FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Carnivals, Traffic and Camps
I have enjoyed the opportunity this week to spend time at both our Primary and Secondary Swimming Carnivals, which are always great events. As well as it being an opportunity to escape the routine of the office (I don’t think I was designed to be office bound, so any excuse to get out with the students is welcomed), I do love the carnival atmosphere – seeing our students competing and doing their best, but also having some fun together. A special mention to our Year 12 students who led by example through both their enthusiasm and participation (and some rather crazy outfits in house colours). My only frustration continues to be the number of secondary students who didn’t attend – it would be great to have everyone attend these important days in our calendar.
I do need to make comment this week on some of the challenges that we have been trying to manage over the past couple of weeks with Kiss and Drop, particularly after school. Given the unusually high number of new families we have joining the school this year, it probably warrants reiterating some the important guidelines that we need all families to follow if they are picking up students after school.
Firstly, can I ask that parents avoid the temptation to arrive before school finishes, unless you are going to find a parking space. Queuing before the finish of school only creates congestion on Penrose Crescent, which creates frustration for everyone, both the school community and the general public. You may be amazed to find how efficient it is to pick up your children after 3:00pm, and we provide supervision until 3:30pm. Secondary students will not arrive at Kiss and Drop before approximately 3:05pm, so there is no point arriving before then.
Please do not leave your car. Once you have arrived in the pickup zone (never park there) – wait until you are able to pull forward as far as possible before attempting to pick up your children. When exiting this area, please drive slowly as there are lots of children in the area. Most importantly, be patient and respectful of others. Thanks for noting these things – it won’t completely solve the congestion, but it will help.
Year 5 have just returned from their camp, and from all reports had a great time. Next week I will be away with our Year 7 students on their camp, which I am looking forward to. With more than half of our Year 7 class being new to the school, it is a great opportunity to get to know this class a little better outside the classroom. A big thank you to all the staff that go the extra mile to support these camps, which are such an important part of our program, and I believe add significantly to the educational experiences of our students.