Dear Members of the Burwood East School community,
Cultural Diversity Week is a time to come together as a community to celebrate our multicultural heritage and identity. This week, we celebrated our school’s diversity with a range of activities to promote community and recognise the cultures which make our school so vibrant.
Our Burwood East Primary School community is very proud of its diversity. We are a place where students with family backgrounds from all over the world come together to learn. The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians. Multiculturalism is in Australia’s national interest and speaks to fairness and inclusion – it enhances respect and support for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. Cultural diversity is one of Australia’s greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. Multicultural Australia is an integral part of our nation’s history and character.
At Burwood East P.S our diversity encourages inclusiveness, tolerance, a better understanding of other cultures and most importantly acceptance of differences. We work hard as a school to ensure that new students settle in smoothly and can make the most of their opportunities at our school. I love seeing how our students support each other and are friendly towards each other. As teachers and parents it is our job to help all of our students learn how to work, learn and play with others in a positive way. We need to equip our children with the skills to approach the real world where multiple cultures are the norm. We are all part of one world and one school community and having so many cultures to appreciate and celebrate makes our school a far more interesting place to be.
Did you know?
•nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
•we identify with over 300 ancestries
•since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
•85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia
•apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi
•more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia
Professional Practice Day Term 1
Over the next fortnight, our teams of teachers will be engaged in a Professional Practice Day. As part of the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017, teachers will receive one day per term when they are out of the classroom to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning. Your child’s teacher will spend this time as a team, planning curriculum learning which aligns with our school priorities. Your child will directly benefit from these improvements in their daily learning.
The most important thing we can do to improve student outcomes is to develop and improve the skills of our teachers. Professional Practice Days are one of the many opportunities the Victorian Government provides to develop professional, passionate teachers and equip them with the right knowledge and skills for the modern classroom. We are fortunate to have teachers that are committed to planning teaching and learning programs that meet the needs and abilities of all students at Burwood East Primary School.
Annual Report to School Community
The Annual Report to the school community was presented on Monday, 18th March at 5.00pm just prior to our School Council meeting that commenced at 5.00pm.
The Annual Report is designed to add value in a number of ways:
Keeping the school community informed:
The annual report provides a means for the school council to inform the community of what has been achieved and how the school is performing. Providing information about schools helps the community hold schools, the system and government accountable for improving student outcomes.
Contributing to system accountability and meeting legislative requirements:
Public accountability for improving student outcomes and for the use of public money is mandated in the Education and Training Reform Act (2006), where school councils are required to prepare and publish an annual report.
Relationship between the planning and annual reporting processes:
The development of the annual report is an opportunity to reflect on the school’s achievements and use this as a basis for future planning.
It is great to reflect on the results we have achieved as a school and celebrate our successes whilst carefully planning to ensure our results continue to improve.
School Council 2019
It’s with great pleasure that we welcome the following parent and staff representatives onto The Burwood East School Council for 2019:
President: Mel Rosso
Vice President: Gustav Dietrichsen
Treasurer: Mardi Trezise
Secretary: Daniel Addison
Sulochana Colombage, Vanessa Etienne, Persephone Wan, Tharanga Kularatne, Xin Lu (Cindy)
Darren McDonald (Principal), Andrew Den Elzen (Assistant Principal) Daniel Darmody, Sue Varey, Daniel Addison
Council Subcommittees 2019:
Finance- Vikki, Darren, Andrew, Vanessa, Sue, Mel, Mardi
Buildings and Grounds- Andrew, Gustav,
Education – Sue, Tharanga, Persephone, Cindy
Marketing – Daniel D, Mel, Daniel A
PFA – Gill, Andrew, Sulo, Mel
Currently, School Council meet monthly on a Monday night at 5.00pm. All parents from the school community are welcome to attend meetings - just contact Darren prior to the meeting on 9802 8618.
What is the function of school council?
- Establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
- Participate in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
- Develop, review and update school policies
- Develop, review and monitor the Student Engagement Policy and the School Dress Code
- Raise funds for school-related purposes
- Approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure
- Maintain the school’s grounds and facilities
- Enter into contracts (e.g. cleaning, construction work)
- Report annually to the school community and to DET
- Generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community
School Council Standing Orders
School Council does not...
- Manage the school
- Employ ongoing teaching staff with no fixed date for termination
- Represent sectional interests
- Renew the principal's contract or hire and fire the school principal
- Determine class allocations
- Discuss individual issues between teachers and students and/or parents
- Purchase land or buildings
- Enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loan facilities, unless authorised by the Minister
Our whole school average attendance rate for Term 1 stands at 94.5 %, meaning most children missed no more than 2 or 3 days for the term, which is exactly what we like to see.
Every day of school really does count so if your child missed more than 3 days this term, please ensure they are at school every day in Term 2.
Children who are sick during the day are sent to the First Aid room. If children need to go home parents or carers are informed and children are collected from school.
If children are very sick or more seriously injured and parents or their emergency contact person cannot be contacted by phone we are obliged to ring an ambulance to take the child to the doctor or hospital.
DET does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are generally responsible for paying the costs of medical treatment for injured students including medical transport. Teachers cannot take children to the doctor or hospital in private cars. The cost of the ambulance will be the responsibility of the parents.
This can be very expensive unless parents have an ambulance subscription. It is very important parents consider taking out ambulance cover. Health Care Card holders receive free ambulance service (children’s names must be on the Health Care Card)
Yours in partnership,