As we creep ever closer to the world opening up and returning to what is likely to become the post-pandemic normal, we recognise that we are not the same as we were prior to this experience.
Humans are incredibly resilient; we face and overcome significant challenges, often with the ability to emerge stronger and more capable than we were before. We are able to reflect on the benefits of an experience and the positive impact that it had on our lives.
Someone recently said to me that all of the positives in his life had stemmed from his access to high quality education—which unfortunately in that person’s youth, was not something that was available to everyone.
Being an educator is a privilege that allows us to give the gift of opportunity. High-quality education levels the playing field for all students regardless of their family background. In the busy and sometimes exhausting weeks ahead as we end the school year, please remember this: the work you do every day changes the lives of your students.
Thank you for what you do every day to ensure that all students in our care are given the gift of opportunity in the form of high-quality education.
Sincerely, Chris Smyth
Director of Schools
Last week, Judy Rily, REC at St Francis Xavier’s School, Narrabri was so thrilled with the insights of Year 1/2 students into the sacredness of creation that she shared them with me. Now,I’m passing them on to you.
How are you and I doing at turning these children’s understandings into a reality? Thank you, Year 1/2 theologians.
Our Lord and Ruler …
With praises from children and from tiny infants infants, you have built a fortress.
It makes your enemies silent, and all who turn against you are left speechless.
Please register to attend the principals meetinghere
Working With Children Check Extended For Three Months
The Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) has advised that working with children checks due to expire between 27 September 2021 and 26 January 2021 have been extended for three months, this extension does not apply to those previously extended in July 2021.
Anyone granted an extension will be advised by email from the OCG.
Curriculum audits in Term 4 will be the following -
Stage 6 CAPA - documentation to be submitted before the end of term.
Stage 6 Maths - documentation to be submitted before the end of term.
Early Stage 1/Stage 1 Maths - documentation due Friday 12th November
Zoom audit - Friday 19th November.
Please register to attend the ES1/S1 Maths audithere.
2021 CSO Data Collection Schedule K-9
Important updates regarding Term 4 PAT Adaptive Assessments have been made to the 2021 CSO Data Collection Schedule K-9. Please refer to this link to see updates. If you have any further questions, please contact Claire Ryan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 0448 567 835.
Mission Month: Socktober
October is ”Mission Month”. Jacquie Toakley of Catholic Mission has, I think, contacted RECs directly about this. Some good resources and the chance to join in a great activity.
Here is a message from Jacquie Toakley with keynote addresses etc. from the recent on line Mission: One Heart Many Voices Conference.
Vinnies’ Christmas Tree
As always, the Society ofSt Vincent de Paul seeks to share the peace and joy of Christmas with the poor of our communities. As with “Socktober” above, many RECs may have already seenthis from Cassie Croft about how your school can be involved.
200 Years Commemorative Book
This book contains the story of every first Catholic school in each Australian diocese. That’s St Mary’s Armidale for us. Paperback and hardback editions are available and can be ordered now for delivery later in the year. Go here and scroll down to find the pre-order form.
Virtual Symposium: “Faith in the Future”
Another event associated with the Bicentenary of Catholic Education This online symposium has Dr Lyn Sharratt as guest presenter. Geraldine Doogue will chair a follow-up panel discussion.
I wrote to RECs late last term about the soon to be published Holy Bible CEV Catholic Edition with Encyclopedia. I think it looks excellent, a wonderful resource. The publishers have let me know that there has been a glitch in having bulk copies arrive in Australia from the overseas printer. I will let you know when I know more.
Copy of “So You’re Working for the Catholic Church”.
When CSO personnel are permitted to visit schools again, one of them will drop off a copy of Fr Tony Doherty’s 2013 book, “So You’re Working for the Catholic School”. Many schools may have copies already.
Date-claimer for interested RE Staff
Looking a long way forward, but some RE staff may be interested inthis coursebeing offered in Semester 2, 2022
Proficient Teacher and Maintenance of Accreditation Extension
NESA has given all teachers who are overdue or due to complete accreditation requirements in Term 3 or Term 4, 2021 an extension until the end of week 6 of Term 1, 2022 (4 March 2022)