Catholic Education South Australia


From the Principal

Thu 11 Jun, 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,

Last Wednesday you will have received a letter from Dr Neil McGoran informing the school community of the appointment of Mr Damian Weeks as the Principal of Star of the Sea commencing Term 3. I have known Damian for many years, and I welcome his appointment. Damian is an experienced leader in Catholic Education SA and is currently Principal of Rosary School, Prospect where he has been an influential leader for the past 10 years. Damian is well respected in the Catholic School system and I know he is passionate about teaching and learning, and building community is important to him. Rest assured Star of the Sea will be in good hands! My only regret is that he is a Crows supporter.

Damian has been in and around the school several times since his appointment and you will most likely see us walking around the school in the weeks ahead. I know you will make him feel welcome and give him your support and assistance as he settles into the school next term.

It is not an easy task entering a school community as a new leader halfway through a year. I know this feeling as I have done it several times in my career. So here are my top three tips to you as parents as you welcome Damian and get to know him.

  • First, be kind. He is new and he may need an adjustment period. There will be changes and you will be watching to see how he is going to run things. Please give him space and latitude as he gets to know our children and you. Allow him to figure out the dynamics of Star of the Sea School. There are many powerful things about SOTS, and he will need time to get to know how things operate.
  • Second, allow him to find his way.  Damian will have his vision for Star of the Sea, and he will share it with you, I know him as someone who has convictions.  With time Damian will fit in beautifully with the community and in time he will call Star of the Sea home.  
  • Third, I know Damian will make it about the children and he is eager to learn their names.  Damian has said he wants to get to know them and he has already made himself visible, having visited classrooms twice since his appointment. It is important he has time with the kids and staff before he spends time with you as parents. Be patient.

These last few weeks have been somewhat strange as the reality of my departure sinks in. I have been cleaning out my office, it is astonishing what one accumulates over 43 years of teaching. So, it has been a very different feeling as I have been throwing things away knowing I will never have the need to use them again.

Please know that in the weeks ahead, Star of the Sea School continues to have my commitment, energy and care. It is good to now know who will be taking over the reins and I will be helping Damian as much as I can to ensure he has a great start.

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Learning Independence

Thu 11 Jun, 2020

The mornings have been cold and driving through the fog the other morning on the way to work was a very interesting experience. Usually, it is almost automatic that I drive to work, home again in the afternoon and drive to other familiar places. Driving through the fog, however, my awareness of other road users was very much heightened, especially everything the car in front of me was doing. There are many things in life that we do automatically, that we have learnt to do over a period of time and these have come about, usually, because we have invested time, energy  and a great deal of practice in training ourselves, our brains, to be proficient at whatever task it is. Usually, we must start with small steps, getting the basics right before we move on and perfect more advanced skills and tasks. I’m sure you can remember the ‘wobbles’ learning how to ride a bike, or doing the ‘kangaroo jump’ when first behind the wheel of a manual car?

 This analogy can be used to describe many facets of our lives, especially in our school today. ‘Automaticity’ is the term used to describe learning the basic number facts, spelling words, phonic sounds, reading, writing, tying shoelaces and many other things automatically, where we don’t have to think a great deal about doing them. Mastering these tasks allows our brains to give more space to being able to problem solve, to learn new things, in what is referred to as working memory.

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Avoiding being fined on Military and Seaview Road

Thu 11 Jun, 2020

Please see the points below to avoid being fined or issued with a traffic infringement.
The red lines on the school map below are our three ‘Kiss and Drop’ zones.

  1. Military Road – adjacent to the gate.  This is our most heavily used zone.
  2. Military Road – adjacent to the roundabout.  This is the least used zone - hardly used at all.
  3. Seaview Road – adjacent to the gate.  Our moderately used zone (smaller than zone 1).

The yellow line is a bus zone – strictly no go.

Please note the following strict rules which if broken will result in an infringement fine being applied.  These can be applied by Police or by Council Inspectors who patrol the school and use cameras and are often not visible.

Kiss and Drop Rules and Regulations

  1. No parking during the indicated times of 8.00am – 9.30am and 2.30pm – 4.00pm. Parking means stopping and leaving the car.  Parking also means being stationary for longer than two minutes.  (If a child does not come out within that time drivers need to move on, around the block and try again).  Coming early and stopping so as to be the first in line and waiting longer than two minutes will result in a fine.
  2. Drivers may leave their car only to assist children to get into or out of the car.  Moving away from the car to look for children or have a chat will result in a fine.
  3. Keep the zone moving forward – always move to the front of the zone.  Stopping at the back of the zone and leaving a space in front causes other drivers frustration.
  4. If the zone is full, divers need to go around the block and try again.  Double parking at the back of the zone and waiting to come in stops traffic and will incur a fine.  This stops local traffic and forces them to pass on the wrong side of the road – very dangerous.

Bus Zone

The entire bus zone is a no go zone.

Some drivers currently use the back of the bus zone as a waiting bay.  Waiting for a spot to become available in the Seaview Road kiss and drop zone.  While this is done in good faith, it is illegal and will result in a fine.   Drivers using the kiss and drop zone must drive around if the zone is full.

Alternatives to the Kiss and Drop Zone

1. Park away from the Drop Zones and walk in to pick up the children.  

  • The Church car park is a safe place to park (enter via Marlborough Street & Exit via Seaview Road).
  • Using local streets is also acceptable.
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Our New Flags

Thu 28 May, 2020

Our local state member for Colton visited the school last week and presented three new flags for our new flag poles.

Matt Cowdry handed over the Australian and Aboriginal flags and a Torres Strait Islander flag to our Year 6 leaders.

The new flag poles will be positioned to the left of the Stella Maris Building on Military Road.


New areas come into play

Thu 28 May, 2020

This week the school took possession of the ground floor section of the new building. The Stella Maris Building now has two new completed spaces, the Music Room and a Multi-Purpose space for meetings, gatherings and activities when it is raining, and much more. This week the children gave the new spaces the thumbs up, tick of approval as all classes from Reception to Year 6 will enjoy the new purpose-built facilities.

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