Welcome back. I hope you have had an enjoyable break. I would like to extend a warm welcome to our two new families at New Hope School this year. I hope that you find New Hope School to be a caring and supportive community for you and your child.

Swimming Carnivals
In Week 3, Pacific Hills Christian School hold their swimming carnivals for Junior School (Friday 15th), Middle School (Thursday 14th) and Senior School (Wednesday 13th). If you would like your child to attend their swimming carnival please email me as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that you receive the information and a permission note. Supervision can be arranged for the carnivals where New Hope School students will be attending. These carnivals are Pacific Hills Christian School’s events and although New Hope School students are invited to attend, the event caters mostly for those who are able to participate in the swimming events. New Hope School will function as normal on these days.

Meet the Teacher Evening
The New Hope School ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening will be held in Week 4 on Tuesday 19th February. The evening will be held in the New Hope classrooms and will commence with a combined session at 6:30pm and conclude between 7:30pm and 8:00pm. This will be an opportunity to find out some important information about your child’s school routines. There will also be an opportunity to book a time for your Individual Education Plan meeting.

Student Absences
In the event of a student being absent from school, we require a written note from parents to satisfy the NSW Department of Education and Communities regulations. To fulfil this obligation, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. advising of the reason for the absence. Although it is not a requirement, it is helpful for teachers to be aware of a student’s absence at the beginning of the day which can be done by including the class teacher in the email that you send.

Library
Library lesson times will be communicated to you as soon as the timetable has been finalised by the Library staff. In Library lessons, the students will have the opportunity to borrow books which can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks. To ensure that the books are well protected we ask that you provide a library bag for borrowing.

Social media
The New Hope School community has a closed Facebook group for parents and staff. It can be used as a way to share helpful resources. New Hope staff may also post reminders about events or photos and feedback about events. If you are on Facebook, you are welcome to request to join this group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/764745487013889/. There is also a public New Hope School Facebook page and Instagram account which you can ‘like’ and ‘follow’ to see photos and news items.

Mrs Dianne Dowson
Director