We hope families enjoyed the public holiday celebrating Western Australia Day on Monday.
Walk to School Day.
Our recent Walk Safely to School initiative was very successful with well over 130 students walking, riding or scootering part of or all of the way to school. Thank you for your support to promote this form of healthy exercise.
Room 8 Assembly.
Our Year One students in Room 8 and Mrs Milmoe did a wonderful job at their recent Assembly. It was great seeing how confident everyone spoke when using the microphone.
Year Six Excursion.
The Year Six students travelled across to the Maritime museum to follow up on one of their class themes and enjoyed the experience.
National Simultaneous Story Time.
School classes across Australia recently read the story ‘Alpacas with Maracas’ to students as part of a national reading initiative. Several of our groups enjoyed joining in with this light hearted story book.
School Development Day.
Staff spent the School Development Day with 450 other teachers from our local Network, at Fremantle College participating in a wide range of professional development options and having the opportunity to listen to our new Director General for Education, Lisa Rogers who gave the key note address.
Our Network of 15 schools has embarked on a program to develop a number of Network groups that cover our Learning areas. These groups bring together the curriculum leaders from each school. Once a term in their specialty area, they meet after hours at different schools to share expertise.
Semester One Interviews.
Semester One interviews. These will be available to parents in Week Nine. Originally the school was going to seek approval to close the school for half a day due to increasing costs to release staff for interviews. Due to the closeness of the School Development Day and the end of term interviews, to reduce parent disruption we will not seek to close the school for a half day this year.
A schedule will come out shortly for parents to opt for a session time. Longer interviews can be made at any time during the year through contacting your class teacher.
Our School Board consists of Amanda Booth [Chair], Stephanie Matthews, Katie Perpitch, Mark Delaney, Luke Bostelman, Maureen French, Izelle John, Katie Andrew and Glenn Rondoni.
At our recent meeting we looked at our Annual Report draft, finances, School Dress items, data collected to address pillars of our Business Plan, the new ESAT tool for our three-year assessment in the latter part of the year and the Semester One interview structure.
A summary of what was achieved by the Board in 2018 will be placed on our website along with a summary of the 2018 school surveys.
Our current winter sports jacket is no longer available. [Supplies of the fleece one are though] There were two alternatives, one in the red with white piping and another in red with black piping. The two companies have price matched each other. The Board opted for the red and white in keeping with the current style. Let us know what you think. They will be on display in the Reception area. Initial which one you prefer.
A faction shirt with a collar was also considered. Cost, material and colour matching are being looked at, at present.
Further work is being undertaken in our Sensory garden with recent plantings and reticulation.
A mural to support our PBS-Positive Behaviour in Schools program has been developed. This work will be displayed on the side wall of the boys’ toilet. It shows a Black Cockatoo (ROS) in flight. [A draft of this is on display at Reception.] This work will be undertaken by James Giddy who is very much in demand with pieces recently completed in Queensland and another to be undertaken in the U.S. He will also work with students to describe how scaling size works. A second smaller piece will be painted on the end wall of the Transportable. It will depict a Crow and Magpie from which our Yarning Circle garden was named.
The Koolbardi-Waardong Garden captures the story of two brothers retold to our students during the smoking ceremony in Term One. The Noongar seasons are also depicted with painted blocks which form part of the garden. (As part of NAIDOC, next week the school was successful in receiving a Grant to help subsidise a performance from the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.)