The Marlborough PS School Council is continuing to implement key actions linked to the four key council focus areas of education excellence, environmental sustainability, financial sustainability and student health and wellbeing identified by the council in early 2016.
It has been a busy time for council during Term 3 and some highlights arising from the July and August council meetings are summarized below.
Buildings and Grounds
The School Council wants to ensure that we have plans and actions in place to maintain and upgrade Marlborough’s buildings and outdoor environments where resources allow.
Building and energy audits
A number of actions are either planned or underway to ensure that we can achieve these objectives, including a proposed:
- building audit to look at the condition of our school buildings and to prioritise works, including those needing urgent attention. And, linked to this an;
- energy and water audit of the school to identify where we can make changes to reduce the school’s environmental footprint and reduce running costs. These changes may include upgrading old infrastructure (such as the heating system), replacing energy inefficient appliances and implementing some behaviour changes that help reduce energy and water use.
Following completion of these audits, council will then be in a position to consider any recommended changes arising from these reports on the basis of cost-benefit. There will likely also be opportunities for students to be involved in implementing some of the recommended changes required and monitoring and reporting outcomes.
Tree protection and maintenance
Council has also approved the scope and budget of works required to manage Marlborough’s trees. These works will ensure that the trees in the school grounds are safe and healthy and also mean that we are implementing cost-effective actions that will help protect the important natural environment and the older indigenous eucalypts in particular as important landscape features in the school grounds. There will be further information provided on the nature of these works but urgent and higher priority works will occur over the September and summer holidays. Thanks to Dave Callow for taking the lead on these actions.
Many of the MPS community may have noticed the orchard that has been established at the school in the last couple of months. All in all there were 26 trees of different varieties and sizes planted in July by students with the help of Brooke Eastwood and other staff. It is hoped that within 2-3 years, many of these trees will start bearing fruit. Thanks to Mel Beanland for her efforts in securing the grant that enabled the purchase of the tree stock.
The use of the school’s Out of School Hours Care program continues to increase with most sessions being near or at capacity. Hopefully parents / guardians have also appreciated the benefit of being able to pay fees online.
Following feedback from current and prospective parents, beginning in 2017 school council has approved extending the hours for mornings to start at 7am (previously 7.30 am). Following a 2015 council decision to increase OSHC fees to reflect increasing costs and to ensure that the program remains financially sustainable, council has decided that fees for 2017 will remain unchanged.
Council has also approved extending Tess Morris’s position to full time from 2017. This will enable her to focus on planning and administration, particularly with the increased hours proposed for next year. Our thanks to Tess and staff for all their great work they do with the OSHC program. Thanks also to Rebecca Trevillian and the OSHC sub-committee for all their hard work.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the canteen survey. We had a great response to the survey with nearly 70 surveys completed. In general, there was strong support for the current canteen menu options but also support for pursuing some healthier options. All the great feedback and ideas provided will be taken into consideration by school council as part of further canteen planning and implementation.
Council has also approved researching guidelines provided by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service http://heas.health.vic.gov.au/ to help inform our future canteen menu options. This will be part of a number of initiatives that council is seeking to implement under its strategic focus area of student health and wellbeing. More information on these initiatives will be communicated in the future. Thanks to Joy Veith and the canteen sub-committee for implementing the survey and analyzing the results.
Over the last two terms the Marketing Sub-committee has been working hard on the branding of Marlborough PS and also updating, redesigning and increasing the usability and usefulness of various school brochures and the school’s web-site. The School Council supports the work of sub-committees as we try to live up to our school motto “Strive for Excellence.” The re-branding and new web-site represent the professionalism we strive for at Marlborough whilst still capturing the warmth and connected feel that is a crucial part of our school.
Cherie Mountney, Felicity Tucker and Natalie Lanyon-Town have and continue to put in a huge amount of work into the marketing of the school and we greatly appreciate the contribution they have made. New publicity photos that were taken by Jay also made a huge difference to the look of our brochures, website and the newsletter
The new website will continue to have content updated on it, but for both new and existing families we are sure you will find it far easier to navigate (on any device) and also far more aesthetically pleasing. Please take the opportunity to visit it and have a look. http://marlboroughps.vic.edu.au/
School council is always looking for feedback on how we can better serve the needs of the Marlborough PS community with a focus on strategy, policy and communication.
Please contact me at [email protected] or 0407 325 102 if you would like any further information on the matters above or would like to discuss any other relevant matters.
MPS School Council