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From the Principal, Mr Simon Cobiac


Image: Good luck to Year 12 students Zachary Dalton (left) and Connor Watson (right) who compete in the semi-finals of the United Nations Youth SA Evatt Competition on Sunday 11 June. Zach and Connor are pictured with Mr Bob Becker, UN Youth Coordinator (left) and Mr Simon Cobiac, Principal (right).

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Student Safety in the Community
It is important for parents to speak with their children at home about the need for appropriate awareness and best courses of action if they are approached by a stranger in the community. Principals are sent timely updates from the South Australian Police (SAPOL) and recently we were advised to remind parents about potential danger to their children if such a circumstance arose. This week, there has been a report of a male acting suspiciously on Prospect Road and approaching students or walking alongside students. We have reported the matter to the police but wish to alert parents of this situation. Students in the Primary School have been addressed by their teachers and Secondary School students have received the following email:

Please be vigilant when coming to school and leaving school grounds for any unusual interactions from members of the public. If you do see any suspicious behaviour please notify the police and/or the school immediately. If at any time you feel unsafe, please go to the nearest safe space which may include coming back to the school office or library, going into a shop or towards other members of the public. Avoid interacting with the person in any way. Also, keep an eye out for each other when travelling to and from school so we can all reach our destination safely.

Month of Ramadan and ‘Id al-Fitr
I would like to extend the best wishes of the Blackfriars Priory School community to our Muslim families and students who are celebrating the month of Ramadan and ‘Id al-Fitr. Pope Francis has sent a letter of greeting to the Muslim communities of the world ensuring our support and encouraging the combined efforts of Muslims and Christians to protect the environment and to care for all life. I have included below a short section of his recent letter.

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

We wish to assure you or our prayerful solidarity during this time of fasting in the month of Ramadan and the celebration of ‘Id al-Fitr that concludes it, and we extend to you our heartfelt wishes for serenity, joy and abundant spiritual gifts. The experience of both of our religious communities affirms the value of this Message for promoting cordial relations between Christian and Muslim neighbours and friends, by offering insights on current and pressing issues. May the religious insights and blessings that flow from fasting, prayer and good works sustain you, with God’s help, on the path of peace and goodness, to care for all the members of the human family and for the whole of creation.”

(Message from Pope Francis for the Month of Ramadan and ‘Id al-Fitr (Brief Extract). Link to full text:

Student Health and Wellbeing — Child Protection Policy Documents
Blackfriars Priory School is committed to the health, wellbeing and education of the whole person for each student from ELC – Year 12. Our education extends to an explicit Child Protection Curriculum from ELC – Year 12. The Child Protection Curriculum follows the Catholic Education South Australia Child Protection Curriculum and is supported by curriculum guidelines, professional development of staff, approved teaching resources and programs on Cybersafety and Social Media.

Should you have any questions about the Child Protection Curriculum at Blackfriars Priory School, please contact one of the following key staff members:

Mrs Anna Mirasgentis (Deputy Principal, ELC – Year 12)

Mr Carl Todman (Middle School Curriculum Coordinator)

Mrs Alison Ronoastro (Acting Deputy Principal - Head of Primary)

Mrs Karen McEntee (ELC Director) or

Mrs Rita Quaini (OHSC Director)

Furthermore, I assure the community that all staff have the appropriate qualifications and have completed the criminal history screening processes to work with children. All staff have also completed mandatory training including ‘Responding to Abuse and Neglect’ (7 hours) and regular refresher child protection training, as legislatively required.

I would also like to encourage you to read the major Child Welfare and Child Protection policy framework used in Catholic Schools and at Blackfriars Priory School.

Please follow the link,  for access to the following policies:

  1. Policy for the Care, Wellbeing and Protection of Children and Young People 2011
  2. Cybersafety: Keeping Children Safe in a Connected World
  3. Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the Blackfriars Priory School policies and practices on Child Protection and related matters.

United Nations Youth SA Evatt Competition
The Evatt Competition is South Australia’s largest competition for school students in Years 9 – 12. Participants assume the role of UN Security Council representatives and debate current and historical issues which concern the United Nations.

Congratulations to Connor Watson and Zachary Dalton who have successfully competed in preliminary rounds and have progressed through to the semi finals on Sunday 11 June 2017. For full details please see the newsletter report by Mr Bob Becker.

Primary Arts Night
ongratulations to all students who participated with such joy, enthusiasm and courage in the Primary Arts Night on Tuesday evening. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing such a variety of acts and such talent on display. Thanks to our talented teachers for bringing out the best in our artists, singers and musicians and thank you to the parents for your presence and support of the performers. It is with sincere appreciation that I also noted the presence of a number of senior students who provided great assistance to students and staff.

Mr Simon Cobiac