A wonderful gathering of students and their families arrived at our school today. Today is both an exciting and an anxious time as we start these first few days of school. We welcome each and every one of our students and hope they all had a fun-filled Christmas break with a lot of different activities that allowed them to explore their interests, relax under the sun, and re-energize their enthusiasm for this new year of learning.
As adults, we remember our own first days of school where we met our new teacher(s) for the first time, started the adjustments to new routines and schedules, and refreshed our friendships with hellos and smiles. As the professional educators at St Augustine’s we strive to ensure a very successful transition and we take pride in the many wonderful academic programs and activities that we provide throughout the year. We work diligently to ensure that we address a wide range of student interests and skills. We thank you for giving us your greatest gift and we take that responsibility very seriously.
At St Augustine’s this year, we will be looking at student performance on assessment measures in all we do including the use of technology and digital citizenship. We will be discussing these at length in our staff meetings, special parent workshops, P&F meetings, and on other occasions as the opportunity arises. However, we recognize that there is more that defines the success of each student. We are working to provide an environment that will allow each student to grow academically, emotionally, and physically in a comfortable surroundings of support and guidance.
We are cultivating partnerships with parents, community members, and our Parish to enhance the relationship of learning new ideas, the relevance of contributing and creating for the benefits of all society, and the rigor of exploring new concepts and solutions. Our culture of learning is shifting to a future of continuous engagement and participation in understanding, questioning, and construction of new possibilities.
We welcome our new families to this phenomenal school and we welcome back the many families who have been such a strong part of our daily success. Have a great start of the school year. I am glad that you are here.