At the end of Term 3, The Assumption School was informed that Mrs Kate Salmon would be principal of the school from the beginning of 2021. Kate is currently the Learning and Teaching Consultant for the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore and held the position of Acting Principal at St Joseph's Murwillumbah. Kate is known as a highly effective instructional leader and a strong proponent of the provision of excellent educational opportunities for young people in Catholic schools in regional areas. The students and staff were fortunate to meet Mrs Salmon and are looking forward to a bright, new era for The Assumption School.
Feeling like normal
The question of what is now normal and if school next year will return to what the school communities have become accustomed to prior to 2020, is on everyone's lips. Will 2021 be a year of well-attended school liturgies and Masses, sporting highlights, involvement in the Bathurst Eisteddfod, musical performances and presentations, prepared speeches for the CWA Public Speaking competition, inter-school chess competitions and many other co-curricular events. While all these events require significant amounts of work they provide a life and vitality for the school.
Term Four saw the return to somewhat normal circumstances. Excursions were back, including overnight stays, Kindergarten orientations are happening and sporting events are being held. Year Five students were unable to do their overnight excursion to Canberra, however a visit to Dubbo was organised. Students enjoyed visiting Old Dubbo Gaol and The Western Plains Cultural Centre, along with the Zoosnooz experience at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The night walk to see the Australian animals was highlighted by a high viewing platform and the sounds from the roaring lions added greatly to the evening.
Year Six students were able to stay at the Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre. The good winter rain meant that the surroundings were green and the students enjoyed many activities including archery, grass skiing, canoeing and orienteering. The camp staff were excellent in organising evening activities in the sports hall.
Thankfully, Kindergarten Orientation sessions have commenced. The upcoming Kinder students of 2021 were excellent and they settled into activities, showed pleasing listening skills and were able to follow teacher directions to complete the set tasks. It was like everyone was waiting for this chance and responded positively.
It's pleasing to see school returning to some normality. While we must respect the seriousness of these COVID-19 times, it is pleasing to see children's and parents' smiles and joy, an indicator to a positive future.