Dear Parents

School Visit

As part of the parish visit by the Archdiocese of Perth's Auxiliary Bishop, Bishop Sproxton will be visiting the school on Friday 9 November. Bishop Sproxton will be at school from 2.00pm onward.

Remembrance Day

A reminder that on Monday 12 November the school will commemorate Remembrance Day with a service at 11.00am (School Hall). Children who belong to service clubs (Guides, Scouts etc) are invited to attend in uniform. All parents are invited to attend the service.

Swimming Lessons

These commence next Monday 12 November and continue daily through until Friday 23 November. The actual swimming lesson times are:

Year 3B and 1B - 12.50pm

Year 3W and 1W - 1.30pm

Year 2B and 2W - 2.10pm

* The above are not departure times or arrival back at school times.

AGM

The Annual General meetings for both the P&F and School Board take place next Monday evening (12 November) starting at 7.00pm. All are welcome to attend. From previous experience the meetings will be finished no later than 8.30pm.

Class Groupings 2013

Discussions regarding class placements for next year will shortly commence. In consultation with your child's present class teacher, I will be compiling the class lists for 2013. There are a number of factors that must be taken into account when balancing classes, including academic ability, gender, interpersonal relationships, and social dynamics. Parental requests is an additional factor and I would like to make clear my policy on this matter.

Parental requests can only be met in exceptional circumstances. However, if you believe that there is such a circumstance in relation to your child, you are invited to outline this in writing and addressed to me by Monday 19 November. No requests will be considered after this date and please do not ask your child for their preferred teacher as this does not constitute an exceptional circumstance. When writing your request, please be clear on the reason for such as unsubstantiated requests cannot be considered. The class lists will be posted on a school notice board from 19 December.

Please note that I will not be conducting interviews with parents regarding class placement. The above process is an opportunity for you to explain, in writing, the exceptional circumstance you believe is present with regard your child's placement in 2013. Finally it should be said that requests will be considered on their merit but do remain as such, requests. The final allocation of students to the respective classes for 2013 is at the school's discretion taking into consideration all of the above-mentioned factors. In some circumstances it will not be appropriate or prudent to elaborate on the decision made.

Out of School Hours Care

Following public consultation and input from Staff, School Board and the Catholic Education Office, this school will move to extend the operation of OSHC to accommodate 4 year old students (Kindergarten) as from the week beginning Monday 4 February. Attendance details are still to be finalized with detailed information made available in full to all Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten parents (eligible when their children are at kindergarten age) at the Orientation Day for PK and K parents on 30 November 2012.

David Barns

Principal