Principal News: Welcome back to Term 1

Welcome back to the 2021 school year. It was a bit of a rocky start, but it was lovely to see our students so excited to be at school on Monday.

New staff

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome some new teachers to our school this year. This year we welcome Ms Lauren Hoath (Beeliar Support), Ms Prue Lane (Willagee C3 Support), and Ms Nicola Luke (Willagee A7 Support). We also welcome back some staff who have returned after working to other roles last year: Jodie Shepherdson (Outreach Deputy Principal and Transition), Nicole Hitchens (A6 Support) and Elizabeth Langford Smith (Beeliar TA4 Classroom Teacher).

Staff Professional Learning

We were very fortunate to have our 2 full days of amazing professional learning completed prior to our lockdown. These included the following focus areas:

  • InitiaLit
  • Reading Tutor Program Training
  • Brightpath Narrative
  • Synthetic Phonics

These will form some focus areas within our new Fremantle LDC Business Plan for 2021-2023. This is currently in development and will be shared with you in the very near future.

At the end of last year, as part of our School Planning Day, our staff brainstormed their hopes and dreams for their students and our school in 2021. This formed the following word cloud which reflects our aspirations for this year. We look forward to achieving these hopes and dreams this year.

Class Meetings and COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to the evolving COVID-19 restrictions, our class meetings will look a bit different this year. As these will look different across the school and sites, your child’s teacher will be in touch with you soon to let you know how they will provide an outline of their programs, timetables, classroom requirements and organisation. This is a wonderful opportunity to 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 review their child’s IEP. This will be held at the end of the term. More information about this will come closer to the time.

I will keep you updated of any changes to our COVID-19 restrictions as they arise.

P&C

Our school P&C is a wonderful group of parents who enjoy getting together to share, support and help raise funds for the school. 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 class representative. The first meeting for the year (AGM) will be conducted on Wednesday 17th February at 5.30pm in the Caralee CS/Fremantle LDC staff room (Willagee Site).

We look forward to meeting and working with all parents and families throughout the coming year. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal

 

 

COVID-19 Urgent News

Dear Parents and Carers

Our school will be closed today following the Premier McGowan’s announcement yesterday.

The Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions moved to a 5-day lockdown effective at 6pm, Sunday 31 January, 2021 until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021.

This means all public schools in these regions will be closed for this week. Our teachers and school staff will also remain at home. This will be an extension of the school holidays and no lessons or supervision will be provided.

Public schools in all other areas of the State return on Monday 1 February.

Information about the lockdown is available on the wa.gov.au site. The latest health information is available through WA Health Department.

I will provide more information during the week about school arrangements beyond Friday.

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal
Fremantle Language Development Centre

Principal News: End of Term 4 Update

It is hard to believe we are nearly at the end of 2020. What a year! Despite the challenges we faced, it has been wonderful for our students, families and staff to work together to make the best of this situation and ensure our students’ safety, building of resilience and continuity of learning. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we worked together to provide the best learning opportunities for your children.

Farewell to our Leavers

Last week it was lovely to see so many families and friends come together at our Leavers Assembly to celebrate, congratulate and say farewell to our students who are leaving us to return to their local mainstream school. It was a great opportunity for us all to look back and reflect on the wonderful progress our students have made in the short time they have been with us.  Here are some lovely photos of our leavers on their special days.

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We are all very proud of the achievements our students have made. They have demonstrated their commitment to working hard and persevering when they are faced with challenges. We say goodbye with a strong sense of pride for their achievements. I know each and every one of these students have shown our school virtues of friendliness, kindness and respect to staff and their peers but most importantly, they have shown the virtues of courage and determination to persevere when they are faced with challenges. These are all wonderful qualities that will support them in their move to their new schools. We wish them all the very best for the next stage in their education journey.

Fremantle LDC Strategic Direction

2020 has been another busy year as we came to the end of our Business Plan for 2018-2020. I would like to thank and acknowledge the Chair of our School Board Jo Wiese and all the board members who have worked very hard this year to support our review of school processes and progress towards our business plan targets. We are now very excited to be venturing into our new Business Plan for 2021-2023. This is currently being developed and more information will come at the start of next year. I would like to thank all staff in their tireless efforts in working towards our school vision of “Being a school of excellence” and developing our future school priorities.

Thank you to our P&C

I would also like to recognise and thank the dedicated group of parents and community members who have committed their time to being on our P&C. Their support and efforts ensure that our students continue to receive the programs and resources they need.

School Development Days

Staff return on Thursday 28th January for two School Development Days prior to the students returning. We look forward to the students returning on Monday 1st February 2021. This will be the beginning of our new start times across all 3 sites of 8.40am to 2.55pm.

I hope everyone has a happy, safe and joyful Christmas break and into the New Year. We look forward to the students returning for an amazing 2021 and welcoming our new families to our school.

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal