Looking Forward to 2019

Looking Forward to 2019

2019 promises to be another fabulous year. With fresh vision I am always filled with anticipation for all that we will do and achieve.

In 2019 we will refurbish our playground by replacing the soft-fall surfacing, as well as replacing the shade sail. 

Our OOSH (out of school hours service)‘Team Kids’ will commence the Vacation Care Program on Monday 14 January. The new service will provide the opportunity for the room to receive a fresh coat of paint and a much needed face lift. Later in the year, we will completely redesign the space to create an ‘innovation and creativity hub’ which will become a studio to provide resources and technology for the children for designing and making activities and projects.  As we plan for this project, I wish to thank the many parents for who make generous donations to the School Building Fund. Your support certainly makes a significant difference and enables the school to move forward in providing the outstanding learning spaces and facilities, that we have become quite famous for.

In 2019 our academic and curriculum targets will include the introduction of the new PDHPE (personal Development, Health and Physical Education) Syllabus. The Professional Learning and training of our teachers will target (amongst other things) their teaching of writing, grammar and punctuation, Mathematics and the use of technology to enhance learning outcomes.

Indonesian K-6

With our Japanese teacher leaving, we have the opportunity to expand our Indonesian Program for all students K-6. Our wonderful teacher Mrs Shoebridge has confirmed that she be available for teaching three days a week in 2019, to deliver this school-wide program.

Staff and Student Wellbeing programs

In 2019 we will continue to target our Staff and Student Wellbeing programs in line with the priorities outlined in our Strategic Plan; ‘Our Story, Our Vision’. This document is located on our website. We will continue to reinforce the key themes and expectations from within our excellent ‘School-wide Positive Behaviour Management and Discipline Policy’, and specifically we will be promoting e-Safety for children.

New School Counsellor

I am delighted to introduce our new School Counsellor, Ms Catherine McKersie, who will be commencing in 2019. Catherine has been the Head of Social Work at the Sydney Children’s Hospital for the past 18 years. Catherine is incredibly well connected with the health resources and services within our local community. Areas of her professional interest include adolescent health, working with children and parents experiencing trauma, grief and loss as well as delivering family support programs. 

Judith Locke will be back!

We have some amazing speakers lined up to present staff workshops and parent seminars. Please keep the night of Tuesday 5 March 2019 free for the return of our very favourite special guest Judith Locke, author of ‘The Bonsai Child’. This will be one parent evening that you will not want to miss.

The Fathering Project

Our Fathering Project initiatives will continue with our second Dads’ and Kids’ Bingo Event and the ever popular Dads’ and Kids’ Camp, which will be held in September. Mrs Ford and the P&F will also hold another well-being event just for the mums.

Doing better with our communication to parents

We have taken on board parent feedback from the P&F, and in 2019, we will refine the way the School communicates with parents. Greater clarity, consistency, and less confusion will be our goal in this area.

Thankfully, the new year has not yet quite arrived and there is much to do. I look forward to seeing you at some of our end of year events and I encourage you to not miss Speech Day, which will provide a wrap up of such a wonderful year.

Be blessed.

Doug Thomas