Every time I walk out onto duty of a morning, I’m reminded what a fantastic little community our school is. This is not attributed to one single factor, but a culmination of things that together that collectively create this unique family that is OLSH.
It was evident that at the first P&F meeting that the commitment and eagerness of the parents is something I haven’t seen in any school community in my 20 years in education. This is not being said lightly. From fundraising at cake stalls, volunteering at the tuckshops or just offering to lend a hand whenever something is needed, I haven’t come across a time when I’ve been left high and dry. It is genuinely uplifting to see the involvement of parents within our community. This involvement just doesn’t relate to fundraising and working bees, but the ultimately the raising and nurturing of their children. The wonderful job they do at home to raise such fine children is a credit to them.
This brings me to the students of our school. We are blessed with a wonderful bunch of kids! The values of our school are Honesty, Respect and Care. These three pillars are evident in everything they do. I could walk into any classroom, sit with the children at lunch, watch a them play AFL in the afternoon, and undoubtedly choose any number of children that would be displaying these qualities. Every Friday it’s a pleasure to hear the names of students being read out when they receive class awards, especially the fantastic display of character that is demonstrated in the MJR award. This all doesn’t happen by chance. It’s not luck, it’s a combination of positive parenting, fabulous teachers and being part of a caring community.
And lastly our staff. We are very fortunate to have the community of staff that work here at OLSH. The number of comments I’ve had since the beginning of the year in relation to the dedication and commitment of our staff has been overwhelming. It was only Saturday just gone that our teachers attended a professional development day in Rockhampton. Come Sunday, I had received no less than 3 emails from Catholic Education Office personnel in regards to how impressed they were with the fact that there was 100% attendance at this voluntary PD day, the only school within the whole diocese. To be honest, this doesn’t surprise me. Our teachers are often going above and beyond to ensure our students are given the best possible education. Their attention to detail knows no bounds and I can’t thank them enough for the immense effort they put in every day. But just not our teachers, our office staff and support staff are no different. A smiling face when visiting the office, the care of teacher aides giving up their lunch to help the children grow fruit and flowers in the gardens. They really are a special breed.
And to this end, I know the school is in good hands. You can feel it the moment you enter through the front gate. There’s an aura about the school that you can’t just quantify with words. You know the students are happy, you know that the parents are committed to our school, and you know the staff truly care and want the best for the students. And for that I have to thank everyone for their efforts to make my job one which I enjoy. As Mark Twain said, “Find a job you enjoy, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
COLOURS TO SCHOOL DAY
To celebrate the much anticipated State of Origin: Game 1, students will be encouraged to wear their Origin Colours to School on Tuesday 5th June. No doubt there will be an abundance of sky blue!! There is no cost for this day!!