Principal’s News – Week 3 Term 3

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The start to term 3 has certainly been very busy. Thank you to Catherine Regan for stepping in as principal while I was on leave and Sarah Armstead (Quinns Beach) and Leah Ash (Poseidon) for ably fulfilling the deputy role at each site.

This term, staff have a strong focus on reviewing their data on student progress and mapping this information onto the developmental rubrics for sending home prior to the case conferences (kindy and pre-primary) later this term. Year one students have an exit interview later in term 4. Most of our kindy and pre-primary students will continue with us for next year. If we believe that your child should exit, the site deputies will have a discussion with you. If you are considering exiting your kindy or pre-primary child (parent choice, not our recommendation), please have a discussion with your site deputies.

Over the past two or three years, we have modified our parent program to make it more interactive and targeted. For kindy it has focused at the class level with modelling of specific ideas for parents and for pre-primary we have the Book Sharing Program. This term we are trialling a Year 1 parent program. These sessions are focused on developing a deeper understanding of Developmental Language Disorder and the impact on learning with the aim that parents are armed with the knowledge to advocate and support their child through the remaining school journey. The trial is at our Padbury site and we will seek feedback from the parents and this will inform how we might run these sessions across sites for 2022.

A reminder that we have a School Development Day on Thursday August 12. This means that children will not be at school. Staff will be working on cultural awareness connected to First Nations people.

Ms Shelley Blakers