- Be a learner
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Safe
This year we are implementing our new school values across our whole school community. Each value will be unpacked in detail so that students know what each value means and we will be focusing on building school pride and high expectations through the roll out of our new values.
However, in order for this to happen we need the adults to model these values.
Throughout the year this work will be supported by our Berry Street, School Wide Positive Behaviour and Respectful Relationships Initiatives. Each week we will provide information and updates in our newsletter.
You will see our new school values proudly displayed in each classroom and we will be using a positive approach ie rather than saying, ‘do not run in the corridors' we will be saying, ‘please walk in the corridors so that we can be safe’.
We will also explicitly be modelling and teaching the behaviours that we want to see.
As many of you will have noticed, our school continues to improve with our ongoing capital works project. This week they have started to transform our outdoor environment with the development of the gardens, the outdoor amphitheatre and the outdoor learning space around the large oak tree.
Mrs Graham and I have another site meeting with the builders and the department representatives today so we will be updated with the predicted completion date.
We have had many people express their gratitude about having paths to use now instead of the steps that have always presented a challenge.
This week our welcomes barbecues have provided an opportunity to meet parents and put names to faces. It is also a great opportunity for us to answer questions about our school and communicate messages about the excellent work happening throughout our school. Thank you to the many families that attended the Carlsruhe barbecue and we look forward to catching up with many more families tonight. Again this is an open event to all families.
5.30 -6.00 classrooms will be open for parents to meet teachers and ask questions
6.00 -7.00 Barbecue
7.00 – 8.00 Our Year 5/6 Play Leaders are running games on the oval
Social Media/Computer Information Night
At the Carlsruhe Barbecue we informed parents that there was a planned information night next Monday February 11. For a number of reasons we have had to postpone this until Monday February 17th at 5.00pm.
To improve the level of understanding for students and parents around the safe management of school leased netbooks and social media, we committed to providing information and support.
Whilst we would prefer not to use the word compulsory, students will not be receiving their netbooks this year unless both the child and parents have attended the information session, listened to our expectations and the safety presentation and signed the agreements.
A note will go home tomorrow via COMPASS to parents of all year 4/5/6 students.
Assembly will begin again this Friday in the multi purpose Hall at 3.00 pm.
The purpose of assembly is to acknowledge our first custodians of the land, sing our National Anthem, celebrate achievements and communicate events.
Each week we will present awards that acknowledge student achievements relating to our school values (Awards for Foundation will not begin until full time attendance after February)
At WPS our integration aides continue to excel in providing an outstanding program with intervention provided to over 50 students across every level in the school. Our targeted, explicit programs provide academic, social, behavioural and emotional support. Our programs are tailored to individual needs and disabilities and all of our aides work side by side with the class teacher to plan activities that suit the needs of the students. To further demonstrate the importance of intervention in our school for 'at risk' students, we are developing a complete support room in the classroom next to our French room. This room will full of the teaching resources needed to support the programs and will be a sensory space that is used to help calm students that might escalate.
Our programs this year will continue to focus on trauma informed approaches, Spaides, speech program, fine and gross motor development and academic and social support. We will continue to work with experts in the field including specialists form the Education Department and experts from Sunbury Special School and Autism Connect. If you have any queries about what we can and do provide, please don’t hesitate to ask.