From our Principal,
I would like to extend a warm welcome back to everyone for Term 3. I hope you had a safe, relaxing and enjoyable break and you are ready for a busy next few months. I was able to enjoy time away with my family during the first week and some quiet time at home during the second week.
I always find Term 3 an enjoyable one; the days begin to get longer and the weather warmer. Teachers and students know each other well and show significant progress academically and socially as that relationship flourishes. We have some exciting events on the way that I hope you can participate in, including the Prep ‘100 Days of School’ and our Bastille Day celebrations. I look forward to seeing you all at these two events in the next week.
Our school is always busy, even over the holidays. There has been some significant work completed on our buildings and grounds, including maintenance in the main building, carpeting repairs in the main building and junior building, bi-annual upkeep of the synthetic turf and an upgrade of our ICT network. You will continue to see improvements across our school throughout this term as we strive to give our students the best possible environment for learning.
The feedback of our students, parents and broader community is vital in driving improvement. I’m pleased to share with you that our student survey results from earlier this year have shown significant improvement across all areas compared to 2017. Our students are happy to be here; they feel connected to their school and are excited about learning. This term you may receive an invitation to participate in the Parent Opinion Survey, as well as being asked to be involved in groups to provide us feedback for our upcoming School Review. Look out for further information about this in upcoming newsletters.
Today you child/ren should have received a ‘Term Overview’, summarising the key work they will be doing this term in literacy, numeracy and their units of inquiry. This was developed by our teaching teams in response to your feedback. We hope it gives you a better understanding of what is happening in the classroom and gives you the opportunity to support this learning at home.
Our new Enrolment Policy for the French Elective remains with the Department of Education and Training (DET), awaiting final approval. I know this may be causing some anxiety and I can assure you that we are doing all we can to expedite this process. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me or contact me via phone or email.
Our School Council President, Stephen Loyer, has written to you in this newsletter regarding the Principal Selection Process. I would like to add that I am excited to have the opportunity to continue in my role as the Acting Principal and thank you for your continued support of both me in this role and in our school. Shauna Sanderson (Student Wellbeing Coordinator), Leora Heitlinger and Don Kirk will continue to work as our Acting Assistant Principal. I would also like to thank two people familiar to our school, Trish Langford and Brin Nadler, for working in Leora’s class on a Thursday and Don’s class on a Friday.
I hope you have all enjoyed the first week back and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events over the next week.