23 Aug 2019

23 August 2019

Jockey Club Sarah Roe School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.

  Principal’s Message
 Dates for your Diary
 Message from our Vice Principal – Belinda

Principal’s Message

Welcome back everyone. A special warm welcome to our new students and their families: Isabella, Karis, Yik, Alex, Bilal, Ray, Isaac, Elia and Seth. It’s lovely to have you join the JCSRS family. The students look very smart in their new uniforms. Thank you parents for ensuring we had such a positive start to the year.

….and don’t our staff look smart in their new uniforms!  We will wear these on outings in the community.

Of course this year we welcomed our new Vice Principal Belinda McLaughlin. Belinda already knows most of us and many of our students. It’s great to have her on the team and you can learn more about her later in this newsletter.

Going to the ESF Chairman’s Award ceremony at West Island School in early August was a lovely way to celebrate our students learning. Congratulations to Gavin for the Sports Award, Cole for Commitment and Contribution to Service and Jimmy for Embodying the Spirit and Values of the School. We are very proud of our graduates and wish them all the best for their future.

Before our students arrive our staff get together to plan the year ahead. This year the theme was Bridges as we continue to build partnerships and relationships with our mainstream schools,  our families and our wider community. It’s also my last year as principal and Belinda’s first year as vice principal. We always appreciate the support of families who are willing to share their skills and expertise and also work with us as we are always looking for organisations and businesses who would like to partner with us for work experience. You can talk to us anytime and I encourage you to join our fabulous PTA. If you missed the AGM last night it’s not too late to come to the regular meetings. We will let you know the dates ahead of time.

Our staff built some very strong bridges together

Teachers and therapists have already been busy planning the curriculum unit for this term ‘Living in a Material World’. We are all excited about the many ways we can learn that are both creative and fun. We have purchased a number of new resources and planned some exciting community learning outings.

Most of you know that we have a system for fee collection that covers community learning outings or school events in school. We are aware of keeping costs to a minimum and activities and events are supported by the school budget. This year the fee is $2,000 and we will collect this in two instalments – at the start of the year and then again close to Chinese New Year. We hope that this helps to keep administration to a minimum and is easy for families to remember. Of course you will know where the money is being spent through the weekly email from the class teacher. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

All our students have at least one lunchtime outside (unless it’s a very hot weather warning or severe pollution levels). There are a number of activities on offer that the students really enjoy – bikes, balls, sand and water play, ten pin bowling…..  This is a friendly reminder that all students need a hat for outside play and for PE. You can purchase a hat by asking at the front office. All other uniform orders are online and there will be another opportunity to try on the uniform here at school again later this year.

The first few weeks are all about establishing class and school routines, getting to know each other and assessment for learning. Teachers and therapists will draft IEP targets to share with you in a couple of weeks. Remember you can access information about your son or daughter’s learning on the VLE. We have made a number of changes that we hope make access easier. Your feedback is most welcome.

Kind Regards


Dates for Your Diary

School photo – Thursday 29 August

CPD day for staff – First Aid  (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS) – Friday 30 August

Walkathon fundraiser – Thursday 12 September

Message from our Vice Principal – Belinda

For the past two weeks I’ve been thoroughly enjoying settling into my new role as Vice Principal. My orientation started by presenting our graduating students to the ESF community at the Chairman’s awards followed by a video interview with Marcus Cheung from Sapphire class. Marcus did a fantastic job coming into ESF centre last year to meet with me and conduct the interview. The video is attached for your viewing pleasure.  

It’s been wonderful getting to know all of the students as they pass through our school doors each morning.   I look forward to getting to know you all in the JCSRS community over the coming year. Please drop by my office anytime you are in school to say hello.