From the Principal’s Desk – Term 4

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Last day for Students is Thursday 19th December – Happy Holidays!!!

We have nearly completed our data analysis sessions. The final one is with staff this week on Wednesday at the staff meeting. The results will be detailed in our annual report. This is a busy time with staff also doing reports and goal rating. Reports will be sent home in week 10.

The results overviewed support the consistent finding that our students make the highest level of accelerated progress at Kindergarten and Pre-Primary years. Once again, the Year 1 cohort have performed well across all areas and most have the critical skills that will help them as they transition to mainstream. Socially, if you compare the students on entry in kindy (where less than 20% have the social skills and pragmatics that would enable them to manage in a mainstream class) to exiting at Year 1, significant gains are made. Of the Year 1 cohort 80% are demonstrating age appropriate or close to age appropriate social skills and pragmatics and are well prepared for mainstream. Our Pre-Primary cohort have again improved in the area of code cracking (mapping sounds in words to print) linked to reading and to spelling, and on average are finishing the year higher than previous years. There is a significant spread with a group at the higher end close to or better than the Pre-Primary standard.

The transition information session for parents of exiting students was very well attended at Padbury. Less parents attended from Poseidon and Quinns Beach. We wish all students who are leaving us all the best and know that the next phase of their school journey will be exciting. Thank you to the parents and caregivers for allowing us to have a key role in the early start of the school process.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated professional and committed staff of all aspects of the Language Centre student program and outreach services. The collection and analysis of data occurs from the individual, class and cohort level and involves teachers, speech pathologists and leaders. The evaluated information informs the setting of focus areas for the following year as well as the ongoing development and implementation of specialist programs and interventions. These resources are then adapted for and shared with mainstream schools through our outreach services.

We have now completed the referral and placement process and will be commencing a new Year 1 class at our Quinns Beach site. We have placed most Kindy and Pre-Primary referrals that met the entry criteria. We only have a few Year One referrals not placed. Overall we have placed 154 students.

Thank you to Mrs Christine Vawser for stepping up and being our Deputy Principal at the Padbury Campus while Mrs Sarah Arnatt has been away on leave.

Sadly (but happily for them) we say goodbye to 3 staff members due to retirement; Erica Willis (currently teaching kindy at Poseidon), Rona Douglas (a kindy education assistant at Poseidon) and Irene Hall (a critical intervention teacher for behaviour and social skills). All leave us after very long careers. We wish to thank them for the dedicated service they have provided to students within the Government system in this state.

As this is the final newsletter, I wish everyone a relaxing and restful holiday.

Ms Shelley Blakers

Principal