Welcome to the 2019 School Year
It has been terrific to welcome our 2019 Foundation class, a class of 59 very eager, confident and enthusiastic children. We also warmly welcome 10 children enrolling into classes from Grade One through to Grade Six. We welcome James, Catalina, Tyrese, Nilesh, Annabelle, Bethany, Ruth, Adelyn, Jason and George. We hope that our new children find great happiness, and many new friendships, as they settle into the St Andrew’s community. Our welcome extends to all new families to the St Andrew’s community. We currently have enrolment numbers at 390 students for the 2019 school year.
We welcome 5 new staff members to St Andrew’s community in 2019. We welcome Mrs Kelli Johnston (Deputy Principal/Teaching & Learning Leader), Miss Bella Aranda, Miss Stephanie Barbuto, Miss Natalie Rando and Miss Andrea La Fontaine to our team. We are excited to welcome our 5 new colleagues and friends. New staff bring new skills, new personalities and new insights into the classrooms and staff room. We wish each of our new staff members a most enjoyable and fulfilling time at St Andrew’s.
Full details on the roles of our new colleagues are detailed below as published in December, 2018.
● A copy of the 2019 Staffing allocation can be found below.
Our 2019 classes will gather briefly in the hall this afternoon (2.45pm) as a welcome to the school year. Parents are welcome to join us on a fortnightly basis on a Friday afternoon at our school assemblies. Please note the change in the time of our assembly time. We hope that the Friday afternoon time provides an optimum opportunity for parents to gather with us.
2019 Staffing Allocation
Please refer below to a Newsletter excerpt from Term 4, 2018. The excerpt provides clarity on the allocation of our new staffing resources:
2019 Staffing Impact
The staff are delighted to welcome the news of this increased staffing allocation. It is envisaged that Level teams eg. Foundation to Year 2 will be allocated an additional teacher throughout the week to support their programs, co-teach in their rooms, work with eg. Literacy/Maths Focus groups, or release the actual class teacher to work with targeted groups of individuals. In this latter example the additional teacher could teach the class lesson whilst the regular teacher works in a targeted approach with specific small groups. Combined with our reduced class sizes across the school we are most fortunate to be adding staffing to make a further impact on student outcomes.
This additional staffing also provides an opportunity for our newly appointed teachers to release class teachers on a scheduled afternoon. These afternoon sessions provide an opportunity to meet with one or more of School Leadership, Learning and Teaching leader, Occupational Therapist, Student Services Leader etc, to discuss student progress and to develop targeted plans to improve student outcomes. Previously these most important conversations were often held in 5 minute conversations in corridors, over a cuppa at recess or whenever 2 or more staff could find time to catch up in a day.
Welcome - 3 Teachers, Occupational Therapist & Speech Pathologist
As a result of the additional funding we have been fortunate to employ 3 teachers, Miss Bella Aranda, Miss Natalie Rando and Miss Stephanie Barbuto. In addition to these staff members we welcome Miss Andrea LaFontaine as the school’s Occupational Therapist. Andrea will be employed weekly on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We have also negotiating additional hours to be allocated to the service as provided through the school’s Speech Pathologist, Mrs Anne Corcoran. Anne will be onsite on a Thursday and Friday.