This week’s newsletter reflection comes from the Corpus Christi Yearbook which will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday 20th December.
One of the strengths of our school community is that we are reflective. While new knowledge will always trump old knowledge, we still discern that just because something is new doesn’t always mean it will be better. The introduction of technology is one example of this. We cannot be seduced by the fact that technology will improve learning outcomes, and we continue to address the broader question of how does technology enhance learning. Technology is only a tool for learning, just like pen and paper are. Our 1:1 iPads, access to laptops and introduction of Chrome Books allow greater scope and opportunity to share understanding of content, and allow creative capacities to connect understanding to transfer. This enhances the learning experience and unlocks new value.
Our staff are outstanding in their work effort and the pursuit of value adding to all student learning. As part of this we review current research and use our data to best shape enhanced models of teaching and learning that will benefit all students. This year we have evolved our intervention support for student needs to be inclusive for all students by introducing Co-Teachers across Prep to Grade 6. Research trends on ‘cause effect’ show that the greatest impact and influence on student learning is Teacher instruction, regardless of how impressive the physical resources around them may be. Investing our staffing to have more Teacher access across grades is a structural model to support this, with ongoing professional learning ensuring all grade teams are consistent, collaborative and clear on their learning intentions and outcomes for all students. The distribution of Co-Teacher days to each grade is driven from our school data. This model ensures all cohorts of students have greater access to the curriculum with greater targeted intervention, enhancement and support at student entry points. This builds on the rich data focus we have taken in 2018.
The preparation and planning of our Building Master Plan this year focuses on contemporary and larger classroom spaces with greater connectivity and scope to create flexible and agile learning environments. In the creation of these areas they are open spaces. Targeted professional learning with staff has explored the furnishings that go into these spaces. We have commenced this with the refurbishing of both the Grade 5 and 6 learning environments, and the Grade 3 and 4 learning environments over the Christmas holidays. Again it is easy to be seduced by new buildings and furniture, but the bottom line is that effective learning comes from the quality of the teaching program. The advantage improved building space provides is greater capacity and ability to shape the class environment to cater for a broader range of pedagogy and instruction. Our Master Plan building spaces embrace the pedagogical shift that will improve learning opportunities. It is also a strategic direction to build upon for future years of success. We hope to have some advice and direction from the Catholic Education Office on time frames for our Building Master Plan in 2019.
While innovation will continue to see our school community discern and ensure any changes are established to improve learning outcomes, it is the reflection of our staff to continually be lifelong learners and connect current and best practice to our current context. I thank all staff for their unwavering commitment to student learning and thank all parents for the continued support and partnership in assisting us make authentic connections and proactively influence the learning process.
The success of our school is a bi-product of all stakeholders, most importantly our students. My thanks to each and every student at Corpus Christi. The buzz I get every day on duty in the playground and in classrooms seeing meaning-making firsthand make Principalship all the worthwhile. As we conclude the school year, my special thanks to our two separate Board Chairs, Mrs Pep Turner and Mr Mick Allen, and Board members for their support and guidance throughout 2018. My thanks to our Assistant Principals, Mrs Susan McGann and Mrs Rachel Kelly, for their leadership and to all the staff for their commitment, student centred approach and energy in providing only the best learning opportunities for our students. Their honesty, vulnerability, patience and trust leads us to growth, development and improvement in student outcomes.
As this is the final newsletter for the year we take this opportunity to wish all of the Corpus Christi Community a joyous Christmas season, filled with love, laughter and family. We thank all students for their efforts and hope that their End of Year Reports are due recognition of their endeavours. We wish all families a safe and joyous Christmas break.
As we end the school year, we take the opportunity to farewell the following staff:
Mrs Sue Uziallo
It is with mixed emotions that we farewell Mrs Sue Uziallo who will be retiring at the end of 2018. This is a significant occasion and celebration for the wonderful passion, service and commitment Mrs Uziallo has not only lived out at Corpus Christi for the past 25 years but in a variety of educational settings over an even longer period of time. Mrs Uziallo is an outstanding educator with high level interpersonal and relational skills who is student centred. While this is naturally a loss for our school community, it is a wonderful time for Mrs Uziallo and her family as she moves to the next chapter.
Mrs Anna Hanslow
We farewell Mrs Anna Hanslow who has been appointed to a Prep Class Teacher position at Friends in 2019. This is a wonderful achievement and testament to the high level relationships Mrs Hanlow creates and the high quality teaching outcomes she achieves. We congratulate Mrs Hanslow on this appointment and wish her every future success.
Mrs Megan Rennie
We farewell Mrs Megan Rennie. Mrs Rennie has been our Grade 3 and 4 Co-Teacher this year. Mrs Rennie has had a professional, friendly and flexible approach across these classes. Mrs Rennie will be available for relief and short term teaching opportunities in 2019.
Mrs Susan McGann
We farewell Mrs Susan McGann who has been appointed Deputy Principal at St Aloysius in Kingston from 2019. This is not only a wonderful achievement for Susan, but a wonderful appointment for the St Aloysius school community. Susan brings with her 17 years of involvement in the Corpus Christi community, including 9 years as Assistant Principal and 1 year as Acting Principal, alongside experiences at St Finn Barrs and Our Lady of Lourdes, which included 1 year as Acting Principal. This appointment is testament to Susan’s student centred, pastoral and professional approach. Susan is a faith-filled leader who has the courage to lead through witness. Susan is a lifelong learner, with the courage to put herself out there, and be vulnerable and open to new learning.
Mrs Rachel Kelly
We farewell Mrs Rachel Kelly who has been appointed Deputy Principal at St Cuthberts in Lindisfarne from 2019. This is not only a wonderful achievement for Rachel, but a wonderful appointment for the St Cuthberts school community. Rachel brings with her 11 years of involvement in the Corpus Christi community as Assistant Principal, including Acting Principal, alongside experiences at Holy Rosary. This appointment is testament to her student centred approach and her integrity focussed on purpose. Rachel is a courageous leader who is always prepared to ask the challenging questions. Rachel is a transformational leader who is data driven and evidence based. Rachel is a lifelong learner who is solution centred and uses her initiative.
Mr Wayne Gaffney
We farewell Mr Gaffney who has been a Teacher Assistant in a variety of classes this year. Mr Gaffney uses his initiative and is proactive in all he does. We thank Mr Gaffney for all his support in 2018.
Mrs Sandra Heaton
We farewell Mrs Heaton who has been a Teacher Assistant in a variety of classes this year. Mrs Heaton is highly creative, reflective and adaptable in all her roles this year. We thank Mrs Heaton for all her support in 2018.
We also take this opportunity to wish Mrs Lisa Cooper all the very best as she takes up a 12 month position at Holy Rosary. We wish Mrs Erica Halley all the very best as she takes 12 months of long service leave in 2019.
School Fees and Booklists
Booklists were emailed last Wednesday 12th December to all families. Invoices for school fees and levies for 2019 were emailed to families individually last Thursday 13th December. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Office.
End of Year Reports - Wednesday 19th December
Reports for all students from Prep to Grade 6 will be sent home today, Wednesday 19th December. Any students who are absent on this day will have their End of Year Reports posted home at the conclusion of this day. Kinder students receive their Portfolios as their End of Year Reports on this date as well.
Volunteer Thank You Afternoon Tea- Wednesday 19th December
To acknowledge and thank all volunteers that have assisted in our school this year, we will be holding a Thank You Afternoon Tea in the Library this afternoon, Wednesday 19th December, at 3.15pm. Classes have sent out invitations to all volunteers. This is our chance to say a personal thanks to all volunteers who make our school the great place it is.
Grade 6 Graduation and Mass of Thanksgiving - Thursday 20th December
On Thursday 20th December at 9.30am in the Church, we will be celebrating the End of Year Mass of Thanksgiving, acknowledging the graduation of our Grade 6 students. This is an occasion to mark the transition of our students from primary to secondary school, to farewell them and to acknowledge their contributions to Corpus Christi Catholic School. Certificates and awards will be presented following the conclusion of Mass and there will be opportunities for photographs to be taken.
Corpus Christi School Yearbook 2018 - Thursday 20th December
All families who have ordered their copy of the Corpus Christi 2018 School Yearbook will receive them on the final day of school, Thursday 20th December.
From the commencement of the 2019 school year, we will be asking all families to complete a Volunteers Google Form for 2019. This will ask for parents strengths and areas they are prepared to volunteer at Corpus Christi. We have acknowledged that we need to get better at tapping into parent (and extended family) interests and skill sets. From sporting carnivals, camps, excursions, incursions, coaching teams, assisting with class fundraising, assisting in the Library, Canteen and general classroom support, there is so much support available to us to use. It is very rare to have volunteer help consistently over the year, so we want to maximise the availability parents have. By completing the Volunteer Google Form staff will use the collated information to reach out to parents when needed. Further details will be shared early next year.
Working with Vulnerable Persons Act
We thank all families who volunteer at Corpus Christi. A reminder that a Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWVP) is required to volunteer at any school. The WWVP will last for 3 years before renewal is needed. Any families who are interested in supporting the school in any voluntary capacity require a WWVP. The cost is $18.96. To begin the application process visit:
Play & Learn 2019
Play & Learn will return again in 2019 on Tuesday 19th February with both Mini-Movers and Creative Children.
All students with overdue books have been given a reminder from Monday 10th December, with invoices being sent home for remaining overdue books from Monday 17th December. If you have any questions or queries please see Mrs Jenny Brighella.
Corpus Christi Facebook
A reminder that the Corpus Christi Facebook page is regularly updated with celebrations of student learning and reminders of upcoming events. Our Facebook page can be accessed at:
There are currently a lot of unnamed clothing items in our Lost Property. We encourage any students who have misplaced items to please check. We remind all families that Lost Property will be cleared on Thursday 20th December.
Final Day of Term 4 2018
A reminder that tomorrow, Thursday 20th December, is the final day of Term 4 for all students.
Term 1 2019
Term 1 will commence for all students from Kinder Green to Grade 6 on Thursday 7th February 2019. Kinder Red commence on Tuesday 12th February 2019.
The Uniform Shop will reopen on Monday 4th February 2019 from 12.00-5.30pm. A full list of Uniform items, alongside the Uniform Policy, can be accessed at: