The MPS School Council met most recently on 11 October. The following provides a summary of the key matters discussed and decided at the meeting.
2017 Parent Payments
Marlborough Primary School makes every effort to keep the cost and number of items that need to be purchased to a minimum. We also try to ensure that the costs are affordable for all parents.
The School Council approved the school's parent payment charges for 2017 in accordance with the school parent payment policy that aims to provide high quality learning opportunities for all students by supplementing capped government funds with approved financial contributions and payments from parents.
More details regarding the parent payments will be sent to all 2017 parents and guardians shortly.
Child safe policy and action plan
MPS is committed to child safety and ensuring that all our children are safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We have zero tolerance of child abuse and are committed to identifying risks early and removing and reducing these risks.
The School Council approved the Marlborough Primary School child safe policy that aims to promote diversity and tolerance in our organisation, and to make people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds welcome.
The policy promotes the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. It will ensure that children with a disability are safe and can participate equally.
The policy guides our staff and volunteers on how to behave with children in our organisation by requiring agreement to and compliance with our code of conduct and the standards required when working with children.
In addition to the policy, Shaun and myself as responsible officers have signed the MPS Child Safe Standards Compliance Self-Assessment and Declaration that sets out the actions that MPS has undertaken and will complete by the end of 2016 to ensure that we are compliant with the Government child safety policy and legislation. With the Child Safety Policy now approved, we are on track to meet everything set out in the plan.
Thanks to Shaun McClare and Jo Bryant for progressing the action plan and the development of the policy. The School Council welcomes parent / guardian feedback on all our policies. Please contact the Principal's office if you would like a copy of the child safety policy or action plan. More broadly we hope to have all school policies published on the school website in the future to facilitate open access and feedback.
If you have any reason to believe that an incident has occurred that has placed or is likely to place a child at risk, then you must report it. Please contact Child Protection (Department of Human Services) on 1300 360 391 (or 13 12 78 after hours) in such circumstances.
Funding to protect the Powerful Owl
Marlborough Primary School is excited to announce it has been awarded through the school council a State Government grant of $21,745 to help protect the threatened Powerful Owl.
The grant - from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - is part of an initiative to support community volunteers taking steps to help conserve the diversity of native species, habitats and ecosystems. This builds on a similar grant that we received a few years back to build the frog bog at the school.
For the current project, our school will be supporting current work being undertaken within the community by providing habitat for and research about the Powerful Owl, a unique but perhaps poorly known top-level predator which, largely due to habitat loss, is found to be vulnerable to extinction in Victoria. Fortunately, Powerful Owls still occur in the Heathmont area, so it is not too late to act to help with their conservation.
The grant will be used for habitat restoration, revegetation and protection of indigenous plant species, purpose-built nesting boxes and monitoring, as well as education for our students.
Work will begin during the Christmas break with the planned clearing of designated areas around the oval to be ready for planting by students next year.
Education sessions, as conducted in the middle unit last term with Nick Bradsworth, of the Melbourne Powerful Owl Project, will continue to provide an enjoyable and interactive look at the Powerful Owl within our local region and the importance of this beautiful species in our ecosystem.
At Marlborough Primary School we are committed to giving our students the opportunity to connect with their local natural environment and empower them to create a sustainable school, local community and world. Through action-research learning, students are engaged to find out more about endangered species, and help create an environment that supports their ability to survive and thrive.
For more information on the Powerful Owl Project, go to http://birdlife.org.au/projects/powerful-owl-project/melbourne-powerful-owl-project
Thanks to Mel Beanland, Dave Callow and Brooke Eastwood for all their hard work in preparing the the successful grant application.
If you would like to provide any feedback on the matters above or MPS School Council matters more broadly then please contact me on [email protected] or 0407 325 102.
MPS School Council