iServi News | 22 May 2020 | Term 2, Week 4
With our classrooms once again full of students and a great sense of vitality returning to our College campus, it is timely to reflect on working toward a sense of normalcy in these continued dynamic times.
As we all resume the routines of a regular school day, we encourage each student to fine tune their focus and ensure that they are making learning their priority. As was highlighted in last week’s iServi, we have all learned lots from the remote educational experience. The challenge now is for students to harness these learnings and to blend them into their normal educational regime.
The last few weeks have provided staff, students, parents and caregivers with unprecedented lifestyle and learning disruptions. With a renewed sense of energy and purpose, students are now encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the systems and practices that enable them to achieve their best learning outcomes.
This implies students taking full advantage of the multiple pathways that we have on offer at the College to support their educational growth and development. We want our students to review the goals that they set earlier this year and to genuinely reflect on how well they have been working toward them. Holding oneself accountable to set goals can be challenging, but rewarding, and a strong foundation to improve results. We promote mindfulness, resilience and self-regulation at Servite – key attributes which are essential in helping students work towards their goals.
Of course, in working toward their goals in a positive and industrious way, students have staff ever-present for help and support. We want our students to seek feedback always and to learn from those around them. As students progress through the College, they begin to better understand how they work best. As a school we aim to remain agile to allow students to work to their strengths and to select personalised pathways to enhance their learning.
The recent time away from school and the isolation measures put in place due to the COVID-19 situation has highlighted the importance of us connecting with others. We all take for granted the ease at which we connect with our friends and colleagues simply by attending school each day. The current pandemic reminds us to never take the gift of friendship for granted and affirms how our relationships with others help shape and support us throughout our lives. It also highlights the importance of community which, as you know, is an important Servite Charism. As a community we continue to strive to look outward to the needs of others and to create a safe environment of genuine care and support which allows everyone to confidently explore their gifts and talents.
We encourage all of our students to actively participate in our Servite community and to contribute their gifts to the ongoing development of our story. As we return to a semblance of normality regarding our school routines, we should pause to celebrate the joy of friendship and the wonderful learning opportunities accessible to us at Servite that we often take for granted.
We remind all members of our community that strict COVID-19 related protocols remain in place to support the health of our students and staff. I am thankful for your support as always in working together to ensure we navigate this difficult time safely.
Further to my communication to families this week, a reminder that we are shifting to the full Winter uniform for all students from Tuesday 2 June. Students who have health and physical education related activities during the day may still choose to wear their Sports uniform to and from school.
College Photo Day
College Photo Day has been transferred to Wednesday 17 June (Week 8). Full Winter uniform must be worn by all students and Year 12 students will need their College blazers. Catch-up Day for photos will be Friday 26 June (Week 9).
Flexischools Cashless Payment at College Cafe
Have you registered for the Flexischools cashless payment system? The system links a student’s existing school ID card to their Flexischools account, enabling students to make secure purchases at the College Cafe without the need for cash. Full details are available here.
Please be mindful of securing your vehicle when parked around the College campus. Valuables should not be stored in your vehicle at any time. Please advise the College should you notice any suspicious behaviour.
Families with current students are reminded that siblings who wish to attend the College in Year 7 2021, 2022 or 2023 should apply now as places are limited and the College is conducting enrolment interviews.
We will continue to keep families fully informed of latest COVID-19 related updates as they come to hand. Please never hesitate to contact the College if there any queries or questions.
Mr Jeff Allen