I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has paid their voluntary contributions this year. This has such a valuable impact on our school programs that help support the following:
- Educational activities
- Photocopy materials
- Materials for art and crafts, design and technology, science activities
- Cooking ingredients
- Web based curriculum materials/resources
If you have not yet paid your voluntary contributions and you would like to continue to support our school and programs/resources, we would highly value your contribution to continue in providing these activities and resources to our students. Thank you for your support.
I wanted to thank the P&C for organising the Bunnings BBQ on the weekend and for the parents and staff who volunteered to help out on the day. We were very fortunate to have such a wonderful sunny day. The dedication of parents and staff to volunteer their time to help raise money to support our students is a clear indication of the caring and supporting school community we have. Thank you!
As we are nearing towards our school holidays, I thought I would remind everyone that we do not have a School Development Day at the start of term 4. Therefore, staff and students all start back on Monday 14th October.
In Western Australia, parents/carers, school staff and students share responsibility for public schools providing safe, supportive and productive learning environments. We achieve this through our relationships, good communication and working together.
The Education Department in consultation with unions, and principal and parent associations have developed Communication Protocols to be used in schools to promote this shared responsibility. I encourage all our families to read this document by clicking on the following link: School Communities Working Together and familiarise themselves with these protocols in the interest of working together to maintain a safe, supportive and productive learning environment for all members of our community.
Welcome back to Term 3! On Monday, all the staff returned from their well-deserved break and were involved in a full day of professional learning. Our workshops involved intensive learning in the areas of Play-based Learning, Kids Matter and Adult Resilience. This knowledge will support us as we continue to develop the best outcomes for all of our students and as we work towards achieving the targets in our Business Plan. I was also very fortunate to be selected to be part of a professional learning program over the school break provided by the Department of Education’s Leadership Institute. This program is specifically designed for the leadership development of principals and will continue throughout this semester. So far, it has been a wonderful opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills further through coaching, mentoring, webinars, workshops and collegial support. I am very excited about the semester ahead.
It was great to see the students return after their holidays yesterday. We look forward to another busy and engaging term with lots of fun activities planned. Some of these include NAIDOC celebrations, Book Week activities, swimming lessons for Willagee and Bull Creek sites, sports carnival at Willagee site and Cross Cultural Day. More information will follow soon about these activities.
As we have all returned from our school break, we have been hearing about the amazing holiday that Mrs Wendy Strang is having over in Europe. Although it has been strange to start the term without her here, it has been lovely to hear that Wendy is thoroughly enjoying the start of her retirement. A great start to the new chapter of her life. Thank you to those who contributed to making Wendy’s special assembly last term. It is something she will never forget as it clearly signified the amazing, positive and caring culture of our school community. We wish Wendy safe travels and the very best in her retirement.
This term we have something exciting happening! Recently as a school we have signed up to an online platform called ParentTV. ParentTV is a website that has hundreds of videos from some of Australia’s and the world’s leading parenting educators. The videos are on topics including sleep, healthy discipline techniques, our kids and technology, bullying, and anxiety, just to name a few. Most videos are between 2 and 5 minutes long, so they are easy to watch and can be viewed on any computer, tablet or mobile device. And the best thing about ParentTV through our school is that it is FREE for you as a parent of Fremantle Language Development Centre. Next week you will receive a letter detailing the login procedures as well as regular updates and information on our school website. We hope you take up this wonderful opportunity.
For the first time ever, WA is celebrating P&C Day on Friday 26th July. I’m sure you will all agree that we have an amazing P&C at Fremantle LDC that works “above and beyond” to support the education of our students. All our staff would like to acknowledge the efforts of our P&C and thank them for their time, love and support. Thank you! We would also like to thank the P&Cs of Caralee Community School, Beeliar Primary School and Bull Creek Primary School as their wonderful work at their schools have a positive impact on our students too.
I look forward to a great term.
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.