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Message from the Head of Primary – Issue 07, 9 June 2017

Dear Parents

As we move towards the end of Term 2, I am amazed at how fast this year seems to be disappearing. It only seems a short time ago that we were returning for a new term. The start to winter has been very kind with unusually fine and quite warm weather which we are all enjoying.

On Wednesday, the annual Cross Country was held in beautiful sunny conditions and the students displayed fantastic House spirit and support for each other as they competed to the best of their abilities. Thank you to Mr Ford, the staff and parent helpers who contributed to the success of the day.

The announcement of the new campus at Halls Head for 2018 has resulted in a significant level of interest in the new Frederick Irwin campus. It is an exciting prospect to be able to offer a Frederick Irwin education to even more members of the Mandurah community and to grow our traditions and pedagogy into the wider community. We look forward to bringing the new campus to fruition by the start of the 2018 school year. If any community members are interested in considering the option of attending the Halls Head campus but have missed the meeting to discuss this, please contact me and I will endeavour to answer any questions and to supply a summary of the meeting held on Tuesday evening.

On another note, I am asking for support from all parents in regard to dropping off and collecting students. I have explicitly informed the students that they are not to be dropped off or collected in the Long Stay carpark behind Primary Reception and Year 5 or the Staff carpark outside Year 6. Despite this, I am having to take time out of my day to patrol these areas to remind parents and other family members of this expectation. It causes the children angst when I am directing them to follow guidelines and family members are continuing to use these areas. The same reasoning applies to allowing your children to access playground equipment before or after school hours. Once again, I have directed them that the equipment is out of bounds because there is no staff supervision outside of Kiss and Drop and buses. I would like to thank you in anticipation of your support with this matter. Thank you to the many, many families who already follow these guidelines.

Kind regards

Sue Skehan
Head of Primary

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