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Welcome to Term Two – New Car Park

St Thomas More College (STMC), Sunnybank Principal, Les Conroy has welcomed parents and students to Term Two with details about the new car park and drop off/pick up set to commence construction.

“The car park is an important investment for the STMC community on many levels,” Principal Conroy said in the video above.

“We’ve had much discussion with the Brisbane City Council and local community members regarding the traffic problems around STMC, and the traffic planners looked at this plan, and this build, have told us that this should significantly reduce the traffic congestion, improve safety for children crossing, and improve traffic flow around the school, so we’re certainly looking forward and we thank the STMC community, who are partly funding this, and also Brisbane Catholic Education, who are supporting us through this process.”

Principal Conroy also talked about the upcoming parent open classroom night, the drone program, eSports, recent ANZAC day event, ATAR, and NAPLAN.

Video Transcript

Les Conroy: Welcome back to Term II, and I hope you and your family had a great Easter break, and a restful time catching up with family and friends. Term II at STMC, like Term I, and all the terms before that will be yet another busy term. Some of the things that we have planned for Term II, from a practical sense across the school, we hope to start the car park. Now to my left, you’ll see the car park design, and a video that we’ve put out. And again, as a part of this video, you’ll see how the car park will work, and over the coming months, as we come closer to opening up that car park to parents, we’ll do some education if you like on how the stop, drop, and go will work within side STMC gates.

The car park is an important investment for the STMC community on many levels. We’ve had much discussion with the Brisbane City Council and local community members regarding the traffic problems around STMC, and the traffic planners looked at this plan, and this build, have told us that this should significantly reduce the traffic congestion, improve safety for children crossing, and improve traffic flow around the school, so we’re certainly looking forward and we thank the STMC community, who are partly funding this, and also Brisbane Catholic Education, who are supporting us through this process.

If you look closely at the plans, you’ll notice that a significant part of the new design on the car park will be a reserved parent parking area. One of the things that I’ve noticed since being here at the school, is that if a parent comes during the middle of the day, they’ll struggle to find a car park. This new design will hopefully alleviate that for parents, so when they’ll come, you’ll feel welcomed to come to the school at any time, because there’ll be a park reserved just for you.

During this week, you’ll have received an invitation if you’re a parent in year seven or eight, or have a child in year seven and eight, to come along and experience an open classroom night, and the open classroom night is an initiative of the P & F, and it’s a wonderful thing. We did it last year, and we had a number of families come along to that, the mums and dads, to experience what it would be like to be in their child’s class, and we gave a bit of an insight into the art and science of teaching to give parents some understanding of what goes on in the classroom, and to build their kid around the language of learning, so when you’re at home with your child, you can engage with them in some of the common language that we use here at STMC.

Some of the other significant highlights for this term is area sports continues to grow with our drone and our soon to be released e-cycling. The other part hits the ground running this term with our mentors and our students in year 11, and what they’ll experience, and there’ll be more on that in the coming weeks. This other things is athletics carnival, cross country, and winter sports seeker, and it kicks off this week, as well as our primary cluster.

Now the primary cluster is an interesting thing. It brings 1,200 student from all our Catholic primary feeder schools to our location, and the programme itself is completely run by our year 11 and 12 sports and rec students, and it’s a wonderful occasion for them to real skills in real world in a real competition, and it provides those opportunities for those students, particularly in the smaller Catholic primary schools, to experience sports, which they can’t necessarily do in their own environment.

We only have two more remaining visitors days for 2019, and I would encourage you in our community to share this post amongst your family and friends, because we want to spread the good news and the message of STMC and what we can provide for the community. We’ve got an open visitors day coming up in May, and another one in August, so please, share this post. Invite your family and friends to come along and have a look at STMC.

Recently, we live streamed our ANZAC Day Ceremony here at STMC, and I want to thank the community for those who logged on and watched the stream live, and thank you for your wonderful comments, and we’re very blessed to have the students and the community that we have, and that we could commemorate such a special occasion as ANZAC Day here on our site. And to continue that conversation of ANZAC Day, and what it means to our school, our outside visitors, Colonel Nan Bahr and our Padre who came and celebrated the mass with us on the community, both commented on how respectful and wonderful our students were, particularly during the ceremony, and the following mass, and that certainly makes us feel good as a community and myself as a principal, that our future is in good hands with our students coming through.

In relation to some of the programmes that we have here at school, we continue to work with the students on the We Read More Program, and the We Write More. Another important aspect of Term II is NAPLAN, and I want to encourage you to talk with your child at home, and encourage them to come along and do the NAPLAN, because for us, the data’s important because with the information and the data that we collect with our Write More and Read More programs, we like to correlate that with our NAPLAN data to make sure that what our curriculum design, and our pedagogy that sits behind our classroom teaching, can be the best it possibly can.

A lot of our preparation has certainly been well underway in the new ATAR senior system, and our students have experienced their first lot of exams under that new system, and by all accounts, they’re doing very well, and our students, and our teachers, are well prepared.

As we progress through Term II, I wish all students the absolute success, if they work hard, and if they do more, they become more.

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