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November 2008

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the school begins to shed the orange displays of Hallowe’en to be replaced by the red of Christmas, we begin to realise how quickly the year is progressing. I use this word purposely as the progress we planned in September is taking shape. With the upcoming parent-teacher conferences upon us I am confident that you will receive a positive report. As always, the focus of all activity here is the well being and development, emotional and intellectual, of all our pupils. This is what drives our teachers to give so much more than the norm; why so many parents work with us in partnership; why we try to provide such a rich menu of experiences for all classes.

Over the past weeks we have had the honour of visits from His Excellency, Mr Liu Biwei and last week, from the recognised leader of Australian aboriginals, Mr Patrick Dodson. Their messages have impacted on us and we hope to follow up on links arising from their visits. We have already linked with the Beijing school and we are working to have teacher/teacher and pupil/pupil contact. If you have had time to check out our PAC page on this site you will learn how our Intercultural Committee is working to ensure that all our parents feel part of our ‘family’. You will see also that the fundraising efforts are continuing to secure those much anticipated extra whiteboards and data projectors. The voluntary efforts of so many of your fellow parents deserve your support.

As you know, the prospect of starting construction on our building extension is exercising our minds as we seek to put a traffic management plan in place which will ensure pupils’ safety. We very much regret this inconvenience. We are however encouraged that over 90% of our parents who have no other option but to drive their sons to school do manage to find parking locally without stopping adjacent to the school gate.
Just like you, school tends to develop a frantic momentum as Christmas approaches. Within the next few weeks we will host other schools in preparation for the National Children’s Choir concert and prepare for the Hallelujah concert in the RDS Simmonscourt. The school choir will prepare for carol singing for Ikanga and Bugisi and will perform in Holy Redeemer and Queen of Peace services as well as in local nursing homes. On Saturday afternoon next pupils from around Bray will form a lantern procession from our grounds to the Civic Plaza for the turning on of our Christmas street lights. We also have our upcoming fundraisers, Dinner and wine demonstration, Craft Fair and Christmas tree sale. And it is not December yet!

Thank you for your continued support

Vaughan Dodd
November '08

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