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posted Jun 22, 2017, 6:53 AM by Principal account   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 8:37 AM ]
Dear Parents/ Caregivers,

Reflecting this week on Term 2 and all that has happened, it reminded me of just how much our students are exposed to and the amount of work our staff and community put into developing learning experiences and opportunities to ensure that St Dominic's School is so successful in developing and educating the students at our school.  At each Board Meeting I prepare and present a report which outlines things that have been happening around the school since our last meeting.  I thought I would share this with you as it encapsulates a lot of the work being done by the whole community and gives us an opportunity to celebrate.  Click here to access the report.

Below are just a few items that I wanted to bring to your attention, so please take the time to continue reading through this section and the newsletter, as it contains a range of articles written by myself, staff and the P&F.

Scholarships in 2018 - At this weeks Board meeting we discussed and agreed upon the establishment of several financial scholarships for students at and new to St Dominic's School in Year 4, 5 and 6. The criteria will be based on a wide range of areas and not purely based on a students academic achievements. We aim to publish the details of these scholarship opportunities next term, so keep an eye out for them.

Enrolment Incentives Program - In addition to scholarship opportunities in 2018, we discussed at the Board meeting implementing an enrolment incentives program from Term 3 this year. The program would provide an opportunity for current St Dominic's School families to have their school fees reduced by a percentage for one year. To access this reduction all you would need to do is introduce a new family to our school, and if that introduction resulted in an enrolment in any class from Pre Primary to Year 6, the reduction would be applied to your school fees for the following year. Once the precise details of this incentives program are finalised, we will provide further information to the community.

Combined Year 5 and 6 Class in 2018 - Over the past few weeks there appears to have been a growing conversation amongst our Year 4 and 5 families about the possibility of the school having a combined Year 5 and 6 classes in 2018. I understand that with fewer numbers in our Year 4 class this year and with another leaving us at the end of the term, that this may have been a logical conclusion to draw. Upon hearing about the discussions being had I addressed it directly with those families who raised it with me and spoke about it at our recent P&F Meeting. To ensure transparency I wanted to write to the whole school community about this topic.

The combining of the Year 5 and 6 class is not something that had been considered until recent changes in numbers and upon hearing about the discussions being had by the community. Our preferred preference is to continue having straight classes throughout the school and we will endeavour to make this happen. Unfortunately, with numbers declining in the current Year 4 class, there may come a time when this decision needs to be made for both social, educational and economic reasons. As we progress towards the end of the school year will be in a better position to know exactly how our numbers are looking for 2018 and what our economic situation will allow us to do. I will keep the community informed about any decision that is made and I am happy to discuss the situation with any families that may have concerns.

I hope the remaining weeks of the term are productive and peaceful for you and your children, and that you have a restful holiday break.  

God bless,

Leon Bolding