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)
Term 4 is a time of welcomes and farewells. This year the school had 98 referrals with offers of placement to 73 families. There have been 61 families who have accepted the placement in one of our kindergarten to year 1 classrooms for 2019.
It was lovely to see so many family and friends join us for our Leavers Assembly last week. This gave us an opportunity to celebrate successes and wish our exiting students farewell. There are 76 students who are exiting the Fremantle LDC to return to their local school of parent choice. These students will continue to be supported through our full transition program that provides individual meetings with the mainstream classroom teachers, professional learning, assistance in developing individual education plans if required and work shadowing opportunities at the Fremantle LDC. We will continue to support our exiting students by working closely in partnership with their new teachers.
I would like to thank and acknowledge the Chair of our School Board Jo Wiese and all the board members who have worked so hard this year to review our school processes and assist us to develop our new School Business Plan 2018-2020.
The plan outlines our four key focus areas:
- Create successful student
- Develop high quality teaching and leadership
- Be a distinctive school
- Develop positive behaviour and wellbeing
I would also like to recognise our wonderful P&C who have worked tirelessly this year to raise funds to buy additional resources for the school and provide events for our students. This term the P&C have helped fund the Halloween Disco, the Year 3 Big Day Out and book prizes for our students in year 1 to year 3. These book prizes go to a selected student who has consistently demonstrated our school values. We congratulate all prize winners.
As a school we can provide a learning environment but it is the support that the parents and carers provide that makes the essential difference in the gains that the children make. I would like to thank all parents, carers and volunteers for their support throughout this year.
We wish you a safe and fun filled holiday break and look forward to another successful year in 2019.
Wendy Strang & Viv Doig
Welcome back to another term at the Fremantle Language Development Centre. Term 4 is a busy term as we consider new referrals and at the same time start the transition process for those children who will be leaving us. There will be a parent meeting for parents of children exiting the school on Thursday 18th October in the staffroom at the Willagee site. This meeting will outline the transition process and how you can support your child through their change of school. We encourage all parents of children who are leaving to attend.
Our leavers will also have a special assembly on Wednesday 5th December. Children from all three sites will come together to celebrate and say farewell to those children who are returning to their mainstream schools. All parents are very welcome to attend this special assembly.
I would also like to remind parents that there will be a parent information talk followed by a P&C meeting on Wednesday 24th October. This talk will be a fun session for you to find out how we teach Science at the school and how you can support your child’s learning. I encourage parents to stay on and support our small but very enthusiastic P&C.
Wendy Strang and Viv Doig
This term the students have been provided with opportunities to develop their creativity and build confidence and resilience. These have included our Cultural Day, Book Week events, Art Exhibition, swimming lessons and sports day at all three sites. Once again our school participated in the Cockburn Central Education Network Art Exhibition at Atwell College. Our students produced some creative pieces of art work and it was a difficult task for teachers to choose only a few for exhibition. Congratulations to the students whose work was displayed, the art exhibition was a wonderful event that showcased the talents of our students.
Thank you to the 50 families who completed the 2018 Parent National School Opinion Survey. The data from this survey has been shared with both the school board and staff and will guide us in our future planning. While the overall feedback received has been very positive I do recognise that one or two parents have expressed some concerns. The school values parent feedback and myself and Viv are always available to discuss any concerns with parents. A copy of the survey will be uploaded on our website and a hard copy will be available at the front office.
Over the last few weeks of term the Teachers, Speech Pathologists, and Deputy Principals and I will be participating in IEP Review meetings. These meetings will review assessment data, student progress and will identify students who are seen to be ready to return to their mainstream school. Parents will be notified as soon as decisions are made and have the opportunity to meet with the school team to discuss the decision.
Term 3 has been busy and we have seen the usual sickness and health issues that come with children and winter. Despite this the students are to be congratulated on their positive attitude towards learning and the many gains they have made this term. I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break with your children and we look forward to seeing them return healthy and re-energised on Monday 8th October.
Wendy Strang and Vivienne Doig