WELCOME to the new year.
The staff met over two days at the end of January to finalise planning for the start of the year. Thank you to the staff for their enthusiasm as all were already planning well before school returned! Welcome to our new families to our school community. It is great to have you with us.
The school formed 11 classes again this year even though our numbers are a little lower. The numbers in each year level determined how these classes were distributed. We welcome to our staff for Term 1 Ms Richards who is with the Year ½ class and Ms Mackinnon who is with the Year 1 class. During this term Mrs Zurita will go on Parental Leave. We wish Mrs Zurita and her husband all the best for the impending birth of their first child. Congratulations to Ms Andrew, our 2019 Deputy who was promoted to a new position at the end of Term 4. We are very fortunate that Ms Tingle who was returning back to the school this year was able to pick up the Deputy role undertaken previously in 2018. White Gum Valley PS will be running a process for a Deputy Principal during the term to replace Mr Stone from Term Two. Our thanks to Mr Stone for his efforts and support of our school.
Thank-you to our cleaning and gardening staff for their efforts during the long Break.
Rooms 5 and 6 were repainted as part of our ongoing refurbishment of classrooms.
The Term Planner which will be available on our website, outlines a busy term. We plan to run another ‘Colour Run’ to raise funds for an incursion in Term Two to support our Aboriginal Studies program.
There will be Swimming carnivals, and an acknowledgement of events like E Safety, Ride to School, Keep Australia Beautiful and the National Day Against Bullying. Various incursions/excursions are planned and a Welcome Picnic too.
The P&C will be embarking on their Strategic Plan that was developed during 2019 with interesting innovations including an Ideas Shack. The plan is on our website and information will also come home. Congratulations to our P&C on the wonderful efforts that have gone into this.
Our school has been part of the ‘Your Move’ initiative through the Department of Transport. The school through various activities last year have earned two rewards. One is a free bike service for our riders through a local bike organisation and a skateboard clinic. More information will come home during the term. One of our projects this year will be the development of some photo books for the library on bicycle type topics. If there is a parent who has some background in the design of these books through Officeworks and could assist our senior students, please contact me.
Messages for students this week have included: checking the labelling of clothes and in particular hats, bikes and scooters to be walked on the school grounds and the need to come to the Covered Assembly area if arriving to school before 8:45am for supervision. [Where possible, we ask that students not arrive before 8:30 as there is no staff supervision at that time.]
Councillor and Faction Captain elections will be undertaken on Friday. I listened to the speeches from our Year 6 students in front of parents, staff and Year 4/5 students. I was most impressed with the confidence and content of the speeches and the innovativeness of their advertising posters! Our first Assembly will be on Thursday the 20th of February at 9:00am and run by the Year 6 class.
There are two vacancies coming up for our School Board. We encourage diversity in the make-up of the Board. The Board consists of five parents, three staff and a secretary which are representative of the school community. It plays an important role reviewing the use of school resources and monitoring that the needs of the students are being met by the school priorities and community expectations. Through legislation there are both advisory and approval roles for areas like the Uniform code and Voluntary Fees and Charges. Mrs Amanda Booth, our Chairperson and Ms Stephanie Matthews have completed their terms and we would like to thank them for their important role in the transfer of our school from a Council to a School Board three years ago. Further information regarding nominating and if necessary voting procedures will come home shortly. Information is also available on the Education Department website.