From the Principal (Issue 01)
Dear Parents and Caregivers
What an incredible start to the year it has been! Just when we thought we could consign 2020 to the past, along came 2021! I have been so impressed by our school community’s response to the lockdown last week and the return to school with a number of restrictions this week. Our students have responded so well – even to mask-wearing in Secondary – and I thank parents for their understanding and patience.
Despite the disrupted start to the year, I hope that you were able to enjoy family time over the summer break and that our students are refreshed and ready for school. It is really wonderful to have them back from holidays at last!
Normally, I share our theme for the year for the first time at the Secondary Student Leaders’ Commissioning, which is usually before the first newsletter of the year. However, this year they are in reverse – something we are already used to in 2021.
Our theme for 2021 is Hope; not just sitting around hoping, but rather Active Hope; the type of Hope that spurs us on and challenges us not just to be positive about the future but rather to do things to create a positive future.
Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. Jonas Salk
Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic. Laini Taylor
And most important in an Anglican school with a Christian faith: But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Last year our theme was Growth and I challenged all of us to have a crack at motivating ourselves to grow our capacity in all areas – and how we grew; the unexpected challenges that 2020 confronted us with meant we all had to learn new skills and dig deep for the resilience we needed. This year I challenge our school community to hold Hope in your hearts like a light and make things happen; I also challenge you to give the gift of Hope to others, so that they too can renew their strength and soar like eagles.
This term we welcome the following staff members to Frederick Irwin. Some have worked with us before and others are new to the School:
Primary – Halls Head
• Mrs Aideen Cadwell, Year 6
• Mrs Carol Cottingham, Special Needs Education Assistant
• Mrs Leanne Lewis, Kindergarten
• Mrs Emma Nie, General Education Assistant
• Mrs Casey Slaughter, Learning Enrichment (from Week 4)
• Mrs Lucy Thornton, Special Needs Education Assistant
Primary – Meadow Springs
• Mrs Majella Burns, Music
• Mrs Leisa Dawkins, Digital Technologies
• Mrs Sue Youens, Head of Primary
• Mr Noah Carmody, Sports and Recreation Trainee
• Mr Jacob Crock, Mathematics
• Mr Jayden Geerlings, Health and Physical Education
• Mrs Sandra Guest, Home Economics
• Miss Jesse McDonald, English
• Dr Graham McMahon, Science
• Miss Madeleine Pettit, Health and Physical Education
• Mrs Toni Rhodes, Special Needs Education Assistant
• Mrs Donna Stark-Senteneller, English
• Mrs Tanya Dowding, Student Services Officer
• Mrs Carole Hodder, Deputy Principals’ Assistant
Congratulations to the following staff who will be taking on added or other responsibilities:
Primary – Halls Head
Mrs Bianca Baker, Acting Deputy Head of Primary (first half of Term 1)
Mrs Natalie Burbage, Acting Deputy Head of Primary (second half of Term 1)
Mr Ashley Blake, Acting Assistant Head of Arnold House (Term 1)
Mrs Claire Booker, Acting Assistant Head of Ellis House (Term 1)
Mrs Denise Logue, Acting Head of Ellis House (Term 1)
Welcome back from long leave to:
• Mrs Averil Evans, Digital Technologies (Long Service Leave)
• Mrs Tamryn Dearlove, Year 6 – Meadow Springs (Maternity Leave)
Congratulations go to the following staff members who have recently had their first child. We wish them and their husbands much joy:
Mrs Briana Mullenax
- Mrs Aimee Stoker
Drop-offs and Pick-ups
Drop-off and Pick-ups at the start of each term are always busier in the first week, but COVID restrictions this week and the presence of the builders on the Meadow Springs Campus this year, have made our start even more difficult this term.
Thank you to all parents and carers for your patience and understanding. Your good humour has made a challenging situation a great deal easier to manage.
I remind parents of Secondary School students to use the Kiss and Drop area off Gordon Road. The Oakmont Avenue entrance into the Secondary School is being used by staff, buses and, now, builders. Also, part of the car park in this area has been turned into a builders’ yard. For everyone’s safety, this area can no longer be used for the drop-off and pick-up of Secondary students by parents. Again, we apologise for any inconvenience.
Furthermore, I ask that Secondary students are not picked up in the afternoons from the car parks of businesses across the road from the School. There are two reasons for this:
These are designated car parks for customers of the businesses and it is frustrating for business operators to have them taken up by Frederick Irwin families rather than their customers. It also does not reflect well on the School.
Gordon Road is very busy at this time of the afternoon and, although there is a crossover place on the road, it is not a proper zebra crossing. It also has no traffic controller on duty. Our staff would be breaking the law if we tried to control it ourselves and are concerned for the safety of our students.
From 3.30pm, traffic is a lot quieter around the school, and this is an option for those students who want to be picked up after this time. There are staff members on duty until approximately 3.40pm and the Administration building is close by.
You will see on the Calendar that there are a number of events still scheduled across the term. Hopefully, as restrictions ease, we can start looking forward to seeing parents and other family members at them. The School will keep you updated regarding this.
Finally, quote from Christopher Reeve of Superman fame: Once you choose hope, anything is possible!