What a Wonderful Start to the Year

​​What a wonderful start to the year it has been! Thank you for preparing your children so beautifully for the beginning of the school year. The students have been happy, calm and very settled. As I have visited classrooms, there has been a ‘buzz’ in the air as students have been embracing the new expectations of their new year level and teacher. It is great to have everyone back at school and to hear squeals of laughter from the playground. The students have returned with beaming smiles and their positive outlook and courteous manners are a credit to their families.

A warm welcome to our new families and our Prep families. I hope you’ve been feeling the warmth of our community. It is always wonderful to see our parents on the school grounds. It has been lovely to speak to many of you either when you are dropping off, collecting your children, or via email. The start of the school year can be overwhelming but also an exciting time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your classroom teacher. Alternatively, you are very welcome to phone the office or email me.

At St James, the first 15 days of school is a time where teachers are establishing their routines and expectations for the classroom and the year ahead. This will include how we ask for help, behaviours for learning, how we move around the school and even small details such as how our books will be set out.

A key component of the first 15 days, is the development of Class Covenants. These reflect our school values but also what it means to belong and be a productive member of our classroom.

The St James School Values are also explicitly taught in the first 15 days of school and are repeatedly reinforced throughout the year. Below are our 4 St James School Values and the expectations of behaviour for each value. You will also see details of our whole school steps approach to unproductive behaviours.

This whole school approach to learning behaviour, helps ensure clear and concise messages for students and helps to create whole school expectations for behaviour from Prep to Year Six.

This year we are introducing tickets at lunch time. Teachers will be handing out raffle tickets to students who are exhibiting St James Values at lunch time. They will be placed into a weekly draw for a prize.

I encourage you to speak to your child at home about the St James School Values.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the school year. I look forward to working with you and your family throughout 2024.

Learn and Act with Heart and Mind

Rachelle Gibson

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