Some Observations from the Interim Principal
Although my Assistant Principal, Trish Viscusa and I have only been at MPW since Tuesday this week, some of the characteristics that make yours such an excellent school have already been very apparent to us.
- We were struck firstly (and continue to be) by the personal qualities we have observed in the children. They are generally articulate, confident, polite and co-operative with their teachers as well as each other. We have also been extremely impressed with the manner in which the children engage in their learning. The older children in the school particularly demonstrate independence, interdependence and collaboration in their approach to their learning
- … and the apples have not fallen far from the trees! In just four days we have met, received emails from and had telephone conversations with so many MPW parents who are also articulate, friendly, welcoming etc, just as the children are. Thank you very much for that.
- The instrumental music program has impressed us enormously. The Japanese program and beautiful, authentic and calm classroom are also great assets to the school and its students.
- When we have walked around the school and through classrooms, we have been very impressed with the teaching staff. We have seen teachers actively engaged with the students and their learning, providing instruction, guidance and support at the point of learning.
- The Education Support staff who assist teachers and children have very positive relationships with the students and provide valuable support in classrooms, particularly to students who have complex needs.
- I have worked particularly closely with the office staff this week and can’t even begin to describe the skills and dedication that I have seen. My particular thanks to Business Manager Sandra Monaghan who has very quickly become my new ‘right hand’, welcoming me to the school and explaining the MPW processes and procedures.