On your behalf, I would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the Committee who were willing and able to forego a beautiful summer Sunday in order to engage with the process of formulating a new 5 year strategic plan for the school. It was yet another example of how positive this year is, as the day was held in an atmosphere of constructive and respectful dialogue. The document will continue to be refined and presented to a full Committee next week.
And the summer weather just keeps rolling on! On Monday the 3/4's headed off on an Environment Day to the coastal area of Lauderdale where they participated in some twitching (no not of the nervous type J)
On Tuesday we introduced our new focus value EMPATHY
- Empathy is caring for other beings
- Empathy is to understand other people’s feelings
- Empathy is to want to help other people
Tuesday also saw our Biggies attend the GRIP Student Leadership Conference at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. This is the first time that we’ve sent the Year 5 students, as we believe that preparation for leadership in Year 6 needs to be a developmental thing and not just sprung on them at the last minute.
On Wednesday the 1/2 students headed off to the Hobart waterfront to visit Mawson’s hut along with other significant sites connected to Antarctica. They travelled into town using public transport, and the guide at Mawson’s hut commented on the fact that they were the best school group visit ever!
On Thursday we decided to get a jump start on the Schools Clean Up Day, which is actually held today. The Biggies joined up with the Prep’s and Year 1’s and were given an opportunity to put their newly acquired leadership knowledge into practice. In a short time we collected quite a lot of rubbish from the dune area of Bellerive Beach and by doing so contributed to the environmental care of our immediate area. Thursday also saw the Biggies start their 4 week orienteering program as part of their PE/Health curriculum. A terrific combination of maths, fitness and problem solving.
And finally, the Preps today went off to visit TMAG to look at the beautiful indigenous shell necklaces, which ties into their maths focus of patterns. This group also took the bold step of travelling into town by public transport and had a great day out.
The Futures Project continues to roll along at pace and the votes for the various options have been tallied. Please go to the link here
for the outcome. There will now be a more in depth analysis and modelling of the 3 most popular options. In addition, an options report about the School Leader position is currently being put together and will be presented at the April Committee meeting. There is a strong commitment by Committee to ensure that the school leadership structure provides the optimum outcomes for all stakeholders.
Finally, I would draw your attention to the document, “Communications Thread” (see the link on the right). Take the time to read and digest it, and then follow the guidelines. By doing so, things will run a lot smoother for everyone, not just a few.