REFLECTING ON 2019
2019 has been a wonderful and very successful year for our St Benedict’s community. There have once again been many achievements and successes by our students, both at school and within the wider community. Many students have enjoyed remarkable improvement throughout the year with their learning journey. Students have achieved academic success, had wonderful results at various eisteddfods, NAPLAN results continue to be very strong, our singing group performed admirably at the local aged care facilities and even sang with the mayor this week, our garden growing skills have improved ‘out of sight’ and we experienced success on the sporting field – including being crowned winners of the 2019 Challenge Cup.
I thank all members of staff for their generosity of time, dedication, enthusiasm and inspiration for all students at our school. Last week we recognised our volunteers with a morning tea and I thank all who volunteered in some way throughout the year or support our school at home through your encouragement and work with your child. We would not be able to achieve, such as those areas listed above, without your wonderful support – thank you.
To our most important people, the students. Congratulations on all you have achieved in 2019 and I pray that you continue to flourish through 2020. To our Year 6 students, thank you for being a gift to our community and for your contribution to the life and spirit of St Benedict’s. As you move forward don’t forget to be compassionate, look out for others, laugh and dream big.
The last few days have brought many mixed emotions as I have enjoyed conversations with many of you around 2019, 2020 and also the last eleven years. Thank you, it has enabled me to recall plenty of wonderful memories of St Benedict’s, all which have focussed on students, parents or staff. While I am very excited about the opportunity afforded me in 2020, there is also a reasonable amount of trepidation and nervousness about stepping into the unknown. With Mrs McLaughlin, Mrs Barker and Mrs Langdon forming the leadership team for 2020, it will be an exciting time for St Benedict’s. All three ladies are Foundation staff members of St Benedict’s and have an exceptional understanding of the story so far and will take St Benedict’s forward to an even better place.
Finally, I thank Director Catholic Education, Miss Leesa Jeffcoat, and all of her team for their continued support of St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School. Please find here a link to Leesa’s Christmas message to everyone on behalf of Catholic Education. Christmas Message
I wish all of you the greatest happiness and hope that the peace and blessings of Christmas are with you and your entire family.
Tim Collins - Principal