Update from the School Board
Welcome back for Term Four!
With restrictions still in place we held another meeting via a google meet. The Board was delighted to have the children back onsite though and once again acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the staff throughout home learning. Although we all agree we hope to have seen the end of it!
One of the biggest changes discussed was the change in governance of parish schools across Melbourne. Starting from 2021, the governance of St Johns will be managed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd. (MACS) What does this mean for St Johns families? Essentially families won’t notice any changes. There will still be involvement from the Parish and Verona will continue to liaise with Fr Dispin while being supported by Catholic Education Melbourne. The new arrangements seek to ensure that schools continue to deliver the high quality standards they currently do with a new governance structure. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to speak with Verona.
It was fantastic to hear that our students have really thrived throughout home learning, and the extensive program that was developed to support them has proven to be very successful. The staff have measures in place to test and support the children upon their return to school and will work closely with all students and families for an easy transition. There are many factors to take into account including supporting students who have been onsite in much smaller groups and assessing any issues of anxiety surrounding Covid-19 concerns. We all feel very confident that staff are across the many challenges ahead.
The building project is moving forward having received Council and Archdiocese approval and is now out to tender. There will be further updates as they become available regarding finalised plans and timelines for construction. There are some changes to the original proposal, however still utilising the spaces we currently have available. It will be great to have the facade and outdoor play spaces renovated.
The staff have continued to work on the school Annual Action Plan, revised to accommodate changes due to home learning and Stage Four restrictions. 2020 has been a huge learning curve for everyone and we can be assured that St John’s has adapted and developed at every step.
Two policies were ratified and staff have accessed additional training on wellbeing to assist with the return to school. We have also learnt about the development of the new website.
It is safe to say that operational matters have continued at a rapid rate in addition to the challenges that a pandemic has forced upon our community. We are once again grateful to the community and to the staff for their commitment and ongoing support.