Category: Admin News

Open Night

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Schools are busy places (as I particularly discovered this week). Today, for the first time, I had a calendar that was not chock full of meetings. Relief, I thought! Time to catch up on some of that paperwork that has been slowly accumulating on my desk (my inexperience is definitely showing). Then the dreaded phone call – some Year One students would like to show me their work. After looking at the growing pile of papers on my desk, I reluctantly said I was available. Within 5 minutes, my quiet office (still with the pile of papers on my desk) was transformed into a vibrant hub of activity as excited ‘little people’ showed me their spelling words and beautiful handwriting. The excitement and pride in their work was so evident that I felt guilty about even thinking that this was just another interruption to my day.

There are lots of sayings that beautifully encapsulate this ‘busyness’ that takes over our lives – ‘take time to smell the roses’ or ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ are just two.   Sometimes, I think you need to take a step backward to see clearly what is important so that you can move forward. Thank you Year One, for enlightening me on what is really important.

As a community, we have a busy week ahead. In particular, I’d like to invite parents to become involved in the Strategic Planning Meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 8.00pm. This is an opportunity for parents to tell us what they value about Iona and assist us in looking at new directions. Even if you have not responded that you are coming, everyone is most welcome to turn up on the night.

Our Open Night is on this Thursday. We have lots happening around the school on this night – from concerts, to Book Fairs, to technology displays, to a sausage sizzle (and we haven’t even mentioned your child’s classroom yet). Please see the website/Facebook page for more details.

We have a special whole school Mass organised for Tuesday 8th September – a celebration of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Parents are most welcome to join us in celebrating this Liturgy of the Eucharist as a faith-filled community.

Lastly (but definitely not the least important), congratulations to the girls who participated in the Future Problem Solving competition earlier in the term. We have just been notified that they have gone through to the Nationals and will be off to Brisbane to compete in October. Well done, girls!

Mrs Jennifer Anderson

Time

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Harvey MacKay wrote – “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

You can take many things from MacKay’s quote but in this season of Lent it’s the ideal time to focus on the 40 day journey with a plan to come in from the wilderness!  We always think we have enough time to do the things we plan to, but more often than not, this isn’t the case.  Lent is a time of spiritual renewal, sacrifice and prayer. Rather than focussing on the “giving up” I encourage you to consider what you can take up.  There’s still time to make a change, no matter how small – to do something.  To change one’s heart requires a different approach and perhaps more time than the Lenten period however, we have 40 days to consider how we might achieve this in our lives and the lives of others. Lent should be about learning to love again and breaking down the barriers of indifference to the suffering and plight of others.

St Patrick’s Day

Next Tuesday, March 17 is St Patrick’s Day.  This is a wonderful Community celebration with the College.  All our familes are welcome to attend.  Please click here for further information.

LIBRARY NEWS

Attention Parents: Scholastic Book Orders can now be paid and ordered on the new Loop System. All orders will come to the school and theLibrary will deliver to your child’s classroom. Please go to scholastic.com.au/loopinfo if you have any queries or come into the library if you need any help.

Thank you for your support with the Scholastic Book Orders as every purchase goes into new resources for the School and Library.

Blogs

The Blogs across all classrooms are taking shape with most available now to Parents and the rest coming online in the next few days.  The students have really enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their work.  If you haven’t had the chance to check to visit the blogs I would encourage you to do so.  Our blogs have received some interesting comments from around the world.  If you would like any information on our blogging policies please see the information available for all parents which is attached to the classroom blogs.

Lunch Orders

The lunch order menu has been tweaked again in response to student need.  Some items were removed as they haven’t been ordered.  Please click here for the latest menu.

Royal Iona Show!

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A wonderful night was had by all those who attended the P & F Water Slide event on Friday Night.  There was a huge turnout by our Iona families and lots of fun to be had on the slides.  The mild start to Friday had us all a little worried but by 3.30pm the conditions were perfect for some fast and furious sliding!  Children showed no fear as they navigated the entry to the respective slides and some fast speeds were clocked on the way down.  It was wonderful to see some parents enjoying themselves on the slide too with their children.  The strong attendance showed great support for the work of the P & F with many parents and children asking for this to be an annual event!

Our blogging journey is under-way with the the Year 1’s being the the first of the classes to post, early last week.  They did a wonderful job and if you haven’t had the chance, please visit their page to look at their blog – http://blogs.ionaps.com/1a/2015/02/26/hello-world-2/  The students have been very excited by the feedback provided from around the world via the comments left on their posting and have been keen to answer questions left for them.  As a new medium to many of us, blogging is an easy way for you to be kept up to date about student learning. I’m so proud that  our Year 1’s are leading the way – blogs from the rest of the school will be available over the next week or two.

The long weekend has been perfectly timed so I trust you will  all enjoy a restful 3 day break and return refreshed for the last 5 weeks of term.

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Plans

 

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!

 

Year 5 campers have arrived

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There was great activity and excitement this morning as our Year 5 students headed off on camp.  School camps are a wonderful opportunity to promote collaboration and teamwork amongst students, particularly at the start of a new school year.  Our students will be faced with challenges that they will need to work together to problem solve.  There are some wonderful learning adventures ahead for our girls over the next two days.  As you can see, the students have arrived safe and sound and are raring to go!