A warm welcome to Term 4!

I hope you have enjoyed some time in the sun over the September holidays and are looking forward to all that lies ahead for the term. I am very excited to write to you all for the first time as the new Principal of Erasmus Primary School.

I would like to start by acknowledging the incredible contribution that Melissa Albers has made to our school as the Acting Principal. We are all indebted to her for the care and support that she has offered our school community over the course of the year. I am looking forward to working with her and the wider staff in the coming weeks, as I settle into my new role.

It was wonderful to attend the production of The Ramayana with my wife, Sarah, in September and have the opportunity to meet some of you in person. We both thoroughly enjoyed the performance and are excited to become more involved in the events and life of Erasmus in the future. Regardless of whether we met or not on this evening, many of you might be asking the question, “Who is Adam Somes?”. By way of introduction, I thought I could share a few insights into myself as a person and as an educator. I am originally from Canberra, but have lived in Melbourne for nearly 20 years. I have been working in K-12 schools throughout my time in Melbourne, and have taught at primary and secondary levels during my teaching career. I am a passionate baker, Rugby Union and Demons Supporter and love talking about all things related to pop culture. I also look forward to hearing more about you and your children in the coming weeks, as we build our connections with each other.

Our focus for Term 4 will be Stress Management. Our students will explore a variety of techniques and approaches that tie into our Erasmus virtues of Wisdom, Justice, Temperance and Courage. Additionally, there are many whole school, year level and community events coming up this term; House Athletics will take place on 21 October and House Swimming on 29 November, Year 5 & 6 will spend a week at Camp Jungai, and a number of classes will be heading out on excursions to places like the Collingwood Children’s Farm and the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands.

It has been wonderful to start my Erasmus journey this term, and I am excited to hear all about the journey that lies ahead for our graduating Year 6 students. There will also be other new faces starting to appear at Erasmus in the coming weeks as we commence the Orientation Program for our 2023 Prep students. I cannot wait to have the opportunity to touch base with you in the coming weeks, whether it be in the car park in the morning, the yard in the afternoon or at any of our upcoming school events. I wish you and all members of the Erasmus Primary School community the very best for Term 4.

Adam Somes – Principal

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