This term we have seen many of the children having rich learning experiences through visits and incursions. These experiences have supported the students word knowledge and understanding about our community workers. The visits included the local shops, post office and library along with incursions from hospital workers, fire fighters and ambulance officers. A dance performance by City Ballet for the Act, Belong Commit program was enjoyed by all the students at the Willagee site. In term 3 students will continue to have hands on learning experiences through excursions to the zoo and visits from farmyard animals.
Over the past weeks Deputy Principals/SAER Coordinators have been meeting with all teachers, speech pathologists and our school occupational therapist to review the children’s Individual Education Plans. It is always wonderful to hear of the progress and gains that the children are making. This week school reports will be shared with parents at a meeting with the classroom teacher to discuss their child’s progress. I hope that you can make the time to attend these meetings.
The school is continually looking at ways to improve the content and delivery of programs for our students. To support this, we work closely with Curtin University to look at research into how students with speech and language difficulties learn. We currently have an PhD student from Curtin completing a research program on word learning with our year 1 and 2 students. I would like to thank the parents who have agreed to have their child participate and encourage others to complete the necessary forms.
As you are aware I am retiring at the end of this term and Vivienne Doig will be in the principal’s role for semester 2. Viv is a highly experienced teacher and administrator with a strong understanding of developmental language disorders. I am confident that the school will continue to be a school of excellence under her leadership. I would like to thank all parents/carers and community members past and present for their wonderful support while I have been a teacher, deputy principal and principal at the Carawatha/Fremantle LDC. I have been very fortunate to have worked with highly dedicated and professional staff and to be a part of the exciting development of language development centres over the past 37 years. I wish all the best for students and their families in the future.
The children have returned to school refreshed and enthusiastic to learn. It was wonderful to see the excitement as they reconnected with their friends and shared their holiday experiences. This term the Speech Pathologists will start their classroom programs with whole class and small group programs along with individual support when required. In addition, we have two new Occupational Therapy Curtin students Nic Ng and Lisa Joske who will be supporting students under the supervision of our Occupational Therapist Berry Johnston. In week 5 on Wednesday 29th May, Berry will be running a parent information session on how you can support your child’s ability to attend and self-regulate. These are important skills for learning. I encourage you to put the date in your diary and look forward to seeing you then.
A key focus for all schools in 2019 is to increase the knowledge of the history, culture and experiences of Aboriginal people and to explicitly use this in classroom practice. On Monday our staff participated in a day of professional learning on the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework. In the morning they joined all schools from the Cockburn Central Education Network for two very informative sessions by Professor Simon Forrest, Curtin University and Kevin O’Keefe, Principal Advisor Aboriginal Education. We then returned to school and spent the afternoon reflecting and discussing how as a school we can be more culturally responsive. As we continue with our planning we hope to have our aboriginal families join us in sharing knowledge and experience to increase both staff and students’ understanding of Aboriginal history and culture.
Our P&C continues to work hard to support fundraising for the school. There will be an upcoming Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, Mother’s Day raffle and a cake stall on election day. I hope that you can all support these events by spreading the word and putting your hand up when the P&C ask for volunteers.
We look forward to a busy but productive term.
Wendy Strang and Viv Doig
Term 1 has been as usual a busy and productive one for our school. The students are to be congratulated on their ability to work hard and face challenges with a growth mindset. Language assessments by our speech pathologists have supported our teachers’ development of the children’s Individual Education Plans. We hope you have found the parent teacher meetings to discuss these IEPs helpful and informative.
It has been great to see the families who have attended our parent information sessions on Speech and Language for new parents, Developing your Child’s Growth Mindset and the Fun Friends/ Friends program. Next term the P&C meeting and parent information session will be on Wednesday 29th May. An important skill for all children is the ability to self-regulate their emotions and behaviour so they can attend and focus for learning. The term 2 parent talk will focus on the ways you can support your child in this area and will be provided by our occupational therapist Berry Johnston.
Our small but hard working P&C have some important fundraising events in Term 2 and we hope all families will be able to support them. The money they raise provide the additional resources your children have in their classrooms. We would like to thank the P&C for their generosity this year in contributing $3,000 to our oral language and curriculum areas. In addition, they have also given an additional $4,107.50 to our teachers’ wish list. This has bought Maths kits, extra wobble stools, reading books, language games and supported a children’s’ garden project. So please put your hand up to help out at the sausage sizzle and cake stall. The P&C will send out more information soon.
The holiday break provides an opportunity for you to extend your child’s vocabulary and world knowledge through visits and holiday activities. These can be as simple as a bush walk, a visit to the harbour to watch the boats and cranes or a trip on the train/ bus. Remember to name, describe and discuss what you see and most important see how much they can remember later on. We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday break with your children. We look forward to the children returning on Tuesday 30th April.
Wendy Strang and Vivienne Doig
Welcome back to a new school year and a special warm welcome to all new students and their families.
The 2019 school year has started smoothly with children excitedly sharing their holiday experiences. All students are to be congratulated on their positive and enthusiastic start to a new school year. The Fremantle LDC places communication with parents as a high priority. To ensure that you are kept fully informed of your child’s progress we have regular parent–teacher meetings scheduled at the end of each term.
We also start each year with a classroom meeting in the first few weeks of term 1. At this meeting classroom teachers will outline programs, timetables, classroom requirements and organisation. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, other parents and gain an understanding of how you can support your child throughout the year. At the start of the year the speech pathologists and teachers will administer assessments so that we have current data to develop your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). There will be an opportunity for parents to meet with the classroom teacher on an individual basis to view the assessment data and their child’s IEP in week 10 of this term.
Our school P&C is a wonderful group of parents who enjoy getting together to share, support and help raise funds for the school. At the whole class meetings we will be seeking someone to become the class P&C representative. This role involves attending 6 P&C meetings across the year and sharing information with the parents in your child’s class. All parents are encouraged to be a part of our P&C and please let your classroom teacher know if you are able to help out by being a representative.
Prior to each P&C Meeting there is an Information Session for parents and carers. These talks are fun, interactive and relevant for all age levels. The first parent information talk is on Wednesday 20th February and will be about the importance and benefits of assisting your child to strengthen their Growth Mindset. I encourage all parents to attend our parent talks to learn about how you can support your child’s language and learning.
As an Independent Public School we have a school board who assists in the development of our Business Plan and school review processes. This week we will be sending out information regarding nominations for the school board and encourage parents to consider taking on this role. If you would like to know more about what the role will entail, please view our school board information webpage here: or ring the main office.
We look forward to meeting and working with all parents and families throughout the coming year.
Wendy Strang (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)
Vivienne Doig (Thursday)