Articles of Interest

New Principal Announcement

Please see the attached important announcement regarding our new Principal who will be commencing in Term 3.

 Community Announcement Letter - Principal.pdf

Letter from Rev Fr Philip Marshall on Royal Commission findings

Please see the attached letter from Rev Fr Philip Marshall on behalf of Archbishop Wilson on the recent hearing involving the Catholic Church and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Strategy for Leading Catholic Education to New Levels of Excellence

2016 to 2025

Attached is an update on the progress of CESA's Strategy for Leading Catholic Education to New Levels of Excellence 2016 - 2025.


Principal Leanne Lawler News

Please read the attached letter relating to the success of our Principal Leanne Lawler to an exciting new position at St David's Parish School commencing in Term 1, 2017. While Leanne will be sorely missed, we wish her every success in her promotion.

 St Raphael's School Parkside Community Letter.pdf

Mid Year Intake for Reception Students from 2016.

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We are excited to announce that we will be implementing a new policy of two intakes per year for children starting Reception 2016!

The new policy will operate within the following parameters:

  • The Children starting in Reception in Term 3 will have a minimum of 6 terms in Reception.
  • The criteria for starting Reception on the first day of school in Term 1 continues to be that the child will attain the age of 5 on or before 30 April in that year.
  • The criteria for starting Reception on the first day of school in Term 3 is that the child will have attained the age of 5 on or before 31 October in that year.
  • Children whose birthday falls between 1 November and 31 December are not eligible to commence school before the following year.

To read the full list of parameters, please see the document below.

 St Raphs Mid year intake.pdf

Catholic Education SA Parent Survey

Understanding How South Australian parents make schooling decisions.

Catholic Education SA is conducting an important research survey to better understand how South Australian parents make decisions about schooling.

The insights gathered from this survey will assist in strategic decision making and will help to provide clarity and direction to the sector going forwards.

Participation is voluntary and open to any parent/carer with children at a Catholic school. It is 34 questions long and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This confidential survey is being carried out by independent research group Square Holes and is open until the end of Term 1 (Friday 15th April)

The confidential survey is being conducted by independent research firm Square Holes and is open until the end of term (Friday April 15). - See more at:
The confidential survey is being conducted by independent research firm Square Holes and is open until the end of term (Friday April 15). - See more at:

Please click on the link below to commence to the survey.

"School Size Policies: A Literature Review"

Ares Abalde, M. (2014)

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"This paper discussed the likely effects of school size on school effectiveness and efficiency, identifying the mechanisms through which these take place, and describing country practices in terms of school size policies. It showed the frequent disagreements in the existing literature with regards to the advantages and disadvantages associated to size. Contrary to earlier claims arguing that larger schools were better, recent trends indicate there are benefits to smaller schools, and that there may be a limit to the positive effects of larger sizes" as summarised in the conclusion of this document.

Ares Abalde, M. (2014), “School Size Policies: A Literature Review”, OECD Education Working Papers, No. 106, OECD Publishing.

More information is available at:

 School Size Document.pdf

"Dear Parents, about THAT child...."

Dear Parent:

I know. You’re worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. The one who is always hitting shoving pinching scratching maybe even biting other children. The one who always has to hold my hand in the hallway. The one who has a special spot at the carpet, and sometimes sits on a chair rather than the floor. The one who had to leave the block centre because blocks are not for throwing. The one who climbed over the playground fence right exactly as I was telling her to stop. The one who poured his neighbour’s milk onto the floor in a fit of anger. On purpose. While I was watching.  And then, when I asked him to clean it up, emptied the ENTIRE paper towel dispenser. On purpose. While I was watching. The one who dropped the REAL ACTUAL F-word in gym class.

You’re worried that THAT child is detracting from your child’s learning experience. You’re worried that he takes up too much of my time and energy, and that your child won’t get his fair share. You’re worried that she is really going to hurt someone some day. You’re worried that “someone” might be your child. You’re worried that your child is going to start using aggression to get what she wants. You’re worried your child is going to fall behind academically because I might not notice that he is struggling to hold a pencil. I know.

Your child, this year, in this classroom, at this age, is not THAT child. Your child is not perfect, but she generally follows rules. He is able to share toys peaceably. She does not throw furniture. He raises his hand to speak. She works when it is time to work, and  plays when it is time to play. He can be trusted to go straight to the bathroom and straight back again with no shenanigans. She thinks that the S-word is “stupid” and the C-word is “crap.” I know.

I know, and I am worried, too.

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