As we come to the end of Semester 1 we can reflect on a very busy two terms. After a rocky start with COVID in the first week of the year, we have settled down to complete a very productive half year. This week we will be polishing up our Edu- dance for Years 2, 4 and 6 so parents and other students can enjoy their concert next Tuesday.
We will also be preparing for our acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week. We will be having a short ceremony on Wednesday next week at 9:00am which will take place on our 6 seasons mural (weather permitting). In Art students have been collaborating with the Beeliar Village Shopping Centre to produce a display for NAIDOC Week which will be down the walkway of the shopping centre. The quality of the work is as outstanding as usual and I would encourage everyone to visit the Centre.
I have been enjoying reading the children’s reports. Teachers put a great deal of time into making sure that each report gives a good picture of your child and their progress. Suggestions for improvement and for setting new goals are often included and are there to assist you to support your child. Reports will be sent out via Connect on Wednesday 30th June.
Cross Country 2021
We had a great day at Cross Country last week. The the rain gave us a reprieve and the sun shone brightly! A very big thank you to all involved. It takes a collective effort to ensure that days like these run smoothly. Special thanks to Mrs Bickley for riding the bike and setting the pace – you won almost every race! Honourable mentions to Mr Gough for being our starter and helping set up, to Mrs Lipscombe for running with active encouragement and for Ms Anderson collecting the stragglers and encouraging them along! And of course to our admin staff too for all of your help and organisation.
The school Board met on Tuesday, 15 June and items on the agenda for discussion included the current School Surveys and an update on Grounds.
Upon review of student surveys from 2019 in comparison to 2021 results, ratings across all areas from satisfaction with teachers, opportunity for growth and development and safety have remained consistent with the average ratings for the majority of areas above 4 out 5. The focus from the surveys will be around developing and supporting student voice, which was later discussed at the meeting as part of the School’s Business Plan review.
There is ongoing maintenance of our grounds, with planning for shade sails and replacement of the soft fall ground under the playground near the art room; cleaning and replacement of sand at other playgrounds and maintenance around our six seasons mural (with assistance from Cockburn Cement).
Mrs Beard and Ms Dawson provided a comprehensive overview of the current business planning process, which includes the review of the current plan and the identification of the areas of focus by all staff. We look forward to reviewing the new plan and are excited to see how the school will continue to improve all areas of our students education.
The Board completed its own survey, which will help guide how we continue to improve, develop and grow as a group, to ensure effective representation of the school community.
The parent survey is currently open and we hope that you take the opportunity to provide honest feedback and have your say.
Tomorrow night (Tuesday 23rd) your P&C are funding an engaging presentation by Paul Litherland, an ex police officer, to help parents know what apps are being used by students and young adults. He will talk about those which need to be monitored, which link to danger for your children and how to keep your children safe generally online. I would encourage all parents to attend as his information is interesting and informative. The session goes for 90 minutes and begins at 6:00pm in the staffroom.
Volunteers in our school
Bert has delivered Food Bank fresh fruit to our school each week for the past few years. This is free of charge to the school and means that all children are able to have fruit each day for recess, lunch, or Crunch and Sip. We are very grateful as this means that no-one misses out on delicious fruit. Thank you to Bert!