Tomorrow we are celebrating Book Week. There has been a growing level of excitement about costumes. I know many of the teachers have made trips to the costume shop.
The Prep (Foundation) students will have a Book Week Parade at 9.05 in the court yard in front of the canteen.
On my arrival at Woodend Primary it quickly became very apparent to me that although we had a set of school values, no one was actually able to articulate them.
For schools to establish consistent ways of working together and clear expectations about behaviours, there first needs to be a clear vision and set of values that underpin the culture of the school.
My hope was to develop a new set of values for our school that were student friendly and not created by adults in adult speak. As part of this journey and our school priority to have greater student voice and student agency in our school, our objective was to work with our students to develop our new goals. This year I have worked with some of our Year 6 student leaders to develop new values. Throughout the process we have based the work on the Australian values for schooling and the School Wide positive behaviour model being endorsed by DET.
The students have worked in classes, made videos and presented at School Council. After a lengthy process of consultation and many values to consider, they have so far narrowed it down to 4 values – Be kind, be responsible, be safe, be respectful.
By the end of the term we hope to have finalised our new school values.
As with Mothers’ Day, we will not have a Fathers’ Day stall. As addressed with the Mothers’ Day Stall, trying to purchase and display enough gifts for 420 students to purchase was becoming a huge task and sadly this event was left to a small few. Without the support of parent founders this task became too onerous for the few willing volunteers. We also wanted to make sure that there was equity in all students having the opportunity to do something for their parents. Please be gracious in appreciating that we are not a shopping service. What-ever your child brings home, big or small, you can guarantee your child has made it with pride and unconditional love.
Every fortnight we have a site meeting with the builders, architect and a representative from the Education Department. At our meeting yesterday we were informed that the due end date for the project will now be January 31st as the wet weather has caused some delays.
During these school holidays the Multi purpose Hall will be refurbished and a new floor will be installed.
Each week we put some information in the newsletter to help parents with strategies to help understand Cyber safety. This week the link is to information from the Victorian Education Department.