During 2012 St. Brigid’s continued to grow in student and staff numbers. We became more confident about our open learning approach and our blogging as a way to communicate and interact with others.
We had our first Twilight Fair, our first Concert performance and many special events such as the Father’s Breakfast, our Sports Carnival, although the date was changed due to extreme hot weather, Book Week, Harmony Day activities with some of the other local schools, Interschool Sports, Grade 5/6 Camp at Sovereign Hill and Grade 4 Camp at Allambee. The combined Parish schools Mass for the Feast of St. Mary of the Cross was a highlight.
I participated in a Study Tour to Canada and a pilgrimage to Rome. This was a highlight of the year for me personally and I enjoyed the experience immensely. There was a great sense of fellowship amongst our travelling companions and when Michael Fullan toured Australia in November we all attended an ‘Aussie BBQ’ to catch up with him and show him some great Australian hospitality.
As the Study Tour focused very much on learning communities it was wonderful to be able to see the learning that was happening at St. Brigid’s while I was away by visiting each of the Class Blogs and our weekly Newsletter.
Visiting many schools in the Toronto area was very affirming that St. Brigid’s is a great school with dedicated staff, energetic and enthusiastic students that have fantastic learning opportunities.
As with any year there are always parts of it you wish to forget or move on from such as family and staff illnesses. This was a concern for me this year and I hope 2013 will be a much brighter, healthier and happier year for all our staff and their families.
During the school holidays I hope to continue to improve my golf game with my new golf clubs that I received from my family for Christmas, enjoy some local travelling, help my daughter and son with painting, gardening and general tasks around the house. With the hot weather forecast for next week I hope to be spending much time in my pool relaxing with my family. I will also be spending time preparing and planning for our return to school at the end of January.
I am looking forward to the 2013 school year with much enthusiasm as we continue to implement the new AusVels curriculum and welcome 7 new staff members to our team. We may need to extend our staff room!
I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and successful New Year.