Welcome back everyone. I trust that you all had a great 3 weeks and made some great memories with your family during the Easter Break. When my first child, Riley was ready for her first Easter hunt, the Easter Bunny decided that Riley much preferred to have chocolate coated strawberries (as they included fruit) for Easter. So the Easter bunny was up all night preparing these delights for the hunt the following morning. What a great idea right? Every year, the Easter Bunny has to continue the tradition of making chocolate coated strawberries and stay up late making them for now both of our children! The Easter Bunny sure is exhausted by the morning.
Most families have their own traditions that take place throughout the year. Keeping traditions for the holidays as well as the ordinary days help teach children the things their family values. Creativity and imagination play an important role in my family. The magic of imagination is something that both my partner and I value, hence the late nights to create something special for our children (wait til I tell you about what happens in our house in November). These moments are important, and my children, as do all children, remember these special traditions more than toys and gifts.
In a rapidly changing world, with improvements being made and the world evolving, the fear of loosing traditions is commonly felt with many. Currently at CNPS, we can see in a very short time how rapidly the school has changed and is continuing to change. In just 4 years, the school has changed from being a small school of just 250 students to a large school doubling in size with close to 550 students. This does have an impact on the school with changes being imminent. The school has also changed dramatically in appearance over the last year, turning into a construction site with the development of a new building and the loss of our basketball courts, playgrounds and just recently our amphitheater. This visual impact is not the only change that has occurred to the school. Due to the construction the school has lost the ability to continue many loved traditions such as the weekly Farmer’s Market and Twilight Sports. This term we will loose weekly assemblies, P&F events such as special lunches and the school disco.
The loss of these has caused many to wonder about the future culture of CNPS, with the fear of loosing the great community feel the school had in the past. I acknowledge that many families are concerned about the changes that have been occurring at the school over the last few years, and the future changes that the school is embarking upon such as refining the school values and investigating possibilities of upgrading our technology program. We are aware of the concerns that our community have about the current challenges in the school and although the school is evolving and working towards improving our current systems to match the future demands for our students, I am committed to return our valued traditions after the completion of the building and create new ones to replace ones that we have lost (for example looking at ways to replace the Farmer’s Market).
This year we have created a ‘Community Engagement’ team, led by Stephen Sharpe to address these issues. Stephen is leading a team of teachers and parents with the purpose of continuing to strengthen our community through community events and to work towards restoring and creating new traditions for our wonderful school. If you have any concerns or would love to tell us about the great things that are happening at CNPS, feel free to contact the school on our school’s email address and we can forward them to the Community Engagement team.
Keeping the ANZAC tradition alive, last Sunday the School Captains Tom Halloway, Naomi Young and Ada Sutton-Heath, along with Debb Davis and I, participated in the Annual ANZAC Commemoration to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph at Rogers Reserve to acknowledge the contribution made by men and women who served their country in World War I and other conflicts or peace keeping missions. It was good to see many schools in our area participating in the service.
Tom, Naomi and Ada at the Cenotaph to lay a wreath for our soldiers.