Dear Parents and families,
It is great to walk around the school and see the learning that is taking place. As a community, we are really lucky to have such a committed staff who are continuously looking at ways to make school a fantastic experience for every student.
The school development day was a great example of how the teachers have a real desire to develop professionally and also feel confident to give input into how we ensure the best outcomes for the children in their care. The work that the School Council and P&C have done continues to help lead and support the vision and direction of the school. Thank you to everyone.
This week, I have included some information in regards to attendance. As we know, attendance can have a real impact on the success that a student has at school. We all have a big responsibility to enable our students to fulfil their potential.
Looking at the weather forecast there appears to be some warmer weather heading our way this week. I hope you get to enjoy it.
In week 8, the Year 6’s will be attending camp in Perth. We are really excited to be joining the Year 5 and 6 students from the Mallee Schools.
Our school Stand Alone Bushfire Plan will be sent to the Department of Education by Monday 31st August. We are currently completing the document and will advise the community on our procedures for Term 4 and beyond. The Bushfire Invacuation plan will be located on the website under 'Student and Parent Information'.
Three Way Conferences
The Three Way Conferences will take place on Monday 14th September during the morning. The conferences will be an opportunity for our PP - 6 students to discuss their learning and also targets. Times will be sent out in Week 7.
Four of our senior students will be attending the Numero competition being held at Castletown Primary School on Monday 21st September. Mr Paterson will be supervising our students on the day.
A reminder that on Thursday 27th August we will be having a PJ Day to raise funds for the creation of our bush tucker garden. The bush tucker garden will be part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program and situated at the front entrance of the school. If you would like to come to school in your PJ's please bring a gold coin donation.
On Thursday 3rd September, the Juniors will be presenting their assembly. We hope that you can join us and I look forward to finding out about the amazing learning that has been taking place.
Last week’s School Council meeting was postponed. The meeting will be held today at 1pm in the Library. Thank you to Mandy Bouckaert and Emily Aarts for preparing the agenda.
The P&C will meet this Thursday at 2pm. The meeting will take place in the staffroom.
A message from Miss Maz
At the Junior assembly, we will have bundles of mint and parsley available as well as potted lavender. Thank you for all of the rosemary cuttings that have been brought into school.
Mallee Teacher Day
Mrs Bouckaert, Miss Hatton and Mr Paterson attended the Mallee Teacher Day PL on Thursday 20th August. It was a great opportunity for both Junior and Senior teachers to work together on areas such as the teaching of grammar, writing and maths.
Regional Network Meetings
I attended the Esperance Regional Network meeting and also met with the Mallee principals on Thursday 20th August. The meetings focused on attendance, retention and achievement and ensuring that our public school system enables students to complete Year 12. Other areas of focus were on mental health and also the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan for the Mallee schools.
Finally, A huge thank you to the P&C for providing the school with two new iPads. They are a great addition to the classrooms.
As a school, we are required to work towards improving the attendance of our students. There are a so many important reasons why your child needs to attend school regularly. By regularly, we mean above 90% of the time (no more than five absent days per term). Of course there are always exceptions to this when children need to take time off school for perfectly acceptable reasons.
What should I do if my child is away from school?