A very warm welcome back to our students and families for the 2017 school year. It’s the Chinese year of the rooster, and all of the staff believes that there will be many positive things happening for us to crow about this year. We look forward to your contributions in making this a positive, successful and happy year.
During the summer break teachers gave up 3 days of their holidays to attend a teacher retreat that allowed some focused discussions on school matters. Time was also devoted to teachers sharing information about the new students that they would be welcoming into their classes this year. This type of collaboration and professional dialogue by all teachers during the holidays is unheard of in other schools and continues to demonstrate the willingness of staff to go above and beyond for a school that they believe in. Teachers have also spent some considerable time in setting up their new classrooms. Apart from Kinder, each classroom has a different teacher in it this year, and the opportunity to clean up and re-invent has been taken with relish. There’s a real air of excitement about this year and a commitment to continue as a school of excellence. I’m looking forward to celebrating the wonderful experiences and achievements with you as the year progresses.
On Monday, the whole of staff participated in professional learning about the construction and use of student Individual Learning Plans. These documents are constructed for the benefit of students who require additional support in order to achieve outcomes, and are a valuable resource for the people who are working with them.
Everyone loves the new green space surface. A lot of work by the contractor went in to making the end product a quality finish and we look forward to many years of good service. This is a direct benefit from the money raised at the last fair. The playground committee has now committed to bringing the rest of the outdoor environment up to the same standard as the green space by the end of this year.
On Tuesday we introduced our first value of the year, EQUITY
- Equity is addressing and overcoming disadvantage.
- Equity is ensuring that everyone can succeed.
- Equity is being tolerant and fair.
Thanks to the Social Committee for organising the Community Afternoon Tea. A superb afternoon with a real blend of old and new faces. A lovely way to start the year.
Each classroom now has a set of books about ‘bucket filling’.
These books are all about how as individuals we can add to other people’s well being and at the same time make ourselves feel good. We’ve bought extra copies of the books so that parents can borrow for short periods and continue the discussions at home. When borrowing one of the books, please fill out the library card and hand it to the teacher.
The AGM is always an important calendar date, and I would urge you to attend. In particular, part of the agenda of the AGM will be used to allow members to vote on the future options of the school. Unlike last years voting which was purely based on a risk analysis, this year you will have the full information that was used to generate each graph displayed before you. This is a very important decision
, because this year will see us determine the single preferred option for the future and a course of action developed. For those who would like to access the information in advance, please access the provided links (above right).