As the school year begins...
In our second week of a short Term 1, Robert Ridgway and I have been delighted with how quickly the children in Years 1-6 have settled back into school and into their 2020 classes. It has been a pleasure to walk into learning spaces and observe the efforts our teachers have made to ensure that they are bright and welcoming hubs for the children. As we 'walk the walls' in each room we can clearly see our school values of Kindness, Respect and Responsibility and our school's commitment to STEAM and Literacy embedded in every classroom.
Our Foundation students have also commenced school and are gradually being orientated to all internal and external areas of the school with the supportive guidance of their teachers. They are learning how we work together and support each other as a school, and are building new relationships with their peers and classroom and specialist teachers.
Whilst they may be tired from the extended day and the stimulation that is school, they are adjusting to this very ‘different place’ outside their experience remarkably well - which is a testament to our comprehensive approach to transition. Each time I have met a Foundation student in passing, they are wearing their red T-shirt, have a happy smile on their face and are always up for a chat! I commend the efforts of our staff across the school, in the main office, in classrooms and specialist areas and in learning support for their commitment to giving all our children the best possible start to 2020.
CPS is structured around four learning areas: Foundation, Junior (Years 1 & 2); Middle (Years 3 & 4) and Senior (Years 3 & 4). Each poses unique academic and social, emotional challenges for our students as the progress through the school. Each area or Professional Learning Community (PLC) is led by a Learning Leader who is responsible for the academic and social emotional growth of every student in their area. In today’s newsletter the first edition of each of area’s newsletter is repeated for those who may have not viewed them as yet, or are new members of our school community. The full staffing list for 2020 has also been included once again for your continued reference.
Meet and Greet Meetings
We have scheduled Meet and Greet meetings for Tuesday 25 February and Wednesday 26 February. These short 10 minute meetings are an opportunity for parents that have not yet met their child's teacher to put a face to a name and vice versa. It is also a time during which you can communicate confidentially about your child's pastoral or educational needs.
It is not a time at which teachers can report on your child's progress (yet) as they are just in the early stage of relationship building and focused on developing their understanding of each child's academic and social and emotional needs. Please see the 'Meet and Greet' flyer on page 2 to sign up online. Following on from these meetings, Curriculum Information will distributed electronically on the school website and school newsletter. If you have already met with your child’s teacher or know them well, there is no expectation that you need make an appointment.
Later this term (or early in second term) you will have the opportunity to self-select a series of optional workshops in all areas of the curriculum through a Parent Expo, to build your knowledge and understanding of our teaching and learning approaches from Foundation to Year 6.
In conclusion, please check the diary dates and community notices for forthcoming events. The PTFA will be hosting a ‘Welcome back to school’ picnic for families at the end of this month; see the flyer in today’s community notices for the details. Read the update about our ‘Summer Reading Challenge’. Reading is a daily habit we should all engage in for knowledge gathering and pleasure! 😊
Enjoy the week!