and often no worse for wear.  The challenge is to find the good, and perhaps the learning in the detour,  for me that’s easy because of all the happy, smiling faces that surround me as I am redirected!

There have been some changes with the buses operating for our students this week, causing a few challenges for our families.  The latest information, including changes to the various bus routes, has been posted on our web page.  If your child catches the bus to or from school, please take a moment to review the changes under Iona Community – bus routes, the link is active now for you to access.  If your child is still learning about which bus to catch please let the classroom teacher know, there may well be other students on the same bus route that we can buddy them up with to provide some additional support.

Our year 6 Leaders were commissioned today at the Leader’s Mass held in Treacey Hall.  It was wonderful to have so many parents and grandparents available to join us, it made the occasion special for the girls.  Our Year 6 students have demonstrated wonderful leadership and initiative already, I look forward to their ongoing contributions throughout the 2015 school year.

The Cafe across the road in Victoria Street will be providing lunches from next week.  The menu is available on our web page under Iona Community – canteen and  lunches  can only be ordered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please write student orders on a bag or envelope, enclose the money (correct change is always appreciated) and  place in the lunch baskets in each classroom by 9am.  Orders will be collected and returned in time for lunch.  I know that many of you will be delighted to have this service available again.  The new owner is very keen to support the school so if you have any feedback please let me know.

I would like to remind parents about the importance of following drop/pick up procedures.  We live in a community so it is essential to be aware of other road users and to follow the rules in place as these ensure the safety of everyone. The bays outside the admin area are not to be used  for parking between 8-9 am and 3-4 pm.  If you are using the Victoria Street pick up area please exit to the left and where possible go around the roundabout and enter from the left as well.  Cars turning right into the the pick up area cause considerable congestion for flow through traffic.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Don’t forget to check the school web page regularly for updates so that you are aware of what’s going on in our wonderful school.  Please follow us on twitter and check class blogs, these will be active later in the term.

Enjoy the last day of the working week and the upcoming weekend.  It’s difficult to believe we are at the end of the second week already!


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