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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