From our Principal.
Today we will send home the Parent payment notices for the 2020 school year. Each year we work with staff and the Finance committee of School Council to look at the aspects of learning that are to be included in the levy, the curriculum resources required and the stationery students will need to engage in the learning activities undertaken at the school. There is an increase from the 2019 amount. This increase allows our children to have access to improved learning opportunities, access better equipment and raise the quality of the work at our school.
A copy of the Payment Policy can be found in the COMPASS portal under the school document section.
There are a range of payment options and families who require assistance should contact the office to discuss their situation.
The 2019 school year ends on Friday December 20th at 1.30pm with a final assembly commencing at 1pm. Following this short assembly, students will then be dismissed from their classrooms at 1.30pm after the final bell.
The 2020 school year will commence on Friday January 31st at 8.45am when our doors will open to welcome our students for the new learning year.
Schools are allocated four curriculum days to be allocated across the school year. The mandatory day all schools must use in 2020 is January 28th. School Council has approved the use of Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January as additional curriculum days. Staff will be undertaking professional learning, required first aid training and completing mandatory learning around student welfare and safety. Team Kids will be operating on these days for families who need this service.
The fourth and final day for 2020 will be allocated and approved at a later date. The focus of this day will be determined by leadership team at the school.
Next Monday morning November 11th we are holding our final emergency management activity, which is an off-site evacuation drill to Caulfield Park. At the conclusion of the drill, we will hold a short Remembrance Day service at the war memorial in the park to acknowledge this important day and the service and sacrifice made by those who have so bravely served our wonderful country during war.
This year our staff and students have worked on improving student outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy, developing student voice and agency and building staff capacity and collaboration to improve the teaching and learning at our school.
This work will continue in the coming school year. We have worked with Regional staff to set new targets, better align our unique curriculum and build on the assessments used by staff to enhance their work and the learning of their students.
In 2020 we will create three new classes on the Victorian side of the program. There will be new staff added to our teams to facilitate this exciting advancement. New IT hardware for students, staff and the classrooms will compliment this part of the improvement strategy for our school.
As part of our transition program, students who are beginning in Prep next year will have their first session with us next Wednesday morning. We look forward to welcoming both the students and their families into our school.
This week our graduate teachers have completed their applications for full teacher registration through the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Staff are asked to present a range of documents and work samples to a panel of staff and relate these to the 37 AITSL teacher standards for graduate teachers. I am so proud of the work they have undertaken, their level of professionalism and their remarkable contribution to our school during 2019.
Yesterday we hosted a delegation of visiting Chinese educators who are studying English teaching at Monash University. The watched a range of classroom literacy activities across the school. We also held a professional learning day for art teachers from other local schools. Our school is such a busy place.