Welcome back to the New Year! I hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break with family and friends. Our boys and girls are ready for another great year. It was great to see the many smiling faces of the children as they entered the gates this year. It is a special moment for many, especially the Preps, as they enter school for the very first time. Thank you to parents for your efforts in dressing our students correctly. It is a great feeling seeing students take pride in their uniform as it flows onto all aspect of our schooling.
It was fabulous to end last year on a high with an article published in the Morning Bulletin. In the article, which can be found here, OLSH was the most improved school over the last 5 years within the whole of the Rockhampton region for NAPLAN within Year 5. Like last year, this a massive achievement and wouldn’t have been possible without the enormous dedication of the staff and wonderful efforts from the students. Not only that, it is also a combination of our amazing partnership with parents and wider community. It is a brilliant way to start the year with a spring in our step, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels. We’re going to keep working hard in the pursuit of excellence and maintain high standards.
We all know that children receive the best education when parents and teachers work as a team. Parents’ enthusiasm, support and involvement are integral to the success of our school, as are the skills, dedication and professionalism of teachers. Together, staff and parents can provide educational excellence for every student, so that they can achieve their personal best. Together, we can support one another to provide a friendly academic environment and, when appropriate, celebrate our achievements.
We hope that throughout the year, our school will be a place where staff, students and families have opportunities to experience many enjoyable activities as we continue to uphold the wonderful reputation of the school. For this sentiment to continue throughout the year, it will require our collective wisdom, generosity and willingness to do the best we can to be at the forefront of all our efforts.
May this new school year, see staff and parents in partnership in our collective role of ensuring we provide the best possible educational environment for all the students who attend this wonderful school.
I'd like to takle the opportunity to thank Fr Matthias and everyone for the wonderful Opening School Mass this week where we inducted our Year 6 leaders and presented them with their leadership badges. Special mention to our School Vice Captain, SIenna and School Captain, Sarah , for being elected by their peers to lead OLSH in 2020. I look forward to working with all of you as we embark on a productive and exciting year.
Once again, I thank everyone for the wonderful start to the year. I look forward to the many fabulous events and experiences that will take place throughout 2020. May God bless us on our adventures ahead. I hope to see you all io Friday evening as we come together to welcome in this new school year.