Dear Parents and families,
Welcome to Term 4
Welcome to the final term of 2020! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself formally and thank the staff, students and parents who I have met so far for making me feel so welcome in the short time I have been here. Before coming to Scaddan for this term I was working at a school in Perth with over 400 students! At Como, I was involved as the coordinator of ICT, Gifted & Talented Students and the Library, as well as teaching a Year 6 class as big as this school! I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with the Scaddan community to see out the end of the year. I am also really enjoying living by the incredible Esperance beaches and hope to be able to explore the area in my time here. I am looking forward to the upcoming community events where I can meet you all properly and find out more about the Scaddan way of life. I know this time of year is incredibly busy for the farming families, so please get in touch with me throughout the term if I can be of any help. My door is always open and please feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call if you can’t get to the school- 0427 756 055.
In the short time I have been here the students have already reached two star levels on our Values Posts and received a FULL HOUR of lunch play time! I have been so impressed with the way the students at Scaddan demonstrate our four key values during play time and learning opportunities. Part of our focus on the UN Children’s Rights is making sure that students have a voice and get a choice. I have asked students to put forward their ideas for our next reward to give us a great incentive to work towards. We have already had some wonderful ideas and I KNOW that we will reach our next star mark in no time. Keep up the great work!
Last week we practiced two of our most important Emergency Procedures coming into the warmer months. After blowing the whistle three times the students knew I had spotted a very interesting white ‘snake’. I was amazed at how calmly the students made their way to the nearest classroom to wait for further instructions. Hopefully I would be as calm if I were to encounter a real life snake. On Thursday we practiced our Bushfire ‘invacuation’ in case we needed to stay inside and wait for help. It was a great chance to test our built in siren and megaphone to make sure that everyone can hear from the classrooms when they need to respond. Later in the term we will make sure we practice a lockdown and evacuation. Thank you to all the staff who came to action and knew exactly what to do!
Mallee North Interschool Athletics practice
Yesterday, we drove the school bus up to Salmon Gums for our FINAL interschool practice before we compete as Mallee North this Friday. All of the students showed impressive skills and sportsmanship throughout the day. I am feeling especially confident in our TEAM EVENTS where we worked hard to stay focused and try our best. A big thank you for the support of Lize-Mari, who gave us extra tips for the day.
Staff Development Day - Monday 12 October
While the students were enjoying their last day of school holidays, the Scaddan staff were hard at work planning for a busy Term 4. We began looking at the Education Department's supported program, Be You, to help guide our Health and Wellbeing plan. 'Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools. Our vision is that every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – a place where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.' We also began reflecting on what makes an effective school by using the National School Improvement Tool. It was very clear that Scaddan's sense of community and support provide the foundations for a rich learning environment.
Over the holidays our chaplain had an unfortunate incident with a motorbike. The senior class made a lovely 'Get Well Soon' video to let him know we are thinking of him. He is getting well looked after in Perth and won't be coming to Scaddan for the rest of this term.
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?
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