What's been Happening
Last week we ran interviews for additional teachers and also for teachers to replace several teachers who will not be returning next year. This year we also ran pupil panels as part of the selection process, this was a great opportunity for us to listen to the students and their thoughts around teaching. The pupil panels interviewed each of the applicants under supervision of Luke, and asked two main questions. The students then met with adult panel to provide their observations and recommendations. Their observations were thoughtful, incisive and mature. It was a privilege to work with them and I congratulate them for their dedication to the task.
At this point I need to advise the community that Bianca R, Mulynda and Viqui will not be returning in 2019. They will be pursuing their teaching careers in other schools and directions. We of course wish them all the best in 2019 and will be formally acknowledging their successes closer to the end of the year.
We are also appointing teachers to new positions: part-time physical education teacher, part-time performing arts teachers and part-time generalist classroom teacher.
Due to the fact that the selection process requires we follow merit and equity requirements I cannot disclose who the successful candidates are for two weeks.
2019 Grade/Teacher Structure
We are very excited to inform the school community of our new school /teacher structure for 2019.
F/1: Mark, Luisa, Cass & Jose
2/3: Cristina, Rae (.5) & To be advised (.5) & Brenna
4/5/6: Graeme, Max, Laura (Spanish) & another Spanish teacher- we are in the process of completing this process.
F-6 Support & Student Wellbeing: Sonya, Visual Arts: Bianca, Music & Performing Arts: David, P.E: TBA and Performing Arts: TBA
I realise that this is situation is not ideal, but I must follow DET guidelines regarding Merit & Equity.
Currently teachers are working at compiling student end of year reports. Parents will be notified as to when the reports will be released on Sentral as they were at the mid-year.
Last Saturday the PFA operated a fundraising sausage sizzle and cake and second hand book stalls to raise valuable funds to support the school. A big thank you to the parents and kids who braved the weather. I believe they raised around $1500 on the day.
Thank you to all who attended the forum on Wednesday evening. The evening was led by the ‘Values Ambassadors’ the students. The students did a fabulous job, again with maturity and eloquence. It was great evening where both teachers and parents discussed with students our educational values for the future. The outcome of the forum will be to establish our educational values in 2019 to support the schools new Strategic Plan. I would like to acknowledge Sonya's role in not only organising the forum, but all her pre-forum work; surveys, student, staff and parent forums.
Last night we had our 2019 Prep parent transition evening, which was well attended by the 2019 parents. Mark, Luisa, Cass and Jose presented a fabulous presentation, which was well received by the parents.
2019 School Day Structure.
The school day structure will be changed for 2019 to reflect parent, and staff feedback regarding the 2018 structure. We are returning to a structure we had place sometime ago which we felt was a successful structure for the day. One difference for 2019 is the children will go outside to play for the first 45 minutes then at 11.45 later they will come inside to have their main lunch. The intention behind this is to provide the children with a time of calmness to eat quietly in readiness for the next session.
8.50-9.00 Be at school
9.00-11.00 Classroom learning
11.00-11.45 Lunchtime-Children will go out to play first. They can take fruit out at this time as well.
11.45-12.00 Lunch eating time in the classroom
12.00-2.00 Classroom learning
2.00-2.30 Recess - Children will go outside to play and may take fruit snack as well.
2.30-3.30 Classroom learning time
We hope these changes will alleviate parent concerns around eating at both the lunch and recess breaks.