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

Principal News: Welcome back to Term 4!

Welcome back to term 4. I hope you all had a lovely school break. It was lovely to see the students return on Monday and share their holiday adventures.

This busy term will start with Placement Committee meeting to go through the referrals for 2021. This process will be finalised over the next few weeks. Our Year 3s will also be preparing to exit back to their mainstream school for year 4. Parents will be involved in exit case conferences over the next couple of weeks.

Our School Improvement Team, school staff and school board will continue their work on setting our improvement agenda for the next few years and develop our new Business Plan 2021-2023.

Later on in the term, we will be having assemblies to congratulate the students who will be leaving us to go to mainstream next year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this may look a bit different from previous years. More information will come as it becomes available.

DLD Awareness Day

Friday 16th of October is a day aimed at raising awareness internationally for Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD) is an international organisation helping to increase awareness of this hidden, but common condition. This year’s campaign is ‘DLD – See Me’ and families, teachers, speech pathologists and other professionals are joining to make DLD visible to the world, because no one should feel invisible. This is a big part of the reason for our schools’ existence, so we encourage you to spread the word.

Below, are some of the ways that you can get involved on social media to support the campaign!

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS CAN I USE?

USING TWITTER HASHTAGS AND @ – IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

  • Use #devlangdis all year around to discuss DLD
  • Use #DLDSeeMe to promote DLD Awareness Day and your activities
  • Add to your tweets @someone: target an organisation, individual or celebrity that you think needs to know about DLD or DLD Awareness

SHARE THE RADLD FILMS!

  • Developmental Language Disorder: The Consensus Explained:  bit.ly/DLDconsensusfilm
  • DLD 1-2-3 film: This is the award winning film from our DLD Awareness Day in 2017.
  • You can share previous RADLD films too! Select your favourite from www.youtube.com/RADLD

I look forward to a great Term 4!

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal

 

 

 

Principal News: Term 3 Update

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Thank you to everyone’s understanding and support this term as we have navigated our new COVID-19 normal. It has been lovely to see some things being able to proceed with some adjustments, such as assemblies and sports carnivals. We have also been very busy with our Individual Education Plan Review meetings and teachers have been updating your child’s plan. This will be discussed with you this week or early next term. All staff and students are looking forward to a very well deserved holiday.  I wish all our staff and families a fun and restful 2 weeks break. We look forward to students returning on Monday 12th October for Term 4.

P&C Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Our P&C have been very fortunate to arrange a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on this long weekend for Sunday 27th September at the Bunnings O’Connor. Please pop in to say hi and buy a Sausage Sizzle to support our P&C and our students. I would like to thank the P&C, parents and staff who are supporting this event and giving up their weekend to raise funds for our school. Thank you.

Term 4 COVID-19 Procedures

Due to the WA Government maintaining the Phase 4 of COVID-19 restrictions, we move into Term 4 with no further changes. Cleaning throughout the day will also continue all term. Further details will be provided if the government releases further information around the easing of restrictions.  We thank you for your support around this.

Have a wonderful break and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all back for a wonderful Term 4.

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal

Principal News: Term 3 Welcome

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you all managed to have a restful school break. It was wonderful to see our students return yesterday so happy and engaged in their learning.

Staff School Development Day

Our staff have started off their term with a full day of informative and practical professional learning on Monday. Our focus areas included:

  • Oral Language and Curriculum Integration
  • Explicit synthetic phonics review of practice
  • Enhancing teacher expertise through evidence informed professional learning

I would like to thank all the staff for their dedication to their continued professional learning to provide the best teaching and learning for our students.

School Planning Day

Our next School Development Day is scheduled for Monday 30th November (Term 4). Please put this date in your diaries, as this is a pupil free day. This is a day that we have set aside for all of our staff to review 2020 in line with our Business Plan, and develop our school improvement and Business Plan for 2021.

COVID-19 Procedures

Due to the WA Government maintaining the Phase 4 of COVID-19 restrictions, we move into Term 3 with some changes. You will hear more soon about assemblies, incursions, excursions, sports carnivals etc. returning as the term progresses. I’m sure the children are very excited about these things returning to normal.

Due to the need for physical distancing of 2m² and good hygiene practices being required for the foreseeable future, unfortunately some practices will remain in place. Based on sizes of our host schools and numbers of students the following will continue to be in place until further notice.

  • If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher, please continue to make an appointment with them.
  • All parents from all sites are able to pick their child up at the classroom.
  • Willagee site parents are able to drop off their children at the classroom if desired.
  • Beeliar and Bull Creek site parents are requested to continue to drop their child off at the designated drop-off areas (same as in Term 2, e.g. gates).

Please let us know if you need further clarification on anything.

We are looking forward to a wonderful Term 3.

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig
Principal